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Your Preschooler Will Absolutely Love These 5 Hilarious Books

There are many great books out there for preschoolers and in time we will hopefully review a lot of the truly remarkable ones. Today, however, we focus on 5 colourful and hilarious books absolutely worth reading to your 3-5-year-old.

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That said, let’s begin!

oi-frog  Oi Frog! by Kes Gray & Jim Field

Our rating: 5/5 gold star

Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools and gofers sit on sofas, but what do frogs sit on? From the bright yellow cover to the twist in the tale at the end, there is a lot to be enticed by in this book. Full of colourful, quirky illustrations, the funny rhyming conversation between the cat and frog is sure to keep your preschooler entertained. This book is recommended for 3-5 year-olds but will definitely go down well with 6 & 7 year-olds too.

monsters-love-underpants Monsters Love Underpants by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort

Our rating: 5/5 gold star

“It’s not the sand inside his pants that makes this monster tetchy. His underpants are way too small, ‘I wish they were more stretchy!'”

 

All kinds of monsters love all sorts of underpants. With loads of colour and loads of humour, if you’re looking for a good laugh, this book is definitely it. We are far from toddlers and this book had us giggling in tons of places. From the very first page, you are treated to silly but imaginative poems and colourful illustrations that make you want to keep going.  We especially loved Disco Night but there’s a lot more your preschooler is sure to love! Whichever monster you love, one thing is for sure, you’re probably not going to look at monsters the same way after this book. We recommend this book for 3 to 8 year-olds.

PS: Some have recommended this book for potty training and the switch from diapers to underpants. Best of luck!

elephant-on-footWhat To Do If An Elephant Stands On Your Foot by Michelle Robinson (Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds)

Our rating: 4/5 gold star

What do you do when you’re on safari and an elephant stands on your foot? Whatever you do don’t panic! You DO NOT want to bring the other animals your way. In this very entertaining book, we follow a boy on an adventure and a safari guide whose advice always comes a little too late. The illustrations are vibrant and the protagonist’s facial expressions at each stage are sure to make you laugh. We learn a few helpful tips along the way but our favourite bit of this book is the illustration at the end. We recommend this book for 2-5 year-olds.

 

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Slug Needs a Hug by Jeanne Willis & Tony Ross

our rating: 4/5 gold star

“Slugs mummy didn’t hug him, it began to bug him. And he wondered, ‘Why oh why?’ So he sets out to find a solution, getting different ideas from various animals.  The most hilarious part of this book is the illustration of slug when he has finally made all the changes suggested by everyone he met. This book is written in a rhyming fashion, meaning your preschooler is sure to love it. Even better, the illustrations are bold and detailed, making it easy to picture the story as you move along. This book is adorable on all fronts but best of all it emphasises that everyone is perfect, just the way they are! We recommend this book for 3-7 year-olds.
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The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

(Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers)

Our rating: 5/5 gold star

Poor Duncan! He opens his box of crayons one day and finds letters from each of his crayons. They are all saying one thing, “We quit!”  Duncan has to find a solution soon otherwise how will he ever colour. For her first novel, Drew Daywalt absolutely nails the life of a crayon once it meets a child. The book is hilarious and as you read each letter, you can totally identify with each crayon’s complaint. The illustration at the end is especially colourful and while we would have loved some more illustrations throughout the book, there are more than enough bright, well-done, illustrations to keep your preschooler going. As an added bonus, your preschooler will hopefully approach colouring in a whole new way (at least for one day) after they read this book. We recommend this book for 3 to 7 year-olds.

For help purchasing any of these books, send an email to midori.ghana@gmail.com and we will be more than happy to help!

 

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Why Children Should Read

Reading has many benefits and yet even as adults, it is not an easy habit to maintain. From long, stressful hours at work to the demands of parenting it can become very easy to fall into the habit of going months without actually reading anything for leisure. Sadly, it is almost as easy for children to fall into this pattern too, often associating reading with boredom because of all the text they are required to read for school. In spite of this, it is absolutely essential for children to read and the points below outline some of the reasons why.

  1. It is useful in the classroom: reading at home exposes children to new ideas. This means your child gets to learn new information in a relaxed setting the more they read. Also, reading skills improve with practice. This means the more your child reads, the better they get at it! Finally, reading increases your child’s capacity to learn. This is indeed good news for their academic life because it means they read and learn better in class and also are equipped with all the extra information they learn while reading at home.
  2. It increases their vocabulary: the more your child reads, the more new words they encounter therefore expanding their vocabulary. Reading also teaches children the importance of language, helps them to better master language and develop better communication skills. This helps children to be more articulate and therefore better able to express their ideas.
  3. It helps to develop their imagination: reading paints pictures of other people and places in the mind. This is why book fans often feel let down when their favourite book is made into a movie- the movie often does not match up to their imagination. While reading, your mind creates a picture of what characters and the setting look like, helping you to better identify with the characters and the book. A good book can transport children (and everyone else) to new worlds where really anything is possible, stimulating their imagination. Reading also exercises the brain and has been found to increase cognitive abilities https://spark.adobe.com/page/3Kjzy/
  4. It strengthens your bond: Reading to your young child is a terrific way to bond with them. When children are younger and have not yet acquired skills to read on their own, snuggling together to read a book is a fantastic way to get closer. It, first of all, gives you time with them away from all the running around that is their day and also teaches them the basics of reading. As children grow older, it is still important to make time to read together. With their acquisition of reading skills, you can make reading even more fun by taking turns to read or each reading as your favourite character in the book. This has the added benefit of drawing your child even further into the book, making reading time an adventure each and every time.

Reading has many other benefits (for everyone) like better writing skills and memory improvement to name a few. Hopefully, the reasons above are enough to get you started on the journey to turning your children into bookworms.

(Header image Zoey reading by JennRene Owens)