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Our favourite children's books

Happy World Book Day!

We love books here at The Butterfly Patch. Early reading is so important, it helps to ignite creativity, spark curiosity, stimulate the imagination and so much more.

So, to celebrate World Book Day, this week we’ve asked our nursery staff for their top children’s book recommendations – let’s check these out!

Kira from our South Norwood nursery recommends…

Ruby's Worry by Tom Percival

3-5 Years “This is about Ruby loving being Ruby. Until, one day, she finds a worry. At first, it's not such a big worry, and that's all right, but then it starts to grow. It gets bigger and bigger every day and it makes Ruby sad. “I would recommend this book as it talks about children's feelings and how it’s important to talk to people about their feelings and not to bottle things up. It also shows how others can be sad too and it’s not just an emotion that only one person experiences”.

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

2-3 Years “This is about someone who writes to the zoo, asking to send them a pet. They go through various pets that the zoo sends and why they did not think it was right for them. “I like it because the story involves a young child writing to the zoo because they want a pet, which adds a bit of magic to the book. It captures children’s imaginations long after the book is put down.

“There are lots of animals in this book, with the elephant and puppy being the favourites to keep. The children are also able to imitate the sounds of the animals such as ribbit ribbit for a frog!”

Michelle from our Hampton Court nursery recommends…

Hamilton’s Hats by Martine Oborne

0-6 Years

“This book offers many opportunities for discussions about positive personality traits (Hamilton is such a brave, patient, determined, and kind pig!) and children never tire of Axel Scheffler’s beautifully engaging illustrations of the characters and hilarious hats!”

Dylan from our Morden Park Forest School recommends…

The Book with No Pictures by BJ Novak! 4-8 Years

“The book is completely silly and will make the reader have to perform for the listener in many different voices!

“There are rules to this book being ‘everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say!’ “I love this book because it brings both reader and listener into fits of laughter by saying funny words in silly voices!”

Sanna from our Cobham nursery recommends...

We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

0-5 years

"The book is about a family going on an exciting adventure to find a bear. On their journey, they encounter many different obstacles. They slide down a grassy slope, splash through a deep cold river, sludge through thick oozy mud, stumble through a deep dark forest, and walk through a swirling snowstorm. After all of this, the family finally reach a narrow, gloomy cave where they come face to face with a bear, who chases them all the way back home.

"The book gives the children the opportunity to explore and develop across all 7 areas of learning, from communication and language to expressive art and design. Throughout the story, there is a basic descriptive language which allows children to expand their vocabulary and the repetitive patterns encourage children to join in with the familiar phrases. The book is also perfect for working on children’s sequencing and narrative retelling skills, due to the simple storylines.

"This is a great book to incorporate into different parts of the day and not just during storytime. It offers great opportunities during outdoor play. The children can role play "going on a bear hunt" where they themself can act out the journey.

"Here the children could also explore the different terrains that are mentioned in the book e.g. grass and mud. For younger children, the book could open up to introducing lots of other textures and materials mentioned in the story to create a fun sensory activity that the children can explore with their senses.

"I believe the book is ideal for younger children because the story is repetitive, observations and vocabulary are age appropriate. There are also many different activities that can be created by using the book".

Our nursery staff also recommend...

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson (ages 1-5)

Rocket Says Look Up! by Nathan Bryon (ages 3-6)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (ages 2-7)

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o (ages 3-8)

My Little Forest by Katrin Wiehle (ages 0-3)


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