Children’s Book Review: The Pigeon Has To Go To School

AD | Gifted  The Pigeon Has To Go To School by Mo Williams, published by Walker Books on 1st August 2019. Available to buy on Amazon. The Pigeon is about to get SCHOOLED. Do YOU think he should go? Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! Well … almost everything. And what if he doesn’t like it? What if the teacher doesn’t like him? I mean, what if he learns TOO MUCH!?! It wasn’t long ago that I wrote about Erin having a few issues with going to nursery sometimes. It’s not that she

Children’s Book Review: Is 2 A Lot?

AD | Gifted item Is 2 A Lot? by Annie Watson and illustrated by Rebecca Evans. Published by Tilbury House Publishers on 23 August 2019. Ten is not a lot of popcorn pieces but it is a lot of chomping dinosaurs. One thousand is not a lot of grains of sand but it is a lot of hot air balloons! While Joey’s mother explains the context of numbers in vivid ways, Joey’s imagination transforms their ordinary car ride into a magical odyssey through a land of make-believe. Erin loves numbers and you can often hear her just sat counting for

Children’s Book Review: Henry Is Kind

AD | Gifted item Henry Is Kind by Linda Ryden and illustrated by Shearry Malone Ms. Snowden and her class practice sending kind thoughts to the people they love, and they launch a class Kindness Project. There is only one problem: Henry can’t think of one kind thing he has done. Declaring that kindness is stupid, he stomps to the classroom door on the verge of tears, but his classmates save the day by reminding him of the kind things he has done for each of them.   Back when I was at school we definitely didn’t have things like

Personalised Books From beans&sparks

AD | Paid collaboration with beans&sparks Erin loves reading and already has a small library in her bedroom. We encouraged her to look at books right from birth and we make sure we read at bedtime with her every day. Now that Erin is coming up to 4 and having a lot of questions about various things we are always looking for books that help with this. bean&sparks are a book subscription service but with a bit of a difference. Instead of just being story books, beans&sparks books are personalised books designed to stimulate your child’s development. We were sent

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

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

Children’s Book Review: Tropical Terry by Jarvis

Coral Reef City is home to the most dazzling shoals of tropical fish in ALL the ocean. And then there is Terry. Terry looks grey. Terry feels dull. And although he is the best at playing “Hide A Fish”, he can’t help but wonder: Just what would it feel like to be part of that dashing, flashing crew? So, with the help of his friends, he fashions a flashy costume and is ready to impress… “Hello-o-o everybody! Just call me TROPICAL Terry!” But will life as a tropical fish be everything he always dreamed of? One of Erin’s absolute favourite places to go is