Picture books of joy – podcast 4

Hello lovely podpeople, we got a bit excited this podcast talking about our favourite picture books – and loads of other books too. Margo and I (Tanya) shared what we had recently been reading and listening to:
• Tanya read The Mating Season by P G Wodehouse
• Tanya has been listening to The News Quiz Extra podcast from the BBC
• Margo has been listening to an e-audio book of The Girls by Lisa Jewell
• Margo has just started reading The Witch at Wayside Cross by Lisa Tuttle

New and forthcoming adult books:
A Question of Trust by Penny Vincenzi
A Cornish Gift by Fern Britton
The Midnight Line by Lee Child
The People vs. Alex Cross by James Patterson
Hardcore 24 by Janet Evanovich

New and forthcoming children’s books:
• When I Grow Up by Tim Minchin (author) and Steve Antony (illustrator) (0 – 5 year olds)
• Santa Claude by Alex T Smith (5-7 year olds)
Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball by Laura Ellen Anderson (7-9 year olds)
• The Midnight Peacock by Katherine Woodfine (9-11 year olds)
• All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater (Teen)

DVD recommendations:

Our Reading Agony this week is all about reading with your child. A dad contacted Falkirk Library to ask for ideas for chapter books to read to his 5 yr old. He has been reading picture books, but now feels his daughter would enjoy chapter books, but wasn’t sure what to go for. I’ve suggested a mixture of classic and modern books:
My Naughty Little Sister books by Dorothy Edwards
Milly Molly Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley
Paddington Bear by Michael Bond
Olga da Polga books by Michael Bond
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (read it through yourself first though as there is a historically accurate discussion of saving meat to prepare for the winter near the start)
Mrs Pepperpot stories by Alf Proysen
Winnie the witch by Laura Owen (novel type version of the popular picture books)
Betsey Bigalow stories and the Girl Wonder stories by Malorie Blackman
The Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton (although you might want to rename the elf who helps them to Chicky)
• Daisy Meadows books – the fairy books and the magic animal friends series
The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
Anna Hibiscus stories and the No 1 Car Spotter stories by Atinuke
Porridge the Tartan Cat series by Alan Dapre

Staff quote of the day is about Vikki’s fancy dress costume from last year

Our Discussion was all about Picture Books. Margo and I suggest lots and lots to enjoy sharing with the little people in your life:
• The Katie Morag stories by Mairi Hedderwick, especially Katie Morag and the Tiresome Ted
How to Babysit a Grandad by Jean Reagan and illustrated by Lee Wildish
• Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama books, especially Llama Llama Shopping Drama
Nick Sharratt, especially The Foggy, Foggy Forest
• Anything by Julia Donaldson
• Books with few or no words, for example Baby Talk; useful words and noises for babies and grownups and Doing the Washing by Sarah Garland
• Anything by Lynley Dodd
• Judith Kerr , especially The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the Mog books
Martha and the Bunny Brothers series and Lucky Wish Mouse series by Clara Vulliamy
• The Maisy Mouse series by Lucy Cousins
Elmer the Patchwork Elephant books by David McKee
Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore

Did you know? Picture books – we’ve got ‘em, they’re great, bring a child to read ‘em.  Enjoy together.

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