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The well known books will always be favourites such as “Room on the Broom” and “Stick Man”. But what about all the other books, because let’s face it, there’s a lot but not all make it to our homes and just end up making there way to the back of the shelves in the shops and never seen again.

We have a lot of books in our home a lot of well known a lot of unknown too. Saying these books are unknown is probably not the case I just think they are overshadowed by the popularity of others maybe, but the less talked about books can sometime take you by suprise

Here I have complied a list of Zach’s and my favourite books to read.

1. Pip and Posy by Axel Scheffler 

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This is a great series on these books. Since we found them, Zach loved them. We read them all the time and have done since he was about One year old.

Zach’s Favourite out of this series is the Scary Monster. Im sure this was the first we bought.

If you have never heard of these books its about 2 best friends Pip the Rabbit and Posy the mouse. They are aimed at toddlers as they portray what toddlers are like when they are together. Best friends one minutes fighting over toys the next, then they make up again but are still the best of friends. They do everything together. Its a brilliant collection and well worth it for your children. They do come in hardback which is ideal for toddlers.

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2. Grandads Island by Benji Davies  

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When we were shopping this book really caught my eye, it screamed adventure. It reminded me of me and my grandad to be

honest. The cover to just brought back memories of when I used to out for days with the old man so it just had to be bought.

Grandads Island really helps with a Childs imagination but at the same time its telling the story of what its like to loose a grandparent or a loved one, its brilliantly told. Im reading into this as the island is grandads heaven and the adventure that grandad and his grandson go on is obviously his last so one last adventure is needed for them to say goodbye to one another.

The story starts in the attic of grandads house, they open the door in the attic and all of a sudden they are on a ship sailing out to see and end up on a desert island thats full of beautiful trees and animals. The ending is quite emotional but it makes you think, how did the boy receive a letter if grandad is in heaven, Thats because its the boys imagination – Because a loved one has passed, it doesn’t mean they are gone. A superbly written and illustrated book with lots of colours and pictures and each page tells a different story and reflects the mood perfectly.

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3. Little Bear Wont Sleep  by Christine Swift 

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This book is a personal favourite, it tells the story of a baby bear who wants to stay up all night, so him and his mother go for a walk and an adventure, Along the way little bear meets some new and exciting animals who, until now has never met before. Little bear meets, a fox, bats, mice, a hedgehog and an owl, can you see the theme here? No, well this book is quite educational, it teaches children and little bear about nocturnal animals, but it also tells children staying up all night may seem good at the time but by doing so you wont be able to play with friends as you will be tired, it teaches children that sleep is important, which is exactly the way the book ends.

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4. Peace at Last by Jill Murphy 

I don’t know how long this book has been around for but its new to our collection, but it isn’t a new book by any means, I used to read this book when i was a toddler and again in school, it was the go to book for story time in nursery, and i still remember it very well, when i stared reading it i could remember the next page without looking, a real classic.The story is about how Mrs Bear snores and Daddy bear cant sleep so he end up in different rooms around the hose until he finally finds somewhere. its simple yet fun, a must have book on the shelf.

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5. Superhero Dad by Timothy Knapman 

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This book is fun and lighthearted, Its a story of a son and his dorky dad and why he thinks he is a super hero to him, but in the real world it may be the real reason why our kids think we are a super hero, Ive added this book for its fun illustrations and story, plus why would we want to read to our kids about why dads are the best?

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Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

4 COMMENTS

    • Granddad island is a brilliant read. Well they all are to be honest. Reading all the popular books can get a bit repetitive so we like to change the stories as much as we can. Ha. Thanks. That’s my dad hack. Ikea picture shelves ideal for books.

  1. I also don’t recognise any of those but might be across-the-pond sort of thing :)

    I have so many books we read to the kids that I like. I’m sure we’ll keep them around for their kids (if they have them).

    Brown Bear series
    Construction Site
    Dream Train Steam Train
    Then of course things i grew up with
    Little Critters
    Berenstain Bears
    Richard Scary books and more

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