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Children’s Books we like.

Bodhi and I have just finished reading ‘Wonderstruck‘ which is another amazing Brian Selznik book, if you have not read ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’, go go go and borrow it from the library, you won’t be disappointed.  The film is great, but the book is so much more.

‘Wonderstruck’ is a book of words and pictures and the two lives in the book run perfectly together.  Ben’s story is in words and Rose’s is all illustrations.  A very satisfying ‘read aloud’ book for bedtime for the reader and the listener alike.


We are now reading ‘Hero on a Bicycle’ by Shirley Hughes.  We liked her picture books when the boys were young and this novel is not disappointing so far.  Set during World War II in Italy, it is very descriptive and captures the events in the story vividly.  We are only part way through, but we are looking forward to reading the rest of the book.

On the pile to read next is ‘The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket’ by John Boyne and illustrated by the wonderful writer and illustrator Oliver Jeffers.  It is about a boy who floats in the sky, so in my opinion this has to be a good one!

Do you read to your kids? When do you hand them the bedtime story reins and let them read by themselves?

I am going to miss reading stories so much when Bodhi is too old for reading aloud and wants to read on his own at bedtime.  I might have to make regular visits to the school to read to any classroom who will listen!


Even though Bodhi is 8, we still bust out some picture books like Scooby Doo or a pile of Mr Men books to read.  They never seem to go out of fashion, I hope to be reading them to grandkids!


What do you like to read with your kids? Do they choose or do you? Don’t worry, be honest, you are among friends! I totally choose where I can!

We are going on holiday next week and I am going to borrow some books from the library and pop them on the iPad Kindle thingy app.  That way I won’t have a bag of books to lug along. Just a bag of chargers for all of the appliances…

I normally like a good ole fashioned book in my hands, but we read so many, I am opting for strength in the iPad.  Are all of your books and magazines digital or do you favour the paper version?  I like to cut out interesting articles and pictures from magazines to stick in my notebook, so I can’t see me getting all my magazines digitally.  Not yet anyway.


  1. I don’t have children but I love reading and reading ya books and children’s books. I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeddddd Hugo Cabaret, I read that first a few years back before I even knew about the movie. I will confess I loved seeing the book come to life. I might check out those two other books though, because I have read other books by those authors.

  2. I haven’t heard of any of those books, will have to check them out 🙂 I also don’t have kids yet, but I’ve still got (nearly) all the books I had as a kid under my bed in a large container 🙂
    Will always love reading the physical book over a digital version. It’s so much easier to be absorbed with the words and pictures.

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