Winchmore Hill Nursery

Book Reviews Summer 2018

Reading books together with your child is a precious part of their development and learning, as well as strengthening the bond between you both. It’s a time for your child’s imagination to roam free as they’re entertained by brilliant books that will hopefully provide them with a long-term love for reading.

During the summer months, reading with your child in the garden or at the beach can be a great activity when it’s time to wind down and relax together. There are a huge variety of books available for your little ones to help develop their language skills and learn valuable knowledge from.

Here at our Winchmore Hill nursery, we think every child should have the ability and chance to get lost in a story, which is why we place a focus on books and the joy reading can bring.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite books this summer for you to read at home!


Farm Babies by Rod Campbell

This touch and feel book by Rod Campbell has been created to take children on an exciting journey around a farm yard, encouraging them to touch and feel the different textures of the animals. Capturing children through its open narrative, this book encourages dialogue as it hints at what the next page may show. As younger children can enjoy the textures and colours, older children can count the animals and new readers can read along with help from the illustrations as clues.


Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Helen Oxenbury and Mem Fox

A well-loved book by all children, this story is brilliantly put together with simple text and illustrations. It tells the story of babies around the world and how we are all the same in having “as everyone knows ten little fingers and ten little toes”. Throughout the book, repetition captivates young children as it conveys positive messages and a surprise at the end with the introduction of “my” baby.

We love this book at Winchmore Hill Preschool, and we’re certain your children will enjoy it just as much as we do!


Rosie’s Hat by Julia Donaldson and Anna Currey

Rosie’s Hat is a book that can be used across a wide range of ages and stages, providing an engaging reading experience for everyone. Telling the story of Rosie’s Hat, which blows away from her head and leads to the rescue of a cat from a tree, this book uses repetition and rhyming to draw the reader in.

The more children read this book, the more they are likely to remember and repeat the refrains such as “Patter, Patter! Squeak, Squeak!” Because of the short and simple sentences, alongside the repetition, children love reading this book and looking at the imaginative illustrations.

We hope you enjoy reading some of our favourite books with your children. They are well loved here at Winchmore Hill Preschool and never fail to engage children and bring fun and joy to their days.

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