BookBairn's Christmas Gift Guide 2018 - Grown Up Bookworms

As you know I am a massive bookworm and in any free moment I have between wrangling BookBairn, The Wee Page Turner and everything in b...


As you know I am a massive bookworm and in any free moment I have between wrangling BookBairn, The Wee Page Turner and everything in between, I love to sit down an read. Just sit down in a quiet space where no-one places any demands on me and disappear into a story. So it wont' surprise you that for Christmas I would like nothing more than a few bookish gifts. In fact, the thing I want most is a National Book Token so that I can go to my favourite bookshop in the whole wide world, Toppings & Co, child-free and enjoy a complimentary pot of tea and a long leisurely browse. If you know a bookworm - give them a book token and babysit. It will be the best present they get.

Here are some awesomely wonderful books for bookworms too:

Pages & Co by Anna James


This is the best book I’ve read this year. I adored every page. There were so many beautiful passages about the wonder of books, book lovers and libraries/bookshops. As well as scenes from a bookworm’s dream. Anna James has truly created a world of wonder. Tilly Pages is just discovering there’s more to books than between the covers. Her favourite characters greet her in her family’s bookshop. She book wanders inside her favourite stories. And travels to the underlibrary - the organisation that manages it all. And of course there’s a mystery to solve and a suspicious character who takes an instant dislike to Tilly. What an adventure! It might be a children's book but it's a wonderful read for a book-loving grown-up too! (So much so that despite having read a library copy I bought a copy for myself because I just needed to have it on my bookshelf!)


The Boy by Oliver Jeffers


If you know a bookworm with kids, they will undoubtedly adore this series of books, and if you know a bookworm who doesn't have kids then they just haven't discovered the magic that is Oliver Jeffers. As a long time lover of this series of books I love having a beautifully bound edition of all The Boy stories and the interspersed sketchbooks are an absolute joy. There is nothing more fascinating than seeing how your favourite stories have come to life - the alternative sketches along the way. It's like a little bit of magic! A behind the scenes, under the book-jacket treat!


The Little Library Cookbook by Kate Young


Recommending this book is actually the result of giving my mum a book token and a subsequent browse in Toppings (as I mentioned in my intro) but I'm thrilled that she got a copy because I have borrowed it and loved looking over it's beautiful pages and recipes. There are some recipes, ingredients and meals that are so synonymous with stories that it's hard for a bookworm to not disappear into another world when we eat them. And so Kate Young, a cookery writer, has collated some of the best recipes from her bookshelves. From Paddington's marmalade to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe's Turkish Delight to Chocolatl from the Dark Materials Trilogy, there are so many lovely recipes accompanied by a quotation from the books and a short memoir from the writer. It really is a delicious gift.



What a Wonderful Word by Nicola Edwards & Luisa Uribe


Book-lovers also tend to be fascinated by words. Words are magical things that can transport us, educate us, enlighten us and empower us. So to be given an anthology of untranslatable words is to be given a gift that means much more than just another book. This hand-picked collection of untranslatable words from all over the world celebrates the magic of language, with gorgeous original artwork and fascinating facts about each word and culture that it comes from. My favourite is gluggavedur (from the Icelandic) which means weather that look beautiful while you're inside, but is much too cold when you step outside. Isn't that a term that we simply need a word for? A truly beautiful gift. 


Bookworm: A Childhood Reading Memoir by Lucy Mangan


One of the lovely things about being a bookworm is that some of your best friends can be found (and re-found) in the pages of a book. 'Bookworm' is a lovely celebration of just that, of the books that profoundly shape who we are. I thoroughly enjoyed being reminded of some of my favourite reads and equally found it fascinating to hear about (I listened to the audiobook) some that I have missed out on. It makes me want to write down my own memoir of books!



I hope you have found something that your grown-up bookworms would love and if in doubt pick up a book token and let them have the joy of choosing something for themselves. Please keep a look-out for my next list of recommendations which should be up as soon as possible.

