New Walk is the debut novel from Ellie Durant, writer of the popular blog Midwife Diaries and author of Becoming a Student Midwife: The Survival Guide for Passionate Applicants. I was lucky enough to be sent a pre-release copy to read and review by publishers Pinter & Martin. Chloe Cawthorne is carrying the weight of her mother’s … More Pre-Release Review: New Walk
In an attempt to turn this recent run of weather-and-illness-induced cabin fever into a positive thing, I’ve drawn together a little review of our favourite winter into spring reads. With the exception of Hooray for Hoppy, these straddle both winter and spring, so we’ve been reading them for quite a few months already, but they … More Books to help you spring into spring
My parents gave me a love of reading; of words, books and language, from an early age. Being an only child meant I often had to come up with imaginative ideas for things to do and I believe it was reading so much that aided that. As an English graduate and secondary English teacher, instilling … More Ten Reasons Why You Can Never Read Too Much With Children.
It’s no secret that we love pretty much anything published by Pinter & Martin here at TFTMS. They’re (partly) responsible for bringing us The Positive Birth Book, which Jo reviewed back in the summer, as well as The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – the La Leche League book that contains everything you could ever wish … More Review: Growing Up Pregnant
Christmas, books, Christmas, books…two of our favourite things! So we’ve been to the library and chosen a few children’s Christmas books to road test with our toddlers. Here are their favourites (and not so favourites). Lauren: Slinky Malinki’s Christmas Crackers by Lynley Dodd This is a lovely book by the author of Hairy Maclary from … More Ho Ho Ho! Christmas Books for Toddlers.
We are BIG fans of Sketchy Muma here at TFTMS. She always seems to release an image at *just* the right moment to resonate with our current mood or feelings. Anna has been so kind in letting us use her sketches to accompany some of our posts and her work has provided Jo with the … More Q&A with Anna Lewis AKA ‘Sketchy Muma’
Did you know the phases of the moon can wreak absolute havoc on your child’s sleep and, just to warn you, according to NASA, ‘Tonight’s Full Moon is the Frost Moon, the Cold Moon, the Long Night Moon, or the Moon before Yule.’ (UK) So, what might this mean for you and your babies? It … More Toddlers, or Tiny Lunatics?
“Why do people say ‘grow some balls’? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.” This quote, courtesy of Betty White (a brilliant actress notorious now for playing sweet old ladies), is a poignant one for the world today’s girls are growing up in. … More Can books inspire and empower today’s girls?
You may be forgiven for thinking that libraries are a dying breed, full of nothing but books and stuffy librarians. But you would be wrong. Created over 200 years ago with a vision to open access to literature across the classes, and now subject to ruthless local government funding cuts which threaten their future, libraries … More Shove your shhhh! Libraries are getting more child-friendly…and it’s great
What does reading a book have to offer children that playing on an iPad can’t? And how do we encourage reading?? We talked to young adult (YA) fiction author Rhian Ivory, who shared her insight on what books can offer children over technology, how to encourage children to read and write stories, and her favourite … More Children’s author Rhian Ivory on escapism and her favourite children’s books