It’s World Book Day today and Jasmine has bounced into pre-school dressed as Lily Bobtail looking utterly adorable (and a little too grown up for my liking!) She loves the Peter Rabbit books and TV show so I wasn’t remotely surprised when she asked to be Lily for WBD.
Over the last few years, Jasmine has acquired a large amount of children’s books and until recently they were stored inside a disintegrating cardboard box. It wasn’t the home that those well-loved books deserved so we were super thankful when Kiddies Kingdom got in touch with us to see if we would like to review the Tidy Books box.
The Tidy Books box is beautifully crafted with the Montessori learning style in mind. The low level design of the storage box allows children to take out their books independently (and in theory, put them back away again after!) ;)
We’ve been using the Tidy Books Box for about a month now and here’s my thoughts on it:
What we love about the Tidy Books Box:
✶ It was easy to assemble (it comes flat-packed but took me a mere 10 minutes to put together).
✶ The clock face is a great addition. It’s a handy little tool for helping to teach Jasmine about time – which is something she seems fascinated with at the moment.
✶ It can store up to 40 books of all shapes and sizes.
✶ Jasmine enjoys being able to select her bedtime stories herself from the book box.
✶ The white (water-lacquer) finish means the book box fits in well with the rest of the furniture and decor in Jasmine’s bedroom. The book box is also available with a ‘natural wood finish’.
What we weren’t so keen on:
✶ The box is designed to be ‘portable’ and has a handle at the top of it but I found, once the books were inside it, the box was a bit too big and bulky to carry around. I don’t intend to move it around the house so it’s not a huge issue.
✶ The Tidy Books Box is rather large (H35cm x W55cm x D31cm) and therefore takes up a lot of floor space (as opposed to a traditional bookcase/shelf).
And that’s honestly the only faults I can find – we love our book box!
Do check out the Tidy Books box as well lots of other gorgeous children’s room decor and nursery furniture sets from Kiddies Kingdom.
Whilst we’re on the subject of books, I couldn’t not share some of our current faves:
1. Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth by Jarvis
Jasmine received this book in her 3-4 years Bookstart pack some months ago and it’s been a firm favourite ever since. Alan the alligator loves scaring the other jungle animals using his fearsome set of gnashers. Unfortunately for Alan, Barry the beaver discovers that those ‘fearsome gnashers’ are in fact, a set of false teeth. After that, poor Alan becomes a laughing stock! This book is a “goofy comedy of self-discovery, witty, warm-hearted storytelling and bright graphic art will make this (and Alan!) a firm children’s book favourite.” We highly recommended it!
2. The Bumblebear by Nadia Shireen
We currently have this book on loan from the library and I’ve had to renew it several times. I’m now on the lookout for a secondhand copy that we can keep! Norman, like most bears, loves honey. But getting honey is a litttle bit tricky if you’re a bear so Norman cleverly disguises himself as a bee! Norman attends ‘Bee School’ and, it turns out, is a very convincing bee. Despite that, it’s not long until his true identity is discovered and Norman is kicked out of bee school. How will he ever be able to redeem himself?! You’ll have to read it yourself to find out! ;)
3. When’s my birthday? By Julie Fogliano and Christian Robinson
We were lucky enough to be sent this book to review and it’s clearly a hit with my three-year-old as Jasmine asks for it to be read to her every. single. night. The book’s pages are beautifully illustrated and the dialogue perfectly reflects that of an excited child who is approaching their birthday (Jasmine turns 4 in early April so we’re allll about birthday chat at the moment).
Has your little one dressed up for World Book Day?