Tuesday 18 September 2012

Books for Baby #5

It's been a little while since I did a baby books post, and I've managed to accumulate a few more. I'm particularly impressed with this lot though, as one was free and all the others were less than £1.50 which is pretty much winning, in my opinion. 

In the picture: 

  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak - This was one of my favourite books as a child, but the problem with being the eldest of seven is that all of my favourite childhood books are pretty much owned by my younger brother, who, at age 11 is really too old for them but is clinging on to his 'baby of the family' status by refusing to relinquish them to his nephew. So I had to buy a new copy, but this came from a charity shop and is in pretty great condition so I'm not complaining!
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr - I found this at a car boot sale, and the lovely lady who was selling it obviously took pity on the fact that I'd got stuck on the floor looking through the box of books and let me have it for free! Super excited because this is another favourite I've been after for a while. 
  • Threadbear by Mick Inkpen - I had totally forgotten all about Threadbear until I saw it at one of the summer fairs they have down by the seafront here. It was 75p and is in lovely condition :-) 
  • Mog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr - Picked this up in a charity shop yesterday also for 75p after having a mini freakout about the very small number of board books the baby actually has. Tried to explain to Rhys about the scrunching and grabbing and eating of paper which is normal around small babies and pretty much just ended up shouting 'he needs more books!' at him. He didn't look convinced...
  • That's Not My Train... - recommended originally by lovely Lyndsey, we've been looking at the seemingly endless books in this series for a while now, but every time I find a second hand one it's in rubbish condition. I've been wanting to collect only the ridiculously impossible ones (That's Not My Reindeer/Dragon/Spaceship etc), but yesterday we found this and it's in brilliant condition and was cheap. Thus the collection begins!
  • A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond - I know we have this on audiobook but I really want to own the collection of the physical books as well and I've never seen them in charity shops before. This was 75p and hopefully I'll be able to pick up the rest at some point. Paddington is quite essential, I feel. 
If you are particularly interested/can be bothered, here are parts 1, 2, 3 and 4. This may well be the last one of these I do before he is born, but to be honest I quite enjoy writing them so I may keep it on sporadically after he's here. Rhys keeps telling me to stop buying children's books as if we already own them all he won't get the joy of going out and buying his own books, but honestly, there are so many books I don't think it's possible for us to have so many he won't want to read other things as well. Also, most of mine (outside of board and picture books which obviously I have to buy for him as he won't be old enough to buy for himself) are classics, so he still has the entire of contemporary children's literature to explore for himself! 

As usual any suggestions or your personal favourites are much appreciated! 


  1. Paddington is very very very important. Seriously.

    I was talking childrens books with my cousin the other day (her baby is nearly 3 now *GULP*) and so I have to recommend 5 Minutes Peace and also Whatever Next?, both of which I remember LOVING as a kid (they're both by Jill Murphy). Although you may already have them and I've forgotten. In which case, you can just ignore this!

    1. Ooh Jill Murphy! I got Peace at Last the other day which I remember loving as a kid but had totally forgotten about those two!! I think I'm a little bit obsessed with picture books :-p

  2. Omg! I used to read the "That's Not My X" books in the charity shop I used to work in! Aww I miss working with Nick on Monday mornings and reading all the children's books while it was dead.

    1. I was having a brilliant time in the charity shop yesterday :-) They're amazing!!