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Short books for short attention spans

Sometimes children aren’t in the mood for a long story or they are at an age where sitting still for longer than a minute is a struggle. To keep encouraging story time my first suggestion would be to read books that are tactile (see my post on touch and feel books here) but the next option is to grab a story that is quick to read, after all reading a little something is better than nothing at all. Here is a list of my favourite short board books and these are also very handy when bedtime is running over and your children still want a story!


Moo, Baa, La La La! By Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boynton has a great collection of books that are perfect for a quick read and they are often a little bit quirky – which is fun! This one plays with animal sounds and also rhymes; it was one of the first books my son learnt off by heart as we had to read it over and over again.


Toot By Leslie Patricelli

Children love all things gross and ‘tooting’ has to be the funniest bodily function around. This little baby toots everywhere and this book is full of all the hilarious farting noises you could imagine – perfect for a fun, quick read!


This Little Chick By John Lawrence

This story is a cute twist on the nursery rhyme ‘I Went to Visit a Farm One Day’ and in this version it’s a little chick who visits the farm animals and then takes on the noises of all the different animals; it is repetitive, rhythmic and will get stuck in your head for days!



Stripy Horse: Off We Go By Jim Helmore

There are quite a few ‘Stripy Horse’ stories and the board book collection is packed with colour and playful rhyming text. Stripy Horse: Off We Go! is also packed with action and it’s sure to engage your little one for a quick story.


I Love You to the Moon and Back by Amelia Hepworth

This is a sweet, simple, rhyming book about the unconditional love a parent has for their child. It’s a quick way to share a story and your love for them.

Of course, if your child really doesn’t enjoy reading, don’t force it. It’s meant to be an enjoyable time together and not a chore. Offer them books to play to with instead and if they’re ready to have story time again the books on this list are a great place to start.

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