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Time Travel Books for Kids

I have to confess we are total time travel junkies in our house. We have been known to get ever so mildly obsessed with Doctor Who. (We have Dalek cutters for cripes sake!) And in those lulls of inactivity from the Doctor we lap up time travel books. And these are just a few of our fave time travel books for kids....

Scary Books For Kids

Uh oh! Scary books for kids! It's a tricky one isn't it? Is it really a good idea for our kids to read stuff that's going to scare them witless? That might give them bad dreams? And have them running down the landing to jump in your bed in the middle of the night?...

What To Read After Harry Potter

Oh my lord, what are you going to do? How will you survive? It's a total catastrophe! Yep. Your kids have finished Harry Potter!!! What can ever match the strength of friendships they forged at Hogwarts? The delight of discovering Diagon Alley? And the pure excitement of each plot twist? That Special Harry Thing 'Cos

Classic Children’s Books

To be honest, I can't think of anything much better than snuggling up with my daughter to start a new book. We have explored so many new worlds and made so many new friends, together. (Yes, yes I know it's corny!) But there's also something special in a different way about rediscovering old worlds and old friends with our kids in classic books we read or listened to as kids, isn't there? Sure there's not the busting excitement of a totally new book, but there's some magical connection when our kids enter the worlds we entered as kids ... and that maybe even their grandparents and their great grandparents entered when they were kids! This book list started as I went rummaging in my parents attic for those classic books from my childhood that I wanted to share with my daughter. I couldn't find all of them ... the resident squirrels are voracious readers! ... and that sparked all sorts of conversations about long forgotten books borrowed from libraries and classic books my parents read as kids but somehow I didn't. And so the list grew. And then there were amazing - how could we have missed them! - Carnegie and Newberry winning suggestions from aunties and uncles and cousins ... And the list grew some more ... And after several years it is well thumbed and crumpled - the paper version that is :-) - but has been the most fantastic resource for birthdays and Christmas presents and trips to the library and hunts in old book shops. And I do hope you'll enjoy reading your way through it as much as we have ... ...

Short Stories for Children

I'm realising more and more that great short story collections are gold dust at so many transitions points in kids' reading journeys. There's the period when they're growing out of picture books, but aren't quite ready for the long haul of listening to a chapter book. Then the transition to independent reading when again chapter books are just too much. Plus those tricky moments when they just don't want to read and there's no chance of them ploughing through 200 pages!...

First Chapter Books for Younger Children …

Finding good first chapter books for kids really is tricky, isn't it? Following a plot chapter after chapter is just such a big step up for kids. And we've struggled with quite a few chapter books even though they seemed to have quite simple vocabulary and themes. From our experience, I reckon the secret ingredient

Picture Books For Under 5s

Devouring picture books with under fives has to be one of the loveliest parts of parenting. Reading the same blinking book on loop, 50 times in one weekend, not so much! Variety's definitely the name of the game. You just can't have enough picture books for littlies whether bought or borrowed from library and friends ... ... even if it does mean they take over every single room of the house!...