Category: Books & Reading

Wanted: Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burgler

When this new book arrived, I just knew that it was going to be one that Boo and I enjoyed.. Wanted: Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burgler by Emily MacKenzie Some rabbits dream about lettuces and carrots, others dream of flowering meadows and juicy dandelions, but Ralfy dreams only of books. In …

How to Get the Best Out of Reading with Children

(Guest Post) As winter nights draw in and storybooks start to appear in many Christmas stockings, Mark O’Donnell, the new headmaster of St Martin’s Ampleforth, the prep school at Ampleforth College has provided some top tips on reading with young children. Mark says, “Unlocking a child’s imagination through reading enriches …

Snappy Birthday by Mark Sperring

We were recently sent a lovely new picture book, Snappy Birthday…. Snappy Birthday One day an invitation Came to number 24. It was from a next-door neighbour Who they’d never met before. The children can’t wait – a birthday party? What fun! But their next-door neighbour is not all he …

Tidy Books Children’s Bookcase Review

When I was offered the chance to review a Tidy Books Children’s Bookcase, I literally jumped at it. We are readers here, and encouraging my children to read and get enjoyment from books is hugely important to me. I’d seen Tidy Books kids book storage before, and thought the products looked …

Coryographies Book Jewellery

Last year the kids bought me my very favourite item of jewellery, a bookcase necklace. I adore it. It tells people something about me as soon as I meet them, and I don’t mind people knowing that I like books! When I wear it, it always gets comments, and as …

Miffy Books Review & Give-Away

Miffy is celebrating her 60th birthday next year and ahead of this milestone, the rhyming texts of Bruna’s classic stories are being refreshed for a modern British audience by the award winning poet Tony Mitton. We were offered some Miffy books to review and share with you, and it was …

#BringBackPaper October Activities

I’m thinking it’s about time to get a few fresh #BringBackPaper activities started up. If you’re new to Bring Back Paper, you can read a little background about it here. I thought we’ll get cracking with a few things which should see us through to the end of November. I’m pretty …

We’ve Been Reading…

The children have been absolutely spoiled recently, having received several new books, so this is what we’ve been reading….. Boo has moved onto largely having chapter books for her bedtime story now, so most of these have gone into Little Man’s room. That said, she has of course read them all a …

What The Ladybird Heard Toddler Activities

We’ve been having a little fun again, based around a picture book we’ve been enjoying. And this one’s a favourite of mine… What the Ladybird Heard This one’s popular with Little Man because he likes farms and animals, rhyming’s always fun to listen to, and he loves spotting the ladybird …

Literary Dinner Party Tag

Following on from last week’s Papery Peep, I’m pleased to say that I’m totally back into my reading groove, thanks to Eloisa James and plenty of re-reads, and I’m about to start a new book tonight, too. The only problem is that my desire to read is now kind of …

Bubble Trouble by Tom Percival

We’ve been enjoying reading Bubble Trouble this week… Bubble Trouble by Tom Percival Rueben and Felix are best friends, and what they like doing best . . . is blowing bubbles – the bigger, the better! It all starts to go wrong when Rueben challenges Felix to a bubble-blowing competition. …

Read On. Get On.

I wrote a post last year about Save the Children’s work on their Born to Read campaign. The campaign really struck a chord with me, and the facts and statistics that were shared shocked me, to be honest. So when they got in touch with me about Read On. Get …

The Colour Thief by Gabriel Alborozo

We were recently sent a new picture book to review… The Colour Thief by Gabriel Alborozo  Zot lives in a world without colour – no green grass, no blue sky, no yellow sun and no red flowers. From his lonely mountaintop, he gazes at Earth, sparkling with brilliant colour, and …

Keeping a Book Journal

I’ve been a reader my whole life. I remember having my nose buried in a book for much of my childhood and reading remains my retreat and my ‘me-time’ now, as a busy parent. My friends and family know I’m a bookworm, so I’m often treated to vouchers for Amazon …

The Willoughby Book Club

I recently stumbled across a rather lovely book subscription company, run by husband and wife team Adam & Chloe Pollard, called The Willoughby Book Club. I just knew immediately that this was a Bring Back Paper feature that needed to be written! And so, let me introduce you to them… …

Lostmy.name Personalised Books Review

We read a lot of books here, and I love choosing new books with Boo and Little Man. It’s my greatest area of weakness, truth be told, as I can never resist them asking me for a new book, and so budgeting always goes out the window! And when it …

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