Welcome to my first Bookish and More blog post. I intend to use this series of blog posts to introduce you to great books, toys and potential gifts that you could give little and big ones you know. The first in the series is for babies.
I have been on the look out for baby gifts. Not only have I got people dear to me expecting, (eek, so excited) there are many celebrations coming up which perhaps you’re planning to buy presents for too. Although I gather inspiration from books I’ve shared with my girls when they were babies, I always like to have a look around to see what else is out there. Look what I have found…
Guess How Much I Love You book and baby cards.
This is such a beautiful set complete with a small board book of Guess How Much I Love You and adorable milestones cards.
Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram have created a book that has become a classic. The book is filled with tender illustrations and follows two Nutbrown Hares. The younger hare asks his elder “Guess How Much I Love You? and the book explores how much they love each other. As each page is read the quantity of what they compare their love to gets increasingly larger.
The milestones cards are fun and varied and are sure to prove useful when you want to take that frame worthy photo of different milestones. I would have loved a set like this when my girls were teeny.
A gorgeous set that makes a brilliant gift for new and expecting parents. I’m sure this gift will be well received.
Crinkly, newspaper, fabric books. What a brilliant idea! There are so many titles to choose from, dinosaurs, London, safari animals and more. Each book is filled with brilliant illustrations and rhyming text. You can also personalise your book!
One of my favourites include this, the black and white newspaper.
The animal illustrations are bold and fun and amongst the black and white images there is the occasional pop of colour making it an ideal cloth book for babies and their rapidly developing eyesight. These would make a great gift for young readers and also a super light book to have in your bag whilst out and about. As well as being a book it is also a great toy as it is soft and makes a great crinkly, sensory-tastic sound. The best newspaper I’ve seen, handmade by two talented individuals. (Recommended for 3 months +)
Jane Foster’s Animals – Cloth Book
My 1 year old is the biggest fan of Jane Foster’s board books so taking photos of this gem was tricky as she just wanted to read it. Jane Foster’s stylish work oozes design and certainly has a fun retro feel. This bold coloured cloth book would make a great addition to a young ones library.
The book explores different animals with large illustrations and introduces young ones to animal vocabulary. The book is nice and light for babies to hold on to or alternatively you could hang it using the velcro tab on a car seat and the like. The front cover of the book also makes a lovely crinkly noise which is sure to fascinate many babies and adds an additional sensory element.
This would make a lovely gift and is presented in a happy yellow gift box.
Peek- a WHO? Stroller Cards Nina Laden
Nina Laden is an author and illustrator of many books for children including the series Peek-a which is what these colourful stroller (pram) cards are based on.
Each set has 5 thick sturdy cards with an illustration on one side saying Peek a.. and the sound that animal or transport makes on the reverse side. The animals include a cow and owl and one of the cards includes a mirror which I am sure many little ones will love.
The great thing about these cards is that they can easily be attached to a pram, high chair, play gym and more. They would also make a great toy to play with while out and about as it is safe and light to carry around and no pieces can be lost.
The colourful cards are striking and when shared, I’m sure the sounds will have babies wanting to play the Peek-a WHO? game again.
Four brilliant books and gifts for babies. I do hope I have inspired.
Disclaimer: Some of these items were sent to me for review purposes and others I bought myself for future gifting. : )