Toddlers favourite books

A little while ago (9 months to be precise) I put up a post about Little Tykes Favourite Books. Now that the little tyke has turned two, it feels like a good time to put up a post with an update. My little chap continues to enjoy storytime with Mummy and he loves to point at the pictures as we turn the pages. At the moment he likes anything bright, colourful and funny pictures. Here are some of his favourites…..

Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski

Meg and Mog book

The Meg and Mog series of books was a big favourite of mine when I was a child and I am so pleased that the little tyke is also a big fan. Bold, bright colours… tick. Simple stories…. tick. Funny pictures…. tick. What’s not to love about these books about Meg the witch and her friends Mog the cat and Owl!

Ten Little Pirates by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty

Ten Little Pirates book

I think there are quite a few variations of this book such as dinosaurs, monsters, princesses, elves and superheroes. I thought that I would go for the pirate theme because it looked quite fun and was a little bit different from the rest of the books in his collection. It’s also a great little rhyming story with lots of great sounds that you can exaggerate. As he gets older he can get more involved with the counting element, with lots of fun objects to spot on every page.

George’s New Dinosaur (Peppa Pig books)


George’s New Dinosaur book


This was actually one of the little tykes birthday presents and what a great choice! It’s a winning combination of dinosaurs and George Pig. Raaaarrrrrr! It’s a simple little story that makes for a light and easy read with a toddler.

No Bed without Ted by Nicola Smee


No Bed without Ted book


Lots of animals to count on each page


I have saved the best book until last. We bought this cute little ‘lift the flap’ reading book whilst on our recent holiday and the little man simply adores it! It is so beautifully illustrated and all the animal drawings are really sweet. I just think it is a really cute story and is perfect for bedtimes!

So what do you think of our choices? Have any of you got any recommendations for books to read with two year olds at bedtime? I would love to hear some ideas!

Hope you are all well this evening, ta ta and nighty night xxx




Favourite books from my childhood


I have mentioned in previous posts about how the little tyke and myself love to read books together and it got me thinking about my childhood and the books I used to enjoy. I really loved reading and writing as a child and looked forward to getting books out of the school library (does this make me geeky?). I really had to scratch away at the old memory banks to come up with the following list but I think I have some good ones that I would like to read with my little chap one day –

One Two Three and Away – This was a series of books that featured the Roger Red Hat, Billy Blue Hat, twins Johnny and Jennifer Yellow Hat and Percy Green characters. I remember reading these early on at primary school.

Meg & Mog – Lovely colourful and fun board books for very young children with Meg the witch and Mog the owl.

Mr Men series –  A series of 49 children’s books by Roger Hargreaves. Each book introduced a different, colourful character.

Key Words with Peter and Jane – The books were probably more relevant for kids who grew up in the 70s, but I remember buying them from car boot sales and second hand book shops as a child. Really nice simple reads by Ladybird books.

Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper – I remember reading these with my little brother and they were really fun books to help teach children to read. I would definitely like to track them down again to read with the little tyke in a couple of years time.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt It was one of the first books I bought for my son as I have fond memories of it myself. When reading it at school we used to mime the actions as well as reading out the words.

Funnybones Janet and Allan Ahlberg created some of the most popular picture books and this book is a great example of their work.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit A timeless classic which is dear to my heart. I love all of Beatrix Potter’s illustrated stories based around animal characters.

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory I must have read this book a thousand times and would be prepared to read it a thousand times more. LOVE IT!

Georges Marvellous Medicine I remember buying this from the Puffin Book Club catalogue that used to come into our school. The story of little George and his revenge on his horrible Grandma.

The Worst Witch – The story of Mildred Hubble the clumsy student witch at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. She really was a terrible witch.

Adventures of Mrs Pepperpot – The wonderful adventures of the shrinking little Miss Pepperpot.

The list could go on, there are so many favourites! Do you remember any of them? Are there any that you fancy checking out? What was your favourite book as a child? I would be really interested to hear your thoughts.

Is that the time? I have some telly on my planner to catch up with!

Nighty night folks and ta ta for now xx