I have been a book worm ever since I was little. I was always the one sitting with my book, and I would read pretty much anything going.
It is a trait I really hope to pass on to Piglet. I think books are such an important part of their development, and the ability to sit quiet for a few minutes is an important skill.
Since he was really little I’ve been reading to Piglet. He enjoys looking at the pictures and bright colours. At this stage it’s less about the story and more about having him interact.
At 8 months old we already have quite a few books, and definitely have favourites:
Piglet was given this book by his cousins. He is always referred to as either Piglet or “Baby Alexander” so they thought it was quite fitting!
It is a Ladybird book and it shows in the quality. It is nice and sturdy for little hands to hold and play with without damaging it. The pictures are bright and clear and Piglet will happily sit and look at them as I turn the pages.
This was another gift that we love. It is an Usborne book which has different textures on each page for your child to feel. As well as helping with the vocabulary of older kids, it helps to keep them engaged.
It is a board book, making it harder for little ones to trash if they get a bit rough. It’s not going to be easy to rip those pages!
There are loads of options in the “That’s Not My…” range, so if a piglet isn’t your thing then you could try a duck, lamb, monkey, hedgehog, prince or more!
I picked this one up when Piglet was tiny and we still love it now. The simplicity of the bold patterns draw you in.
My favourite page is the last page, which is the only one with colour on it. There is a spinning wheel which Piglet is always mesmerised by.
When Piglet was really little I used to prop the book open upright next to him when he was lying on the ground. He would look at it for ages!
We were given this one as a gift just last weekend and have used it every day since! It is a simple illustrated version of the well known rhyme with a finger puppet in the middle.
The puppet is what makes it for piglet and he tries to grab at it and giggles away! It is another board book so nice and sturdy, and the puppet seems to be firmly attached. I think it would take a lot to destroy it!
My favourite part of this book is it is small enough to fit in my change bag. I try to rotate the toys I carry and it is nice to be able to add a book to the options.
This is a lift the flap book, so not one I leave lying around for Piglet to play with when I’m not there! The illustrations are simple, and make it possible to tell the story without having to actually read the words if you don’t want to.
Although we are reading this now, I know this is a book that will grow with Piglet and he will enjoy for years to come
Most of our favourite books are on the pig theme, we are a family of Hogg’s after all! What are your favourite books to read with your little ones? Do you have any recommendations for Piglet to ask Santa for?