All four of our grandchildren live in a book world and they love it. But I suppose they have no choice and do not know any different or what a world without books is about.


My grandson’s teacher, jokingly complained to his mum that every book she chooses to read he says “I’ve heard that story. We have that book at home.

They all always get at least one bedtime story per day. When they have Grandad and Mamma time we always try to fit one or more stories in. It is so cosy and brilliant in assisting our grandparent bonding.


All this means a constant searching for good interesting books.


This is no problem to me as I have always had a passionate interest in children’s books. They are so much more imaginative (or the good ones are) than adult books.


On the other hand there is so much rubbish out there too.

I have tried for years to become a published children’s book writer but I’m always, always rejected and yet I see so many appalling books that became published. No, it’s not sour grapes, I assure you. Take a look for yourself. Go to any bookshop and browse the Children’s picture book shelves for example. You’ll find rubbish easily. unless of course that bookshop has a particularly good children’s book buyer!


A big welcoming trend we have seen with our grandchildren, with the older ones in particularly and the younger ones automatically following them, is their love of interaction books.


We’ve always had a lot of inter reaction with books, like finding parts of the story in the pictures, predicting what will happen next, etc.


I think the latest progression came about due to Oi Frog! and associated books by Kes Grey. Dog sits on Frog who sits on a log. This set us off thinking of similar rhymes which we had a go at every time we met: hens sitting on pens, cows on boughs and ink sitting in the sink. We also wandered a little off piste and even got maps sitting on taps.


In my search for interactive books I then came across one that became a very popular choice: Don’t Put Your Finger In The Jelly, Nelly by Nick Sharratt. This has basically turned in to our theme tune. Every time I see the grandchildren they come up shouting “Don’t put your finger in the jelly, Nelly.’ And I always have to carry the book with me and read it at least once every time I see them.


We then make up similar rhymes. Don’t put your finger in the bread, Fred.


But finally, the most surprising book(s) of all which were published early February this year:

You Choose by Pippa Goodhart (Author) & Nick Sharratt (Illustrator)

Just Imagine by Pippa Goodhart  (Author) & Nick Sharratt (Illustrator)

You Choose in Space by Pippa Goodhart  (Author) & Nick Sharratt (Illustrator) (Published 12 Apr 2018)


The books are unusual as they do not have stories but are full of Nick Sharratt’s amazing illustrations. Each two page spread has a theme and a question, such as: What kind of home would you choose? And there are around thirty pictures of buildings over two pages from a cave to a lighthouse and everything in between and beyond.


These books really do seem to have captured all of my grandchildren’s imaginations. The two older ones (5 years old) love to look at the pictures and pick out their choices and tell us why and what they would choose.


The two younger ones love to look at the pictures whilst you talk to them about what’s in the picture.


Both younger ones are developing their talking skills and love to point to things and say what it is, car, tractor, cow, house, dog and make the noise they make, brrm, moo, woof.


I am amazed that George, who is not yet two, runs and gets the book as soon as we get to his house and takes it to me or Mamma and sits on our knee, opens up the book and goes to the farm or zoo page telling us what the animals are and the noise they make and then finds the cars and buses and does the same.


And all for the love of books. Thanks to Kes Grey, Nick Sharratt, Pippa Goodhart and all other Children’s Books authors and illustrators.


If you want to fly, give up everything that weighs you down  – Buddha Quote


Happiness is…books and stories with grandchildren


When people go underwater in scary movies, I like to hold my breath and see if I would have survived that situation.

I almost died in Finding Nemo.


Love is…being together for years and still smooching


All Shook Up – Elvis Presley

Highest Chart Position: No.1 13th July 1957

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