READ TO YOUR BABY EVERY DAY – Chloe Giordano, Rachel Williams

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RELEASED: 14/03/2019
PUBLISHER: Frances Lincoln
GENRE: Children’s Poetry, Nursery Rhymes, Picture Book

Science tells us that babies develop best when they are spoken to, sung to and read to. Introduce your baby to a world of words and pictures with these 30 classic nursery rhymes from the Mother Goose collection and beyond paired with images of Chloe Giordano’s delightful hand-embroidered illustrations on cloth.

Even when they’re tiny, the sound of their parents’ voices helps babies make sense of the world and feel comfortable with new people and places. This treasury gives you the opportunity to rediscover just how useful (and calming) these best-loved nursery rhymes are in one, handsome volume.

I adore a good nursery rhyme, and have many fond memories of watching my favourite VHS of nursery rhymes over and over again (I finally found it on YouTube!) and so when I was offered a copy of a new book of nursery rhymes from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books for review I jumped at the chance!

Read To Your Baby Everyday is a beautiful addition to anyone’s collection; it’s really unique in the fact that the illustrations are all taken from hand-embroidered cloth! It’s so clever and I really enjoyed taking the time to appreciate every detail in the book. I think that the one thing that held me back on giving it 5 stars is that it’s not always the most engaging book for a child as it’s not as bright as I would’ve liked. Other than that, I can’t fault it and it really would make a perfect gift for a little one.

I would highly recommend Read To Your Baby Everyday as a way to showcase some of the best nursery rhymes that we’ve all grown up knowing and loving, in a new and fresh take on a gift book.


Thank you to Nicky at Quarto for sending me a copy of this book

 

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YOUR MIND IS LIKE THE SKY – Bronwen Ballard, Laura Carlin

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RELEASED: 07/02/2019
PUBLISHER: Frances Lincoln
GENRE: Picture Book, Mental Health

Your mind is like the sky. Sometimes it’s clear and blue – but sometimes a raincloud thought comes along and makes everything seem dark. So what can we do about rainclouds? This beautiful picture book, written by child psychologist Bronwen Ballard and illustrated by award-winning artist Laura Carlin, shows children that worries and negative thoughts are normal and helps them develop healthy thinking habits. Tips on mindfulness and extra resources for parents are included at the back of the book.

As someone who struggles with controlling my thoughts, I was very intrigued when I heard about this book. Mindfulness is something that I haven’t found useful in the past, much as I’d love it to be! So, I was really hoping that a picture book aimed at children may help me a little bit more…

Luckily, I was not disappointed.

Your Mind Is Like The Sky is a beautiful book with a powerful message; whilst you can’t control your thoughts, you can accept them and learn to deal with the different types. I love how thoughts are personified into clouds; this makes them seem less scary, and shows that, despite how dark they can be sometimes, they are only thoughts and they will pass. Unlike many books that focus on mindfulness, there isn’t too much text which made this book stand out even more. It reads just like a normal story and is just the right length to make it useful but not overwhelming.

At the back, something that’ll make this book more useful for parents and teachers is the breakdown of how mindfulness works and what you can do to help children. That said, I think that this book is useful for people of all ages who struggle with raincloud thoughts making this an essential addition to your collection of books about mental health.


Thank you to Ellen at Quarto for sending me a copy of this book.

Six for Sunday: 9th December 2018

Hello and welcome to Day 9 of Blogmas! This week’s is a lovely reflection on my year of blogging. Only three left of this half of 2018’s prompts – you can find the prompts here! This week’s topic is:

2018 Blogging Highlights

1.  Sunflowers in February. I’m very proud of this post as it has my highest views to date and really got me feeling good about starting up my blog and developing my Twitter!

2. Being added to a blogger list for a publisher.

3. Hitting 1000 likes.

4. My first author interview, which was with Heather Trim.

5. Posting the first review of Fierce Fragile Hearts that the author was aware of!

6. Taking part in some fab blog tours, especially Differently Normal and No Sad Songs.

 

What have been your blogging highlights for 2018?

