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.
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.
“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
When we found out that we were expecting, back in December, my first thought (apart from whether the baby would be healthy) was how Primrose would cope with the transition to big sister. Breastfeeding, a growing bump, scans, appointments and, eventually, a baby! How would this little one deal with becoming the not-so-little one? She will … More From baby to ‘big’ sister: Preparing a toddler for a new arrival.
Packing for holiday used to be so simple, didn’t it? Clothes, undies, toiletries and books. Then you had children. And now it feels like you’re packing your whole house, and then some, into your suitcase. Are we right? On a recent holiday to Barcelona, Lauren found her suitcase space dedicated pretty much in its entirety … More What to pack for holidays with babies and toddlers
We all love a holiday, right? However, that first flight with a baby or toddler can make even the most confident person feel anxious. Some of you are probably sat reading this, silently rocking at the mere thought of a flight you’ve done with your child, or one that’s looming in the coming months… We’ll try … More Flying with Babies and Toddlers
Yesterday was Save the Frogs Day. It’s a US initiative but we couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to share our favourite frog books with you. Frogs are endlessly fascinating to children. It’s no surprise, then, that some of our favourite books feature these creatures. Of course, there’s frog from Julia Donaldson’s ‘Acorn Wood’ series, Arnold … More Ribbit! 🐸