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Empowering Children Through Books

Growing up as a little girl, I can vividly remember my deep rooted love for children’s books and fairytales.. As my mother read the words, I can remember transitioning into the world where super heroes, and princesses were beautiful, kind and self-less. I always hoped that at the end of each novel, would present a secret passage which allowed me to enter the world of fantasy.

The importance of books 

I’m an advocate for instilling the love of books in my children, and believe it’s one of the most beneficial attributes you can foster within your child. Why? Books play a significant role in lives of children as they transition into adulthood. A parent who has incorporated books in the early stages of their child’s life will observe an improvement in communication skills, imaginative play, vocabulary, language and attention span.

Have you ever noticed that when your child reads a book they begin to mimic the qualities of the character. That being said it is so essential that the reading material we provide to our children have positive connotations.

As the mother of a 3 year old and 5 month old, I am constantly on the look out for children’s books which promote, empowerment and self esteem. So when I discovered “The Works” 10 for £10 book range I was absolutely over the moon. There are so many fantastic books on the shelves in 2018. However,  very few actually reflect real life experiences that children may encounter, for example having a sibling, or transitioning from nursery to school. The works book range does exactly that, all for an affordable price.

So who are The Works

The Works is the UK’s leading discount retailer founded in 1981. The Works 450+ stores across United Kingdom provide books, toys, gifts, stationery and arts & crafts to its 22.5 million customers each year.

The works sell approximately 40,000 different products yearly. What I love about this organisation is their ability to cater to various target audiences. The works has been imbedded into my transition from childhood when, my mother used to purchase my picture books all the way through to adulthood where I now purchase my favourite novels and organisers. Their ability to academically accommodate the differing stages of my life has been impressive. Not only can you find an array of big brands within The Works stores across the UK, they have developed a range of their own branded products.

The 10 for £10 deal

The works 10 for £10 offer allows parents to choose fantastic children’s picture books from a wide range of authors and genres. This is amazing for stocking up your child’s book collection. My 3 year old had the pleasure of choosing 10 of the most amazing picture books to review, and boy oh boy was he was in his element.

Normally when we choose books I have to persuade him to choose books that are educational and beneficial to his needs. However,  as we browsed the collection, I was thrilled at the fact that the majority of books advocated empowerment and an educational message within them, which eliminated the tears and tantrums. AND WHAT A BARGAIN AT £10. As parents we love a bargain so to be able to select 10 books for £10 (£1 each) when the RRP is £5.99 is phenomenal.

Although my 3 year old LOVES books, story time can be short lived as he has quite the reputation for being easily distracted. Therefore I was pleasantly surprised at his ability to sit down and actively engage with each book. The bright coloured book covers and pictures definitely aided in his ability to sit and actively listen to each story.

He asked if he could share his top 5 favourites out of the 10 books we were gifted. He also very helpfully offered his perspectives on why he liked each book. (It took us a while haha).

1. The Bump Buy it here

If any of you have children from age two upwards, you are well aware that they can be extremely inquisitive. WELL. When my son asked “Mummy how did I get here” I immediately told him to ask his dad. I so was not ready for the question. So when we received “The bump” it was like all my prayers were answered. This amazing book explains step by step the process of having a baby in a child friendly way.

During this book my son and I laughed, smiled and he asked questions about his birth. It provoked conversation that I never dreamed of having with my 3 year old.

My son has recently become a big brother and I honestly wish I would have discovered this book 6 months ago, as it would have made the process a lot easier for him to understand. I purchased one personalised book for £19.99 to help explain the process when I could have purchased this for a fraction of the price.

2. His Royal Shyness Buy it here

This is a tale of a little prince who is shy and scared to meet his subjects. Those close to him tried their very best to bring him out of his shell, however nothing seems to work until Grandma comes along with the best advice ever.

Anyone who knows my 3 year old will know that he’s a very confident and self assured child. However occasionally when in the company of new people he can be very shy. As I began reading the book to him, he began to suggest reasons as to why the prince shouldn’t be shy. “Mummy he shouldn’t be shy because he has all of his family with him”.

