I’m late to the party, as seems to usually be the case but at the beginning of the year I completely completely committed to Anne-Marie’s Challenge – 300 Picture Books. Anne-Marie’s challenge is to read 300 DIFFERENT picture books in 2014. I’m going for that too – not all of them will be new to us, most of them probably won’t but I’m endeavouring to make sure all 300 are different. The challenge began 14 days ago so I am a little late but I have tracked the girls’ reads to this date anyway thanks to LibraryThing. I had to open an account as I wanted to keep the girls’ books separate from mine and there we have it. 13 books down so far as we’ve only been reading at bedtime but I hope to add in a couple more sessions in the day when life isn’t so hectic.

So we’re 13/300 down – it looks intimidating doesn’t it? I’m sure it won’t be though. As a rule I’m going to try and update weekly with the linky but for now I’ll have to reel off two weeks worth of books! We’ve had a couple of series, a couple of books we’ve already reviewed and a few of my favourites from when I was tiny.

Without further ado, our first 13:

  1. Tiddler by Julia Donaldson – this was a surprise gift for my big girl from her Daddy despite our blanket ban on buying books but there we go. Our Donaldson collection is swelling which I love!
  2. Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon – as above this beautiful little book was a present, this time for the smaller girl, and it’s one of the sweetest books I’ve read in awhile, The illustrations are just too cute.
  3. Moon and the Winter Snow by Tove Jansson – a little longer than our usual reads but my children most definitely deserve to have some Moomin in their life – he’s wonderful and my big girl is beginning to recognise the characters which is great!
  4. Alice in Wonderland: A BabyLit Colours Primer by Jennifer Adams – I’ve blogged about beautiful BabyLit before and the girls were lucky enough to get Alice and another for Christmas from Grandma
  5. Dracula: A BabyLit Counting Primer by Jennifer Adams – as above, it’s such a beautiful book and both Dracula and Alice in Wonderland are amongst my favourite classics
  6. Spaghetti with the Yeti by Adam Guillain – we’ve reviewed this before but my big girl completely loves it – she’s always yelling ‘I need the sgetti’ so we have to get it out! First time this year.
  7. Something Delicious (The Little Somethings) by Jill Lewis – another which has already featured in Little Reads, Something Delicious is full of teeny tiny super fun characters and we’re angling after the next book in the series!
  8. Diggory Digger and the Dinosaurs by Peter Bently – I’ve yet to review this one for shame BUT the girls love it, especially the oldest. Dinosaurs and trucks/diggers in the same book sometimes in the same character – what’s not to love? We especially love the ‘Diggy-yo-saur’ or Diggerosaurus to the rest of us!
  9. Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack by Lynley Dodd  – we are huge Hairy Maclary fans – I loved him when I was tiny so I enforced him on my girls with very positive results. The big one is always asking for ‘Hairy Hairy’ in her demand for 6 books a night whilst the little one is perfectly her ‘dog’ followed by a squeal.
  10. Hairy Maclary’s Rumpus at the Vet by Lynley Dodd – I think the Rumpus at the Vet may be my favourite Hairy book, aside from the original – it’s perfectly paced and really fun.
  11. Slinki Malinki by Lynley Dodd – we’re still in Hairy Maclary territory except this time it’s all about the naughty night thieving cat that is Slinki Malinki. Dodd’s character names are stunning!
  12. Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski – another of the favourites from my childhood. I love Mega and Mog and the simplicity of the illustrations! Everyone loves a good witch too.
  13. The Trip to Panama by Janosch – I have had my copy of The Trip to Panama for about 25 years and therefore it’s extremely precious to me – I have read it to the girls a couple of times but it definitely sits away on my shelves. It’s beautiful and the sweetest tale with the best illustrations.

Looking back on this month so far we’ve been pretty character heavy. Some of my favourites and the girls’ favourites have been included already and I think it’s going well.

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