Our favourite unusual stories
I have always wanted to write about a blog about children's stories. But as a photographer can I get away with it? Will it work with my craft? Do stories go with photos and babies and business?
We love books and stories in our family and are passionate about a good story. I figured that I am a story teller too. Through a camera rather than a keyboard.
So it is ok to write about stories and share some of our favourite recent reads. Even if none of them feature photography :-) Maybe you are looking for a book right now to pop in your Amazon basket (or even better in your shopping basket at the local book store).
So here it goes. Some of our recent favourites:
For the little ones (I keep some of these in the studio for parents to read to siblings or small clients)
The Rainbow Fish - by Markus Pfister - A wonderful and colourful story about a fish who learns how to share and listen and make friends. Even the very little ones will marvel at the beautiful pictures.
Grandad's Secret - by David Litchfield - For Preschoolers and everyone who likes to listen to a lovely story. A boy's and a giant's story about friendship and being different. I love the pictures in this book. It was the first book by David Litchfield I bought and made me buy the next one:
The Bear and the Piano - by David Litchfield - A bear stumbles upon a piano in the forest which takes him on the most incredible of journeys. One of my favourite picture books of 2020.
GRRRRR - by Rob Biddulph - We love Rob, ever since he drew for the kids during lockdown, he is a bit of a hero in our house. This story is all about winning and not winning, and great for competitive little people (and big people). And you can draw the main character with Rob on his channel.
For older children:
Matboff - by Andy Stanton - HILARIOUS, the story of the town of Lamonic Bibber and its residents. My son read this first, then I read it to both boys, and then we had to read it to their Dad. This is for older children to read themselves (7+) or as a read out loud book if you fancy a good laugh.
I Cosmo - by Carlie Sorosiak - A wonderful story written from the perspective of a dog. It is funny and sad and heart warming. Cosmo's recollection of Halloween in the first few pages had us all in stitches. I would recommend this for the age of 8+.
Finally for the adults- my favourite book ever: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. A book about a seemingly very grumpy man, who will charm you to no end. I started reading paragraphs to my husband on holiday and ended up reading the whole book out loud. Heart breaking and funny and warming. I love Ove. If you are looking for a summer read, let Ove brighten your days too.
When I created my son's fantasy picture (above), I loved that he chose "books" as his theme. There is nothing better than a good story, the smell of a new book or a cosy library. When you find one, do share with us!
Love Antje x