Posts from the category: Books

Longer Stories & Chapter Books to Read Aloud to Preschoolers

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In response to my recent post, Living with an Imaginative Child, one reader asked at what stage I introduced Enid Blyton to Immy.The short answer is when she was three years old. The long answer includes a little more detail about how reading longer stories and novels together came to happen in our … [Read more...]

Starting School: Books to Help Ease the Transition

books about starting school

The thought of starting school is very exciting for both child and family but for many children there is a fine line between excited and over-excited or anxious. I find using stories can be a positive, low stress way of introducing information about school to children. Some of the books we … [Read more...]

Library Picks 2011: Top Picture Book Picks

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Last year I published our "Please read it for the 7432th time" list of Immy's favourite library books. Towards the end of 2011, Immy started to enjoy us reading a lot more novels and chapter books with her (which I will share in a later post) but we all still love a good picture book.  Here are the … [Read more...]

Kids Books 101: Parrot Carrot

Parrot Carrot

I have written before about the value of rhyme and the fun that playing around with rhyming words can add to early literacy development ( you'll find references in these posts - here, here and here). We recently received a copy of the newly released Parrot Carrot by Jol and Kate Temple (Allen … [Read more...]

Our Christmas Reading Pile: Picture Books

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Here are some of the Christmas themed picture books Immy is enjoying right now... Christmas Wombat, Jackie French & Bruce Whatley, 2011 Immy is already a big fan of the quirky Diary of a Wombat and Diary of a Baby Wombat and was excited to receive Christmas Wombat this week.  It offers a … [Read more...]

Literacy Spot #39:Growing Kids who Read

Reading in bed with Dad, on holidays: 10 months old I am unwell and stuck in bed so for today's Literacy Spot I am sharing a post that was first published in August of 2009, back when only a few of you were on this blogging journey with me :) I started reading early with Immy. Once the … [Read more...]

How to Make Book Cover Bunting

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A few months ago when I published pictures of our book corner I had a number of readers ask how I made the book cover bunting hanging in the space. So here it is... I scanned the covers of our favourite picture books and used an iron on t-shirt transfer paper compatible with my … [Read more...]

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...]