I have written a lot about books over the last few months and Mia now has a great selection of different books that we enjoy reading on a regular basis. It’s really important to us that Mia enjoys books as both Mario and I were big readers when we were younger and I still loving getting stuck into a good book when I get the chance too! My favourite books as a child have to be Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton books as I could just get lost in them for hours and then as I got a bit older and hit my teenage years, I loved reading all of the Harry Potters (they are still on my list to re-read now I’m older!). I can’t wait for Mia to get a little older so we can read the same books we enjoyed as children, to her each bedtime. It will be something we can all enjoy together and will be a really special thing to do.
I also like giving books as gifts as I think most children I know love a good book. It’s something you can enjoy doing as a family and can involve everyone. It’s really important for children to enjoy books, not only to focus and expand their brains but also for them to really get lost in their imaginations! Brit Mums have recently teamed up with Penguin Random House to challenge bloggers to come up with their favourite children’s books and which ones they plan on passing onto their children. We were sent a lovely parcel of 3 books and challenged to wrap them up for a child. So onto the Christmas Present Challenge!
Firstly for the Christmas Present Challenge, we were sent ‘The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas’ by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter. Now I have heard about this book and it was on my list for Mia’s Christmas presents so I was so excited when we were sent a copy! It a really funny story about a little boy who wants everything for Christmas, he gets a dinosaur that eats everything instead and what goes in must come out! A great story for any dinosaur fan! It will be going into Mia’s Christmas Eve Box ready to read at bedtime and I’m really looking forward to her seeing it!
Secondly for the Christmas Present Challenge, we were sent ‘Max and Bird’ by Ed Vere, a lovely eye-catching story about an adventurous kitten called Max. He befriends Bird and they become an unlikely pairing as Max wants to be friends with Bird but also would quite like to chase and eat Bird?! A lovely story about friendship and relationships, we will be wrapping this one up for Mia to open on Christmas morning!
Finally for the Christmas Present Challenge, we got ‘The Little Elephant Who Wants To Fall Asleep’ by Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin. This is the follow-up book to the bestseller ‘The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep’ which created a stir when it re-claimed bedtime for parents all over the world! This book is about Ellen the Elephant who goes off on a journey through a magical forest that leads to sleep. I have to admit; I have already read this to Mia as we were struggling to get her to sleep for a few nights one week and wanted to give it a go. It definitely helped calm her down enough to sleep and she focused more on the story than she has others.
We were really happy to be involved in the Brit Mums and Penguin Random House Children’s Books Christmas Present Challenge and I can’t wait to see Mia open up her new books on Christmas morning!
What books did you love as a child and which ones will you be passing down to your children?
Disclaimer: we were sent these books in order to take part in the Christmas Presents Challenge however all opinions and views are honest and our own