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Picture Books for Christmas

It’s getting closer, and it’s definitely time to start to thinking about Christmas gifts and Christmas reading! Some of my favourite gifts to give people are picture books, and at this time of year there are lots of brilliant picture books to choose from! I think that beautiful hardbacks and christmassy paperbacks are wonderful to share with others. Here are my top picks!

Grandpa ChristmasGrandpa Christmas – Michael Morpurgo, Jim Field

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Dr. Seuss)How The Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr Seuss

Sproutzilla vs. ChristmasSproutzilla Vs. Christmas – Tom Jamieson, Mike Byrne

 

 

Ollie's Christmas ReindeerOllie’s Christmas Reindeer -Nicola Killen

The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker: Press the Note to Hear Tchaikovsky's MusicThe Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker – Jessica Courtney-Tickle

The Night Before the Night Before ChristmasThe Night Before The Night Before Christmas – Kes Gray, Claire Powell

 

 

Last Stop on the Reindeer ExpressLast Stop on the Reindeer Express – Maudie Powell-Tuck, Karl James Mountford

The Worm and the BirdThe Worm and the Bird – Coralie Bickford-Smith

The Fox and the StarThe Fox and the Star – Coralie Bickford-Smith

 

 

The Nightmare Before ChristmasThe Nightmare Before Christmas – Tim Burton

The Queen's Present (The Queen Collection)The Queen’s Present – Steve Antony

Penguin ProblemsPenguin Problems – Jory John, Lane Smith

 

 

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THE STORY ORCHESTRA: THE NUTCRACKER – Jessica Courtney-Tickle

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The Nutcracker is the second book in The Story Orchestra series, and it provides a magical Christmas adventure for everyone who reads it. From the music to the illustrations, this beautiful adaptation of The Nutcracker is really enchanting and made me feel all warm and like I’m ready for Christmas!

Again, as with all the books in this series, it provides a creative and unique experience for the reader; you’re encouraged to use your imagination and see how you feel the music would change the story. My sister gets very excited every time I offer to read this book with her as she loves the interactivity and looking at the illustrations.

This is a must-have book for Christmas!

 


Thank you to Megan at Quarto for sending me a copy of this book!

WWW Wednesday: 14th November 2018

It’s been a MyKindaBook week – I got approved on Friday on NetGalley for three of 2019’s most exciting titles so that threw all my murder mystery plans out of the window!

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What are you currently reading? 

I expected to like Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds, but I didn’t expect to be as hooked as I am! It’s such a good YA contemporary with a little dash of time-travel, which made me a bit hesitant at first, but I’m loving it!

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What did you recently finish reading?

FIERCE FRAGILE HEARTS BY SARA BARNARD. AND YES, IT’S GOING TO LIVE UP TO THE HYPE BECAUSE IT’S AMAZING. I’m just glad that I have other good contemporaries to read otherwise I think I would’ve been left in a massive book hangover from this one!

I also read The Story Orchestra: The Sleeping Beauty this week – it’s my favourite in the series! It’s just a stunning book that I would highly recommend for everyone who loves music and fairytales, and it would make the perfect gift.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

Last but not least from my NetGalley recent approvals is Enchantée by Gita Trelease. I’ve been so excited for this ever since I saw the image of the proof on Twitter (it’s STUNNING) – France, revolution, YA…what’s not to love?! I can’t wait to get stuck in.

THE STORY ORCHESTRA: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – Jessica Courtney-Tickle

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As soon as I received an email through saying that copies of the third stunning book in The Story Orchestra series were available for request, I didn’t hesitate in replying! Four Seasons in One Day is a book that my sister and I love to read together and the children at her school love it too, so I had no doubt that I would love The Sleeping Beauty. Luckily, we were not at all disappointed, and this has turned out to be my favourite in the series so far!

The Sleeping Beauty, like the previous titles in this series, is a beautiful book that makes for a hugely enjoyable read since it combines a story with music. In this case, we have the classic story of The Sleeping Beauty accompanied by the music from Tchaikovsky. The pieces of music selected really compliment the story and Jessica’s illustrations are a delight to look at!

I really hope for more in this series; they just keep getting better and better!


Thank you to Megan at Quarto for sending me a copy of this book!

An Excellent Month in Publishing

Yesterday was Super Thursday, which saw hundreds of books released in anticipation of Christmas, all vying to be bestsellers. However, if you were to search Super Thursday, very few children’s books make it into the press as key titles to look out for, when in fact some amazing children’s books were released yesterday! Heck, the whole of October is a stellar month for children’s publishing. Here are some titles that I think you should definitely get your hands on this month!

Death in the Spotlight – Robin Stevens

Death in the Spotlight: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery

My Mum Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson

My Mum Tracy Beaker

Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J Maas

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass)

 

 

 

 

 

Wundersmith – Jessica Townsend

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow Book 2 (Nevermoor)

The Truth Pixie – Matt Haig

The Truth Pixie

Grandma Bird – Benji Davies

Grandma Bird

 

 

 

 

 

The Story Orchestra: The Sleeping Beauty – Jessica Courtney-Tickle

The Story Orchestra: The Sleeping Beauty

Matilda at 30 – Roald Dahl

Matilda at 30: Chief Executive of the British Library

Grandpa Christmas – Michael Morpurgo, Jim Field

Grandpa Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

Skycircus – Peter Bunzl

Skycircus (The Cogheart Adventures #3)

Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief – Laura Ellen Anderson

Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief (The Amelia Fang Series)

The Train to Impossible Places – P.G. Bell

The Train to Impossible Places (Train to Impossible Places #1)

 

 

 

 

 

The Way Home for Wolf – Rachel Bright, Jim Field

The Way Home For Wolf

The Clockwork Crow – Catherine Fisher

THE CLOCKWORK CROW

 

 

 

 

 

Have you read any of these yet or are you looking forward to any of them? Have I missed any brilliant October releases?

 

A STAGE FULL OF SHAKESPEARE STORIES – Angela McAllister

5/5

A beautiful introduction to some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.

I don’t like Shakespeare.

I chose to download A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories to see if it would make a good gift for my friend who has a degree specialising in Shakespeare, and had very little expectation of enjoying it much myself.

I can’t put it down.

This book is simply stunning with just enough illustrations to add depth to the text without making it too focused on the illustrations, and the stories have been adapted in a way that really explains the original plays (which made no sense to me when I read them) and makes them enjoyable to read! I’ve loved every story in the book, and found that it was a lovely book to dip in and out of.

I can’t recommend A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories highly enough as an introduction to Shakespeare or as a gift for someone who loves Shakespeare already! It’s definitely one to be loved by all who read it, whether you’re young or old.


Thank you to Quarto via NetGalley for the eBook of this title!

WWW Wednesday: 3rd October 2018

So…welcome back to WWW Wednesday after an unexpected couple of month hiatus! I’M SORRY! I actually love these posts as well, I just haven’t been on my laptop and haven’t been blogging much. Today, I bring you day three of Blogtober which I’m really trying to keep on top of!

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What are you currently reading? 

I’m very surprised to say that I am loving my current read which is A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories by Angela McAllister. It’s simply stunning and I’ve found it to be the most accessible book for Shakespeare and have actually enjoyed reading the stories.

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What did you recently finish reading?

I’ve barely read anything lately, but one book that I did love and have recently finished was The Bear, The Piano, The Dog and the Fiddle by the wonderful David Litchfield. As usual, I wasn’t disappointed and highly recommend this title.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I DON’T KNOW! I’m in a mega reading slump. I have so many wonderful books on my TBR though!