Category: Books & Reading

Blind Date With A Book

I was reading the other day about a chain of book shops in Australia that are selling some of their books all wrapped up in brown paper, and promoting them as ‘Blind Dates’. As you can see, there’s just a few words on the front to give people a flavour …

Picture Books Review and Giveaway

Boo and Little Man were delighted a couple of weeks ago when a package arrived for them. We received a bundle of picture and activity books from Bloomsbury Publishing, and they couldn’t have been happier! As regular readers will know, we do like our books here, so they couldn’t wait …

The Readings Read – October

As the month is drawing to a close, it’s about that time again to share with you what we’ve each most enjoyed reading this month.. Little Man – Peepo by Janet & Allan Ahlberg He’s had this classic book since birth, and it has always been a firm favourite with …

Where will you go and who will you meet on Saturday November 9?

Today I’m sharing a post by Zoe over at Playing By The Book, filling us in on a fantastic day out coming up in the Midlands… On Saturday November 9, in the heart of Birmingham you can meet Pinocchio, a mysterious angel, the boy destined to be King Arthur… and …

If I Could Have Just One Room…

If you could have just one room, all to yourself, what would be in it? What colours would you choose? What would it smell like? I’m daydreaming a little. This is my, ‘when we win the lottery…’ room. And so what would it be like? I make no secret of …

#BornToRead

I joined in a Twitter chat last week, in partnership with Save the Children and their Born to Read campaign. It shocked me. It upset me. It stayed with me. I learned that ‘A fifth of 7-year-olds from poorer families are already behind in reading. Most struggle to catch up, …

Our Visit to a Julia Donaldson Exhibition

Are her books popular in your house? Surely, if you have young children, you have at least 1 Julia book? It’s an assumption that I make, as we have so very many of her books, and they are absolutely adored here! We shared our favourite books in a post earlier …

My Children’s 10 Favourite Books

As it’s Children’s Book Week, and as we do like our books here, I thought it would be fun to share our current favourites (note I do say ‘current’ – these can change on a month-by-month basis!) I asked Boo to choose her 10 favourite books. She’s just four, so …

Readings Read – September

Well, another month is drawing to a close, and we’ve been reading plenty here, as per usual! These have been our favourite books this month: Little Man The Tickle Book by Ian Whybrow & Axel Scheffler He gets so excited by this one! He loves lift the flap, pop-up, peepo, …

The Readings Read – August

As the end of the month is rolling round again, I’m sharing the books that have been favourite reads for each member of the Reading household in August.. Little Man – Dinosaur Roar (Paul & Henrietta Stickland) He loves this! It’s inspired his first birthday theme, and he now has …

Reading Eggs Review

I’d seen a few mentions of this Reading Eggs in magazines and on-line, so I decided to investigate further. I asked Twitter for a few opinions, and all came back in favour of it, and as they operate a 14 day free trial, I decided to give it a whirl. …

Do You Judge a Reader By Their Cover?

  I do wonder this. You see someone reading a copy of a Discworld novel on the train – are they a geek? Someone reading Crime and Punishment – are they intelligent? I read a lot of romance books. Regency romance is by far my favourite genre. I love Julia …

The Readings Read – July

As I go on and on about reading a fair bit here, I thought I’d share with you our favourite books each month. So book recommendations for babies, preschoolers and adults here! I’m going to aim to very strict with myself and only choose one book for each of us …

Visit to the New Library

When I was growing up, I loved going to the local children’s library with my mum and brother. Whether it be for a story time session, or to choose our books, it always evokes a happy childhood memory. When Boo was born, I imagined similar trips, and then a few …

Don’t all Parents Read to their Children?

As the title of the post suggests, I’m curious. In the past couple of months, both Boo and Little Man have received Bookstart packs. I like these, and the children like these – always happy to welcome some new books into the house. Within these packs, along with books, are …

Which of the Mr Men are you?

We read lots and lots of children’s books here, and so they tend to work their way into everyday lives, as the characters come alive for us and we find ourselves able to recite the stories pretty much verbatim! Julia Donaldson is a huge hit with both Boo and Little …

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