Children’s Book Review: The Same But Different Too

The Same But Different Too by Karl Newson and Kate Hindley, published by Nosy Crow on 2nd May. Available to purchase on Amazon.  These children and animals are all very different to each other. Some are big, some are small. Some are gentle, some are rough. Everyone is playful, but who’s the best at hiding? One thing’s certain: they all love a good bedtime story! The perfect picture book for little ones who are just beginning to make sense of their place in the world. We live in a small-ish town in North Norfolk and honestly, it’s probably the least diverse

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: 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,

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: 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

Storytime Saturday: King Baby

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about King Baby by Kate Beaton (Walker Books) All hail King Baby! King Baby is gracious – bestowing smiles on his public, allowing tickles and hugs, and posing for photo after adorable photo. But this teeny tiny royal ruler also has many demands, and when his faithful subjects can’t quite keep up, King Baby must take matters into his own hands. King Baby is described as the

Storytime Saturday: Penguin Problems

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about Penguin Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith. Have you ever considered running away to Antarctica? Of course you have! Because it’s a land free of worries and responsibilities! Think again, my friend. This penguin has come to tell you that his life down there is no picnic. For starters, it is FREEZING. Also, penguins have loads of natural predators. Plus, can you imagine