Sharing favourite storybooks with your little one

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Which picture book brought magic to your childhood: Possum Magic or The Magic Pudding? Create special memories with your child by sharing a favourite picture book from your past.

Classic picture books have survived and thrived through the generations because they often have beautiful pictures, engaging language and subtle humour. Introducing your child to a book that you’ve loved can be wonderful. Just seeing the illustrations on the pages will stir memories as you remember why it was a favourite, and your child can pick up on how much you’re enjoying sharing it with them.

You might like to tell your little one stories about reading your favourite book as a child, including who shared it with you and what made it special.

When sharing the story, try using different voices for different characters or involve them by asking questions or getting them to point out pictures of interest. You can also mention any “old fashioned” words and things like phones with curly cords that were attached to the wall.

Build your child’s love of reading and snuggle up with your favourite classic picture book. There’s a reason why they’re still in print!

Some classic picture books to read aloud with your child:

  • Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
  • The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
  • Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury
  • Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
  • How the Birds Got Their Colours by Mary Albert and Pamela Lofts
  • There’s a Sea in My Bedroom by Margaret Wild
  • Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
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