“The Artist” and “The Reader”

I’ve mentioned in a post before how little T likes watching YouTube videos on the iPad of children (mostly American kids) play with their dolls (Elsia and Anya).  She has also recently discovered “How to draw” tutorials on YouTube and now she’s hooked.

You’ll see her hunched over with her coloured pens, pencils and drawing-pad with her headphones on and in sheer concentration as she glances at the video and back on her work as seen below:

And if you dare disturb her she’ll say “I’m busy mum!”.

She mostly likes to draw Coraline, her favourite character from the movie/book written by Neil Gaiman.  Her dad recently bought her the special hard-cover edition complete with slipcase, illustrated by Chris Riddell (cartoonist for the Observer) who also happens to be one of her favourite authors who wrote the Goth Girl books, and Ottoline and the Yellow cat among others. Going back to little T’s new book, imagine our surprise when we opened it and found Neil Gaiman’s signature and also that of Chris Riddell.  Definitely one to keep, although I doubt if it will be of good value in the future, since T likes to read it in bed again and again.  In a few years time, it will be dogeared.  I’m surprised this story doesn’t give her nightmares.

Her reading has also improved so much and she now prefers books way ahead of her age (she’s five). They are mostly books with chapters and with little illustrations.  Of course there are words she can’t read and would often ask our help, but she’s getting on really well.  I’m just hoping this love for books isn’t just a phase and that she won’t outgrow it.

We can now leave her reading in bed, although if it’s a school night we have to constantly give her the ten minute warning before we give her the stern “Go to sleep.  No more reading please”.

Do you have little ones?

What kind of books do they like to read?

Or what’s your favourite children’s book?

Do share.



  1. Elizabeth

    Oh isn’t she adorable! My daughter is a Coraline fan too and I designed her a Coraline doll for her birthday a few years back (its in the craft section on my blog). Keep up the good work with the drawing too little T! 😀
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    • I’m going to look for that Coraline post on your blog, not that I’m crafty and will most likely not be able to make one. Hopefully it’s nothing complicated. Thanks for letting me know 🙂 x

  2. Sarah MumofThree World

    That is amazing! Love that she is so focused on the drawing and the reading and that she is able to read books beyond her years. My daughter discovered Nick Sharratt drawing some of the Jacqueline Wilson characters on YouTube recently, so she has been drawing those. She likes Jacqueline Wilson books or anything quite realistic.
    I read a Harper book for work recently and thought it was beautiful. It’s a shame my daughter is a bit too old for them.
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    • The Harper books by Carrie Burnell are lovely books! 🙂 I wouldn’t be surprised if T goes for the Jacqueline Wilson books too when she’s older. x

  3. Fi Ni Neachtain

    How lovely that she’s discovered how to draw videos and is gaining an interest in art, that is so sweet. It’s also lovely that she’s enjoying books, I was always reading books as a child. I hope my son will be like your daughter 🙂

  4. Madeline

    Oh wow she’s reading so well for her age! My son is nearly 5 and is just at the beginning stages of his reading journey, but he seems to be really enjoying the process and is so proud of himself for what he can do. I love the photos of your daughter in this post, the black and white is gorgeous. x

    • Thank you. My daughter was the same when she was your son’s age. In fact some of her friends were even way ahead of her, it’s just this year, she’s really improved so much and just loves really reading I guess 🙂

  5. Laura@dearbearandbeany

    How adorable sleeping with her books, this reminds me of myself as a child constantly given the ten minute warning! Its lovely when they find something they love doing and really focus on it X
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    • It certainly is. I’m the same. I even read with a torch under the covers 😉 x

  6. laura dove

    My children love traditional fairy tales. We have the whole collection and they never tire of them, neither do I!!
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  7. That’s lovely that she loves to draw the characters from her favourite book. Eliza likes to watch those doll videos too. I hate them lol
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  8. Haha I banned YouTube because of these videos! The reading i fantastic, my daughter is almost 6 and has a reading age way above her actual age however getting her to read books is nigh on impossible due to her autism. It’s a real shame but hopefully it’s something that might change in the future 🙂 #LoudNProud
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    • Lucky you. I hate them with a passion, but my daughter loves them. She’s only allowed the iPad on the weekends anyway 😉

  9. My little ones love books, my boys favourite at the moment is the gruffalo books and room on the broom.for bedtime and the little red hen, he is almost 4 and has delayed speech but reading has helped him so much.
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  10. I love this! What an earnest little drawer/reader she is. I love to watch my children focus hard on something with determination. And yes, Coraline is super scary, my 14 year old still won’t watch it! Thanks for linking up to #loudnproud 🙂

    • A close friend who visited over the break watched it for the very first time and found it terrifying!

  11. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

    I think I might need these YouTube videos of how to draw as I am so artistically challenged, and my creativity is something that I really want to work on.

    Do they have them for adults?
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  12. Ah, that’s sweet that she loves to read in bed. I used to do that too (and still do).

    She’s way ahead of N. He’s in reception and while he loves books, he won’t entertain the thought of chapter books – they must have lots of pictures – and he doesn’t attempt to read books properly on his own unless they’re school books and I’m telling him to.

    • Oh but I have no doubt N will catch up. When T was in reception, her friends were way ahead of her. We didn’t really push her and just let her do it in her own time. I guess it paid off and now she’s doing so well. x

    • Oh we bought T something like Etch-a-Sketch (can’t remember now what it’s called) and she loved it! x

  13. Oh my! She is so adorable, Dean. She and Olivia could be a good team. 🙂
    HOw are you getting on the new house, anyway? xx

    • We haven’t moved 🙁 It’s a long and complicated story. Will blog about it when I’m not emotional anymore. Hopefully will move within the month. xx

  14. Ana De- Jesus

    Aw bless her she is doing so well I can’t believe the kind of books that she is reading at such a young age. Well done hun.
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  15. Oh I love Coraline!!! She’s going to be a little artist. And so amazing that she loves reading that much. If she’s following drawing tutorials already that’s incredible. She clearly has such a passion for it. x
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  16. Kerry Norris

    Isn’t that lovely. My 3 year old loves to read but isn’t keen on drawing. I need to encourage her more. Perhaps I’ll put some you tube videos on x

    • As long as she doesn’t discover the “Anya and Elsia” videos, which can be annoying actually, but the kids seem to love it!

  17. Hannah Budding Smiles

    I love this! We can try to limit technology and the such, but used well it’s an amazing tool. Toby adores books, he’s starting to be interested in phones etc but not to any great extent yet xx
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  18. Mudpie Fridays

    Awww so cute I don’t know where to start! Love the fact that she’s so into drawing would never have thought at using U-tube! As for the reading that sounds amazing, I am sure its not a phase. I was really into reading when I was a kid stealing my dads Jeffery Archer novels at the age of 8! xx
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    • She still struggles with the big words of course, but yes, just hope it isn’t a phase. Thanks! 🙂

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