The Importance Of Reading Stories At Bedtime

AD | Paid collaboration Before Erin was even born I had a small collection of books for her. Reading was something we did on a daily basis and we did it often. Now, Erin is 3 and reading is still such a big part of our day. We generally try to stick to the same bedtime routine each evening. Erin will start off by having a fun bath before watching something on TV like Zog or Room on the Broom. After Erin has had time to relax and calm down during this time she then goes up to bed (mostly

Children’s Book Review: Kiss The Crocodile

AD | Gifted Item Crocodiles are probably one of Erin’s favourite animals. We sing songs about them, have puzzles in the shape of them and we love reading stories about them. Today John is talking about Kiss the Crocodile by Sean Taylor and Ben Mantle. Down in the jungle, three best friends – Monkey, Tortoise and Anteater – are playing silly games together. After Stick Splash, Scary Monsters and Silly Dancing, they spy Little Crocodile and his big crocodile mum in the swamp. Do they want to play a new game, Little Crocodile asks … a DARING game. KISS THE CROCODILE!

Children’s Book Review: Circle

AD | Gifted Item One of John’s favourite times of day is Erin’s bedtime because it means that he can read with her. Today John is reviewing one of Erin’s newest books, Circle by Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett! Triangle and Square are visiting Circle, who lives at the waterfall. When they play hide-and-seek, Circle tells the friends the one rule: not to go behind the falling water. But after she closes her eyes to count to ten, of course that’s exactly where Triangle goes. Will Circle find Triangle? And what OTHER shapes might be lurking back there? Circle is

Children’s Book Review: Bear Moves

AD | Gifted item On average Erin will probably have 3-5 books at bedtime so we’re always looking for new titles to keep her interested in the stories. Today we’re looking at Bear Moves by Ben Bailey Smith and Sav Akyuz. Bear’s in a dancing mood, and his friend Bunny is happy to help out with the boom box. With moves like Furry Breaking, Running Bear (you run but don’t go anywhere), and the classic back spin, who could blame observers who might want to bust a move of their own? Bear Moves features the same crazy, fun loving, Bear

Win An Elmer Book And Rattle Toy For World Book Day

AD | Gifted items World Book Day is just a couple of weeks away now and thanks to Rainbow Designs, we’re able to bring you a lovely review and giveaway. I always think that World Book Day is aimed more towards older, school aged children but we have always encouraged reading and looking at books with Erin since the day she was born. There is absolutely no reason why babies and small children should be left out of World Book Day and there are so many wonderful books that you could celebrate with. A favourite of ours is Elmer by

New Releases From Walker Books

AD | Gifted Items A couple of weeks ago we were invited to a preview evening with Walker Books to take a look at their new and upcoming releases for the year. Unfortunately we were unable to make the event but we were kindly send some of the most recent releases in picture books. We’ll be taking a closer look at these in the next couple of weeks but for now I wanted to share the books we were sent. A story which introduces a brand-new GAME … a game all little monkeys, tortoises and anteaters will want to play!

Children’s Book Review: Isle Of You By David LaRochelle

AD – We received this item for the purpose of this post. All opinions are our own. Some days are harder to get through than others, but when you’re sad, or lonely, or angry, it helps to remember these words: the Isle of You. Take a moment to shake off your worries, then set sail to a land where your dreams can come true. Soar on the back of an eagle, hunt for treasure, watch dancing polar bears on roller skates — anything you can imagine is yours.  We are always on the look out for books that are truly

Know Your Nature: British Wildlife Book Review

Disclaimer: We received this item for the purpose of this post. All opinions are our own.  Erin, from as soon as she could walk I think, wanted to be outside. She would be outside no matter if it was snowing, raining or if there was a massive storm outside. She is so interested in anything growing, the leaves on the ground and we are encouraging her to be friends with the bugs… no matter how scared I might be myself. As someone who grew up pretty much hating the outdoors and any kind of bug that could fly, I don’t