Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
I had a personalised, Winnie the Pooh book when I was a child. My character was a faceless friend of Christopher Robin, with a unisex hairstyle and clothes, and my name was inserted all the way through, so I was a part of the story. And despite the fact that the font used for my name was different to the rest of the text in the book, I felt it had been written especially for me. So imagine how special a child would feel if the integration of their character in the book was seamless and appeared to literally be written for them?! Lost My Name have managed just that! Their personalised books are cleverly written, so regardless of the child’s name, the story flows perfectly.
The brief gist is that the child wakes up to find that they have lost their name, and in searching for it, they come across a number of different creatures who all donate the first letter of their name, to eventually build the child’s at the end. But even better than the story structure is the illustrations in these books, I just love every picture! The style, detail and imaginative characters are awesome.
So create your own at
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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Much Loved is a beautiful book by photographer Mark Nixon. The idea is simple: photos of stuffed animals that have been very much loved over the years. Although the photos are professionally shot, it’s the stories behind these stuffed toys that make the book so special.
Viewers have been intrigued by these funny, bittersweet images and their ironic juxtaposition of childhood innocence and aged, loving wear & tear. When you see these teddy bears and bunnies with missing noses and un-done stuffing, you can’t help but think back to childhood and it earliest companions who asked for nothing and gave a lot back…
Example Teddy Tales
Above left: “Daragh’s father was given a pound from his parents for his birthday and he bought Teddy Moore for her. Under his hat and clothes, Teddy Moore is held together with nylons. Although he looks like he was in a fire, in Daragh’s own words, she kissed the fur off him. He lives in the locker beside her bed; she doesn’t like him sleeping in the bed in case she smothers him.”
Above right: “Teddy Tingley belonged to my oldest brother, who gave him to me the day I was born. I remember when I was three years old and we were heading off on holiday by train. I had just settled down in the carriage with my brothers for the journey and as the train started moving, I glanced out the window to see, to my horror, Teddy sitting on a bundle of my comics left on the station platform. Thanks to my mum roaring like a madwoman out the window, “The teddy! The teddy! I just want the teddy!” some kind person picked up Teddy and ran with him as the train picked up speed, reaching up to the window just in time for Mum to grab him. She then had to sit down and face the other passengers for the rest of the journey…”
Although this book isn’t aimed at children when they’re little, it would make a lovely gift for your grown-up children. Especially if they had a much loved teddy of their own… which the page at the back, allowing you to add a photo and story of your own, is perfect for!
Monday, February 3rd, 2014
It was my birthday last week (you may have seen ‘the’ post) and I just had to share one of my parenting-related presents with you, because it’s brilliant!
Reasons My Son Is Crying is a blog that was started by a stay-at-home Dad who began to document his toddler’s meltdowns and was encouraged by other parents who were pleased to find that their children weren’t the only ones to reach boiling point inexplicably. This then sparked the creation of a book, a collation of photos from parents around the world, generally exasperated by their toddlers’ tantrums.
One of my favourite quotes from the Reasons My Kid Is Crying: “Three square meals a day, three opportunities for total meltdown – many times, ironically, over tuna melts.”
These are just some of the fantastic reasons our kids are crying. I would avidly encourage parents to check out Reasons My Son Is Crying and see all the crazy submissions over there! At least now we know we’re not alone!
Reasons My Son Is Crying