Category Archives: Reading to kids

A Best Books List (For Kids and Grown-Ups) That’s Not the Same as Everyone Else’s!

I’ve been reading through all the lists of best books of 2013 and they are all very same-y. The Christmas book catalogues are also astonishingly alike. I’m sure the books featured are all terrific but you could be forgiven for

A Best Books List (For Kids and Grown-Ups) That’s Not the Same as Everyone Else’s!

I’ve been reading through all the lists of best books of 2013 and they are all very same-y. The Christmas book catalogues are also astonishingly alike. I’m sure the books featured are all terrific but you could be forgiven for

Bookish Words of Wisdom #2 – On Watching Your Children Grow

For all parents who look at their children and wonder where the time has gone and how it is possible that the child standing on a stage and singing so proudly in the school choir can possibly be the tiny

Bookish Words of Wisdom #2 – On Watching Your Children Grow

For all parents who look at their children and wonder where the time has gone and how it is possible that the child standing on a stage and singing so proudly in the school choir can possibly be the tiny

The 10 Best Literary Heroines for Girls

There is a certain amount of fascination wth princesses in my house, Cinderella and Belle being the most oft-mentioned names. We have several princess costumes, cups, hairclips, backpacks and other paraphernalia. Now I know that many would think I’m doing

The 10 Best Literary Heroines for Girls

There is a certain amount of fascination wth princesses in my house, Cinderella and Belle being the most oft-mentioned names. We have several princess costumes, cups, hairclips, backpacks and other paraphernalia. Now I know that many would think I’m doing

I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.

I was reminded of Borges’ words the other day when my 3 year old came home from school after her first visit to the school library. She was so excited – much more so than she was after the soccer

I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.

I was reminded of Borges’ words the other day when my 3 year old came home from school after her first visit to the school library. She was so excited – much more so than she was after the soccer

Roly-poly puddings, plastic sharks and Pippa Middleton

Phew, it’s been an exhausting week. I have spent a lot of time being Mrs Tabitha Twitchit, mother of three naughty kittens, at the request of my daughter who is completely obssessed with Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of the Roly-Poly

Roly-poly puddings, plastic sharks and Pippa Middleton

Phew, it’s been an exhausting week. I have spent a lot of time being Mrs Tabitha Twitchit, mother of three naughty kittens, at the request of my daughter who is completely obssessed with Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of the Roly-Poly

When do you learn that dead princesses don’t always wake up?

I have mentioned before on my blog about how my children are obsessed with games involving death and serious injury – pretend death that is, of the kind one always wakes from a la Sleeping Beauty, and imaginary injuries of

When do you learn that dead princesses don’t always wake up?

I have mentioned before on my blog about how my children are obsessed with games involving death and serious injury – pretend death that is, of the kind one always wakes from a la Sleeping Beauty, and imaginary injuries of

The Kids’ Books of the Month – October

Snuggle in tight and enjoy the books the kids have been reading and re-reading this month.  The Chicken Thief by Beatrice Rodriguez is one of the best kids’ books we’ve had in ages. There are no words so it’s been up

The Kids’ Books of the Month – October

Snuggle in tight and enjoy the books the kids have been reading and re-reading this month.  The Chicken Thief by Beatrice Rodriguez is one of the best kids’ books we’ve had in ages. There are no words so it’s been up

The Kids’ Books of The Month – September

We found some great books at the library this month. Ruby, my four-and-a-half year old has nominated these as her favourites. She and her sister both love the Ballet Sisters series by Jan Ormerod. Whenever I read these books, I

The Kids’ Books of The Month – September

We found some great books at the library this month. Ruby, my four-and-a-half year old has nominated these as her favourites. She and her sister both love the Ballet Sisters series by Jan Ormerod. Whenever I read these books, I

The Kids’ Books of the Month

I thought that every month I’d show you which of the books that we’d taken out of the library had become the kids’ favourites.  These are the ones my two year old voted for – I talk more on my

The Kids’ Books of the Month

I thought that every month I’d show you which of the books that we’d taken out of the library had become the kids’ favourites.  These are the ones my two year old voted for – I talk more on my

Books I love, books I hate

 Okay, hate is too strong a word; I could never hate anything that someone has spent hours, months and years working on.  Here are some of the books that I will never allow to leave my bookcase and others that

Books I love, books I hate

 Okay, hate is too strong a word; I could never hate anything that someone has spent hours, months and years working on.  Here are some of the books that I will never allow to leave my bookcase and others that