My 3 year old has always loved books. It’s brilliant. Until he really loves one book. And wants to read it every single night. This was ok when he was 1 and a book took 3 minutes to read. Now he’s 3, one book can feel like a lifetime. Choose wisely, book-buying-parents, or regret it forever…
(We’ve included links to buy the books – they are mostly Amazon. They’re just to help you find the book – they’re not sponsored or affiliated, we don’t get any cash so feel free to buy your book wherever you like! In fact, why not post in the Mummy’s Gin Fund buy & sell group and see if you can get a second hand copy?)
Story Path by Kate Baker
Anyone else remember those brilliant books in the 80s? To continue into the dark castle, turn to page 18. To cross over the graveyard, turn to page 22. This is the picture book equivalent! You choose the characters, the settings and the plot as you turn through the book. It’s totally interactive and never ever boring. Buy it here.
Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph
Odd Dog Out is a beautiful story about a dog seeking her home, a place where she fits in. The message, of course, is that it’s better to be yourself than to fit in, something it seems worth drilling into children young, before they get sucked in to Instagram and Snapchat. But the worthy message doesn’t make it boring and the bouncy rhythm and bright pictures keep me skipping through the book. Buy it here.
Oi Dog by Kes and Claire Grey and Jim Field
One of a series of three (four if you count this year’s World Book Day Book, Oi Goat) but I chose this one as my absolute favourite. There’s no meaningful plot. It’s just a load of silly rhyming words and illustrations. But there are just three characters which means it’s one of the few books I’m happy to read out loud in funny voices without getting totally confused by page 5. And the ending of this one makes me laugh every time. Buy it here.
Who Is Happy? By Jarvis
This lovely (if a little long) is my 3 year old’s favourite. As you follow the children and animals through their day and learn about their emotions, I find it a great way to get my son to talk about his day and feelings too. Buy it here.
The Book With No Pictures by B J Novac
Not a book to read at the end of the week as it demands a little energy, but a brilliant one nonetheless. No pictures, no story, just a silly tangle of words about reading a book and making funny sounds whilst doing it. Cracks my 3 year old up every single time. Buy it here.
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