Everyone has a book or a story from their childhood that they remember and that they still love as an adult. For me, it’s The Secret Garden. I still have my very old copy of it (which I think may have been my mums when she was younger!). Every so often, especially when I’m feeling a bit down in the dumps, I have an urge to re-read it and it instantly makes me feel better. There’s just nothing like getting lost in a book and forgetting what is going on in the world around you for a while, and that’s why I think books make the perfect Christmas gift.
We have shelves full of books, go to the library every three weeks, and yet the kids still get excited about the prospect of a new book. You can imagine how excited they were when we had a delivery from Puffin Books. We had no idea which books we were going to get so it was like Christmas Day, opening the packet carefully to see what was inside.
The first book that we opened was The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots. It’s a Beatrix Potter story, and I’ve always loved her books. Some of the first stories I ever read to the boys were about Jemima Puddle Duck from a lovely little set of board books I had as a child. This book is illustrated by Quentin Blake (you know, the bloke who illustrated all Roald Dahl books!). It’s a tale of a serious, well behaved black cat who leads a double daring life defeating vile villains. The illustrations are beautiful and there’s no mistaking it’s a Beatrix Potter book – full of gentle humour and fun.
The next book we looked at was Alfie and His Very Best Friend by Shirley Hughes. We have a few Alfie books and the boys are huge fans. This one is about Alfie and his best mate Bernard, who have lots of adventures together. It’s a lovely heart-warming story – perfect for giving to your best friend for Christmas!
Finally, we looked at The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Princess and the Pea. It’s a twist on a classic and even though it’s sparkly and princess-y, the boys were captivated. It’s certainly not what you expect as you read through it!
We will be wrapping these books up and giving them to the after school club at the church the boys go to. They run the local food bank and help out the local community and we have decided that we would really like these books to go to some children who may not be quite as lucky as we are this Christmas. After all, books make the perfect Christmas gift for everyone!
*In partnership with Penguin Random House Children’s Books and Britmums. All thoughts and opinions are our own.