January 2022

I love to gift books but (I’m whispering now) I don’t often buy them for my own child, or for myself! That might sound shameful as the EP’s new publishing assistant and a former bookseller, but I’m lucky to have a great local library, so I only really invest in personal copies of children’s books after they’ve been tried and tested and I enjoy reading them myself, too.

With these criteria in mind, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite titles for ages 0-3 (I’ve put them roughly in age order). I hope you might find it handy if you’re looking to buy a special book gift - for others, or for yourself!

Valerie Bence, 70, a poet based in Buckinghamshire, will be published with award-winning independent publisher The Emma Press on 27th January 2022. 

Overlap (9781912915941 / £6.50) is Bence’s second poetry pamphlet. The collection is a portrait of Bence’s own grandmothers, Winifred and Harriet, and her own experience of becoming a grandmother in very different times, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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