I was so impressed at how the book allowed my son to look at this from the perspective of another child. He was able to offer advice to the boy in the book which demonstrated a level of maturity and empathy. Again this book encouraged conversation about confidence and self esteem and why it’s important. I love that this book encouraged empowerment, as well as an important message at the end of the story.

3. Making New Friends Buy it here

This book was one of my sons favourites. This is a tale of two brothers who are moving house but they don’t want to leave. The brothers soon discover that moving house can mean new friendships.

I read this book to my 3 year old while we were away on holiday. Ironically he had been making lots of new friends. Therefore he was able to refer back to his own experiences as we progressed through the book. I honestly feel that this book empowered him with further confidence to engage, communicate and initiate more friendships. Before he went to bed he stated “I can’t wait to play with my new friends tomorrow Mummy”. “I want to play catch like Noah from the book”.

Not only that, he spoke of a time when he was at the park and initiated play with a little girl who had no friends. As a parent I was so extremely proud of the optimism and maturity he demonstrated through reading this book. Had we not have had this book, I would have been unaware of experiences of making new friends and involving others.

4. Who’s afraid of the dark Buy it here

This is the tale of a little fox who is scared of the dark. This story highlights the fun to be had in the dark and shows that night-time really isn’t that scary after all.

when I read the title, the first thing my 3 year old said was “Mummy remember yesterday when I was scared of the dark”. When he says yesterday, what he really means is 2 years ago haha.

As parents, at least 80% of our children have experienced a phase of being scared of the dark. When they’re in that mode it’s very difficult to console them and settle them to sleep. If this is you, you need this book in your life. This book beautifully rhymes and has a fascinating and effortless method of explaining why night time isn’t so scary after all.

What I loved about this story is that my son actually went to nursery and recited much of this book to his peers. I loved that the book empowered him to tell the story to others. His key worker stated that it opened up conversation about children in the class who may be worried to go to sleep when it’s dark. *Proud Mummy moment*.

5. Have you seen my potty Buy it here

‘Have you seen my potty’ is a story of a little girl who had something important to do, little Suzy needed a poo. The book explains her mission to locate her potty.

I absolutely love the underlining message behind this book and how it empowers children to use the potty/toilet. Suzy Sue refused to do a poo until she located her potty as she knew it was wrong to do it anywhere but there. This book is brilliant to support parents who are potty or toilet training their child and I will most definitely be utilising this book when my youngest hits that milestone. What I also loved was how it encouraged my 3 year old to demonstrate empathy. He was so concerned that Suzy sue couldn’t find her potty and forced me to read the book frantically in order to get to the end.

6. Little hedgehogs big day (back in stock soon)

This particular book really resonated with both myself and my son as he is starting school in September. And ironically in this story the little hedgehog doesn’t feel that he is big enough to start school, which echoes my exact worries. Although he is very assertive he’s so small an literally can’t imagine my baby carrying a tray to get his food at lunch time.

The story Illustrates the anxiety and worry the hedgehog feels at the prospect of starting school, he can’t sleep as he is struggling to find ways to get bigger before he starts school. Following numerous suggestions from his friends on how to grow, he confides in his mummy.

This story demonstrates the beautiful way in which a mother empowers her child to accept his individuality by showing him and explaining to him all the amazing achievements in his life so far. I definitely shed a tear while reading this book to my son. I have actually taken the same approach to empower my little one to start school. I asked him to rate this book, his reply “20 out of 10 Mummy”. I think he liked it .

7. How to babysit a Grandma (back in stock soon)

Honestly this book had both me and my 3 year old rolling on the floor with laughter. My son absolutely loved it. He could relate to absolutely every single page of the book. ‘How to babysit a Grandma’ is a story of a little girl who switches roles with her nanny for a weekend. It’s literally a “how to” guide on how to babysit an adult. This book is honestly so relatable, down to the activities that the little girl and Grandma get up to.

I love how the switch of roles between the little girl and Grandma empowered her to think and act as an adult. As I sat and read the book to my son he subconsciously began to risk assess the scenarios in the story placing himself and his Nana in the scenario. “Mummy if I took Nana to the park we would need a plaster because she is very clumsy”. I loved that this book encouraged his wild imagination.

