My favourite children’s books.

I love reading books with the children at my nursery, watching their faces light up as I turn the page or as I do a different voice for the characters. Here is a list of my top 5 favourite books.



We’re going on a bear hunt!

I could read this book out without having it in front of me, my key children love reading this but we’re never sat down. We’re up, rolling our trouser legs up, spinning around and pretending to swim. This isn’t the quietest of stories, but its so fun to act out.


The Gruffalo.

Julia Donaldson is my favourite author, I love all her books. This is a great one to read with preschoolers, as they can identify the photos and really get involved in telling the story.



Aliens love underpants.

This one will have your little ones laughing, talking about the aliens and even talking about which pants are their favourite.



Room on the broom.

Another Julia Donaldson book; it has the children in suspense as they tell you if they think the witch will be ok. It’s a good book to talk about friendship and how working together can help others. (Like tidying up!)



The very hungry caterpillar.

This covers so much and really gets the children thinking. Counting how much the caterpillar has eaten, do they eat those foods and then what is about to happen to the caterpillar? Their faces light up when they see the final page.

Well the concludes my favourite books to read to children at work, not only is it great so see them smile and sometimes the confusion on their face, its also fun to read books you enjoy yourself.



Helping a friend?

The big C word… the dreaded six letter word, that you never ever want to hear come out of someones mouth… Cancer!

Iv lost many people to cancer when I was younger but just before Christmas last year my best friend told me she had it. I felt like my world had caved in, I felt this massive lump in my throat, my heart hurt like someone had pulled on it and it felt as if time just stopped. I didn’t know what to do or what to say; I mean, what do you say ? Sorry? Are you ok? There’s a thousand questions I wanted to ask, but I just couldn’t speak.  I stood there in shock on the phone, with her asking me if I was still there and I some how managed to splutter out one word, “w,w,what?”.

How do you help a friend who’s been given this news? She didn’t want anyone to know so I couldn’t ask, so I turned to the internet. It gave me the simple things of being there, making them smile, taking flowers and taking their mind off everything. It made me think of how I’d feel if the tables were turned. I decided that no matter how hard it gets, I’ll be there, I’ll save my emotions and how I feel for when I’m home, after all this is about her not me! I tell her I’m here for her, I know when shes hurting, when shes upset and I can’t force her to tell me whats going on. But what I can do, is hug her and tell her that I’m there, and that she can call me when ever she feels like talking. So far it seems to have helped and I can see the sense of relief on her face after.

So for anyone out there who is in my shoes or have been there, please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know how to help her deal with this.

This same amazing woman said to me;

“Surround yourself with positive people and the positivity will rub off on you”