And if you want any specific recommendations please feel free to get in touch! All our social media links are in the header at the top of the blog - or you can just search 'bookbairn' to find us!

I've also just added a grown-ups section to my amazon shop with some of the best books for bookworms and I'll also create a list of the best books I've read this year.


You can find it here: BookBairn's Amazon Shop.


Happy Christmas Shopping,
Kim and the elves xx



Disclaimer: these are all my choices. Some were sent from publishers but they were not sent in connection with this post. Their inclusion here is my choice. Because I really do think they are great. Please read our review policy if you want to know more. If you click on the title or image of the book you will be sent to Amazon.co.uk using an affiliate link. This means that if you choose to purchase on Amazon.co.uk, I will receive a small sum (around 20-90p per book) from amazon at no extra cost to you. I understand that you may not want to use an affiliate link, but if you like reading our blog please just think of it as a small tip for a tip-off to an awesome book. And know that your support means I can buy more books! For more information check out our 'For Our Readers' section.


BookBairn's Christmas Gift Guide 2018 - Babies

If you are getting organised for Christmas then you might be thinking about some books to give to the very smallest babies in your life!...


If you are getting organised for Christmas then you might be thinking about some books to give to the very smallest babies in your life! This is always a tricky category as all babies like different things, but these books all have the seal of approval from my Wee Page Turner. And they are ones that I like too - because let's face it, grown-ups have to read them over and over as they are pulled out time and time again! So it's important to get books for babies that grown-ups can stand (so no sound books here I'm afraid because no matter how good those tunes don't stand the test of 1457 plays a day!) If you are looking for a different age category or want to see last year's list for babies too you can find them all linked here. And as always, I've tried to include a variety of books so that there is something for everyone.


I Thought I Saw a Bear by Lydia Nichols


This is one of the books that we have read over and over again this year and is probably looking a little worn in this photo - a sure sign of a good children's book! (And rest assured all the mechanisms are still working perfectly!) Each page repeats the phrase “I thought I saw a...” and then using the slider you can reveal the hidden bear. We particularly love it when the bear slides on the cover and when he pops up in the car. This book has a transport theme with bear popping up in lots of different vehicles and modes of transport so it's perfect for adding in lots of transport vocabulary too. And the great part - there's a whole series of these books so you can find your little one's favourite! These are very simple, very clever little books that are great for entertaining little readers and perfect for popping in your bag for out and about stories.



Pip and Posy Book & Blocks by Axel Scheffler


We actually haven't read this one on repeat yet because I have stashed it away for The Wee Page Turner's stocking! But what I do know is that Pip and Posy are characters that we love and even BookBairn enjoys reading the stories over and over again so I know that he will love them too. He also loves to build things, like lots of babies, and more excitedly he loves to knock them down, so I thought this block set would be perfect. He won't be able to make the puzzles at the moment, but will get his own enjoyment out of them, but the puzzles will be there for future-play. Making this a gift that will keep on giving.

Baby 101: Anatomy, Botany, Architecture and Zoology by Jonathan Litton & Thomas Elliott


This new series of board books are perfect if you want to introduce your baby (or toddler - they are still very toddler friendly) to their first STEM facts! Brainy babies will love learning all about the world around them (and their bodies!) in an engaging and colourful way! With very basic facts and simple explanations, there's no reason that you can't start your little one off in their science-learning journey. Every book in the series is bright and colourful and just so engaging! And there's a lift-the-flap surprise on the final page of each book. Such a great set of books to gift as they will appeal to the grown-ups too who have to read them over and over as their little one loves them so much!

Touch Think Learn 123 by Xavier Deneux



This has to be declared as one of our all time favourite books this year! The Wee Page Turner can barely lift it but he can muster the strength enough to get it out the book box. It’s a beautifully produced simple numbers book with lots of sensory cut-outs and raised pieces. The Touch Think Learn series really does what it says on the cover! We love it and love counting the dots and then turning the page to reveal the animal made up of the dots! Our favourite is number three which stars one of the only words that The Wee Page Turner can say! This is such a great fun big book - and it’s hefty size means it should last forever! 


