Happy 60th birthday, Miffy

June 18, 2015


One of the fun things about having children is introducing them to all the things from your own childhood. And one of the things I really, really loved when I was Eliza’s age was Miffy.

The Miffy books, with the bright primary colours and deceptively simple line drawings about the little rabbit were always my favourite, especially Miffy’s Birthday, a book I recently found saved in our loft (along with all my Judy Blume books).

My parents also gave me a box set of all the Miffy books as a jokingly nostalgic 21st birthday present, and I had no idea at the time I’d be reading them with my own daughter. But Eliza now loves them just as much as I did. We even used Miffy and the New Baby to explain about my pregnancy.

Did you know…?

  • Miffy was created in 1955 by Dutch artist Dick Bruna, who first drew sketches of a little bunny to entertain his young son whilst on a rainy seaside holiday in Holland
  • Miffy’s official birthday is 21 June (same as Prince William)
  • The Miffy stories have sold over 85 million storybooks worldwide and are now are translated into more than 50 languages.
  • Dick Bruna is the most borrowed author from Dutch libraries
  • Every picture of Miffy is created by hand using pencil & black poster paint, together with coloured card. Often it can take Bruna all day to get her expression just right
  • The Miffy brand is globally worth US$300 million

The Miffy books were recently relaunched in the UK, and there’s a whole range of books now, from the simple stories through to pop-ups, stickers and even Miffy milestone cards.

This year we’re working with Miffy as an ‘official’ Miffy Mum, and to celebrate Miffy’s birthday, I’m giving away a Miffy book bundle (it contains Queen Miffy, Miffy is Crying, and Miffy’s Garden).

To enter:

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to tell me who the Miffy fan in your life is. For additional entries visit the A Baby on Board Facebook page, follow me on Twitter and Instagram, and tweet a message.

The prize giveaway will close at 12am on 29th June. The winner will be picked at random from all valid entries.

You can also enter my competition to win your house jobs taken care of (and if you’d like to vote for us in the finals of the MAD Blog Awards as best pregnancy blog you can do so here – read my nine reasons why you should vote. Thank you!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

102 Comments

  • Rachel Craig

    June 19, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Great – Nephew.

  • Anna Prasad

    June 19, 2015 at 7:30 am

    There is also a great Miffy movie, which my son loved watching over and over when we flew to Australia last year 🙂

  • winnie

    June 19, 2015 at 7:38 am

    me! love miffy since I was young

  • kim neville

    June 19, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Myself and my kids like Miffy 🙂

  • Chris Andrews

    June 19, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Leave a comment – who’s the Miffy fan in your family? . . . . . . .my grandson

  • Paula Readings

    June 19, 2015 at 8:31 am

    I am, I have loved Miffy since I was a little girl, 50 years ago.

  • Susan Lloyd

    June 19, 2015 at 8:51 am

    My youngest daughter, Pippa x

  • Anita Hooper

    June 19, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Love Miffy, so do the grandchildren

  • MARK THOMAS

    June 19, 2015 at 9:41 am

    My great niece loves Miffy

  • iain maciver

    June 19, 2015 at 9:49 am

    we all do

  • Alison

    June 19, 2015 at 10:11 am

    G of course 😉

  • Michelle Banks

    June 19, 2015 at 10:18 am

    my grandaughter x

  • Tracy Nixon

    June 19, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Me and my two girls!

  • lynn heath

    June 19, 2015 at 10:30 am

    My girls love the miffy books, they would be over the moon with this!

  • Sharon McConway

    June 19, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Who is the Miffy fan in your family?
    Cosmo

  • laura banks

    June 19, 2015 at 11:08 am

    my friends daughter

  • Kelly L

    June 19, 2015 at 11:27 am

    My god daughter!

  • Molly

    June 19, 2015 at 11:28 am

    I’m going to admit something now which is probably going to lose me mum cred points, but I’ve never actually read a Miffy book. I’ve seen prints and home interiors accessories and thought they were cute, but never read one of the books. That’s bad, isn’t it?!

  • Kathryn (@KatGotTheCream)

    June 19, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I am definitely the Miffy fan in our house – I loved her as a child. I’m a bit ‘miffed’ that my kids are more familiar with hello Kitty than Miffy so I hope to rectify this soon! x

  • Ana N.

    June 19, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Me!

  • Ewa

    June 19, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    My nephew 🙂

  • laura redburn

    June 19, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    i love miffy! i don’t have a ‘family’ as such, so the honest answer is that i am the miffy fan in my family, ha 🙂 i found a miffy book recently for 15p in a charity shop and you best believe i nabbed it quick-sharp!

  • Laura Pritchard

    June 19, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I used to be but now my son has taken over 🙂

  • Angela treadway

    June 19, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    My youngest son x

  • Miss Tracy Hanson

    June 19, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    My great-niece who at 3 actually said “Why haven’t I heard of Miffy before NOW” lol. Think she’s one of those people from the film “Orphan” if you ask me. 🙂

  • donna peters

    June 19, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    fantastic miffy

  • ELAINE DALE

    June 19, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    our grand-daughter is but quite a fan myself

  • Cassandra Mayers

    June 19, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Me, and my daughter 🙂

  • Martina Pichova

    June 19, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    I am hoping my baby daughter will be, when she is ready for it.

