T’s Reads: Book Advent Calendar 2017 – Week One

This year, we’ve decided to do T a book advent instead of a chocolate advent calendar. It’s something we were introduced to last year and thought it was a lovely idea. Don’t get us wrong, T still enjoys a little chocolate treat in the form of a chocolate coin in with the book (we’re not that strict), but it means we have something to show for our cash.

Although a book advent is a little bit more expensive than (some of) your high street chocolate advent calendars, it’s not as expensive as you would think. There’s actually a ton of places that do deals on bundles of books, plus, there’s always charity shops!

Every week I’m going to be sharing the books T has found in his advent calendar – I’d love to know if you’ve read some of these!

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When it comes to books, T is a complete bookworm. He adores all sorts of books, from pop up books to books with doors and flaps. Bedtime books that have a long story, to short board books that encourage you to interact with it. He loves a book.

Part of the reason we think he enjoys reading with us is because we enjoy it too. We thoroughly enjoy snuggling on a sofa under a blanket and reading his favourites like; Elmer, Dear Zoo, Where’s Spot, and One Ted Falls Out of Bed. We’ve written about his favourites before and I can tell you now they haven’t changed!

He currently enjoys kissing every character in ‘Rabbits nap’.

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Our Top Books for LGBT Families (Childrens Book Week). 

This week is Childrens Book Week. Celebrated every year, it acts as a way to encourage and inspire children to read.

As a same sex family we often keep an eye out for story books that have a same sex family in it, or a special message. Ones that just happen to have two mums or two dads in it as part of the story, instead of ones that specifically educate or explain same sex families.

Here are a few of our favourites:

Mummy, Mama, and Me / Daddy, Papa, and Me. 

One of our first LGBT books, this simple board style book details in a few pages what Mama Does, and what Mummy does.

It doesn’t explain LGBT families, but instead makes them like any other family. Really simple and a good starting point for your collection.

The Different Dragon 

Another wonderful book that doesn’t “defend” or “explain” same sex families. It’s just a story about a boy at bedtime who just happens to have two mummies.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes. 

Not a specific LGBT book, but it does teach about equality and how everyone is different but equal at the same time.

The artwork is gorgeous, and I like how the book flows.

Spacegirl Pukes

Spacegirl is just about to leave on another mission when she falls sick.

Her mummies (she has two) also fall sick as well as the cat and rocket she’s meant to fly into space with.

Tango Makes Three

This story is about two male penguins that live together in a zoo in New York. The story details their journey into fatherhood.

Probably one of my favourite LGBT books as it’s based on a true story!

If I Had a Hundred Mummies

This story is about a little girl who talks about what it would be like to have a hundred mummies. Would they all be bossy? Would it be like having a hundred hugs?

In the end, she decided she’s happy just having the two.


Elmer is like no other elephant, and that’s ok! When Elmer tries to be someone he’s not, people are sad.

I love love love Elmer and whenever I read it it reminds me of Pride.

The Family Book. 

One of the few books we have that actually teach about alternative families directly.

It’s boldly illustrated and a really simple book to explain alternative families.

What are your LGBT book recommendations? How are you celebrating #ChildrensBookWeek?

T’s Favourite Books Right Now (Childrens Book Week)

Every year, schools and libraries get involved with Childrens Book Week to encourage children (and their parents) to celebrate books and enjoy the pleasure that is reading.

We’ve been reading to T since he was born, with touchy feeling books being a firm favourite, however pop up books and books that have bright colours are also moving to the top of his list.

As T’s parents, we also enjoy the act of reading to him – often taking books everywhere with us. It gives us time to have a cuddle, not to mention work those brain cells! We really hope that by reading to him from an early age that T will have a genuine love of books and reading.

Here are a few of his favourites…

That’s Not My…

We started collecting these early on as we really liked the touchy feely bits within the book, as well as the way it encourages children to describe things. T’s favourites are probably …Train, …Dinosaur, and …Puppy.

Where’s Spot?

Who DIDN’T have this as a child? I know I did. Spot is a simple lift up flap book about Sally (Spot’s mum) who goes looking for Spot who’s late for dinner. Full of suspense and mystery (sort of), T loves waiting for me to say “No” in different voices whilst looking for Spot.

The Hungry Caterpillar.

Although T doesn’t often sit with us until the end of the book, he really enjoys looking at the pretty artwork inside, and helping us turn the pages.

Dear Zoo. 

Another blast from the past, this book also encourages the use of adjectives. I’ve always liked this book, and thankfully so does T. We often expand on the book and encourage T to make the different animal noises.

The Busy Bookshop. 

A new one on us, the busy book shop is quite a short book, but is really interactive at the same time.

With wheels to turn the pictures within the book, and levers to make items pop up, it’s a really fun book to enjoy together.

And a few of ours…

This is not a Book.

This is one of my all time favourites.

A clever book with no words, just images using the spine of the book. From a fridge to a tennis court.

I wish I’d bought this book a lot sooner.

Funny Bones

Anyone else remember performing this at school? Just my school then?

I love Funny Bones. Its descriptive and fun, and if you look deeper into it (like I often do) there’s no mention whether the big skeletons are mummies or daddies, brothers or sisters. I really like this.

Goodnight Moon. 

An absolute classic for bedtimes, we often read this to T before bed and then encourage him to say ‘night night’ to things.

(There’s also a funny spoof version of this book called ‘Goodnight Mr. Darcy’. I recommend giving this one a go too).

What are your favourite books at the moment? Are you celebrating #ChildrensBookWeek?