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Win 5 Classic Picture Books in the May #Giveaway
Win 5 Classic Picture Books in the May #Giveaway

Wanna Win 5 Classic Picture Books?

During the month of May, readers of my blog will be able to Win 5 Classic Picture Books by answering one simple question below.

Titles I’m giving away include:

  • The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  • Kipper by Mick Inkpen
  • Burglar Bill by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  • Guess How Much I love You by Sam McBratney
  • The Scarecrow‚Äôs Wedding by Julia Donaldson

They are all firm favourites in my house and are perfect for reading with your little one.

The winner will be drawn on 1st June.

Good luck

Suzie xx

PS The more you share, the more chances of winning you’ll have. ūüôā


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Books about starting school.
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It’s the time of year when little ones everywhere are getting ready for their first day at school. I hated my first days at school. Although I could read fluently, I wasn’t prepared for the noise and boisterousness of the other children. I’d never been to pre-school and had only one little sister. It was six months before I’d take off my coat.

Reading a book with your child can really help them to understand what to expect. Here’s a selection of some of my favourites.

Starting School.

Starting School

You can’t go wrong with any book by husband and wife team Janet and Allan Ahlberg, and “Starting School” is a classic from 1990. The text goes through, not just the first day, but the whole first term, and it’s fairly comprehensive in explaining everything from hanging up coats to what lessons they might expect. It has elements of fun with the class rabbit and the reassurance that their parents will always return at the end of the day. The names of the children in the book are fairly multicultural but there are mentions of saying prayers in assembly and a Christmas play about Jesus, which may or may not be an issue for you.

I Am Too Absolutely Small For School

I Am Too Absolutely Small For School

“I Am Too Absolutely Small For School” is a Charlie and Lola book by Lauren Childs which tackles the subject of first school days in a sensitive and more modern way. Charlie’s little sister, Lola, is due to start school but she isn’t sure she wants to, so it’s up to Charlie to persuade her. And he does a really good job. “Lola, you need to learn to write so you can send your Christmas list to Santa Claus. You need to learn to read in case there’s an angry ogre who won’t go to sleep until you’ve read him his favourite story.” Great fun stuff. ¬†

Now, much as I love this book, there is one thing that really irks me about it. One of Lola’s concerns is wearing a ‘schooliform.’ She doesn’t like to wear the same as other people. But this is tackled by saying, “But, Lola, we don’t have to wear a uniform at our school.” Which is not really helpful for children who do have to wear a uniform and I can’t imagine why the author would put in a concern and not solve it. A minor point but one to bear in mind if your child’s school has a uniform.¬†

Friends at School

friends at school

“Friends at School” by Rochelle Burnett is a great book. Described as, “A photo essay that shows pre-school children of mixed abilities busily working and playing at school, illustrating the true meaning of the word ‘inclusion,'” this book does exactly what is says on the tin. I loved this book. I loved the photos and the happy feel. It almost made me want to go back to school. If you’re only buying one book, make it this one.

My Teacher’s my Friend

My Teacher's my friend

Very often, a teacher can be seen as a scary, authority figure. “My Teacher’s My Friend: by P.K. Hallinan is a great way to rectify this. From the moment the teacher greets them in the morning, until the time they walk them to the bus at the end of school, this story goes through many of the ways that your child’s teacher is their friend. It also explains some of the ways the teacher makes school special in a gentle, reassuring way. An unusual take on the starting school book.

Starting School Sticker Book

starting school sticker book

The Usborne “Starting School Sticker Book” is another fun way to help explain the school day to your child with the added bonus of over 100 stickers. And how many children don’t like stickers?

I Love you all Day Long

I Love you all Day Long

My final choice is “I Love you all Day Long” by¬†Francesca Rusackas.

Owen the pig is worried.

But Mummy you won’t be with me.

“That’s right, Owen,” said his Mummy. “But you should always remember this. I love you when I’m with you. And I love you when we’re apart.”

Not just good for first days at school, this book is a lovely choice for anytime your child might be suffering separation anxiety if you have to leave them.


Hoping you and your child both have a happy start to school.

Suzie xx

PS ¬†Don’t forget my giveaway on Goodreads for Things Evie Eats is still open for entries.

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Things Evie Eats by Suzie W.

Things Evie Eats

by Suzie W.

Giveaway ends August 23, 2016.

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The Jolly Postman – #AtoZfavbooks May Challenge – Day 10

The Jolly PostmanThe Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Alhberg …

… Day 10 May #AtoZfavbooks challenge.

I had no trouble choosing The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg for Day 10 of the #AtoZfavbooks challenge.

This clever story combines fairy tale characters and the daily delivery of letters from our ‘jolly’ postman. Riding his bicycle round the town, his first stop brings a letter of apology for the Three Bears from Goldilocks. He’s also got a delivery of witchy goods to the witch from Hansel and Gretel and a postcard from the Giant to Jack.

This is a book I have to supervise at the moment as there are various removable letters tucked into pouches throughout the book which could easily to lost or ripped by my grandson who isn’t the most careful of people but he enjoys the story and the pictures (especially as The Three Bears is one of his favourite bedtime tales).

Suzie x

P.S. Read this book? Let me know in the comments below.

P.P.S. Don’t forget to share your favourite book title starting with the letter J¬†in the comments below or post them on facebook or twitter with the hashtag #AtoZfavbooks so I can find them.