About

The Book Basket Company is based in sunny Sydney, Australia.

We provide gift baskets filled with a selection of carefully-chosen, high-quality books for babies and young children and deliver them all around Australia.

Our beautiful gift baskets are a perfect choice for a baby shower gift, new baby gift or christening/baby-naming gift.

They also make fantastic gifts for those oh-so-special First Birthdays!

Why should you choose a gift basket from The Book Basket Company?

Bedtime Gift Basket

Bedtime Gift Basket

Giving one of our book gift baskets means you’re giving the gift of reading and that’s a gift that lives on for a lifetime. Research shows that reading aloud to children from their earliest days is a crucial factor in helping them develop the language and literacy skills they’ll need to do well at school and it’s never too early to start. (To read more about this, click here).

It can be hard to choose really great books for babies from among the many books in print but when you buy one of our book gift baskets, The Book Basket Company has done the research and the choosing for you!

The books we include in our baskets have been chosen because they are lovely to read, beautifully illustrated and because the language they use is so very much what babies need to hear and enjoy listening to.

Many of the books are written in rhyme, others use language that incorporates a lovely rhythm. Babies’ brains are hard-wired to respond to language like this and it helps them, even when they’re tiny, to tune in to the sounds of spoken language. This is the first stage in the process by which babies develop language and helps to promote brain development.

Some of the books in our book baskets are newer titles and some are those which have stood the test of time. All are tried-and-true favourites, books that have been loved by children the world over, sometimes – like When We Were Very Young and The Tale of Peter Rabbit – for generations.

The books come beautifully displayed in their own cute basket which makes a neat and pretty place to store the books at home. This is important because it makes it easy to keep the books close at hand so Mum or Dad can pick one up and read to their little one at any time during the day.

All our book baskets include a copy of Mem Fox’s book “Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever”. The title of this book pretty much says it all so I’ll just add that this is a fun, easy-to-read book which parents find fascinating.

If you’re buying one of our gift baskets for a new baby or for a young child, you can be sure that your special little one will love these books and that they will provide many hours of enjoyment.

Who Are We?

Hi, I’m Felicity, the owner, operator, product purchaser, order packer, photographer, writer and website manager for The Book Basket Company.

My love of books and reading goes way back to my childhood when my mum used to read aloud to my sister and I at bedtime. That started a life-long passion which grew to include a strong interest in children’s literacy when I was pregnant with my twin sons in 1994.

I loved reading aloud to my boys (and later to their sister, too) and was fascinated by how avidly they all soaked up language and stories and how this fed into the learning-to-read process when they started school. Watching this development with my five gorgeous nephews has also been a joy.

Back in 1995 it was actually quite hard to find good books for very young children. There were a few around but there were also very many not-so-interesting books pitched at babies and toddlers. Ferreting out the really worthwhile ones became a bit of a mission for me and it quickly grew into a passion.

Along the way, I found that, although most of us know that reading to children is important, many people don’t realise that even very young babies benefit hugely from being read to. In fact, it’s never too early to start reading aloud to your child. Some people even begin on the day their baby is born!

But perhaps most importantly, snuggling up to listen to a story with a loving adult helps children feel safe and loved and is a very precious experience for a baby or young child.

In 2011, I began a graduate degree in primary school teaching at Macquarie University in Sydney which included subjects like Language, Literacy and Learning and Reading Acquisition in the Primary Classroom. These studies strengthened my belief that getting kids interested in books and reading from their earliest days is the key to building strong language and literacy skills and to their success at school.

And so the idea for The Book Basket Company was born.

We welcome feedback so please don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected]

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