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Usborne Christmas Picture Book Giveaway

Usborne Christmas Picture Book GiveawayUsborne Christmas Picture Book Giveaway

Christmas is coming! As I write this there are just 51 sleeps until the big day. Yikes!

With that in mind, my November giveaway has four classic picture books from Usborne; perfect for building excitement for your little ones.

The titles are:

Twas the Night Before Christmas

twas the night before christmas

This is one of my personal favourite books of all time. I did so many reads of this story that my kids could recite it word for word. (And, thirty years later, one still can ha ha)

The Snow Queen

the snow queen

A classic tale with gorgeous illustrations.

A Christmas Carol

a christmas carol

A fantastic version to introduce children to the story of Scrooge.

The 12 Days of Christmas

Is it a book or a song? The Twelve Days of Christmas is a must.

The Giveaway finishes on 30th of November so you will get plenty of pre-Christmas bedtime reading so enter now.

Good luck.

Suzie xx



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Jill Murphy October Giveaway Winner!

 

Jill Murphy giveaway

There were over 1100 entries in my October “Win 5x Jill Murphy Picture Books”  giveaway. I really love The Large Family Series so this was a great prize.

The Winner of the October Giveaway

The long-suffering Mrs Large is one of my favourite book characters but Kingsumo decided on a winner and it was … drum roll please … ? Katie Skeoch.

Yay for, Katie! Please reply with your mailing address and I’ll send the books out straight away.

Summer time has ended here in Wales and the dark nights are with us; perfect for bonfire night. Here’s a pic of our epic bonfire among the mountains.

october giveaway

Happy reading.

Suzie xx

Julia Donaldson September Giveaway Winner

Julia Donaldson Giveaway

My “Win 5 Julia Donaldson Picture Books” contest had the biggest response ever. There were over 1200 entrants in my September Giveaway! I guess you guys love Julia Donaldson’s stories as much as I do.

The Winner of the September Giveaway

The books in this prize are some of my favourites but Kingsumo decided on a winner and it was … wait for it … Deborah from Falkirk.

Yay for, Deborah!

Autumn is creeping on fast here in Wales. I love the misty mornings and beautiful colours of the leaves on tress. This was the sunrise from my window today. september giveawayHappy reading.

Suzie xx


 

Win 5x Jill Murphy Picture Books in the October Giveaway

Jill Murphy giveaway

Win 5x Jill Murphy picture books in the October Giveaway.

My October Giveaway is for 5x picture books about “The Large Family”  by Jill Murphy.

These stories are a firm favourite in our house with both the children and the adults. Which parent doesn’t relate to the long-suffering Mrs Large longing for Five Minutes Peace?

The five books in the prize are:

  • Five Minutes Peace
  • Mr Large in Charge.
  • A Piece of Cake.
  • A Quiet Night In.
  • All in one Piece.

The competition runs until the end of October and I’ll be announcing the winner on the 1st of November.

Entering is easy-peasey – just answer one simple question. Good luck everyone 🙂

Suzie xx



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Usborne’s Peep Inside the Zoo – book review

Peep inside the Zoo

Peep inside the zoo

One of the new books we acquired over the summer was Peep inside the Zoo by Simona Dimitri.  My two and a half year old grand-daughter claimed it right away.

reading Peep Inside the Zoo

I’m a big fan of Usborne books, and the quality of this book is no exception. It’s a chunky book with a lovely silky feel to the cover and the size is just right for grand-daughter. The illustrations are colourful and attractive, and there are lots of different shaped flaps to lift and interesting holes to peep through.

Peep inside the ZooWhilst there isn’t a fictional story as such, there are lots of interesting facts about zoo animals and their families.

Penguins shuffle when they walk.

They’re birds that cannot fly.

But when they dive into the water…

and flap their wings like flippers…

they’re super speedy swimmers!

It would be a great book to read to prepare for an actual zoo visit.

One of grand-daughters favourite pages features a gorilla cradling a (sneakily concealed) baby in its arms. All say Aww 🙂

peep inside the zoo

There isn’t really enough text to keep my 4 year old grandson interested for more than a few read-throughs but it’s a great book for the 2-3 year old age group – especially as it’s on offer on Amazon at £3.85 at the moment.

Peep Inside the Zoo is part of a fun series of books and are a must for all lift-the-flap fans.

Happy reading

Suzie xx

PS. Don’t forget this months Julia Donaldson giveaway. It ends on Sunday.



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Win 5x Julia Donaldson books in the September Giveaway

Julia Donaldson Giveaway

 

Win 5x Julia Donaldson books in the September Giveaway.

I just love Julia Donaldson books… and kids do too. So, it was a no-brainer when it came to choosing my September Giveaway.

