Saturday, 28 March 2015

Hooray, it's Picture Book Day


It's National Picture Book Day, apparently. I'm not entirely sure if that's a real thing or not but it seems like a good time to celebrate some of Dylan's favourite picture books. First off, we have Zog. Dylan loves Zog, and he's our number one bedtime reading material - I can definitely recite it word for word. It's by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffer, and pretty much everyone knows they're the children's book dream team. The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet! was thought up by another dream team - Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter from McFly. I have to admit that I kind of bought this more for myself than for Dylan, but he really loves it. It also came with a dinosaur plush, but luckily for me it doesn't poop! 

Two new ones for our collection are Bing - Paint Day by Ted Dewan and Mog and Bunny by Judith Kerr. Dylan is growing out of cbeebies a little bit due to his love of superheroes, but he's always really excited when Bing comes on. When I spotted this book, I knew he'd be really delighted with it. It's a very simple story, but I think it'll be perfect to practise Dylan's reading skills! I used to love Mog when I were a nipper, but I couldn't remember ever reading Mog and Bunny. I think I must have had a whole selection of Judith Kerr books, so I was more than happy to add this one to our collection. The illustrations are as delightful as I remembered, and I think Dylan finds them quite soothing for an after-bathtime read.

    
Whoops! by Suzi Moore is actually a newly released book. We've had the pleasure of meeting Suzi, so Dylan has a nice signed copy! I think the artwork for this is really special, and looks a bit grungier than other children's books. Oliver Jeffers is one of my favourite illustrators, and I love how this book is 'narrated' by the crayons. It's a really genius idea! 

We've had A Bit Lost the longest in this selection, I think we bought it when Dylan was just a wee babe. I believe Joe picked it out in Edinburgh, so it's quite special to me. Dylan likes to point out all the animals and make the appropriate noises for them. Another good animal noise-inducing book is Sarah & Duck meet the Penguins. This is another cbeebies show that Dylan loves, so when I saw this book in Cardiff I just had to buy it. Quack. 


I couldn't leave out two of my own favourite picture books. I guess they're not quite picture books, but they do have some illustrations, so I'm totally putting these out there. The Tale of Peter Rabbit was probably the first book I ever loved. This one is taken from a little boxset I have, which sadly young Chelsea did not take very good care of. I'm sure I'll share this with Dylan at some point, but I'm not ready yet! Winnie-The-Pooh is another first love for me. I know these are both cliche selections, but they both gave me so much stability and friendship as a child. Such woe, ey? 

So that's our top picture book round up! What are your favourites? 


Chelsea xo

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