Beautiful Board Books From Quarto And Giveaway

AD | Gifted items Reading is a pretty big deal in our house. I remember buying Erin plenty of books before she was even born and now she’s got a small library going on in her bedroom. When we bought her IKEA Kallax shelving I hadn’t planned on it being taken over by books but I really not complaining about that now! Reading is such a great way to encourage children’s imaginations, provide a way to explain new things to them and also, they are just fun to look at and read. Erin loves to read a whole range of books

Children’s Book Review: Tooth Fairy In Training

AD | Gifted item We love reading and one of Erin’s favourite things to do is to visit the library to get something new to read. We’re always on the look out for books she might enjoy and we were recently sent Tooth Fairy In Training by Michelle Robinson and Briony May Smith.  Tate’s big sister May is taking her out on her very first tooth-collecting mission, and it’s going to be a little … well, dangerous. It will involve trekking through the deep, dark jungle, plunging into the murky ocean, and facing the ice of the Arctic. Because it’s not just sweet,

Children’s Book Review: What Wesley Wore

AD | Gifted item Erin is now at an age where she pays attention to things like what people think of her and what she wears. She has also started to want to pick out her own clothes on a daily basis. It’s important that she is able to be confident in her decisions and to realise it doesn’t matter if people like her style or not. We were kindly sent What Wesley Wore by Samuel Langley-Swain recently and it couldn’t have come at a better time. In Westerly Woodland we find a weasel named Wesley, who was mad about

Our First Visit To The Norwich Children’s Library

We don’t go into Norwich nearly as much as I would like and we definitely haven’t made the most of everything there is to do there. On a recent trip while we were reviewing COSMO we had some time to kill beforehand. It was a really wet and miserable day so we needed something to do indoors with Erin. Somewhere we had never been before was the children’s department at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library. One of the reasons why I wanted to go to the children’s library was because I had seen that it had been refurbished a

Children’s Book Review: B Is For Baby

AD | Gifted item Erin is currently starting to read and write so we’re always looking for things to help her learn certain letters. B Is For Baby by Atinuke is one of our newest books and it focuses on the letter B.  Baby’s brother is getting ready to take a basket of bananas all the way to Baba’s bungalow in the next village. He will have to go along the bumpy road, past the baobab trees, birds and butterflies, and all the way over the bridge. What he doesn’t realize is that his cute, very curious baby sister is secretly

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