Our Family Favourites – Reading Rituals

Today I want to share some of the books that have become our family favourites. Both picture and story books we’ve come back to time and again as well as what we’re reading at the moment.

One of the things I looked forward to about parenthood was reading and sharing my love of books. I have fond memories of my own childhood reading adventures – being read to and falling in love with stories. Around the age of 10 I loved Black Beauty (I was horse mad!) and 101 Dalmations.

Reading Rituals

Our Family Favourites – Picture Books

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae & Guy Parker-Rees

This was gifted to us by a friend when my son was a baby and has been a long standing favourite – we all know the words. It’s a really heart-warming story about being unique and believing in yourself.

What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson

This was a present from my son’s Grandmother when he was around 2. It’s a fun, rhyming book and we were lucky enough to see a stage version in 2014. It’s also fun to find the sparkly ladybird on each page.

The Hairy Maclary books by Lynley Dodd

My son was born in New Zealand where these books originate from. These have been my favourite books to read aloud – I love the tongue-twisting words. Our absolute favourites are Hairy Maclary’s Rumpus at the Vets and Slinky Malinki’s Christmas Crackers (which I’ll probably still be reading every Christmas even when my son is older!).

The Legend Roald Dahl

When my son was a tiny baby we purchased a box set of Roald Dahl’s books – they sat for a long time on our bookshelf before we were ready to read them. It felt like an investment in his future love of books! We’ve read a few over the years and hope to keep reading more.

Our favourites so far have been The Twits and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

What We’re Currently Reading

About a month ago we decided to start reading Harry Potter together. I am a massive HP fan and I was so happy to share some of my favourite books with my son.

We’ve already finished Book One (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) and we are currently reading Book Two (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets). It’s incredible to share Harry Potter’s story with my boy – witnessing him hear the story for the first time is just as magical as when I read it for the first time.

Family Favourites - Reading Rituals


It’s a lovely feeling to share a love of reading and books with my son and wonderful to find the books he loves that make him excited to read.

What are your family favourites? Or the books you loved most as a child?

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2 Replies to “Our Family Favourites – Reading Rituals”

  1. Loved reading through this blog post! It brought back so many great memories of reading with my children when they were younger. It’s such a beautiful thing to teach our children and to connect with them through reading. Some of our favorites were Winnie the Pooh, The Giving Tree and really anything by Silverstein…. Thank you for this fun post!!

    1. Thanks for your comment Allison. Reading with children is such a lovely ‘quality time’ activity. I’ve not read The Giving Tree – I’ll be sure to check it out!

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