• Booklists,  Nature

    Autumn Picture Books

    As we move into autumn, it’s time to refresh our book shelves. Now is the time to gather together all all your favourite stories that conjure up those feelings of crisp mornings, hushed walks, falling leaves and snuffling hedgehogs. Seasonal books are such a joy to include in your bedtime reading, morning baskets and read-alouds. They mark the turning of the year with such beautiful stories, and illustrations full of autumn colours. By introducing little ones to the changing of the season and all that it brings, these books become the perfect springboard for nature walks, weather studies, art projects and sparking their curiosity of the world around them. These…

  • Booklists,  Fiction

    Animal Stories – Chapter Books

    “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” – Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows The days are long and bright, and summer is in full swing! This time of year always reminds me of this wonderful quote from The Wind in the Willows – the image of rowboats and picnics, and lazing your way down a babbling river. It got me thinking about all my other favourite books where animals take centre stage! Those books where the animals tell their own story, and you are drawn into their wonderous world. With such memorable characters…

  • Booklists,  Fiction

    Books About Books!

    With World Book Day being celebrated this week, it seemed the perfect time to put together a list of my favourite books that are all about books! The day often gets swept away in the excitement of costumes (and last minute panic!) so I couldn’t resist picking some fantastic stories that put books at their centre and celebrate a love of reading! Which books would you add to the list? Picture Books Middle Grade Young Adult Happy Reading! Click on the book if you would like to purchase your own copy!   Note: All links are Amazon Affiliate links. I may earn a small commission from these links, at no cost whatsoever to…

  • Booklists,  Nature

    Seeds Theme Picture Books – Charlotte Mason Inspired Book List

    Nature projects are such a magical part of a child’s education. There are many things to discover and explore, it can be perfect for hands-on learning, and they provide a strong foundation for science studies. Nature studies can incorporate a variety of subjects – everything from science, math, crafts, creative writing, and of course stories! Stories can be placed at the heart of any element of your child’s education. Not only do you have factual books available, but you can also utilise living books. These are stories that make events come alive by drawing you into the subject, stirring your imagination and emotions, and meeting characters that draw you into…

  • Blog

    International Women’s Day

    If you were asked who your favourite female character was, who would you choose? It’s a tough one isn’t it! There are so many great women in literature – Jane Eyre, Miss Marple, Elizabeth Bennett – and in children’s literature the list would certainly include Jo March, Lucy Pevensie, Fern Arable, Matilda Wormwood and Hermione Granger. So who would I pick for my favourite heroine? I feel spoilt for choice, so thought I’d look beyond the classics and the names everyone perhaps knows or recognises. I want to point you in the direction of just a few heroines in children’s fiction that I have fallen in love with – those you…