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!

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

There’s A Dinosaur On The 13th Floor by Wade Bradford

Every night before bed Erin likes to read a few books. We have a lovely collection at the moment but we always like to change it up which is why we are always looking for new books that we think she will like. The lovely people at Walker Books recently sent us There’s A Dinosaur On The 13th Floor by Wade Bradford. Mr Snore checks into a hotel room, only to discover that the room is already occupied – by a mouse! So the porter moves Mr Snore up a floor to a new room. Alas, that room seems to be

Dragon Post By Emma Yarlett

Erin’s imagination is really starting to shine and I love the things she comes up with. I think being at nursery 3 days a week and being encouraged to use her imagination has really helped. Now, it’s up to us at home to keep encouraging Erin and with the help of books like Dragon Post, we can do that. One day Alex finds a dragon living in the cupboard under the stairs. Luckily he knows just what to do. He writes letters to lots of different people – including the fire brigade and the butcher– to ask how he should

Children’s Book Review: Cinderfella

Once upon a time, there lived Cinderfella – a little boy, forever bossed around by his two older brothers, Gus and Gareth. “Turn up the TV! Shine our scooters!” the brothers cry. “Finish our homework!” But on the day of our story, Kayleigh, the town’s kick-fastic karate champion, is having a party, and Cinderfella is determined to dream big, dress fancy and DANCE. He’ll just need a little help along the way from his fairy dog-mother, Ruff – woof!  I think we’re all familiar with the classic story Cinderella and over the years I have seen and read many re-tellings.