A journalist, editor and mother in search of pukka things for her kid, founder Anna Whitehouse previously worked as the Vice Editor at Time Out Amsterdam before writing about shoes and handbags for fashion labels SuperTrash and Tommy Hilfiger. Looking for a change of pace, she recently returned to London and now works as a writer at Shortlist Media.
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If I’m being completely honest it’s the front cover of the book that draws me to it. I read with the eye first so the aesthetics are key. Word of mouth is also important, books that help grow a conversation, books that inspire as well as human stories.
Lemon Drop Books by Mark Lemon, particularly The Adventures of Otis Lemon has been a favourite, especially seeing his journey and seeing him grow as an author and self-publisher over the year.
Mike Alderton’s iPhone attachment bedtime book is wonderful. It’s a book that you project onto the wall and you can create and read the story using that - it makes it much more interactive.
I feel a real affinity with the Hungry Caterpillar. It’s a story that has transcended ages and never seems to be out of date. I feel a bit like the hungry caterpillar sometimes - keeping chomping away at everything! It’s a book that I hope Mae will read to her children.
Mae chooses her own books to read some of the time - we spend a lot of time in bookshops. I feel it is important for her to discover what she likes and wants to read based on her own likes and dislikes. We do also read recommendations from friends as well. It’s the process of picking up the book and the freshly printed page smell. Mae already has strong opinions about which books she likes - Dinosaurs, so the physical process of choosing a book is important.
Otis Lemon and the Magic Scooter
iPhone attachment storybook
Moonlight (a new book that was crowdfunded in America and is about creating the story using the images you project on the wall at bedtime)
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle
My Own Mind
I love making up stories for Mae
My mother always use to read me stories about a Mouse called ‘The Curly Cobbler’. He was a very industrious mouse that despite his size was always able to work hard reach his goal, the moral being that it doesn’t matter what you do as long as you do it well. The books were also the right size for my hands so I really felt like the book had been made for me and not for an adult to read to me. I still at times always think to myself - ‘what would the curly cobbler do?’