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World Book Day

Happy World Book Day everyone!

As any of my regular readers will know, we as a family love books and I have read daily to my little girl from her being a few weeks old. We enjoy some of the well known household names such as Julia Donaldson, but have also come across some other fantastic children’s authors over the last two years, who are new to us including Clara Vulliamy, author of Martha and the Happy Bunny Brothers and Benji Bennett, author of Before You Sleep to mention a few.

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World Book Day is a fantastic day to celebrate all things literary and as with last year lots of book publishers and booksellers, in partnership with schools all over the country, have been distributing millions of £1 World Book Day book tokens to children throughout the UK. When you get your book token, all you need to do is to take it to your local bookshop and swap it for one of eight select World Book Day titles or, you can use your book token to get £1 off any full price book instead! A great excuse to add a new title to your collection! there’s also a host of games, information, tips and ideas about enjoying books on the World Book Day website.

In celebration of World Book Day today we will be reading The Tiger That Came to Tea, (Judith Kerr)

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

We love finding new books to enjoy! Do you have any favourites or recommendations? If so we’d love to hear your comments!

Last year in my World Book Day Post I profiled the lovely Liz Million, a children’s illustrator that I have the privilege of knowing. This year I am proud to introduce another lovely lady and friend, Gemma Wilford. Gemma is the author of the children’s book The Ruby of Egypt.

Gemma self published her first children’s book, The Ruby of Egypt in 2011, a story of Ruby, a young girl who finds herself being dragged on aThe Ruby of Egypt sight-seeing holiday to Egypt. Viewing the pyramids is the last thing she wants to be doing but her disappointment soon turns to delight when she curiously follows a black cat inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, where upon entering she is mysteriously transported back in time to Ancient Egypt. Aided by a talking feline, guided by a dragonfly and protected by a Falcon headed God, Ruby must embrace an important mission that will not only challenge her ability to amend her stroppy attitude, but will change the purpose of her life forever.

The book is available via Amazon as an ebook and Gemma is currently working on and aiming to get published, a chick-lit recession based novel too. I’ve asked Gemma to tell us a bit about how she came to develop her passion for writing, which she shares below. However in the meantime to find out more about Gemma and read some of her fantastic interviews with other authors and literary views visit Missuswolf’s Storyland Blog or view a trailer for the Ruby of Egypt

Gemma Wilford
A word from Gemma…
Thanks to AMummysView for having me here today, I am honoured to be featured on her amazing blog.
I have always loved reading a writing, English was my favourite subject at school and I couldn’t wait to dive write in to creative writing stories.
As a child, I loved adventure stories; early favourites include The Famous Five, The Secret Seven and Nancy Drew. I spent my summers engrossed in these books and when I did come up for air, I would immediately start writing my own version.
I loved my English Lessons in Middle School and the teacher that helped nurture my writing back then has recently published his first novel Beyond Saving. It was during my time at this school that I was a member of BBC Newsround’s Press Packers and I was twice runner up in their journalistic competitions, attending their studios to film in the Blue Peter Garden a news piece to camera.
Adolescence then the hum drum of working adult life soon crept in the way of any creative writing. It was the back end of 2010 when I started writing again and wrote a children’s book The Ruby of Egypt ,which became my first self published book in 2011. It has since been revamped; fully revised and edited with a brand new cover and the second edition is now available.
Last year, I had a short story ‘Breaking The Rules’ published in the I Am Woman Campaign Anthology Volume Two as well as spooky story ‘Lady In Black’ featured on GK Adams blog as part of a Halloween theme. I am currently in the editing stages of my first novel, a humorous Chick-Lit recession based book ‘Miss Pooshoe’, which I hope to release Autumn 2013
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As you can see Gemma followed her childhood passion and has fulfilled her ambitions in the literature world. World Book Day is a fantastic celebration of literature and the wealth of information, events and online information will undoubtedly help inspire more young people in the way Gemma was inspired and I for one think that is a fantastic thing.
Happy Reading One and All!
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Hide and Seek Christmas – Friday Pick{ture Book}

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I’m taking part in ChildLedChao’s Friday Pick{ture} Book linky again this week and really wanted to share a new book we have bought entitled Hide and Seek Christmas (Fiona Watt and Lesley Danson, Usborne Books, 2007)

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This is a fabulous ‘touchy feely’ book that invites its readers to search for mice in santa’s workshop, teddy’s on santa’s sleigh and much, much more. Children can lift the flaps to search for the images and explore various textures and colourful delights and images along the way!

