On the back of my last post, I started thinking about books we enjoy in our household. It was very difficult to choose just 3 so I may do another post in the future with more books. But for now, here are 3 books I highly recommend for under 3’s!
(Please note that the books I’m sharing are the hardback versions and have been shortened to suit younger children)
Guess How Much I Love You – Sam McBratney
As mentioned in my previous post, I absolutely love this book. The book follows Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare who are comparing their love for each other in different ways. The book is very easy to relate to as it demonstrates a child and a parent’s love and how a parent will always have more love to give.
The book uses a variety of language which gives an opportunity to introduce position and measurement such as long and longer, and up and down. For a very small child, this also allows for actions which will develop their vocabulary by associating the word with the action.
The illustrations in the book are not as colourful as I would have liked and there is a lot of white space throughout the book which means that Toby tends to lose interest at times. This, however, might not be an issue for slightly older children as the illustrations reflect the story really well.
The language used is simple to understand and the text is perfectly balanced with the illustrations. The font is a good size too. I especially like the use of speech throughout which allows you to bring the story alive with character voices.
The book we have is actually a shortened version of the original story. This book is fantastic for very young children because of the finger puppet that features throughout the book. However, I really would recommend the longer version of the book for children who are slightly older as it is such a great book.
The story follows a Rainbow fish who has beautiful scales but does not have any friends because he will not share his scales with others. We follow the fish on a journey of self discovery with a very happy outcome. I love the moral of the story being taught which is to share with others so it is a valuable lesson for children.
As mentioned, the book is a shortened version of the original story but it does not fail to share the message. The pages are very colourful and attracted the attention of my 4 month old but I do not feel that the illustrations really reflect the text. The focus is on the finger puppet which can pop its head through on every page. Whilst this is great for attracting very young children’s attention, it would be nice if the illustrations told the story a bit more and had more of a focus on the characters the Rainbow fish meets such as the Octopus.
As well as the illustrations, I don’t feel that the font is particular clear either. Not only is the font extremely small, but at times the black font is against a dark background making it harder to see.
Despite this, the story has such a lovely sentiment to it that I am still not put off!
Yet again, a super book that I would highly recommend. The book is a story of a baby’s day and what they see. Throughout the book there are cutout peep holes (hence the title) which shows a glimpse of the illustration on the following page. This is fab for older children to use prediction skills to guess what the baby is seeing.
One thing I really like about this book is its repetition. My little one gets excited when I read ‘What does he see?’ as he is beginning to recognise what comes next. There is also the repetition of ‘Peepo’ which features next to every peephole.
The book is a rhyming book so there is a rhythm as you are reading which makes it more enjoyable. The font is average sized and easy to see. The quantity of font varies from page to page but I do think it’s well balanced.
On every other page there is a detailed illustration which is the bigger picture of what the baby saw through the peephole. For a very small child, this is far too detailed but for a slightly older child this is an excellent discussion point as the children can discuss what they see (you could even play eye spy on these pages to add a little bit of variety).
Again, a super book to have!
If you have any recommendations for us then do let us know as we are always looking for new books to expand our little library with!
– Tee ????
All of the books featured were bought with my own money and all opinions are my own