We’ve been reading Caspar a bedtime story since he was just a few weeks old (when he reached that magical baby developmental stage where suddenly they have a notion of night/day and you can finally change out of your pyjamas). We started with picture books, the kind with bold black and white shapes, moving on to more colourful books with identifiable animal pictures and textures for him to reach out and feel. More recently though, we have started to introduce real story books, the kind with an actual narrative and characters, and I can’t tell you how much we’ve all enjoyed it. Sure, sometimes Caspar’s main aim is to stuff every page into his mouth, but I’m certain he is also listening to the words, looking at the pictures and, on occasion, attempting to turn the pages himself.

Although we have acquired a few favourites from our own respective childhoods (Peace at Last and Each Peach Pear Plum etc), we have also been exploring some of the relative newbies in the world of children’s literature, and a series of books by Jon Klassen has really caught our eye.

The series, currently containing three titles – ‘I want my hat back‘, ‘This is not my hat‘ and ‘We found a hat‘ – written and illustrated by Klassen, offers simple stories alongside beautiful imagery and a really dry sense of humour, which we love.

Although these books are really aimed at children a little older than Caspar, we wanted to add things into his routine which challenged him, and unlike toys that advise a minimum age for health and safety reasons, there really is no reason not to be a little more ambitious with story books – especially when they’re just as entertaining for the parents (if not more so!).

Do you have any favourite titles you’d like to share with us (new and old)? Please comment if so, we love a recommendation!

You may also be interested to know that Waterstones have a buy one, get one half price offer on lots of children’s titles at the moment – a great excuse to get reading.

 

I always compile a wish list in the middle of January, mainly because my family ask for one in time for my February Birthday, but also because it adds some frivolous cheer into an otherwise dreary time of year. And today being ‘Blue Monday’ – supposedly the most depressing day of the year – it seemed particularly appropriate.

  1. Zoeva Rose Gold Make Up Brushes
    I’ve always bought brushes in bits and pieces, picking and choosing from different ranges/brands because sets always seemed to include a large quantity of items I didn’t want. Not this one. Each and every piece of this set would easily find a slot in my make up routine, and the fact they’re easy on the eye doesn’t hurt, either.
  2. Pocket Pouch by Als
    These metallic accessories are all handmade in London and stocked exclusively by The Royal Academy. I would use mine to house all those loose odds and ends that float around at the bottom of my handbag – hair grips, lip balms, mints etc.
  3. Nomad Pouffe by Bombay Duck
    I love pretty much anything from Bombay Duck, but can see this embroidered pouffe sitting very nicely in our sitting room.
  4. Fresh Brown Sugar Perfume
    Aside from my trusty Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, this is hands down my favourite scent of all time. I first discovered Fresh in New York in 2009, and the smell of this perfume always takes me straight back.
  5. Bee Pewter Key Ring
    I love to have a pretty collection of charms attached to my keys, and this little fellow would be a lovely addition to the mix.
  6. Portland Mirror by The White Company
    To my husband’s dismay, I have a bit of a habit of moving furniture around and changing the layout of a room on a whim. Having recently got itchy feet with our sitting room, we now have a lovely section of wall that’s crying out for a mirror, and this would be just the thing.