I count myself lucky, both Imani and Teo love books. I love reading them bedtime stories… and they actually sit calmly listening – yep… even Teo!!! I decided to start building up a kiddy library while I was expecting Imani. We currently have 50+, short, easy to understand story books in French, English and Dutch… and we are still growing the library. Some of our current favourites are Julia Donaldson’s ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’ and ‘Room on the Broom’. Both of which I got for a bargain as part of a lot of 10 audio plus 8 story books. Paid 26 euros for everything! **WHAT??… I Know!!!** Thanks to a Facebook ‘sell, swap and donate’ group! We also love Usborne’s ‘Five Minute Bedtime Stories’… this is a compilation of some really sweet short stories, with cute animal characters. I bought this in Kenya for an equivalent of 5 euros… not so bad.
Whenever I happen upon a good collectible, I always buy them… for when they are older, and of course store them away from their library otherwise, the confetti machine – Teo, will have a ball. I have several Dr. Seuss’ books, and a collection of Beatrix Potter’s stories.
However, one that I absolutely love and didn’t want to wait till she is older, and have started reading her is, ‘Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls – 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women’. I have to really simplify, using my own words, the tales – the text is advanced for her to understand at her age. I really love this book, it’s one I highly recommend to anyone trying to raise a strong, ambitious and courageous little girl. It gives me hope for her. We need more books like this, books that portray women achievers. Such books should be read not only to girls, but to boys too… as I plan to do with Teo. It allows young girls to dream big, knowing that their dreams can become reality with persistence and hard work.
Do your munchkins love books? What are some of their favourites?