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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.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Festive Delights: Last Stop On The Reindeer Express

We have another new Festive Delight to share with you today. Last Stop On The Reindeer Express has been written by Maudie Powell-Tuck, illustrated by Karl James Mountford and published by Little Tiger. 

It is a beautiful and poignant story about a little girl called Mia who can't be with her Dad at Christmas. Having made him a special card she discovers a mysterious postbox at the Christmas Market. She then meets a new friend and so begins her extraordinary journey, but will she make her delivery in time for Christmas?

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Festive Delights: The First Christmas

It's time for our next selection of Festive Delights and today we are sharing two incredibly special books about the First Christmas. 

It is our aim to read a new Nativity book each Christmas and last year our choice was Room for a Little One - A Christmas Tale by Martin Waddell and Jason Cockcroft, which is a beautiful portrayal of the Christmas story, you can read all about our thoughts here. This year we are including not one but two beautiful Nativity stories in our count down to Christmas selection. The first is The Christmas Story, an Exquisite Pop-up Retelling,  by Robert Sabuda, and the second is Make & Play Nativity illustrated by Joey Chou.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Celebrating Halloween with Isadora Moon

A little while ago Mini Reviewer, Izzie (5), won a book token at school and so off we went to our local bookshop where she picked out a new book all by herself. It was Isadora Moon Gets in Trouble by Harriet Muncaster. We read it together and that was it, she was hooked and wanted to read the whole collection. 

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Festive Delights: Winter Reading Fun!

Today we continue our Festive Delights series by sharing a trio of snow-filled books that truly celebrate the beauty of Winter. Towards the end of the post, you will also find a few fun and really easy ideas for getting your little ones excited about reading throughout Winter months. But first, let's take a peek at those beautiful snowy books...

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Christmas Gifts for Little Bookworms

It's that time of year again and every child is starting to prepare a very special list but with three children all of a similar age, our house already seems overloaded with toys and that is before Santa has made his deliveries! So with that in mind, we thought we would share a few ideas that may inspire others to "think outside the (toy) box" this Christmas. Here are our top Christmas gifts for little bookworms...

Monday, 23 October 2017

Festive Delights: The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Peep-through Picture Book

Hello, we have another fantastic Festive Delight to share with you today, but first you may remember that we recently shared our favourite budget ways to grow your child's book collection. If you missed our post and would like to take a look, click here

Our top suggestion was to visit your local library and get borrowing! We regularly pop to our nearby library and in the run up to Christmas last year, we were amazed by the incredible selection of seasonal books available. So if you are looking for some festive reads for you or your kids this year, do drop in! Also libraries sometimes host book sales to sell off their "retired" books and you can often pick up some great bargains. It is actually how we came to own today's Festive Delight, The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Peep-through Picture Book.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Festive Delights: Three Little Owls

Today we are sharing our second Festive Delight for 2017, a stunning new collectable edition of Three Little Owls, which was kindly sent to us by Tate Publishing.

This whimsical festive treat was originally written in Italian by Emanuele Luzzati. John Yeoman has written the English version, which has been beautifully illustrated by one of our all time favourite illustrators, Quentin Blake.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Festive Delights: Supertato: Evil Pea Rules!

After a little break from reviewing, we are back and ready to tackle some festive delights. Throughout 2016 we read a different book each day and during Advent the books were chosen by our cheeky elf on the bookshelf, Elvis. If you missed it, you can read all about Elvis' excellent choices and the chaos he caused here: The Elf on the Bookshelf.