Toddler books to take away on holiday
I love sharing books with my little boy, and have read stories to him since before he was born. So when we’re going to be spending a night away from home, I always make sure that we have some favourite books with us.
Here are six of the best:
Dig, Dig, Digging by Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe
Contains bright, colourful illustrations of diggers, car transporters, road rollers and other working vehicles. The words are rhythmic, almost like a rap. My vehicle-mad son also loves Choo Choo Clickety Clack and Emergency! by the same team.
Elmer by David McKee
One of my favourite ever stories, so I was very pleased when Aled started to love it as much as I do. Elmer is a beautiful, multicoloured patchwork elephant who decides he is tired of being different and disguises himself as a ordinary grey elephant, before realising that the other elephants love him for who he is. I think this message is particularly valuable for boys, as our society puts pressure on boys and men to appear to be dull and drab and not stand out in the way that they dress.
The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers
A frankly bonkers but really charming story of a boy who flies a small aeroplane ‘higher, and higher, and higher’ and lands on the moon when he runs out of petrol. Fortunately he finds a friendly martian and they both work together to get themselves and their vehicles back home. The penguin from Lost and Found has a cameo appearance too.
That’s Not My Monkey by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells
Aled loves shouting out the words and stroking the different textures. He is also very amused by the idea of having a ‘fluffy tummy’ and when I ask him whether he has a fluffy tummy he says, “No – it’s smooth!”
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
I didn’t see the appeal of this at first but my sister’s fiancé told me it had been one of his favourites when he was young, so I gave it a go. Aled’s favourite bit is when ‘Scarface Claw, the toughest tom in town’ appears – it makes him squeal with delight!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
I remember this from when I was a small girl and I used to love poking my fingers through the holes. I bought myself a board book version years ago, long before Aled was born, and it was the first book I shared with him. When he was a baby he used to gaze at the pictures. When he first started talking, he’d say ‘butterfly’. Now he jumps around and flaps his arms pretending to be a butterfly!
All lovely books, but if I had to just pick one it would be Elmer.
What books would you recommend to entertain a toddler on an overnight stay?