When I heard about the #2016classicschallenge  I couldn't help but jump on board. I have read several classics, many during my year li...

2016 Classics Challenge

Sunday, January 31, 2016 BookBairn 21 Comments

When I heard about the #2016classicschallenge I couldn't help but jump on board. I have read several classics, many during my year living in Paris where the local library stocked mainly classics in it's English-language book section, but there are still so many more to discover. And, if you've read our post 'Do Children Still Need to Read the Classics?' then you will know that BookBairn is already well-versed in some of the literary greats!
I thought I'd start off this challenge by reading a modern retelling of the Jane Austen classic Emma (thanks for the Christmas gift Gma BookBairn), which has been reworked by Alexander McCall Smith. I have read Emma more times than I can count and I absolutely adore it! So much so that some friends were surprised that BookBairn was not named Emma! And so I had to get BookBairn a version of 'Emma' for her to read. Having already amassed a substantial collection of BabyLit classics, we have been reading one from the Cozy Classics series by Jack and Holman Wang.

This series of books are absolutely adorable! They tell a (very) abridged version of the classic story over 12 double page spreads using key words and photographs of felted figures portraying the main characters. There is only one word per page so they have clearly been carefully chosen in order to highlight the important moments of the plot, but the story is not explained any further so requires an adult familiar with the original story to fill in the gaps, help children make connections between the photographs and the text and bring the story to life. As I mentioned, I am a huge fan of Austen's Emma so that was not a problem. I found this approach to key word 'primer' books rather refreshing by moving away from books which group words according to concepts such as shapes, colours, animals, etc. and instead introduces key words through a narrative. Re-telling the classic stories using simple and child-friendly words but still maintaining the format of a narrative will help little readers to put these words in a context and I think this will help with their understanding. That is not to say that concept-based word primers are not valuable, I just liked having an alternative to go along side that approach, as I said it is refreshing. 
Also refreshing is the fact that this book does not have traditional illustrations but instead has photographs of beautiful felted figures posed in appropriate settings to retell the story. I love the fact that many of the photographs have been taken outdoors! The dolls are created with incredibly expressive faces which will certainly help readers to understand the key words and the story. The tilted heads, winks and furrowed brows remind me of the way that the characters are brought to life on screen! As with the original text there is a rollercoaster of emotions but all turns out right in the end: it's amazing that such a small book can pack so much in! (But I guess it doesn't really pack it all in, it's just that I can fill in the gaps.) Obviously, there are many scenes, characters and events missing from this abridged version but, for me, it certainly captures the spirit of the story.

Of course, I hope that BookBairn will grow up to love the character of Emma as much as I do and I believe there is no substitute for the Austen novel so I look forward to the day when we can read it together. But I don't think that the authors have any intention of trying to dissuade older readers from enjoying the full story but rather provide a valuable introduction to the setting, characters and essence of the novels.

I will be looking out for more of the Cozy Classic series as we attempt to read a classic every month for the #2016classicschallenge, particularly Jane Eyre (which I am ashamed to say I have not yet read) and War and Peace (as we've been watching the dramatisation on BBC). But it is also worth noting for little (or big) Star Wars fans that Jack and Holman Wang have created an adorable series of books retelling the films in 12 words with felted versions of the characters we know and love).

Hope you've had a lovely weekend curled up with a cozy classic of your own,
Love Mummy and BookBairn xx

One from the cutting room floor: "sometimes mummy's phone is more interesting than my book".


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BookBairn is obsessed  with giraffes at the moment! It would be hard to claim that they are her favourite animal among the menagerie of toys...

Giraffes make the Best of Friends

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 BookBairn 2 Comments

BookBairn is obsessed with giraffes at the moment! It would be hard to claim that they are her favourite animal among the menagerie of toys and books that we have acquired: her bedtime buddy is a lion called Louis; she points out penguins in all the books we read; she thinks chickens are hilarious (as discovered at the farm last week); BookBunny is her best pal; and when asked 'what sound does a snake make?' she does a marvelous imitation. But, giraffes are right up there as a favourite thanks to a little statue giraffe (pictured left) that her grandma brought back from her holidays and who lives on the mantelpiece. At the first mention of a giraffe she points to the mantelpiece!

