The best birthday present ever!

This morning, we headed to the singing group at the library that the girls go to. By the time we’d finished that and picked up a bit of shopping before heading home, our postman had been and gone.  I have to say, our postman is excellent. He never just takes our package back to the post office, he always leaves it somewhere safe or with a neighbour and today was no exception.  I wasn’t expecting a package, so I was a little confused when Libby started scrabbling around under our trailer tent when we got home. I was even more…

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Children’s books, old and new

In my recent post about what to buy a baby bookwork for Christmas, I mentioned how much we all love the Julia Donaldson books, in particular the Snail and the Whale. Well, as luck would have it, Julia Donaldson is celebrating an anniversary. She has been writing books with Axel Scheffler (with whom she wrote the Gruffalo) for over 20 years. And ten years ago, they wrote Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book. This is a book about a boy called Charlie Cook, who is reading a book about a pirate, who is reading a book about Goldilocks, and so on. But…

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Baby bookworm’s Christmas gift guide

The quandary I have faced this Christmas is perhaps somewhat unusual for the mother of a toddler. You see, all Libby wants for Christmas is a book. This is what she wrote in her letter to Santa, and she has insisted that she wants a book ever since. She is also certain that Lia wants a book from Santa too. Luckily, Santa wrote back and said that he would be happy to oblige, but I wanted to put  a little more thought into it rather than just buying books, so here is my Christmas gift guide for the baby bookworm.  1.…

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An unusual gift for book lovers

Libby can very categorically be described as a book lover. We read a book with her every bedtime, but she always insists on an additional opportunity to read during the day and, my pet hate, she loves to take a book in the car. Given half a chance, she would also take a book with her when we go on the train, to ballet, to drama group, to the animal park… you get the general idea. But it drives me mad how they get all dog-eared. They end up on the floor of the car and get trodden on. This…

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Memories of 2014, amazing giveaway!

I was lucky enough to be asked to review a book specially made for us by Love2read. When I had the opportunity to do the review, I realised that Libby would enjoy reading a book about her, but what happened next really surprised me. So let’s start from the beginning. The idea of the Love2read books is that you log onto their very simple website and upload your own photos, accompanied by a few words per page of your choosing. Last week was hectic to say the least for me, and I managed to create my book in about 10…

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Children’s Books for Christmas

You will notice a conspicuous absence in this review, as my little partner in crime who normally helps me to review children’s books is not allowed to see them. When I was offered the opportunity to review a set of Campbell Christmas books, I jumped at the chance, because Libby had already got her old Christmas books out and was insisting on listening to Christmas songs. I thought these would be ideal for her to review, but then things took on a different slant. When we wrote our letter to Santa, Libby was very insistent that she wanted him to…

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Hello School!

Libby was only two in June, but already we are starting to get concerned about her going to school. Our local school isn’t a place that I’d like to send her to, and getting into a different one is going to be difficult and may involve a house move. We will need to apply next year, and if we only get offered our local school I’ll home-school Libby until we manage to move to somewhere with a nice school. One of the best chances she’ll have of getting into a nice local school is if she goes to the nursery,…

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