Tree by Britta Teckentrup



A book gift should be something that little ones want to read again and again and this is one that both my children adore! The Wee Page Turner loves this board book and BookBairn has the paperback. I think it's become a magical story because it pairs what children can see in their world around them with magical and beautiful storytelling. Following the life cycle of a tree through all the seasons has never been so beautiful in a book as brought to life by the incredibly talented (and a favourite of ours) Britta Teckentrup. The clever die-cuts on each page are wonderful to add depth to the illustrations and it's perfect for little fingers to explore as you read the lyrical rhyming couplets. Part poem, part work of art, part non-fiction, this book is a beautiful journey for little ones learning about the changing seasons. And it might also make us grown ups stop and appreciate the wonder and beauty of nature around us.



I hope you have found something that your babies would love and that there is something that you think you will last more than just the festive season. Babies change so much so I wanted to pick some books that have a bit of longevity to them! Please keep a look-out for my next list of recommendations which should be up as soon as possible.

And if you want any specific recommendations please feel free to get in touch! All our social media links are in the header at the top of the blog - or you can just search 'bookbairn' to find us!

I've also created a 'shop' on amazon where you can easily find all our favourites! I'll keep adding to it as we go so it's just small at the moment but if you check back it should have more as I build it!


You can find it here: BookBairn's Amazon Shop.


Happy Christmas Shopping,
Kim and the elves xx


Disclaimer: these are all my choices. Some were sent from publishers but they were not sent in connection with this post. Their inclusion here is my choice. Because I really do think they are great. Please read our review policy if you want to know more. If you click on the title or image of the book you will be sent to Amazon.co.uk using an affiliate link. This means that if you choose to purchase on Amazon.co.uk, I will receive a small sum (around 20-90p per book) from amazon at no extra cost to you. I understand that you may not want to use an affiliate link, but if you like reading our blog please just think of it as a small tip for a tip-off to an awesome book. And know that your support means I can buy more books! For more information check out our 'For Our Readers' section.

  

BookBairn's Christmas Gift Guide 2018 - Bigger Kids

This is a bit of an over-arching category, I know. But firstly, I'm not an expert in books for children over the age of five, though...


This is a bit of an over-arching category, I know. But firstly, I'm not an expert in books for children over the age of five, though many good ones have crossed my path. If you want an expert in those things you'd be better checking out Book Lover Jo, A Little But a Lot or Along Came Poppy blogs (all linked). But here are some of the books we have come across this year that are truly wonderful.

And if you've stumbled across this gift guide and were looking for one of our others, you can find them all linked here

Scratch and Discover: World Atlas by Charlotte Trounce


Definitely one of the coolest non-fiction books we’ve seen! You can travel the world and using the clever scratch and discover patches you can find out more about landmarks and flora and fauna from all over the world. Each page stars a different continent and there is a large globe to scratch and reveal where that continent is as well as 10 different scratch and discover things on each page (the different continents have a different focus - mostly landmarks and animals.) This is a great book for all ages - BookBairn loves it as she likes to find things, older kids would be fascinated by the different facts from all over the globe, and grown ups will find scratching the pages immensely satisfying! The illustrations are wonderful too and the facts are so interesting that I think it will stand the test of time even after it’s all scratched. After you've scratched them it's got a list so that you can use the book as a seek and find. Such a fun interactive book and a great gift for fascinated readers!



If you have a young girl (or boy) who enjoy a princess story (or even if they have outgrown them) but are at an age where you want them to be looking up to women with a bit more gravitas then this book is a perfect gift! It stars mighty girls who are modern, feisty and reflect the roles that women have in society today! I really enjoyed reading the stories (even though they are aimed at readers aged 5-11) and loved the diversity of the illustrations. They are great for children who are already familiar with the characters and stories, to see a different way of tackling a problem and ultimately that not every story that has a 'happily ever after' needs to have a prince and a wedding. We can choose our own happily ever afters! And that's a great gift to give!


Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveteers by Andrea Beaty & David Roberts


We love The Questioneers series of books, and I was super excited to learn that when BookBairn outgrows the picture books (or even if she still enjoys them but we want something more lengthy to read-aloud), she needn't leave these awesome and inspiring characters behind. They will grow with her. In this new early chapter book, Rosie Revere has a really important project to tackle! It's up to her to devise a painting contraption to assist one of the Raucous Riveters enter the town's mural competition. But she has flop after flop after flop, and she starts to lose hope. But with the help of her friends - Iggy Peck and Ada Twist - and a mysterious neighbour, maybe all is not quite as doomed as she fears! With a great message about perseverance, this is a wonderful read-aloud book but also great for independent readers, and is littered with fabulous fun illustrations! For fans of the characters and for new readers, this is a great gift for young readers!

Anthology of Intriguing Animals by Ben Hoare


When I was growing up I loved flicking through the pages of an encyclopedia and was particularly fascinated by a volume that was purely animals! This book would have given me hours of entertainment and joy as well as filling my brain with wonderful fascinating information about the flora and fauna of our world. With over 100 species, each page features fun animal facts and detailed close-up photographs that children will pore over. Featuring favourites, such as dolphins, tigers and butterflies, as well as more unusual animals like the quokka, there's something for everyone. BookBairn is only three but she already loves finding her favourite animals as well as looking at all the animals throughout. But once she's older she will love reading about the lives of these creatures too. A perfect gift for children who can't get enough of animals, wildlife and nature!


Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

This is a book that I read myself as it has had a lot of hype around it (the next Harry Potter is a phrase that one shouldn't throw around lightly!).It’s had so much praise and now I see why! I loved the world-building, the characters and the plot. Telling the story of Morrigan Crow, a cursed child, set to die on her birthday, but is whisked away by a mysterious benefactor to the magical world of Nevermoor, to participate in the trials for the even more mysterious Wundrous Society. With a lurking 'bad guy', magic and mayhem, and a beautiful Christmas scene, it really is a treat to read. It was all so gripping and took you on an adventure in another world. Amazing! (It is recommended at readers aged 9-11 but I think if you're old enough to enjoy Harry Potter you would enjoy this too!)


I hope you have found something that your bigger readers would love! Please keep a look-out for my next list of recommendations which should be up as soon as possible.

And if you want any specific recommendations please feel free to get in touch! All our social media links are in the header at the top of the blog - or you can just search 'bookbairn' to find us!

I've also created a 'shop' on amazon where you can easily find all our favourites! I'll keep adding to it as we go so it's just small at the moment but if you check back it should have more as I build it!


You can find it here: BookBairn's Amazon Shop.


Happy Christmas Shopping,
Kim and the elves xx

Disclaimer: these are all my choices. Some were sent from publishers but they were not sent in connection with this post. Their inclusion here is my choice. Because I really do think they are great. Please read our review policy if you want to know more. If you click on the title or image of the book you will be sent to Amazon.co.uk using an affiliate link. This means that if you choose to purchase on Amazon.co.uk, I will receive a small sum (around 20-90p per book) from amazon at no extra cost to you. I understand that you may not want to use an affiliate link, but if you like reading our blog please just think of it as a small tip for a tip-off to an awesome book. And know that your support means I can buy more books! For more information check out our 'For Our Readers' section.



BookBairn's Christmas Gift Guide 2018 - Toddlers

I can't believe it's December already and it's time to get organised for Christmas and I thought I would share my top five ...


I can't believe it's December already and it's time to get organised for Christmas and I thought I would share my top five books for toddlers to give this year (but actually I couldn't decide so there's six!). Before I share, I just want to say that there are many many great books out there for little readers but these are some of our favourites that we have discovered this year. If you want to see our gift guide from last year, or any of our other gift guides from this year you can find them all linked here. I've tried to include a variety of books so that there is something for everyone.


