World book day costumes and 50 books you should read before 16

The first book I ever read to Big, when she was just weeks old, was Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I know, it’s an odd choice. But there I was with a baby who basically never stopped screaming. She liked to be talked to, and I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t have […]

Fiction inspired food

From lashings of ginger beer (which apparently never actually existed) to midnight feasts including sardines, to enchanted hot chocolate, the books we read give us connections with food that we wouldn’t otherwise have had. The Queen took from somewhere among her wrappings a very small bottle which looked at if it were made of copper. […]

Book related rant – is Harry Potter really all that?

I’ve just, courtesy of twitter, come across the latest words of wisdom from a politician on reading. The headline is All children should read Harry Potter books by 11, says minister The actual quote is “By the end of primary school, all children should be able to read and enjoy books like Harry Potter. But […]

Yet another Harry Potter day

Once more the best part of a day disappeared to Harry Potter. This was the first time we’d seen one at the cinema, and while I’m glad we’d had the experience, I didn’t think it was the best of the films. And it was very long! Nevertheless, the children enjoyed it. Apart from the made […]

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