Babies, biscuits and books: #1

Books have always been hugely important to me. For as long as I can remember I have loved reading and it really is my favourite way to relax or take some time to myself. When given the chance I can spend hours reading and I can’t explain how wonderful the feeling is when a book is so gripping that you get entirely lost in it and don’t want to put it down. I really hope that TM grows to love books and we already spend quite a lot of time reading together and looking at books. I thought I’d start a little series about some of the books we enjoy together. Lots of parent bloggers have brilliant blogs and series in this vein but I particularly love Catie at Diary of an Imperfect Mum‘s Book Corner and Karen at Two Tiny Hands with the Robot’s Reading Round Up.

My wonderful friends and family bought us lots of children’s books as gifts for my baby shower. We have lots of the classics but there is still loads that I want to buy. We’ve recently started using our local library as it’s such a great resource and makes a lot more sense than buying books constantly (although I would love to do that!). Just to warn you now there is no sense of ‘age appropriate’ in this house! We read lots of stories to TM even though they are aimed at older children and he obviously doesn’t understand the stories yet; he still seems to enjoy them. But if you’re looking for recommendations based on age you may be disappointed…!

On to our most recent library haul! I picked out two of my favourites from when I was younger, and one which is actually aimed at TM’s age. We’re Going On a Bear Hunt (written by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury, published by Walker Books Ltd) is a real classic and is so much fun to read; I have a feeling it’s meant to be done in a sing-song way but I tend to just get very enthusiastic and obviously speed up as I read the last bit. TM seemed to really enjoy the rhythm of the story as well as my OTT actions. It’s funny, exciting and sparks a sense of adventure.

This is a book actually aimed at babies TM’s age. The Touch and Feel books are great for a sensory experience and they are robust enough to withstand babies biting, pulling and grabbing at them! We chose the Baby Touch and Feel – Farm book (DK Publishing). This being a library book and looking a little worse for wear I did actually  engage in my usual battle to prevent TM from eating it. There are lots of books in this series and TM always seems interested in them. As you can see he loves looking at the pictures and touching all the different textures in the book.


This was one of my favourite books as a child and one I am actually going to buy so we have it in the house…Elmer (written by David McKee, published by Andersen Press Ltd). I just adore this story which focuses on being yourself, having fun and not being afraid to be different. The colours and illustrations are beautiful and I love the idea that Elmer is the joker of the elephant pack. I don’t think you can go wrong with a colourful, happy children’s story and this one is certainly a winner for me. I think I will be purchasing the board book version so it’s a little more durable for my menace.

In case anybody is interested I consumed three shortbread biscuits while we read these books.

We’ll leave it there for now but we’ll be back soon with some more of our favourite books! If anyone has any recommendations I would love to hear them.

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47 thoughts on “Babies, biscuits and books: #1

  1. My son looks to be the same age as TM! He’s also in love with touchy feely books. I might be biased (since I sell them) but I would highly suggest Usborne Books & More ‘That’s not my…’ series. My little one loves them. You get to follow a little mouse as he tries to find his animal, truck, etc.
    You can see them here:
    And if you need you can ask me questions. I’m obsessed with them!

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    1. Ah I love those books – we have them at our baby sensory classes and TM adores them! I’ve just ordered the ‘that’s not my dinosaur’ one yesterday actually, I am sure it won’t be the last one I get haha. Thanks for reading and for the recommendation, Ellen

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  2. I love reading and I think it’s fab that you are introducing TM to it 🙂 His big beam shows how much is enjoying the book!
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂

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  3. What a fab idea to start a book corner! (I may just have to pinch it!). I love ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. We used to role play it with both the Nursery and Reception children and now Squidge, 3 is at a perfect age to join in too. Another excuse to go outside and get muddy! 🙂
    I don’t believe in age appropriate books either, stories are such a great way to encourage language plus children’s books are always filled with beautiful animations.
    My youngest (Boo) and I have only just discovered the ‘That’s not my…’ books. She loves to touch and feel and turn the pages. Their repetitive language means Squidge can ‘read’ them herself. It’s lovely to see and a great start to her becoming a little bookworm.

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    1. Oh role play sounds wonderful I think I remember that from being a child! Stories are definitely lovely to share from any age. The ‘That’s not my…’ books are brilliant aren’t they? Thank you for such a kind comment and for reading, Ellen


  4. I love that you shared how many biscuits you ate! The Popple loves touch and feel books – they’re also great for chewing on, apparently. We have to stick to board books too – my mum had this beautifully illustrated children’s book and the Popple just tore it to pieces! #BloggerClubUK

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    1. Haha it seemed in keeping with the title! I know I have to be careful with TM, quite often I give him a teething toy to hold and suck while I read so he doesn’t rip the pages haha. Thanks for reading sweet, Ellen xx


  5. Oh I do love a good book corner post especially when it involves biscuits. (Next time can you incorporate booze or would that be wrong?) live we’re going on a bear hunt one of my faves, have acted it out with fabric for the river, mud, grass etc with a class o 4 year olds. By god that was fun! Touchy feely books are fab have you read the That’s not my… Series mine loved those. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

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    1. I was thinking of incorporating booze but I don’t want anyone to call social services hahah. Yes we’ve read those books at our baby sensory group I just ordered that’s not my dinosaur! Love them. We are going on a bear hunt role play with your class sounds so much fun. Thanks for having me and for reading, Ellen xxx


  6. I absolutely love to read and I’m glad to say my girl loves stories!! Going on a bear hunt is one of our favourites. Of the newer books we love what the ladybird heard if you haven’t read it it’s well worth a try! #stayclassmama

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  7. Ahh lovely selection…I think I need to get into Elmer. Bear hunt is great and so fun when you can recreate it in the garden or wood etc! My son loved the feely books too…he still does actually (Don’t we all still a little bit!?). He has a couple of ‘is this my something or other’ and they have some nice textures. Look forward to this series developing…who knows it might spur me to restart mine. #stayclassymama

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  8. Sounds like a brilliant idea for a series and I’ll look forward to reading more of your recommendations. We love the Elmer book too. I’m particularly impressed with the accompanying biscuit report and I think you should run this as a regular feature. You could recommend an appropriate biscuit to compliment each book. Definitely my kind of series haha xx

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  9. Oh I love this round-up. Also biscuits and books are the perfect combo! We love books in our house and one of our faves is ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ . We love how it flows when you read it – swishy swashy! Always sticks in my head when they are through the grass 🙂 x

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  10. Books truly are magical and I happily admit that I do not own any type of electronic book!! Call me old fashioned but I love holding a book and actually turning pages; that physical, tactile connection.

    Biscuits, yes!!!

    Great choices of books too!

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    1. I actually do have a kindle but mainly for holidays and things as I can get through so many (well, before becoming a mother I did!). I definitely prefer real books though and will often buy the ‘real’ version if I enjoy an ebook! Thanks for your lovely comment and for reading, Ellen

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  11. Love this series. We are also lovers of books in our household. Actually ‘we are going on a bear hunt’ was a favourite of both my kids when they were babies although my husband hated reading it to them! We have Elmer’s book collection and they are still some of their favourite books. #ablogginggoodtime

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