We loved reading this last year and it has been a firm favourite again this year. I can highly recommend it to mums out there with toddlers.

If you have a favourite book why not link up with Friday Pick{ture} Book across at ChildLedChaos?

 

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Friday Pick{ture Book} – There’s a House Inside My Mummy (Giles Andreae)

I’m taking part in ChildLedChao’s Friday Pick{ture} Book linky again this week and really wanted to share a new book we have bought entitled There’s a House Inside My Mummy (Giles Andreae and Vanessa Cabban, Orchard Books, 2001)

“There’s a house inside my mummy Where my little brother grows, or maybe it’s my little sister No one really knows.”

This is a lovely story of a little boy waiting for his new brother or sister to arrive. He has been told by his mummy and daddy that it’s a lovely place and he once lived there too.

It explains all about how baby needs the house to have lots of room to grow and it follows the little boy’s imagination as to whether the house has a kitchen or windows and how he cuddles and talks to the baby in its house  through the tummy telephone, culminating in how he can’t wait to meet him.

I think this is a lovely book that perfectly captures the concept of a new addition from a child’s point of view and I hope it will help in explaining more about our new baby to my little girl.

If you have a favourite book why not link up with Friday Pick{ture} Book across at ChildLedChaos?

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#FridayPick{ture}Book – Supermarket Zoo

I’m taking part in ChildLedChao’s Friday Pick{ture} Book linky again this week and really wanted to share another favourite book of my daughter’s entitled Supermarket Zoo (Caryl Hart & Ed Eaves, Simon and Schuster UK Ltd, 2010)

I am currently reading this EVERY night!

It’s all about a little boy who really hates going shopping with his mum… until that is he goes to the Supermarket Zoo!

“At the supermarket, the first thing I notice is our trolley. It’s enormous – I can’t even reach the handle. And there’s a funny smell. Mum doesn’t seem to notice, she just hands me the shopping list and sets off.”

Albie heads off for the most alternative shopping trip he’s ever had and soon realizes that not every shopping trip is bad!

It’s a fun and entertaining read that every child will love.

If you have a favourite book why not link up with Friday Pick{ture} Book across at ChildLedChaos?

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#FridayPick{ture}Book – Princess Polly’s Potty

I’m taking part in ChildLedChao’s Friday Pick{ture} Book linky again this week and really wanted to share another favourite book of my daughter’s entitled Princess Polly’s Potty (Andrea Pinnington and Melanie Williamson, Ladybird, 2009)

It’s a brilliant book that is perfect for teaching young children all about using the Potty and talks about how Princess Polly and her baby sister wear nappies whilst the rest of her family wear big pants. Princess Polly wants to be more grown up and her and her mummy go shopping for a potty and big girl pants. It encourages children to choose which potty and big girls pants they like and explains simply in children’s terms how it can take time and patience for example “she sits, and, she sits, and, she sits, and, she sits until finally….”

My daughter asks for this book several times a week at present and after my potty training nightmares so far I am hoping that it will gently encourage her in time.

If you have a favourite book why not link up with Friday Pick{ture} Book across atChildLedChaos?

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The Gallery – Books

This week’s The Gallery theme over at Sticky Fingers Blog is “Books”

As anyone who has read my blog will know we love our books, so I just had to share a very small selection of our favourites!