Accordingly, we have been reading a story filled with giraffe-fun! 'Nemo and Giraffe' by Lee Hunter with illustrations by Lindy Damen tells the delightful story of two inseparable but unusual pals. I love the beginning pages of this story that explain that any two people or creatures can be friends - even a giraffe and a cat. The giraffe, it turns out is a beautifully illustrated soft toy that Nemo, the cat, takes everywhere with him. They play hide and seek, stare out of the window and curl up by the fire. This book is really brought to life by the illustrations and Nemo and his giraffe are incredibly cute and particularly irresistible. You can't help but fall in love with them! I also like that each page features a brightly coloured background but is not overly-fussy in it's background illustrations making it easier for little bookbairns to focus on the main elements of the story. This book has a lovely message about friendship and equality: you don't have to look the same to be best friends. Something I hope BookBairn will take to heart as she starts to make friends of her own.
The story behind the story is equally as touching. The author is a child care professional, working from the home she shares with her husband and pet cat, Nemo. She wrote this book to help the children understand the needs of Nemo and to encourage them to be comfortable and respectful around him. The book explains some of Nemo's fears, such as loud noises, dogs barking, new faces but also that he is comforted by his giraffe toy. I'm sure that lots of children will relate to this and it is a great way to help them empathise with our furry friends, such as Nemo.

As this book is self-published, it isn't quite as sturdy as some other books and the quality of the finish isn't as good as large publishing houses can create. However, what it lacks in professional finish the story makes up for in charm! It is a truly charming story of two inseparable friends that will delight wee readers and animal lovers alike. And it would make a perfect read for any family who are planning on getting a pet in the near future!
Hope that you all have a giraffe of your own to curl up and read stories with!
 Love Mummy and BookBairn x

One from the cutting
room floor for you!
Nemo and Giraffe also
makes a great 
peek-a-boo toy!

*DISCLAIMER* I was given our book for free for review purposes, however, all words and opinions are my own.


It's been a braw couple days for BookBairn as we've been celebrating Burns Night by reading a muckle pile of Scots books (and, yes, ...

Scots Books for Wee Folk

Monday, January 25, 2016 BookBairn 6 Comments

It's been a braw couple days for BookBairn as we've been celebrating Burns Night by reading a muckle pile of Scots books (and, yes, there will be more Scots words to follow!). What a bonnie time we've had. It helps that BookBairn is a muckle fan of haggis, neeps and tatties and could eat a Burns supper every night of the week! We've also been Scottish Country Dancing around the living room and reading a brilliant series of books by Itchy Coo publishing, written by James Robertson with illustrations by Karen Sutherland.

Of the series, there are a few that we like best. Firstly, 'Katie's Coo' is a collection of "Scots Rhymes for Wee Folk", which is delightful to all parents familiar with a Scots rhyme or two. Reading, and singing, this book with BookBarin was reminiscent of singing these Scots tunes with my own parents, to my brother when he was little and at school! It has all the favourites of Scottish bairns: Katie Bairdie, Three Craws, Ally Bally Bee (which I've been singing to BookBairn as a lullaby since she was born) and Wee Willie Winkie amongst others. It is a marvelous wee book for bringing the generations together over a familiar tune!

As I mentioned in previous posts, BookBairn, like many bairns, is a fan of a peekaboo/lift-the-flap book and in 'Katie's Moose' we've discovered another great book. As you search round Katie's hoose looking for her wee moose and other creatures, BookBairn giggles away and lifts the flaps to discover "keek-a-boo, there he/she is noo" hiding under a piece of furniture illustrated doing some of the most peculiar things. Who would expect to find a pig doing a jig behind the chair, or imagine a coo sitting on the loo? We are clearly not the only ones who adore this book, as when we were reading it over breakfast at the local soft play, a wee boy kept keeking over BookBairn's shoulder to join in the story, his mum told us he couldn't help it because it's one of his favourite books! Love that books are already helping BookBairn make friends!

My favourite is 'Katie's Zoo' in which Katie visits all the bonnie birds and braw beasts of the zoo trying to find her favourite creature. I love it because of all the Scots names for animals and words for parts of the body. Perhaps, I like this best because they are the Scots words I remember learning at school and hearing most often. The illustrations in this book are also slightly more detailed than in some of the other books and I think it would have more longevity than the other books by continuing to appeal the bairns as they get older.

