‘Reflecting Realities’ is the name of a powerful piece of research conducted by the CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) which focussed on extent and quality of ethnic representation and diversity within children’s literature. Their third report (published in November 2020) found that only 7% of children’s literature published over the past three years … Continue reading Reflecting Realities – Part 1 (diverse ethnicities)
It’s that time of year when some of our thoughts may turn to the spooky or the magical. This blog features some of the latest titles I’ve been sent which reflect these themes. Take a look but don’t get scared…! Board Books ‘Five Spooky Friends,’ by Danielle McLean, illustrated by Rosalind Maroney (Little Tiger Press) … Continue reading Happy Halloween
As I’ve said many a time before, reading to babies right from the start is fundamental in building not only a love of books, but also in laying the foundation stones of future language development. It’s also the perfect time to snuggle up and bond or to enlist the reading skills of an older sibling. … Continue reading Brilliant Board Books
This is a brilliantly fun lift-the-flap book to let little ones to join in with the hunt for Santa. It’s Christmas Eve and Mouse is hunting high and low for Santa. He’s searched in the house, in the snowy garden, and behind the twinkling Christmas tree but he just can’t find him anywhere. Doesn’t Mouse … Continue reading Christmas Advent – Day 14 ‘Can’t See Santa!’ text by Mandy Archer, illustrated by Chris Jevons.
Today I’m sharing a great board book for babies and toddlers which follows the adventures of a rather magical snowman. Head off on a sparkling magical adventure with Snowman and his elf friends as he goes to help mend Santa’s sleigh! There’s lots to spot in the festive illustrations and a whole host of lovable … Continue reading Christmas Advent – Day 12 ‘My Magical Snowman,’ illustrated by Yujin Shin.
Celebrate fifteen years of ‘Dear Santa’ with this special edition of Rod Campbell’s Christmas classic with an extra sparkly gold-foiled cover. Join Santa as he wraps and packs the perfect present for each and every child. For generations, children have loved joining in with the simple text and repeated refrains, lifting the flaps to see … Continue reading Christmas Advent – Day 10 ‘Dear Santa,’ by Rod Campbell.
If ever there was an excuse to buy the littlest bookworms a new board book to chew, surely Christmas is it? ‘Peas on Earth’ is a super-cute counting book featuring five very excited little peas! All the peas are getting very excited as the countdown to Christmas gets underway, with one popping off to visit … Continue reading Christmas Advent – Day 2 ‘Peas on Earth,’ illustrated by Lindsey Sagar.
There’s so much research which demonstrates how vital reading stories to the very littlest of bookworms is: it builds a bond between adult and child, dramatically increases their vocabulary by the time they turn five and teaches them early literacy skills in preparation for school and a lifelong love of reading. To that end, I … Continue reading Board Book Bonanza!
Given the high profile of climate change and a rise in climate activism amongst the youth of the world, it’s little surprise that the theme for the 50th Earth Day is climate activism. I am about to share with you all some titles which I hope will inform pupils about some of the global issues … Continue reading Books to Encourage Climate Activism – Earth Day 2020
With Spring in the air and daffodils donning their yellow bonnets, now is the time of year when my thoughts turn to gardening. Pruning rose bushes and planting bulbs in the hopes of a riot of colour and creepy-crawlies come Summer. My boys love helping me choose which bulbs and bedding plants to purchase and … Continue reading How does your garden grow?
I love this title, which is the first in a brand new spot and count series. ‘On the Farm’ is a fantastic introduction to life on the farm. It is absolutely packed with excellent farmyard vocabulary such as ‘herding,’ ‘sty,’ and ‘bales.’ It also names lots of animals and plants you might expect to see … Continue reading ‘What Can You See on the Farm?’ By Kate Ware, illustrated by María Perera.
I love this new board book series about a goose with a need to explore. He’s always off on a new adventure: trekking through the jungle or shooting up to the moon. It’s so important to introduce babies and toddlers to books as soon as possible. Reading to little ones helps build their vocabulary, develop … Continue reading ‘Gregory Goose is on the Loose,’ by Hilary Robinson, illustrated by Mandy Stanley.
Children are endlessly fascinated by fastening and unfastening things - buttons, zips, child-safety locks on kitchen cupboards! This brilliant new board book of five fastenings from Caterpillar Books is absolute pure genius as it features real life fastenings for its readers to fiddle with. Packed with fun features to develop fine motor skills and help … Continue reading ‘I Can Do It: A Book of Fastenings,’ by Patricia Hegarty, illustrated by Hilli Kushnir.
There comes a point on Christmas Day when all the tinsel and fairy lights can be a little much and you just want to snuggle up somewhere warm with a beautiful book. Animals are perennial favourites with readers of all ages so I have a selection sure to delight everyone. ’Goodnight Ocean’ by Carmen Saldaña, … Continue reading Gifts for Animal Lovers
I have to confess that not all of these picture books are petrifying but they do contain some seriously spooky characters as well as cracking stories! ‘Where’s Mrs Witch?’ by Ingela P Arrhenius (Nosy Crow) A special spooky edition joins one of my favourite board books series. This one sees a whole host of Halloween … Continue reading Petrifying Picture Books!
I’ve a whole new selection of vibrant and enticing board books to share with you all. Get ready for llamacorns, unicorns, flamingos and tigers, counting and colours and fun! I always think the summer holidays are the perfect excuse to indulge in a stack of new books, whether from a bookshop or your local library. … Continue reading Don’t be ‘board’ books!
I’ve been sent a treasure trove of beautiful board books recently. Some are wonderful new editions of classics and some are brand new. We all know the benefits of starting the bedtime story habit with babies - bonding time, language acquisition, fun! So whether you’re looking for a new bedtime read or buying a gift … Continue reading Don’t be bored, get board (books!)
This bright and beautiful cloth book is going to make a perfect gift for a very special friend of mine who has just had a gorgeous baby girl. This is the fourth in a series of bright and stylish cloth books produced for Nosy Crow by Lisa and Edward. It comes in a handy gift … Continue reading ‘A Tiny Little Story – Christmas,’ by Lisa Jones and Edward Underwood.
The lovely folks at Nosy Crow very kindly sent me a selection of their Christmas titles to review, nestled amongst them were two titles just perfect for the very littlest fans of the festive season. ‘Pip and Posy - The Christmas Tree’ by Axel Scheffler Pip and Posy are back in a very special Christmas … Continue reading Christmas Treats for Littlies
I have recently been sent an excellent series of board books from Caterpillar Books which are designed to teach babies and toddlers key vocabulary and concepts in various scientific topics. Children always love to learn a tricky scientific word - they’re never too young to start! Babies can learn about the world’s greatest buildings, learn … Continue reading Baby 101: Welcome, class! from Caterpillar Books