Category: Books & Reading

A Passion For Reading

I think, as parents, we often have those one or two things that we would love our children to be interested in, or talented at. I know I do. First and foremost, I want my children to be healthy and happy, which probably goes without saying. Beyond that, I want …

10 Picture Books About Friendship

There’s something truly heart-warming about reading and talking about friendship with my children. They are at the start of their young lives, ready to make and build friendships, so seeing them come to life in their stories is both important and enjoyable. We have a lot of picture books in …

Summer Learning with Reading Eggs

As regular readers will know, I’m pleased to be working with Reading Eggs this year. We’ve been using Reading Eggs for a little over two years now, starting before I was working with them when Boo was three and I shared how we were getting on with it back then. …

Fun Kids Books & a Giveaway!

Boo had a very exciting delivery last month from Stripes Publishing. She was absolutely thrilled to open up a parcel and find it packed with books! That’s my girl! So just a few books to be keeping her busy with then?! At 5, my daughter just loves her books, so …

Papery Peep June 2015

Welcome to this month’s Papery Peep. A chance to share all things pretty and papery, and I invite you to link up any paper-loving posts, too. I love to read them! It was my birthday this month. Friends and family know me well, so amongst other gorgeous gifts, I received …

The 30 Seconds Kids Book Series

We have discovered a new children’s non-fiction series here and we are absolutely loving it! Let me tell you all about them, and then I’ll give one of you a chance to win a bundle of them, too… Ivy Press publish these brilliant books, and there are several titles in …

Let’s Go Shopping Peppa!

First up, I will declare that we are a Peppa Pig loving household. Yes, there it is, and I don’t just mean the kids, I like it, too. I find the show and books to be sweet, despite having watched and read so many of them so many times! So …

I Am A Golden Eggsplorer!

Today I’m delighted to be sharing the news that I am now a Golden Eggsplorer! Well, the children are, to be more precise, which means we’re now proud ambassadors for Reading Eggs. I’m really pleased to be working with them and over the year I’ll bring you the latest news …

Brilliant Books for 5 Year Old Girls

Now that my daughter is 5 and in Reception, her reading has really taken off. I’ve always been a reader, so I’m keen to encourage her enthusiasm and keep her well-supplied with lots of enjoyable children’s books. We’re fortunate to have a lovely library near us, some great bookshops in …

A Miffy Afternoon

The inimitable Miffy has a big birthday this year – the cute little rabbit will be 60 years old, on 21st June. She’s looking good for 60, I think! So in celebration of this, I’m excited to be working with the team over at Miffy to bring you news and …

The Secret Language of Your Child

When I was offered the opportunity to read and share with you The Secret Language of Your Child by Dr David Lewis, I was immediately intrigued. I don’t actually do many book reviews here, despite reading a lot, but I could see the appeal of this one for my readers …

#BringBackPaper Book Swap

Yes, as promised, March is book swap month! In case you’re not familiar with it all, this is part of my #BringBackPaper activities and challenges this year, which you can read all about here. I have run book swaps before, and as the happy recipient of a surprise book, I …

The Library

When I was little, and I really can’t be sure how small but I’d guess my memories go back to when I was around 4 or 5, I adored my trips to the library. I can still clearly visualise¬†the picture book area there, along with the comfy and cosy cushions …

Sticker Dressing Wartime Fashion Review & Giveaway

When Usborne Publishing got in touch with me recently, about the launch of a new sticker dolly dressing book, I jumped at the chance to review it. We already have several of these sticker books here, as Boo will often choose them when we pop into book shops. I’m always …

Bring Back the Bedtime Story

Hmm, you may not have been aware that it even needed bringing back. I wasn’t, but according to a study out this week, only 1 in 5 parents read their children a bedtime story each night. Really? I was quite shocked. It’s never occurred to me not to read to …

100 Family Adventures Review & Give-Away

When I first heard about new book, 100 Family Adventures by the Meek Family, I suspected¬†it was one for us and one that my readers would be interested in, too… 100 Family Adventures provides a valuable resource bank of tried and tested outdoor activities to enjoy with children, swapping ‘screen …

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