I just discovered this wonderful Kickstarter Campaign for ‘Milk and Cookies’ by Emma Rosen a sweet picture book that explains breastfeeding in an accessible way for small children. What a unique idea.This beautiful book informs while leaving space for families to have their own conversations. It’s not just for families who are already comfortable talking about breastfeeding, it’s for any little one with questions.
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Daisy Daydream Bus Rhymes and Jokes by Sue Wickstead
A book of poetry and rhymes with a bus twist.Together with a few tickets full of jokes to capture the imagination of young readers and get them to giggle along on the bus journey.Daisy Daydream the nursery Rhyme bus now has a few nursery rhymes of her own.
The real Daisy
In 1987 the real Daisy was given a new lease of life when she was repainted with popular Nursery Rhyme characters for the children to enjoy and sing along.
The brightly decorated exterior would attract the attention of the children and get them running along to play and explore inside.
The playbus was a very popular and much-loved venue for a playgroup and fondly remembered.
A safe place to enjoy and certainly full of fun.
Thank you for visiting
Christmas is Coming
Oh, we have exciting news for you #BookLovers. We have created a delightful #ChristmasAdventCalendar to celebrate reading children’s books #BookAdvent click on the image to visit. Just remember there is no peeking until the actual day is here.
So throughout December we will reveal a different children’s book behind each door. Many of these you may not have heard of as they are by very talented #IndieAuthors who struggle to self-promote. We are therefore here to #SpreadTheWord and show some love on their behalf.
Also behind each door, there will be a link after the image to take you to our #Facebook party page where you will be able to find out more about the author of the book on that day. There will be fun, games, Christmas carols, the odd joke and perhaps a giveaway or two.
‘Young Ebenezer ~ A New Christmas Carol’
Think #CharlesDickens but for kids meet the magical clock ~ Grandfather Time. Meet Miss Ruby Heart ~ Ghost of Christmas Past and also Young Ebenezer who really hates sharing and is sadly not very caring. Can the boy learn the error of his ways?
‘Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse’
A #StoryInVerse with illustration by Hannah Ryan about a #Selkie from #Folklore half seal half human. Midsummers Eve the seal walks upon the land as a beaufitul maiden. However when her beautiful skin is stolen she is trapped in her human form.
Thank you for visiting, don’t forget to #SpreadTheWord these wonderful books are on #KindleCountdown for seven days. More to come from Tuesday 1st December. So watch this space.
‘A Halloween treat, much better than sweets.’
The story of ‘Ebenezer and the Bully’ is a magical rhyming tale of behaviour matters, and the importance of being kind. It’s a treat for families to share or for reading alone, aimed at children aged 8-12 years old. With characters loosely based around the Charles Dickens classic ‘A Christmas Carol’, you’ll meet the Ghost of Christmas Past – a golden red puppy named Miss Ruby Heart – along with the Grim Reaper who will surprise Jacob by revealing his future self.
Especially designed for families to share during the Halloween Season, or for young readers to try for themselves, this little story has all the markings of a delightful timeless classic.
Clever rhymes set on gorgeously illustrated pages will not only enchant with a magical tale, but also teach the little ones a little about the consequences of being selfish, unkind and a bully. And due to a wonderful adaptation to our modern day life, this little tale allows children to easily identify.
From the excitement about going out for trick or treat to the school bag and blazer thrown in the corner, every little thing is bound to strike a note.
But what I loved about it the most is the message it sends out. To bullies and bullied children alike. Not the message I, as a grown up, perceived. The message the little ones understand from it.
How do I know what that is?! Because I had this little book as Halloween read aloud at a little Halloween party yesterday night! After all the games were done and the prizes collected, we all sat down with the cookies and milkshakes and read a scary Halloween tale. Eight children aged 5 to 13 were part of my Halloween troop last night – a few witches and wizards, a cowboy and even Harry Potter. Not the one of J.K. Rowling, but my own. 😀
To make it short, everyone loved Young Ebenezer: Confronts the School Bully. And not even one of the little munchkins tried to wiggle out of the read. Fact that in itself speaks volumes, after a night full of play and fun! Everyone was eager to see what happens next. And because of the easy flow of the rhymes, we even had a little contest seeing who can recite the best.
Almost everyone was outraged at Jacob bullying the smaller kids and every single one of them cheered for Ebenezer when he decided to make a stand. All hands went up when asked if school bags are thrown in a corner and everyone agreed Jacob turned out to be pretty cool by the end.
There is one thing I asked them all. ‘Why do you think Jacob was so mean?!’
Here are the answers I got at the beginning of the tale:
‘Because he is mean!
Mean kids are just mean like that!
We have some in our school and nobody likes them!
I will never be friends with a bully!’
And here are the answers to my question but after the little tale:
‘He was just sad! He was sad and lonely and that’s why he was a bully!
Maybe if Jacob had had friends he wouldn’t have been so mean!
Maybe if the mean boy in our school, had friends he wouldn’t be so mean anymore?’
Understanding and caring, and a wish to help. As well as a desire to change ones ways! A beautiful uplifting message for children of all ages. This little enchanting read delivers it spot on! In the perfect manner to be both accepted and understood.
I had a few parents too settling close by and listening to our read and I’ve already been made to promise that Young Ebenezer: A New Christmas Carol will be the read-aloud book at our Christmas party.
The unanimous rating received from my troop was and I quote, ‘a cool 5 star rating!’
Some did rate it a 10 star too, but GR only accounts for 5 so we’ll have to leave it at that! 🙂
If you’re on the lookout for a beautiful picture book for your little ones, give Young Ebenezer a try.
Honest to goodness! It’s beauty, magic and meaning on a page!
Happy reading my friends
“Try your best to be good
fill your heart full of caring
and never forget
the great joy of sharing.”
Facebook Online Halloween Event
Over on Facebook we are trying out a special Halloween Children’s Book Event sharing Halloween Treats much better than sweets. Sadly the Facebook layout has changed and we don’t know if it is going to work in our favour. We are currently unable to schedule posts. However, we will do our very best to share some of our favourite reads suitable for this wonderful season of ‘Trick or Treating’.
#RubyTubeDay Young Ebenezer Halloween Teaser
All next week ‘Young Ebenezer ~Confronts the School Bully’ by Rose English will be on a special promo to celebrate Halloween. This story in verse about bullying is already free on Kindle Unlimited but for the whole of next week it will be just 99c/99p on Kindle Countdown.
A magical clock, a bully and ghost,
which one of these will scare you the most?
Drop by our Facebook page and check out more Halloween Treats. Click the image below
Happy Reading & Happy Trick or Treating