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Which book do you like to read and repeat?

Tell us more! We are looking for parents, teachers and others to share with us their favourite books worth repeating. (To submit more than one book, just refresh this page after you submit the first one.)

Crispin, The Pig Who Had It All


Crispin, The Pig Who Had It All. Written and Illustrated by: Ted Dewan. Published by Corgi.

Summary: Crispin is a pig who has it all. He’s given lots of toys, but always gets bored with them, and they always end up broken! One Christmas, he receives the best present ever, and by the end of the story he learns what is really important for having fun.

Why it’s worth repeating: Once you know the story, you and your child can chat about what made Crispin happier: lots of present or playing with his friends? This book provides an excellent opportunity to talk about sharing and how sometimes material presents aren’t as good as experiences shared with others.

Things to talk about while you read:

  • Was Crispin happy when the book started?
  • Crispin had the most fun with his friends, what’s your favourite game to play with friends?
  • Crispin had more fun sharing, than playing on his own. It’s good to share
  • Crispin’s friends were kind collecting all the broken toys to play a new game
  • Was the empty box a good present?
  • What could you play in a box like Crispin’s?


  • Find an empty box and play imaginary games like Crispin and his friends: space base, pirates, shop, castle

Book Recommendation Resource

Do you struggle finding new and exciting books for your child? Do you want to ensure you are choosing very good books with high educational value for your child?

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre has launched a new searchable database of books chosen for kids–from toddler to teen–by teachers, librarians and other children’s books experts. You can visit the database here and read more about the launch here.

How helpful will this be for finding the ideal book present?!



Dogger. Written and illustrated by: Shirley Hughes. Published by: Random House Books

Summary: Dogger is Dave’s favourite toy in the whole world. But one day Dogger goes missing, and when Dave finds him at the school fair, Dogger has already been bought by someone else! Dave turns to his big sister to help get Dogger back.

Why it’s worth repeating: This book allows you to follow Dave’s emotions as he loses, finds and subsequently loses Dogger again. Safe in the knowledge that there is a happy ending, you and your child can repeat this book and talk about how Dave’s feelings change during the story and the kindness of big sister Bella’s help

 Things to talk about while you read:

  • What’s your favourite toy?
  • How do you think Dave felt when Dogger went missing?
  • How would you feel if your favourite toy went missing?
  • That Bella was very kind to swap her teddy for Dogger