*Book Review Week – Julia Donaldson: My Children’s Favourites & Why (In Their Own Words)

My final post for the Kids Vs Copy Book Review Week is all about Julia Donaldson. I could wax lyrical about her rhyming couplets but that’s a bit Guardian Books for my liking. Instead, I’m going to let my kids take the lead which is much more fun. I’ve asked them to choose three Julia Donaldson books each and explain…

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*Book Review Week – 3 Books That Help Young Children Deal With Emotions (Ages 2-5)

We’re not immune to tantrums in our house. In fact they come with a depressing regularity… But it’s all too easy for me to roll my eyes and mutter under my breath, chastising my child for their unreasonable behaviour yet again. Last year I read an interesting article about the effects of a tantrum on a toddler. Their sense of shame…

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Book Of The Week: ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World’

Feminism is a dirty word these days but if you strip away the debasing headlines and everyday misogyny then you discover its true meaning; Equality. Men and women treated equally. It seems so simplistic when it’s written down right in front of you. So chuffing obvious. Equal pay in the work place. An equal shot at achieving a dream. What parent,…

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5 Essential Books for Bedtime (0-5yrs)

We love books in our house. Our bookshelves are overflowing with trips to Narnia and Hogwarts. Today I decided to bring order to our literary chaos. I did this by dividing the books up into two categories – 0-5yrs (Jess) and 6+ (Emily). Now each girl has an age appropriate range of stories in their bedroom. The bit before bed is the best time…

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Sharing Your Favourite Childhood Books With Your Children

Emily discovered Roald Dahl last year (cue air punch!) We’re both hooked. What a reawakening for me and what a revelation for her. I think I’ve been secretly waiting for this moment ever since she was born… We started with The Magic Finger, then The BFG, and now we’ve hit the crème de la crème egg – Charlie and the Chocolate…

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