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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 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 …

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8 Todd Parr Books About Families

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 …

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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 collecting research about why some children seem …

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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. And that’s not surprising. NICU parents say that the experience of having a baby who was born early and sometimes very unwell can be overwhelming. As well as the shock of their baby’s early arrival and/or illness …

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How to Choose Books for Babies

How to Choose Books for Babies

Do you find it hard to choose good books for babies? Not too long ago, a new friend asked me how I choose the books I include in my book gift baskets for babies and I really had to think about it. When I’m looking through a book, it doesn’t take me long to decide whether I think it’s a good book for a baby but I realised …

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Why Reading to Babies Really Matters

Why Reading to Babies Really Matters

Reading to babies is great fun and we know it’s important for their development. But why exactly does it matter and when should we begin reading aloud? The short answer is that reading aloud helps build our babies’ brains and promotes bonding so it’s best to begin at birth. The slightly longer answer, courtesy of recent developments in neuroscience, is …

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Write the Perfect Baby Gift Card Message

Write the Perfect Baby Gift Card Message

  How do you write the perfect baby gift card message? You've chosen a cute gift and it's been carefully wrapped. You've bought an appropriate baby gift card and now you'd like to add a personal message which expresses the happiness you feel for the new parents...

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Hello!

I’m Felicity.

I blog 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.