Celebrating My Little Bookcase’s 3rd Birthday with exclusive bookplates

Today marks another year of My Little Bookcase, our third year in fact. It has been an interesting year for My Little Bookcase.  With a gorgeous new addition, family life has become a lot busier…….and a lot sweeter.

My Little Bookcase family

A busy family life means that my posts have become rather irregular. I’ve dropped the ball many times during the year, having promised posts, book reviews and book lists that I’m still yet to write and publish. Finding the time to sit at the computer has become a struggle. Although, I’m sure most of you can relate.

But, let me assure you that my passion for My Little Bookcase, for books, for reading, for inspiring children, and for developing children’s literacy and life skills has not dwindled. In fact, it has only intensified as I watch and listen to Baby Ike’s language develop and as I find Cammy taking a more focussed interest in letters, writing and reading.

Highlights from our 3rd Year

TABLE PLACE CARDS- Writing for Meaning_My little Bookcase Homemade Hungry Caterpillar Necklace and Playset by My Little Bookcase

Children's Book Review of I'm a Dirty Dinosaur_ My Little Bookcase

(Clockwise L-R: Our most popular most; my favourite post, most viewed book review, our family’s favourite book of 2013)

In other years I’ve been able to report on exciting projects, or create wonderful parties and fantastic giveaways. Alas, this year the celebration is a little more understated. I really just want to say thank you with a small gift. Thank you for investing in your child. Thank you for being part of our community. Thank you for sharing your own love of books with us and with your children. Thank you for visiting My Little Bookcase for inspiration. Thank you to the readers who have been visiting since 2010. Thank you to the new readers who have helped My Little Bookcase grow remarkably during this past year, and thank you for your generous prayers and thoughts when Baby Ike was in hospital.

My Little Bookcase bookplate- FREE to download
It really is just a tiny gesture but I thought you might love some bookplates (especially because Christmas is just around the corner). In the past I’ve made adhesive bookplates available for purchase, but to celebrate our 3rd Birthday, I’ve now got them available for you to download and print for FREE.

There are four bookplates to a page, so you will need to trim them after printing. Ideally, you want to print them on sticker paper but if you don’t have access to sticker paper, you will need to paste the bookplates into the front cover of your child’s books.

How to use My Little Bookcase’s exclusive bookplates.

My Little Bookcase bookplates- Free to download
Bookplates are perfect for recording memories, milestones and celebrations. Recording messages and milestones in your child’s books will help to deepen your child’s connection to books. They will have a special reason to share the books with their own children and grandchildren in years to come.

  • — Write and date a message on the bookplates to mark special occasions (e.g. birthdays, Easter, Christmas, graduations, losing a first tooth).
  • — Write a message on a bookplate each time you purchase a book for your child. The message might explain the reason you purchased the book (e.g. I bought this book because you love watching the buses drive past our house)
  • — Write a message on the bookplate that explains the significance of a particular book to your child (e.g. This was your favourite book when you were 18months old; The pages of this book were the first that you learned to turn on your own; When you were 2 years old you asked us to read this story to you every night; When you were 3 years old you would find a hiding spot and read this story to yourself)

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Celebrating My Little Bookcase’s 3rd Birthday with exclusive bookplates


  1. What a gorgeous family shot at the top! Congratulation on 3 years. You must be so proud with all you’ve achieved. Look at this amazing resource you have created and share freely with us all! Thank you. Thanks also for the book name labels. They are so sweet!

  2. Wow what a gorgeous bookplates (I’ve always adored your logo!!) thank you so much for sharing! Your website is such a valuable resource and irregular posting just means we can delve into the archives. Seriously you have SO much here. Thank you for all that you do to help us enjoy reading with our little ones xx

  3. Congratulations on your wonderful blog. It is such an incredible resource for parents and teachers. Your passion for books and involving and developing kids interest in literature is truly inspiring.

  4. What a beautiful shot of your family! And such a great blog. I love the idea of book plates. Can’t wait to see what the next year holds!

  5. These are gorgeous! I’ve always loved your logo image and what a lovely thing to share it with us in such a special way! Will be printing these next time I’m at my mums (where the printing fun happens!)
    Happy 3rd Birthday to a wonderful blog xx

  6. Bodacious! RAD! Love this. Thank you for doing this. Happy 3rd! *waving*

  7. Wow three years! What a lovely post, I still love reading your blog, after all this time, I’m very quiet on here, but I get great ideas and inspiration from you and your little family! Thankyou!

  8. I like the photo of a lovely family. I’m going to tweet this one.

  9. Congratulations on 3 years! The bookplates are fantastic…what a great idea! I’ve never thought to use them but I love your examples of messages to write down.
    I’m just looking through your blog after seeing you on Instagram and I love it!
    Enjoy your precious family!

  10. Happy blogiversary!!

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