I’ve spent the last three years listening to people tell me how much Jenson looks like his dad. Don’t get me wrong, it’s cute and all, but I really relish the moments when I see how much he gets from me. Like, the kid can not get enough cheese, just like his mumma (and her mumma before her…). And he’s a massive bookworm. We have a bedtime story every night (usually the same one on rotation for a few weeks before we move on to something else. He’s a creature of habit – again, something he gets from me) and he loves getting ‘comics’ every week from my aunt. She’s recently started buying ones which include workbooks and stickers and it’s always a surprise to see how much he’s learned.
We buy a lot of books, we get sent some to review and recently he got his own library card. He loves heading over there not just to get some new books to read at home but to explore the courtyard and toys too. It’s a really lovely community building.
A lot of the books which grab his attention the most are ones based on his favourite TV shows and books. Trolls was a favourite for a while and he has loads of the toys. He seems to enjoy the familiarity of having a story read to him which follows the film. When given something completely new it takes him a while to take it in. Having something else to associate it with has certainly helped his vocabulary.
The other week we spotted a brand spanking new book: Peppa’s Magical Unicorn. The combination of one of his favourite shows, a glittery cover and a unicorn was a winner so, when asked what bedtime story he would like that night, for a good couple of weeks it was ‘Horsey Twinkle Toes’. Although there are no late fees with children’s library accounts, and we could keep renewing it, I figured we should buy a copy of our own. Plus it’s fun to play with the glittery cover without the protective sleeve.
The latest children’s book we have been sent to review is Super Pooper and Whizz Kid: Potty Power!* by Eunice and Sabrina Moyle. It’s a super fun potty training book and definitely the most interesting and engaging one I’ve come across so far.
In case it wasn’t already obvious, the book is about Super Pooper and Whizz Kid, two superheroes who teach children how to use the potty. It’s colourful, understandable and Jenson asks to read it over and over again. He even reads it to his toys.
Potty training is something we’ve yet to master but this book has certainly helped get the conversation going. And I love the message that accidents are ok. Potty training is intimidating enough for me, never mind a three year old. I’m also hoping that his Lightning McQueen pull-ups and dinosaur pants will help… Feel free to leave any advice in the comments.
Click here to buy it on Amazon.
He’s also a long-time fan of the Acorn Wood stories. He has always loved lift-the-flap books and the familiar animals are fun. What child doesn’t love Julia Donaldson books?
We picked these up super-cheap in Sainsburys a couple of years ago but they’re also available on Amazon:
What books are your little ones reading at the moment?
*I was sent a copy for review purposes but all thoughts are my own
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