In our house it is mostly me that reads books to the boys, even at bed time. We will also take some time out during the day though to sit down and read, especially when they are getting a little boisterous! Sometimes however, they just need Daddy to read, particularly when it is a book about how much I Love My Daddy.
Find out why each dad deserves his shiny star in this concentric, colourful book of giving. Bright artwork from Fhiona Galloway and a cheerful rhyming story makes learning come alive.
The boys were sent this book last month to show Daddy how much they love him, though not just on Father’s Day, but every day of course. As I read to them the majority of the time, it’s nice to see them all sat together even with a simple book like this. Read more
I have to admit I was quite curious about the main subject of this book, Happily by Sophie Tanner – self marriage – as I had never heard of such a thing previously and I must admit I thought it was a bit odd…
How far will you go for your Happily Ever After?
Chloe Usher’s had enough of being asked why she’s ‘still single’; people can’t seem to understand why she’s not freaking out about the slippery slope to spinsterhood. But, as far as Chloe’s concerned, life is sweet; she’s happy, she loves her job, her friends and her flat share next to Brighton beach. One summer evening, after being told that she will never know what love is until she has children, she decides to say ‘actually, I do!’ and announces to her friends that she’s going to marry herself. She’s not quite prepared for the huge reaction to her news on social media and finds herself thrust firmly into the public eye; suddenly she’s a spokesperson for every crazy cat lady out there. With the warm support of her colourful extended family, Chloe attempts to justify her self wedding and the events that unfold take her on a bumpy journey of self-discovery – making exciting new connections and settling old ghosts.
This is a cheeky, original and light-heartedly subversive tale that challenges the notion of ‘settling down’.
As you can probably tell by now, we really love books in this house! Jacob is already familiar with his colours, whereas Noah is still learning about colours and objects so a book we were recently sent to review – Colours Colours Everywhere – fits the bill for both of these.
The Colours Colours Everywhere book itself is hardback, which I do prefer for my children as Noah especially, is a bit of a book ninja (I may have mentioned that before?). The book contains all of the primary colours and those in between, including black & white. Some of the pictures on the pages are also 3D and can be seen through almost every page of the book, making it good for sensory learning too as the child can feel the pictures as well as looking and learning. Read more
If you have been reading my blog recently you may have noticed that I have two little boys who are quite into dinosaurs at the moment. Add to that our love of books, and the fact that Jacob is currently loving learning about the outdoors, and The Cloudosaurus Rex is a book that we are finding great right now!
A fun rhyming action book, perfect for children aged 3 – 6 years who love to join in with the actions and the rhyming verse as they learn about other people’s feelings, the days of the week and the weather. Blurb: May, Adelle and Eddie go outside to play, but the weather keeps changing every day. They see a Cloudosaurus Rex, king of the sky: it’s he who decides if it’s wet or dry. You can learn the days of the week together, as the Cloudosaurus Rex changes the weather. Read more
I have mentioned recently that we have had sleep issues with both boys; we made some changes to Noah’s routine so it was different to Jacob’s (where we had the most issues) and he does seem to be better at bed time, though sometimes he can be a proper little monkey (like a few nights ago when he headbutted me in the mouth – ouch). In order to try and improve this some more, a few weeks ago we added a new bedtime story to his routine – The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep.