Its been almost a year since we last published a post on 2 Bottles of Milk, so where have we been?
Last Christmas I was so ill that I spent most of Christmas Day in bed asleep and it got me thinking about how hectic our lives were and how we needed to relax and let something rest for a while and that was unfortunately the blog! With everything that Leo had gone through and a new baby, as well as life in general it was the easiest thing to let go and allow more time for all the other stuff that was going on at that point.
Today is World Book Day and like many families across the country, and in fact around the world, our family is celebrating it.
This morning Oliver got all dressed up as Finn McMissile from Cars 2 and was excited to show his friends his costume and to see their costumes as well.
I know from what his teachers have said that they have been looking at World Book Day this week at school and yesterday Oliver came home telling us all about how his class went on a bear hunt after reading the book. He loved the cartoon that was on TV over Christmas and loves the book as well.
In our house we love to read, Leo loves looking at pictures in the books and his favourites are the ‘That’s Not My…’ series and he frequently grabs them all off the shelf and sits there looking at the pictures and making up stories himself.
Every evening we try and make time to read a story before bed, its not an every day thing but it is something we enjoy doing as a family.
World Book Day is in its 20th Year of Celebrating authors, illustrators, books and of course reading. It has also been designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. I am glad that we have unrestricted to books either through bookshops or from the local library, when so many in the world don’t have that same access we are truly in a lucky position that we should use to help others in less fortunate.
Whatever you are doing for World Book Day we hope you enjoy it.
How are you going to be celebrating World Book Day with your kids today?
For us, well we will be digging out our old favourites like
I Love My Daddy by David Bedford and Brenna Vaughan
Mog on Fox Night by Judith Kerr
Sometimes I feel Sunny by Gillian Shields and Georgie Birkett
And most probably a selection Thomas Books and also ‘That’s Not My’ Books, that have recently become popular in our house.
I am also intending to look at the World Book Day books available in the WH Smith in my lunch break and seeing if there is anything we can get with Oliver World Book Day Token he got from Nursery this week.
We’ve recently signed up for Netflix, after putting it off for various reasons, and we have been enjoying flicking through what’s on there.
Last night Oliver asked to watch a cartoon before bed and so I had a flick through Netflix and to find something that didn’t have cars in it for once and came across The Hungry Caterpillar. Having never read the book I wasn’t sure what to expect but had heard good things so decided to give it ago.
The program ran for around thirty minutes, but The Hungry Caterpillar ran for around ten minutes and there were three other stories all written by Eric Carle. The way the stories are told during the program make it feel like you are watching a moving book which is great as Oliver loved them.
At the end of the program there was a musical piece to classical music which had a sort of Fantasia feel to it.
We had great fun as a result of finding this gem on Netflix. Are there any shows for kids that you can suggest we give a go?
I have blogged about before in Goodreads, National Bookstart Week and Leo’s Bookshine Pack as parents we firmly believe in our kids ability to read and enjoy books. With this in mind we recently signed Oliver up at our local village library and on a recent trip Keighley was asked if he would like to take part in a Summer Reading Challenge called Record Breakers.
All Oliver has to do is read six books during the summer holidays and he will get a sticker for each book read and then a medal once we has read all six. Now obviously as Oliver can’t read yet it’s fallen to Daddy and Mummy to also take part, which neither of us minds as we have discovered a lot about trucks as a result.
Now Olivers first book choice was a book called. What am I? Truck. Now I am assuming that What am I? Is a series of books and trucks are just one of them. We now know however about all different types of trucks. That being said Oliver loves it and has been making cow noises when we see the milk tanker and also can now say log and tree clearly in relation to the logging truck.
The second book he chose was Three Cheers For Thomas the Tank Engine.
This book was always going to be a sure fire winner as Oliver has been into Thomas for some time now. In this book the other Engines organise a party for Thomas to celebrate ‘what a really useful engine’ he is. I personally like this book because of its layout and repetitiveness which meant that Oliver was kept engaged from the off, which is a great thing.
So Oliver has read with a little help from mummy and daddy two books so far and has gone to the library this week to get some more. He loves the idea of getting his stickers and is looking forward to receiving his medal at the end of the six books.
One thing that Booktrust do is give books out to kids, this is fantastic and well worth spreading the news on. However one thing I didn’t know until talking to Booktrust when they were giving away books in the centre I work in was that they do special packs for children with hearing loss. We have finally managed to receive ours thanks to the hard work of the Southend team.
The pack is fantastic. It has two books and a double sided sheet with songs on but also signs to the songs. One of the songs is Old McDonald, a Leo favourite anyway, but we are now able to do the signs for cow and sheep which I think is fantastic for us and him.
As for the books one is a touch and feel book where he can feel what things feel like, which is great for any baby anyway and the other is a rhyme book with actions and signs for him and me to learn.
Now Leo is almost six months old it is a great time for him to get into books and this is going to be a great way for him to do it and hopefully he will be as into reading as Oliver is by the time he is two.
For more info on Booktrust, Bookstart and Bookshine click here