Inscribing Children’s Book Gifts

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The first gift that was given to me when I had PudStar eight years ago was ‘Puffling‘.

It was given to me by the wonderfully talented Trish Buckley. I cried immediately on opening and reading the inscription. Okay I had just had a baby, hadn’t slept for about three days and the baby wouldn’t stop crying, but I still tear up every time I read her inscription. ‘Puffling’ is a gorgeous book to give as a ‘Welcome to the World’ present and is on my list of books to give to babies.  My most recent book for baby purchase was ‘Imagine You’re a Pirate’, along with a pirate hat from here, for a baby who was born on ‘International Talk Like A Pirate Day’- September19th. Yes there is such a thing as talk like a pirate day and I only knew this because the new dad seemed uber excited to claim this as an auspicious date! Pirate books for newborns!

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I have many books from my own childhood, and the ones I have kept are the ones which are inscribed to me personally. It’s so lovely to see the dates and remember who gave them to us. I have all my old ‘Miffy’ books and each has name written by mum, with the year they were purchased (librarian much?). Mum still writes in all the books she gives to her five granddaughters, except now she has gone upmarket with a sticker which has space for the child’s name, and says ‘a book gift from Nonna and Papa’.


You’ve no idea how much I love seeing these inscriptions from…hmmmm…SOME TIME AGO.


Honest to goodness, Trish writes THE best inscriptions doesn’t she? Look at this one:

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  1. Trish on Sep 3, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Bloody hell miss, I am a weeping mess. I miss writing stuff to/for you. You’re kind of a muse for me. Remember all those ridiculous poems I wrote?

    I must love you or something.

    This is an awesome looking & very useful website. Well done you….


  2. L.R,Knost on Aug 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I love inscribing books for birthdays and graduations and ‘baby’s first library’ baby shower gifts. I’ve never read ‘Puffling’ but I will be checking that one out for my littlest, for sure! Thank you for sharing!

    • Anonymous on Aug 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      Glad to meet a fellow book inscriber!!

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  4. Randi on Apr 9, 2017 at 12:36 am

    This site is very inspirational. Thank you. I love to write and have written a small paperback book for children telling the happenings of Christmas, ‘The First Christmas Eve,’ based on the book of Luke. People who buy it want me to inscribe it and often I’m at a loss for words, but not today. I’m inscribing for a baby and I now know just what I’ll write. No need to copy anything word for word, I’ll just use the inspiration I got from your site. Thanks again.

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