The illustrations in the entire series are bright and bold and will certainly appeal to all wee bookbairns across the country. In Katie, Karen Sutherland has created a vibrant character with rosy cheeks who page after page grins from ear to ear. And who could blame her? James Robertson's text highlights all that is wonderful about Scots words through incredibly humorous rhymes. Adults will giggle as much as the children will, and at the moment, in our hoose the grown-ups probably giggle more! BookBairn giggles along with us and I hope that she will grow up to enjoy the playfulness of Scots language. She danced along (well swayed from side to side) whilst I sang some of the Scots songs, Three Craws proved a real favourite!

And for wee folk, there is also 'Rabbie's Rhymes' to introduce bairns to the wonderful verses of Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns. This book is a lovely introduction to the works of Burns, including some of the best-loved lines from his songs and poems. I should point out that it is simply an introduction, each page-spread includes two or four lines from each song or poem and whilst some other reviewers have suggested this is not enough, I would argue it depends on your audience. As these are books for wee folk, I think a few lines are sufficient and if I want to recite more with BookBairn as she gets older we will look them up (when my memory fails). In the meantime, this lift-the-flap book is great fun and includes 'Tae a moose', 'Ye Banks and Braes o Bonnie Doon', ' My Luve's like a Red Red Rose' and the national favourite 'Auld Lang Syne'. Younger children will enjoy Karen Sutherland's illustrations of animals, as in the Katie books and older kids will giggle with laughter as the lift the flap of the Scotsman's kilt! Even BookBairn knew that this was cheeky! My only qualm with this book is that it is now out of print and was rather difficult to get a copy: the library staff came to my rescue and despite requesting it at short notice the still managed to get me a copy in the week before Burns night - thank you!

We've had great fun celebrating the works of the bard, and in tribute I have reworked the Selkirk Grace for BookBairns.

BookBairn Grace
Some hae books and canna read
And some wad read that want it,
But I hae books that mammy reads,
Sae let the lord be thankit.

Slainte, Mammy and BookBairn xx

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We are lucky to know lots of lovely mums (and dads) and babies who love reading stories as much as we do. We are also lucky that out local l...

Baby Book Group

Sunday, January 24, 2016 BookBairn 6 Comments

We are lucky to know lots of lovely mums (and dads) and babies who love reading stories as much as we do. We are also lucky that out local library holds regular Bookbug sessions where we can all get together to sing and read with our wee bookbairns. Having chatted with like-minded mums we decided to start our own baby book group that would be an informal monthly meeting to sing and read with our wee readers and have a coffee and a chat afterwards. As most new mums will know, the chat afterwards is one of the most valuable parts of these baby social groups, allowing us to chat about everything from nappies to car seats, from teething to returning to work and as long as the lucky ones avoid mentioning their 'sleep through the night' babies, it is a valuable support network.

We hosted our first meeting yesterday and BookBairn and I had lots of fun. The lovely Miffy team sent us some goodies for hosting a 'Miffy's Birthday' party which was wonderful as it meant every bookbairn got a wee Miffy goodie bag to take away and we all had a copy of the story to read. BookBairn, typically, was napping as people arrived and we had to rouse her from her nap so she could fulfill her hosting obligations!

We started off by singing a hello song, followed by a few Scots nursery rhymes in order to celebrate Robert Burns night which is on Monday. Between the mums, we managed to remember the words and the tunes so we were doing quite well! We also sang a few rabbity tunes to get us in the spirit for our Miffy themed party. We all read the story of 'Miffy's Birthday' with our little ones tucked in our laps and then had a great fun with the stretchy fabric bouncing our favourite nursery rhyme characters around on top of it and singing some nursery rhymes to go with it! Afterwards, we tucked into some panettone and cups of tea for the mums and carrot sticks and sippy cups for the bookbairns. It was lovely to see all the children socialising together and flipping through pages of the books/chewing the edges. The balloons were also great entertainment and were also chewed upon. Think most of these babies are discovering the world through their mouths at the moment, but we can't blame them for getting their teeth into a good book, can we? The only downside to us having so much fun was that I forgot to get lots of photos of the bookbairns in action!

BookBairn had a wonderful morning, and was thrilled to be left with a house full of balloons after we said goodbye to all her wee friends! All the excitement was probably a bit much for her though, as she had a huge nap in the afternoon of almost two and a half hours (I know I said don't mention sleep but I couldn't help it!). Thank you so much everyone who came along, and to those who couldn't make it this time too. We are looking forward to next month's session and getting to enjoy lots of our favourite people alongside our favourite stories and songs all in one place.

