How to Look After Your Dinosaur

Playful endpapers set the scene for this story, showing a mailman hauling a giant dino egg wrapped in brown paper and marked fragile. Behind him is a sign shouting that eggs are on sale. A little boy looks surprised when he receives his huge parcel, but luckily this book is a guide to looking after…

I Just Ate My Friend

​This story had us all in giggles and very glad we don’t have any monster friends! It begins with a wide-eyed monster telling us he has just eaten his friend. He’s most upset about it and can’t seem to make any new friends. Funny that!  This book is fun to read aloud – very loudly…

The Perfect Picnic

The Perfect Picnic sees two friends carefully pack a picnic, complete with crockery plates, a warm drink in a flask and a wonderfully creamy cake. But the path to their picnic spot takes them through thorny brambles which, unbeknownst to the pair, tears a hole in the picnic bag. As they search for the perfect…

Through the Gate

This book is wonderful. It’s beautifully poignant and genius in its simplicity. And the illustrations are irrisistible. My little man, 4, asks for it every night and his sisters, 8, put down their books to share this story with us too. It’s about a girl who has just moved to a new house, in a…

Rockabye Pirate

We often read this as our last book on the bedtime pile and I love it when I look over and see my little man has fallen asleep by the last line: “And rockabye pirate has fallen asleep”.  The gentle rhymes are just right for calming down, as the pirates in the story are taken…

Little People, Big Dreams Agatha Christie

As a child, my reading was almost exclusively fiction. I don’t think it ever occurred to me to go looking for a non-fiction book to read for pleasure. It turns out my husband was the opposite, devouring factual books, and I’m quietly jealous about all the cool facts he’s retained. So I’m determined to make…