Story of a book lover

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As soon as I sat down to dinner the other night, I heard one of the girls let rip with a bloodcurdling scream.

I raced upstairs expecting it to be another of Miss Four’s night terrors. It was her screaming alright, but it wasn’t a night terror.

She met me at the top of the stairs her eyes wide with panic.

‘You forgot to put my books under my pillow,’ she wailed accusingly.

Her books. How could I forget? Miss Four can’t sleep without at least three books under her pillow.

While most kids cuddle up to a teddy or a soft toy when they go to bed, our four-year-old chooses to sleep with books of all sizes. The more books in bed with her the better.

While I found it a little odd at first and had to put a restriction on the number of books she slept with, I now think there’s something completely romantic about it.

She finds so much comfort in books. She becomes completely lost in their fantasy lands and gets caught up in the adventures of cupcake fairies searching for ice cream in the desert and paper bag princesses pulling the wool over a dragon’s eyes.

Reading is the last thing she does before she closes her eyes at night and the first thing she does when she wakes in the morning.

These days she is absolutely desperate to learn how to read.

In the past few weeks, she has gone from asking me to read her a story to wanting to read me a story.

‘Sit with me, Mummy,’ she will say gesturing me over as she pats the couch beside her.

She will read to me as much as she has memorised and make up the parts she has forgotten.

When I’m busy doing the housework on Friday mornings, she will take her little sister by the hand, sit her down in front of her and read Good night Sleep tight ad nauseam to her. The other day I caught the two-year-old reading to the four-year-old. Now that was seriously cute.

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It’s an absolute no-brainer that books are a must for the girls for Christmas this year.

I’ve been a very good Santa’s helper this week doing plenty of research with Bookworld’s Christmas Gift Guide. It was a tough job, but I’ve managed to narrow our selection down.

I’m thinking we could definitely do with Mine! – a cute little book about a fox and a horse who learn the art of sharing.

How to babysit a grandad looks absolutely gorgeous and is something I think will appeal to both of the girls and lastly I couldn’t go past Rosie Revere, Engineer. Rose sounds like quite the inspirational character being a quiet girl by day and inventor by night.

As for Miss Two, I don’t think we can go past adding another Nick Bland book to the collection. The very hungry bear it is for her.

Now, it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t have a word to Santa about a book or two for me. I’ve got my eye on Lena Dunham’s Not that Kind of Girl. Hooray!! Bring on Christmas.

This post is supported by Bookworld. As always all opinions are my own.

Which books are on your Christmas wish list this year? Do you have a book lover in your family? What book will you be buying them for Christmas?

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44 comments on Story of a book lover

  1. Lydia C. Lee
    November 21, 2014 at 5:24 am (3 years ago)

    I got the Amy Poehler book to read at xmas – does that count? And I got my girl an Alice In Wonderland Book Pillow – that’s what your girls need…(ThinkGeek, I think)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 21, 2014 at 5:45 am (3 years ago)

      What’s an Alice in Wonderland book pillow?! It sounds like something we definitely need. I’ll have to google that. Thanks!

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  2. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    November 21, 2014 at 6:00 am (3 years ago)

    The photos of your girls reading together is just so sweet! I am a big book worm from way back, I would regularly get into trouble from my Mum for hiding under the blanket with a torch reading into the night. My boys also love books and reading and I’m pretty sure Santa is leaving books under the tree for all of us.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 24, 2014 at 6:05 am (3 years ago)

      I used to read under the blankets too, Lauren πŸ™‚

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  3. Bec @ The Plumbette
    November 21, 2014 at 6:26 am (3 years ago)

    I think it’s so sweet that your daughter sleeps with books under her pillow. Esther loves books too as does Magdalene. It is so cute to see them read to each other. Books are a great gift for Christmas for both the kids and mum who sometimes needs something new to read instead of the same favourites all the time.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 24, 2014 at 6:06 am (3 years ago)

      That’s so true, Bec. We are definitely in need of some new material here πŸ™‚

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  4. Bec @ Seeing the Lighter Side of Parenting
    November 21, 2014 at 6:33 am (3 years ago)

