• Booklists,  Festivals & Celebrations

    Spooky Chapter Books

    Bedtime stories take a Halloween twist this week with my favourite chapter books! First up I’m looking at stories for under 8’s. These are books with a spooky vibe, but nothing too scary for young readers! They are great for developing readers with simple chapters and illustrations, but also perfect for confident readers who love a good story. And don’t forget read-alouds for family storytime! There are classic favourites like Mildred Hubble, as well as some new faces such as the fabulous Amelia Fang! I would love to hear which books you are enjoying this Halloween! Do join in the conversation here in the comments, or with The Cupboard community…

  • Booklists,  Festivals & Celebrations

    My Favourite Halloween Picture Books

    The trees are shedding their leaves, the air is getting chilly and jumpers, hats and scarves are being dug out of wardrobes. The nights are drawing in and Halloween is fast approaching. These dark nights create the perfect atmosphere for reading spooky stories! They can be especially thrilling for little readers – there has always been a fascination for children with ghosts and ghouls, witches and things that go bump in the night! This is reflected in the amazing choice of picture books and I couldn’t resist picking out some of my favourites for you! There are lots of well-loved classics, as well as some newer titles, that I think…

  • Booklists,  Nature

    Trees Theme – Favourite Picture Books

    If you go down to the woods today there’s lots of things to find! Exploring trees as a study topic can lead you down many different paths – how a tree grows, the different types and how to identify them, the animals that make trees their homes and, of course, their importance for the environment. It can be a springboard for art projects, nature journaling, creative writing prompts and imaginative play! I’ve chosen my top ten books with a tree theme – a perfect mix of stories and facts to help you dive into the world of trees! As an added bonus, I’ve picked out a few tree-themed stories that…

  • Booklists,  Nature

    Ponds & Frogs Picture Books

    Who remembers pond dipping? Grabbing a net and bucket, pulling on your wellies and seeing what strange creatures were lurking beneath the water. Pond skaters and water boatman, frogspawn and snails! It is such a perfect activity for children to get hands-on with nature – hunting, identifying, drawing and recording their findings. It can take you down many different paths – learning about the life cycle of frogs, the world of dragonflies, the secret creatures that live beneath the water, or even finding out about the larger animals that rely on the pond. I had in mind to find lots of lovely story books with a pond theme to share…