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Monday, 11 December 2017

Festive Delights: The Stink Before Christmas #StinkyStoryTime

From BAFTA-winning children's TV presenters Sam and Mark comes The Stink Before Christmas. Packed full of toilet humour, this new take on the traditional The Night Before Christmas tale may not be my ideal festive read but it has certainly got the Mini Reviewers giggling as we count down to Christmas.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

#GiveABook this Christmas with Scholastic

Have you seen the amazing selection of books in Scholastic's Christmas Bookshop? With over 600 titles from 70 publishers there is bound to be something to inspire every little reader this Christmas. There are some amazing discounts as well as great offers on specially selected bundles. Plus for every order over £10 you can nominate a school or nursery to receive free books. Take a look at our choices and find out how to enter Scholastic's fab #GiveABook competition to win books for a school or nursery of your choice...

The Elf on the Bookshelf: Week 1

Well the first week of Advent seems to have flown by and, just in case you have missed our daily photographs on Instagram, we thought this would be the perfect time to share a round up of the festive books we have been reading, as chosen by our cheeky elf on the bookshelf, Elvis. So if you are looking for a little elf-spiration, you have certainly come to the right place!

Friday, 1 December 2017

The Elf on the Bookshelf returns!

So December is here and that means it's finally time to start our countdown to Christmas with our cheeky Elf on the Bookshelf, Elvis. Throughout December we will be reading a different festive book each day as chosen by Elvis. We plan to share a photograph on Instagram of each choice, plus you will be able to find our thoughts on each of the books here on the blog.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Festive Delights: Our Christmas Eve Choice

We have been so lucky to receive such an amazing array of books to read in the run up to Christmas - books with sounds, pop-up books and even books that have twinkling lights! However, The Christmas Eve Tree, written by Delia Huddy and illustrated by Emily Sutton, has to be one of the books with the strongest message about Christmas spirit and that is why it is our pick for Christmas Eve.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Festive Delights: Brilliant Bears

December is very nearly here and we are now over half way through sharing the festive delights we will be reading during Advent. Our last post was about baking and today's selection of books are all stories about brilliant bears! These three seasonal books are not just new to us, they have all been published this year (2017) so are brand new titles!

Monday, 27 November 2017

Festive Delights: Stories, Baking and the BBC Good Food Show!

From a really young age Mini Reviewer, Izzie, has loved cookery programmes her favourites including anything with Mary Berry or the Hairy Bikers and, of course, The Great British Bake Off. In fact when Izzie discovered Mary was not going to judge the latest series of GBBO she actually sobbed uncontrollably for about half an hour, however once the first episode got going she quickly recovered and happily sat through every episode after that - sorry Mary, six year olds are rather fickle!

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Festive Delights: I Killed Father Christmas

If you are looking for a festive first chapter book this Christmas then I Killed Father Christmas could be the perfect choice. Although it sounds a bit grisly, don't be put off, it really isn't! I Killed Father Christmas is in fact a lovely story which is full of humour and warmth. Written by award-winning author Anthony McGowan and illustrated throughout by the amazing, Chris Riddell, this fantastic first chapter book is great for reading alone or aloud.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Become a Writing Star with the Premier League #PLPrimaryStars

Some children are reluctant readers, others reluctant writers and quite a few are both! So how can we ensure that all children are inspired to learn? Well perhaps the answer lies with the Premier League and some of their top footballing stars!

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Language Learning Part 4: Learning with Lingotot

Welcome back to our Language Learning Series. This week we were delighted to be able to try out a Lingotot language class in York. I have been looking into language classes for a while as I think they are a great way to boost enthusiasm for language learning with little ones plus, of course, you get to meet new people.