WIN – We’ve 6 copies of the National Geographic Kids ‘Weird but True!’ Annual to give away
Nov21

WIN – We’ve 6 copies of the National Geographic Kids ‘Weird but True!’ Annual to give away

When I was a kid, I was obsessed by ‘interesting facts’ that I used to ‘entertain’ people with. Even now I can reel off a string of amazing things you may not know, like the fact that your foot is the same length as the distance between your wrist and the inside of your elbow. Or did you know that the Colosseum in Rome had a retractable roof two thousand years ago? Or that the Cookie Monster’s real name...

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WIN 1 of 5 signed copies of Dragons Green – PLUS an advanced copy of The Chosen Ones!
Oct19

WIN 1 of 5 signed copies of Dragons Green – PLUS an advanced copy of The Chosen Ones!

Have you come across the rather wonderful Dragon’s Green yet? I’ll admit it – I put off reading it for ages (to be honest, I simply had ‘better’ things in my to-read pile than another children’s fantasy). Silly silly me. I read it last week in two long sittings – and I flipping LOVE this book! Firstly, never underestimate the appeal of a book with a glow-in-the-dark cover (I know!) – we...

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Zappar – the app I wanted to hate, but actually love.
Sep19

Zappar – the app I wanted to hate, but actually love.

My kids are all keen readers – and the idea of an app that makes reading ‘more fun’ was frankly wrong on every level for me. I honestly said no, we wouldn’t even look at it. I mean, come on. What in the world is more fun than reading? But of course not every child is as lucky as mine. Not every child finds reading fun and easy and exciting. Books aren’t always the window into a new world; sometimes...

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50 Books Every 11yr Old Should Read
Aug08

50 Books Every 11yr Old Should Read

I’ve just come across this list which I first posted five years ago. I exclaimed aloud a lot and spent literally 20 minutes Oooh!-ing, Yes!-ing, Oh-D’you-Remember?-ing, and long pauses whilst I drooled over the list. And now fully intend to work my way right through it. Some I’ve loved, some I’ve never even heard of, let alone read. This is a very clipped part of the article, reproduced with kind permission...

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Favourite Picture Book? Come on, everyone has one…
Aug04

Favourite Picture Book? Come on, everyone has one…

We do a lot of picture book reviews, and we love to cover the old classics as well as the latest titles. But I have a big gap in my knowledge, between my own childhood memories of the 70’s, and those of my firstborn in the early 2000’s. I’m on the hunt for everyone’s recommendations – come and share your own personal picture book favourites from your bookshelf; either the ones you loved as a child, or the...

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What’s YOUR favourite childhood book – come join in #favechildrenslit
Aug01

What’s YOUR favourite childhood book – come join in #favechildrenslit

This is going in right now over on Facebook – come over and share your own treasured childhood reading memories…  (just click the blue Facebook F in the top right and you’ll go right to it!) I've just spent a lovely spell over on Twitter where #favechildrenslit is trending. It got me thinking about my own… Posted by LittleStuff on Tuesday, 1 August...

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