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

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: 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

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

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!