Monday, 20 November 2017

READING WITH MY FOUR YEAR OLD | A Week of Bedtime Stories (November)

Today I'm back with a post as part of my 'Reading with my Son' series, and am sharing seven bedtime stories we've read of late.

The titles I'm talking about today very much represent a lot of Alexander's likes - dinosaurs, animals in general and Thomas the Tank Engine.

Also, eagle eyed readers may have noticed that the title of the series has changed slightly... I'm no longer reading with a three year old, but a four year old - we've recently celebrated Alexander's birthday.


When Little Miss Curious comes across a large footprint, the Mr & Miss characters go on an adventure discovering a number of dinosaurs whilst getting up to their typical antics - i.e. Mr Tickle tickling a T. Rex.


In the interest of honesty, I'm not a fan of this book, however Nathan and Alexander really enjoy it, and thankfully for me, Nathan was at home when Alexander wanted to read this.

A slightly longer picture book, The Bravest Ever Bear has stories within a story including elements of fairy tales. There is a lot going on, and I just don't get it, but clearly a winner with little ones as Alexander has asked to read it multiple times since being gifted it late summer.


Going from one of my least favourite books to read with Alexander, to one of my all time favourites... Monkey Puzzle follows a little lost monkey in search of his mum. In the true style of this classic children's book duo, Donaldson & Scheffler combine wonderful rhyme with bright & beautiful illustrations to create an engaging story that is sure to be enjoyed by all.

Whilst searching for his mum, Monkey is aided by Butterfly, however they have some misunderstandings along the way as Butterfly doesn't realise that Monkey and his mum of course look alike - because butterfly babies don't look like their mums!


Another evening, and we're back to Julia Donaldson - her books are much loved in our household.

The Gruffalo is quite a classic children's book by now, so I'm sure many of you already know the plot. As mouse travels through the forest he scares away prey by telling them about the Gruffalo, a terrible creature that mouse has made up... Or has he?!


Little Beaver is feeling lonely and after voicing these thoughts, he has a reply: the echo. Hearing another being in need of a friend, Little Beaver goes on a journey to the other side of the pond all the while making friends along the way. This is a lovely little story about friendship.


As a whole, the Belle & Boo series contains a number of charming little stories, with this particular title being the one Alexander gravitates towards the most.

Belle is preparing a birthday surprise, but little does Boo know that the surprise is for him! These stories have so much love and kindness in them, with the most beautiful illustrations.


We own the original Thomas the Tank Engine story collection, and although this more contemporary series is adapted from those, we also own a number from this collection too.

Wrapping up the week, Alexander opted to read the book that focuses on Emily - all the books within the series have one of the characters as a central figure. This particular story sees Emily arrive at Sodor on some bad footing, upsetting a few trains in the process, however friendships are soon formed.
So there you have it, a week of bedtime reading with my four year old son.


  1. Oh my goodness, how is he 4 already?! Happy birthday Alexander!

    I also love Donaldson — I know I’ve said it before, but I have to recommend it again — The Giant Jumperee is fantastic :) :)

    1. Thank you, Christine - time is certainly flying by!

      I keep looking for this title when we go to various libraries, but I've had no luck yet. I think I may have to see about ordering it in.

  2. I remember Thomas the Tank Engine. I used to be a nanny, and we read those books over and over and over. We had to watch the TV show, too. And play with the toys.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. All the Thomas the Tank Engine - haha! When a child likes something, they go all out with it!

  3. Oh wow, Thomas the Tank Engine brings back some fun memories of my son when he was younger. He was so obsessed with the books, the TV show, the movies, everything. I even remember having to drive 3 hours to take him to Six Flags amusement park years ago when they had a whole Thomas-themed train park.

    1. Haha - that sounds just like our experiences now!

  4. Aw hope your son had a great birthday. My son turns 4 soon too. I will have to check out some of these books for him!

  5. This is lovely! Little Beaver sounds so sweet.

    My 4 year old likes to stick to the same book. I've had some nights where I plead for us to read something else because I'm almost sure I can recite the book from memory!

    1. Oh, we've definitely been through that reading phase!!

  6. What a variety! I was never a fan of the Thomas the Tank books - or at least the ones from the TV show but they were were very popular here so I ended up reading A LOT of them. My son never really got into The Gruffalos. I think there was a commercial he saw one time that scared him a little and that was the end of that.

    1. I can totally see the Gruffalo as coming across scary!!

  7. Happy birthday to Alexander! Thomas the Tank Engine is a big hit in our household, too, although on a smaller scale since my son is only one. We have the big book of the original Thomas stories, but his favorite are a set of square board books about Thomas. Each story is five sentences long or so, which is just perfect now!

    1. Ah, thank you!

      Alexander has had a few of those board book sets (various themes) and they're great for little ones.


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