Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Listography - Children's books

JC is too young yet to have much of an input into the books we read. He mostly wants to chew them! I do let him have a rummage around with the numerous books we have but I wouldn't say he has a favourite as yet. I am/was a primary school teacher and before I went on MAT leave, I worked with P2 so I am familiar with children's books. Here is my top 5 list . . .

The Gruffalo - I love how the mouse outwits the Gruffalo in this story. I like the David and Goliath message in this story. It doesn't matter how big or strong you are you can still scare a Gruffalo.

Giraffes Can't Dance - A rhyming story about a giraffe who doesn't feel like he fits in because he can't dance. His friends all laugh at him trying to dance but once he realises that he just has to find the right music there's no stopping him.

Chicken Licken - Although I notice that the more modern editions of this book have changed to a more positive ending. I prefer the old edition where the sky does fall down!

4. A Wee Book o Fairy Tales in Scots - I am Scottish and I love our language. I think that it's important to keep it alive and that my children all understand and enjoy stories in Scots. This is a book of popular fairy tales that have been translated into Scots.

5. The Rainbow Fish - A beautifully illustrated book. It has a lot of bad reviews by people who think it's message is that you can buy your friends (the fish gives away his sparkly scales to make friends). I don't think that this is a negative message because I think that friendship does take work and requires you to give something of yourself. In our class we sing a song which has a line 'love is something if you give it away, you end up getting more'. I think that is a lovely message.


  1. We have chosen similar books - parent and teacher hats on!

  2. I used to love Chicken Licken and agree with you on the ending! Gonna have to look up the giraffe one - multiple recommendations.

  3. We have chosen similar books - parent and teacher hats on!


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