The Busy Box Company

Raising a Reader

Parenting, Interactive playHannah WatsonComment

All but one Busy Box contains a book.  And not just any book, but a really good, interesting, unique book.  A book that you'll love just as much as your little one. 

I wanted a book to be part of the Busy Box concept because sharing a book with George is one of my favourite things to do.  It gives me the warm and fuzzies when he backs his little, chubby body onto my knee with his book and I can spend five minutes (if I'm lucky!) sitting still with him.  


It's so important to start reading experiences early, especially in the modern world our children are growing up in, and we make reading a story part of our day, every day.  It helps with vocabulary, visual literacy, language skills and communication skills.  

As soon as I started developing The Busy Box Company, I knew exactly where I wanted to get my books from: Smallprint.  If you haven't already heard me rave about this brand, read on.  Smallprint is the most amazing, independent children's book shop (online and now in a gorgeous shop in Forest Hill, London).  Think design-led books with beautiful illustrations, unusual concepts, which are packed full of soul.  


I first came across Smallprint when George was about six months old.  Since then, Smallprint titles have become our favourites.  "Opposite Surprise" is a nightly read; "Touch and Feel Vehicles" comes out for lunch regularly; and "Oh No George!" is our newest fave!

Jenny, the owner of Smallprint, has helped me to curate an amazing selection of books to compliment the different learning themes of each Busy Box.  She has also done a fabulous job of picking age appropriate material so that each book in each box really works for the age range it's aimed at.  The books are there to build on what your little one is learning through play but also to help build story time into playtime.   I hope you love them just as much as we do!