Get in your child’s good books for World Book Day

World book day is an exciting event for children across the world, who can’t wait to don their character book costumes and celebrate the joy of reading, While the parents panic about being judged as one of those ‘I bought it on amazon’ types..who has the time to make a costume these days.

One of children’s most loved traditions, World Book Day, is seen by a majority of parents (62%) as a perfect opportunity to encourage their children to talk about their favourite books, according to a survey of 1,350 parents from Busy Bees nurseries.

Whether you’re creating a costume or simply sharing stories, it’s a magical day for all.  World Book Day offers the perfect incentive to snuggle up together and get lost in the magical word that books offer us. Happy reading!

To help make your story times even more special, visit Up at Busy Bees.

Our Kensington Mums team have chosen their 10 best children’s books to celebrate the joys of reading with your children.

Kensington Mums 10 best children’s books

  1. I Just Forgot  – by Mercer Mayer

Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter is having a very forgetful day in this classic, funny, and heartwarming book. Whether he’s forgetting his lunchbox, forgetting to put on his rain boots, or forgetting to turn off the water, both parents and children alike will relate to this beloved story.

2. On Sudden Hill – Linda Sarah

Birt and Etho are best friends, they play on Sudden Hill, making marvellous contraptions out of cardboard boxes. But then a new boy, Shu, wants to join in too. Birt isn’t sure that he wants Shu to join them. Eaten up with jealousy, he goes home and refuses to come out to play

3. Counting Blessings – Emma Dodd

We’re counting our blessings, one by one, How many will there be? Let’s count together, just us two And very soon we’ll see. A charming new concept book from Emma Dodd, combining a counting element w ith a celebration of what is important in life,

4. Me – Emma Dodd

The ocean is deep and I am small. The mountains are steep and I am small.” One little penguin finds a reason to feel important in this picture book treasure from the ever-popular Emma Dodd. Featuring rhyming texts, delightful artwork and embellished with foiling throughout

5. I Need a New Bum – Dawn McMillan

“A silly story that will cause boys and girls to giggle from beginning to end!” — Norman Public Schools A young boy suddenly notices a big problem — his butt has a huge crack! So he sets off to find a new one. Will he choose an armor-plated butt? A rocket butt? A robot butt?

6. Global Sebbie Goes to India –  Angy Tsafos

India is a beautiful, colourful, exciting country. Anita introduces Sebbie to its people and its culture, telling him about clothes and food and how her family live.A beautifully illustrated story for very young readers, who will learn a little about diversity.

7. Schnitzel Von Krumm’s Basketwork – Lynley Dodd

Schnitzel von Krumm with the very low tum was always one of the favourite dogs in the Hairy Maclary gang. He now has a story all to himself which tells how Schnitzel’s ploys get his owners to give him back his old and much-loved basket

8. Odd Dog Out – Rob Biddulph

It’s a dog’s life in the big city… Come join one busy dog on her journey to find her place in the world, in this third sublimely illustrated book from the bestselling, award-winning Rob Biddulph. For busy dogs A busy day Of busy work And busy play… But one dog doesn’t quite fit in

9. When The Dragons Came – Lynne Moore & Naomi Kefford

When a family-load of boisterous, bumbling dragons burst into peaceful Poppledown Town, there’s sure to be trouble! Before long, the whole town is thrown into chaos. The local market is turned upside down, the library is louder than ever and the local playgroup has never experienced such disruptive pupils! …

10. Wilma Jean The Worry Machine – Julia Cook

(Grades 2-5) Anxiety is a subjective sense of worry, apprehension, and/or fear. It is considered to be the number one health problem in America. Although quite common, anxiety disorders in children are often misdiagnosed and overlooked. Everyone feels fear, worry and apprehension from time to time, but when these feelings prevent a person from doing what he/she wants and/or needs to do, anxiety becomes a disability. This fun and humorous book addresses the problem of anxiety in a way that relates to children of all ages. It offers creative strategies for parents and teachers to use that can lessen the severity of anxiety. The goal of the book is to give children the tools needed to feel more in control of their anxiety. For those worries that are not in anyones control (i.e. the weather,) a worry hat is introduced. A fun read for Wilmas of all ages!

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