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TOP TEN BOOK LISTS
Illustrator Bella Gomez shares her 10 favourite children's books
Bella Gomez is a UK-based artist and the illustrator of the beautiful new book, 5 Wild Numbers. She grew up on the beautiful Dorset coast in England, moved to London when she was 18 and now lives with her two children in Lewes, just outside of Brighton.  Her journey in design and prints started with her own ...
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Bruce Ingman shares his top ten favourite children's books
We are super excited to share another inspiring Top Ten book list, this time from Bruce Ingman -- an award-winning and much-loved author and illustrator based in London. After teaching at a number of art colleges and illustrating for many well-known magazines, Bruce wrote and illustrated his first book, When Martha's Away, in 1995 , which ...
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Allan Ahlberg shares his Top Ten Favourite Children's Books!
Allan Ahlberg is the author of more than 150 published books. He and his late wife, Janet Ahlberg, are the author/illustrator duo behind some of our favourite children's books, including the award-winning Each Peach Pear Plum, Peepo and The Jolly Postman, which has sold more than six million copies (I remember this book coming out when ...
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Angela McAllister's Top Ten Favourite Children's Books
Angela McAllister is the author of A Year Full of Stories and the recently published A World Full of Stories. Two wonderful books which my girls are really enjoying at the moment. Angela's ability in collecting such wonderfully rich stories and comprising them into these two beautifully illustrated books is a gift and I'm so ...
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Oliver Jeffers shares his Top Ten Favourite Children's Books
Who doesn't love Oliver Jeffers? Without a doubt, many of his own books would appear on other authors' top ten book lists. They would certainly make the cut on my list! His super charming children's books are big-time favourites in our house. 'How to Catch a Star' and 'Lost and Found' will forever remind me of ...
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Tom Schamp's Top Ten Book List
  We are big fans of Tom Schamp. His latest book Show & Tell Me The World offers a world of discovery for young and older children to enjoy. It's a huge, almost dictionary like book which guides children through the variations of daily life. Bright, inviting, exciting and meticulously detailed it's an entertaining book which ...
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Rebecca Colby's Top Ten Book List
I'm so excited to share a new top ten list of children's books from the author of the super fun story, There was a Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgie, Rebecca Colby. It's is a mix of cherished books from both Rebecca's childhood and her adult years. 1. No Matter What, written and illustrated by Debi Gliori, 1999 I truly ...
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Sophy Henn's Top Ten Book List
My girls and I are big fans of Sophy Henn. We adore her picture book, Where Bear? which Courtney introduced me to. And her latest book Pass It On is utterly divine. Full of love and hugs and loads of happiness! I was so thrilled when Sophie agreed to tell me all about her top ...
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Chris Haughton's Top Ten Book List
Any one of Chris Haughton's books, if not all of them should grace everyone's bookshelves. Ssh! We Have a Plan is awesome and A Bit Lost is just the sweetest. I can't wait to read his latest, Goodnight Everyone. I'm delighted Chris has shared his favourites with us today ... 1) That is Not my Hat by Jon Klassen. ...
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Kiran Millwood Hargrave's Top Ten Book List
I am so excited to share this Top Ten with you all! Kiran Millwood Hargrave's is an incredible writer. Her latest book, The Girl of Ink and Stars is truely superb and I shall be writing a separate post on it very soon. As soon I finished her book I made a note to myself to contact ...
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Polly Faber's Top Ten Book List
We are so delighted to tell you that our Top Ten Book List is back! It's been a time long since we last shared one with you so I'm thrilled to kick-start it by inviting Polly Faber, author of the fantastic Mango & Bambang books, to share her ten favourite children's books. Here they are: 1. The Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse by ...
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Joanna Skipwith's Top Ten Book List
It's been a long time since we've published a Top Ten Book List, but it is still a series we really love and we will try to bring you more book lists in the coming months. Today we have a list from Joanna Skipwith, author of the Silver Jungle books (pictured above) which we've mentioned ...
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Karin Littlewood's Book List
I've mentioned Karin Littlewood before in my review of her book, Immi (which we still really love!). Karin lives and works in London and has illustrated more than 40 children's books published in the UK and worldwide. I got in touch with her after discovering her books and have since discovered she is not only ...
