Give the gift of reading this Christmas with LittleFolk Tales
Recent research suggests that the number of children being read to every day is in decline, and that the use of screen time with toddlers is on the increase. As a parent, I know all to well how exhausting life can be, and how tempting it can be to reach for the Ipad at the end of the day to just grab 5 minutes and keep the littlefolk entertained. But it is so important in these early stages of development to lay the foundations of reading for pleasure, and to recognise the enormous benefits that reading brings not just to the child, but also to the whole family. Christmas is a great time to get together, take a little break from the hustle and bustle of day to day life and share a good book, and the new year is a fantastic time to set new goals to make reading a fun and enjoyable part of daily life. Books make great gifts and additions to Christmas Eve boxes, and with this in mind I’ve put together my Top Five books to share as a family this Christmas.
- Hello Mister Cold by Carles Portas
It’s winter, and Maximus Cold has fallen into the valley by mistake. Everyone thinks he’s a strange, trumpet-playing monster who has kidnapped our wolf friend Yula!
Part of the ‘Tales from the Hidden Valley’ series, snuggle up and enter a world of enchanting, snowy forests and mysterious music, and met the charming creatures of the Valley along way. With whimsical illustrations this is a visual delight and captures the essence of the season without being a ‘Christmas’ book, ensuring it can be enjoyed beyond the festive period. Recommended for ages 5 and over.
- Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna
Books are a brilliant way of helping children understand and explore their own emotions and feelings, and this is a great book for unpacking the idea of fear. When a young girl has to travel to a new country and start at a new school, her Fear tells her to be alone and afraid. How can she hope to make friends if she doesn’t understand their language? This book helps young readers understand what it might be like for a friend who is new to their school or town, and shows the importance of sharing our fears in order to connect with one another. Recommended for ages 5 and over
- Across the Savannah by Libby Walden
This a beautiful pop-up book exploring the secrets of the Savannah and would be a perfect gift for animal lovers. Recommended for ages 3 and over
- The Girls by Lauren Ace
Four little girls meet under an apple tree and form a bond that grows as they share secrets, dreams, worries and schemes as their friendship flourishes into adulthood. This a beautifully illustrated book, exploring themes of friendship, compassion and empathy. Recommended for ages 3 and over
- Animosaics: Can you find it? By Surya Sajnani
A brilliantly coloured, large format, search and find board book from the creator of Wee Gallery. Introducing littlefolk to colours, everyday objects and shapes whilst encouraging language development, this is a search and find book that can be enjoyed by toddlers and adults together. Recommended for ages 1-3
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