T’s Reads: Book Advent Calendar 2017 – Week Four & Ideas to Create Your Own!

Christmas has now come and gone, which means T’s book advent has come to a close. This was our first year of doing a book advent after first hearing about it from Al at The Dad Network, and I must say it was really fun.

I really enjoyed us reading T a new book every night, and T was just happy to get a piece of chocolate every night! On his last night, Christmas Eve, we even added an extra special gift to his present – pyjamas!

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

With only 4 more sleeps until Christmas, December has officially flown by. T’s crate is now almost empty and we’re undecided whether to keep the crate out for the year and find toys or books to keep in it, or dedicate it just for the book advent.

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His last book advent, on Christmas Eve, will have an extra gift tucked alongside the book – keep an eye out for next week’s post to see what we’ve included. If you missed last week, you can find this here.

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

This week seems to have flown by, with the main theme being either Pip & Posy or the Happy Families series. T has now got very good at identifying which book is which at the moment just by feeling them – which is how we’ve managed to get so many of the same the same books!

I’m going to be sad when the book advent finally finishes as it’s been such a nice way to end the day. Although we’ll always have our bedtime story, it’s been lovely watching him get excited about a brand new book every day.

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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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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


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?