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Monday, 23 July 2018

Summer Reading: Six Fun Books for Newly Independent Readers

Every year since the Mini Reviewers have been old enough, we have taken part in the Summer Reading Challenge at our local library and this year is no exception. Although we regularly visit the library, the Summer Reading Challenge is something the Mini Reviewers really look forward to and so they were quick to sign up and start reading even before the school term had officially finished!

Touring Book Club: The Girls #TouringPictureBook

Welcome back to the Touring Book Club! This month we have a very special picture book to share with you,  The Girls written by Lauren Ace, illustrated by Jenny Lovlie and published by Caterpillar Books. If this is your first visit, the Touring Book Club is a monthly collaboration between four UK based book bloggers, where we take a look at the same picture book and share our own ideas for going beyond the story.

This month inspired by The Girls we explore the meaning of friendship and share a few simple ideas to celebrate International Friendship Day. If you like the sound of the book, there is also an opportunity to win a copy over on Twitter.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Books of the Month - June 2018

It has been rather tricky to choose our top books for June. Not only did we go on a bookshop spending spree, we also borrowed many summer themed picture books from our local library and were lucky enough to be sent several new releases from publishers too! However after very careful consideration, we have made our final decision and these are our picks...

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Hand-picked Favourites from The Book People - Review and Giveaway

At Along Came Poppy we are passionate about finding affordable books and one of our favourite places to shop online is The Book People. We previously mentioned The Book People in our post about budget books so when they asked us to take a look at their amazing selection of Books for Kids and share our thoughts, we jumped at the chance!

Monday, 25 June 2018

Books of the Month - May 2018

Hello and welcome back to Along Came Poppy for another fantastic round-up of children's books. This time we are sharing our favourite books we read in May and there's even a little giveaway to win a copy of our top Picture Book of the Month, so keep reading...

Monday, 18 June 2018

Touring Book Club: Dinosaurs Don't Draw #TouringPictureBook

Last month you may remember that we joined forces with three of our favourite UK based bloggers, Acorn Books, Bookbairn and Mamma Filz to create the Touring Book Club and we each shared an activity inspired by the very beautiful Up in the Leaves  written by Shira Boss and illustrated by Jamey Christoph. We were so delighted by how well the Touring Book Club was received that we are back to share a fun selection of arty activities to accompany the fantastic book, Dinosaurs Don't Draw.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Chapter Book of the Month: Cuddle The Magic Kitten - Magical Friends

Cuddle The Magic Kitten - Magical Friends is the first story in a new series of early chapter books written by Hayley Daze, the pen name of Jane Clarke, author of the bestselling Dinosaur Cove books. We were kindly sent a copy of this book for review consideration by the publisher, Willow Tree Books. Read on to find out how this book supports newly independent readers and why we have chosen it as our Chapter Book of the Month for May.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Books of the Month - April 2018

Over the last few months we have read some fantastic books including old classics as well as brand new titles. Therefore it seems appropriate that the top books we read in April include a mix of both.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Touring Book Club: Up In The Leaves #TouringPictureBook

Hello and welcome back to Along Came Poppy! We are very excited to confirm that we have joined forces with fellow picture book enthusiasts and UK based bloggers BookBairn, Mamma Filz and Acorn Books to create the Touring Book Club. Together we aim to give you four different perspectives on a newly released picture book and we will magically transport you beyond the story itself by sharing our unique ideas for exploring the themes within the book.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Five Fun Days Out with Little Bookworms

The last few weeks seem to have flown by and we are now on school holiday countdown again - hooray! This means that the Mini Reviewers are incredibly excited, while I'm desperately trying to be organised by arranging play dates and holiday activities in advance!  When it comes to keeping the kids entertained during the holidays, I think planning is definitely key and I always like to have a list of possible days out. Now if, like me, you are raising a little bookworm (or three!), hopefully you too will enjoy these ideas for fun days out...