Our book of the month: Naughty Bus by Jan and Jerry Oke

A young boy receives a toy bus as a present and has great fun exploring the world with his new toy, which turns out to be quite a naughty bus – or is it the boy being naughty?!!

Naughty Bus is a very unusual picture book with a story told through close up photography and mainly narrated by the toy bus. Very cleverly recreating children’s imaginative play, this book is great fun to share with your child and to use as a springboard for their own play ideas.
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NEW! Heroes and Villains Section

Many young children are fascinated by villains such as robbers and pirates, and would like to imagine themselves saving the day as a hero, or even a superhero! In our new heroes and villains section you will find a selection of new and classic stories for you to share together with enjoyable video links as well.

As usual we have included ideas for fun activities to extend children’s imaginative play about the stories.

For children who are reading chapter books, Flora and Ulysses: the illuminated adventures by Kate DiCamillo and K.G.Campbell (illus) is a quirky story about loneliness, love, daring to hope and superheroes. Find it in our Novels 7+ section.

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Freddie's story continued...


Since lovemybooks began, author Sarah Baker has been writing for our website about her son Freddie’s development as a reader. Read more of Freddie's story here

Freddie is now 1 year old!
Freddie turned one last month and his love of books is still going strong. He got quite a lot of book presents (the best kind of presents) and we read one or two, sometimes more each day. He’s now learned to turn the pages, though not necessarily at the right time, which often makes for interesting storytelling.

Freddie definitely has his favourites. These are the rhyming stories, the ones we can do actions to, the ones where I voice the characters, the ones where he can really join in. Reading books has become an interactive activity for us and it’s a source of endless giggles when I do the singing bits or we fly around the house, making room on our very own broom. (Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson)

Two books we’ve really enjoyed lately are:

Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars! Here Come the Dinosaurs! by Kaye Umansky and Nick Sharratt
We’re big dinosaur fans in this house and the stomping and chomping is always fun. Freddie’s also recently learned to roar so I’m encouraging that at every opportunity.

TRAIN! by Judi Abbot
This is a very funny book, which makes Freddie (and me) laugh every time we shout ‘Train!’ whether we’re reading or playing with our own little train set (carriages currently filled with toy animals, a car and what looks like a very hipster farmer). We’re planning a train trip of our own soon to see a friend in Edinburgh and I’m expecting a few shouts of ‘Train!’ as we travel. Sorry about that everyone…

Sarah Baker is a children’s author. Her novel for 8-12 year olds, Through the Mirror Door, is out on 5th May 2016.

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