A Christmas Tale by Joules – the perfect Christmas Eve box book

Making up a Christmas Eve box has become as much a part of my Christmas planning as the big day itself. I have been doing them for Miss Marnie for a few years now – but this year’s feels like it will be the first one she will really embrace and hopefully take in. Maybe because we’re having our first Christmas at home – rather than going to stay with family – as I want to create some of our…

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10 Classic Spook-tacular Halloween books for kids

Get ready for Halloween with these not-to-scary books for the little ones… Funnybones by Janet & Allan Ahlberg £5.24 – A Classic. I had this as a child and recently found a copy in our local charity shop. This is the first book in the series of the Skeleton family and their nighttime adventures. What’s in the Witch Kitchen? by Nick Sharratt £9.99 – A fab lift the flap book that shows a trick or a treat depending on with door/cupboard…

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Our 10 favourite Julia Donaldson books for toddlers

From: ‘A Squash and A Squeeze’ Every night before bed Miss Marnie gets to choose her 3 books before bed – and more often than not they are all by Julia Donaldson. No surprise when the children’s author and poet has published over 60 books – and we’ve a large collection already. Many I search out in charity shops – I have found some great ones in almost-perfect condition. And, plus I don’t really mind as the rhyming words are…

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Travel books & guides that transport kids from the comfort of home

Before Miss Marnie arrived we travelled a lot. We took 2-3 holidays a year which often involved taking in several places or stops in order to a see as much as possible. We may not be able to travel so much now with a toddler – not because we won’t take her away – but because we’ve been discovering different types of holidays like Bluestone, Disneyland Paris and – soon Butlin’s. But, one thing I do want to instill in Miss…

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10 Classic books celebrating a special birthday in 2015!

I love classic kids books. Although Miss Marnie has a mixture of new and old – it’s always the ones that have stood the test of time that we come back to night after night. I think I must read Goodnight Moon Every. Night. – and so much so that she even knows the words that are coming next. As for The Hungry Caterpillar she pretty much can read it from memory (as of course she can’t read yet!) and…

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