Roald Dahl Day

13th September is Roald Dahl Day – a day when we celebrate a literary genius birthday. Roald Dahl was a novelist, poet, screen writer and a builder of imaginative lands. Roald Dahl is one of the most celebrated English authors – for both children and adults. Some of Roald Dahl’s most famous incarnations – Willy Wonka, the Oompa Lumpas’  for example remain famous characters Roald Dahl is an author of whose books I love. As… View Post

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Books To Stay Up Late Reading

How good is reading? Of all the things I wish I had more time to selfishly pursue, I think books would be number one. Yes, I love shopping and pampering, and I imagine getting your nails done must be lovely (I think I’ve had it done once in my life?), but curling up with a book (a real and actual book with pages to turn) is the simplest and most wonderful pleasure on earth. I… View Post

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My Favourite Book – The Secret Garden

I am an avid reader. The way I have written that sounds like a confession. I really do love books, there are books in the lounge, books in the kitchen, I have some book in my bedroom and of course the children have books in their room. Whilst growing up there was always a lot of books in the house and both my parents would read so I think my love of books stemmed from… View Post

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The Lost Smile book review

What makes Children Smile? Research has revealed it’s still the simple pleasures in life that make our children smile. Pulling silly faces (44%), reading stories (28%) and playing hide and seek (27%) remain the best and simplest ways of putting a smile on a child’s face, said the survey of 1,000 parents and children. According to Wrigley Extra, children smile up to 400 times a day!  Wow, that is a lot – even though that… View Post

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Book Review – Alfie Outdoors by Shirley Hughes

I absolutely love books and its something I try to encourage E to be interested in too, from an early age we have read to her every night and frequently she gets a book and sits and looks at them during the day. Alfie Outdoors is the brand new Alfie book. The book is about the outside world and is written and illustrated by Shirley Hughes. When we were given the opportunity to read and review… View Post

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