The Perfect Gift for Children…

The Perfect Gift for Children…

I’ve spoken before that I love to read books and this has passed on to my children, who are both little bookworms. We love to curl up and read a story together.

Since Alice has started school she is really keen to read the book herself, of course at the moment it is mainly her remembering the story and reciting it. But that is all part of learning to read. I can’t wait for the day that she can actually read a whole book to me.

There are so many books as a child that I loved. One that sticks in my mind is The Secret Garden, I would read this book over and over. I remember my teacher reading it to us and then we had to write about it. Well I took this quite literally and practically re-wrote the whole story. I missed break time because I was still writing it.

I have books that I can’t wait for my girls to be older to be able to enjoy and understand, like Goodnight Mister Tom and Oliver Twist.


And then I have books that whilst they are perfect to read to them now, they are so beautiful I don’t want them to get ruined. We have the complete set of Beatrix Potter and I read these stories to the girls, but keep the book safe.

This week we were lucky to receive some new books from The Penguin Random House and I was excited to see they were books that I hadn’t read.


Firstly, is The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas, we have a couple of these books, so it was lovely to receive the Christmas edition. This mini hardback book would make a great stocking filler and I think that any child would love it. If you haven’t come across these books before, I am sure you can work our from the title how the story goes, much to Alice’s amusement.


The second book that we received is called, Max and Bird. This is a new book for us and I couldn’t wait to read it. It is filled with lovely illustrations and the story is all about Max the kitten. Max meets a bird and he can’t decide if he wants the bird to be his friend or to eat him. What a tough choice! This book is perfect for Holly and she will love all the cute illustrations.


The final book is called, The Little Elephant Who wants To Fall Asleep. This book is by the same author who wrote The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, which is a book written to calm and send your child to sleep as you read it. I’ve heard parents talking about this book, and there is definitely mixed views on it. The book we received is meant to help your child relax before bedtime, which I think every parent wants. You follow the story of Ellen the elephant going on a journey through the magical forest. I have a friend who has a newborn and this would be a lovely gift in preparation for her little one.

I think there is no gift more perfect than a book…Is there a book that you would love to receive this year, I would love to hear what it is?


I am working in partnership with Penguin Random House Children’s Books and were sent these books. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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  1. 09/12/2016 / 22:00

    Oh interesting, is the elephant book aimed at a younger audience than the rabbit one? The rabbit one was too old for my girls and didn’t help at all but I do like the idea of it.

  2. 13/12/2016 / 11:07

    We used the Rabbit book but it didnt work… I have to say I tried and tried and ended up throwing it in the cupboard lol

  3. 13/12/2016 / 22:15

    I love the classics like Beatrix Potter’s tales and Brambly Hedge. However, Tom Fletcher’s books have me intrigued.