Posts from the category: Books

We Play: Playing All Over the World

Green eggs and hame

We read often in our house. At any time of the day, in any room of our house (though one of our favourite places to read is our book space which I featured on Friday).  Most days we read at breakfast time, a ritual which began as an attempt to keep a busy toddler at the table for the duration of the … [Read more...]

Kids Books 101: Get Outdoors and Read!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This is a guest post by Megan Blandford of Writing Out Loud and Kids Book Review. There are so many fascinating things for children (and adults!) to see, do and experience outside. But there are also times - bedtime, for example - that you simply can’t be outdoors with your kids. These are the … [Read more...]

E-book Review: Parenting With Positive Guidance


Today a keyword search for books on 'parenting' at will net you 61,181 titles to choose from. Publishers are tapping into the struggle of modern day parents in their search for a quick fix to sleep problems, a simple formula for fussy eating or an ABC for handling behavioural … [Read more...]

Our Top Library Picks: Picture Books


We head to the library at least once a fortnight and love discovering new books.  Yesterday Immy, Dad 101 and I were all discussing our favourite borrows and I thought I would share some of our top picks from 2010. Some are newer, some are old classics and all were on our "Yes, we will read it to … [Read more...]

Learning Letters Playfully

learning letters playfully_introducing phonics

I smiled when I saw this Twitter tweet last week, in response to my post, 10 Ways to Motivate Your Child to Love Reading - "And not one of them involves learning letters." I had wondered if anyone would notice that my post about loving reading indeed did not talk about learning letters. That is … [Read more...]

10 Ways To Motivate Your Child to Love Reading


The process of learning to read will generally be easier for a child who already loves reading. This child knows that reading is enjoyable and informative and useful. This child knows that the words and pictures on a page communicate meaning. This child has had many, many positive associations with … [Read more...]

9 Things To Notice When Reading with Kids


Following on from 7 Things to Notice on the Cover, here are nine things to notice inside a book when reading with children. Sometimes; 1. As you read a new book, pause to make observations together or ask questions about what is happening in the story. 2. In picture books, illustrations are … [Read more...]

Reading With Kids: 7 Things to Notice On the Cover


When reading together with your child take a moment to notice the following on the cover before you begin; 1. Read the title of the book. You might like to point out the words which make up the title with your finger. 2. Read and point out the name of the author. 3. And the … [Read more...]