National Insect Week: Picture Books about Insects
June 21st to 27th is National Insect Week which encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects. We’ve learnt lots of fascinating facts about different kinds of insects through reading non fiction picture books but also by doing our own research after reading stories with insect main characters.
Mental Health Awareness Week: Picture books to support mental health
This week is mental health awareness week which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. This past year has been particularly difficult and has affected the mental health of people of all ages. Children have been in and out of school and preschool as lockdowns have been imposed and lifted. Restrictions and an inability to function normally have…
Story Snug Advent – December 19th: My Naughty Little Sister and Father Christmas
December 19th: My Naughty Little Sister and Father Christmas Yesterday’s Father Christmas is on the cover of My Naughty Little Sister and Father Christmas by Dorothy Edwards and Shirley Hughes.
Captain Sparklebeard by Timothy Knapman & Sam Lloyd
Captain Sparklebeard is a fun, action packed story that smashes gender stereotypes and celebrates girl power and the ability to read. Book lover Peg’s thirst for escape and adventure leads her to become a pirate, a successful pirate with a sparkly beard!
My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards & Shirley Hughes
My Naughty Little Sister was one of my favourite childhood books and I’m delighted that my daughter loves her as much as I do. The stories were first published in 1952 and are brought to life through Shirley Hughes’ wonderful illustrations. My Naughty Little Sister was inspired by Dorothy’s younger sister Phyllis and Dorothy created…
International Friendship Day – fabulous fictional friendships
To celebrate International Friendship Day we’ve chosen picture books that show fabulous fictional friendships. Friendship is a central theme in many children’s books and lately we have read so many wonderful stories about characters who support each other through thick and thin. There are many more that we could have added to this list (we…
Mostly Mary / All Mary (Mary Plain) by Gwynedd Rae & Clara Vulliamy
Mary Plain played a huge part in my childhood reading and I have memories of borrowing the books from the library more than once! I was so excited to hear that the Mary Plain stories were being reprinted with illustrations by one of our favourite illustrators, Clara Vulliamy, and it’s been fabulous to share the stories with my…
Mr Wolf’s Pancakes by Jan Fearnley
Mr Wolf’s Pancakes is a fun and amusing story to read in preparation for making pancakes on Tuesday. Mr Wolf is hungry and really fancies some pancakes. But will his fairytale neighbours help him to make them?