Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett

This is one of Pippa’s all time favourite picture books and one of the first she proudly told us she could ‘read’ by herself. As the title suggests it is a story about a monkey (a toy one) who along with his owner, a little girl, go and visit a range of animals at the zoo. 

Emily Gravett has written a wonderful repeating text which is very easy for even very young children to pick up on. On each of the pages the little girl’s actions give a clue to which animal they will see next. This is lovely for children to guess what is coming next and Pippa certainly enjoys doing so even though we have read the book many times. It is also lots of fun to make the same shapes as the little girl does, although this does not always lend its self to a calm bedtime read! 

The illustrations are very appealing and the little girl and her monkey are lovely characters. We have been reading this book for a long time with Pippa and, even though she is now able to read it herself, she still very much enjoys having it read to her at bedtime. 

I said it is one of her favourites, her reason why – because she says it is just like her and her toy Monk 🙂 

Some Dogs Do by Jez Alborough 

This is a fantastic bedtime story and is definitely one of our family favourites. 

It is about a dog called Sid who, on his way to school one day, finds that he can fly. Of course no one at school believes him and he becomes very sad until his Dad lets him in on a very special secret…

The illustrations are bright and lovely to look at, Sid is a very cute puppy! The text has a great rhythm to it with rhyming sentences and is really easy to read aloud. It is also memorable enough for children to quickly pick up so they can join in. 

We have been reading this book to Pippa and Henry for a few years now and it never fails to leave a smile on our faces when we have finished. 

We thoroughly recommend it! 

Tiddler by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Once there was a fish and his name was Tiddler…

And so begins this wonderful rhyming picture book from the author and illustrator combination that gave us The Gruffalo. 

This was actually the very first story we ever read to Pippa and Henry when they were just tiny babies and we all still love it today, in fact Henry chose to read it at bedtime only a couple of days ago. 

It tells the story of Tiddler who, despite his size, tells the most wonderful stories as the reason for him being late to school. Then one day he really does have an adventure and the power of storytelling is instrumental in bringing him home safely. 

This is lovely to read aloud with a rhythm that’s easy for children to pick up and join in with. It is also a great book for playing around with voices for the different characters! The illustrations as usual from Axel Scheffler are fabulously engaging and include lots of little details – can you spot the Gruffalo fish? 

Overall this is a perfect bedtime book which I’m certain we will all continue to enjoy for years to come!