My goodness me, can you believe it's February already? Time seems to just be flying in already and for us that means the countdown is...

Favourites Shelf - February 2017

Monday, February 06, 2017 BookBairn Blog 30 Comments


My goodness me, can you believe it's February already? Time seems to just be flying in already and for us that means the countdown is on until BookBairn's second birthday in March and until our new baby arrives in April. Lots happening in the BookBairn household so I hope you won't mind if things are a little quiet for a while. I do have a treat lined up for you all but it's a work in progress so I'm not going to say much more.

Hopefully even during the busy months I will still have time to share our five favourite reads from our 'Favourites Shelves' which I try to change regularly! We are going to redecorate BookBairn's room in the coming months as she will be sharing with her little brother when he is old enough to go into his room and the current version of these shelves might be under threat! But I will insist to Daddy that they stay in some form or another. (Maybe I'll even manage to extend them?) Here are BookBairn's top five bedtime reads of the moment....

The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas

BookBairn absolutely adores this story and we have read it every day for the last month or so. It introduces the idea that our emotions are linked to colours in the most beautiful pop-up artwork for little ones. It has been really great for helping BookBairn start to talk about her feelings as well as reinforcing her colour vocabulary. We've now read this one so often she can recite parts of it herself. To read our full review of this one click here.

Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda

Despite not having had much snow this winter, BookBairn loves this story. It is an interactive book where little ones have to do as the book tells them to make the snow fall, make bunny slide downhill and dodge the holes. BookBairn really enjoys seeing the reactions when she turns the page to see her actions have made something happen in the story. This is a great read for little ones and has been perfect re-reading for over winter! 

I Can Only Draw Worms by Will Mabbitt

If you're looking for a book that will appeal to toddlers, young readers and adults alike then look no further than this hilarious counting book! BookBairn loves counting the worms in the story and she loves the bright fluorescent pages - they literally make her face light up! Older readers and adults will enjoy the laugh out loud humour in the story - flying unicorns, space adventures and half worms. And an illustrator who admits he can only draw worms. Such a brilliant book. Our review of this one has been one of the most-read on our blog so far this year, read it here.

Funny Bunnies: Up and Down by David Melling

This is one of my favourite books to read with BookBairn as she can now recite almost all of the pages: for each page I say "funny bunnies..." and she completes the sentence. I'm amazed at her ability to remember part of the stories and recite them, even after gaps between reads. This one also makes us laugh at the "silly bunnies" and the illustrations have lots of chat about. If you don't have any David Melling stories in your collection I can highly recommend these for younger readers. And I'm looking forward to BookBairn growing into the Hugless Douglas stories as she gets older too!

Brrr Brrr! by Sebastien Braun

In a previous blog post I'm sure I have explained that BookBairn is more than a little fascinated by penguins and orcas. I blame David Attenborough - no seriously I do - she loves Frozen Planet! This book is perfect for her as she discovers arctic animals hidden under each flap and makes silly noises as she reads. It's great fun to read and we highly recommend adding any of the books from the 'Can You Say it Too?' series to your bedtime books. Our review of the whole series is available here.

Hope you've enjoyed reading about our favourite books of the moment. I'll try and keep this updated even in the birthday/newborn chaos over the next coming months but you can always see our latest 'favourites shelf' on our social media feeds (linked in the header at the top of the pages). 

What are your favourite reads at the moment? 

Happy reading, Mummy and BookBairn x

*Some of these books were sent to us by publishers from review and others are ones that we have borrowed from the library or purchased ourselves. These are our geniune re-reads so all opinions are our own.




30 comments:

  1. So many excellent choices for February!! I cannot get over I CAN ONLY DRAW WORMS. Great list!

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  2. I must read "I can only draw worms" with BookBairn next time I'm with her. It sounds like a great book. At the moment I am reading "Friend & Foe" by Shirley McKay. It's a Hew Cullan mystery set in St Andrews in the 1580s. Fascinating.

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    1. You absolutely must! Sounds like a good read but I don't think BookBairn is quite ready for that yet!

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  3. Gruffalo GRowl was her choice for Saturday naptime

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    1. She loves this one too! Grrrrroooowwwwlll!

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  4. I spy lots of books on your shelves that the girls loved when they were younger :)

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    1. I love that books stand the test of time! So many here that I remember as a kid!

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  5. What a gorgeous selection!! My youngest has become rather fond of all books related to fairies of late!. Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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    1. Awww fairy stories are great! And lots of fun fairy activities you can do in the garden too. I loved the Flower fairies growing up!

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  6. Bit of a bunny theme this month! I love the sound of I Can Only Draw Worms. How exciting to have a new baby on the way to share all the books with too :)

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    1. I never noticed! But we are partial to bunnies in this house thanks to our pet rabbit Jenson! And who can resist a cute rabbit story? x

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  7. The Colour Monster is a fabulous book :) We've just got into The Famous Five here.

    #readwithme

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    1. We read it again today! I look forward to getting on to longer stories with Bookbairn and sharing some of my old favourites with her!

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  8. You will need a whole new set of shelves for boybookbairn!
    I spy Small Talk Bedtime on your shelf, that's one of our favourites at the moment too #readwithme

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    1. I know! They are going to share a room so we will need to think of a way to re-organise things. Yes, the Small Talk books are lovely!

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  9. Some fab books there - we love Elmer too here and it's one that we go back to time and time again x

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    1. I love Elmer! Such a lovely message for little ones about being yourself!

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  10. What a great selection. I think we need the worm book and The Colour Monster one. I like the look of the penguin one too... #readwithme

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    1. You would love them both and so would your kids. The penguin one is great too but probably only suitable for Poppy where as all three would love Worms and Colour Monster! x

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  11. I'm going to have to go and find 'I can only draw worms' now, you've sold it to me! :) I like the sound of 'Bunny Slopes' too. Thanks for sharing #KLTR

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  12. What a wonderful selection. Congratulations on the bookbairn bump too. #KLTR

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  13. We haven't come across any of these books before and they sound great, thanks for the recommendations! #KLTR

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    1. Hope you come across them soon! Worth checking the library! x

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  14. Oh I love your bookshelves! I haven't come across any of these books before so I will have to look them up, new book are always good. Thanks for linking up to #kltr

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    1. Hope you find some new ones to enjoy!

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  15. I love the idea of displaying what the kids are currently reading. It shows their personality at the time. thanks for linking up to #KLTR.

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    1. Yes and it's always interesting that some books crop up time and time again!

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