Books we read in June

This month, we have been reading books aplenty.  Jack has been showing an interest in animals and Thomas the Tank Engine this month.  Here is what we have been reading in June…

Hide-and-Seek On the Farm

Jack definitely enjoyed this book about Little Goat, who sets out to play hide and seek with his animal friends on the farm.  Jack liked it when we sounded out the animal noises throughout the book and would smile when I removed my hand revealing the found animal underneath.  It is a lovely colourful board book which will keep well.  Great for teaching toddlers their animals and colours.  Published by Igloo Books.


In the Night Garden… A Lovely Present

This book was a gift from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, sent free via the post.  It came at a good time, as Jack had recently watched ‘In the Night Garden’ on the TV.

The book was another board one, so nice and durable.  One of the characters, Makka Pakka, gathers a pile of stones and gives one each to his friends as a present.  I gather that the book’s purpose is to teach toddlers the value of friendship and also, their early numbers as it counts the remaining stones as each one is given to a friend.

Jack liked the pictures and watched as I pointed to and counted the stones.  He seemed to like it.  Published by Ladybird Books.


Thomas & Friends – No Sleep for Cranky

Thomas the Tank Engine is a huge hit in our house.  He has the series of these books and another set also but always seems to come back to this book.  He has a fascination with Cranky for sure.

Cranky is a crane who works at the docks day and night.  Suitably named, he is a grumpy crane who in this story, gets frustrated by Salty’s many stories and drops some pipes over the train tracks.  With help from his friends to tidy the mess, Cranky promises never to be ‘Cranky’ again as long as he doesn’t have to listen to any more of Salty’s stories.

For some reason, this book has Jack chuckling throughout.  I think he likes the trains smiley faces and the particular characters in this one.  We have read this one so many times that he knows when it is time for me to use my grumpy voice, and looks at me waiting for it.  Published by Egmont Publishing UK.


Before You Sleep

A bestselling and award winning book, with a beautiful and powerful message about spending valuable time with your loved ones.  It is a bright and colourful book for sharing before bedtime, full of adventure and set in many different scenes, each verse begins with ‘I love you so much more than…’.

We have been cuddling up with the boys just before bedtime to read through the book.  Jack, smiles throughout and seems to be drawn to all the animals in the book.

For our full review and a chance to win a copy of this book, visit our blog post here.

Before You Sleep

Farm Peekaboo

Another book based on farm animals, so obviously a success with Jack.  A touch-and-feel peekaboo (find the animal) board book, with real life baby and teddy-like farm animal images.  Each section has a large page to unflap, which reveals the animal.  Perfect for toddlers learning their animals and colours and also for developing their sensory skills.  Published by DK Books UK.


What books did you and your little ones enjoy in June?

Lisa x


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  • Reply
    Andrew Petrie
    November 15, 2016 at 9:08 am

    My Daughter loved Thomas books and I must have read the Rapunzel story to her many times.

    • Reply
      Lisa Hudson
      November 17, 2016 at 12:04 am

      Once they find a favourite, that’s it! I love reading with them though 🙂

  • Reply
    July 12, 2016 at 12:02 am

    I love the look of the ‘before you sleep’ book.

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