Read, Play, Learn: On the Farm

Read, Play, Learn: On the Farm   Read, Play Learn: On the Farm Due to my background in education, and the years I spent teaching in a Early Years setting, I have been unable to resist applying some of that experience to raising my own child – hence this series of ‘Read, Play Learn‘ posts…

7 Easy Sensory Play Ideas for Babies

7 Easy Sensory Play Ideas for Babies   What is sensory play? Sensory play is a way of playing with your child that encourages them to use all of their senses – most people associate it with feeling different textures, but it can involve a variety of smells, sounds and flavours as well as feelings….

D.I.Y. Adorable Peg Doll Animals

D.I.Y. Adorable Peg Doll Animals   So I decided to try something a bit different! Alongside moving into a house that needs a lot of updating so learning a lot about home improvement, my boyfriend and I have been trying out lots of handicrafts. He has been crocheting and painting models while I have been…

Art inspired by Victor Dixen’s Ascension series

Ascension Blog Tour: Victor Dixen chooses his favourite fanart!       Recently I was lucky enough to win a copy of the first book in the Phobos series, Ascension, from Readers First. Advertised as ‘Love Island in Space’ I was unsure how much I would enjoy it, but ended up loving it! See my…

Book Review: Bestiary

Bestiary Written by Christopher Masters 256 pages Published by Thames & Hudson in collaboration with the British Museum Publication date: 16th October 2018 Summary (from Goodreads): Drawing on the world-leading scholarship and vast collections of the British Museum, Bestiary is a wonderful visual, thematic exploration of animals—real, surreal, and imaginary—as depicted on beautiful ritual objects…

Book Review: Rebel Voices

Rebel Voices Written by Louise K. Stewart Illustrated by Eve Lloyd Knight 48 pages Published by Wren and Rook (Hachette Kids) Publication date: 11th January 2018 Age range: 7+ Summary (from Goodreads): A beautifully illustrated celebration of the brave campaigners who fought for women’s right to vote. Discover that it was never illegal for women…

Book Rainbow: Orange Books Part 4

Exciting times! We have been living in our apartment now for more than 2 years. When we first moved in it was completely unfurnished, but we didn’t want to spend lots of money buying furniture when we are only renting and were worried that some of the furniture might not fit when we move into…

Book Rainbow: Orange Books Part 3

How are your bookshelves looking after adding your Christmas book haul? Here is a peek at a few more of the orange books on my shelves (See Part 1 and 2 here) Confessions of an Imaginary Friend by Michelle Cuevas A TIME magazine Top 10 Children’s Book of 2015 The whimsical “autobiography” of an imaginary…

Book Rainbow: Orange Books Part 1

Time to move on to a new colour – orange! I had initially thought that it would be difficult to gather 20 books with orange spines or covers, but found I had lots more than I had thought. What’s the predominant colour on your shelves? See the Red Book pile here. I also realised (after…

Book Rainbow: Red Books Part 5

The final part of the stack of red books gathered from around our apartment Do you own any of these books? Are there any you have read or would like to read? (Check out the first 16 books in this pile in post 1, 2, 3 and 4) A Shiver of Snow and Sky by…

Book Rainbow: Red Books Part 4

Continuing with the stack of red books with a quick summary and review of another four from the pile – see Part 1, 2 and 3 (starting from the bottom of the pile and moving upwards) Have you read any of these books? Any you would recommend? Next up in our stack are: Ketchup Clouds…

Book Rainbow: Red Books Part 3

See Part 1 and 2 for the first eight books in the stack! Another four books with predominantly red spines or covers. After the Fire by Will Hill The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade. Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially…