Five Ways to Do Valentines Day Differently February 10 2018

Moomins print

Whether you celebrate Valentines, Pal-entines, Gal-entines or anti-Valentines-Day, some of the most beautiful messages of love can be found in children's books and illustrations. And they remind us that love takes a variety of forms; it can mean love for a partner, friends,  family, or your own sweet self!

Here are some of our favourite ways to celebrate Valentines Day a little differently.

Show your best friend they're the Piglet to your Pooh

It's one of the most touching friendships in all of literature, the bumbling bear and his squeaky soulmate Piglet! Piglet and Pooh are always there for each other, through thick and thin. 

Winnie the Pooh prints

We have lots of Winnie-the-Pooh prints and books to remind your best friend or sweetheart what they mean to you. 

Learn from the Moomins unconditional love for eachother

There are so many lovely relationships in the Moomins books, from Moominpappa and Moominmamma's solid partnership, to Snorkmaiden and Moomintroll's mutual adoration. 

Moomin prints

All types of relationships are represented; the inseparable and secretive Thingumy and Bob are said to be based on a relationship Tove Jansson had with a woman at a time when homosexuality was still deemed illegal in Finland.

Moomin cushion

The Moomin books  and prints are whimsical and sentimental, without being schmaltzy. They are a beautiful gift to express any kind of love and affection to someone you care for. 

Remind a sibling of the childhood you shared

People often come to us to find things to remind their siblings of a shared childhood. Do you remember what books you shared with your brothers and sisters?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Cushion

Shirley Hughes and Roald Dahl are among the names that bring our customers back to those childhood Sundays, spent reading and messing around with a sibling. 

Shirley Hughes prints

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Introduce a little one to the joy of reading

Reading is one of the greatest gifts to give a child and one of the most magical ways to bond. Show a child in your life that you love them by sharing a book you loved as a kid,  or choose a story just for them from our range of contemporary picture books and children's classics

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery, hardback

Celebrate your individuality and independence!

Valentines day saturates us all with messages that being in a couple is the only thing worth celebrating, but being independent and true to yourself is worth celebrating too!

Rufus by Tomi Ungerer, hardback

Some of our favourite books are about individuality and independence: like Rufus, the bat who paints himself to stand out from the crowd. Or Witchfairy, the little girl who wants to live life on her own terms. 

Witchfairy by Brigitte Minne and Carl Cneutt

See in store for more of our favourite selections for Valentines Day. 

The Best of Love in 14 Amazing Children's Book Illustrations February 06 2017

Love is the most potent bond between one person and another, as Valentine’s Day cards are all too eager to remind us. But love also binds us to many other things in our lives that are deeply meaningful to us. So to celebrate the power of love in a more all-embracing way, we decided to put together a list of wonderful book illustrations that celebrate love in its many forms.

Simply click on the images below to view them in our store.

1. Loving ... Your Significant Other

The most obvious one on the list – that powerful love for your significant other with whom you gladly share your highs and lows.

Moomintroll and Snorkmaiden

2. Loving ... a Good Book

For those who love to visit new places, go on amazing adventures, meet fantastic characters and explore exciting possibilities all through the power of a good book.

Matilda - What to Read Next

3. Loving ... Logic 

For when it’s time to cut through the nonsense with some rock-solid, well-reasoned insights.

The BFG: Two Rights

4. Loving ... Siblings

They grew up with you, know just about everything about you, and have helped shaped who you are, which makes spending more time with them all the more precious.

Annie and Alfie Rose Reading

5. Loving ... Dressing the Part

For the fashionistas who can successfully make the vintage into the distinctly modern.

Harry Clarke The Fairy

6. Loving ... Parents

You may not always agree with their advice, but they're always looking out for you (and are probably mostly right anyway).

Shirley Hughes Dad in the Rain

7. Loving ... Friends

For those who know that what makes doing nice things really special is doing them with friends.

Winnie the Pooh Poohsticks

8. Loving ... Pets

They give all their love and ask nothing in return, which makes us love them even more.

Edmund Dulac Snow Queen

9. Loving ... the Weather (Even Winter!)

For when you’re soaked through and far from home but still can’t resist splashing through puddles.

Alfie Splish Splash Splosh

10. Loving ... Nature

It’s not just something to enjoy now and then when the weather is nice, it’s something you’re a part of all the time.

Moomintroll and Snorkmaiden Flowers

11. Loving ... Getting Creative

Whether it’s on a gallery wall or the kitchen wall, if doing something creative allows you to express yourself, then it’s most definitely worth loving.

Miffy the Artist

12. Loving ... Good Food

For those who love flavours that tickle their fancy and tingle their taste buds!

Winnie the Pooh Honey Pots

13. Loving ... Having Everyone Together

If it’s truly worth doing, then it’s definitely worth doing with your nearest and dearest.

Moomins Everyone

14. Loving ... Each and Every Day

For reminding yourself, and others, that every day is a gift to be thankful for.

Alfie Jumping


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