Teeny Readers - Guest Blog

In Matilda (arguably one of the best children's books of all time), Roald Dahl wrote: "The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives.” Doesn't it just sum up why reading books to your children is such a wonderful thing to do? Oh the places you can go to through the pages of a story book. I've always been a big reader, but I had no idea when my son was born in April this year, how much my love of books would transfer over to reading stories to him. When he was five weeks old I signed him up for a library card. I realise now this is completely bonkers and I should probably have been at home in my pyjamas eating biscuits, but at the time I was so excited to start sharing my favourite stories with him, and that feeling helped me get myself out of the house in those daunting newborn days. Fast forward 4 months and we've got through dozens of books - picture books, board books, funny books, soppy books, noisy books, sleepy books and so on. We go to the library at least once a week (so many books - for free!), and I love it at the end of the day when we snuggle up together to read a story. Admittedly, half the time my little one gets distracted, or tries to eat the book, or wants a feed, or does a poo, but those moments when he stares at the colours on the page, or seems to really listen to my voice doing the sing-song rhymes of a Julia Donaldson story, are pure gold. (And don't get me started on when I hear his Daddy reading to him, it melts my heart!). Reading is a great way to interact and bond with your baby, and it also helps develop their communication skills as they're introduced to new words and noises. I set up TeenyReaders on Instagram to record and share our favourite books and it's introduced an amazing community of parents to me (including Rainbow Sensory Gifts!), who love reading to their children as much as I do.

So here are my top 10 books I've read with my little one so far (in no particular order). Hopefully you'll spot a few familiar ones, and discover some fabulous new reads too. 1. Fluffywuffy by Simon Puttock 2. That's Not My Mermaid - (I am obsessed with the That's Not My books!) 3. Chuffa Chuffa Choo Choo by Emma Garcia 4. Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love 5. Elmer by David McKee 6. Grumpycorn by Sarah McIntyre 7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 8. Car, Car, Truck, Jeep by Katrina Charman and Nick Sharratt 9. Lots of Frogs by Howard Calvert and Claudia Boldt 10. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler

 Caz Cook @teenyreaders (follow on Instagram!)