Under 5’s Summer Reading: what books did we read in week one?

This summer we are making the most of our local library. We love books in our house but it costs a small fortune to keep on top of our list of ‘books we must read’. Going to the library means we all get amazing books to read without the price tag. Obviously we still buy books…in fact there’s two books from the four J borrowed that we are now looking to buy as he loved them that much.

Each week(ish) we’ll share the books J choose and let you know our thoughts on them. So here’s week one…

In fourth place: Cake by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet.

This is from the writers of Supertato, a book J loves a we thought this would be a great choice. However, it was actually quite a dark book. At age 3, J doesn’t get the undertone of the story, in fact he didn’t really enjoy the story. The idea is basically that cake gets invited to his first party…but what cake doesn’t know if what happens to cake at a party. Thankfully he is saved so I’m glad I didn’t have to explain cakes demise to my preschooler. The book itself is ok. The illustration is the same as supertato so no complaints there, I just felt the story wasn’t quite as exciting as its predecessor.

J’s thoughts: “Funny…”.

In Third Place: What Makes Me Me? By Robert Winston.

Now who doesn’t love Robert Winston? He is the scientist of my youth. J is really into asking questions about food. Since I started talking about healthy food choices he’s asking about every food he sees. I thought this fact book would be helpful in explaining more. I was right. J loved this book. He was interested in the pictures and his favourite page was the skeleton. We spent ages feeling our own bones and the names of body parts. J has genuinely learnt lots of new words and concepts from this book.

J’s thoughts: “Skeleton…it’s got bones”

IN SECOND PLACE: Oi Dog by Kes and Claire Gray and Jim Field.

I’m not exaggerating when I say we have read this every night for a week. J is a huge fan of Oi Frog (the first in the series) and Oi Goat (the World Book Day special edition) books. He loves the humour in the book…I mean what child doesn’t like silly rhymes? Oi Dog carries on with the same set up as Oi Frog but with Frog putting forward his own version of how the world of ‘Oi’ should be. The great thing about this book is that is helps with the concept of rhymes. Rhyming is part of literacy in the early years framework. This is a fun way to introduce it all. J pretty much knows all the rhymes by heart now. Impressively, I’m not even fed up of reading it yet!

J’s thoughts: “Funny…very funny…’I’m changing the rules dogs sit on logs'” (yes, he’s memorised the book).

IN FIRST PLACE: First Space Encyclopedia by DK. This has been J’s favourite book. J has a Star Wars obsession so I thought this book would be a great way to bring in some real space photos and facts. It worked. J now knows we live on the planet Earth (he originally believed he were on Hoth), and that we have a moon (which he thought was Jakku). The photos are great and the facts are really interesting. It shows lots of different aspects of space and the planets including space ships and shuttles which J found fascinating. It’s the sort of book that can be used with various ages simply by changing how much detail you go into.

J’s thoughts: “It’s good…space, astronaut, Mars’. I asked J which was his favourite book and this is the book he chose. He’s a harsh critic so well done DK publishing.

We’re off to change our books so will let you know what we think of our next set. Are there any books you recommend?

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Loving J’s comments! I too used to memorise some books as a kid, especially rhyming ones 😊 xx

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    1. mummyest2014 says:

      His ‘freethinking’ speech is starting to come on, needed some prompting but we got there haha. He may not always know how to say it verbally but he has a lot of opinions haha x

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  2. Astrid says:

    Oh wow, these sound so cool! Particularly What Makes Me Me sounds like a lovely little fact book.

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    1. mummyest2014 says:

      Thanks. It was written in a way that made it suitable for children and even though we focused more on the photos it helped J to visualise what we look like inside x


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