Thank you for a lovely morning, Mummy and BookBairn xx

***You and your bookbairn needn't miss out just because you missed our meet-up! We have two Miff party bags to give away! If you would like to win a copy of 'Miffy's Birthday' by Dick Bruna in a lovely Miffy book tote as well as a few wee goodies, please comment below. (Additional entries will be available so keep an eye out by following us on twitter and on facebook.) UK residents only please. Competition closes 1.2.16.*** Good luck! Mummy and BookBairn

UPDATE - Competition is now closed. Thanks to all who entered! Mummy and BookBairn x


They say never to work with children and animals. Having broken the first rule, I thought what the heck and smashed the second! At last ...


Tuesday, January 19, 2016 BookBairn 4 Comments

They say never to work with children and animals. Having broken the first rule, I thought what the heck and smashed the second!

At last weekend's Bookbug session at the library, we were introduced to Rabbit in Jo Empson's 'Rabbityness'. I couldn't help but be captivated! The book features an elegant and majestic black rabbit resembling our very own BookBunny, Jenson! I immediately snatched up the book and we brought it home to read to him at the first available opportunity.

So BookBairn and I, today, donned our winter weather wear and took the story out to read to BookBunny. BookBairn and BookBunny are relatively new acquaintances, given until recently she has been too little to guarantee that the meeting would go well and no fingers would be nibbled (hers) or ears pulled (his). But gosh, does she love this wee dude! There were giggles galore at his hopping around, gentle tapping (on her part) and interested sniffing/feet licking (on his part). I was glad it was that way around, quite frankly!
In 'Rabbityness', Rabbit enjoys doing many similar rabbity things as our bunny: jumping, hopping, twirling his whiskers, cleaning behind his ears, burrowing and sleeping. (This fails to mention eating which is without a doubt, our bunny's favourite pastime!) These pages are beautifully illustrated with a simple black rabbit merrily enjoying the grass and dandelions. Rabbit, however, also partakes in some rather unrabbity hobbies: painting and making music. This is where the book really comes alive! The pages are splattered with vibrant magenta, turquoise and green and scattered with musical notes. They are a visual marvel! Rabbit's creative pursuits bring much colour and life to his friends in the woods as they celebrate his individuality and originality!

This book also shares a significant and touching message. One day, out of the blue, Rabbit is gone. His burrow is empty. (Shocking for a children's book, but then I guess we are always shocked to lose a loved one). He has left his legacy of art supplies and musical instruments for the next generation of rabbits to discover their own unrabbity talents. A poignant message. The message that we all should follow our own path of unrabbityness to seek out our own brand of happiness and therefore leave a legacy of happiness it one that is put simply enough that it will resonant across generations.

I know this may sound rather depressing, but it is actually a very touching and lovely story. Perhaps the vibrancy of the illustrations help to lift the story, or perhaps it is the delicacy with which the message is dealt. Whatever the mix, Jo Empson has found the perfect balance.

BookBairn adored the illustrations and when we read the story whist BookBunny was timidly peering out from his hutch she recognised that he resembled the character (however, let's hope it is a long time before he disappears down the rabbit hole) and she continually tapped at the Rabbit picture. She also enjoyed the endpapers which feature countless black bunnies hopping over green fields. Once coaxed out of his hutch, with the help of an apple, she certainly enjoyed sharing this story with him!

*Apologies to fellow library-goers, BookBunny may have had a small nibble of some of the pages!

Love Mummy, BookBairn and BookBunny xx


A month ago we received a mysterious parcel in the post. As it was wrapped in Christmas paper I reluctantly stashed it under the Christmas ...

A Chilly Non-Fiction Adventure

Sunday, January 17, 2016 BookBairn 12 Comments

A month ago we received a mysterious parcel in the post. As it was wrapped in Christmas paper I reluctantly stashed it under the Christmas tree not knowing who had sent it or what was enclosed (although, it was addressed to 'BookBairn', and a thorough investigation suggested it was probably a book). What a lovely surprise when we opened it to reveal the second in the 'One Day on our Blue Planet' series by Ella Bailey.

