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'On a Beam of Light' by Jennifer Berne & Vladimir Radunsky (and a personal story)
I discovered this delightful book recently.  I was specifically looking for a book about the life of Albert Einstein for my eldest son (who is nearly nine) and came across this one. We discovered that my son has severe dyslexia about 18 months ago and its been a bit of a roller coaster ride.  On ...
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Orlando (The Marmalade Cat) A Seaside Holiday by Kathleen Hale
In the October half-term holiday we took off to Cornwall for a few days of much needed rest & recuperation.  We had no expectations about the weather (well this is England!) we just packed our wellies and braced ourselves for fresh air, exploring new territory and plenty of fish & chips out of the paper. ...
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Tell me a Picture (Quentin Blake)
My favourite subject at school was History of Art - I loved finding out the stories behind a picture and I loved how the more you looked, the more you saw.  I've spoken before (here) about taking my kids to art exhibitions in the hope that I can inspire some of my interest to rub off on ...
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Two books by Ruth Krauss & Maurice Sendak
I had my first child over eight years ago and can't believe I didn't find these books until this year - I know I will buy them for every baby born from here on out!!!  In fact I want to buy them for every Mum I know - knowing the enjoyment they will get from ...
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GOOD READS
The Ladybird books for Grown-Ups
Have you seen these books yet?  If you are in your 30s / 40s and grew up in the UK I'm sure you will recognise 'The Ladybird Book' series - if we didn't own them ourselves our school library certainly had a few.  They were an inescapable part of childhood and although wooden in their ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Our Advent Activity Calendar
I loved Esther’s post last year about an Advent Activity Calendar! We have done a similar idea for a few years now (unfortunately not so beautifully designed!). I bought a Maileg Advent garland (a little bit like this one) and in every pocket the children find a sweet treat and an Advent activity for us ...
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BOOKS
Christmas Book Advent Calendar (Updated)
I wrote my first post for Babyccino on 29th November 2009 (I can’t believe it – almost 6 years ago!) and it was about an idea that I had to wrap up 24 Christmas themed books to create a Christmas Book Advent Calendar. Well the idea is still going strong in our house and as ...
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Duck, Death and the Tulip, by Wolf Erlbruch
It was a difficult choice to write about this book – you see my aim is to write about books that not only I love but ones my kids love too. My kids DO NOT love this book. You see this book tackles the scariest subject in all of our lives … death. There really is ...
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Topsy Turvy World, By Atak
As soon as you pick up this book you know you are not dealing with your average kids book.  Atak is a German folksy illustrator and this book is like turning pages of an art piece – each page thickly covered with colour and detail. This book, with no words, just uses pictures to play ...
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How Things Work, by Okido
Do you know about Okido magazines? We have been subscribers for years. Okido is an arts and science magazine aimed at 3 – 8 year olds, published every 2 months. Each magazine has a theme – recent ones include Dinosaurs, All About Me, Celebration, Hair and Machines – and the topic is imaginatively bought to ...
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Jemmy Button by Jennifer Uman & Valerio Vidali
I think real life is usually a bit over-rated – in the fact that ‘stories’ can be so much more exciting than ‘real-life’ could ever really be. But this ‘real-life’ story is really quite remarkable. In the early 1800s Captain Robert Fitzroy set sail from England to the islands of Tierra del Fuego (South America). ...
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Use Your Imagination, By Nicola O’Byrne
Imagination is brilliant isn’t it? … except when its not. I have a boy who has a wild imagination and whilst that is great for games and play it can be horrible for him at night-time when his imagination starts spinning tales of robbers and monsters. With him I have to be careful what stories ...
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One Thousand Things, by Anna Kövecses
I knew as I approached the stand this was going to be a dangerous meeting. I had ‘eyed’ up the Wide Eyed Editions stand at last year’s Babyccino ShopUp event from across the room, and eventually gave in to temptation. I already had the Atlas of Adventures book and as soon as I looked through their ...
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My Dad’s a Birdman by David Almond
My kids are aged 8, 6 and 3. They still all enjoy picture books but the two older ones really like me to also read chapter books to them before bed. It can be quite a challenge to find ones they like – they really hate anything scary and are sensitive to creatures, monsters, even ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
A Spy Birthday Party for an 8-Year-Old
This year Elias wanted a 'Magic' birthday party. Not being a member of the magic circle myself I was thrown a little by how I was going to pull that off – so I started to brainstorm other possibilities with him – we decided upon a ‘Spy Party’ and I immediately got Pinteresting. There were ...
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'Smartypants: Pete in School' by Maira Kalman
There is so much I want to tell you about Maira Kalman. She is my current ‘book-creator-crush’ – I have loved everything I have read by her – adult books or kids books. Maira Kalman was born in Tel Aviv but moved to New York aged four. She is an author, an illustrator, a curator ...
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A Bell for Ursli by Alois Carigiet & Selina Chönz
We talk a fair bit about social media in our house – my husband really hates it whilst I love a bit of Instagram and this can lead to some interesting debates, but this is a story of how social media got me to discover a wonderful book I didn’t know about but which was ...
