I started with my favourite 2018 YA and MF reads and then moved onto my fav 2018 books in JF and NF.
Last, but definitely not least, is picture books! My most favourite book category of all!
This list should really be much, much longer. I read SO many amazing picture books in 2018. But here are my top 6.
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Following on from my favourite young adult and middle fiction reads of 2018, here are my favourites in junior fiction and non-fiction.
Coming up soon will be… picture books, of course! They’ll get their own post because there’s just so many!
Enjoy! And don’t forget to click on the links for full reviews of the books. Read More
I know I’m a little late, but I really want to share some of my favourite books of 2018. Heaps of cool books came out last year, and I don’t want you to miss them!
Today, I’ll start with young adult and middle fiction, and I’ll follow up in a few days with more.
I loved SO many more books than the selection below, but these are some of my absolute favourite reads — ones that call to me, begging to be explored again and again.
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I am about to set off on a teach-my-four-year-old-the-alphabet journey. We are all over numbers, but the alphabet thing just hasn't clicked for Little Miss Four.
Now, I'm definitely not one of those mums who wants their kids to be reading novels by the time they start preschool, but I am one of those mums who likes to spend some of the day playing games with the kids. So why not make some of those games about learning as well as fun?
Well, that's what I think anyway!
So... Read More
Picture books are magic.
They can make us laugh, make us cry and leave us speechless. Today I want to share some of my favourite ‘made me speechless’ picture books.
The beautiful ones, the inspiring ones, the ones that transport you to someplace ‘other’ and give you chills... Read More
Kids love listening to stories, but they also love telling stories. I love to encourage my kids to tell me stories based on the pictures in a book, but sometimes it's cool to get them to make up stories all on their own... Read More
Anything that has kids doing something creative (and not watching screens) is a win in my eyes, so it likely won’t surprise you when I say I love activity books.
Colouring books, puzzle books, craft books, I love them all. But here are four of my current favourites... Read More
I love rhyming picture books. I love their rhythmical repetition and sing-song style. And I love how kids remember them and quickly learn to recite them during story time.
There are so many good rhyming picture books available, but here are four of my favourites... Read More
I'm always looking for easy activities to bring along in the car or to restaurants/cafes to keep the kids quiet (and still). Even if it's only for five minutes.
Shoelace threading is a great activity because it requires fine motor skills for both the threading and the unthreading... Read More
Kids love stories—hearing them, preforming them, making them up! And they love puppets—playing with them, making them, putting on a show.
You can use just about anything as a puppet theatre: a couch, a table, a piece of cardboard. But sometimes it's cool to make something extra special... Read More
Ring toss is a great game for kids. It's easy enough for even really young kids to play, but you can make it harder (for the older kids) very easily. Aiming is also a really important skill, so while they are having fun they are also learning something useful.
And you don't need to spend $20 and up on a ring toss game. You can make one in ten minutes (with stuff you probably already have at home), and it's just as good. Here's how... Read More
Looking for a fun indoor activity for the holidays or a rainy day (or both)? Why not make a flag banner. It’s really easy, and it will keep the kids occupied for ages (maybe?!?)... Read More
Looking for an easy craft to do in the holidays? How about making some crazy aliens? This craft is really easy, but the kids will love making weird and wacky creatures. And the best part? The messier the picture, the better the result!... Read More
Here's a fun game for the kids to help them get familiar with letters... Read More
I've been raving a bit about book launches lately (and peppering my Facebook feed with event details), so I thought I would write about why I think they are so fantastic. So here are my top 7 reasons to take the kids to a book launch... Read More
Loved last week's Wombat Stew Book Play? Well, this week how about A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler?... Read More