    That photo is so gorgeous! My 2yo used to take books tobed with him and cuddle them too. He’s stopped now but still has to be read at least three books before going to sleep! I’m working on cutting it down to two:)

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 24, 2014 at 6:07 am (3 years ago)

      Lol. I know what that’s like. We’ve cut it down to one now and she can read to herself a little bit afterwards πŸ™‚

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  5. Andrea Phillips
    November 21, 2014 at 6:50 am (3 years ago)

    Lachie was at his Nanma J’s house when I was having Rosie, now 14 weeks. Our friend (and Lachie’s godfather) was over to give Nanma a break and give him dinner and put him to bed one night, got to the story reading portion of the evening and didn’t know how to stop. Every time he said ‘last one’, Lachie would then bring him another book. Tim being the kind heart that he is just kept on going until Nanma got back from her errands. He thinks he must have been in the realm of 20 odd books. The kid looooooooves books. (Takes after his mummy I think).
    Love that miss 4 takes books to bed, Lachie hasn’t thought of that yet…xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 24, 2014 at 6:08 am (3 years ago)

      Lol. Oh my God, that’s hilarious. Thank God Nanma eventually came back. He could have been there all night πŸ™‚ Sounds like he definitely takes after you xx

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  6. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    November 21, 2014 at 7:07 am (3 years ago)

    LOL!
    My eldest of the boys used to let out an hour long wail if we forgot to pop toy cars in his cot! Each to his own!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 24, 2014 at 6:20 am (3 years ago)

      Lol. So cute, Jody. And also not very comfy πŸ™‚

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  7. Amanda @ Cooker and a Looker
    November 21, 2014 at 7:40 am (3 years ago)

    Love that your daughter can’t sleep without books. I remember hiding under the covers with a torch to read as a kid.
    The Magic Faraway Tree is on my list at the moment, I want to read it to the kids before Hollywood make the movie and they miss the chance to imagine it for themselves!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 24, 2014 at 6:09 am (3 years ago)

      Great idea, Amanda. I must do the same. Thanks!

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  8. Caitlin
    November 21, 2014 at 8:41 am (3 years ago)

    My kids love books also, and I’ve also found my little girl asleep in a bed littered with books. I hope that their love for literature continues for the rest of their lives.

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  9. Erin
    November 21, 2014 at 8:52 am (3 years ago)

    After a heart stopping moment! what a cute reason to scream for.
    Books the best item to buy! Well you know by now we’re big book lovers so books will be on our list

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 24, 2014 at 6:10 am (3 years ago)

      Yes, I’m very envious of your library, Erin πŸ™‚

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  10. stephanie@stephsjoy
    November 21, 2014 at 9:27 am (3 years ago)

    Books are always on my Christmas shopping list. About to get an alphabet book by oliver jeffers for the 4 year old!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 24, 2014 at 6:11 am (3 years ago)

      I’ve seen that one too, Steph. It looks great!

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  11. Kathy
    November 21, 2014 at 10:46 am (3 years ago)

    Not to make you jealous but I’m heading to Brunswick Heads tomorrow and a couple of books are on my packing list – I haven’t been reading novels lately so I can’t wait. Books are big on our Christmas list for sure.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 24, 2014 at 6:11 am (3 years ago)

      Oh enjoy, Kathy! I’m definitely jealous πŸ™‚

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  12. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    November 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm (3 years ago)

    How adorable!! I love this. What a quirk!

    My four year old has certain books he has memorised and we’re learning letters at the moment. I think being keen to read is one of the best things in the world!

    I want to read Lena Dunham’s book too. I hope Santa remembers to pop that in the sack for me too!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 24, 2014 at 6:12 am (3 years ago)

      Me too, Vicki πŸ™‚ Yep, it’s such a great age isn’t it? They are just so hungry to learn πŸ™‚

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  13. Bek @AuthorRebeccaMugridge
    November 21, 2014 at 1:16 pm (3 years ago)

    That is just so lovely and what an enriching and beautiful passion for her to have.
    I was always a huge reader as a child and it has stayed with me through adulthood too.
    My dream way to really relax is a few hours in the cool with an amazing book and a nice refreshing drink, not quite a day spa πŸ™‚

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 24, 2014 at 6:13 am (3 years ago)

      No, not quite but it sounds lovely. I’m with you πŸ™‚

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  14. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    November 21, 2014 at 2:01 pm (3 years ago)

    My girls love books too but thankfully don’t sleep with them in bed, I can’t imagine how uncomfy that must be. How cute though. We love books, and they are always a hit at Christmas time.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 24, 2014 at 6:14 am (3 years ago)

      Lovely, Malinda. I hope Santa is kind to you!

