Ooooh! Arrrr! Pirate Picture Books: #InternationalTalkLikeAPirateDay
Pirate picture books have long been popular with young children and as a child I regularly borrowed the Captain Pugwash books from the library as well as watching him on television. Cartoonist John Ryan, who created the Captain Pugwash stories, died in 2009 but several of his Captain Pugwash books have been reprinted by Quarto.
The 2017 Laugh Out Loud Awards (Lollies) shortlist
Huge congratulations to all of the authors and illustrators on the Lollies shortlist! The shortlist for the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Awards (Lollies) has been published and you can start voting for your favourite funny books now!!
School for Dads by Adam & Charlotte Guillain & Ada Grey
Very soon lots of children will be going back to school but what about their Dads? What happens when children need to teach their Dads how to behave?! We love this role reversal story which turns a familiar situation on its head in a way that children will identify with.
Halloween is just over a week away and many of you will be reading Halloween themed stories. We have thought of as many fictional witches as we can but we’re sure that we have missed lots! Do you have a favourite fictional witch to add to our list? Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul – Winnie is…
‘We’re Going On A Book Hunt!’ – Book Quiz
A book quiz is a fun way for a child to think about the books that they have read and also for them to discover new books, especially in their local library or in the school classroom. They are also a great activity for a rainy day in the school holidays or a classroom time filler. I love creating book quizzes,…
Fictional Best Friends
What would we do without a best friend? June 8th is National Best Friends Day in the USA and we had great fun looking through our book collection to find some of our favourite fictional best friends.
Book inspired Valentines Day crafts
With Valentines Day coming up we decided to get crafty and some of our favourite books provided us with inspiration. We didn’t need to buy anything new for these crafts, we already had everything we needed at home – biscuit cutters make great heart templates!
Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne & Ernest Shepherd
I read Winnie the Pooh as a child and my daughter now has her own copy. I wasn’t sure whether she would be too young for the stories but she loves them and we often read several in one sitting.
My Pop-Up World by Nicola Killen
We won two My Pop-Up World novelty books in a Twitter giveaway from author / illustrator Nicola Killen. Although my daughter is no longer a toddler she is fascinated by the brightly coloured pop-ups and is using the books to practise her reading.
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson & Paul Howard
My teacher read The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark to my class when I was at school and earlier in the year I read it to my daughter for the first time. We’ve read it several times since, we both really enjoy the story and my daughter finds Plop’s conversations and adventures amusing.