20 Valentine’s Day Books For Kids

Are Valentine’s Day children’s books a thing these days? Well, yes and no. As a mum and now as a teacher, I use Saint Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to discuss two things: the origins of Valentine’s Day and the celebrations and customs which go along with it; and the concept of love in all its many forms. For many years now I’ve been using picture books …

11 Chinese New Year Books For Kids

Looking for Chinese New Year books to help introduce your child to the celebrations and traditions which surround the lunar new year?I’ve put together a list of 11 fantastic Chinese New Year books to help you. The Chinese New Year always falls some time between 21 January and 20 February and this year the celebrations begin on 25 January 2020 …

12 Great Books of Nursery Rhymes for Kids

Bookshops and libraries were once full of books of nursery rhymes for kids. I have a lovely collection of books of nursery rhymes for babies and toddlers which dates back to the years when my children were small but finding a good book of nursery rhymes these days can be hard. Yet nursery rhymes and poems continue to play an important role in the learning-to-read journey …

Why Nursery Rhymes and Poems Still Matter in 2020

Nursery rhymes and poems are great fun to share with young children but did you know they also play an important role in building the foundations for learning to read? If you didn’t, you’re not alone. I didn’t know this when my children were small and today I find that most parents (and even a few fellow teachers) aren’t aware of how important nursery rhymes and poems are for little ones …

8 Todd Parr Books About Families

Have you read any Todd Parr books with your little people? I’ve been using a selection of Todd Parr books in the classroom for some years now and I’m always delighted when a new one is released. Todd was originally an artist but he’s now written over 35 books picture books for children …