The girls and I both adore books by Shirley Hughes. I love how rich and how much energy her illustrations have. Her picture books are about everyday, domestic life which is so comforting for children to read. We are reading 'Lucy and Tom's 1 2 3 and A B C' at the moment which seems to suit both K and L despite the age gap. L sat on a comfy chair a couple of days ago and spent half an hour turning the pages and pouring over the pictures, and at 22 months old I haven't really seen another book that has held her attention that long. K especially likes the '1 2 3' story as there are lots of sweet things for her to count on each page. I grew up listening and reading Shirley Hughes, my family had all the 'My Naughty Little Sister' stories. They were written by Dorothy Edwards and illustrated by Shirley Hughes. I remember my favourite two stories were 'My Naughty Little Sister is a Curly Girl' where she has to go to bed with rags in her hair so she can have curly hair in the morning and 'The Smart Girl'. In this story she goes to the fair in a very smart dress and ends up taking it off so she can have fun on all the rides and eat jelly and ice-cream with all the other children without ruining her dress. She says "Now I can have swings, and fish ponds, and roundabouts and a big tea," she shouted. "Now I can be ME again."