Gift Guide: Inspirational Books for Kids

I love reading books to the kids, and Athena is now starting to try to read books herself- she’s definitely way more interested in the actual story-line these days rather than just looking at the pictures. I’ve put together a bumper selection of amazing books you can add to your kid’s Christmas lists, each one is either inspirational, a bit educational or just really special. Books that you’ll enjoy reading too hopefully! First up is the ‘Little Box of Books‘ selection, which is a subscription service offering diverse and inclusive children’s books. One’s that smash gender stereotypes and with non-typical family set ups, and more! I loved that each book came with a ‘thinking pad’, activities and puzzles connected to the storylines from the books, and three beautifully wrapped and presented…

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Oskar’s Amazing Adventure (Book & Theatre Show)

This coming Saturday we will be going into Brighton to see a showing of Oskar’s Amazing Adventure at the Komedia in Brighton. We’ve been sent the book in advance so we could get used to the story and find out what Oscars adventure is all about. Both my kids absolutely love live performances but they also love reading so it’s really nice to be able to introduce them to the story before we go and see the stage show. Oskar’s Amazing Adventure is a story by Colin Granger and Lisa Smith; it follows the story of Oskar the puppy as he’s looking for some friendly animals to play with in the snow. The thing is he can’t find any!  The story shares the tale of why he has to wait until…

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Our favourite Christmas Kids Books (Giveaway)

Christmas is a lovely time of year for reading, it’s cold so snuggling on the sofa under the blanket is something we do a lot of! Our Christmas book collection is growing year on year, and it’s now big enough to fill up the kids little book shelf in the corner of the living room! I’ve picked five current favourites and wanted to share why we love them… Willa and the Bear – Willa is a little girl who has lost her beloved ragdoll, but she looses it on a sleigh ride, and Willa is really upset! Thankfully the ragdoll reappears, but how? The pictures in this book are so special, really folky-feeling, they give me the warm and fuzzies! Athena really loves this book, we’ve read it every night…

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What the Kids Read: Alain Grée Ilustrated Encyclopedia

We’re already huge fans of Alain Grée’s books and I have a new favourite! His Illustrated Encyclopedia that has just launched is just perfect for kids with a huge thirst for knowledge that are always asking questions! It’s a hard backed book packed full of facts, figures and most importantly illustrations in his signature style, with a retro feel as they’re original drawings and paintings from the sixties and seventies. There are different sections covering all sorts of topics, from space to nature, with clear layouts and each item is labelled with a clear font in lower case – so perfect for kids like Athena who are just starting out with learning to read as they can recognise the letters easily. Athenas favourite section is the ‘In the forest’ pages,…

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What the Kids Read in October

     I’m here with another installment of ‘What the Kids Read’ and this month we have been reading so much more than usual (which is a lot anyway) as Athena now has school books to read. However, said school books are dull as dishwater, so we need to spice things up on the literary front with fun books! I get why they have to be repetitive, short and use specific words as she’s learning to read but it’s not that inspiring I must say! I’m glad though that we not only have shelves of kids books already but that we get fun new books sent to review too, definitely a huge perk of having a parenting blog! This months favourites features Athena’s two current favourites, three of Arlos’ and one…

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What the Kids Read: Books and Pieces (3 for £10!)

Every few months or more I write a little post up about the books that my kids have enjoyed looking at, and books I have enjoyed reading to them as neither can read yet! We have lots of books, they’re all over the house and they’re the one thing I really don’t mind being left about! Books can be used for so many things, fun, learning, calming down after being upset, distraction… and I’m pleased to share the news that my family are now part of the Books and Pieces Parent Panel! We’ll be sharing some great books on the blog over the next few months and have a discount code for readers to use too! Recently we’ve been reading two of the books at most bedtimes, Alien School &…

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What the Kids Read: Everybody Farts & Superheroes

There are a few books in rotation this month in our house, a few the kids like to read together and a few personal favourites from both kids. They’ve both got more interested in books, and instead of a pre-bedtime session with a few books, we often read them after breakfast or at points during the day, which is lovely!

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