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Friday Pick{ture Book} – Muffin and The Birthday Surprise (Clara Vulliamy)

The legendary and popular @HomeDad75’s #FictionFriday has now been replaced by #FridayPick{tureBook} being run by the fab Child Led Chaos so this week I decided to join in and share a fab book we have just received from a wonderful lady and author.

Many of you may have read my posts relating to Martha and The Bunny Brothers, written by the lovely and talented Clara Vulliamy.

Well we were recently very lucky and honoured to be sent two signed books by Clara “Muffin and the Birthday Surprise” and “Muffin and the Expedition”.

My daughter has LOVED them since they arrived and we just had to share them with you!

The book I am choosing to highlight this week as part of this new fiction linky is Muffin and the Birthday Surprise (Clara Vulliamy, Orchard Books, 2011)

The Muffin series is specially written for pre-schoolers and has lovely engaging and colourful illustrations to accompany the really fun stories!

Muffin and the Birthday Surprise

“Muffin jumps out of bed and hurries to the letterbox, an invitation has arrived!”

Muffin is going to his friends birthday and sets off with a big bag of sugar buns, but as hunger sets in en route he soon finds himself with an empty bag for a present!

How will Muffin get around this one??? Well with imagination of course!

I won’t share the outcome of the story but lets just say all’s well that ends well and it really encourages little ones to use their imagination!

It’s a lovely fun story, I’d really recommend this book (and the other Muffin books too!) to any mums with young children!

If you want to join in with the new Friday Pick{ture Book} linky why not hop on over the Child Led Chaos and link up your favourites

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Book Review: Peepo! #FictionFriday

It’s that time of the week again where we hop on board with @Home Dad and join in his#FictionFriday blog hop

This week I’ve decided to feature Peepo! (Janet and Allan Ahlberg)

I have to be honest I wasn’t sure about this book’s old fashioned style at first but it has really grown on me andit is currently one of my daughter’s favourites. Really sweet book, I’d recommend it!

If you like book reviews why not check out @ Homedad’s Fiction Friday’s

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Book Review: The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Friends My Very First Annual #FictionFriday

It’s that time of the week again where we hop on board with @Home Dad and join in his#FictionFriday blog hop

This week I’ve decided to feature The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Friends My Very First Annual (The World of Eric Carle)

Anyone who has read the Hungry Caterpillar knows what a popular classic this is. Well this annual brings the story (and that of the Very Lonely Firefly too) to life. Children can add stickers to each page of the book as they read, as well as colouring and counting pages at the back making it great fun and educational too.

My little girl and I read the book every night over a couple of weeks and each night she added stickers to one of the pages. I hadn’t read the Very Lonely Firefly story before but think it’s great!

I can recommend this annual to any parents, it will keep your little ones entertained for hours.

If you like book reviews why not check out @ Homedad’s Fiction Friday’s

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Book Review – Martha and The Bunny Brothers I Heart School (Clara Vuilliamy)

It’s that time of the week again where we hop on board with @Home Dad and join in his#FictionFriday blog hop

This week I’ve decided to feature Martha and The Bunny Brothers I Heart School by the very lovely and very talented Clara Vulliamy

You may have read my post a month or two ago about how my little girl was officially a member of the most prestigious bunny club Well to seal the deal we of course had to go out and buy Clara’s book  to find out more as it all sounded so exciting and I have to say we weren’t disappointed!

Martha and the Bunny Brothers I Heart School is a fantastic story of Martha getting ready for her first day at school, whilst she is very excited about her big adventure she’s also worried that her little bunny brothers will miss her while she is away so she creates a fabulous club just for them, full of lots of fun and activities to keep them amused and entertained, what a lovely big sis!

The book is beautifully and simply illustrated and really helps teach little ones whilst engaging them in the wonderful story.

I am thrilled to have come across such a talented lady on my blogging journeys and love having her latest book as a new addition on our book shelf, I know it’s going to remain a favourite for some time. I can highly recommend Martha and the Bunny Brothers I Heart School to any parent out there with a young child.

If you like book reviews why not check out @ Homedad’s Fiction Friday’s

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