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Friday, 2 October 2015

WIT mama Friday: bedtime stories

I love reading Greta a bedtime story, it's actually one of my favourite times of the day, I love to get into bed with her and despite her constant interruptions ("Why mummy? Why has the dog broke the bed? Why mummy? Why has the kitten lost it's mummy!?), I think it's a lovely moment that I hope she will treasure forever.

Now there is a but - boy can it get boring when you are reading the same story over and over again! I always get so excited when she gets given a new book and I really think a book is the best gift she can receive. So, hoping to give you a little inspiration and to get plenty more back from you, here are 5 of our favourite bedtime stories to date. Please let me know what your kids favourite bedtime stories are, I am always in search of new and fun adventures!

"Yummy Scrummy Day"
Greta loves food, in this story Belle and Boo go the orchard and then cook up a feast in Belle's super sweet kitchen. Greta never bores of this sweet story I also think it has to do with the fact that she has a bunny obsession!

"Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten"
This book has an interactive element that Greta loves. Her kitten gets tangled in a woolen thread made of pink glitter that children can follow with their finger on each page.  I love that Penelope is a princess that lives in an unusually modern house and that it's actually not 'Princessy" at all!

"No Such Thing"
At first I didn't think Greta would get the quirkiness of this book but now at the age of 3 she is actually fascinated by all things a little bit spooky. There are (friendly) little ghosts and Halloween references throughout and Greta loves spotting the ghosts hidden on each page.

"That's my Hat"
Greta and I both LOVE this pop up book, it's an incredible work of art! It's the story of a littlegirl who looses her hat stolen by a monkey who then proceeds to hide in the most wonderful settings. Greta love sto spot the hat and there's so much to look at on each page it's a feast for the eyes. 

"Best Bedtime Stories Ever"
I remember my grandmotehr reading me Richard Scarry's stories - they are all a little bit silly an unusual, so much so that I don't thing I get them but Greta adores them! This is a collection of some of his best ones, with the usual charachetre such as Mummy Cat and her seven kittens, Lowly the worm and Mr. Frumble.

PS. A little note - as I'm only posting 3 times a week these days I will cut back on WIT mama Friday on the first Friday of every month. See you Friday November the 6th for the next instalment!


Fashionmumof40 said...

It is my favourite time also with my 3 year old, I must get some Belle & Boo books, my little girl's favourite is Paper Dolls and I am sure Greta would love that one too (I even sing a song for the continuous rhyme that appears in the book) the things us Mama's do. x

Sara said...

Some recommendations: Where the Wild Things Are; all the Blue Kangaroo books, but particularly It Was You, Blue Kangaroo, and Merry Christmas Blue Kangaroo; and You Choose (no story, but completely compelling). Oh, and the Alison Jay counting and alphabet books are amazing. So much detail in each picture, so loads to talk about and stories woven in.

Mama Of Boys said...

Love Richard Scarry books, you can get a set of 10 on book people for a bargain price. We like the Paper Dolls too, but are going through a 'meg and mog' phase right now!!

Anonymous said...

Strega Nona by Tomie diPaola is fab (and funny) and Adele and Simon by Barbara McClintock is a beauty! Katy No-Pocket is lovely too, and Petunia. There are so many!

Ilaria Aiazzi said...

Ti consiglio tutti i libri di Leo Lionni, in italiano (salvo traduzione).
Stupiscono perché sono stati "fatti" (non solo scritti; infatti usano tecniche pittoriche e di collage molto particolari) negli anni '60, '70 ed '80 ma sono attualissimi.
Consiglio "Guizzino", un vero classico, e "Federico", uno dei libri più poetici che io stessa abbia mai letto.

Claudia Mencaroni said...

Ciao Laura, leggile Julia Donaldson, sono storie in rima con personaggi davvero carini! The gruffalo e The room of The broom (noi li leggiamo in italiano). E poi credo adorerai maudie and bear (le illustrazioni hanno un gusto molto sofisticato e affascinante).
Un abbraccio

Josie said...

When I was little I used to love these books about an elephant family (I think they were called the Large family!) I can't wait to read these with my niece x

Josie |Sick Chick Chic

Haley said...

My favorites are: The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes; all the Mrs Piggle Wiggle books (maybe for when Greta is a bit older); The Hallo-weener; Holly and Ivy; Caps for Sale; Harold and the Purple Crayon; George Shrinks; Flat Stanley; Carl Goes Shopping.

Esther Zimmer said...

The Queen's Knickers! I send this home (Australia) to friend's kids on a regular basis and both they - and their mothers - love it! xx

Salut Venezia said...

Hello Laura, I hope you can help! You have converted me to grey knit! I was wondering where this grey gown is from? I've been hunting high and low! 😀

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