Hi all. Can’t believe we are almost in July!!!! We are currently having a bit of a heatwave in the UK and I am being typically English about it….I mean we complain when it’s cold AND when it’s hot. 🤣. No pleasing us Brits!
- Richard Scarry born 5th June 1919.
When I was a child we had a second hand copy of What Do People Do All Day. It was hardback with a yellow cover and in my mind it was massive (it probably wasn’t, I was little). I remember on nights that I could sleep, this would be my go to book of choice. There was a story about a little bunny going to the hospital to have her tonsils taken out. After the op she had a big mound or strawberry ice cream to eat. I remember thinking that was the coolest thing ever.
A couple of years ago, I bought a pack of Scarry books to give out instead of party bags at Edie’s birthday. I still love looking at the books and spotting Lowly the Worm. My girls love them. The illustrations are brilliant and there is always something new to notice.
- Kicking a Ball by Allan Ahlberg.
- Allan Ahlberg born 5th June 1938.
For anyone who can’t see a ball without wanting to kick it, head it, shoot it, or boot it! ‘Not eating an ice-cream Or riding a bike No – kicking a ball Is what I like.’ ‘What I like best, yes, most of all in my whole life is . . . kicking a ball. A wonderful rhyming story to read aloud, Kicking A Ball will not disappoint fans of Allan Ahlberg. First written as a poem, the little boy in the story has been brought to life perfectly by artist Sebastien Braun. Every parent will be able to immediately relate to the simple joy felt by a boy simply kicking a ball, and how there is nothing else quite like it. The incomparable Allan Ahlberg takes us on a journey from childhood to fatherhood full of humour, warmth, friendship . . . and football.
Oh god this book!!!! Ok I am a bit of an emotional wreck at the moment. 3 weeks left of this pregnancy 🤰 and I am going through all those feelings of Will it be ok??? Will I turn into a grumpy monster??? Will my girls enjoy having a sister???😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍My husband Ozzie, is definitely a boys boy. Massively into football, cycling etc. I don’t think he ever would have imagined 3 daughters in his future. Thank god the dog is a boy!!😂😂The reaction to expecting out 3rd girl has been an interesting one….will you try again for a boy?? Poor Ozzie??? And my fave….are you disappointed?!?! 😱😱😱😱My dream has always been 3 girls. If we had had a boy that would have been totally brill but I am overjoyed and grateful for my daughters. I know Ozzie is the same. I think Edith’s infatuation with lipstick and being in love baffles him slightly but its all a learning curve right?! 💖💙💖💙💖My mum bought this book when Edie was born…I think mainly for Ozzie. It’s about a boy who loves everything about the beautiful game. As he grows up he still loves ⚽️ and his love of football is passed down to his daughter. It’s a beautiful book and means a lot to our family. So happy birthday to Allan Ahlberg 5th June 1938. Thank you for your beautiful book which means so much to us. P.S. Ozzie’s fave Father’s Day moment yesterday??? Kicking a ball in the pouring rain with our Edie who was wearing a beautiful pink lipstick. 💄💄🎈⚽️🎈⚽️
- The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch.
- Robert Munsch born 11th June 1945.
The Princess Elizabeth is slated to marry Prince Ronald when a dragon attacks the castle and kidnaps Ronald. In resourceful and humorous fashion, Elizabeth finds the dragon, outsmarts him, and rescues Ronald–who is less than pleased at her un-princess-like appearance.
“Ronald” said Elizabeth, “your clothes are really pretty and your hair is very neat. You look like a real prince, but you are a bum. They didn’t get married after all.
🤴👸 🐉🤴👸🐉🤴. Happy Birthday to the wonderful Robert Munsch born 11th June 1945. 🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈My mum read this wonderful book to my sister and I when we were little and it definitely stands the test of time. My girls love it. Munsch was preaching feminism long before the Spice Girls. If I could urge you to buy one book this month it would be this. I adore reading this to me kids although I have to repeat the last page about Ronald being a bum at least 6 times in each sitting. The girls think it’s hysterical.
- Stone Underpants by Rebecca Lisle. Illustrated by Richard Watson.
Pod lives in the Stone Age and finds that he often has a cold bottom! So he invents underpants! Unfortunately his choice of material is not always practical. Will he find something that is both warm and flexbile, so he can play with his friends?
I have included these last two books because we have read them pretty much EVERY NIGHT. Do your kids ever get fixated on a book? This is a question I already know the answer to. YES. Not just books….films. I remember my youngest daughter going through a phase when she would quite happily watch Sing about 3 times a day….. I realise this doesn’t say much for my parenting….🤦♀️🤣. I guess that is why Peppa Pig does so well. Kids seem to be happy to sit through the same episode, film or read the same book again and again. For the last month, Stone Underpants has been Ceci’s favourite. I now know it off by heart. 🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️
- Naughty Naughty Monster by Kaye Umansky.
I’M A NAUGHTY NAUGHTY MONSTER! ARE YOU READY? HERE I COME! I AM HUNGRY FOR MY DINNER AND I WANT YOU IN MY TUM! The Naughty Naughty Monster is looking for for a tasty meal to fill his monstrous belly. He rampages through woodland, farm and town, scaring all of the happy little animals that he thinks could make a good snack, but he runs into a fairy who is NOT happy with him at all! Will Naughty Naughty Monster learn his lesson and change his naughty ways? Kaye Umansky has written over 130 books for children and her work ranges from picture books to novels. She is best known for the Pongwiffy series. Greg Abbott is a talented new illustrator. Naughty, Naughty Monster is his first picture book.
Reading aloud with kids. As a parent what do you like to read to your children? Due to my kids obsessions with the same reading material, it’s always risky introducing them to a new book. If I know a book is going to be a good one I know we are going to have to read it EVERY night for the next few weeks. 🤦♀️😱🤦♀️😱🤦♀️😱🤦♀️😱🤦♀️😱🤦♀️😱🤦♀️ To keep me entertained I need 2 things…a good rhyme and the opportunity for some entertaining voices. Naughty Naughty Monster by Kaye Umansky definitely has both of these. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏I often find that with rhyming books there always seems to be one clunky page that doesn’t quite work…..not with this one. Ceci also loves the fact that she looks like the fairy. 🧚🏻♀️🧚🏻♀️🧚🏻♀️🧚🏻♀️🧚🏻♀️🧚🏻♀️🧚🏻♀️🧚🏻♀️🧚🏻♀️Really brilliant book. Edie (6) and Ceci (4) LOVE it….as does their mum…..even after the 21st consecutive read. 🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️
Thanks for reading. See you in July unless I have melted!
Synopses taken from lovereading4kids and Goodreads.