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Why Nursery Rhymes and Poems Still Matter in 2020

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 I find that many parents (and even a few fellow teachers) simply aren’t aware of how important nursery …

Nurturing Children’s Emotional and Mental Health

Nurturing Children’s Emotional and Mental Health

October is Mental Health Month and today is World Mental Health Day.

As a mum and as a teacher, children’s emotional and mental health is a subject that’s very close to my heart.

For several years, I’ve been investigating the reasons why some children seem to be naturally contented, calm and resilient while others seem to be the opposite …

Reading to A Baby in the NICU

Reading to A Baby in the NICU

For parents with a baby in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), reading aloud is not something that comes immediately to mind.

NICU parents say that the experience of having a baby who was born early and sometimes very unwell is overwhelming.

As well as the shock of their baby’s early arrival, mums and dads with a baby in …

Hello!

I’m Felicity.

I write about children’s books and reading and about their potential for enriching the lives of young humans.

I review picture books, board books and sometimes books for older children.

As well as being a lover of all things to do with books and reading, I’m a mum of three young adults and a primary school teacher.

I also create gift baskets filled with the very best books for children from newborns to four-year-olds.

Welcome. It’s nice to meet you.