Our Autumn/Halloween Favourites Shelf I'm going to start today's post by apologising - I haven't been a very consistent blo...

Favourites Shelf - October 2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016 BookBairn 10 Comments

Our Autumn/Halloween Favourites Shelf

I'm going to start today's post by apologising - I haven't been a very consistent blogger recently and I've missed it. But I have struggled with concentrating to write posts that I'm happy sharing, we have been away on holiday, BookBairn caught Hand Foot and Mouth and was incredibly poorly and then last week I caught tonsillitis and was stuck in my bed. However, we are all on the mend. And we have lovely, happy news to share.

BookBairn is going to be a big sister. I'm thrilled to be expecting another baby BookBairn. And I hope you will forgive me for being a bit preoccupied recently. But I am now feeling better and have my full blogging faculties back! I have tried to keep you up to date on some of our recent bookish moments on our social media pages which can be found here:

So I thought I would start by updating you all on some of the books we've been reading from our Favourites Shelf.

First Stories: Jungle Book by Miriam Bos
This was one of the books that we took away on holiday with us (you have no idea how difficult I found it to take only a small selection!). But this one really captured her imagination and she became quite obsessed with the page featuring a waterfall as we had seen these when out on some walks on holiday. We had also watched some scenes from the film and she really enjoyed seeing the elephants marching so she also liked to find the elephant illustration and stomp her feet. This series of books, by a variety of illustrators, are short but incredibly cleverly constructed so that little ones can really play with the mechanisms and they are super-sturdy. We've had ours for nearly a year and there is no sign of wear and tear at all! To see our full review of the series click here. (Also, at time of writing these books are on a super deal on amazon.co.uk at the moment for only £2.99 so would make a great stocking filler for little ones at Christmas. Sorry, I don't normally advertise but this is such a good deal that I had to share!)

Together by Emma Dodd
If you read the blog regularly you will know that I adore the stories by Emma Dodd (in fact, they are the books that I wish I had written!) and 'Together' is no exception! This is a lovely story about a parent and baby otter who spend all the day together playing, learning, enjoying. It's truly beautiful. BookBairn really enjoyed reading this one a lot whilst we were away and when I picked it out to take a quick snapshot for this post she wanted to read it again and again. She really enjoys the page of the otters swimming and blowing bubbles and chasing each other along the beach. These stories by Emma Dodd make a fantastic gift for new babies and parents will enjoy reading them as much as little ones do! Great for re-reading over and over again! To see some photos from Together click here.

Books Always Everywhere by Jane Blatt and Sarah Massini
You will no doubt be able to tell from the title that this book is sort of a motto for our life! BookBairn really enjoys reading this one and she is beginning to use the rhyming couplets to be able to join in with reading the story. She also likes to revisit the page 'book park' with the swings and 'book sunny' which has a little girl reading on the beach! These are two of her favourite activities so she no doubt enjoys them for that reason. She also joins in with reading the last page "books always everywhere!" which makes me smile! Read our full blog post here.

Boo! by Jonathan Litton and Fhiona Galloway
It's just getting into that spooky season so I thought I should dig out some of the Halloween books that I read with BookBairn last year and she loves them! She has re-named this book "peek boo" when she wants to read it because she enjoys peeking through the die-cuts to see what's coming next. She also likes to poke her fingers back through the holes and thinks it's hilarious if you tickle her from the other side. This is such a cute Halloween book and introduces some of the key words associated with Halloween. To see cute little BookBairn peeking through this one a year ago, click here, and honestly - she's too cute in these photos!

Spooky House by Roger Priddy
Another spooky book we've been enjoying again is 'Spooky House' which is jam-packed with lift-the-flaps on every page. BookBairn loves exploring through the haunted house, lifting all the flaps to discover the spooky goings-on as the characters prepare for their Halloween party. She particularly giggles at finding the gremlin in the toilet! Perhaps slightly spookier and less cute than 'Boo!' this is a great introduction to some of the scarier characters of Halloween without frightening little ones. Read our full review here.

Hope you've enjoyed reading about our favourite books of the moment. I'll aim to update this list once every six weeks or so, so keep an eye out for changes to our favourites list.

Mummy and BookBairn xx

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  1. Congratulations Mummy and Daddy BookBairn. Great to see you back blogging again and I love all these. I just know BookBairn is going to be well prepared for big sisterhood and will have fun reading to the baby as she just learns and repeats everything!

    1. Thanks Gma! By the time the baby is here she will be able to read some of her favourite stories to her little sibling.

  2. Great news. Very exciting indeed. I have my "favourites shelf" of BookBairn video clips. At the top is the clip of her on holiday when she found the waterfall. GMaBookBairn and I watch this one repeatedly. Last time I BookBairnsat she picked the "Together" book about the otters from her favourites shelf and loved it. So did I.

    1. That's so cute! I like that clip too and watch it lots! The Together book is pretty magical to read with her, and she adores it!

  3. A fantastic selection right there, glad you are all feeling better and a huge congratulations! #ReadWithMe

    1. Thanks Chantalle! I will need all your tips for looking after a brood of bookbairns!

  4. Congratulations on your pregnancy! those books look great. Definetly want to check some of those out for my little ones. They love when I read to them :) where is your book shelf from by the way? love it!

    1. Thank you! You should definitely check these books out! And the bookshelves are just ikea 'ribba' picture shelves: simple, cheap and effective. I love how easy it is to change around. Although it's always difficult to choose which books to feature as there are so many good ones. Thanks for reading!

  5. Oh gosh poor baby getting hand food and mouth! so glad she's on the mend! and congrats on your new baby!! how amazing <3
    my youngest daughter would LOVE the otters book oh my gosh! it looks so adorable! thanks for sharing #readwithme

  6. Congrats on your news and glad to hear everyone is on the mend after being ill.
    Some great fav books here.