"So many books, so little time" - Frank ZappaWe read so many beautiful picture books but it is often hard to share them all with you here, even though I really, really want to. A full review and crafty activities matched to the story is not always possible but that does not mean the book is not worthy of sharing. So I have been thinking about how I can share these amazing books with you on a regular basis.
So after a bit of thinking, I came up with taking a photo each night of one of the many books we read at bedtime that evening and share it via Instagram and Facebook with a very brief review or any observations we might have had after reading it. So the Bedtime Story Photo Series was born! I know it's nothing ground breaking but it will certainly help me to share more wonderful picture books with you.
I thought I would then give a weekly recap of our bedtime reading adventures here on the blog. There is no rhyme or reason to our book selections either, by the way. Both James and Emily choose a book (or ten) to read and I usually choose one too, so it's really what we are in the mood for.
Here is a snapshot of the books we read at bedtime last week:
The Boy and the Toy
The Boy and his Toy by Sonia Hartnett and illustrated by Lucia Masciullo is a delightful story about friendship. One day a man invents the best toy in the world and he gives it to his son. As time goes by, the boy begins to wonder if it really is the best toy in the world after all. This story is full of funny moments and the illustrations are just sublime!
This paperback edition was published by Penguin Australia in February 2014.
Penguin in Love
Penguin in Love by Salina Yoon is such a cute book. Penguin is looking for love and soon finds himself on a mysterious adventure with his soulmate. These two yarn bombing little penguins are just so adorable. Love and knitting, what a perfect combination for a picture book.
This paperback edition was published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in January 2014.
Barry the Fish with Fingers
Barry the Fish with Fingers by Sue Hendra is as the title suggest, about a fish who indeed has fingers. Barry shows all the other fish what he can do with fingers, like finger paint, knit and even tickle. Soon all the fish want fingers too. This is a lovely book to help discuss jealousy and the colourful illustrations will definitely appeal to younger readers. My kids have never eaten fish fingers, so they didn't really get the whole fish finger reference but they still thought it was a fun story.
Dinosaur Farm by Frann Preston-Gannon is perfect for all those little dino lovers out there. It's hard work being a farmer, especially when you have a dinosaur farm. This is such a funny story and the illustrations had us in fits of giggles. I certainly wouldn't want to have to clean up after all those Dinosaurs!
This paperback book was published by Koala Books in December 2013.
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So what do you think? Is this something you would be interested in seeing as a regular series on Instagram and the blog? I would love to hear your thoughts.
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*Disclosure: I was provided with a review copy of this book by the publisher. My opinions, as always, are my own.