Reading with children

Book of the month - February

Baby's Very First Fingertrail Play Book Garden from Usborne

This month's chosen book is from Usborne's very successful 'Baby's Very First' range and is all about the things you and your child might see in the garden.

This book is perfect for the very young with lots of bright colours, wiggly trails to follow with your fingers, sturdy flaps to lift up and holes to peek through. It also feels very durable so will endure being thrown about or drooled upon as babies tends to do when reading a book! This would make a fantastic gift or a lovely treat to share with your little one. Click on the thumbnail to the right to buy a copy and receive it the next day!



Why read?

Reading to a baby who doesn't seem interested or keeps crawling away can be disheartening. This article takes a look at the importance and the benefits of reading with babies and toddlers.


Keeping Books in Reach

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So you’ve decided to make reading a part of your child’s daily routine. You’ve been to the baby bookshop and found the perfect books for your little one. But where should you put them? We think we've found the perfect solution from Tidy Books.


Help Your Child Love Reading

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In a world of iPads, games consoles and toys requiring endless batteries, some down-time with a book can be wonderfully therapeutic. But how do you convince your child of that? Life is hectic for the modern family – it is hard to carve out a few minutes of peace and calm to read a good book. Yet that is all that is needed to create a young person who will love reading for the rest of their lives.

In ‘Help Your Child Love Reading’, Alison David uses her experience and extensive research to show parents how to instil a love of reading that will improve not only their child’s life, but theirs as well.

Providing guidance for parents of children aged 0-16 years, Alison discusses the importance of reading for pleasure at every age and gives practical tips for making reading fun for the whole family.

Here are Alison’s tips for reading with children aged 0-4 years.


Making peas as edible as books

Following on from our focus on fine motor skills, we now move onto one of our favourite senses; taste. For babies, we explore the universal tendency for books to go in their mouths and for toddlers, we explore how books can help to create easier, happier mealtimes. 


Meet the UK's youngest readers

These families show us it's never too early to start reading with children.


What to read and when

When we created our Baby bookshop, we wanted to make sure books were categorised correctly so we came up with over 25 different categories. Our handy guides will help you to understand what different types of books are available for babies and toddlers and what ages they are suitable for.


Developing fine motor skills

Picking up a pencil, clicking on the link to this article and eating with chopsticks are all movements which use fine motor skills and your baby is developing these right from birth. You can help your baby to develop their fine motor skills by choosing the right books. We marry up each stage of fine motor skill development with the right books in the first of our ‘senses and skills’ series.


Little Readers' Day Out

Story telling, rhymetime, visits from Peppa and 500 happy faces.

On Saturday 28th June, Routes to Reading was officially launched with the first ever Little Readers' Day Out in the At-Bristol science centre. Here are some of the highlights of the day.


National Share A Story Month

May is National Share A Story Month and this year the theme is dragons. Take a look at some of our favourite story books to share and, our top dragon picks.


Book of the month: January

The Cloudspotter by Tom McLaughlin

This month's chosen book is The Cloudspotter by Tom McLaughlin, publised by Bloomsbury.

This is a beautiful book, sure to blow away any January blues with it's dreamy illustrations about spotting clouds and embracing new friendships. There is much to talk about with toddlers and pre-schoolers, whether it be animal-shaped clouds, using your imagination or how it feels to make a new friend. A fantastic picture book. Click on the book image to buy this book now. 



Book of the Month: February - Guess How Much I Love You



Love is in the air and we’ve got just the book for showing it! The story of how Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare express their love for one another has been translated into 55 languages and in this article, we look at why it’s become so popular. The great news is that Guess How Much I Love You is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year and we have five copies of the anniversary edition to give away. Read on to find out more.


Book of the Month: March - That's Not My Owl



The 44th instalment of Usborne's popular ‘That’s Not My…’ series has just been published and this time, little ones can enjoy finding their owl! Since the very first title in the series 'That's Not My Puppy' was published, this range has been enjoyed over and over again by babies and toddlers. In this article, we take a look at why this series is so popular and we give you a chance to win a copy of ‘That’s Not My Owl’.


Book of the Month: April - Dear Zoo

This month’s book of the month is the timeless classic, Dear Zoo. First published in 1982 in a lift-the-flap format, this simple yet addictive story is now available in touch-and-feel, noisy, cloth, buggy and many interactive formats! In this article, we take a look at what makes this such a popular book.


Book of the month: November

Is it Christmas Yet? from Little Tiger Press

We're pleased to share with you this month's featured book, Is it Christmas Yet? by Jane Chapman, published by Little Tiger Press.

This is a lovely, simple story about Big Bear and little Teddy preparing for Christmas with fantastic illustrations in a board book format. It captures a child's anticipation and excitement about the big day and what's really important when preparing for Christmas. This is a perfect story to read with your little one and ideal for children between the age of 18 and 36 months. Buy it now by clicking on the image to the right. 





Book of the month: December



A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the very young from Walker Books

This month's chosen book is  A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young by Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell, published by Walker Books.

What a fantastic collection of poems which will capture the imagination of toddlers, accompanied by invigorating, leap-off-the-page illustrations. Two year olds will love the rhymes and 3 year olds will appreciate the opportunity to discuss the emotions highlighted in the poems. This would make a fantastic present, or it could be a 'just because it's great' addition to your child's collection! 



Book of the Month: January - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric's Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been a family favourite for 45 years, enough time to be enjoyed by three generations. We thought it was only right to choose such an educational and enjoyable classic as our first Book of the Month for 2015. In this feature we look at why this book is so popular, which formats are available and how our Routes to Reading families have read it in the past.

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