Book Week Scotland 2014 - our top 10 books

We love reading books

I am a great lover of reading and can regularly be found reading into the early hours of the morning when really I should be sleeping so it is obvious that I would encourage all children to read, an not just because it is Book Week Scotland 2014.

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Since Molly was hours old I have read to her. In the hospital she was read information leaflets, emergency procedures and magazine articles. Once home she would enjoy edited excerpts from the novels I was reading or some of her books. Now she loves books.

Sometimes she loved to just turn the pages, the story is a secondary concern, and other times she giggles along as I act out the books. She is currently enjoying picture books with lift up flaps.

On our first day home from the hospital, aged four days, Molly was taken to our local library to sign up for her library card and a selection of books were borrowed. Now we go to the library every week taking out the maximum number of books that we are allowed (12) which will all be read in the first day.

At almost 10 months old, um how?, we have found that Molly has a few books she loves, so here are our top ten books

Top ten books for our first year


1 - The Gruffalo and the Gruffalo in Scots by Julia Donaldson

We love this book. Molly loves the rhymes in it and gets so excited when we read this. It is also one that will last for years to come. We also love that we can sit down with her cousins and read this together. Her cousins know it off by heart as they love it that much. The Scots book is good as it helps Molly become familiar with many different Scottish words, some her mummy and daddy have learnt too.

2 - Hairy Maclary (all books) by Lynley Dodd

These are great books that are full of wonderful rhymes and great pictures. Molly loves the rhythm of this book and I can see them becoming ones that she will memorise the story of.

3 - Room on the Broom and Room on the Broom in Scots by Julia Donaldson

Much like The Gruffalo Room on the Broom is a great story, with great rhymes to it, that can be enjoyed for years to come. It has a film too, as does the Gruffalo, so we can sit and watch that with Molly as she grows up. It will definitely be a family favourite.

4 - Slinky Malinki (all books) by Lynley Dodd

Slinky Malinki is a mischievous cat which again has a great story using rhyming passages. Very similar to Hairy Maclary.

5 - That's Not My Monkey by Fiona Watt

There are a series of That's Not My books and this just so happens to be the one that Molly has. She loves to turn the pages and is starting to feel the different textures that are throughout the book. The great thing about this is there are different textures with each different monkey, unlike some other touch books that only have one or two different pages to feel.

6 - Santa is coming to Angus

There are different Santa is coming to books but this one includes the town that we live in. We enjoyed reading through it as we know the other towns that are features and the pictures are of buildings and towns on the area. This is going to become out tradition on Christmas Eve as it will just excite Molly about Santa coming!

7 - Over in the Meadow by Jane Cabrera

This is a lovely book that you can sing along to. For now it is just a fun book but as Molly gets older she will learn counting through the story. Making learning fun is essential.

8- Guess what? Animal Opposites by Jeannette Rowe

This a great flap book that Molly instantly took too. The flaps are really big which is great for her little hands to get a hold of easily. You have to lift the flaps up or pull them down. Molly didn't even need to be shown what to do. Some flap books have tiny flaps that are more suited to older children. The picture are bold and fun. Such a great book, we just can't turn the pages fast enough for Molly's exploring hands.

9 - Who's in The Loo by Jeanne Willis

This is a funny books and as Molly gets older and realises what is is about I am sure she will love it. I was introduced to this book a few years ago when my nephew was younger and he loved it and used to recite it all day.

10 - I love my Daddy by Giles Andreae

I just love this book because Molly does love her daddy and so reading this story to her just makes me smile. The book has humour in it and I just love the bond that Molly has with her daddy that contained in this book.

What are your favourite books for your baby?

We are always on the lookout for more books to add to our favourites. What are your baby or toddler's favourite books?

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Training Mummy

Training Mummy is a 30 something mum to two beautiful children - a girl born February 2014 and a boy born in October 2015.


  1. we love gruafflo, gruffalo child, I love my daddy, and room on the broom too :-)

  2. Seems there are just some books that are made to be loved!

  3. Thanks for this. I've always enjoyed books by Jill Murphy, like Peace at Last, etc. really sweet and not too long.

  4. Oh not heard of her books before, will have to check them out and see if there any in the library next time I am there. Thank you.

  5. Aww! Some of these books I've never heard of! Elliott loves Lost and Found! It's about a penguin!

  6. We have that one too bit she has ripped out pages from it lol.

  7. We read 'Peepo' with JD. It's by the Ahlbergs - who I absolutely LOVE x

  8. Oh I haven't heard of that book. Will have to seek it out

  9. What a great selection of books. We love the 'That's not my ??' books. Have a wonderful Christmas and thanks for linking up to #TheList x

  10. Thanks. The That's not my books always seem to be handy. Merry Christmas!

  11. I'm the same as you - been reading to Monkey from birth, we always go to the library and the house is full of books. I love them and am now enjoying helping him to read too.

    We loved the That's not my series and we obviously had the Monkey one. Dear Zoo was and still is a favourite from very early on and Peely Wally too.

  12. The Thats Not series are good. Read Dear zoo at the library but have been thinking of adding it to our house books. Not heard of Peely Wally so will look out for that.

  13. I'm glad to see Julia Donaldson on your list, we also adore her. We haven't read room on the broom though, I think we've got the audio book so we'll have to have a listen.x

  14. Room on the Broom is a good one. Well worth a read