Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Deeplight

Book Spotlight: Deeplight   Deeplight Written by Frances Hardinge Cover art by Aitch 416 pages Published by Pan Macmillan and Amulet Books (Abram) Publication date: 31st October 2019 (UK) ; 14th April 2020 (USA) Summary (from Goodreads): Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea meets Frankenstein in Frances Hardinge’s latest fantasy adventure The gods are dead. Decades…

Book Review: The Wonder Machine

Book Review: The Wonder Machine   The Wonder Machine Written by Barry Timms Illustrated by Laura Brenlla 24 pages Published by Little Tiger Publication date: 5th September 2019 (hardback), 11th June 2020 (paperback) Summary (from Little Tiger): Haven’t you heard? Wolf is building a machine. A machine that makes dreams come true! “My greatest invention…

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…

Book Review: Baby Loves Earth

Book Review: Baby Loves Earth Baby Loves Earth Written by Jennifer Eckford Illustrated by Teresa Bellon 30 pages Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Publication date: 2nd June 2020 Summary (from Goodreads): E is for Elephant, T is for Tree, W is for Warming, and X is for eXtinct in this beautiful ABC book designed…

5 ideas for tummy time

5 ideas for tummy time   Have you heard the terminology ‘tummy time’? As a new parent I heard it mentioned that tummy time was important as it encourages the baby to hold their head up, developing their neck muscles. The name seemed self-explanatory – put the baby on their tummy for some time each…

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….

5 things you need during pregnancy

5 things you will need during pregnancy (5 pregnancy essentials which don’t cost the Earth but will make a massive difference to your well-being!) What do you really need to get you through your pregnancy? Obviously, every individual and every pregnancy is different and you first need to take advice from your doctor or midwife…

Waiting on Wednesday: 2020’s biggest debut

Waiting on Wednesday: 2020’s biggest debut Waiting on Wednesday is usually where I post all about books that I am excited to read, many of which have yet to be published. However, I’m currently feeling impatient and waiting for something…or someone… else! Working title (i.e. Bump Nickname): Jellybean Estimated publication date: 18th February 2020 Our…

5 of the most beautiful words in the English language

5 of the most beautiful words in the English language   I am endlessly fascinated by the vagaries and specificities of language, particularly when it comes to words which are difficult to translate because they encapsulate such a large or small concept. Check out some unique words in other languages or untranslatable words. Here are…

Book Review: Sofa Surfer

Book Review: Sofa Surfer Sofa Surfer Written by Malcolm Duffy 320 pages Published by Zephyr Publication date: 6th February 2020 Summary (from Goodreads): ‘A story with great heart, and wisdom, which shows the healing power of true friendship’ Ele Fountain, author of Boy 87. Written with humour and heart, Sofa Surfer looks at what it means to be…

Giveaway! Win a copy of A Queen in Hiding, new epic fantasy from Sarah Kozloff

Giveaway! A Queen in Hiding by Sarah Kozloff   A Queen in Hiding Written by Sarah Kozloff 477 pages Published by Tor Books Publication date: 21st January 2020 Summary (from Goodreads): Orphaned, exiled and hunted, Cérulia, Princess of Weirandale, must master the magic that is her birthright, become a ruthless guerilla fighter, and transform into…