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Where Are You? Personalised books from Wonderbly

There’s nothing quite so engaging for children as a personalised book. It’s easy to tune out when you’re reading, or listening to someone read. Drift off into a different world and not really concentrate on what you’re doing. The one thing that always brings you back down to earth though is hearing or reading your name. The Wonderbly Where Are You books ensure that children’s attention can’t possibly drift away because each book is personalised so it’s all about that child. Where are you … ? The original Where Are You book is set in a parallel universe. When ordering…

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Book recommendations for primary school children September 2019

This month, the girls and I are continuing on our search for engaging books for primary school children. A summer of bedtime stories has finally got us through Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Without pausing for breath we’ve moved straight on to The Goblet of Fire. Aside from that, we’ve been looking for books they enjoy reading themselves to keep up their reading ability during the holidays. Plus, audio books have helped us out on long car journeys. We’ve found some really gorgeous, engaging books this month that I’m happy to recommend. As always, please do let me…

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Book recommendations for primary school children July 2019

Reading is arguably the most important academic skill a child can learn. It’s the foundation all other subjects are based on. However when our girls reached primary school age, it became increasingly difficult to find books they engaged with. This post combines new releases with old favourites that our girls are loving at the moment. Please do leave me a comment with your own recommendations, we’re always looking for new ideas. Books for Key Stage 1 Little People, Big Dreams series My sister bought two books from the Little People, Big Dreams series for Lia’s birthday. We have Rosa Parks…

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Finding the joy in reading

Society puts a huge pressure on young children to learn to read. Very early on in school, they start recognising letters, piecing together words and eventually reading them out loud with the correct expression and punctuation. Books come home and it’s a parent’s job to listen to their child read. Encourage them when they’re right, work through errors and help the child to learn. Learning to read Every day, Libby would bring home her reading book. We’d plough through it. She’d get frustrated that it was difficult and I’d be left questioning how she could get totally stuck on a…

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10 best bedtime stories for preschool to key stage 1

We’re not ones for routine, in fact life tends to be quite chaotic here. Days out and even holidays are often spontaneous. Best laid plans often descend into chaos and bedtime isn’t at the same time every day. But the one thing we do insist on is a bedtime story. Every night before bed, one of us will cuddle up with the girls in our bed and read our favourite books. These have changed over the years, but there’s one that I suspect will remain a favourite for years to come. Here are my top ten bedtime stories for children…

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