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September #FLBabyBookClub

A new month means a new bookclub post! YAY! These posts are my absolute favourite because I enjoy the time I spend reading to Seth and watching him interact with the books. Some books make him laugh, some make him bash the pages, others he tries to eat. It’s just really enjoyable for us both.

Once again, I want to say thank you to each and every one of you who leave me suggestions for new books, especially those of you in other countries who can’t even enter the giveaway. I really appreciate the time that you’ve taken out of your day to let me know.

This month we’ve been enjoying:

Here Come the Monkeys – Pat-a-Cake (2017)

This is a touch and feel book about Monkeys. Going through the beautifully illustrated pages, the reader is asked to describe what each monkey is doing and then to clap their hands in praise because the monkey is doing such a good job. A little birdy also points out where the touch zones are. Right at the back of the book, is a surprise fold out page for toddlers that asks them to count and match the monkey pairs. Super simple but super enjoyable.

Buy Here Come the Monkeys

The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson (1999)

I am sure that everyone is familiar with the story of The Gruffalo… or at least everyone in the UK is. It’s SUCH a classic here.
The story is not actually about The Gruffalo, but rather a mouse.
While the little mouse goes wondering in the woods, he needs to scare away all the animals that would love to eat him for a snack. He does this by telling them about the scary (but fictional) Gruffalo he is on his way to meet. The mouse then really does come across a Gruffalo, so he’s real after all, but that’s where the story twists in the most unexpected way. I won’t tell you anything more because that would spoil it for you, but I promise it’s worth a read.

Buy The Gruffalo

Teletubbies Lovely Day Jigsaw Book – Egmont (2017)

“Eh-oh!” I have a confession to make. I LOVE THE TELETUBBIES! All I ever wanted in life was to live inside a man-made hill and eat pink custard out of a swirly straw cup. I remember nagging my mom incessantly to have pink instant pudding for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I also had a Po plushy and it never left my side until Grade 5. I can hardly believe that the first show aired twenty years ago. I feel old!

Teletubby HQ (I wonder if it is as magical as it is in my head) sent us some books and they are adorable. The Lovely Day jigsaw book tells the story of the Teletubbies having a great day, which involves eating custard so it’s the best day ever in my books.

Although Seth is too small to know what puzzles are, he was fascinated that the pieces could come off and go back onto the page – like magic. He then tried to eat the rest of the puzzle pieces, so I’ve taken them out for the time being because he likes page through the brightly coloured book on his own. (This book is not recommended for self-play for babies under 10 months old.) I like the fact that the pages look the same even with the puzzle pieces removed. It’s also a bonus that it’s such a sturdy board book (stronger than most we own) so I don’t have to worry that he’s going to rip the pages out because believe me, he tries!

Buy Teletubbies Lovely Day Jigsaw Book
For more info on the new Teletubbies, you can visit their Facebook page.

Giveaway Time

As always, I’m giving one lucky reader the chance to win a copy of all three these books.


Congrats Mary Darby. I have emailed you.


Open to UK Mainland residents only.
No purchase required.
The competition runs from Tuesday, 5 September 2017 to Thursday, 28 September 2017.
One winner will be announced on Friday, 29 September 2017.
The winner will have seven days to supply a delivery address. If an address is not supplied, a new winner will be chosen.
The winner will win one copy of The Gruffalo, Teletubbies Lovely Day Jigsaw Book and Here Come the Monkeys.
The prize is not transferable for cash.

Good luck!

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  1. Solange

    We’ve been enjoying Tabby Mctat, Mister Seahorse and Tiny Tantrum.

  2. Ngumabi

    It’s that time of the year again with back to school
    All those books are so cute

  3. Katina

    My 2 year old loves Teletubies. It was a big hit in the States for a long time. Not sure if it’s still popular but she found them on YouTube.

  4. Joscelyn

    Aww, I remember reading to my little ones at that age! These look like great picks!

  5. Michelle

    These are very cute, I love using interactive books!

  6. Amanda

    this looks like such a fun book club! We love all of those books and reading !!

  7. Mary Darby

    OMW! The Teletubbies were my favorite too as a child! I love the Tiddlytubbies too!

  8. Clare Hubbard

    I love reading Roald Dahl as a child

  9. Kim Plant

    disney like cinderella x

  10. Anne

    We love anything at all by Julia Donaldson

  11. five little doves

    The gruffalo will always be one of my favourites, it’s a real classic! The monkey book looks great though, mine would have loved this!

  12. sarah (theparentingtrials)

    The gruffalo is a favourite in our house too with my little ones, along with the gruffalos child.

  13. Robyn

    I loved all of Richard Scarrys books, my son enjoys them now.

  14. Fiona jk42

    When I was a little girl I liked Beatrix Potter, Orlando the marmalade cat (sadly now out of print), Babar the elephant and a book of old Russian fairy tales that my father had picked up on a trip to Moscow. My own children also liked the Beatrix Potter books and my granddaughter is now enjoying being read to from my daughter’s set of those books.

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