Books we read in October

I always encourage Jack to choose which book he would like to read with me and generally he will opt for any that have bold and colourful pictures.  This month, we’ve been focusing on animals and have been having fun learning the sounds that they make.  Here are some books that we have been reading in October…

Jungle Jam

Jack and I enjoyed reading this book together, we have been using it to teach Jack his animal and musical instrument sounds.  Unsurprisingly, Jack enjoyed sounding out the toot and boom noises and we enjoyed plenty of chuckles.

The illustrations are fun and colourful and the rhyming story is a nice one with a hidden message.  Mikey the Monkey goes on an adventure to find musical fame before realising that when people work together, dreams can come true.  He goes on to join the Jungle Jam band and together they travel the world.  The book includes a cool ‘Make your own instruments’ activity page at the end.

Published by VVinner Music and available on Amazon.


Baby’s First Animals

We’ve gone back to basics with this one.  This ‘First Animals’ padded board book is perfect for teaching babies and toddlers their animals.  The book has beautiful bright photographs of animals coupled with identifying words.

This has been one of his favourite books this month, I’m really surprised at how quickly he has been learning the animals and their sounds.  He has perfected the ‘Meow’ of a cat, and we have learned that he definitely doesn’t like the ‘Moo’ of a cow!

Published by Hinkler Books.


Goodnight Tractor

This was Jack’s monthly gift from the Imagination Library and we love it!

It’s a sweet rhyming bedtime story about a little boy who says goodnight to all his toys “Goodnight Dog, and Goodnight Sheep, Goodnight Tractor, time to sleep”.  It has beautiful atmospheric pictures and plenty of animal sounds to join in with.

This has been a great book in the wind down before bedtime and I shall definitely be purchasing the Goodnight Digger book in the same series.

Published by the Penguin Group.


Guess How Much I Love You

This was the first ever book that Daddy read to Jack when he was still growing safely inside my tummy.  Trevor often read this one to ‘Bump’ so that Jack could learn to recognise his voice.

There are certain books that should be in every child’s collection and this is definitely one of them.  The book is a ‘feel good’ book with a beautiful story to tell, highlighting the value and importance of love.  I really enjoy cuddling up to Jack when reading this one and it is definitely worthy of a tear or two at the end.  One of our favourites to read for sure.

Published by Walker Books Ltd.


My Dad is Brilliant

I bought this one for Daddy and Jack to enjoy together and it is a perfect book for a child of Jack’s age.

The story is nice and simple, yet remains meaningful. It focuses on the relationship between a father and his son and each page identifies another reason why the boy’s Dad is brilliant.  I love the pictures in this book, they are lovely and colourful.  Would make a perfect gift to any Dad from a little one.

Published by Walker Books Ltd.


What books do your kids love?

Lisa x


*Jungle Jam was supplied to Jack for free.  However, all thoughts remain our own.

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  • Reply
    Jenny Harlow
    April 8, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Love reading books to my 2. I need to hunt out the goodnight tractor book as son is obsessed with farming books and not seen this one before

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    amy fidler
    November 17, 2016 at 9:42 am

    thanks for sharing these lovely book reviews x

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    November 16, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    These all seem lovely, and of course “Guess How Much I Love You” is a classic. Great review, thank you!

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    William Gould
    November 16, 2016 at 8:19 am

    I do love books for kids that have an educational element, like the first 3 listed, rather than fantasy/fiction type stories.

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    Leila Benhamida
    November 15, 2016 at 10:25 am

    A lot of great book. I enjoy reading myself. This is the most wonderful gift we can give to our children.

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      Lisa Hudson
      November 17, 2016 at 12:05 am

      100% ! I love reading with them 🙂

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    Margaret Gallagher
    November 11, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Great selection of books
    Hungry Caterpillar is a gem of a book

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    November 10, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Oh I love childrens books possibly more than aduItbooks, guess how much I love you is fantastic.

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      Lisa Hudson
      November 10, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Definitely! I love reading that one with Jack, he loves it too x

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    November 8, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    We have just got The Horror Handbook, my 6 year old niece loves it as she thinks she’s a vampire!

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      Lisa Hudson
      November 10, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      Books are amazing for sparking imagination! She sounds like fun x

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    Margaret Gallagher
    November 8, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Perfect selection -these are perfect for my nephew

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      Lisa Hudson
      November 10, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      We love books in this house, it’s great to get kids involved early with their reading x

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    Samantha O'D
    November 7, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Lovely books, my daughters favourite is dinosaur roar

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      Lisa Hudson
      November 10, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      I love it when little ones are into books. I’ll look that book up, not heard of it yet. x

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    Kat Allinson
    November 5, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I love the sound of jungle jam, we love reading loads of books, such a good way to teach your children about things

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      Lisa Hudson
      November 10, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      Definitely, I totally agree. I love that’s Jack loves his books x

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    Rich Tyler
    November 4, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    My little boy loves “Goodnight Tractor”

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      Lisa Hudson
      November 10, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      Great! It’s a really good one 🙂 x

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    Susan B
    November 4, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Guess How Much I love You is always a winner and so is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Children are so lucky with the fab selection of books these days.

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      Lisa Hudson
      November 10, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      We have got the Hungry Caterpillar and yes it’s brill x

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