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Good books for teenagers -- Sara's now favourite reads
It's already nearly two years ago that I asked Sara to share her favourite books, and many of you have asked to share her current favourites. She is nearly 15 years old now, and still absolutely loves to get lost in a great story! She reads loads, so there's a lot of material to choose ...
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Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty
Both of my girls are huge fans of Rosie Revere, Engineer. Helena once dressed as Rosie for World Book Day and totally inspired her classmates to jump on board with reading the book. Florence has continued in the enthusiasm of the characters and when I saw there was a new range of chapter books showcasing ...
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Memorizing Poetry, a lost art? Let's talk about the benefits.
I'm just back from Community Meeting at my children's school, which is a short weekly gathering of all the children in grades PreK-3 (so, ages 4 through 8 or 9 years old) and their parents. Typically at Community Meetings we sing together or listen to presentations from various classes on their studies, but the theme of ...
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"Hotel Flamingo" by Alex Milway -- a sweet series for the young
A friend recently told me about Hotel Flamingo so when I saw a copy in our local library I immediately picked it up for Florence. It is absolutely delightful and we've both fallen in love with the characters, especially Madame Le Pig, the amazing chef. It's a new series by Alex Milway and true to the ...
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EDUCATION
Greek myths for children -- fascinating and magical!
We're going to Athens this weekend! It's going to be a short trip but we're all super exited. I've been to Athens a few times before, and I just love that city -- the mix of the old and the new is so magical. To get everyone in the spirit of the (Old) Greeks and ...
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A book series my 9-year-old daughter loves
Ivy received a copy of Withering-by-Sea by Judith Rossell in her Christmas stocking this year, and she loved it so much, we had to quickly run back to the bookstore to buy the next two books in the series. She tells me these are her new favourite books, so I just knew I had to share ...
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Older Not Wiser (Bad Nana) by Sophy Henn
It's official! Sophy Henn has done it again; this time in the form of a hilarious chapter book. First she gave us Where Bear?, then Pass It On and Edie, followed by Almost Anything and now Older Not Wiser (Bad Nana)!! Older Nor Wiser is rather a change in genre for Sophy Henn and I ...
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'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell, a captivating chapter book
How gorgeous has summer been in Europe? Oh my goodness we are loving it! These slow, happy, sunshiny days are just perfect. With all of the rushing around and non-stop school days it has been so good to have time together. We've still had a slight routine in that in the mornings we've been getting ...
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TEENAGERS
Great books for teenagers -- Sara's favourite reads
Sara (now 13) is a big reader. She seriously devours books! It's such a pleasure to see her being absorbed by captivating stories, strange worlds and exciting adventures. Especially since I was exactly like her as a teenager. I've asked her to share a list of books she would recommend to readers of around her ...
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PARENTING
Reading to older children-- fun and beneficial
My kids love reading. Pim and Sara really devour books, and Ava has also recently gotten the hang of it. They are entirely captivated by their books! (Poor Casper, it can be frustrating to be the only one unable to read!) I suppose it can be a natural transition to stop reading to children when ...
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A beautiful chapter book for older children (and mamas too)
Quite often I'll choose a novel for myself from the big kids section over something from the regular adult readers. This one, The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange is written for ten year olds plus (or that's what amazon says anyway) and is such a rich, intense storyline that I managed to read ...
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Cheerful, written by Palmer Brown
Cheerful by Palmer Brown is one of those charming stories which reminds you how gentle childhood is. Each page is filled with romantic pencil drawings which pull you in to a totally endearing world. A little church mouse, Cheerful, lives with his family and longs to live up to his name. He dreams of a ...
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Cloud Tea Monkeys, written by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham
A place I have yet to discover and a place where I long to go is India. I'd love to travel there one day for many reasons but mainly to view the spectacular sights of the tea plantations. You see I love tea. I have the largest basket in my kitchen filled with teas from all over ...
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TOP TEN BOOK LISTS
Rebecca Colby's Top Ten Book List
I'm so excited to share a new top ten list of children's books from the author of the super fun story, There was a Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgie, Rebecca Colby. It's is a mix of cherished books from both Rebecca's childhood and her adult years. 1. No Matter What, written and illustrated by Debi Gliori, 1999 I truly ...
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CHAPTER BOOKS
David's top ten book list (great for boys aged 10 to 15)
David is the 11-year-old son of my friend Kim. Kim, Courtney and I met when our babies (David, Easton and Sara) were around 6 months old, when we would take them to French class in Swiss Cottage (London). Right now, I'm thinking -- why on earth did we feel it was important to take our ...
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'The Everest Files' by Matt Dickenson
Helena, my eldest, is currently totally enthralled with her current school topic -- Extreme Survivors. She's already been on a school trip where she had to 'survive' for the day trekking through the hills of Clachnaben putting up her tent, learning how to catch a fish and walking long distances whilst carrying her backpack. A far cry ...
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Books my boys have enjoyed lately
As I mentioned in an earlier post, we recently spent a few weeks in my family's beach house on Bainbridge Island, spending lots of time inside due to wet, rainy weather. The kids were blowing through books at a quicker rate than normal, which, of course, was wonderful to see. Quin, who has never been our ...
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Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
Florence is feeling so grown up! She has her own first little chapter book and there is so much excitement in the house! She carries it everywhere with her and I even overheard her recommending it the other day to her friends at the swimming pool! I came across these little series of books when I ...
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BOOKS
Shakespeare for the young - The Usborne Shakespeare Collection
Helena was gifted this collector's box set of Shakespeare books for her birthday back in November and it was one of her favourite presents. She loves it so much it hasn't hit the bookshelf yet as it lays on her bedside table and each day she dips in and out of them. The collection from Usborne contains ...
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Journey to the River Sea, written by Eva Ibbotson
During my early days of teaching I picked up a first edition of this book and read it from cover to cover in two days. I fell in love with the idea of travelling through the Amazon and discovering its flora and fauna. Since reading it, I've used it as a class text several times ...
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Momo, by Michael Ende
Do you remember the first book that you read from cover to cover as a child? My first page turner was a book called Momo and I read it on a long, long car journey across Europe one summer. I remember not wanting the journey to end until the book was finished! It is by German ...
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