Wriggles' favourite place in the world at the moment is my bookshelf. Specifically, the bottom shelf which she can a) reach and b) is "hers" being full of her books. She does also now have the second shelf which I have begrudgingly donated too, but this is home to paper and hardback books which she currently is liable to tear so needs supervising whilst 'reading'. She is almost 18 months old, and has always liked books. She has learnt from about 13-14 months to turn the pages and lift the flaps and is now quite happy to either be read to, or investigate herself. She now knows the right way up books go and the pattern of familiar stories; she recently has grasped the concept of hello and goodbye so if these words are mentioned or illustrated she copies the actions and waves at the book. Genius! At present, her most loved (ie. battered) books are several which are published by DK. They are simple, colourful and the photography is both clear and engaging.
They are also pretty indestructible. She has managed to tear off the odd board flap and they are the favoured teething accessory, but generally they are still in pretty good shape for the attention paid to them.
|Yum yum, tasty book!|
It is a lovely book to read with her as it encourages both interaction, responses and learning.
If you happen to be in Good Mother Education Mode, then it helps to develop social skills, concentration, memory and learning about different body parts. I (nearly) always point to both her and my body parts after we find that belonging to the pictured toy and though she as yet seems to just imply I am going crackers and disrupting the story, in time I am sure this will sink in. It also has textured patches and pictures of other babies; surely a winner.
|I'll have another six slices of cake please....|
The tiger has come to tea!
I have always loved illustration and stories alike, but during university completing an art degree, I developed a passion and keen interest in illustration for children's books, and keen to learn more began working at Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books in Newcastle upon Tyne. I worked at the visitor centre, which is separate from the archives, which houses in it an enormous bookshop, an attic featuring dress up and hundreds of books to read through at leisure, a Creation Station featuring crafts to make inspired by books and also houses exhibitions in three galleries. If you live in the North of England, or south of Scotland or indeed are ever planning a trip around Northumberland, I would urge you to visit. For adults and children alike, if you like books it is an absolute treat and if you are sitting on the fence, you will leave enchanted and enthused about the power of reading. Books are brought to life both by the staff, exhibits and crafts and there are a large number of events, workshops and book signings. The centre works closely with local primary schools offering them an opportunity to learn in a new way and to meet favourite and brand new authors.
|Judith's bedroom, featuring wallpaper made from some |
of her illustrations for textiles
|Clarice Bean's Bedroom from Green Drops and Moonsquirters|
|There's Nuffin like a Puffin|
|Ed Vere with a young fan at Mr Big's piano.|
|There's Nuffin like a Puffin|