• Booklists,  Festivals & Celebrations

    Valentine’s Day Picture Books

    It’s that time of year where everyone feels a bit more loved up. Although usually aimed at couples having candlelit dinners and eating boxes of chocs, I think it is the perfect time for family and loved ones. A simple family meal, being mindful of each other and just keeping that message of togetherness throughout your day. With that in mind I’ve picked a few of my favourite picture books with a love theme! Perfect bedtime reading with your little loved ones. Click on the book to buy your own copy! Want a printable copy of the list to keep track of your reading, plan your next bookshop trip or…

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    Books for Chinese New Year

    Chinese New Year will soon be upon us. This festival celebrates the beginning of a new year in the traditional Chinese calendar. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February. Explore the customs and history Chinese New Year, as well as traditional Chinese tales, with these favourite picture books! The perfect springboard to explore another culture and create your own celebrations to mark the occasion. Want a printable copy of the list to keep track of your reading, plan your next bookshop trip or take with you to your next library visit? Head over to the shop and…

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    Christmas Chapter Books

    Enter any bookshop at this time of year and you will often see a gorgeous display of Christmas picture books full of lots of bright colours and festive cheer, traditional stories and familiar characters, rhymes and illustrations. But what about when your little reader begins to get older? You might start searching for a chapter book – a story that your young bookworm can read independently, or that would a perfect read-aloud, snuggling up for a chapter each night and the eager anticipation of what will happen next! These seem to be a slightly rarer breed, and it’s not always as easy to conjure titles to mind – The Snowman,…

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    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…

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    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…