Book Review: No Ballet Shoes in Syria

Book Review: No Ballet Shoes in Syria No Ballet Shoes in Syria Written by Catherine Bruton 272 pages Published by Nosy Crow Publication date: 2nd May 2019 Summary (from Goodreads): Aya is eleven years old and has just arrived in Britain with her mum and baby brother, seeking asylum from war in Syria. When Aya…

Book Review: Mira’s Curly Hair

Book Review: Mira’s Curly Hair Mira’s Curly Hair 32 pages Written by Maryam Al Serkal Illustrated by Rebeca Luciani Published by Lantana Publishing Publication date: 11th April 2019 Summary (from Goodreads): Mira doesn’t like her hair. It curls at the front. It curls at the back. It curls everywhere! She wants it to be straight…

The Funny Thing about Funny Books

Originally posted on Library Girl and Book Boy:
Those of you who follow my blog or engage with me on Twitter will know that I am passionate about children’s books, all children’s books, and the power they have to transform a child’s life.  There are few more powerful things parents can do for their children…

Book Review: Welcome to Our World

Book Review: Welcome to Our World   Welcome to Our World Written by Moira Butterfield Illustrated by Harriet Lynas 64 pages Published by Nosy Crow Publication date: 7th June 2018 Summary (from Goodreads): Children all over the world are very different, but they also have much in common. In this beautifully illustrated book, young children…

Book Review: Colour of People

Book Review: Colour of People Colour of People Illustrated by Mauricio Negro 32 pages Published by Little island Books Publication date: 5th July 2018 Summary (from the publisher): People come in different colours. But no matter what they look like, people all eat when they’re hungry, shiver when they’re cold, smile when they’re happy. Originally published in Brazil, this wordless…

5 ways blogging makes you better

I’m really loving my ‘listicle’-type posts recently! This is the first time I’ve tried out such a ‘click-baity’ title though… Anyway, on with the post… It used to be that blogging was a slightly geeky hobby, but it is now becoming more mainstream and a great opportunity to develop or showcase your skills. Here are…

2019 Goals

2019 Goals ‘New Year, New Me’ seems to be the general feeling around this time of year and it can be hard not to get caught up in making grand plans about all the wonderful things we will do this year, without keeping in mind that all of the time pressures and obligations from last…

5 Simple Steps to Learn a New Language

5 Simple Steps to Learn a New Language Happy New Year! Is one of your New Year’s resolutions this year to learn a new skill, such as a foreign language? Learning a new language provides multiple benefits, including improving your executive functioning, ability to switch between tasks and encouraging you to learn about another culture,…

Multilingual flashcard: Cello

Cello in 10 languages Happy Friday everyone! How are you planning to spend your weekend? Today’s multilingual flashcard is for the cello, a beautiful instrument that is commonly used both in orchestras and in smaller ensembles. The most famous piece of cello music is probably Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 I haven’t listened to that…

Multilingual flashcard: Flute

Multilingual flashcard: Flute Flutes are the earliest existing musical instruments, with examples having been discovered from around 43,000 years ago, made from bone. Flutes can be made from a variety of materials, including metal, wood, bone, fibreglass and many more. The name ‘flute’ actually refers to a family of instruments, varying in size and material….

Multilingual flashcard: Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to me! This is just to say thank you to everyone who has taken the time to say Happy Birthday today! While a birthday isn’t as much of an event for adults as it often is for children, I have been really touched by how many people have wished me well today and…

Multilingual flashcard: Violin

Violin in 10 languages Another popular music instrument today, following piano and my current theme of music. Stringed instruments have been common since antiquity but the violin, in its current form, emerged in 16th century Italy and has since become an important part of orchestras, as well as being used by soloists. Here are some…