Hectic Mum

Sydney Mum finding motherhood is totes hectic

Books We Rec

We are big on books in our house. Big on destroying books, ripping pages, pulling the pull-out bit a bit too hard, even eating them, but mostly reading.  We read about 5 books a night to them.

Most new books come from BookDepository, a UK based book site with free worldwide delivery.  Heaps easy for all the relos and grandparents (who live UK-lands) to send books, and vice versa.

Plus both grandmothers were teachers.  My mum taught at Pre-Schools, for 3 to 5 year olds, for 43 years and His mum taught 6, 7 & 8 year olds all her teaching life.  We have about 200 books in our house,  just for under 5 year olds.  We Just Can’t Get Enough.

Here is our list of favourites and great bedtime reads.  This is being constantly updated.


  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Erik Carle (Puffin) get the board book
  • Where’s the Green Sheep by Mem Fox (Wadsworth)
  • Ssh Little Mouse
  • Hairy Maclary
  • BoBo
  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell (Little Simon)

Touchy Touchy, Feel Feel

  • That’s not my Teddy/ Frog/ Princess series by Fiona Watt (Osbourne)

Pop -Out

  • Going on a Bear Hunt, Anniversary Ed. (well worth it)  by Michael Rosen (Walker Books)
  • The Wide Mouthed Frog

The Long List

  • Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet Alberg (Puffin Books)  Age 3+ good for spotting and pointing to objects.
  • Guess How Much I love you by Sam Bratney (Puffin Books)
  • The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Room on the Broom, The Highway Rat all by Julia Donaldson (MacMillian) you can’t go wrong.  Excellent longer reading and great when the kids are a bit eractic and need a good long rhyme to settle.  You can read one of these to 4 shorter books.


  • Harvey Stumpfenburger

New Baby

  • My New Baby, Rachel Fuller (Child’s Play)

The Sea, Ocean, Water and Sea Creatures

  • Grandpa & Thomas
  • Commotion in the Ocean
  • Snap!
  • Harry goes to Sea





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