Best Children’s Books for Halloween

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AD - This post contains affiliate links indicated with an *. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases Halloween seems to become bigger every year, and with it the number of Halloween themed children's books is growing all the time. I love nothing better than creating a themed display for our bookshelf so I look out all of our books which include monsters, witches, pumpkins, skeletons and ghosts to fill our display (but nothing too scary for little ones!). These are some of our favourite children's books for Halloween... Pick a Pumpkin Hot on the heels of the success of Pick a Pine Tree, which we loved last Christmas, comes Pick a Pumpkin. It's a beautifully illustrated tale, which talks ...

Our Favourite Children’s Books for Autumn

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AD - This post uses Affiliate links marked with an *. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I love creating a seasonal bookshelf for my children, and autumn is hands down my favourite season for collecting together all of our favourite children's books for autumn. There is so much to love about autumn as a child - kicking up leaves, collecting conkers, picking pumpkins - and I love introducing my children to the magic of it all. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn This series of books by Kenard Pak is one of my all time favourites and this one which welcomes autumn is just beautiful. The writing is simple but effectively connects you with nature and encourages your child ...

What I Read in March

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March was a bit of a funny reading month for me. I started off great guns with The Heart's Invisible Furies, but then the Corona Virus ramped up and I found it really difficult to sit down and focus on reading. So I didn't quite manage my usual number of books, but I definitely had a few great ones in there. The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne This was my Book Club's choice for this month, although sadly we never got to meet up to discuss it as we were on lockdown by that point. And I'm quite sad about that, as I really loved this book and could talk about it for ages! It tells the story, from birth until ...

What I Read In February

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February was a great reading month for me! I feel like I've found my reading groove again, and I got through quite a few books that I've wanted to read for quite a while. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain I am very much an introvert, and it's taken me a long time to learn to accept that about myself. I heard about this book a long time ago, and it's been on my to-read list for ages. It sets out just how much the modern world is set up for extroverts and how extroversion is seen as the only way to succeed. I found myself nodding along with so many of the ...

What I Read In January

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Back when I was younger, I was always such a huge bookworm. I remember coming back from the library with a stack of books piled high and I'd race through them. But having children definitely puts a stop to that, and I've found it very hard to make time for reading over the last few years. I started picking up the odd book towards the end of last year, and remembered just how much I loved getting lost in another world, and I've been determined to make more time for reading this year. So far I've managed to keep it up well, so I thought I'd share with you what I've read lately. _ Transcription - Kate Atkinson Kate Atkinson is ...

Our Favourite Children’s Books for Christmas

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AD - This post uses Affiliate links marked with an *. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I'm a bit of a children's book addict and a huge fan of Christmas, so when it comes to combining the two, I'm right there! I have so many memories of Christmas books from my own childhood and I've loved creating our own family collection of children's Christmas classics. And there are new children's Christmas books released every year, with beautifully festive illustrations and always a touch of magic. We've enjoyed discovering lots of new stories the last few years and our collection has grown rather large now! Here are some of our favourites from our collection. Pick a Pine Tree ...

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is Turning 50! {Ad}

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We're big fans of The Very Hungry Caterpillar in this house and this week has been his 50th birthday! He features very regularly in our bedtime story rotation, and I'm always using the phrase "And he was STILL hungry" about my two boys, who have insatiable appetites! To celebrate the 50th anniversary, there are a whole host of Very Hungry Caterpillar products available to buy. We were lucky enough to be sent some of them to try out, so if you're a fan too, here are some of our favourites... For Bug Hunters... Max is learning all about bugs, minibeasts, and butterflies at school at the moment, so this Bug Catcher and Viewer has been a huge hit. We've been out in ...

How to captivate your reluctant reader: Story School at Chessington World of Adventures

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Last week we were thrilled to be invited to Chessington World of Adventures to take part in a Room on the Broom themed Story School, ahead of the opening of the new Room on the Broom attraction on March 10th 2019. The storytelling workshop was hosted by Master Storyteller, Kevin Graal, along with Binky Felstead and her daughter India, and aimed to help parents bring books to life for their children and guide parents on the most effective story time tips and techniques. Chessington recently conducted a survey, which revealed that 36% of UK parents feel nervous about reading stories to their children at bedtime. I'm almost embarrassed to admit this, but I would absolutely include myself in that 36%. ...

Our favourite Christmas books for toddlers

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Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links indicated with an *. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I love switching up our book display to reflect seasonal events and Christmas is the biggest one of all! I remember fondly getting all of our Christmas books down from the loft along with the decorations and it was always like being reunited with old friends. Christmas books for toddlers can be a difficult one though - Max is very picky about what books he'll tolerate, and definitely has his favourites which I wanted to share with you here. Stick Man I love Julia Donaldson books and Max is slowly warming up to them. We've owned Stick Man for a long time, but at first ...

Books for babies who don’t like to read

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When Max was little, I used to hear lots of other mums proclaiming how their little ones loved to be read to and they'd reel off all of the books that their baby was loving. Max on the other hand, did not enjoy being read to - he struggled to have the patience to sit down and have that quiet time, he just wasn't at all interested and would wriggle around until I gave up. But I'm nothing if not determined - I've always been a big reader and I believe reading is one of the most important things you can do for your child. So I persevered and sought out books that were more interactive and would capture his attention ...