Both of my girls are too grown up to let me read to them now! Ashleigh... well being 19 you could imagine the response I would get if I suggest it! Katy every now and then would probably still let me, but when they were young I had my favourites just as much as they did!
A staple for when your first start out reading has to be The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a book most people from my generation (if not before) and all the others since have been reading this book, an excellent story that grips little ones!
There are so many books that we have read together over the years, but certainly for Katy the books that we started reading to her was hugely popular Gruffalo series, being released just before she was born and more since they are certainly books that grab the little ones attention!
When I am reading I love to do the voices and the Gruffalo has some excellent characters, but the best for that was the Roald Dahl books! As I kids I could not get enough of these and so as all good parents do they share these with their kids if they like them or not!
Luckily ours did but two were stand outs from the crowd. First was George's Marvellous Medicine, again being one to give characters their own voices they certainly loved these stories! I actually remember Katy certainly fighting so hard not to fall asleep so she could listen to just one more page!!
The second would have to be Danny Champion of the World, a great parent / child story with a brilliant storyline! To be honest though most if not all the Roald Dahl books are excellent, we also have all of these on the iPad and I might have read one or two of these books in a morning when we were away last summer (not to the kids though ha ha!)
Finally as she got older the little one used to love the Harry Potter books, I don't think I have found a person who as yet dis likes these books and I am excited to hear that another is due to be released! If you are one of the few people on earth not to have read the books (they are better than the films) then you can look forward to some amazing characters that you can give your own voice to, especially Peeves who didn't make it to the films!
I know all the above are very obvious recommendations but these are the books we used to read and if I am honest now they are old enough not to want a bed time story I really do miss it, you are more likely to find them engrossed in a book by themselves rather than being transfixed by you reading to them!
It really did help both of them at school reading to them each night from an early age, and if you don't then I seriously consider you do if you can! But what books do you enjoy reading to your children?