Dragon Post by Emma Yarlett


This is such a truly enchanting story with characters that are utterly stupendous that it would make a wonderful gift! The novelty of having letters to pull out and read is always an appealing prospect to toddlers. Alex, a little boy, is convinced that a dragon is living in his basement (don't worry he's a friendly dragon). But having a dragon in your basement does pose some issues: fire hazards, noise complaints, animal welfare issues. So Alex writes and receives letters about how best to care for his dragon. I don't want to spoil to much other than to say that this book is packed full of humour, fun and illustrations that are simply adorable. The letters themselves are all in different styles, poking fun at some of the institutions that might get involved if you really did have a dragon in your basement as well as showing that even official types have a sense of humour sometimes. We particularly like the letter from the butcher. But our stand out favourite letter is from Alex's best friend, Hillary, whose adorable drawings and sage advice are a perfect way to end the book. Except for one last letter. From Dragon. Such an utterly charming story about friendship, making it a lovely gift!



How far would you go for cake? Mini Rabbit really really wants his mother's berry cake, but when they run out of berries, he sets off before his mother has a chance to stop him. He passes people along the way, all of whom try to warn him not to stray too far from home in search of berries (especially as in each scene there are berries hidden) but Mini Rabbit is single-mindedly hunting for berries on his own. Until he finally finds one, of course, but then he realises that he really is lost. How can he find his way home again? But wait, he can smell something... cake! He follows the scent all the way home. But with a hilarious twist (in typical toddler fashion) at the end, this one will have you laughing out loud. BookBairn just giggles and giggles at the ending! I adore the colour palette in this and I love the deceptive simplicity with which Mini Rabbit is brought to life. A wonderful story, and makes the perfect gift along with some cake!



So many activity books are really great... if your child can draw, cut and generally follow instructions. They are all aimed at school aged kids. But what about preschoolers? This is the perfect solution! With easy drawing, colouring, foam stickers, stencils, pop-ups and matching, it's packed full of 25 activities that your toddler can actually do. And all you need is a pencil! (Or some colours) so it's just great for taking out and about with you - it's the perfect travel activity book! It's brilliant! Combined with some colouring pencils or crayons and you have the perfect gift.


Alphabet Street by Jonathan Emmett & Ingela P. Arrhenius


This 'book' goes beyond the normal conventions we know about books. Yes, it's a lovely rhyming tale of alphabetical animals doing things in alliterative alphabetical order. But it's also so much more! When you fold-out the giant concertina frieze, you have a whole play-scene street with two flaps on every building with the lovely story underneath. The bold graphic artwork is incredibly striking and lots and lots of fun! Each shop front has so much to discuss with bears baking, cats cooking and so on (alphabetically, of course!). But we also enjoy folding the whole street out and getting some little characters and vehicles from our toy boy and bringing Alphabet Street to life. It's witty, beautiful and so much fun and little ones and would be a great gift for Christmas!


Lifesize by Sophy Henn


Kids are just fascinating by animals and there are lots of great non-fiction books out there for them. But none quite life this one! Each image (and that's downplaying the brilliant artistry in creating them!) stars an animal's feature in it's lifesize scale! So the giant squid's eye takes up a whole page, the stretched jaw of the tiger is big enough to pop your head inside (and kids will love that!) and you can also go paw-to-paw and high-five a polar bear! With accompanying facts, and lots of smaller creatures too this is such a fun book that is completely novel but far too good to be a novelty book. We have had so much fun reading it! (And can't wait for the lifesize dinosaur book next year!)



