Book of the Month
Each month we introduce you to a new book that we are reading with the children. We hope that it introduces you to new authors and stories that you can read to your children, especially at bedtime.
December - Jesus’ Christmas Party by Nicholas Allen
Jesus' Christmas Party is a simple retelling of the nativity story from the innkeepers point of view.
It has lovely pictures and is funny. It has repeated refrains in which children soon pick up on and enjoy joining in with.
November – Owl babies
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Patrick Benson, is a classic children’s picture book. It is a timeless story that even very young children can relate to, with stunning and engaging illustrations.
Owl Babies offers a safe and secure opportunity to explore separation anxiety and the worries that children naturally experience. The story allows children to look at the situation of a parent going away through the eyes of Sarah, Percy and Bill and explore their own feelings. It also reinforces the idea that the situation will be resolved, if a parent goes away they will come back. If Mummy or Daddy leaves you at nursery they will come and pick you up.
October - Room on the Broom
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler raises questions about what it means to be a friend, helping others, and teamwork. So this is a great story to promote these skills at the start of the school year. The book flows with the use of rhyming sentences. Rhyming teaches children how language works. It helps them notice and work with the sounds within words. When children are familiar with a nursery rhyme or rhyming book, they learn to anticipate the rhyming word. This prepares them to make predictions when they read, another important reading skill.
You can hear the story below