You know you’ve got a great book or series of books when your kids grab them off the shelves, sit on the couch and are content reading it themselves. It’s very heartening to see a love of literature (from a young age). I look forward to the day when I can be joined on the couch with one or more of my kids, immersed in wonderful literature. Little steps will get us there.

Here are our weekly books. I have marked our highly recommended books with an * and added them to the Lessons Learnt Journal Favourite Books List.

Ollie by Olivier Dunrea*. This is Ollie. Ollie is waiting. “I won’t come out,” says Ollie. And so begins a delightful story about Ollie, who doesn’t want to hatch. As we read the story, there were many giggles. The Gossie series of books are so charmingly cute and funny. Now when N & M talk to ‘our baby’ (ie my tummy), I mock a baby reply of “I won’t come out”. It sends them into a fit of giggles every time. Priceless.

Little Rabbit Foo Foo Retold by Michael Rosen & Illustrated by Arthur Robins *.  An amusing tale about a naughty rabbit who likes bopping things on the head. There’s a clever pun at the end, which I won’t spoil. Sent my husband into a fit of laughter when he read it.


Henry & Amy by Stephen Michael King.  I love the pictures in this book. It brings back childhood memories. This is a delightful story of Henry & Amy who are best friends although (or because) they are so different from each other.


Usborne Illustrated Fairy Tales, The Emperor and the Nightingale. This fairy tale doesn’t have the usual fairy tale characters: a prince, a princess, a villain, etc. It’s a refreshing change. We made a bird cage  during the week to tie in with this story.


The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm, God’s Promise Remains Part 11. We’ve finally reached the end of the Old Testament. Writing a children’s bible is a hard task. There are so many difficult concepts – and so much to condense! I’m looking forward to the New Testament part though. Stay tuned!

What are you reading this week? Are there any books that you adore and highly recommend?
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N & M: 3 years 4 months
E: 15 months

Lessons Learnt Journal

Check out our Lessons Learnt Journal Favourite Books List.
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We are part of the following book sharing parties:

The Imagination Tree 5 a Day Books
Smiling like Sunshine Book Sharing Monday


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Pauline Pauline & Lessons Learnt Journal is all about life with kids. Pauline is an Aussie mum and teacher who shares her love for play, math games, writing and reading activities. She believes that #playmatters, values curiosity & wonder, wisdom, obedience and respect. She also needs naps. When not blogging, she may be found virtually hoarding on Pinterest, trying to decide which Instagram filter to apply, or compulsively refreshing her Facebook feed.