Given the cold weather and snow recently, we have been reading this book, '...in the Antarctic', a lot! And can I firstly say it is a perfect example of why illustrators should be considered as artists! The publishers at Flying Eye Books certainly have an eye for illustrated art, as we previously noticed in 'A Letter for Bear' and 'Superheroes have Feelings Too'.

'One Day on our Blue Planet in the Antarctic' is a non-fiction adventure that is full of fascinating facts about a little Adelie penguin who is now old enough to venture out into the world on her own, exploring the Antarctic Ocean. This is the first book that I have read the expertly blends a story with facts in a genuinely convincing and natural way. It would be easy for this sort of combination to be contrived and either overload on facts which stilt the story or so few facts that it becomes fictional.

Adelie is a lovely character who you will enjoy following over the ice and under to the depths of the ocean encountering a plethora of birds, fish and big sea mammals. You will root for her as she comes up against her natural predators, cheer as she takes her first big dive into the ocean and sigh with relief as she takes a rest on the floating ice. She is beautifully illustrated and easy to distinguish from her fellow adelie penguins by her blue eyes - children will love spotting her on every page! BookBairn hasn't managed this yet but I have no doubt that she will (based on her superior penguin spotting skills in Emma Dodd's 'Me').

The illustrations evoke the icy beauty of the Antarctic and the icy blue colour palette creates chilly pages that bring the story to life. I have to specifically mention the illustration of Adelie resting on the ice under the Southern lights that is truly magical. The end papers are an encyclopedia of Antarctic creatures found above and below the ice, and I can see BookBairn engrossed in these for hours and hours, spotting and naming animals!
This is a book that will truly captivate younger and older imaginations alike, as well as teaching them about animals in their natural habitats. I will be looking out, and saving pennies, for a copy of the first book '...in the Savannah' and can't wait for the next installment of the series as we discover another nook of Our Blue Planet!

Enjoy the wintry weather, exploring the ice, snow and cold if you dare, or curling up inside with a good book! Love Mummy and BookBairn xx


Since we started writing our blog, I have met some truly wonderful friends on Twitter. I have joined in monthly Picture Book Chats as part ...

A Wee Gem of a Book

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 BookBairn 2 Comments

Since we started writing our blog, I have met some truly wonderful friends on Twitter. I have joined in monthly Picture Book Chats as part of #pbnatter and helped to set up @KidLitReaders for like-minded readers with two lovely librarian literary luminaries who have given me oodles of advice, confidence and support as I started the somewhat daunting venture of putting my voice out there for all to read. Thank you @BookMonsterAlly and @bookloverjo .

The lovely Jo sent us a copy of a little gem of a book several months ago that her beautiful bookbairns are too mature readers to enjoy. Thank you again Jo!

 'A Little Owl Called Hooty' by Diana C. Vickery and illustrated by Danny Deeptown is part of the Swankpants series of books featuring some of our favourite woodland creatures and two benevolent cats, Swankypants and Chatterbox. Hooty is a baby owl who has watched all his brothers and sisters leave the nest and despite his hunger he struggles to leave his branch. He is afraid of heights. Not much use for a hungry little owl. Swankypants and Chatterbox look on, trying to encourage Hooty to find the courage to overcome his fear. True friends, they wait patiently and seek the support of a wise old barn owl who gives Hooty the support he needs. What a lovely story of friendship, love and conquering one's fears. I like to think that the old barn owl might even be Plop, the owl who was afraid of the dark, who needed the support of his friends to overcome his crippling fear that also prevent him from leaving his branch to go hunting. Wouldn't that be just magical?!

This book is the perfect size for small hands with twelve pages packed with a rhythmical and rhyming story that will captivate many readers. So many board books are physically to large or heavy for BookBairn to handle on her own but this one 'fits just right'. The illustrations are beautiful and filled with detail allowing older readers to count the numerous butterflies fluttering across every page. The colour-palette is limited to autumnal tones making it a piece of artwork worthy of the magical story. Hooty's story would also be a great read for emergent-readers to read themselves with enough details to sustain their more sophisticated reading needs. You can see from the pictures below that BookBairn loves this book, and despite it taking us a few months to blog about, it is a much-valued book in her ever-growing library! 

Thank you to my very own 'Swankypants' and 'Chatterbox', Jo and Ally (or Ally and Jo, not sure which of you is more of a Swankypants or Chatterbox) for encouraging me to fly off my branch.

