Make Polish gingerbread cookies
This time last year we had just sent our trial subscribers the beautifully written and illustrated The Fish in the Bathtub by Eoin Colfer. It's a story set in Poland at Christmas and we included a recipe for delicious Polish gingerbread, or pierniczki (pronounced pier-nitch-key), in the activity pack that accompanied the book. Why not have a go at making some yourself this year?
Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Our favourite books of 2018
Having thought back through the year we came up with these 10 fabulous titles which we’ve particularly enjoyed sharing with our families. Some are new books, others are old favourites and all of them would make a fantastic present under the tree this Christmas.
Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Our Christmas book edit
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? With only a month to go, we’re sure you are already racking your brains for Christmas gift ideas. It won’t surprise you to hear that, in our opinion, books make the best gifts for kids of all ages! So we've shared five of our Christmas favourites.
Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2018
The power of funny books
Funny books are a serious business. It’s easy to dismiss them as frivolous and silly, but for nurturing a love of reading and encouraging reluctant readers in particular, they are extremely powerful.
Posted on Friday, November 16, 2018
Our Halloween reading recommendations
We've recently enjoyed reading (and re-reading) some Halloween-related books with our kids. Here we share our top 6 spooky reads for you to try.
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Bookish activities for half term
We find it useful to always have a few activities up our sleeves when the kids are on school holidays, for those moments when tempers are fraying, or the weather has scuppered our plans. We share some of our favourite book-related activities from around the web.
Posted on Monday, October 22, 2018
Inspire a lifelong love of reading
Reading builds language and literacy but that’s not where the benefits end. Studies show that reading for pleasure also has an enormous impact on our children’s emotional and social development. We share our tips for making reading an integral part of your family life.
Posted on Monday, October 15, 2018
Let’s talk about books
By sharing and talking about the books we’ve read, we are able to explore what they mean to us and how they relate to our own lives, and that applies as much to our children as it does to us and our book club friends. Indeed, books allow our children to explore, question and work things out for themselves. So how do we encourage our kids to experience the joy and benefits of talking about books?
Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2018
Go on a literary adventure in London
Pairing a book with a day out is a great way to build the excitement and anticipation for your trip but we also know that encouraging children to think a bit more deeply about what they’ve read, and connect it to their own experiences, is hugely beneficial. We share ideas for five fabulous days out in London.
Posted on Saturday, October 13, 2018
Our favourite female heroines
Children’s literature is packed full of inspiring and empowering female characters. We were spoiled for choice when compiling this list, so share just five of our favourites.
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2018
Our favourite graphic novels
Graphic novels are a great way of getting emerging and reluctant readers of all ages reading by themselves. They are a feast for the eyes, packed full of images to help engage young readers, while at the same time offering the sort of complex plot lines and deeper characterisation that middle grade readers are ready for. We share some of our favourite books and series for you to explore.
Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Discovering great (new) books
One thing we hear from parents time and again is that their kids will only read books by their favourite author or in their favourite series. While this sort of reading behaviour isn't neccessarily a bad thing, we share our tips for encouraging your child to read more widely.
Posted on Monday, October 8, 2018