Thanks nanny, I haven’t explained myself very well, I mean a whole collection, ie. there are lots of different Thomas the tank engine books to collect, something where the characters stay the same but in different books.
They aren't board books but Mr Men/Little Miss books or all the Beatrix Potters in a nice box? They are a good size for little hands. TBH I can't really think of a full set of continuing character board books, the Thomas ones in board book format aren't the classic Thomas stories but more basic/modernised/themed ones. Perhaps the Meg and Mog books in Board format? A lot of board books are just board versions of normal picture books. Also the time for board books is so short, if I were splashing out on a set I'd go for something longer lasting and with pages. You'll probably be using them in another 6 months. Speaking as an ex children's librarian here!
I second collection by author rather than by character.
I’d also maybe wait on collections and see what characters they really love as they get older... Focus on one off books they enjoy for now.
Someone bought my DD a gorgeous collection of Peter Rabbit books and she really wasn’t into them at all now (she’s 6 now and still not keen - although she loves being read to in general, they’re just not her thing)
If you want to buy something special both of mine have really lovely illustrated hardback nursery rhyme anthologies which they adored as babies and still love now.
I highly recommend Julia Donaldson's 'tales of acorn wood'. There is something about them which my 1 year old loves and he showed an interest in them from very little . He knows the stories now and tells me what's on the next page , even knows he titles if I ask him which to fetch etc .
Thanks everyone, I’ll take your advice and have a look at authors so he (and I) don’t get bored!! I loved the mr men books as a child and think I’ll have to get some of those when he’s a little older. Also gruffalo, bear hunt etc as they are also televised (usually around xmas) so hopefully he will enjoy snuggling up and watching those with me too (if he stays still 😊)
Look at Groupon - they had loads of book collections for really ridiculous prices. I got the Beatrix Potter collection for £11, the Enid Blyton collection for the same and they had ones for smaller children too
Also, for DD1’s first Christmas (she was 2 months old!) her Auntie got her the collection of (Ladybird, I think?) classic fairytales. Think there’s around 15 books. According the price on bottom it was about £100 but DD1 is now 3 and they have been her most read books.