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6 Easter Book suggestions
1. The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown Margaret Wise Brown is probably best known for Goodnight Moon but I prefer this story for Easter – a young bunny finds a curious object (an egg) and can hear some tapping inside it – what is it? The bunny sets to investigations – some of ...
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Where’s the Pair? by Britta Teckentrup
Courtney wrote about The Odd One Out by Britta Teckentrup and I bought it immediately – Otto loves ‘looking’ books and particularly ones where he can get involved. I love them too – these moments sitting and chatting to my 3-year-old over a book are all too precious. How they chat at this age is ...
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A Rock is Lively by Dianna Aston & Sylvia Long
My eldest son, Elias, has a love for stones and rocks (or as he calls them, crystals). Our house is full of stones he has found outside of our house, in the garden or in the park – to me they are just stones but to him they are all wonderful – he looks at ...
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Matisse's Garden by Samantha Friedman & Cristina Amodeo
If you are anything like me you can’t resist a museum shop. I found this book on a recent trip to the Tate Modern and bought it as semi-compensation for missing their exhibition of Matisse’s Cut-Outs last year. I really love taking my kids to art exhibitions, even if it is not always their bag ...
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Henri’s Walk to Paris, by Saul Bass and Leonore Klein
I’m a list maker – normally the ‘to do’ variety but occasionally more interesting – my Desert Island Discs (you never know I might one-day end up on Radio 4 and I better be prepared), my top recipes if I were to write a cookery book (they are all sweet) and of course a variety ...
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Lucky by David Mackintosh
This book is for my son, Elias. No seriously … it is. I met David Mackintosh at a friend’s place recently and when I sussed out he was the Author/Illustrator responsible for Marshall Armstrong Is New To Our School – I had to tell him about how Elias loved that book – he even slept ...
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I like Animals by Dahlov Ipcar
I like vintage kid’s books – one day I’ll write some more about that, but suffice to say it’s quite a habit. I always argue with my husband that I’m cheaper then other wives – I don’t need Jimmy Choos! I spend literally NOTHING on cosmetics! But he argues that we need to buy a ...
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For girls, you will find classic, handmade hairbows and accessories in a beautiful range of colours and styles - and for boys... bow ties, yay! Have a look at the exquisite collection from @zozubaby and if you can, join us at @theshopup in LA in April to shop them! #babyccinoboutiques #newshop #TheShopUp
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Socks and tights season is a long one, so let's make the most of it! We've asked the team and we're sharing today our favourite brands on the blog. Only the ones we use and love for our kids! Link in profile !#babyccinoteamfavourites #kidssocks #kidstights
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Good news for all mums and mums-to-be: @henry_and_grace's collection of ultra comfortable, ultrafine merino wool wardrobe staples is available for babies AND mamas! #babyccinoboutiques #newshop
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@cotton.twist has launched a collection of the most adorable paper birthday invites that come with a few stickers to personalise them - so fun!There are 10 different designs to make every kid happy, including this cute unicorn one🦄. More on the blog, link in profile!
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Those Zuni overalls are so adorable! And we love that the whole range from @risurisuparis is made from organic cotton, dyed ecologically and produced in France and Spain#babyccinoboutiques #newshop
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Over the last couple of months in Byron Bay, Courtney discovered so many creative talents and beautiful brands - she shares her favourite ones on the blog today! Link in profile
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Discover 'Under the Love Umbrella', a wonderful picture book where the umbrella is a sweet analogy for the invisible, protective, omnipresent love between parent and child.A beautiful story with lively bright illustrations shared on the blog today by @vanessagerbrandy. Link in profile! #babyccinoreads
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That's the rain jacket we've been waiting for! The high performance, super waterproof, light weight jacket that packs into its own pocket from @muddypuddlesuk - combined with the cool spotty arrows print from @thebrightcompany! Available since today on both shops - well done for this great collaboration!️
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The bigger basket is for grocery shopping, the smaller one is for little treasures and toys... Courtney and Marlow love their luggy baskets from @olliella! More on the blog today, link in profile
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Hubble + Duke SS17
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After months of cold weather in Europe, we decided to share one of the most essential layers that keep our babies and kids warm -- tights and socks! Despite our countdown to Spring, we are positive that there is still great need for warm, colourful, fun, and long lasting tights and socks. After all, you might be able to shed the scarves and hats soon (hopefully!) but the tights and socks are going to be here for awhile. Here are our tried, tested, and true favourites! Enjoy...
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cotton twist invites
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Nícoli
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Her hair!
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There are roughly 9,000 people who live here in Byron Bay -- just over 30,000 if you include all the surrounding towns that make up all of Byron Shire. It is tiny! And yet, this little town is brimming with creative talent and beautiful brands.
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fancy kid clothes that i'd wear in an adult size
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Catching a glimpse of your favorite wildlife has never been easier, thanks to the roaming herd on this animal toddler bedding set. Our Menagerie Toddler Bedding is adorned with countless illustrated animals in a stylish black and yellow color palette. It features 100% cotton construction, so you it'll be wildly comfortable.
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I have recently discovered the work of Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys through their delightful award winning picture book, 'The Underwater Fancy Dress Parade'. Their latest creation 'Under the Love Umbrella'  is just as wonderful and it's a loving delight for this time of year.
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