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  15. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    November 21, 2014 at 3:47 pm (3 years ago)

    Alas I am the only really BIG book lover in my family. I actually haven’t checked out the new books that are out just yet. I need to get onto that so I have some January beach reading.
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 24, 2014 at 6:15 am (3 years ago)

      Ooh I love beach reading! Well check out the Bookworld gift guide. There are so many great choices on there πŸ™‚

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  16. Tash @ Gift Grapevine
    November 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm (3 years ago)

    What a beautiful habit your daughter has got going on! I love seeing my tornadoes sit still and really enjoy their books. Miss TT (nearly 5) is starting to get interested in learning to read so I’ll pull out the old Ladybird books over summer. Peter and Jane’s “adventures” may not be exciting to us adults but it worked for me as I learnt to read with them when I was little! Kids books are a weakness of mine so I have to control myself at Christmas (we’re running out of room). I’ve also heard great things about that Lena Dunham book so it’s on my list too.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 24, 2014 at 6:16 am (3 years ago)

      Oh they are a weakness of mine too. Miss Four’s bookshelf is bowing in the middle, so we’ve had to take half of hers off the shelf!! Thanks for visiting πŸ™‚

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  17. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    November 22, 2014 at 12:49 pm (3 years ago)

    Aww that is just the cutest thing ever your two girls reading together. One of my fave things about teaching was reading awesome picture story books!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 24, 2014 at 6:17 am (3 years ago)

      They are a lot of fun. Some of them are done so well – illustrations and all.

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  18. Rachel_OurTownBrisbane
    November 22, 2014 at 7:34 pm (3 years ago)

    I didn’t know Bookworld did a Christmas guide so I will definitely bee checking it out now. My boys are all voracious readers and love getting books as gifts – they read their favourites over and over again just like I used too!!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 24, 2014 at 6:17 am (3 years ago)

      Yes, check it out Rachel. There are heaps of great new books out at the moment πŸ™‚

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  19. Grace
    November 23, 2014 at 10:21 am (3 years ago)

    Oh! That is so cute! There is nothing more precious than seeing siblings read to each other!
    I’ve been meaning to get my hands on the Lena Dunham book. Looks like it’s a promising read!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 24, 2014 at 6:18 am (3 years ago)

      I bet your twinions would look very cute reading to each other πŸ™‚

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  20. Jayne
    November 23, 2014 at 8:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Very cute Ava πŸ™‚ I can’t stop buying books for Chloe and Lewis..running out of space! Will have to check out the Bookworld Christmas guide πŸ™‚

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 24, 2014 at 6:19 am (3 years ago)

      Lol. I know what that’s like. Our bookshelf is bowing in the middle! We’ve had to take a heap off πŸ™‚ x

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  21. Emily
    November 24, 2014 at 7:27 pm (3 years ago)

    Great post, Renee! I could have been reading about my own children. (And don’t you love a sponsored post where the sponsor lets you run wild on a topic instead of SELL SELL SELL? Seriously one of the best sponsored posts I’ve read. Hats off to you and Bookworld.)

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 24, 2014 at 8:01 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Emily πŸ™‚ Yes, Bookworld has been great to work with. I really appreciate brands who are happy to work in with my style of writing πŸ™‚ Thanks again!

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  22. shelley@MoneyMummy
    November 24, 2014 at 7:38 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for the tips – I will be adding Rosie Revere, Engineer to my list. My daughter absolutely loves the very angry bear so maybe we should add the hungry one as well πŸ™‚

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 24, 2014 at 8:01 pm (3 years ago)

      You can’t go wrong with Nick Bland πŸ™‚ Thanks Shelley.

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