This has been a really busy, tiring and celebratory week with more birthday fun to come next week too!
It has been really appropriate to introduce the girls to some of my absolute favourite stories about birthdays and I thought I would share links to them on here too as they are not to be missed!
And in honour of now having over 600 Facebook friends who “like” The Imagination Tree’s page (THANK YOU!) I am planning to give away these books to one person on my birthday
All you have to do is leave a comment to this post telling me one of your absolute favourite picture books to read to young children, and on Wednesday I will get Cakie to pull a name out of a hat.
First (and absolutely MOST favourite of all!) is The Blue Balloon by Mick Inkpen.
This story just captures a young child’s imagination so perfectly. It is all about a blue balloon that a little boy finds in his garden the day after his birthday party. But the balloons at his party were red and white. He quickly discovers that this balloon has strange and wonderful powers and it can never be popped! (How much more magic do you need than that?!) There are pages that pull out, unfold to a giant scale and have little surprises to delight. Every class of 4-5 year olds that I have ever taught has just loved this book, and now my little girls do too. Lovely.
Also by Mick Inkpen (genius author and illustrator) is Kipper’s Birthday.
This story is very funny and clever and is all about how Kipper the dog makes a big mistake when writing his invitations for his party, so that everyone ends up coming on the wrong day! At school we used this as a great teaching story for covering themes about yesterday/today/tomorrow and as a launch pad into reading and writing for different purposes (invitations, thank you cards, following and writing simple recipes.)
And lastly, Happy Birthday Maisy by Lucy Cousins.
I love all of the Maisy books for their beautiful, bright and appealing illustrations and simple, child-like stories. In this book there are lots of flaps to lift and tabs to pull, and all of the important birthday elements are included from invitations to balloons, cake to presents. Those alone are enough to excite and satisfy all small children (and big ones like this Mummy too!)
Please tell me what one of YOUR favourite picture books is (not necessarily birthday-related) and we will randomly choose a winner for the above 3 books on Wednesday. Open to international readers too