I adored the library when I was a child; I have so many memories of borrowing huge piles from the school library for the summer, and then still going to Dartmouth or Kingsbridge Library every time Mum went to do some shopping to top up our book supply; and usually finishing at least one before we got home again, and I can only hope that my girls have half the affection for it that I did.
Every time we head to the Library Kitty, Elma and I have a little routine. Kitty gets to press the buttons to return our books, then I get a quick squint at the cookbooks to scoop up anything new or exciting and then we all head down to the children’s library, Kitty racing ahead and Elma toddling as fast as she can in her wake. The children’s library is blessed with a couple of wonderful big comfy sofas so I plonk myself down there with the cookbooks, Elma tries to decide whether she wants to sit on the froggy chair or the blue mouse, and then unpacks an enormous pile of baby books from the box onto the table and sits there flipping through them, while Kitty runs up and down pulling out anything that she thinks looks exciting and bringing it over for me to read. And once I’ve decided whether I fancy borrowing any of the cookbooks there’s a little shelf next to the sofa that gets my attention.
New books. Added to the library within the last month, usually published within the last six or so months and still with that gorgeous new book smell and new book feel before hundreds of tiny readers make them well loved and a little worn. There are plenty of books that I pass over, but if I spot something I think the girls would like it gets added to the pile, along with whatever board book Miss Elma seems keenest on, and a few of Kitty’s seemingly random, but utterly beloved choices.
And with our trip to London, and the girls’ trip to London Zoo with H, still very fresh in all of our minds and in Kitty’s daily storytelling, it seemed like The Queen’s Hat was just waiting for us.
It’s one of many books published in the last year with a bit of a royal baby theme, but this one’s subtle about it, and so wonderfully whimsical and beautifully illustrated that we couldn’t but enjoy it.
The Queen is on her way to visit someone very special, when her very favourite hat suddenly takes off,
and as that will never do, she sets off in quick pursuit, accompanied by increasing numbers of the Foot Guards as they chase the hat all over London,
including through the Zoo!
It’s the sheer numbers of soldiers that keep turning up that make me giggle; there are just more and more and more of them, until at last the hat touches down, and the Queen makes it to Kensington Palace to take her someone very special for a nice calm walk!
And if you have a favourite, or just something fun your little ones have enjoyed reading lately please do join us. The linky is always open for the whole week so there’s plenty of time. And so, without further ado, it’s over to you to tell me what we should be reading!