PSA Thread for Dadsnet/Mumsnet/Unclesnet/Auntsnet/cousinsnet Christmas presents ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„

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#1

Basically I just wanted to start a thread to wax lyrical about my absolute favourite book to read to my little one. Sheโ€™s 4 now & Iโ€™ve been reading it to her as bedtime reading since she was 2 and itโ€™s still a delight every time for both of us. Thought it would be a good time to do it as it would make an excellent present to anyone who has a pre-schooler or young school-age kid to buy for this Christmas

Itโ€™s this

not nearly as well known as Cat in the Hat but so much better imho - the four stories here are all just hilarious & fun to read but embedded deep in the stories are really valuable lessons for the wee ones

the first story - as the wiki says - is about prejudice & tolerance, but much more than that itโ€™s about how divisions are exploited by the unscrupulous

the others deal with stubborness, forethought and fear of the unknown in such a hilarious and delicate and genius way that any parent will glad of this one in their little oneโ€™s reading list

get it if you have a 3-7 year old to buy for - their parents will thank you. The paperback is about a fiver & the hardback is ยฃ12ish - worth every penny & more


also, bonus for anyone who has a family with a young person an an elderly relative in a nursing home or suffering from dementia โ€ฆthis is a wonderfully illustrated book about how a young person can understand memory loss and feel empowered to empathise - really touching

http://memfox.com/books/wilfrid-gordon-mcdonald-partridge/

anyway, thatโ€™s the end of my PSA

add your bedtime story book recommendations or indeed any other CHAT about what to buy (or what not to buy) the little ones for Christmas


#2

Good thread!

My favourite book to read is (this is Scottish DiSer centric) the Gruffalo in Scots. Basically, replaces fox with โ€œtodโ€ and owl with โ€œhooletโ€ and the nut is โ€œbrawโ€. Itโ€™s a delight to read. Weโ€™ve not bought the Gruffaloโ€™s Child because itโ€™s not in Scots.

We love Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. Good story about a boy when a penguin shows up at his door, and is sad. He decided to take it back to Antartica. Itโ€™s lovely and well drawn too. The same author has The Day the Crayons Quit which is quite loverly and charming too.


#3

Good thought, my older brother bought me the Sneetches when I was little so maybe itโ€™s my turn to get his daughters a copy


#4

I havenโ€™t found an Oliver Jeffers book that isnโ€™t just lovely and moving and heartwarming yet.

How to Catch a Star is beautiful as well.


#5

Heartily second The Sneetches, I read this countless times to my daughter.


#6

Love Dr Seuss but have never read The Sneeches, will have to pick it up. Read Oh, the Places Youโ€™ll Go! to my kids a lot, itโ€™s a lovely book:

I really like Jon Klassen, weโ€™ve got some prints of his illustrations up at home. I Want My Hat back is my favourite:


#7

Jnrโ€™s fave Dr Seuss is Mr Brown, which I really donโ€™t like readingas itโ€™s just a succession of noises.

As a kid I read the Little Matchstick Girl every Xmas eve and loved it but itโ€™s well maudlin so holding off on that one.

Pretty standard but Gruffaloโ€™s child is a massive hit at the moment and set in winter so it feels a bit festive


#8

Top toddler book but not festive is I Am Bear, thereโ€™s even a rap version of it online.

Robert McFarlabe tweeted this last week and it sounds ace (for older kids). Anyone read it?


#9

definitely give sneetches a look - itโ€™s a real joy to read and jr. will still appreciate the nonsense bits in Too Many Daves


#10

This sounds amazing


#11

The best are Shirley Hughes tbh tbf


#12

:heart: Dogger, even if its name hasnโ€™t aged wellโ€ฆ


#13

Love this one:

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#14

For Arab Strap fans, I definitely recommend this book:

Really nice story


#15

Book wankers.

Get them a ps4 and nerf guns


#16

Big fans of Ryan from the Officeโ€™s book in our house

and also this one by the guy from McFly


#17

I got The Book with No Pictures for my nephew a couple of Christmases ago. He was asked if he wanted to hear it and wasnโ€™t interested, but @he_2 went ahead anyway. By the end, he was asking for an instant second read through.


#18

Iโ€™ve got that, and itโ€™s signed, and we read it last night. She repeats the final line back to me and has since she was very young; โ€œBut loveโ€™s the bestโ€. Wonderful book.

We have an edition with it read by Moffat and with music by Bill Wells, which is great too.


#19

That encore request was all about the delivery, clearlyโ€ฆ

He still enjoys that book.


#20

Was really into a good picture book even before R came along (I am a sucker for nice illustration).

I second @sheeldzโ€™ recommendation of Oliver Jeffers though we havenโ€™t had Lost and Found yet (Up and Down which features the same characters is wonderful though). This Moose Belongs to Me is collectively our favourite, R doesnโ€™t always sit through it but frequently asks for it to be read. Beautiful painted backgrounds, lots of wit and warmth in the story and plenty of detail.

For babies/toddlers Sandra Boynton is great, a counting bool called Hippos Go Beserk especially, also Barnyard Dance is a lot of fun for getting up and doing all the actions.

Britta Teckentrup is another great one - she has lots of books which are spotting/pairing games and are beautiful. She has some very sweet story books too: not so much a Christmas gift, but I think The Memory Tree would be a great comfort for a child after a bereavement if they are too young to fully understand death (my sad bear circle picture is from there, incidentally).