★ there is no such thing as a gruffalo ★

Charlotte currently is addicted to the “Gruffalo”, a book by Julia Donaldson with pictures by Axel Scheffler. “The Gruffalo” is a clever story about a clever little mouse that my daughter just loves.

A mouse is taking a stroll through the deep, dark woods when along comes a hungry fox, then an owl, and then a snake. The mouse is good enough to eat, but smart enough to know this – so he invents…the gruffalo! As Mouse explains, the gruffalo is a creature with terrible claws, terrible tusks in its terrible jaws, knobbly knees and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of its nose. But Mouse has no worries. After all, there’s no such thing as a gruffalo…is there?

I am so glad that I purchased this book – it is an audiobook. The narrator is wonderful. The story comes alive as she reads it. Charlotte is glued to every word. Now, we are listening to this story in the car  and Charlotte is so good during the drive as soon as the story ended she is asking for another. Now, I am going to look for more stories by the same narrator and I keep you posted.

★ les petits fairytales ★

I am currently preparing myself for business so I am doing a reserach about fairytales….I know, it sounds funny!

I checked at the same time which fairytales are already suitable for pre-schoolers like Charlotte and I discovered Les Petits Fairytales.

Les Petits Fairytales are made to share the language, beauty, and enchantment of fairytales with the littlest readers in our life and encourages the child/ adult interaction. It is a collection of the classic fairytales, created especially for little readers with just a handful of words and bright, enchanting illustrations.

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★ English books – toddlers ★

Early literacy is a critical part of every child’s growth and development and reading to your child on a regular basis is one of the easiest ways to promote a lifelong love of learning. Even babies and toddlers can benefit from being read to.  In fact, the benefits span everything from an enhanced vocabulary to a more active and enhanced imagination.

I have picked 10 books for you – everything from bedtime stories to fun adventures:

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child in your life?

2. I Want My Hat Back

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A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2011!
A picture-book delight by a rising talent tells a cumulative tale with a mischievous twist.

3. Are you my mother?

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The timeless message of the bond between mother and child make P. D. Eastman’s Are You My Mother? a must for baby showers, beginning readers, and Mother’s Day.

4.  An awesome book

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Based on the simple concept of dreaming big, An Awesome Book! is the inspiring debut work of Los Angeles writer/artist Dallas Clayton. Written in the vein of classic imaginative tales, it is a sure hit for all generations, young and old.

5. Brown bear, Brown bear. What do you see?

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A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck–all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle’s flat, boldly colored collages. Combined with Bill Martin’s singsong text, they create unforgettable images of these endearing animals.

6. Chicka, chicka, boom, boom

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When all the letters of the alphabet race one another up the coconut tree, will there be enough room? Of course there is always enough room for this rollicking alphabet chant that has been a children’s favorite for more than twenty years! Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault’s rhythmic text keeps the beat with Caldecott Honor illustrator Lois Ehlert’s bold, cheerful art.

7. Corduroy

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Don Freeman’s classic character, Corduroy, is even more popular today then he was when he first came on the scene in 1968. This story of a small teddy bear waiting on a department store shelf for a child’s friendship has appealed to young readers generation after generation.

8. Good night moon

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In this classic of modern children’s literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.

9. Harold and the purple crayon

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Share this timeless classic with a new generation of readers!

Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement. This board book edition is perfect for little hands at bedtime. Full of funny twists and surprises and delighting readers of all ages since 1955, Harold and the Purple Crayon shows just how far your imagination can take you.

10. How do Dinosaur say Good Night

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Internationally acclaimed author Jane Yolen composes a playful bedtime book about young dinosaurs.
In a few simple lines of verse on each spread, fathers and mothers are ready to put their youngsters to bed. But in this book, the youngsters are a wide variety of dinosaurs. And how do dinosaurs say good night?

If you have some you’d like to add to the list, I’d love for you to add them in the comments!  I am always looking for new books to add to our collection!

★ where the wild things are ★

Today I pick another item from my style spread for toddlers. The iconic book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. This book is already fifty years old! It also was one of my favourite books when I was a kid.

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This story focuses on a young boy named Max who, after dressing in his wolf costume, wreaks such havoc through his household that he is sent to bed without his supper. Max’s bedroom undergoes a mysterious transformation into a jungle environment, and he winds up sailing to an island inhabited by malicious beasts known as the “Wild Things.” After successfully intimidating the creatures, Max is hailed as the king of the Wild Things and enjoys a playful romp with his subjects; however, he decides to return home, to the Wild Things’ dismay. After arriving in his bedroom, Max discovers a hot supper waiting for him.

Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year, Where the Wild Things Are became an iconic book that has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations. It continues to be one of the best loved books of all time the world over.

So a must-have for your kids, too!