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Al MacCuish's Top Ten Books
I have been itching, itching, itching to tell you all about the children's book my very dear friend Al has written.  It is still a little too early to tell you much, but above you can see a very exclusive sneak peak at the first page of his first book for children called 'Operation Alphabet' ...
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Helen Stephens' Top Ten Book List
At the recent school book fair, I bought a book for each of my children. I bought Helen Stephens' The Night Iceberg for my daughter because she loves penguins and because I was drawn to the sweet illustrations... and it turned out to be the most successful book we bought. Having read it now numerous times, ...
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Nina Wisnia's Top Ten Books
Nina Wisnia is a very dear friend of mine. She is also an incredibly talented artist and children's book illustrator/author. She has illustrated four books, all of them in French.  Her most recent book, Gargouillis, is a funny-but-true description of the digestive system of animals and humans. All of her books share the same quirky ...
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Marc Boutavant's Top Ten Favourite Children's Books
Marc Boutavant's Mouk is one of those children's books that simply must grace your bookshelves.  The illustration is so brilliantly vibrant and engaging.  Often compared to Richard Scarry, so it is interesting to see a Scarry book in his Top Ten list of children's books. Marc is not only a children's book illustrator but also ...
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Louise Yates' Top Ten List
Today is World Book Day! And so we give you another top ten book list... Louise Yates is an author/illustrator who lives in London. Her second book, Dog Loves Books -- a beautifully illustrated and outrageous book about a dog who loves books, won the 2010 Roal Dahl Funny Prize.  Her most recent book, Frank and Teddy ...
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Alison Jay's Top Ten Books
When my daughter was born Courtney bought my son a present (she's so good like that!). It was a book illustrated by English artist, Alison Jay (I Took the Moon for a Walk).  It was my first introduction to Alison's work and (just as Courtney told me I would) I fell in love with her ...
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Camilla Reid's book list
I was introduced to Camilla via a friend who just knew we'd get on with each other, both being enthusiastic kid's book lovers.  We met for coffee and tried to narrow down our favourites -- it was a hard task which lead to her rather brilliant suggestion that we should do top ten lists on ...
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Dallas Clayton's Top Ten List
I think it is safe to say that all us Babyccino ladies have a crush (purely in the children's-literature sense of the word) on Dallas Clayton.  His books; An Awesome Book and An Awesome Book of Thanks are ... well ... awesome.  Not only are they big on the ideas front but they are so ...
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Mellany Robinson's Book List
Mellany Robinson lives on the South Coast with her two children.  Having worked in the creative industries (advertising, photography) and with various museums including the V&A and The National Gallery she decided to set up a children's publishing company with her childhood friend Annabel Bennetts.  By Parents For Children encourages parents to make the stories ...
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Leo Timmers' Top Ten favourite children's books
Leo Timmers was born in 1970, in Belgium and still lives in Brussels with his wife and two daughters.  Trained as a graphic designer he soon began to illustrate children’s books. In 2000 he wrote his first story Happy with Me which won a Bookfeather Award for illustration.  He has also won the annual Children’s ...
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Papier-Mâché a pumpkin, (or a jack-o-lantern), a cornucopia of autumnal fruit & vegetables, or just a colourful centrepiece of your favourite foods! (Halloween! Thanksgiving!) It’s a satisfying craft but involves a few steps. Start soon so you can ger the most enjoyment from it over the Fall months ahead. Craft link in bio from @laraoflondon #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
23 hours ago
How can you use Autumnal Artworks to enrich your children’s awareness, especially if you are doing home learning? See a selection of images from our lovely Zainab. Link in bio. @themontessoristudio #babyccinokids #babyccinotips #homelearning #artforchildren #autumnart
1 day ago
Today’s new post from Lara “Seek is the one and only app that our (young) children use. It started in lockdown over the Spring, as things sprung to life, and our children would ask us ‘what’s that?’ So my husband found the answer, which was for all of us to learn more from the world of amazing digital technology by using a free app (and find out more about the amazing world!). We think it is so outstanding actually and have told so many friends and family members to use it too, because it teaches them about the world and nature! I should quickly add that this is not a sponsored post! It is just a great tip I wanted to share.” And we love this thought... “You don’t have to travel far to find weird and beautiful wildlife. Your garden, local park, street tree, window box or the verge alongside a local footpath are rich ecosystems filled with species… you’ll be able to identify any living thing in your patch – plants, flowers, insects, fungi, birds and animals. It’s like having a naturalist in your pocket! When you ID a species you’ll be able to find out all about it, and see how common or rare it is for your area and the time of year.” More about the app in our bio link. But tell us, are you using any interesting educational apps for nature or science? ps And stay tuned for more about her holiday on a lighthouse island in @laraoflondon ‘s post next week! #babyccinokids #babyccinotips #babyccinotravels #seek
