We just had to share this gorgeous picture response (below) from Jen Zed to our first ever BIG giveaway as here at BIG we could fill a library just with our favourite books and magazines! We agree it is difficult to pick just one!
I so love watching each of my three children sit immersed with a book or magazine, the range of books scattered from one end of the house is huge given the interest and development of each child is so wildly different. Slinky Malinki by Linley Dodd is without doubt a firm fave and my nearly 8yrold will still down tools to listen to this one alongside his baby sister. The brother between them is currently immersed in the life cycle of The Very Hungary Caterpillar by Eric Carle and will read any Soccer magazine or Scooby Doo story from cover to cover with his dad! The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton, Dr Seuss, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll and Aladdin have been much loved, and we are currently alternating The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley with Geronimo Stilton by Elizabetta Dami and the ever present Shrek magazines! And of course, being from WA, the incredible Shaun Tan is on the list!
Mr Galliano's Circus was the favourite of my father, and as a result our kids now have an old caravan cubby from their Grandpa out the back! The illustrated worlds of both fiction and non-fiction play such a major part of growing up that my bones are lined with at least a million characters and remnants from so many different pages. My insides would feature bits of Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, Heidi, Milly Molly Mandy, No Flying in the House, Pookie the little rabbit with wings, and entire bookshops of titles. Living in the country my mum joined us up to all sorts of different educational 'clubs' and so we would receive endless packages in the post of magazines and activities. Without the internet, she brought the world to our post box - and with all of the online content now available I still love getting magazines in the mail.
Here at BIG we are fans of many great Australian and international publications and look forward to featuring our favourites (for kids and big kids) in the next few weeks. One of the first mags we will feature is ANORAK, an awesome magazine for kids created in the UK. In the meantime, write one or two of your favourite kids books or magazines as a comment here be in the draw to win the most gorgeous paper bird dolls by Sarah Grenard. Read on!