I thought it would be a nice idea to write a post to celebrate World Book Day. At first I thought maybe I’d write something about my life as an independent bookseller, or why I really don’t mind Amazon. Then I thought maybe I should write about good, virtuous books to read with your kids. And then I thought no, everyone will be doing that, and besides, why not just be honest? We have a stupidly large amount of books for The Toddler but his favorites all make me cringe a tiny bit. So these are his favourite books right now. These are my Totally Inappropriate Books To Read With A Toddler, but hopefully by the end we’ll all agree it’s ok really? Hopefully?!?
We were given this book as a gift for The Toddler when his sister was born. He loves it. I love it. Really. I’ve learnt to embrace a love for the cheese of the Rangers, you kind of have to when you read it every night. Only one issue, this:
Yeah! So Emily’s fallen asleep and she might not wake up! And that light (“what’s that light mummy?”) is her soul. Do kids need to know about ill health, death and what happens when we die? Yes. Do I want to have that chat at five minutes to wine o’clock? Nope. Or it’s a two bottle night.
I love this book because it makes me laugh and my son knows almost the whole thing off by heart. It’s also the book that started him pointing at words and asking what they were. But I’m guessing this is why:
Let me tell you, there are no proud mummy moments when your child recites ‘BIG BUM!’ while you walk down the road or when you are with your in-laws (‘Who taught you that word?!’). Suppressed giggles, yes, but no PMM.
Yeah, yeah, so he’s three and he’s already on graphic novels and comics. Not my fault, I promise. Sigh.
Even if we ignore the less than classy picture of Huntress here (I really do know my Batman these days folks), some of the stories go way over my head. And where’s the plot? Oh, and yeah obviously lots of violence. Possibly a theme with fighting here. Sigh. And I get asked to read it every ten minutes which is killing me, but on the other hand I’m getting asked to read every ten minutes? Surely that’s ok? Right?!
And so ends my tiny tour of inappropriate books I’m currently reading with my toddler. Fighting, death, the afterlife and yelling out rude words at random strangers. But… he’s reading. Loads. And there’s enough in the books to keep me entertained too. And hopefully that’s enough to make this a good thing.
Is your child reading anything that makes you cringe? Let me know below so I can share it with my son!!