8. Mummy’s little sunflowers Buy it here

This book was one of my personal favourites. Scurry the little mouse wants to grow a sunflower just for his Mummy, however disaster strikes when his baby brother eats the only sunflower seed. They set off on an adventure to find a sunflower seed. This story, shows the effort that two siblings go to, to make their Mummy happy. It demonstrates compassion, care and selflessness.

After reading this book to my 3 year old we had a conversation about why it’s important to look after your parents, it was so nice that I was able to refer back to the book to reinforce my points.

9. The sniffles for bear Buy it here

Bear has an awful cold. He is adamant that no one has ever been as ill as he is. And when his friend arrives to visit, Bear declares that mouse does not appreciate the “gravity of his situation” despite the mouses efforts to make Bear feel better.

My sons favourite character was mouse. Almost immediately he observed the mouses desire to care for others. My observation was that the book really reinforced why it’s important to help others when they’re in need. As a parent when we teach our children morals and principles we never know how much of that information they’re digesting. One thing I consistently in-still in my son is to care for others and to help others when he is able to. This book most definitely echoed my teachings. Not only that, this is brilliant for children who are learning the art of empathy and compassion.

10. There’s no such thing as monsters Buy it here

This book is a story of a little bear who is excited to sleep in his very own bedroom. But with the absence of his big brother, things seems a little scary. Big bear sits with little bear to reassure him that there are no monsters under the bed. Very similar to the ‘who’s afraid of the dark book’ so many children are afraid of monsters under their bed. Even as an adult I cover my feet In bed as I think some one may eat them if they’re out haha. So this little story is so relatable to many children, I love that the big bear humours the little bear in order to comfort him.

Final thoughts

WELL! It’s safe to say my son knows 50% of the books off by heart already as he requests that I read them during breakfast, while he sits in the bath and at bed time. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing your child enjoy books particularly when they’re advocating confidence and self-esteem. Before reading the 10 for £10 range my honest opinion was that it was too good to be true. How can books so cheap be of a good quality. However, I was so wrong the quality, the price and the content is absolutely fantastic. I would honestly encourage you to check them out! GO GO GO.

*It’s a huge thumbs up from him*

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*Disclosure: Today’s post was sponsored by “The Works”. I can confirm that all of my opinions are my own and I will always remain honest with my readers. I hope you enjoyed this collaborative post. If you have any questions please send me a message* 

17 thoughts on “Empowering Children Through Books”

  1. I love the Works and will definitely be finding all these books.
    I have children around me who are at different ages of transition and all books will benefit them and their parents to learn and develop
    Thanks for this and I will post an updated comment once I’ve read and purchased myself
    Love your blog xx

    1. Awww I’m so glad both myself and The Works could be of assistance. Honestly there range is just amazing. Yes please follow up with a comment and let me know what you think. I’d really love to hear.

  2. I absolutely used to love reading as a child and did so for a long time growing up. Now I read often for work but it’s not as enjoyable as reading what you want to read, freely for fun! I try to but while studing and working, it can be hard. I really loved your post and honestly I think reading with or to a child when younger is such a fond memory of mine. I used to find it so fun and loved your post today! Keep it up ❤️

  3. Wow what a great deal! Will definitely be buying my son some! The books you reviewed have a meaningful message which is great to incorporate in books making it easier for my son (age 5) to understand. Another great and helpful post👍🏽

  4. His royal shyness would be perfect for my two year old! He is so shy in public and would cry if someone tries to go near him. He eventually calms down but it takes a long time! Thanks for sharing these gems!!

  5. These books would be a great resource for my family as I begin teaching my youngest pre-k this year! Thanks for sharing!

  6. What a great post! We love books and reading at my home. Also, I am about to start preschool at home with my 3 year old so I am in search of great children’s book suggestions!

  7. Definitely going to get the bump book to read to my son now I’m pregnant. You sound like me having loads of books etc.. do you ever get rid of any? I’m just running out of space xx

    1. Yes it’s an amazing book. Honestly my son brought a bag of old books into me yesterday and said I’m giving these to the little children. What this really means is I want new books 😂 I rarely throw them away but Ive got a lack of space to.

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