The books included in this month’s prize are:

  1. Stick Man
  2. Superworm
  3. The Highway Rat
  4. Tiddler
  5. Tabby McTat

Answer the super simple question below and you could be the lucky winner.

I’ll be announcing the result on 2nd October, just in time for those cozy autumn nights when all you want to do is snuggle up with a book.

Good luck in the giveaway and happy reading.

Suzie xx



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The winner of the Summer Picture Books July Giveaway

summer picture books

I couldn’t believe the response to my Summer Picture Books July Giveaway. There were nearly 900 entrants! Guess these books were some of your favourites, as well as mine.

The winner of the July Giveaway

The winner, drawn by KingSumo, is Colette from Yorkshire.    July GiveawayCongrats, Colette. I hope you enjoy your prize.

The weather is still warm and sunny here in Wales and I went to watch the kite festival on Barmouth beach. barmouthIt was a fantastic sight and gave me an idea for a story. Off to work on it. Happy reading.

Suzie xx  

Pre-reading skills: when you know you’re raising a reader
Pre-reading skills: when you know you’re raising a reader

When you know you’re raising a reader

 

My two year old grand-daughter was playing in the bedroom when things became worryingly quiet. I sneaked a peek round the door and she had tucked her teddy’s into bed and was ‘reading’ them her favourite bed-time story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

She even turned the book round so they can see the pictures just as I do. How sweet was that?

raising a reader

Pre-reading skills

Sweetness apart, grand-daughter is showing some pretty impressive pre-reading skills.

  • She understands how a book works: she holds in the right way up (even when she shows the book to her audience), she starts at the beginning and turns the pages correctly.
  • She remembers the story and can retell it. It doesn’t matter that she’s not actually reading the words, she’s using ‘book language’ rather than ‘spoken language.’
  • Best of all, she’s motivated by books. Learning to read is hard work and a child who enjoys books is more likely to keep trying. ‘Wanting’ to read is half of the battle.

It was so rewarding to see all those repeat reads I’ve done of The Very Hungry Caterpillar were paying off. Grand-daughter is nailing it.

I’m starting a series of posts about helping your child learn to love reading. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments below.

How are you raising your little reader?

Suzie xx



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Review of pop-up book, Six Brave Explorers

Book review of Six Brave Explorers

I was searching in the loft the other day when I came across some books my own children had owned. Six Brave Explorers is a pop-up book by Kees Moerbeek. My grandchildren immediately claimed it for their own.

Six Brave Explorers

The triangle shape of Six Brave Explorers is intriguing in itself but it doesn’t prepare you for the surprises inside. There’s the ‘rare bird’ (which eats one of the explorer’s but no-one seemed to mind!)

six brave explorers bird

And the hyena (who takes out another explorer)

six brave explorers hyenaIf you’re thinking this all seems a little bizarre, you could be right. Here’s the story in it’s entirety.

Six brave explorers came to Egypt alive. One discovered a rare bird … and now there were five.
Five hungry explorers looking for a store. One asked a Cobra … and then there were four.
Four thirsty explorers taking time for tea. One poured for a panther … then there were three.
Three explorers said, “How do you do?” “Fine,” smiled a hyena … and then there were two.
Two sleepy explorers glad the day was done. ” Good night,” said a crocodile … and then there was one.
One smart explorer finally used his head. He hurried home alone and there he stayed in bed!

OK, it’s not the most interesting plot and, yes, you could use it as a counting book. But you don’t buy Six Brave Explorers for that reason. It’s beauty is in the pop-ups which I have to say have survived my three children and now my grandchildren admirably well.

Shadow Play

We’ve had this story at bedtime for over a week now and, quite by accident found out it is brilliant for shadow play on the bedroom wall. I tried and failed to take a good picture of this but I’m sure you can imagine the crocodile casts a wonderful shadow when back-lit by a torch.

six brave explorers crocodilWere all these disappearing explorers scary? Did the teeth on the crocodile silhouette give the grandchildren nightmares? Not at all. It’s still the book that the 2 year old and the 4 year old chooses.

Six Brave Explorers is now out of print but copies can still be found on Amazon.

This was an unexpected find and a great hit.

Happy reading

Suzie xx



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And the winner of the June Giveaway is…

And the winner of the June Giveaway is…

Win 5 Famous Five colour Short Stories

There were over 500 entries in my June Giveaway for the 5x Famous Five colour short story books and I heard from lots of raving Enid Blyton fans. It was so nice to meet you all.

I’ll be sorry to part with these books, but the mighty KingSumo has chosen a winner. And it is…

fireworks photo

… Jackie!!

So, well done to Jackie and sorry to everyone else.

The summer sun is burning down here in sunny Wales. Hope it’s shining with you but just in case it isn’t, here’s a photo of Aberystwyth beach.

June Giveaway

Happy reading

Suzie  xx