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Friday, 30 November 2018

Christmas Traditions for Book Lovers

I recently read about an Icelandic Christmas Tradition which is part of Jólabókaflóð roughly translated as "the book flood of Christmas” when most publishing houses release a “flood” of new books just in time for Christmas. The tradition involves the exchanging of books on Christmas Eve and then settling down for a cosy evening of reading and eating chocolate. As a book lover and self-confessed chocoholic, this sounds like the perfect way to to celebrate Christmas and a lovely tradition to adopt as a family. Over the last few years there seems to have been a dramatic increase in popularity of celebrating Christmas with books and, in particular, children's books. Here are a few of our favourite Christmas Traditions for Book Lovers together with a brilliant selection of Christmas Books.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Chapter Book of the Month: Isadora Moon Makes Winter Magic

For those of you that are regular readers, you will know that Mini Reviewer, Izzie, now 7, has a favourite series of books about a little half vampire, half fairy called Isadora Moon. 

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Books of the Month: October

With December just around the corner, October feels like a rather distant memory, however as both October and November are incredibly busy months in our house full of birthdays and lots of excitement, we hadn't quite got round to sharing our favourite reads of last month until now so here goes...


Wednesday, 21 November 2018

The Touring Book Club: The Boy and the Bear #TouringPictureBook

We are back with another Touring Picture Book post and this month The Touring Book Club team comprising of ourselves and three other book loving families (Bookbairn, Acorn Books and Mamma Fliz) have chosen the very beautiful The Boy and the Bear to share with you all. Written by Tracey Corderoy and illustrated by Sarah Massini, The Boy and the Bear is a heart-warming story of an unlikely friendship and is perfect for snuggling up with on a cold Winter's day.


Sunday, 28 October 2018

Say Hello to Cozmo! #AnkiCozmo

This week we have been trying out Cozmo from Anki. Cozmo is a super smart little guy with lots of attitude. He is incredibly playful and mischievous. From the moment he came out of his box, he has fascinated all three Mini Reviewers with his charming facial expressions and robot chatter. He has also been a hit with the adults of the family!


Spooky Stories from Bloomsbury #ReadYourSocksOff

So with Halloween right around the corner we have some spooky picture books to share with you from Bloomsbury Picture Books. Since September Bloomsbury have been PAIRing brilliant picture books with a different theme each month to introduce children to some exciting new reads. September's theme was FRIENDSHIP and you can read about what Mamma Filz thought of Bloomsbury's selection here. This month's theme is of course Halloween, just take a look at this fairly spooky selection we were sent and get ready to READ YOUR SOCKS OFF!


Monday, 15 October 2018

The Touring Book Club: STORM #TouringPictureBook

After an incredibly blustery weekend, it seems incredibly fitting that our Touring Book Club choice this month is STORM. Written and illustrated by Sam Usher and published by Templar Publishing, STORM is the fourth and final instalment in a beautiful seasonal series of books, which celebrate the special relationship between a little boy and his grandad.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

BookTrust's Great Books Guide 2018 #GreatBooksGuide

If you are looking for some reading inspiration for your little ones this Autumn, we recommend that you take a look at BookTrust's Great Books Guide 2018. The guide contains over 100 book recommendations for children aged 0-12. 

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Blog Tour: Sign Here




Today is the last stop on the Sign Here Blog Tour and it is finally our turn so welcome to Along Came Poppy and we do hope you enjoy our post.

Sign Here is a truly unique book for children containing 22 "unofficially official" forms to be ripped out, filled in and of course signed! The forms cover all sorts of childhood issues from dream and pet requests, to tooth collection and thank yous. These humour-filled forms also provide a lighthearted and imaginative way for children to communicate some bigger issues for example when they are scared, sad, angry or simply want to say sorry.

The book, which is a collaboration between two milliners, author Gabrielle Djanogly and illustrator, Adele Mildred, is designed with children age 6-10 in mind. It is perfect for those creative and imaginative little beings who thrive on writing notes, creating charts and making lists. So when Mini Reviewer, Izzie, first got her hands on our copy of Sign Here, she could not wait to get started!

Monday, 8 October 2018

Books of the Month: September

Hello, today we are sharing our favourite books from September. Whenever I sit down to write our monthly favourites post, I am amazed that it is that time again but here we are already more than a week into October. It will be time to go Trick or Treating before you know it!

Speaking of Halloween, you may have already seen our post about our favourite Chapter Book this month, Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone. As our choice is already such a well known book, instead of doing a standard review, I shared our experience of reading Harry Potter to the Mini Reviewers . You can read the full post here: When to read Harry Potter to your Little Bookworms.

As well as a favourite Chapter Book, we have picked our favourite Non-Fiction Book and Picture Book from last month too. We do hope you enjoy our choices!