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Gifts for book loving children and families – 1

Posted on | October 31, 2010 | 3 Comments

I don’t particularly like promoting consumerism and suggesting people buy stuff, but as I’ve been looking for fun items related to children’s literature for upcoming birthdays and Christmas I thought I’d share my finds with you once a week. Frivolous fun, but maybe you’ll spot something that is just right for you!

The post on Playing by the book which continues, month in, month out to attract the most visitors is the one I wrote for my 100th post – all about the Barbapapas. Our Barbapapa family is still played with daily, and so when I saw the new range of Barbapapa clothes and accessories from Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) I immediately knew some of these fun items would be making their way into Christmas and birthday presents!

Photo: H&M

Photo: H&M

Photo: H&M

There are hairclips, hairbands, pyjamas, rompers and even a little Barbapapa handbag – lots of goodies which could be paired up perfectly with a Barbapapa book. The UK online shop doesn’t deliver outside the UK, but H&M does have a presence in quite a few countries, and some of them also offer online shopping.

Here’s another book-related item that caught my eye…

Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

Greetings cards for Christmas with an image from children’s book author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans (American, 1898–1962), available from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store, which does ship internationally.
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3 Responses to “Gifts for book loving children and families – 1”

  1. MakemineMid-Century
    October 31st, 2010 @ 12:41 am

    Fabulous post! Love seeing the Barbapapa things.

    Just can’t get them in Australia. Shame about UK H&M not shipping anywhere else.

    Thanks for showing those cute clothes!

  2. Choxbox
    October 31st, 2010 @ 6:37 am

    Wow! Lovely!

  3. Zoe
    October 31st, 2010 @ 9:56 am

    Hi MakemineMid-Century,
    Yes, the only Barbapapa things I can find on sale in Australia are here: – but if you’re after the dolls I do suggest you try making them out of fimo/sculpey like we did – their shapes are very easy and they’ve proved durable (and cheaper!)

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