Top blogposts on Story Snug in 2014

Story Snug would like to wish everybody a happy, healthy, prosperous and inspirational 2015!

Before we start a new year of book recommendations we’re sharing our top blogposts of 2014. It is interesting to see that many of the books are classic stories that I read as a child or those that I read to Reception / Year One classes when I started teaching.

So here you go – 2014’s top ten(nish!)

A tie at Number 10!

A classic, seasonal favourite, The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg also inspired us to make a fairytale boardgame this year.

The Jolly Christmas Postman - Story Snug

A story from my childhood, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch evokes memories of the days when lighthouses had lighthouse keepers.

The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch - Story Snug

Number 9

The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb portrays an enjoyable childhood activity. Our daughter always names her paper dolls, just like the dolls in the story.

The Paper Dolls - Story Snug

Number 8

The Little Raindrop by Joanna Gray and Dubravka Kolanovic is a lovely story to introduce young children to the water cycle and makes a great addition to the Early Years / Key Stage 1 classroom.

The Little Raindrop - Story Snug

Number 7

In 2013 Christmas and Snowy brought a book every day during Advent and although they did the same again in 2014 we also explored other book inspired options in Advent Calendars for Little Bookworms.


Number 6

Hairy Maclary by Lynley Dodd was one of the books that Booktrust gave to every reception child when they started school in 2014 /15. We love the antics of the canine cast and their arch enemy Scarface Claw.

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy - Story Snug

Number 5

I heard Nick Butterworth speak at a conference last year and it was fascinating to hear him talk about his inspiration for One Snowy Night and the Percy the Park Keeper stories,

Nick Butterworth - One Snowy Night (Percy the Park Keeper) - Story Snug

Number 4

Another Nick Butterworth classic, Jasper’s Beanstalk, is one of my favourite books to initiate planting activities. There are so many learning opportunities in this story, it’s also great to include in a story sack.

Jasper's Beanstalk - Story Snug

Number 3

We love Kipper and it seems that we are not alone. Kipper’s Birthday by Mick Inkpen continues to be one of Story Snug’s most read blogposts.

Kipper's Birthday - Story Snug

Number 2

Eric Carle’s classic stories inspire so much learning and support many curriculum areas. Learning with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Eric Carle introduces learning activities stimulated by some of his books.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - StorySnug

Number 1

I read Jill Murphy’s On the Way Home to my first class but this story about how Claire hurt her knee is still a favourite and inspires many learning activities.

On the Way Home - Story Snug

We have more great picture book recommendations to share with you in 2015 along with learning ideas that can be stimulated by books. Thank you for visiting Story Snug and for taking the time to leave comments. We hope you enjoy reading our top blogposts.

Happy New Year!

13 thoughts on “Top blogposts on Story Snug in 2014

  1. I don’t recall ever reading any of these books except the Very Hungry Caterpillar. I may have read some of the others as a child but don’t remember them. Since I have a 3-year-old son now, almost 4, I’ll have to see about grabbing some of these books to read with him. Thanks! By the way so far he enjoys Curious George, Clifford, Touch and Feel books, and a couple of billingual English/Spanish books that tell him what objects are in both languages. One of them just has a bunch of miscelaneous things, toys, musical instruments, etc, and othe oter one is specifically about animals, which he loves too. Another great children’s book I recently got him is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? That’s a classic.

  2. Great list, a lot of my daughters favorites there.

    Julia Donaldson is a legend, and Hairy Maclary is my personal fav (from your list anyway) – there are a few I’d not heard of, but will check them out, I’m always keen to add to my Littlies book collection 🙂

    Dropping in from #WeekendBlogHop


  3. So many fab titles here! We also got Hairy Maclary this year. Has become a firm favourite in our house, and Cameron finds it funny because I can’t pronounce on of the names properly!

    Thank you for linking up with the #WeekendBlogHop

    Laura x x x

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