World Book Day ~ The Beauty and Joy of Children’s Books

I have blogged before about how much I love books, especially children’s books, and really enjoyed writing about my favourite pony and animal stories from childhood – and confessing (as I absolutely don’t mind doing!) that I still keep and re-read them now. I loved looking at the Anne of Green Gables series too, which I’ve fallen in love with even more as an adult than as a child and count some of (Anne of Green Gables, Anne’s House of Dreams, Rilla of Ingleside ♥️) as my very favourite and most sustaining reads.

I really believe that reading can form such a huge part of growing and developing – and one of the things I’ve always looked forward to about having children of my own is being able to share stories with them.

We’re very lucky in Scotland to have a real focus on the importance of reading from birth onwards and even before. In antenatal classes we were encouraged to get used to reading aloud during pregnancy, Scotland’s Baby Boxes have cloth books and ideas for learning and playing from the Play Talk Read government initiative, and across the country free “Bookbug” classes are available for children from birth to school age in local libraries, run by the Scottish Book Trust, and age- appropriate books are gifted at every stage from a month on through the health visitor scheme, along with a calendar full of ideas for learning and developing.

In our short parenting journey so far we have discovered so many beautiful books for all ages through these recommendations, gifted to us by friends and family, passed down from our own childhoods or found in book shops and libraries; and are loving reading them to our little daughter. As so many of them are so special, I thought I’d love to write about them here, just a few at a time – and World Book Day seems the perfect day to start!

Home by Carson Ellis ~

The simple concept of this treasure of a book is the focus on all the many places different people call home; and it is the intracacy of its beautiful illustrations as much as its few well-chosen words that tell these stories so relatably and capture the imagination.

The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler ~

Couldn’t possibly have failed to include The Highway Rat as it fits so perfectly with the theme of this blog! It was a book I chose to add to our collection as it featured characters so similar to our own pets – the swashbuckling “baddie” the Highway Rat and his obliging horse! Its rhythmic verse, humour and eclectic mix of animal characters make it a book I know will become well-loved in our home, as I’m sure so many other of Julia Donaldson’s will too!

Peepo by Janet & Allan Ahlberg ~

This is a truly timeless book, documenting with such poignancy a day in the life of a baby in the 1940s. One of the things I love most about Peepo is how it somehow mirrors the events of the same even in the modern day – the rhythmic simplicity of playtime, bathtime, bedtime and family values are the same, just with the rich historic backdrop of life in that era.

Little Mole books, written by Jonathan Emmett, illustrated by Vanessa Cabban ~

This is a lovely little series of books featuring Mole and his woodland friends, with a strong focus on relationships and morals woven into simple and engaging tales. From the classic Bringing Down the Moon to the vibrant autumn colours of The Best Gift of All, they are a warm and appealing collection. I actually came across this blog post by the author when writing this, and see we have one, Diamond in the Snow, still to discover!

These are just a few of our very first picture books and would love to write about more so probably will. There are so many we’re just discovering as well as so many classics – Winnie the Pooh, Old Bear, Spot – who could have a chapter all of their own and who I’m just itching to pass on.

A very happy World Book Day all, hope you are all having a good week. X

9 thoughts on “World Book Day ~ The Beauty and Joy of Children’s Books

  1. shazza March 1, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    Its lovely that Scotland is so encouragng with books and reading amongst children. 🙂
    Today I ventured out before work to return some library books….and my local library is giving away free books to children for World Book day. I took one each for my niece and nephew. It was a really nice thought ! X

    Liked by 1 person

  2. samanthamurdochblog March 3, 2018 / 10:27 pm

    Ooh have you ever read the “Flambards” series? I loved those when I was a little girl! 😺💕xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • amischiefmanaged March 4, 2018 / 6:15 am

      Ooh wow I had forgotten about them!! I did read them, yes. I had the Swallow series by K.M. Peyton and I remember them better but I definitely had Flambards from the library and remember really enjoying them.. maybe something else I can track down and re-read! 🙂 hope you are doing well and having a good weekend xx

      Liked by 1 person

      • samanthamurdochblog March 5, 2018 / 9:37 pm

        Lol – your reading tastes sound just the same as mine when I was little! I liked that series too – how about “My Friend Flicka”? And did you ever come across a book called “A Dog So Small”?

        The weekend finished far too soon… but at least the snow has gone! Hope you are all well and lots of love to you 🙂 xxx

        Liked by 1 person

      • amischiefmanaged March 12, 2018 / 4:20 pm

        I never actually read My Friend Flicka but I remember A Dog So Small so well! 😊 so many good ones! 🙂 xx

        Liked by 1 person

      • samanthamurdochblog March 12, 2018 / 6:14 pm

        I am SO pleased you remember A Dog So Small – everyone else I have mentioned it to look at me as if I’m nuts…definitely read My Friend Flicka when you get chance, it’s the first of a really good series 🙂 xx

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s