I have no idea whether my children are aware that there will be a ‘royal baby’ soon, it’s not something we talk about having little to no interest in monarchy. I still like the idea of a royal family I suppose, for tourism reasons but if I really thought properly about it then I’d lump them in with all the rest of those ‘celebrities’ who I also have no interest in. However, some people might have a passing interest in the forthcoming arrival (the media for a start) so it’s not surprising some related books are coming out.
Picture books including ‘royal baby’:
Baggy Brown and the Royal Baby: Mick Inkpen (Hodder Children’s Books, reissue 2013, previously Baggy Brown, 2007)
Shhh! Don’t Wake the Royal Baby: Martha Mumford & Ada Grey (Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2013)
The Royal Baby: Tony Bradman & Tony Ross (Oxford University Press, 2013)
The Royal Nappy: Nicholas Allen (Red Fox, 2013)
This Royal Baby: Zita Newcombe (Campbell Books, 2013)
Chapter books including ‘royal baby’:
Alexandra the Royal Baby Fairy (Rainbow Magic): Daisy Meadows (Orchard Books, 2013)
Princess Katie’s Kittens and the Royal Baby: Julie Sykes (Piccadilly Press, 2013)
I find the pre-release of tie-in baby books distasteful. Probably because as a parenting blogger I have seen far too many baby loss stories, and view every pregnancy as the hope for a healthy baby, not a guarantee. I saw a headline wittering that this ‘normal’ birth will probably cause a reduction in caesarean rates! For goodness sake, most women don’t choose a caesarean, it’s for the health of their baby or themselves. Ignoring the insult of using the word ‘normal’ as the opposite of caesarean, this pregnancy still could end in caesarean, who knows how traumatic the birth might be? I can only hope it runs as smoothly as possible, the poor woman has been through enough with suffering Hyperemesis gravidarum, not to mention a pregnancy in the public eye.
But enough of my ranting. I’ll review the books I have in a separate post, as they don’t deserve the rant alongside.
By the way, I asked MG if she knew if there was going to be a ‘royal baby’ in real life and she fake fainted (she’s six going on teen) and then asked if the baby was going to be named after her!