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“You can find magic wherever you look.
Sit back and relax. All you need is a book” Dr Seuss

There are so many benefits when it comes to reading to your children, or having them read to you. It’s such an important part of growing up and in today’s day and age, it’s quickly being replaced by technology and super high-tech toys. Gone are the days of bookshelves and that new fresh book smell. How incredibly sad? One of the first things I bought when i found out i was pregnant was a book! I could not wait to read to our little boy. I got a head start on it and started reading to him while he was still snug in my tummy.

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Gen, owner of Olly Polly Kids, feels just as passionate as I do about reading to your children and recently brought her very loved project to life. Olly Polly Read launched and because Gen is a massive supporter of all things local, she sourced some of the best South African written and illustrated books she could find. She tested them out with her little girl, Olive, and needless to say, they were a hit.

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We were so excited to receive our box in the mail. It came to our door so beautifully packaged, i didn’t even want to touch it. Daddy puts James to bed every evening now since i have to be with Jaxson so they have been reading the book together. The book is very fitting right now as James is in a “monster” phase. He loves putting his arms up and pretending he is a monster and makes the funniest sounds, so this book gave him brand new inspiration and we have been seeing some new “monsters” come to light. Books fuel their imagination and their is nothing better than imaginative play! And best part about this book? They promote GOOD monsters. They explain that monsters come in all shapes and sizes and they aren’t bad at all. So no scary nightmares there 😉

Anyway, what i am trying to say is, I love this initiative. I love that it’s local books. I love that Gen is selling something she is absolutely so passionate about and supporting local talent while she’s at it. Most importantly, James loves it and that makes me love it even more. Let’s end this off with another Dr.Suess quote –

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child”

SHOP OLLY POLLY READ HERE : http://ollypolly.co.za/product-category/read/

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