One of the things I’ve always looked forward to when I’ve thought about being a parent is reading stories together. My mum read me a bedtime story every night when I was little and I want Theo to enjoy it just as much as I did. I started early and read Harry Potter to him while he was still in my tummy and now we have a selection of children’s books that I read to him every night before bed. I wanted to share with you my review of the best children’s books to read out loud to your little one. These books aren’t just fun for kids, they’re great for adults too!
Baby’s Very First Little Black & White Library – Usborne. (Amazon, £4.79)
Funny Bones – Janet & Allan Ahlberg (Amazon, 3.49)
Night Monkey, Day Monkey – Julia Donaldson (Amazon, £4.61)
Quick Quack Quentin – Kes Gray (Amazon, £5.30)
Oi Dog – Kes Gray and Jim Field (Amazon, £5.30)
Of all the books here, this one is hands down my favourite to read out loud. Oi Dog is actually the sequel to Oi Frog but we bought the dog version first because he’s a basset hound. We used to have a basset called Horatio, he does in October 2016 and when we bought it, a few weeks before Theo was born, we both chose it for the same reason: we wanted him to have it so we could tell him about Horatio when he’s older.
The book is all about animals sitting on things that rhyme with them, it’s funny and very clever. It’s really enjoyable to read out loud and the story is brilliant. I loved it so much that I went on to buy Oi Frog, Oi Cat and Oi Goat and have pre-ordered Oi Duck-Billed Platypus which is out in September. I can’t wait!
Mister Magnolia – Quentin Blake (Amazon, £6.99)
I’ve just ordered some more books even though we’ve got loads – Dear Zoo, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, a Dr Seuss box set and another Kes Gray book. I’d love to hear what your favourite children’s books to read out loud are – leave me a comment below!
You can watch my YouTube video review of the best children’s books to read out loud below.
If you enjoyed this post why not check out my New Mum Reading List post too? Would you like to see more book reviews? Let me know in the comments below!