Today is Daddy's last day of paternity leave and I'm beginning to feel the nerves for what things will be like tomorrow - eeekkk! ...

Baby's First Books - Chantelle - Mama Mummy Mum

Monday, May 08, 2017 BookBairn Blog 14 Comments

Today is Daddy's last day of paternity leave and I'm beginning to feel the nerves for what things will be like tomorrow - eeekkk! Will I cope with two kids all day on my own? How will I get BookBairn to nursery clothed, with her packed lunch and on time? Will I manage nap time when she gets home with teeny tiny when BookBairn is so used to her story and cuddles? What if the Wee Page Turner cries every time I put him down? How will I manage to feed them and myself? And will I be in a collapsed heap by the time Daddy returns? So many doubts and questions. Being a mum of two is still so new to me.

But an experienced mum of four is Chantelle from 'Mama Mummy Mum', she has been most supportive of book bloggers, like us, through her weekly #readwithme link-up. You will often see her link-up button at the bottom of my posts and one of my favourite weekly routines is clicking through the fellow linker-uppers and reading their book reviews - both of children's books and grown up ones too! Chantelle herself reads a wide and varied range of books and I'm always fascinated to hear what she has been reading. On a personal note, her approach to raising her four beautiful girls has been really inspiring as I find my feet raising a mighty little girl of my own! Thank you Chantelle. Here are her recommendations for books that little ones must lay their hands on...


Now the lovely Kim from BookBairn very kindly asked if I'd write a short post for her while she has a little break, time to enjoy her newborn and growing family. Her original request was to recommend a book for the baby or his lovely big sister. Just to be awkward I thought I'd add a little twist to this. Not only recommending some of my favourite books but I also thought I'd share a few authors that the children should have the pleasure of checking out, some now and some when they are perhaps a bit older.

Firstly let me tell you about five of the children's stories that I love and that I've shared with all of my own kids. 

* The Hungry Caterpillar, an absolute classic, this I think should be a staple on anyones book shelf. Our copy is now almost twelve years old.

* Each Peach Pear Plum, this is a personal favourite of mine, I remember having this read to me when I started primary school and it just stuck with me. 

* Winnie the Pooh, well this loveable character should be introduced to every child shouldn't he. I was introduced to him when I was a baby and I done the same for all of my girls too.

* Peace at Last, ok this is one for the parents when you think about it, we all look forward to those peaceful moments when the kids are tucked up in bed don't we.

* Guess How Much I Love You, this book is just a really sweet tale, perfect for reading to a newborn.

So there's just a few books to think about, although if I'm honest I could recommend so many more but now onto the authors. Each one offering something slightly different, this time I'm going to try and stick with ten...

* Eric Carle
From top left: Julia Donaldson, Roald Dahl, Dr Seuss and Judith Kerr

* Julia Donaldson

* Oliver Jeffers

* J K Rowling

* Roald Dahl

* Jacqueline Wilson

* Dr Seuss

* Allan Ahlberg

* Enid Blyton

* Judith Kerr


I'd love to know what books and authors you'd recommend, what do you remember reading as a child, what gave you that love of books?


Thank you so much for sharing your recommendations Chantelle - we really must get a copy of 'each Peach Pear Plum' as we don't have it in our collection! And how you narrowed the list down to ten favourite authors/illustrators... well done! Some real favourites in there for readers of all ages!

Hope you enjoyed this most recent guest post, to find them all click here.

Happy Reading, 

Mummy, BookBairn and the Wee Page Turner!


How to find Chantelle:
Chantelle is the writer of MamaMummyMum, she is also a wife to Mr H an mum to four daughters. You can see more book posts over on her blog as well as a mix of lifestyle and parenting posts including fitness, kids and food. You can also find her over on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.



14 comments:

  1. You'll find a way to cope, MummyBookBairn. Just don't try to do too much. "Peace at Last" sounds like the book for you although "The Hungry Caterpillar" is stilll one of my favourites. Good luck. xxx

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    1. Absolutely! No plans for the next few days and weeks! And everything else can wait!

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  2. You'll be surprised at how quickly you'll adjust to a new routine with 2 kids, thank you for having me on your blog :) I love reading your posts each week!!

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    1. Thank you! I love your blog too! And your insta stories! Thanks for the great book list too!

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  3. What a lovely blog post MamaMummyMum - I was a school librarian first and specialised in early years so I can endorse all your smart choices. I also found that as Kim and her brother got older poetry was a great option for fun bedtimes.

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    1. We have lots of rhyming books but really must try to get some poetry ones for BookBairn x

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  4. I found that I adjusted to life with two quite quickly once I was forced to manage alone - fortunately for me that wasn't for a while as, due to school holidays and a visit from my mum I only had 4 days alone in the first six weeks! Some great suggestions here from Chantelle, I really like the 'Amazing Baby' books for the very early months too. #readwithme

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    1. Tomorrow is the deep end with no help at all! But you're right I just need to do it. The thought is probably worse. And I love Chantelle's recommendations too!

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  5. I'm sure you'll manage with your little ones fine. Just give yourself twice as much time as you think you'll need. Your book choices are classic :-)
    #readwithme

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    1. Yup! We had a last minute nappy change just as we were ready to leave the house! Some great choices from Chantelle!

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  6. Totally agree with that list. We have them all and love them all :)

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    1. It's a great list from chantelle! She knows her books!

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  7. What a lovely post and a great selection of books and authors. Chantelle certainly knows her books! Hope your first day on your own with two little people went well #readwithme

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    1. It did thank you! Fingers crossed for more days like it!

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