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Oslo is a very busy baby and few things keep his focus for very long. The only thing that seems to captivate and interest him for ...


September 19, 2016

Oslo is a very busy baby and few things keep his focus for very long. The only thing that seems to captivate and interest him for more than five minutes are books. This kid is obsessed! I recently gave him a few Dr. Seuss board books, you know the ones he can't eat or rip? He is completely in love with them and I often find him sitting and reading them out loud to himself. It makes me so happy to see he has such an interest in books and stories. Reading to him has quickly become one of my most treasured moments, and I look forward to sitting down and reading him a story everyday.

Before I became a Mum I always dreamed of reading to my baby one day. I have always loved children's books and have grown quite the collection as I grew up, and I wanted to do the same for Oslo. In my own collection I have all the classics, Winnie the Pooh, Dr. Seuss, the Velveteen Rabbit, the complete series of Beatrix Potter, Rupert, Babar, you name it, I probably have it. Since I have all the oldies, I wanted to start building a newer collection of books. Slowly over the past year I have been buying or receiving different books from family and friends for Oslo and we have grown very fond of a few. I know as Mothers we are always looking for new suggestions, so I wanted to share them with you.

Let's Go Hugo by Angela Dominguez
I love this visually stunning book! A story of a little bird living in Paris who is afraid to fly. He meets a new lady bird friend and their adventure around Paris begins. So cute and I love that it is set in France.

An Awesome Book of Love by Dallas Clayton
My good friends gave Oslo this book and I love the meaning of the story. It's message is all about love. No matter who you are and what you do, the person that loves you will always love you. The illustrations are so fun too!

Ribbit by Rodrigo Folgueira and Poly Bernatene
Ribbit is a funny little book about a pig trying to make friends with frogs. I love a good moral at the end of the story and this one definitely delivers.

Sleepover with Beatrice & Bear by Monica Carmesi
A tale of a bunny and bear and their unlikely friendship through the seasons. Such a cute story and Oslo loves any book with animals in it, so this one is a big hit.

Home by Carson Ellis
I swear this book was made with the parents in mind more than the kids. It is a piece of art and poetry all in one. The illustrations are gorgeous, I seriously want to frame them in my own home. This book has no story, instead it takes us around the World to show us what other people's homes look like. I love it because it shows a home in France, which is where we live so it's special for us.

Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman
This book is a little story about a chicken in a painting who comes alive and decides to help finish the artwork. Just a simple story but I love it because of all the farm animals. Oslo is a sucker for ducks, chickens, and cows, so this book always gets him excited.

You're Here for a Reason & Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You
by Nancy Tillman

Both of these books are very special to me. My Mum gave me Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You when I moved to France. It was her way of saying that it doesn't matter where I am in the World, she will love me near or far. Now being the Mother of Oslo this book means even more to me.

For Christmas my Mum gave Oslo another Nancy Tillman book, You're Here For a Reason. This book is so lovely and lets your child know they were born with a purpose.

Both books have such a beautiful and heartfelt message, I hope every child gets to hear them. The illustrations are so gorgeous as well, each page is filled with different animals and children from all different cultures. I love Nancy Tillman books and am looking forward to adding more of her stories to Oslo's bookshelf. 

Apart from reading being amazing for brain development and teaching kids about language, animals, morals, and countless other benefits, it is also such an incredible way to bond with your baby. There is nothing better than to take some time just the two of you, and relax. In a World full of technology and fast paced living, it is so important to stop and sit, and discover the pleasure of reading children's books.

I hope you love this selection of our favourite books. If you have any children's books your babes love please leave me a comment. I am always on the search of great books.

Thank you!

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  1. Oooooh i'm off to check out some of these recommendations lovely! My Halle is a little book worm too, which I adore!!

    I absolutely love the photo of Oslo looking up at you — so sweet!

    Chloe xxx