Our top ten picture books from August. I will also be posting about the books for our ‘morning basket’ separately, which normally includes several picture books too. As you might be able to tell from the photos, this month we’ve enjoyed several classics, including well-loved (read: battered!) copies from my own childhood.
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Rosie’s Hat – One from the prolific Julia Donaldson. This has been the most requested bedtime story. It has a winning combination of simple rhyming text, and a storyline incorporating the seaside, animals, and a fire engine.
Our Dog – the charming illustrations from Helen Oxenbury accompany a very short story about the family dog. Great for little ones with a short attention span and who enjoy stories about mischievous pets.
The Foggy Foggy Forest – special appeal of translucent paper and rhyming text made this another book vying for the top spot this month. Which characters can you see lurking in the foggy foggy forest, and what are they up to?
Fly Chick, Fly – with lovely illustrations, this is a slightly longer story about a family of barn owls. The last chick is too afraid to fledge the nest at first, but manages it in the end. I did edit one or two sentences about possible death as I felt it was a bit too much for a 2 year old’s bedtime story, but apart from that we both enjoyed this one.
Mr Gumpy’s Motor Car – having previously enjoyed Mr Gumpy’s Outing , I knew that this one was sure to be popular. Lots of animals and children all pile into Mr Gumpy’s car for a day out. Drama ensues when they get stuck in the mud, but everyone ends up helping push the car, and there’s time for a swim. An almost identical premise to Mr Gumpy’s outing.
Animal babies on the Farm – to change things up a bit this one’s a non-fiction book containing photos. The format is a page with a description and picture of a baby animal posing the question “who’s my mummy”. All is revealed on the following page. Simple text and nice photographs appealed to my daughter who loves this topic.
How Many Legs – a comical rhyming story about the number of legs at a party with a mad range of animals. Fans of Oi Frog will not be disappointed. Although the actual counting was way beyond a two year old, my daughter still enjoyed this story, and I’m a big fan of incorporating numeracy into picture books.