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Repetitive storytelling and parent-related boredom go hand in hand. The same pictures, words and pre-rehearsed actions and reactions can have you reaching for the wine or falling asleep inside. The point of Smallprint, an online book store that curates a unique collection of captivating and beautiful children’s books that you’re not likely to find together in one place anywhere else, is to stop the eye-rolling and prevent you from banging your head against a brick wall whilst you read Room on the Broom for the 50th time. They do the hard work to find books that will interest both adults and children, whether it’s the funny story or the brilliant illustrations. Books are a big part of our parenting toolkit, they are helpful when trying to unravel the emotional wranglings of a six year old, they can be calming for a boisterous three year old. They can add fun or explain sadness, provide much needed entertainment and assist development which makes you feel like you are wearing a parenting badge of honor. We love great looking artwork so why shouldn’t we enjoy it while we read to our kids at night. With that in mind Smallprint has pulled together 5 of their favorite books and hopes that they will still make you smile after the 50th time.
The Night Gardener, $16.56, Frances Lincoln
The mysterious gardener brings color and life to a grey town, but
what will happen when he stops? A debut picture book, this beautiful
story about nature shows how one good thing can inspire change.
Perfect for simple feel good sentimentality!
Buy from Smallprint (UK only) https://smallprint-online.com/products/the-night-gardener
Jill and Lion, $15.40, Tate Publishing
Another positive book with a happy ending, this is celebration of
friendship and bravery. When Lion is made to join the circus, his
tears of sadness blur the words of the book. During an energetic
rescue, Jill shows Lion it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
Buy from Smallprint (UK only) https://smallprint-online.com/products/jill-and-lion
Touch, Think, Learn Farm, $12.83, Abrams and Chronicle
This series of chunky board books is brilliant for curious minds.
Trace the tactile die-cut shapes, say the words and enjoy the bold
colors in this multi-sensory, hands-on book of fun.
Buy from Smallprint (UK only) https://smallprint-online.com/products/touch-think-learn-farm
Creaturepedia, $19.25, Wide Eyed Editions
Not just any old animal encyclopedia, this is arranged by special
talents and characteristics which makes it hugely engaging and fun.
Meet ‘the architects’, the ‘noisy neighbors’, the ‘forever faithfuls’
or the ‘champions of forgetfulness’. This is perfect example of
amazing illustrated non-fiction for kids that is enjoyable for all
Buy from Smallprint (UK only) https://smallprint-online.com/products/creaturepedia
Poo Bum, $12.84, Gecko Press.
Although potty humor can be tiresome, I defy you not to have a little
giggle along with your kids at this one. Little rabbit gets into a
spot of difficulty with a wolf, which ends with surprising silliness.
It’s a bestseller for a reason! Ages 3+
Buy fro Smallprint (UK only) https://smallprint-online.com/search?q=poo+bum
Smallprint is about the types of kids’ books that we love as adults, books that we hope the whole family will enjoy. Our virtual shelves are all ‘curated’ for want of a better word, they are not your standard paperbacks (which are also great by the way…), they are a little bit special. Captivating storytelling, awe-inspiring imagery from some seriously talented illustrators and artists, brilliant interactive books for babes and crafty masterpieces for the pre-schoolers. The best of the best from a range of small and independent publishers, all enjoyed and road-tested in our own home.
We couldn’t find a one stop shop for lovely books that were special enough to be given to our friends and families, a bunch of people who love nice things and appreciate quality design. So we thought we would create it.
Check out their curated collection at Smallprint-online.com