Our children grew up with Roy Campbell, I think ‘Dear Zoo’ is a great, first introduction to books. Although cruelly I think ‘It’s Mine’ was my favourite, just because I loved seeing the build of excitement and trepidation as we reached the page with the lion. Each child just got to the stage where they’d know it was coming, and they’d get the scared look, and then the laughter as the pop-out jaws would try to get them (cruel mummy!), and then the next evening, despite all of that, it would be the first they’d reach for when choosing their evening story.
As the boys have grown, they’ll still reach for their favourites, and so it comes as no surprise that B really wants a puppy. It’s hard to dissuade his enthusiasm, especially as it’s a book which he’s willing to spend the time identifying the letters, to understanding the sounds and word-formation.
To accompany the books which become a part of our bedtime rituals, there is now a fantastic web-based resource to support learning through the day, with activities aimed at 1 to 5 year olds, it is a fantastic way to create learning opportunities through favourite books without even realising. There is fun (and free!) downloadable printables, as well as games to play online.
Teaming favourite books with activities is a great way to introduce extended learning and fun to home life.
Disclosure: We received Dear Zoo goodies for the purposes of this post. All views and opinions contained are our own.