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.
Thursday, 24 May 2018
Tuesday, 22 May 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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Saturday, 10 March 2018
Isadora Moon is back for her seventh adventure and this time she is off to the fair. If you haven't come across these books before, you are in for a treat! Isadora is half vampire, half fairy so totally unique and as Mini Reviewer, Izzie (6) is one of her biggest fans, this new release had to be our Chapter Book of the Month for March!
As tomorrow is Mother's Day our very belated picture book choice for February had to be Superhero Mum written by Timothy Knapman, illustrated by Joe Berger and published by Nosy Crow.
Monday, 5 March 2018
We were recently invited to visit The Baby Room at Smyths in Leeds. Until receiving our invite we had no idea that Smyths had a dedicated baby department selling everything from bath toys and bouncy chairs to larger items such as car seats and travel systems.