Our reading list for 2014

Written by on January 2, 2014 in Parenting and Family Life - 9 Comments

Our book list to help develop reading skills in children.

Reading is one thing that I’m really passionate about as a parent. I’ve written before about how I want to raise little bookworms. Knowledge is power after all.

I don’t want to be a pushy parent by any means, but I’m pleased that my children both seem to like books and having stories read to them. I’m keen for this to continue and with a growing library of children’s books in our possession, I’ve put together a list of some of the ones we’re intending to enjoy during the course of this year (mainly to help keep me focused and ensure I continue to read to them every day):

Reading books

As many books by Roald Dahl as possible.

Sophia got a box-set of Roald Dahl books from Santa Claus for Christmas: ‘Matilda’, ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’, ‘The Twits’, ‘Boy’, ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’… they’re all in there. We’ve already made a start on ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and I’m really looking forward to introducing both Sophia and Dexter to the delights of Dahl this year.  I remember reading these when I was young and it’s great that I can introduce the same characters to my children. I may wait a while before introducing them to ‘The Witches’ though…

The adventures of Ugenia Lavender.

The tales of Ugenia Lavender are written by former Spice Girl, Geri Halliwell. While I’m not a fan, Sophia enjoys listening to Ugenia’s adventures. We have a book with 3 stories in it and I know Sophia is adamant that we get through them all.

Mr Men books.

Father Christmas came up trumps with a lovely set of Mr Men books for Dexter. They’re not the classic Roger Hargreaves stories (which I enjoyed reading as a child), but I’m hoping they’re written in the same vein and will be just as delightful.

Oliver Jeffers

We’re fans of children’s author Oliver Jeffers in this house. His book, ‘Stuck’, was a particular delight for Sophia and Dexter. We’re slowly building up a collection of Jeffers’ books and his latest bestseller, ‘The Day The Crayons Quit’, is definitely on our must-read list.

Books that arrive via the Room to Grow Bookshare Scheme

As I’ve written before, we’re taking part in the Room to Grow Bookshare Scheme. We’ve already had two books sent to us to read together; one was a brand new book that Sophia and Dexter loved (‘Who’s On The Loo?’) and the other was a book we already owned (‘Stick Man’), but which rekindled our enjoyment of this old favourite. We’re looking forward to receiving more books through this scheme, however many that might be.

So that’s our current reading list for 2014. It seems quite a task to get through, but we read together every night so I’m confident we can do it.

What will you be reading with your children in 2014?

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9 Comments on "Our reading list for 2014"

  1. Kirsty January 2, 2014 at 3:09 pm · Reply

    What a great list. We love Oliver Jeffers here too. If you have time you can link up book reviews to #kidsbookaweek
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  2. WallyMummy January 3, 2014 at 4:47 pm · Reply

    Fab list – we LOVE Mr Men and Roald Dahl over here – some books are timeless I say ;) xxx
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  3. Helen Neale January 8, 2014 at 10:55 am · Reply

    Great list – just popping you in the working parents round-up with it too – a great idea to encourage reading in 2014 :-D
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    • Laura January 9, 2014 at 8:29 pm · Reply

      Thanks Helen. Great to hear you think it’s a good idea

  4. Alison Perry January 19, 2014 at 10:56 pm · Reply

    Just read this post after you commented and mentioned it – some GREAT books here. I’d never heard of Oliver Jeffers until this weekend and now I’m going to check out his books. We gave Grace a box set of Little Miss books for Christmas and I can’t wait to get stuck into those.
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    • Laura January 19, 2014 at 11:03 pm · Reply

      I’d definitely recommend Oliver Jeffers, his books are fun with some great illustrations alongside the words. I’m enjoying mixing old favourites with new authors and reckon we’ll be adding many more books to this list as the year goes on
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