The eldest of the two is six and just beginning to experience the joys of reading alone. Johnny got her Fox in Socks by Dr Seuss for her birthday, which she loved and resulted in much rhyme making of our own. I've always tried to get them books as they have so many toys already, I loved books (well I still very much do!) as a kid and I really want them to feel the same way. So Bethany is six and I'm pretty sure that was probably around the time that I read a whole book all on my own, I remember it well and how proud I was, the book was Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach. I went on to work my way through all of Roald Dahl's books right up until I was a grown up and read his adult short stories (which are amazing by the way) Johnny also has many fond memories of his books so we thought this would be an ideal starting point for her. I used amazon's age guides to assist in working out which ones would be best, I really don't want to give her something so difficult it puts her off. I also got here the Where's Wally Solid Gold Collection for some silly fun.
Nicole is only 2 and a half, but, as most little sisters do, copies everything Bethany does! She might not have the patience to sit through a story, she tends to attempt a conversation with Bethany in loud whispers, as if we won't notice, but she likes to open a book up on her lap and pretend she's reading aloud. Plus I figured it would be really nice to get her something that Bethany could attempt to read for her. I'm a bit of a creature of habit and once I find an author/illustrator that I (and of course they) like I tend to buy all of their books. So as usual Oliver Jeffers' new book has appeared in the pile of Christmas presents. I absolutely adore his pictures and the stories are so simple yet so beautiful.
I've been very good and haven't read it yet...I'm waiting for the pleasure of reading it two very special girls on Christmas day!
It's so strange to think that next year I'll be buying gifts for my own little one!