One of our favorite Smart Mama Blogs is Kids Stuff and Stories – a destination where you can find some great books and activities to do with your children.

Blogger and the Smart Mama behind Kids Stuff and Stories shares with us some of her favorite book picks.

Winnie The Pooh: Complete Collection of Stories and Poems

Winnie the Pooh: The Complete Collection of Stories and Poems was originally published in 1994, but this beautifully produced slip-cased edition has been specially created to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the publication of the very first stories about Winnie the Pooh.

It consists of the classic, well-loved, tried-and-tested stories by AA Milne, from “Winnie the Pooh” (1926), “The House at Pooh Corner” (1928 ) and the poetry from “When We Were Very Young” (1924) and “Now We Are Six” (1927).

My favorite story is the one where Tigger and Roo get stuck up the tree…

Please Don’t Chat To The Bus Driver by Shen Roddie

The bus is late so please don’t chat to the bus driver… Various animals get on the bus and are told not to chat to the bus driver. Can you guess what happens next?

This book is so original and so very very funny! You may not have come across this but do not be put off by that. It is a winner and expect to be reading it 3 times a day. You have been warned.

We Honestly Can Look After Your Dog (Featuring Charlie & Lola) by Lauren Child

Lola loves dogs. So when Charlie takes Lola and her friend Lotta to the park with his friend Marv and Marv’s dog Sizzles, Lola is thrilled. Marv lets her and Lotta look after Sizzles on the promise that they don’t let him off the lead…

As seen on BBC TV. You really can’t go wrong with this. It has been a big hit in Britain for the last couple of years.

The Bears Winter House by John Yeoman (Illustrated by Quentin Blake)

This has always been in my top 5 books of all time for young children. The only problem is that it is possibly out of print. There are a few second hand copies on Amazon.co.uk (the British site) and prices range from a couple of pounds up to over a hundred! I think even a battered paperback copy will be fun so why not do what I did and get a battered paperback copy off Amazon, ebay or your friendly neighbourhood second hand book seller.

The book is beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake who is best known for the work he did on the Roald Dahl books.

The story is all about Bear who starts building a winter house to hibernate in. Along come Chicken and Pig to watch but don’t really want to help. Soon. however, summer is over and the wind is whistling through the hen hut and pig sty and they are getting a little bit chilly.

Will Bear let them stay the winter? Will they behave if he does? You can probably guess the answers to both these questions. A great fun book.

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