When I'm buying a book for a Christmas gift, I like it to be a little bit more than a book. With something extra-special. So when this book landed on our doormat I knew immediately that I wanted it include it on this list. It's a version of Cinderella, shortened in some ways and with a slightly more modern ending - the Prince and Cinderella become friends for a few years before getting married and living happily ever after. But that's not what makes it special. The illustrations are lovely and soft with a beautifully soothing colour palette and feature characters of all colours and ethnicities. But again that's not the speciality! It's the magic wand that is tucked under the cover - do you see it? You take it out, and your little readers can wave it around and when it lands on the musical notes on each page the book plays beautiful little tunes to enhance the story! Just magical! And BookBairn adores it! This is a perfect gift, especially for a princess fan!


I hope you have found something that your toddlers would love! Please keep a look-out for my next list of recommendations which should be up as soon as possible.

And if you want any specific recommendations please feel free to get in touch! All our social media links are in the header at the top of the blog - or you can just search 'bookbairn' to find us!

I've also created a 'shop' on amazon where you can easily find all our favourites! I'll keep adding to it as we go so it's just small at the moment but if you check back it should have more as I build it!


You can find it here: BookBairn's Amazon Shop.


Happy Christmas Shopping,

Kim and the elves xx



Disclaimer: these are all my choices. Some were sent from publishers but they were not sent in connection with this post. Their inclusion here is my choice. Because I really do think they are great. Please read our review policy if you want to know more. If you click on the title or image of the book you will be sent to Amazon.co.uk using an affiliate link. This means that if you choose to purchase on Amazon.co.uk, I will receive a small sum (around 20-90p per book) from amazon at no extra cost to you. I understand that you may not want to use an affiliate link, but if you like reading our blog please just think of it as a small tip for a tip-off to an awesome book. And know that your support means I can buy more books! For more information check out our 'For Our Readers' section.




BookBairn's Christmas Gift Guide 2018 - Illustrated Toys

It's not all about books at Christmas though is it? So I thought it would be fun to put together a gift guide of some of the wonder...


It's not all about books at Christmas though is it? So I thought it would be fun to put together a gift guide of some of the wonderful illustrated toys that I have come across since I started blogging and became more aware of what artists and illustrators do beyond drawing pictures for books! So here are some wonderful things that have been created by illustrators that would make a wonderful addition to a Christmas stocking.


Little Feminist Jigsaw and Cards by Lydia Ortiz


You may remember we started our Little Feminist Book Club after being inspired by the lovely Little Feminist Board Book Box Set by Lydia Ortiz and we love the playing cards and jigsaw! The puzzle is a bit tricky for BookBairn but Daddy and I really enjoyed doing it together once the little hands were asleep and not able to grab at the pieces! And BookBairn has been asking to play snap with the cards over and over. She's getting much better than this video shows but mostly it's fun to be playing these sorts of games together. Traditional games make for the most fun! Both these games are perfect for sitting down as a family together and playing - the cards would be perfect for Go Fish, Happy Families or Pairs too! I also see that they have a set of cards for pairs and a box of magnets too. The illustrations are absolutely perfect. They are bright, colourful and simplistic enough for the littlest readers turning our heroes into characters they can enjoy. They are instantly recognisable and, whilst simple, they are incredibly stylish. So they make a wonderful gift!
(Having just checked - the jigsaw appears to be sold out on Amazon but you can still find it in bookshops and other online retailers.) 


Story Box by Claudia Boldt


Do you have a little storyteller in your house? BookBairn is now picking up her books and telling the stories from the pictures, and if it's a book we've not read together yet she makes her own story up. So these storytelling cards are a brilliant resource for opening her imagination and creating our own stories together. There are 20 puzzle-pieces (printed on both sides) so you can put together your own adventure in any order and make it different each time. I love this concept!! This set features a polar bear setting sail for the Caribbean, meeting animal pals along the way, encountering pirates, a tornado and a tortoise's birthday party. We love Claudia Boldt's illustrations so we are enjoying making up our own stories about her characters - we already have the matching set 'Animals at Home' and some books by the illustrator! Her artwork is bold and bright and the characters are great fun! I've also linked some of the other story boxes at the bottom of the post as they too are by lovely illustrators!



