#theyearinbooks – One for them and one for you

One for them and one for you: Hidden Hippo

Do you know what my favourite thing about Theo’s age is right now? He really understands what I’m saying. Like, really really. If I say ‘Theo, do you want some water?’, he’ll look around for his cup and then take a sip of water. If I say ‘Theo, should we play with your ball?’, he’ll say ‘Yeah’ and bring it over, laughing because he can’t really walk and carry it across the room without dropping it a few times. If I say ‘Theo, should we read Hippos?’ he goes to the bookshelf, pulls out this book, and climbs into my lap so that I can read it.

I JUST ABOUT DIE EVERY TIME THIS HAPPENS. It is the cutest thing ever.

Right now, Hidden Hippo is one of Theo’s favourite books. My cousin gave it to me, as her daughters both loved it, and it’s definitely become a classic around here, too. It’s one of the first ones he goes for when we get downstairs, and he loves me reading it to him. There are lots of different animals in it, and he enjoys pointing to each of them so that I can name them for him. It’s a really fun game, and one I could probably play forever. This is definitely the best age so far.

One for them and one for you: First Bite

I’m reading something slightly different – First Bite*. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, but as I’m constantly thinking about what the hell to feed Theo on days when he’s not at nursery (5/7 days a week), this struck a chord with me. I’d also heard a huge amount about it – the publicity coverage was fantastic – you couldn’t pick up a paper a few weeks ago without a line or two about this book in it.

It’s all about how to teach your children to enjoy food. So, how to stop them becoming fussy toddlers, how to encourage them to enjoy vegetables, and how adults can also teach themselves to enjoy new foods.

It’s really interesting, with clearly a lot of research behind it, although it is definitely written by a super middle class author for a super middle class audience. I include myself in that audience group, by the way. But still. A really good insight into why we eat what we eat, why kids in the west hate vegetables, while kids in China will happily eat broccoli every day, and how we can best help our children to love their food.

What are you reading this month?

*Full disclosure, another part of the company I work for publishes this book, so I did a book swap with someone there and got this book for free. Hurrah, I love my job. Also, there are affiliate links within this post. 

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