We love… Jane Foster’s board books

Let’s be honest – when you start reading books to your baby, they have little interest in the story.

Yes, they enjoy listening to the words, but that’s because they love the sound of your voice.

What they do like, however, is looking at the pictures. The bolder, the better.

And they don’t come much more eye-catching than Jane Foster’s cheery series of preschool books, published by Templar.


Jane is a funky fabric designer from Devon with a penchant for all things Scandi, Fifties and Sixties, as well as the post-war abstract textile designer Lucienne Day and Miffy creator Dick Bruna.

Her illustrations are distinct in style, with arresting black outlines, filled in with bright colours and patterns.

But what I really like is the humour and sophistication to her books, which are always collections of images around a theme.

Jane doesn’t patronise little readers. So in Things That Go, you’ll find roller skates and a submarine along with the ubiquitous bus and car.


They make a great new baby or first birthday gift as parents will appreciate their style as much as the child.

Our absolute favourites are her new city guides.

The first two are New York and London, both places very close to my heart. I got engaged to Baby Bookworm’s dad while living in the former and our son was born in the latter.

We will be reading them lots at bedtime and who knows? Maybe BB’s first word will be Coney Island or Big Ben rather than plain old Dada?


Jane Foster’s board books are available from janefoster.co.uk and cost £6.99 each.

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