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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...

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Non-fiction round-up: Let's hear it for the girls!

At the start of the year we promised to review a non-fiction book each month and although we have been picking our favourites, we have completely neglected to write about them, so we thought it was about time for a non-fiction round-up. As you'll see there's a bit of a theme, this was purely unintentional but it works well especially as it was International Women's Day at the beginning of March, so without further delay "Let's hear it for the girls!"

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Dear first-time mum (me)... #VicksBabyRub

When I discovered I was pregnant for the first time I was working full-time as a lawyer and I loved my job. Most of my good friends were childless and, in all honesty, I had no real understanding of what parenthood would bring and how life was about to change. 

Seven years on and I am now a full-time mum of three and my priorities in life have completely shifted. So when BritMums asked parents to take part in the #VicksBabyRub Challenge sponsored by Vicks BabyRub to give advice to their younger first-time-parent self, I thought it would be a great opportunity to reflect upon what I have learned from my own parenting journey so far.

Celebrating Snow Days #OreoCookieQuest

It’s snowing… again! But we really don’t mind, in fact we have been enjoying our snow days here. Over the past few weeks Mini Reviewer, Izzie (6) has found herself at home for a few extra days as her school closed due to the bad weather and although initially she was not impressed (she loves school!), she soon realised that it was the perfect opportunity to have some fun together! I also enjoyed the break from the dreaded school run and unsurprisingly completely embraced a slower pace of life for a few days.