  • Natalie Crossan

    June 19, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    my little girl x

  • claire griffiths

    June 20, 2015 at 12:42 am

    me and my son

  • Michaela Hannah

    June 20, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Apart from me it would be my oldest son

  • Swings and roundabouts | A Baby on Board

    June 20, 2015 at 9:47 am

    […] favourite of mine, it’s a love I’ve passed down to my own children. Read more about Miffy here, and also win a Miffy book bundle (and there’s still time to enter here to win a […]

  • Lori

    June 20, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Aww I love Miffy and canmt believe it’s been around that long already!! Great giveaway xx

  • Claire D

    June 20, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Me and my niece

  • aaron broad

    June 20, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    My little sister loves miffy

  • Lynsey Buchanan

    June 20, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    My daughter

  • Angela McDonald

    June 20, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Me and the little man are the big Miffy fans!

  • Rachel Butterworth

    June 20, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    My niece Bella loves Miffy.

  • Becky Pearson

    June 21, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    My cousin’s 2 little girls are huge Miffy fans so this would be a lovely gift for them x

  • fritha

    June 21, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    love Miffy! Also did you know that M&S just realised a Miffy baby grow range? I’m so stocking up on that 🙂 Wilf and I both love the books but I’d say I was the bigger fan 😉 x

  • Rachel

    June 21, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Me – I take a Miffy bag to work everyday. Enjoying introducing my little boy to the joys of Miffy now.

  • Tina F

    June 21, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    My nieces and nephews are fans as I am as well.

  • Gemma Blaney

    June 21, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    I was as a youngster but my little one would love these!

  • Michelle B

    June 22, 2015 at 1:50 am

    My daughter is a huge Miffy fan!

  • bilqees bano

    June 22, 2015 at 4:48 am

    My nephew

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    June 22, 2015 at 8:13 am

    I have to admit I have never really discovered Miffy! I have no idea why, I’m sure Cherry would love it though x

  • kim plant

    June 22, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    my daughter xx

  • Karen Dixon

    June 22, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    my 36 year old sister in law!!

  • Angela P

    June 22, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    My daughter is like his part of the family around here

  • Christine Caple

    June 22, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    My little granddaughter.

  • Julie Ward

    June 22, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Grandson loves it, I have never watched it (bad grandma)

  • Lisa Jones

    June 23, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Me and my niece Amelie x

  • Tracy Newton

    June 23, 2015 at 10:06 am

    My three year old son would love these books

  • Lara Latchem

    June 23, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    my son and niece xx

  • Donna Gilligan

    June 23, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    My rabbit mad littlest girl

  • Maxine Owen

    June 23, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    My niece

  • Jessica Powell

    June 23, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Me! 🙂

  • Rick Carr

    June 23, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    My Son

  • Rebecca Lis

    June 24, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    My daughter

  • Corinne Peat

    June 24, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    My two youngest sons

  • Janet Carter

    June 25, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    My son who’s 2

  • Susan Trubey

    June 25, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    ME

  • jamie banks

    June 25, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    my daughter x

  • ashleigh brookes

    June 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    my little sister

  • claire

    June 25, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    I’m the miffy fan here but hopefully my daughter will be one day too.

  • Zoe g

    June 26, 2015 at 11:56 am

    its me! and I’m 21 -.-

  • Hazel Edginton

    June 26, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    My little one Isabel has just started to enjoy looking at books. She loves Miffy

  • tracey grevatt

    June 26, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    my youngest daughter

  • Maria José

    June 26, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Amazing giveaway! Fingers crossed 🙂

  • Maria José

    June 26, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    My daughter!

  • rebecca nisbet

    June 26, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    my daughter Maisy

  • kerry lethbridge

    June 27, 2015 at 10:58 am

    I’m the Miffy fan I remember my mum reading the m to me when I was little

  • Paul Walsh

    June 27, 2015 at 11:55 am

    My little niece

  • Eloise

    June 27, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    My youngest neice Martha

  • JULIE BANKS

    June 27, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Me, and also my young niece.

  • Jennifer I

    June 27, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    I love miffy and hope both my kids will too.

  • Clare S

    June 27, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    My little niece

  • Hayley Lynch

    June 27, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    I am the biggest Miffy fan in my house … the books take me back 43 years ago to when I started infant school

  • Donna Caldwell

    June 27, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    My little 5 year old daughter loves miffy

  • Sheri Darby

    June 27, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    I am

  • claire little

    June 27, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    myself and all my kids 🙂

  • Hannah Igoe

    June 27, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    My son is

  • Ruth Manton

    June 27, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    My 3 yo daughter Mollie! 🙂

  • Hekna

    June 27, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    My little one

  • Katie

    June 28, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Me! Been a fan since I was a little girl

  • Emma Ellams

    June 28, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    My god-daughter 🙂

  • olivia Kirby

    June 28, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    I used to have all the books and now my daughter, melody, is a fan

  • Emma Fox

    June 28, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    My son

  • Pauline Dring

    June 28, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    We are all Miffy fans – young and old

  • karen Howden

    June 28, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Phoebe

  • Maria P

    June 28, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    my daughter

  • jessica newman

    June 28, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    my 4 year old son ethan

  • Laura Vitty

    June 28, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Me – I even named my pet rabbit Miffy when I was a child!

  • gemma nisbet

    June 28, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    My niece!

  • Zoe Coen

    June 28, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    My daughter

  • Emma Whittaker

    June 28, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    It’s me I love Miffy have a mug at work and a little beenie in my car 🙂 Never grow up lol 🙂

  • ellie spider

    June 28, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    I’m the big miffy fan but I have just introduced Drake and Harmony my niece and nephew too 🙂

  • Kay Panayi

    June 28, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    My daughters are the biggest fans in my house

  • Daniel Todd

    June 28, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    My little girls

  • Minnie15

    June 28, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    My daughter and I 🙂 x

  • Jayne K

    June 28, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    My daughter

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