Hi I’m Trine. I live in Hertfordshire with my other half Andy, our busy two-year-old son Oskar and our French bulldog Alfie, three. We are raising Oskar (and Alfie) bilingual as I am originally from Denmark but have lived in the UK for 13 years. It is important to me that Oskar knows his heritage.
I run Pickled Herring PR, where I specialise in getting small to medium sized brands exposure outside of social media, print and online, to help drive credibility, exposure and a different revenue stream to your brand. I’m incredibly passionate about telling your story, to the right people, in the right places, to help you grow.
What is your son’s favourite book?
Oskar’s favourite book is actually a collection of stories called ‘Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different’ by Ben Brooks. It tells the tales of boys and men who changed the world without killing dragons – such as Harvey Milk, Grayson Perry, Louis Armstrong, David Attenborough etc. It really draws in his attention and tells a beautiful message that if you stand up for what you believe in, make no excuses for who you are and follow your passion you can achieve anything. I translate it into Danish when I read it to him and Andy reads it in English.
Which book do you most like reading to him?
I really like the Little People, Big Dreams books. One of my favourites is Rosa Parks by Lisbeth Kaiser, illustrated by Marta Antelo. It was a birthday present from dear friends for Oskar’s second birthday. Naturally Rosa went on to become a civil rights activist and learned from an early age to stand up for herself. Through courage and a strong sense of dignity she sparked the movement that ended segregation in the US. I believe it’s a powerful message to show a child that no matter your race, culture, gender or beliefs if you treat people with kindness and fight for what you feel is right the world can become a better place.
Who is your favourite illustrator?
By far Bente Bech. She’s a Danish illustrator who has done another of my favourite children’s nursery rhyme books – Syng Sammen. The illustrations are colourful, out of proportion but so life-like that it’s fun for both Oskar and I to enjoy the book to its full potential.
What do you look for when shopping for a new book for Oskar?
A strong unified message that boys and girls can relate to. Raising children today is difficult because there are so many contradicting messages on what gender should be, how they should behave and what they should look like. If we can teach our kids from an early age that it’s the inside that counts and help them respect each other I think we’re on a good path – I would love recommendations on books that talk about this.
Pickled Herring PR specialises in getting small to medium sized brands exposure outside of social media, print and online, to help drive credibility, exposure and a different revenue stream to your brand.