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Friday, 21 September 2018

The Itchy-saurus #NationalEczemaWeek

Did you know that 20% of children have eczema? Unfortunately this figure includes all three of my Mini Reviewers, so we thought as it is National Eczema Week, we'd share a great book all about a very itchy and angry dino!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Blog Tour: Maybe The Moon


Today we are delighted to be taking part in the Maybe the Moon Blog Tour. Maybe the Moon is the stunningly beautiful debut picture book by Frances Ives, published by LOM ART. It is a gentle and heartwarming tale of friendship and community and most importantly it reassures us that we are never truly alone:

"I know that the moon, so high above,
is shining on me and the friends I love.
Whether we live in the forest or play in the park,
we are all joined together by the light in the dark."

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Books of the Month - July & August 2018


The Mini Reviewers have been back at school and nursery for a few weeks now and that combined with the distinct change of weather, means that Autumn has most definitely arrived! You may have noticed we were a little quiet over the Summer months, this was mainly because we were too busy reading as well as having a few bookish adventures of our own. Poohsticks anyone? Or perhaps a spot of Gruffalo Orienteering?

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Touring Book Club: How To Be A Lion & Books About Friendship #TouringPictureBook

Our Touring Book Club choice this month is the wonderful How To Be a Lion written and illustrated by Ed Vere and published by Puffin Books. When we first heard about the release of this book in June, we were all incredibly excited as Ed is one of our favourite authors and illustrators. We just love his brilliantly bold style of illustration and the way he writes with such warmth and humour. Ed also has an incredible talent for creating really unique and expressive characters, such as Max the Brave and Grumpy Frog, so we were expecting great things from his new book, How To Be A Lion.


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.