Augustus and his smile by Catherine Rayner is a very lovely book. It's about being sad, and finding ways of not being sad. Including dancing in the rain, and going on a very long walk through nature. It *always* makes me smile, and quite often inspires me to go out for one of those walks to see what … [Read more...] about 10 ways to celebrate 10 years of Augustus and his smile.
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Yesterday I took the three youngest over to a home ed fencing session near Cambridge. A long way to go for a couple of hours, but we made the most of it with a visit to a nearby library for the little ones while Small was fencing, and then we spent the afternoon in a nearby park with a couple of … [Read more...] about A good picture book day
A little while ago I was sent a lovely picnic bag from Higgidy and vouchers to try out their quiches. The idea was that we'd have a family picnic. The reality is that that was the week both the little children got sick in succession, and apart from shopping, the furthest I got from the house was … [Read more...] about A Higgidy garden picnic while reading Rebecca
A night or two ago our bedtime story was The somethingosaur by Tony Mitton, illustrated by Russell Ayto. It's a lovely story of a little lost something who treks all over the ancient world, looking for his mother. It rhymes, which makes it easy to read aloud, there's mild peril (rhyming creature … [Read more...] about Playing with Paper – a somethingosaur
The Angelina Ballerina books form a series of stories about the heroine, Angelina (a mouse) and her friends and family (also, unsurprisingly, mice). Although ballet is an important interest, it's not a feature of every story and in fact is barely mentioned in Angelina's Birthday by Katharine … [Read more...] about Angelina Ballerina – breaking the fourth wall in picture books