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  • The Christmas gift your 2-year-old will love (no batteries required!)

    Do you know what present you’re buying your two-year-old for Christmas? Are you stuck for ideas for something memorable and meaningful?

     

    Growing up in France, I was given one main present from Santa Claus at Christmas, which was the custom. I was perfectly happy with that – and I bet my relatives were relieved that they didn’t have to find lots of gifts for me each year! When I moved to England I continued the tradition, buying my children just one substantial gift and perhaps a couple of smaller presents to unwrap as well. 

    I think lots of families like to do the same thing. But buying presents for 2 year olds can be tricky, can’t it? Which is why I love getting letters like this one from customers who’ve found the perfect Christmas gift at Tidy Books...

    ‘I bought your bookcase for my 2-year-old boy and it was a huge hit! Bedtime stories took a lot longer than usual last night because he could see the front of so many books, and stories he’d forgotten about were suddenly appealing.’ Fiona

    presents for 2 year olds, gifts for two year olds, toddler gifts, tidy books box No batteries required! A Tidy Books Box or Bookcase is an ideal gift for 2 year olds. Photo @ninakina

    ‘It’s great to know that the giver gets as much enjoyment from the gift as the receiver. It’s the sort of gift that allows parents to spend quality time with their two-year-old, watching them interact and have fun with their books. And for toddlers, it’s the perfect gift to help build up their independence as they start to choose their own books. The bookcase and book box can also be personalised with a name to make it that extra bit special for the owner!

    Our sturdy products are made to last so your enjoyment will continue for many years to come as your two-year-old grows along with their book collection. It’s perhaps the reason why lots of grandparents buy our bookcase.  They prefer to give a special gift to their grandchildren that won’t be forgotten about when the Christmas decorations come down. And doesn’t involve batteries or staring at a screen!

    * Want to order for Christmas? Our bookcase and book box can be ordered up to 13th December.  

  • The book you never forgot

    From all my years of reading, there’s one book that has a special place in my heart and that’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

    Just thinking about it now I’m transported back to school and waiting excitedly for the teacher to read it out loud to the class. 

    I remember being completely captivated by the funny characters and the strange things that happened to them. It was amazing to me that there could be so much adventure and fun in those simple pages. That one book gave me the gift of reading and sparked a lifelong love of books.

     charlie and the chocolate factory, gift of reading, childrens books Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Illustration Quentin Blake

    Recently I was talking about unforgettable books with a friend. Hers was Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree. She says she was hooked by the magical, make-believe stories – which not only encouraged her to read more, they also inspired her to become a writer.

    As we chatted I realised it wasn’t just the book itself that had such a big impact on my life. My teacher used to read us a new chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory every Friday, so whatever else was going on around me, I knew that I could rely on that one day to safely lose myself in another world. There was something really comforting in that. 

    Making a reading environment that fosters the gift of reading

    I think those feelings have been passed onto Tidy Books. From the start I wanted to make books easily accessible to children, so I designed slimline products that fitted easily into the home and gave kids their own little reading space. I liked the idea of kids having control over their books, too – hence the front-facing bookcase that means they can easily pick their favourite book. And most of all I wanted to create a reading environment that felt like their own special haven. 

    I’m so happy that I discovered that one book when I was 5 – it really did feel like I’d been given a gift of reading. I’d love to think that someone right now is discovering their unforgettable book. And that one day, years from now, they will look back and remember that Tidy Books was with them when they found it.

    * What’s the book that you’ve never forgotten? I’d love to know so pop me a line

    tidy books, kids bookshelf, kids storage, kids furniture

    Geraldine is Tidy Books’ founder, designer and CEO, as well as mum to Adele and Emile.   She started Tidy Books in her violin workshop because she couldn’t find a good bookcase for her kids.  Now her Tidy Books bookcases and storage designs are encouraging independence and a love of reading in kids all over the world. 

  • Should shops have a reading corner for kids?

    It’s interesting how parenting roles change as your children get older. One minute you’re doing everything for them, the next they’re starting to do things for themselves... and before you know it there are things they definitely don’t want you doing for them – like taking them shopping!

    Now that my two are in their teens they’d be mortified if I tagged along on their shopping trips. But it doesn’t seem that long ago that they were hanging around my ankles, bored and fractious, while I tried to grab kids’ clothes off the rails and get to the tills before one of them had a meltdown.

    I have to say I don’t miss those stressful shopping expeditions. And today when I see parents trying to shop with kids I really feel for them. I’ve been there and know what it’s like! Which is why it’s great to see that some shops have introduced reading corners to keep kids occupied while their mum and dad shop. 

    reading corner, book corner, book corner in shops, book corner in cafe, kids retail Taking kids shopping, with a book. Credit @marthe.camille

    A reading corner to entertain kids while parents shop

    While there are retail outlets that cater for kids with soft play areas, touch-screen games and interactive entertainment, I like the idea of a little reading corner where children can sit and quietly read a book. The last thing you want when you’re out shopping is your kids running around getting hyper or spending more time staring at a screen. 

    With a reading corner, kids can pick a book and lose themselves in a brilliant story for a while. Instead of getting bored and rushing their parents to go, they’re more likely to want to stay. And if it inspired kids to read more at home, that would be a real bonus.

    It would be brilliant if more shops provided a book corner. It wouldn’t need to take up much space – some shops already use Tidy Books to create a reading space using our slimline bookcase  and portable book box  – yet it would make such a difference to the shopping experience. And how about a book corner in cafes, too? That would be perfect for shopping breaks when you have the kids in tow. Just imagine it – happy customers and happy kids... and no tantrums!

    * Would you like to see reading corners in shops?  Let me know what you think in the comments below

    tidy books, kids bookshelf, kids storage, kids furnitureGeraldine is Tidy Books’ founder, designer and CEO, as well as mum to Adele and Emile.   She started Tidy Books in her violin workshop because she couldn’t find a good bookcase for her kids.  Now her Tidy Books bookcases and storage designs are encouraging independence and a love of reading in kids all over the world. 

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