Since having BookBairn, I've discovered there are some things that are really handy to have around the house: baby wipes, muslin clothes...

Really Decent Handy Books

Saturday, March 05, 2016 BookBairn Blog 11 Comments

Since having BookBairn, I've discovered there are some things that are really handy to have around the house: baby wipes, muslin clothes, fruit puree pouches galore, raisins (they seem to be everywhere!), that favourite toy (in our case, it's a lion called Louis) and 'Really Decent Handy Books'

I'm sure you can imagine by now that our house is full of books, shelves to the ceiling for me, and boxes and stacks galore for BookBairn! But some books are just really handy to have. When I saw 'Farm babies', 'Zoo babies', 'Safari babies' and 'Baby pets', illustrated by Stephen Barker, I just couldn't resist them (and they were super cheap from The Book People). These four chunky board books are in the current reading pile and BookBairn loves their easy to grab handles. I have found lots of board books are great as they are durable and babyproof(ish) but because they are made of such strong board and are relatively large they are cumbersome and heavy for little hands to handle. Not true for this collection! They are perfect for encouraging young children to play with books and read by themselves. The cut out handle is perfect for grabbing and the way the books open out flat make them easy to hold and see the full illustration across the pages.

The four books in this collection feature animal babies in bold bright colours set against plain and mostly white backgrounds making them stand out even further. The animals are bright and cheerful and incredibly appealing! The characters are simply drawn and look like child friendly crayon doodles (although I don't want to devalue the skill that the illustrator has put into creating such an effect).

'Farm babies', 'Zoo babies', 'Safari babies' and 'Baby pets' are a great introduction to first words and for teaching little ones about relationships and family. The sentences are simple and describe what the animals in the picture are doing, great for beginning readers. Once BookBairn gets a little older we could certainly have fun acting out the animals actions in the pictures, with sound effects obviously! Or perhaps attempt to draw our own crayon versions of the animals!

These little books are often the first books out to play with and they can usually be found scattered across the floor (between stacking cups, animal skittles, xylophone, and other musical instruments, and Louis the lion). But they were a great buy and BookBairn loves them!

What books to you keep handy?
Happy reading, Mummy and BookBairn xx








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11 comments:

  1. We used to have board books like That's Not My ... For the Tubblet to look at. These do sound fun

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    1. BookBairn loves the That's Not My books too. I love how dinky these books are!

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  2. These really handy books are great and I love watching BookBairn turn the pages. I also love the new pic at the top of the blog. Nice painting Mummy BookBairn!!!! ��

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    1. Thanks! I'm sure you've already read these books lots! She does love to show them off xx

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  3. These look lovely, I always have books everywhere, used to have them hanging on the pushchairs and in their cots too :) Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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    1. Glad to think other people's homes are as book-overloaded as ours! x

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  4. oh wow - these look fab. My two would love these. I'm on the hunt for books for my new baby due in June that will be just his/hers so might try and get some of these as they look perfect :-)
    #readwithme

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    1. Congratulations! These would be lovely for your little one! x

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    2. I also really fancy Jane Foster's new books and Julia Groves's books for babies if you are looking for other fab baby books with a bit of style!

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  5. They look great books, nice and bright and easy to handle #weekendbookclub

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    1. BookBairn loves them for all those reasons! x

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