I Saw it First! Jungle by Caroline Selmes


We have become rather fascinated by a new game that was sent by a publisher which not only makes books but also the most fantastic illustrated games. We have had games from them in the past and have really enjoyed them but I Saw it First! Jungle has become a whole family hit! With a board featuring 300 different species of animal, some of which are very similar, and 300 game cards, the object of the game is very simple: be the one who spots the animal first. Except it's trickier than it sounds! With six gameboard pieces the gameboard changes with every set-up. And a box full of 300 pieces means you are hardly likely to get the same animals very often! Add to the mix a very observant BookBairn who is an keen animal enthusiast and it's a game of level-pegging! The illustrations are great and BookBairn loves looking at them and describing the animals so it's also great for her knowledge as well as building descriptive vocabulary. But mostly it's a competitive sport. Daddy BookBairn and I have even played after the kids have gone to bed (I beat him 30-17 in case you were wondering!). It's fun for everyone!




Wow! Never has a game been quite so popular in our house - BookBairn has played this over and over since she got it - she's played it with me, her daddy, her grandma and even one of our friend's who really popped by for a cuppa and a catch up with the grown ups but was so good to play with BookBairn too! Its' a simple concept - match the animal sound to the animal picture. But with clever use of typography BookBairn can 'read' many of the words and match it to the right animal without help. For us, there are a few too many cards (50 in total) making the game a little long so we either just use half or we play picture side up so she can match them easily. With bold colours and dynamic graphics this game is lots of fun! 


Nesting dolls by Suzy Ultman


One of the most beautiful illustrated toys that we love, and play with the most, is a set of beautiful nesting dolls. I bought these for BookBairn after my grandfather gave me some money for her for a birthday and I thought they were quite expensive but since it was a gift for him I wanted to get her the most beautiful set of dolls I could find. And we love these. So incredibly much. They are one of the most played with items in our house. Over and over. BookBairn hides all sorts of things inside as she plays. She lines them up. She nests them back inside each other. And now The Wee Page Turner plays with them too. Suzy Ultman is an incredible artist! I love her designs! These dolls are incredibly beautiful (and available to buy here). 

Djeco Stacking Tower

Last year for Christmas I saw this beautiful stacking tower in our local bookshop window and I went straight inside to get it for The Wee Page Turner. The colours and design are beautiful and I love the added element of having the little toy animals to put inside each box. And he loves it! It's hard to beat a stacking tower as a gift for little ones and I think this one is beautiful.

You can see the tower in the background here.

Make Your Own Farm by Anna Kovecses


This is a brilliant gift where little ones can build their very own farm. Simply pop out the pieces and clot them together. The illustrations are lovely and I love the use of slightly off colours and shades (the bull has a purplish tint and some of the sheep are definitely a pinkish wool) making them a little more interesting. The characters have neutral faces allowing children to project their emotions as they play and have the sweetest little outfits. The attention to detail is exquisite. Perhaps the best part is the tractor with removable trailer. This is the bit that BookBairn plays with most. She changes the driver, loads up different animals on to the trailer and moves it around the farm. Lots and lots of fun. This is a gift that will keep on giving as BookBairn gets older - the pieces seem quite durable (although if your child plays roughly it's probably not one for them and better stick with plastic or wooden farms) so we hope to get lots of play. As BookBairn gets older her imaginative play is more interesting and with lovely toys like this the possibilities are endless.


I hope you have found a beautifully illustrated gift for your little ones.

And if you want any specific recommendations please feel free to get in touch! All our social media links are in the header at the top of the blog - or you can just search 'bookbairn' to find us!

I've also just added an illustrated toys section to my amazon shop with some of the best toys for little ones including many that I haven't listed here so do pop over and have a look.


You can find it here: BookBairn's Amazon Shop.


Happy Christmas Shopping,
Kim and the elves xx



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