I was talking to two of my friends during our recent playgroup about our children's favorite picture books and how it can be difficult to decide which ones to get.
I have read around 650 picture books since the start of the year (yep, 650, you can check my Goodreads profile here) and have been obsessed with reading and writing picture books for a while, so, they felt that maybe I could come up with some suggestions.
Instead of sending them an email I decided to turn it into a blog post for the greater good of humankind (aren't I grand). And now they will have to read my blog, maybe even leave a comment. Thanks, Jo and Chantelle.
They were even coerced into an awful, I mean, awesome photo during our last playgroup session.
So here is my:
Totally Subjective Best Picture Book Buying Guide Before Christmas
We also talked about which picture books we find appealing as opposed to our kids.
It is interesting, no matter how much I try to push some of my favourite stories my children’s way, it just doesn't work.
Me: "Let's read 'Where the Wild Things Are"
Them: "Nope! Not that one!"
Not interested, ouch! It almost feels like a personal rebuke.
There are many reasons they do no like a particular book (yet) they may not be cognitively ready for a story like that, or it doesn't involve their favourite TV characters OR animal OR colour OR vehicle, and it may not appeal to their personality. Children can get really enamored by the same story for months, long after parents have tired of reading it.
So, my bedtime rule is, they can pick one or two stories each and so can I. That way they have discovered stories they wouldn't have picked out themselves but ended up really liking (or NOT), and they have satisfied their need for repetition and getting to know a favourite story intimately while discovering new things on subsequent readings.
A few notes to go with the list:
Independent Book Stores in Brisbane
Black Cat Books - Paddington
Avid Reader - West End
Riverbend Books & Teahouse - Bulimba
Mary Ryan's - Bulimba, New Farm, Milton, Toowoomba
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