Books for Christmas

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Books for Christmas

Postby emzit » 20 Nov 2014, 09:50

I'm getting both boys a couple of books for Christmas but struggling to think of any that I know are good but that we haven't already got/read. What are your recommendations for books for a 3y4m old with good concentration and a love of books and a nine month old who likes to eat them?
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Re: Books for Christmas

Postby catkin » 20 Nov 2014, 10:11

What have you already got/read?
Small one is always going to be tricky as you'll presumably already have loads of board books. Hamster liked (still likes in fact) the ladybird "this little" books, and anything with pictures of babies in. In slightly less common board books we all loved How to hide a lion, goes nicely with Tiger who came to tea! (could also be a recommendation in non-board book form for the older one). In early non-board books, we like the Julia Donaldson/Nick Sharratt collaborations, chocolate mousse for greedy goose et al. Very simple rhyming books.

Big one, have you done Winnie the Witch books? Lots of Julia Donaldson, which you probably have. Hairy Maclary and gang. Dr Seuss. Charlie & Lola (the ones actually by Lauren Child are better to my mind). Elmer the Elephant. You Choose by Nick Sharratt has been very popular with both our two.
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Re: Books for Christmas

Postby issi » 20 Nov 2014, 11:20

Winnie the Witch is very popular here. The Richard Scarry books are good. And they love the Oscar and Arabella book (they're woolly mammoths) that they just borrowed from the library. When they were younger they liked noisy books with buttons eg Noisy Digger (good for learning colours and choosing options too). Roadworks by Sally Sutton is good for pictures of vehicules. Stomp Dinosaur, Stomp is good for doing actions. Oh, and my 3yr old loves the Mog books.
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Re: Books for Christmas

Postby StJuniper » 20 Nov 2014, 12:22

R likes these for eating: http://www.indestructiblesinc.com. I'm not about wordless books so I write simple words on masking tape and stick them in. He also enjoys Cosy Classics and Eric Carle board books. He recently tried to get me to read him The Scarlet Letter too :)

P likes Richard Scarry, Frog and Toad, reference books (I get them at the thrift store, like, Illustrated Guide to Birds or Poisonous and Prickly: Animal Defenses or Kid's Illustrated History of Canada). We recently loved this from the library: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/aw/d/0531071391 ... SY200_QL40 Frances is another favourite.
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Re: Books for Christmas

Postby StJuniper » 20 Nov 2014, 12:25

My first thought, however, was this: http://youtu.be/sv4Hpz-GI3g
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Re: Books for Christmas

Postby emzit » 20 Nov 2014, 12:46

Just watched that StJ, lol but also :scream
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Re: Books for Christmas

Postby fourweewonders » 20 Nov 2014, 13:01

If one of mine behaved like that i'd be dropping them off at an orphanage come boxing day
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Re: Books for Christmas

Postby mamapup » 20 Nov 2014, 22:33

Richard scarry are a big hit here too but I think, as a adult, you need to know what you're getting in to with them! I really don't like them but the puppy adores them. We are just starting Winnie the Pooh too.

How to hide a lion is lovely . How about I want my hat back ? Or the incredible book eating boy? Or alien tea on planet zum zee?

Also love the Donaldson sharett books, goat goes to nursery is popular here and toddle waddle still a hit at two and a half despite being for littler kids
Little croc only eats books too so she's not really getting a y of her own yet. Weird as the puppy loved reading from about three months.
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Re: Books for Christmas

Postby StJuniper » 20 Nov 2014, 23:10

mamapup wrote:Richard scarry are a big hit here too but I think, as a adult, you need to know what you're getting in to with them! I really don't like them but the puppy adores them.


Yeahhhh. I love vintage books for the aesthetics but sometimes they're kind of :scream. I tend to gender-flip a lot of characters so the male-female ratio is a bit more even.

emzit wrote:Just watched that StJ, lol but also :scream


Apparently he was very overwrought and actually enjoys books. They did a video of him the following year delighted to receive some books.
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Re: Books for Christmas

Postby lizandimo » 21 Nov 2014, 02:43

We recently got 'The Day The Crayons Quit' and me and DD both love it, although it is quite long for a bedtime story I have discovered, especially every night for a whole week! Also 'What the ladybird heard' is a nice one.
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Re: Books for Christmas

Postby Riotproof » 21 Nov 2014, 05:25

Super popular here has been

The odd egg by Emily Gravatt
Bumpus jumpus dinosaurumpus by Tony mitton and someone else - the Audio version by Rik Mayall is superb.
Chimpanzees of Happytown - even I love that one, super message.
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Re: Books for Christmas

Postby emzit » 21 Nov 2014, 06:03

We got the crayon one from the library yesterday! Just read it this afternoon. Muncher is a fan.

Chimpanzees of Happytown sounds interesting. I need to have books I like. My mum has. Ought him the whole Hugless Douglas series which he loves and I loathe.
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Re: Books for Christmas

Postby Riotproof » 21 Nov 2014, 07:32

Kipper and the other titles are quite nice to read, by mick Inkpen.
The tony mitton/art Parker vehicle books are good too.. Cool cars, flashing Fire engines, terrific trains etc.
one ted falls out of bed by Julia Donaldson
We've also recently jumped on the hairy mclary bandwagon.
Grug by Ted Pryor (Massive series too, but probably only available in australia)
I tend to take ds to the library and let him have free range over his choices. We have found tonnes of winners that way, quite a few painful ones that got swiftly returned too.
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Re: Books for Christmas

Postby emzit » 02 Dec 2014, 01:39

Oh my god rp, I totally forgot about Grug! I LOVED Grug as a kid.
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