Books are always my go-to gift when it comes to buying birthday and Christmas presents for friends and family. I love read books, give books and receive books. A love of books was given to me by my parents and it’s something I hope to pass on to my own children.

Home Grown Books Review

No matter how busy I am when a child brings me a book I always make time to sit down and read to them. At only 19 months old Jack already has his firm favourites and Georgia has a lovely reading corner in her bedroom full of beautiful books that we enjoy each night. She now also reads to herself and sometimes her brother which is just amazing to see.

Last week I was kindly sent these beautiful books from Puffin (Penguin Random House) and asked to talk about my love of books and who I would gift these gorgeous story books to.


Most of the gifts I’ve brought for Christmas this year have been books. My children both have books in their stocking, I’ve done a book advent for my eldest  (her Kindness Elves have brought her a new book every day in December), my 3 nephews have all received books and all the children I childmind for have received a book. I’ve also brought a book for a Secret Santa gift….I’m just hoping that someone has brought me some books!

The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots

I adore Beatrix Potter. I have very fond memories of being read her books as a child and when I was older enough reading them myself. I remember having a collection of her books in miniature form that I would spend hours pouring over and becoming absorbed in her stories.

The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots is about a serious, well-beahved young black cat, who leads a daring double life defeating vile villains. This utterly entreating tale is filled with mistake identities, devious slivers and even Peter Rabbit makes an appearance.

This book is going to be pefect for one of the school aged children I care for who is a super star reader and is just beginning to enjoy chapter books.


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The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Princess and the Pea

This is a twist on a classic fairytale and I know will be much loved by a friend of Georgia’s. I used to childmind for her and she would bring me book after book after book and could spend hours snuggled up reading. She was a fan of all things princess so I’m sure she’s going to love this.

The book is about the Fairytale Hairdresser who must use all her skills to root out a wicked witch and ensure true love’s course runs without a hitch as the annual festival food is held to help the Prince find a Princess.


Alfie and His Very Best Friend

When I saw this book I was instantly hit with childhood memories and knew I was going to keep it as I couldn’t possibly give it away (sorry!). To this day the Alfie books by Shirley Hughes are some of my favourite and I’m delighted we didn’t already have this one in our collection.

The book tells the tale of Alfie and Bernard who are best friends and together have lots of adventures. Join them as they go to the library, take part in scooter races and make a very special club with only two special members.


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So if you’re ever stuck for gifts ideas you can’t go wrong with a book and give a child a #Storyforlife. A book is never used for 5 minutes then discarded to the back of the toy cupboard. It’s something to be enjoyed for years to come and hopefully passed down through generations.

What is your favourite childhood book? Do you read it to your children?


(Disclosure: I have written this post in collaboration with Penguin Random House Children’s Books and Britmums. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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