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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
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!

Book Review: The What the Ladybird Heard Song – Part of @Homedad’s #FictionFriday

So this Fiction Friday I thought it would be good to review the latest addition to our collection, our World Book Day book, “The What the Ladybird Heard Song” (Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks).

It’s an entertaining story about a ladybird that lives on a farm and sees and hears everything but hardly ever speaks a word. The ladybird learns of a plan for robbers to steal the prize cow and all the other farm animals kick up a fuss and plan to foil the robbers plans.

The end result being “the farmer cheered and both cats purred, but the ladybird said never a word”

If you want to join in with #FictionFriday why not hop on over to @HomeDad’s blog to join in the fun and find out more


Happy World Book Day!

Happy World Book Day everyone!

I hope you are having an amazing day and enjoying your favourite books or taking part in the many events that are going on across the UK!

Hopefully your little one will have been lucky enough to have got a £1 World Book Day token. Lots of book publishers and booksellers, in partnership with schools all over the country, have been distributing more than 14 million £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!

Today, we will be reading one of our favourite books today “Dinosaur Roar” (Paul and Henrietta Stickland). It was a present for my daughter from a good friend of mine who’s kids also loved it and I have to say it’s been a firm favourite with us since the day my daughter opened it. It’s a fantastic tale of opposites with some fun illustrations. My daughter loves acting out the scenarios with me. I would definately recommend this book to mums and dads out there!

I am lucky enough to know a very talented lady called Liz Million who is an illustrator and author of children’s books. She has been involved in a number of titles and as it’s World Book Day I thought I should introduce you to her…

Liz illustrates and writes children’s books and visits schools, libraries and museums all over the world to talk about her work and encourage people to release their artistic side and draw!

Liz has illustrated and also written a range of books including “Elephant Rides Again“, “Noisy Neighbours” and “Be Quiet Belinda” to name but a few and is passionate about books and promoting reading and illustrating to children, so to me she’s a great ambassador for World Book Day.

Why not visit Liz’s website, pick up one of her books or download some of her illustrations and have your kids practice their creative side!


Check out my previous post, A Little Reading Goes a Long Way

World Book Day Website


Poll: What’s Your Favourite Children’s Book?

With World Book Day upon us I thought I would ask all my lovely readers what your favourite children’s books are.

Why not take my poll and share your views with me?

Lets see what our number one and all time favourite is!

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A little reading each day goes a long long way!

As children both my husband and I were bookworms, there wasn’t a day went by that we didn’t read in some way shape or form and I remember it being like that for as far back as I can remember. Both sets of parents had instilled into us the importance of reading and had enjoyed sharing story time with us. Some of my favourites that I can still remember today were Topsy and Tim, Meg and Mog, Spot the Dog, Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree stories, Famous Five collection and The Wishing Chair to mention a few

As we have grown our love for and passion for books and stories hasn’t waned. My husband loves his Kindle that I bought him and I have to say I am rather fond of it too, not least because he can store his books in one place now rather than any more room being taken up in our house, he is a real book worm and we were running out of space! Looking back through school reports recently I noticed that I always had a reading age higher than that of my age throughout school and that was obviously testament to the time I spent reading both on my own and with my parents. Whilst I may have found the attraction of shopping with my friends and going out more attractive in my teenage years and may not get the chance to read myself as much nowadays I still take the opportunity to pick up a book when I can and now love having daily stories with my little girl.Reading is so important for children in helping them develop.

An International Study from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development recently examined the long-term impact of parental support on literacy.  The OECD analysis, based on teenagers in 14 developed countries, found on average, teenagers whose parents had helped with reading at the beginning of school were six months ahead in reading levels at the age of 15.

Leading education institution Kumon states there are Four key reasons for reading to your child

  • Improve their literacy – the more you read to your children, the more competent they will become.
  • Quality time – Time spent reading with them will not only improve their reading skills, but also benefit their well-being and self-confidence. Feeling close to your parents is something that every child needs.
  • Improve their general knowledge and imagination – Every book is different and will display a whole new world to your children.  This can really help their general knowledge and will develop their creativity and imagination at the same time.
  • Calm them down before going to bed – Reading to your child before going to bed is the best way to end the day and relax them before falling sleep. 

Surely these are fantastic ways to give our children the best start in life?! I’ve been reading a bedtime story to my daughter every night since she was a few months old and I think this did help as a key part of her bedtime routine, it let her know that it’s time to sleep now and helped wind her down after a busy day.  We have also been taking our daughter to Bookstart Rhyme Time sessions at our local library since then too and I think they are fantastic. They combine a short story with music and rhymes and the children absolutely adore it and are on their feet dancing and taking part in the action rhymes and songs. If you join the Bookstart Bear Club every time your child attends the library to read, takes books out or attends a Rhyme Time event you get a stamp and every six stamps you get a Bookstart certificate, which is even more encouragement for your little ones to take part and enjoy reading as they feel a sense of achievement.

My little girl may only be 18 months old but she’s already building quite a collection of books and absolutely adores them. Below are just a few of our favourites:

She also likes lots of ‘lift the flap’ and sound books such as:

  • Find That Freight: Lift-A-Flap Sound Book [With Soundboard] (Thomas & Friends) by Publications International
  • Heads (Mathew Van Fleet)
  • The Wheels on the Bus: A teddy bear sing a long book (David Ellwand)

There’s many, many more but these are just a few of our favourite recommendations. I am aiming to review a few of them and hopefully some more as I develop my blog so keep checking back and please do let me know if you have any recommendations of your own. What books do your children love?

Happy Reading!


Places to purchase children’s books and to fin out more information about books

The Kumon Institute believes there are five good ways to help children read within the family environment:

  • Read to each other
  • Ask questions about the story
  • Enrol at the local library
  • Look up for unknown words
  • Be a good example

The Words for Life website also has a great range of information about helping your child along the way including tips for reading bedtime stories, fun things to do for different age groups and important milestones.

March 1st is World Book Day which celebrates authors, illustrators and books. Their website is fantastic and has a host of information from resources for parents, nurseries and schools, book recommendations, games and competitions. I would strongly recommend a visit!

On Thursday 1st March 2012, 9.30 – 10am you can visit www.worldbookday.com to view The Biggest Book Show on Earth where you can watch the following authors and illustrators live:

Nurseries and schools may also be giving away £1 vouchers to children to use to purchase any of this year’s nominated World Book day books so don’t forget to see if your nursery or school is participating!


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