Our local library is literally across the road from our unit. It was just one of the many reasons why I wanted to live in the unit complex we applied for. Then along came Victoria! Here in Darwin, our libraries run regular events for children. Victoria falls into the Babes’n’Books category for 3-12 month olds. So now, every Wednesday we will get dressed and head off to the library! This week was our second week.

Every week has a theme. This week was Local Authors & Popular ABC. We start with a few songs and nursery rhymes and then start reading some books. The aim of this program is to encourage reading from a young age. It is a wonderful initiative, helping parents know roughly what is age appropriate and letting us know what is out there.

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The first book was Too Many Cheeky Dogs by Johanna Bell & Dion Beasley. Too Many Cheeky Dogs was a collaboration of Johanna Bell, a first-time Darwin author, and Dion Beasley, a Tennant Creek artist who suffers from muscular dystrophy and is deaf. The story is about the cheeky dogs running around Tennant Creek and was originally written to support Indigenous literacy. This was a fantastic book, full of colour and great for counting. I am definitely going to keep an eye out for this book to add to Victoria’s library.

Title: Too Many Cheeky Dogs

Author: Johanna Bell & Dion Beasley

Genre: Children’s 2-7 years

Rating: 5/5

Platform: Library Book

Picture: Goodreads

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The second book to showcase local Darwin talent was Some Dads… by Nick Bland. Nick Bland has gained success by writing the Cranky Bear series, which Victoria has a box set of. This book was so great. I love books that are about fathers too as I don’t think there is enough. Plenty about mothers and your stereotypical nuclear family, so when I see a Daddy book, I have to jump on it! This book is bright, quick and easy, showing all Daddy’s are different.

Title: Some Dads…

Author: Nick Bland

Genre: Children’s

Rating: 5/5

Platform: Library Board Book

Picture: Goodreads

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The library was also showcasing popular ABC books. ABC kids is popular in this house, it is literally the only TV channel we watch. However, we don’t watch Peppa Pig. I find Peppa Pig to be a spoilt brat who always gets what she wants with no consequences. Her brother George isn’t much better with all of his whining. So I wasn’t super enthusiastic about the Peppa Pig Puppet Book. Fortunately, it wasn’t like an episode and was great to see the use of puppets. The best bit was when one of the little girls who is a Peppa Pig fan, run up and hug the puppet!

Title: Play With Peppa

Author: Neville Astley

Genre: Children’s

Rating: 3/5

Platform: Library Puppet Play Book

Picture: Goodreads

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The second ABC book was Bananas in Pajamas! I LOVE the Bananas and have always found them funny. This had the new CGI animated Bananas and Bears, not my favourite but hey, it’s the Bananas. This was the classic nursery rhyme in book form and was great because us parents could read along with the reader.

Title: Bananas in Pajamas

Author: Southern Star – ABC

Genre: Children’s

Rating: 5/5

Platform: Library Board Book

Picture: Harper Collins Australia

That’s all for today folks! Keep tuned every Wednesday for an update on what books we read.

Cai xx

 

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