Bella Boo and Bloomer Fen

  My children are a bit old for picture books now (are you ever too old for picture books though?)  but I was enticed to read this one because of its focus on self belief, by encouraging positive thinking in children. I am a big believer in the power of positive thinking. The book is about a lovely ittle girl called Bella Boo and her adventures in her enormous garden. She loves to  dance play and exploring in her garden, but she is rather lonely. Then she meets an unusual  little tree … [Read more...]

The best bedtime stories for your children

Bedtime can be one of the biggest challenges for all the mummies out there. Whether it's settling a young baby into a routine or convincing an older toddler that he or she has to go to bed earlier than mummy and daddy, it's no easy task. Thankfully, there are a number of ways that you can help your child settle down, and a classic bedtime story is just one of them. Here are a few bedtime favourites that will guarantee to have your child's imagination whirring and send them straight off to sleep, … [Read more...]

Miles Kelly: World Book Day Secret Gifting

Books are one of my most favourite gifts to give. Whether that be new books, second hand books or books ofmy own I alsways know in giving a book I am giving someone an experience and one that will stay in their memory. World book day is on March 6th (do check out the World Book Day website for lots of information on this fabulous event. It is without doubt a day to celebrate books! Many kids dress up as book characters and much book gifting occurs. To join in with these celebration we were … [Read more...]

Amelie and Nanette

Amelie and Nanette  by Sophie Tilley is a very sweet and very pretty  picture book. It is about very girly little friends who want to celebrate their new clothes and shoes and so off they go to have a picnic. Their picnic gets spoilt but big hugs together and understanding mums make it well. This book ahs lovely vintage feel and some very sweet pictures. It is a very gentle tale. My daughter likes a bit more oomph to her stories and for their to be more character to her 'characters' but for … [Read more...]

Books to help with children and divorce

The essential guide to children and separation by Jennifer Croly is a practical guide written by a mother who saw how divorce affected her 4 kids. It shows how family break up impacts kids of different ages and how it will impact on different ages and stages of their lives. It is a helpful book with lots of strategies and points to consider  and it includes interviews with parents who have come through divorce as well as kids impacted. She looks at areas of loss , listening, new families and … [Read more...]

Review: Mabel and Me Best of Friends

This is an  absolutely hilarious picture book about an unlikely but madly loyal friendship between Mabel and mouse. Throughout the book mouse is insulted again and again but he thinks it is directed at Mabel and sticks up for her so well. Finally Mabel tells him it is HE who is being insulted. Mouse is about to be outraged but thinks Mabel is just having a great laugh with him and in laughing the tension stops and they arr best of friends again. The pictures are ace...it is VERY funny and … [Read more...]

Kokeshi Dolls Colouring and Sticker Book

Kokeshi dolls were created in Japan and are adored all over the world. We even have one or two ourselves and have bought them as gifts many times. This lovely colouring book has nine stylish dolls that you can colour and stick  and decorate. The stickers are plentiful (over 100)and of great quality and this is a unique and lovely book. There are nine dolls in total with families, accessories and favourite friends. Simply gorgeous. Illustrated by Jessica Secheret and published by Blue … [Read more...]

The Buccaneering Book of Pirates

This book is beautiful and a lovely gift for a child who loves their pirates. It is a nice hard back  of a good size with 5 detailed pirate stories. It is  well illustrated and exciting! Actually it is far more than just a collection of exciting pirate stories. It contains an absolutely brilliant, detailed and informative 3d pirate to hang in a child's bedroom and it is HUGE! and great quality. It will be a fab addition to a child's bedroom wall and its a delight. Removing it in no way harms … [Read more...]

New Christian books for young children

My own little books of prayers This is a very sweet little prayer book form Lion Hudson by Christina Goodings. These are some old traditional prayers and a few new ones that are great to learn by heart, They contain simple themes that speak to children about being grateful being sorry and trying their best. The pictures are expressive and touching. A lovely book to introduce children to the wonder of prayer that relates to their usual lives. Lion Hudson £4.99   Safe this … [Read more...]

New Books from Priddy, Spring 2013

I am a big fan of Priddy books which are strong and sturdy, engaging and bright and their new releases are simply fantastic. Here is my pick of the books I was sent to review Dolls House Dolls House is a cute board book from Priddy about 2 sisters Lily and Pippa who live in a dolls house. The book has tabs so you can go straight to the page you want and it has sturdy life the flaps on every page.  Each double page shows a scene form the dolls house  and is full of details and colour. … [Read more...]