We hope your children have left for school in some really awesome costumes ready to celebrate World Book Day today. Rather than give you ideas for outfits we asked parent and teacher coach, Dr Maryhan Baker for her top 5 book recommendations, so here goes...
1. Ignis by Gina Wilson
This is a fantastic book about Ignis the dragon who is yet to find his fire. He goes on his travels and meets different animals and people as he’s not convinced that he is a dragon as he has no fire. He wallows in mud with a hippopotamus and spends days with a young girl until he finally finds fire from within. This is a brilliant book to talk to children about finding their own voice and gaining an inner understanding of themselves
2. The Very Noisy Night by Diana Hendry
This book is about a little lonely mouse waking up big mouse all through the night because he can hear a ghost outside, tapping on the door, water flooding into the house etc. It’s a really great book for a talking to children about worries and things in the night.
3. Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by John Gottman
This book is well worth reading and recommended by Dr Maryhan Baker. A lot of books that have been written on emotional intelligence since this book was published come from this original piece of work.
5. Sitting Still Like a Frog by Eline Snel
If you have an anxious child or want to get them into mindfulness, this is a really great book. It’s been proven that when children practise mindfulness it helps them deal with anxiety, increases their co-operation and concentration, reduces impulsive behaviour and results in better academic achievement.