Monday, 29 July 2013

We Like to Read: My First Book

My First Book by Jane Belk Moncure
illustrated by Kathryn Hutton

I found this book in a local charity shop last week. It's a book to help children learn to read, so is a bit advanced for Ebony, but she loves looking at the pictures all the same. We have a bookshelf filled with books in the living room, and this one keeps getting dragged out and handed to me. "Knee. Knee." she says, until I sit her on my knee and start reading.

She enjoys joining in with the book. Pointing at hers eyes when it says eye, and showing me her toy box when it says box. I love the illustrations, I think they look much older than they are (it was originally published in the 80s). Another great charity shop find.

Check out the rest of the 'we like to read' series over on Fritha's blog.

The rest of my posts about what we like to read can be found here.


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    1. I know, they're lovely aren't they? I like finding stuff like this in charity shops :)

  2. LOVE the vintage illustrations! Great charity shop find! x

  3. Dear Fiona,

    My name is Lauren Moncure, I am the granddaughter of Jane Belk Moncure, the author of the books you posted on Monday, July 29th, 2013. I came across this blog and cannot tell you what it meant to me. She passed away Monday morning unexpected. How amazing that the same day you posted this on your blog. It made my heart melt. If you enjoyed those books, I highly recommend that you visit her website - she is one of today's most prominent authors of Children's Literature just under Dr. Seuss, and, has many amazing books for you to read to Ebony.

    On July 31, I established a foundation in her honor: The Jane Belk Moncure Foundation For Childhood Education, Inc. The foundation will carry on her legacy by investing in early childhood education. I would be more than happy to send you a few titles, on behalf of The Foundation, for you to read to your little one.

    Also, if you wouldn't mind, I would love to post this blog on the foundation's website:

    You can contact me [and/or request a book(s)]through the foundation website ( or by e-mailing

    Thank you for making my day. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Lauren Moncure

    1. Hi Lauren,

      I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother.

      I've sent you an email,

      Fiona x

  4. Oh how lovely. This book has gorgeous illustrations and I love old books. Ted has a few retro books I have tucked away for him too. Lauren I am sorry to hear about your loss, I will definitely be looking out for some of Jane's books for my little man xx

  5. Can't believe you heard from the author's granddaughter. How serendipitous that you posted the same day she passed away. What a lovely connection.



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