5 A Day Books: Week 4

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Read all about our 5-a-day book challenge here and please consider joining in!
Today I am guest posting all about the importance of RHYME as a foundation for early literacy skills over at An Amazing Child. Please click the link to read the article as it’s such an important topic and one that is central to the 5-a-day-book challenge. (Also consider joining Kate’s amazing The Education Network: TEN as a place to find and share resources, discuss current educational issues and post photos and ideas without the need for a blog to link from.)
Our 5 for this week

If you saw the post about the Castle Story Box that we made this week, you will have seen that C. was using it to retell parts of Jack and the Beanstalk from memory. So I’ve picked another Nick Sharratt rhyming fairy tale so that we can learn his version of the story by heart. She’s loving it already!
Due to the wonderful cardboard box challenge hosted by TinkerLab this week, I’ve been thinking of stories about boxes and remembered this one from my teaching days. It is old fashioned but always a winner with every class. It is set out in rhyme and talks about all of the crazy, funny skills that clever international cats have, and always ends with “but my cat likes to hide in boxes.” Funny, repetitive, rhyming and great for vocabulary, geography and discussion.
This is the first in a series of wonderfully funny, rhyming stories about a cheeky little dog called Hairy Maclary who gets into all sorts of mischief. Fabulous for retelling and predicting the rhyming words.
From the wonderful Dr Seuss, this is one of my favourite books from childhood (although some of the pictures are creepier than I remember!) Great rhymes, very silly, good fun!
Beautiful illustrations, simple and moving text. No rhyme but rich descriptive language that is easy to remember and predict. C already knows about 50% of this by heart so I’m interested to see if she will know it all by Sunday. I’m predicting yes!
Please link up your book choices below (or link to a related post about children’s picture books.) Alternatively, just list your titles and ideas in the comments section. I look forward to reading them!


  1. says

    Well, our new books are on hold for this week while we are eagerly waiting to join the library. But luckily J is still obsessed with the ‘pie-et soot’ story :)
    I really really have to check out the Sharratt books. And you are right, I pulled out the Dr. Seuss stories not too long ago and some of those pictures are just a little creepy! They’re still great books though.

    I really liked your post Anna. I had my trusty notebook out making new lists for rhyming activities – I’m such a list maker :)

  2. says

    those are great books we have read and enjoyed them all.

    This weeks list (and list after) will include our bedtime chapter book I hope that is ok. We will be reading it all week so I think it counts as a 5 a day books.

    I love this linky so much!!!

  3. Alice says

    We’re obsessed with Shirely Hughes still, and are reading Alfie gets in First, and Dont Want to Go, daily!! Im on a quest for a Nick Sharratt book though.. cant believe I’ve not spied any at the library.

  4. says

    Oh LOVE this! I have a home daycare program and we read tons! Also my girls love to be read to!!!

    Here is our five: Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom (new fave with my 2.5 yr old) Caps For Sale, Colors Of Us and Blueberries For Sal, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie!

  5. says

    Dr. Seuss illustrations creepy?? LOL We have so many Dr Seuss books. It has been my 8-year-old’s favorite books for a few years now. For a while he was reading them every day. I’m a Swede living in the US so I didn’t grow up with those books but love them for the rhymes. If you can get ahold of a translated Elsa Beskow (Swedish author) book you should get it (I found one in English on amazon.com). BEAUTIFUL illustrations and cute stories. My 5-year-old’s favorite books are “Why did the chicken cross the road?” and “Where the wild things are” by Maurice Sendak. Thanks for the tips! Oh, and I second “Chicka, chicka boom boom” and “If you give a mouse a cookie”.

  6. says

    Oh! My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes – I forgot about this one! I Loved it as a child and believe my little one will love it too if I ever find a copy for her! I am definitely adding this to my list of books to buy … though, it is getting rather long, lol! Currently have some ‘Arch Books’ coming from Koorong (Christian Bookshop) … short, 14pg books telling a single bible story in easy-to-understand language for kids!

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