Stuck for storybook ideas for your little ones? Read on to discover what stories are loved by Popsy and Mama's Brand Rep crew.
Hello everyone! How are you all doing? Counting down until Christmas?
My family and I were feeling very festive last week after a long awaited trip to Lapland UK. If you've not been before I highly recommend it. It's so magical! Our high however was sadly bought to a low a few days after when we found out Poppy's class has to go into isolation until 25 December. It means we'll have to miss out on the other festivities we had planned. But hey, at least we went to Lapland! What a funny year it's been.
This week's blog marks my last post for 2020. I can't believe another year has gone by as the owner of Popsy and Mama. I know I always say it, but I want to say a big thank you to all of you who support me. This year has not been easy, but so many of you have stuck by me and your orders have honestly kept me smiling. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
To mark the end of the year, I thought I share some of the storybooks that have been highlighted in my Instagram stories under the Turning Pages icon. My wonderful Brand Reps have been sharing their favourite stories with my followers, and in case you missed it, I wanted to share them here too. Hopefully it'll help if you're stuck for storybook inspiration over the Christmas period.
I hope you all have a lovely Christmas. Well...as lovely as is possible this year. Enjoy your break with your family and I look forward to catching up with you all in 2021.
Take care you lovely lot.
Storybook ideas for children
1. Gustavo the shy ghost by Flavia Z. Drago
'Gustavo The Shy Ghost' is about a ghost who has many talents. However, the one thing stopping him from showcasing them is he's shy. One day Gustavo decides to be brave and put on a violin concert inviting the ghouls and monsters he'd like to be friends with. The result is truly heart-warming. Brand Rep Killian, part of @mommaandthewildlings, has grown attached to the story and loves reading it again and again. It has a great message about shyness too which will hopefully help children feeling nervous about going to nursery or school.
2. The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare by Anita Jeram & Sam McBratne
From the same authors that wrote 'Guess How Much I Love You' there's a series of four books following The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare. Brand Reps Rowan and Zoe, part of @raising.2.adventurers, love following the little hare as he explores, plays and ventures out into the world. The full series includes stories that cover winter, spring, summer and autumn which make them perfect for reading all year round. These books certainly make you go all warm and fuzzy inside!
3. Zog by Julia Donaldson
Julia Donaldson's books are very popular with young readers and 'Zog' is one of Brand Rep Jesse's all time favourites. Zog is all about about a dragon who is accident prone. You follow his journey at dragon school where he strives to be one of the best dragons in his class. However, his mishaps mean he doesn't score top marks very often. One day Zog thinks outside the box and his actions bag him the results he wants - eventually. Brand Rep Jesse, part of @raising.bear.and.fox, loves to read Zog with his dad and baby brother, Roo. Apparently dad does the voices better, so mum gets to relax and listen to stories at bedtime too. The sequel to this story, Zog and The Flying Doctors, will be playing on BBC 1 on Christmas Day. Don't miss it, it'll be a great watch for the family!
4. Funny Bones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Funnybones are a series of children's books that were originally published in 1980, and they are still very popular today. There are nine books in total, all following the adventures of a pair of extremely funny skeletons, Big Funnybone and Little Funnybone. The skeletons also have a dog called 'White White' and cat called 'Black Black'. Brand Rep El, from @littlegreengem_, loves the repetition of the words in the stories. He especially enjoyed reading them over Halloween this year! Funnybones was also made into a children's television programme which you can now watch over on YouTube. Be warned though, you won't be able to stop saying, "In the dark dark street, there was a dark dark house..."
5. Together by Emma Dodd
'Together' is a story about a little sea otter that loves spending time with his mummy and daddy: playing, learning new things and just being with them. Little Brand Rep Henry, part of @sarakettlefish, was sadly in intensive care when he was born and Together was the book his mummy and daddy read to him. It's become a favourite in the family and even though Henry is now a toddler he still loves the story now. How special!
6. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
This list wouldn't be complete without the much loved, 'The Gruffalo'. The big, hairy, spiked-back monster is loved by Brand Rep Louis, from @life_with_the_cookes. He loves the story so much he's even got matching leggings and a bonnet to match! The Gruffalo follows the tail of a little, but very brave, mouse whose clever thinking stops him getting eaten by the monster (The Gruffalo). If you've not read it yet, it's a story that will make you and your little people smile. You can carry on your Gruffalo adventures in real life too as Forestry England has Gruffalo trails dotted all across the UK. They're lots of fun!
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