little project and tips for reading!

29 March 2010

We had a wonderful weekend, pottering around the house, visiting another National Trust side, gardening and doing small projects in our home. One of them was to create better space for A., for her reading, drawing, playing.
In my spring clear out, couple of months ago I had to let go my beloved sofa (which I only bought back in summer:(, but by creating the work space in the kitchen we lost some space and one thing I can't live with, is lack of space and clutter. I love to look at other's people homes, at their open shelves full of stuff and ornaments, but I'm just not able to function around it.
I put up the Lack shelf from Ikea for the books....and brought this old A's. moses basket from the loft as Anya uses it for her dolls as a bed...and sometimes for herself to read...and finally I put more doors on this big built-in cabinet. There is a lot of stuff behind there, believe me! and two of the rows hides all the other toys. I just leave the doors open in the morning and close it when A. goes to sleep...
So with all the books around I would like to share some with you. I'm always interested in new children's books so these are some of my daughter's favourites. I'm not really good at describing things in English so ...little comments only. Anya is 22 months.
Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett. Simple, easy, fun story.
The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle. Great touch and feel book, good for practicing animal noises.
Have you seen my cat? by Eric Carle. A little boy goes around the world to find his lost cat. A Slide-and-Peek board book, nice story, good for practising memory.
Ten Little Ladybirds by Gerth & Huliska Beith. One 3D ladybird disappears every page.
The Wheels On The Bus by David Ellwand. Sound book with cute pictures.
Rainbow Rob by Jo Rigg and Simon Mugford. Funny rhymes, touch and feel, colourful book. Very educational story.
My Dad by Anthony Browne. Wonderful! present for dads from children. My husband was very touched:) and A. loves it too.
Dogs by Emily Gravett. Soft, beautiful illustrations. Nice and simple story.
Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett. As they say :Perfect for little monkeys everywhere!
Where Is My Teddy? by Jez Alborough. We read and read this book probably 1000 times. It comes with story CD as well.
Charlie's Cook Favourite Book by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler. Funny rhymes, unusual story, entertaining.
Splat The Cat by Rob Scotton. Great fun, nice and soft illustrations.
The Great Paper Caper. I love , love, love anything from Oliver Jeffers. I have to admit A. might just a little bit too young for this book. But the illustrations! are just awesome!
Little Beauty by Anthony Browne. Wonderful, kind, sweet story and even better illustrations.
ABC's . This book is dedicated in memory of Charley Harper. What else to say...beautiful A-Z.
Animal Flash Cards by Eric Carle. A. spent the whole Christmas playing with them. Very clever and beautifully done.
huh...are you still there? Once I started....I couldn't finish:)...I hope, you have a toddler yourself it might give you some tips or ideas.
More favourites if you still want to :)
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson
The very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do you see? by Eric Carle
Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton
Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett
Where's Spot ...and Spot Bakes a Cake by Eric Hill
and once again anything by Oliver Jeffers:)
All the books should be available on Amazon or in your local shops. Thanks for reading everyone!! have a good day


  1. oh so lovley books and a great little cozy place for your little one...;)...wish you a wonderful week and happy easter time with your family...hugs...Ines

  2. what did you do with the sofa??? but true you made a really good place for A. Have a good week!:)

  3. Love what you have donw for A, what a great little nook for her. Love the books, I have quite a few of them myself. I'm curious too, where did the sofa go?
    Have a great week V.

  4. Love the little area you've created for A. Your home is so lovely. What a great collection of books you've shared. My daughter loves 'The Busy Spider' too x

  5. Thanks everyone:) ladies, the sofa went to Ebay:) sold for more then I bought it for:):)

  6. ooh, i love that moses basket idea for reading books!

  7. Great little space for A. We have exactly the same table and chair for Ruby in our living room. We also love the Eric Carle books - they are on their 2nd useage now as Luca loved them too. I was thinking of order the Charley Harper colouring books for Luca too as they are so interesting and great for older children. Splat the Cat looks great.

  8. Just spent a few moments enjoying your blog and art pieces. Looking forward to spending a bit more time with it over the next few days. Your home looks amazing.

    My son, Harry also loves The Great Paper Caper which is good because I love the illustrations!

  9. Lovely list - I have 2 yr old twins and I can see some of those books making their way into our collection. Might I also recommend Aaaarrgghh Spider! by Lydia Monks. I have been reading it to my girls every single night for the past month or so - they won't go to bed without it.

  10. I love the white cabinets. Where are those from? Thanks.

  11. Fantastic post - we love all those books too!

    Funnily enough I stumbled upon your blog after searching for photos of reading corners...t hen realised that you were in the copy of the Ike magazine I recieved in the mail today! Small world. :D


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