4 days ago
Autumn Equinox — a note from Esther... “I was talking to Lara earlier today, and she was reminding me of the start of Autumn happening today. Autumn! Today, the bright daylight hours and the dark nightly hours are of equal length. From now on, the days will get shorter, the nights will get longer… until the longest night, Winter Solstice (taking place on December 21st) will mark the beginning of the Winter season. Today is Autumn Equinox: the night and the day are in perfect balance. It marks the moment of the sun entering Libra (my star sign!), bringing harmony and stability, and which is ruled by Venus, the planet of love and beauty. All good things, and definitely things we need in these uncertain, difficult and turbulent times. Autumn is when the air starts to feel crisper and smell muddier, when the colours of nature are intensifying before they change colour, when the light is low and magical, when the days get wetter and the weather gets windier. It is the time to harvest apples and nuts and pumpkins, to make pies and soups and stews and to cosy up the house with rugs, pillows and blankets. Fall is so cosy! To celebrate this First Day of Autumn, I thought it would be nice to make a list of all the little things, family traditions and crafts we love doing in fall. Most we have posted about before, but there are some new ideas and things I want to try as well. Going through old posts and getting this list together has been so inspiring — yes, we are entering the darker and colder months, but there is so much to do and make, and many of these activities are super simple and made with whatever nature supplies us with. Fall truly is fabulous!” xx Esther Enjoy @estherbabyccino fifteen favourite fall activities to get inspired, link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinotips #autumnequinox @maudfontein 🧡
5 days ago
Today’s post... five top tips to help make moving abroad eas(ier). Our Contributor @sydney.piercey knows first hand after moving four from London to France last week. “Do be brave, do be kind to yourself with your emotions, (beforehand and when you arrive) and do enjoy! I am a firm believer of enriching your life by taking risks and embracing change. I can also personally vouch for the magic that awaits from moving abroad.” More in the bio... #babyccinotravels #moversandshakers #babyccinotips
6 days ago
Vegetable bolognese anyone? This ragu is seriously, seriously delicious, packed full of vegetables and extremely straightforward to make – a chuck it all into the pot and pop it in the oven recipes! It’s also great for using up leftover/sad vegetables in your fridge. See Lyndsay’s recipe on the bio link. @ieatmypeas #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids
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Tell me, do you have teenagers and do they get pocket money and/or a clothing allowance? Did you get clothing money when you were a teenager? Read this great post by Esther discussing money, teens, clothing, and the underlying questions that arise. We’d love your thoughts too. Link in bio. @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids #babyccinotips
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The Sweetest Flower Fairy Wings in the World — make your own with our easy photo tutorial on today’s blog post by @laraoflondon. You can finally put those pressed flowers to good use that you’ve collected and make summer last longer. Link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
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Make your own gnome friends! We think these would be a fun after-school activity on a Friday afternoon to celebrate completing another week of school. (Is it just us or does every week feel even longer than it ever has before?) Or even a weekend craft too. See these step-by-step photos and share your finished gnomes with us. We’d love to share in our stories! Link in bio to @estherbabyccino ‘s idea from a birthday many moons ago. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
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Often seafood suppers seem complicated, and a bit pricey. But @laraoflondon’s family have perfected a Crab Linguine pasta dish this summer that we had to share with you. It is economical, easy to make, takes less than 15 minutes, and feeds the whole family a healthy dinner or a big family Sunday lunch. Link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads
1 week ago
Here’s a video of our latest ShopUp in East London (shot and edited by our lovely and talented friend Nadine Brandt). It encapsulates the ShopUp atmosphere really, really well, and it makes us so excited for the next one!
2 years ago
Check out our new book! 9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
3 years ago
Our beautiful new book, '9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy' for the family to share, is AVAILABLE NOW! You can order it here: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
3 years ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
3 years ago
Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
3 years ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
3 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
3 years ago
Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
4 years ago
This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
4 years ago
Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
4 years ago