I am a HUGE book reader. I could literally sit all day reading a book, until it was completed - in fact, before child, I loved nothing better than doing just that.
I think reading is hugely important and I want to encourage Ella to enjoy reading just as much as I do. Obviously, at the moment she is too young to appreciate it or enjoy snuggling up and getting lost in a story - she's much more interested in eating the pages.
When she does though, there are so many books I can't wait to read to her. Some of which are the very same books I enjoyed reading in my childhood.
I have compiled a list of my favourites, that I recommend you check out!
The classic feel good, warm fuzzies book. A story of a parent and child describing their love for each other. It's such a beautiful story with a beautiful message and one that I could read to Ella over and over again.
Another classic children's book, one of which I very clearly remember from my childhood. The vibrant colours are what appeals to me most, that and the memories of how much I enjoyed reading it when I was little. A story of a caterpillar who is, like the title suggests, very hungry.
A beautifully written rhyming story about a brave little mouse scaring away his predators with the threat of "The Gruffalo". I love reading this book, it has a beautiful message with beautiful illustrations to match.
I loved this book as I child mainly because I think it reminded me of my beloved Grandfather, who passed away when I was 11. It doesn't really have any particular message behind it, just a feel good story about a Grandpa and his attachment to his slippers - because we all know Grandparents are the best right?
Another throwback to my childhood. I've always been an animal lover so this book appealed to me for that very reason. And even better? It's a lift-the-flap book! Exactly as the name suggest, we're on a mission to find Spot!
A classic Kiwi book series that I'm pretty sure most Kiwi kids have grown up reading and loving! The adventures of Hairy Maclary and his friends has to be one of my all time favourites to read as a child. I'm determined to collect the whole set for Ella. She's already showing signs of loving animals so I think she would love the Hairy Maclary books.
A recent discovery for me but it's quickly become a favourite. With the STUNNING illustrations and cute storyline, it's a definate must-have! About four friends, Moose, Lion, Zebra and Sheep who stumble across the cranky bear when playing in a cosy cave and decide to try and put a stop to his "crankiness".
A beautifully illustrated book, with holographic details, about a beautiful fish that ends his loneliness when he learns to share with others. This is another book I enjoyed from my childhood. The rich colours are what appeals to me, that and the lovely message of friendship and sharing.