Happy Reading, Mummy and BookBairn xx


Happy New Year to you all! To celebrate, this week we headed to one of the most wonderful bookshops I've ever been to, in order to...

Books Always Everywhere

Saturday, January 09, 2016 BookBairn 6 Comments

Happy New Year to you all!

To celebrate, this week we headed to one of the most wonderful bookshops I've ever been to, in order to spend mummy's Christmas book tokens! I cannot tell you how wondrous and magical a bookshop that Toppings and Co. in St Andrews is. I will simply describe the hour we spent whiling away a miserable rainy morning. Firstly, and kindly, a member of staff saw me struggling with the door and the pram and came to my rescue by helping out (for anyone with a experience wheeling a pram around you will know how grateful you are when someone helps you navigate a door!) and before I even had my hood down and the rain cover off the pram I was offered a tea or coffee - a bookshop with free tea is my kind of place!

I wandered around the displays piled high with signed copies and first editions of so many fantastic books, some of which have been on my 'to buy' list for ages, and others, of which I was previously unaware but have now become high priority on said list! Shortly after I decided on my little treats to myself, BookBairn woke from her slumber and we headed straight to the children's section. I cannot overstate how fascinated she was. Honestly (and let's be frank here, bloggers sometimes take a little poetic license) but truly and honestly as we walked though the shop to the children's book nook, which is tucked away at the back of the shop, BookBairn pointed in all directions and repeated "book" over and over! Clearly, this first (well, nearly first, but she was asleep for all of our previous visit, so it doesn't count) trip to mummy's favourite bookshop was as much fun for her as it was for me!
Stocked to the rafters, Toppings is a real treasure trove for all readers! I loved the sofa in the children's nook which had a little sign that positively encouraged parents (and grandparents) to sit down and read with their children. And the cup of tea implied that we were welcome to stay as long as we liked. What a wonderful atmosphere! The staff were very knowledgeable and friendly helping me to find a book that I had been desperate to read for a while and asking me about BookBairn's favourites. We plonked ourselves down on the sofa and snuggled away from the rain to read several of their fantastic board book selection (pictured left).

BookBairn particularly enjoyed playing with the dangly Christmas decorations that were made from book pages. So much so, in fact, that the staff, enamoured by her giggles of delight, let her take a few home to play with! We also noticed that they hold a monthly gathering for children aged 7-12 where they chat about books and share snacks and recommendations. The cost the club is redeemable against any children's book purchase, perfect for all those budding bibliophiles out there! We would love to see a group for younger children too please! 

Overall the experience was wonderful! If you are nearby, or visiting, you absolutely must cross the threshold and travel into this magical world of books! 

What did we buy? Of course, I spent far more than my book token would cover (no surprise there says daddy BookBairn who tried, and failed, to ban us from buying any new books - sorry, not sorry!). For mummy (it was my Christmas gift afterall): the beautiful picture book aimed at adults and children alike 'the Fox and the Star' by Coralie Bickford-Smith is a beautifully illustrated fairy tale; and 'The Looking Glass House' by Vanessa Tait, which provides a glimpse into the world of Alice Liddell, the little girl who inspired Alice in Wonderland. For BookBairn, 'Books Always Everywhere' by Jane Blatt and Sarah Massini (amongst others but I'll save those for a later blog). I couldn't think of a better title to summarise our day out, or BookBairn's room, or our house, or our lives! 'Books Always Everywhere' is a wonderful book for all little bookbairns out there. With rhyming prose, each page describes different kinds of books ("Book big. Book small. Book wide. Book Tall."), accompanied by cute illustrations bringing the text to life. The blurb describes "for the very young, books can be anything - from a chair, or a tower, to a hat - but the best thing they can be ... is a book ... and it's never too soon to share a good book with your little ones." How true! This is certainly a "good one". BookBairn tried out the recommendation to use the book as a hat but in the end she preferred to flip the pages and read the story. 
Hope you enjoy sharing good books with your little ones. And with bookshops like Toppings around, you will certainly not struggle to find many many good ones to share!

Love Mummy and BookBairn xx

P.S. We just wanted to share how much BookBairn enjoyed reading two of her favourite books with two of her favourite people! Thanks Grandma and Papa BookBairn for reading with me xx