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PICTURE BOOKS
The Girls by Lauren Ace and Jenny Lovlie
"The four women were still as different as they were the same. And they were still the best of friends." The Girls by Lauren Ace and Jenny Lovlie is a gorgeous picture book and it's well celebrated in our house by both of my girls. It was also a treat to see it being used ...
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FUN
Fresh Books for the Shelf, to help bring cultural heritage into the lives of our children
At the beginning of December we held the Babyccino Shopup event, and myself and the wonderful panel of women who joined us discussed how we are bringing our cultural heritage into the lives of our children. Some decisions seem simple, like celebrating Christmas or Eid, for example. Those around us are celebrating too and not ...
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BOOKS
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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TUESDAY TIPS
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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BOOKS
Picture Books for Toddlers: Wilkie's current favourites
About a year ago, I shared a selection of Wilkie's favourite picture books, many of which are still on rotation as his favourite bedtime reads. But he's beginning to enjoy the slightly longer stories now, and we have a few to add to that list. I snapped a photo of his current go-to books, most ...
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BOOKS
'Would you Rather...?' by John Burningham
I remember the first time I played a 'Would you Rather...' game. I was a freshman in college and we played in my friend's dorm room, laughing our heads off. So fun! Who doesn't love thinking about silly, outrageous potential circumstances and weighing up your favourite (or least terrible) of your options?! Haha. When I ...
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PICTURE BOOKS
'Hey Grandude!' -- a picture book by Paul McCartney!
Grandude is not your everyday kind of grandfather. True, he has some stereotypical grandfather characteristics. He lives in a very normal house in a very normal street. He has snow-white hair and a tendency to fall asleep in his armchair. But, he also has something extraordinary and utterly amazing: he owns a magical compass! When ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Encouraging children to read! Here are ten tips.
Both my oldest children are avid readers. Especially Sara is the kind of person who reads everything she can get her hands on: novels, series, educational books, newspapers, magazines, the back of cereal boxes -- you name it. So recognisable: I was exactly the same as a child. (I always thought it had to do ...
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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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BOOKS
'Everyone Eats' by Julia Kuo, a cute book for toddlers
We've recently added the cute book, 'Everyone Eats', to Wilkie's book basket in his bedroom, and it's quickly become a bedtime favourite.  It's a cute and simple book, featuring different groups of animals on each page and the foods they eat: rabbits eat carrots, deer eat lettuce, bears eat honey, etc. Not only does Wilkie love ...
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BOOKS
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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BOOKS
Personalised books for children featuring the child and the people they love most
Kids love personalised books. Full stop. We have collected a few over the years for our kids, and they still love those books so much. It's like there is something magical and compelling reading a book about YOU! This new personalised book, Ready or Not here comes.... by Sydney-based publisher MeMeMe Press takes it one step further. ...
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FUN
'All the Ways to be Smart', a charming new picture book with a beautiful message
All The Ways to be Smart is the most beautiful, brilliant new picture book. Full stop. Charming illustrations in pretty, appealing colours? Check. Great rhyming text that is super fun to read aloud? Check. A wonderful message conveyed in a beautiful non-judgey way? Check. The book is a joyful celebration of childhood and all the ...
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COLOURING AND ACTIVITY BOOKS
Storytime Magazine, short stories on your doormat
Is there anything better than magazine mail day? My children look forward to it ALL week. Usually on Thursdays, they get their children's newspaper, their horse riding magazine, their junior National Geographic magazine AND, once a month, Storytime Magazine. They all LOVE this magazine! Storytime Magazine is a subscription magazine for kids, packed with brilliant ...
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BOOKS
'Fergus & Delilah' -- a story about a boy with Autism and the importance of inclusion
Fergus & Delilah is a beautiful picture book that celebrates diversity and encourages inclusion. The book was co-created and illustrated by Míša Alexander, a local mother of three boys, one of whom is on the Autism Spectrum (her son, Hugo, was at school with our kids before they changed schools this year).  Míša set out to ...
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BOOKS
'5 Wild Numbers' by Bella Gomez
Bella Gomez is a UK-based designer, illustrator, a mum of young children and a reader of this blog. We were so thrilled when she reached out to us recently to introduce us to her new children's board book, '5 Wild Numbers'. The concept of the book is simple -- count the wild animals one to ...
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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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BOOKS
Mrs Wordsmith
I find teaching kids how to read and expanding their vocabulary such an interesting subject. There are so many different theories and there are so many different methods out there, which makes it hard to figure out what works. Children are also so very different. One of my kids picked up a book at age ...
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SHOP
Burro Kids shop on Abbot Kinney in Venice
Burro Kids on Abbot Kinney in Venice is an offspring of its mother shop two doors down, Burro, which features a very well-curated selection of home and lifestyle accessories and goods from across the globe. The Kids Shop is just as carefully edited, with brands such as Aden & Anais, Haba, Rylee and Cru etc. The shop ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: Best London-themed picture books
Our London ShopUp event is just around the corner -- taking place in Shoreditch on June 9th and 10th! (Mark your diaries and don't miss it!) So, with London on our minds, we've rounded up our favourite London-themed picture books. Whether you live in London, travel to London, or simply want to teach your children ...
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BOOKS
'Magic Beach' by Alison Lester
Alison Lester is one of Australia's most beloved children's authors, and with the book now celebrating its 20th anniversary, it's safe to say that Alison Lester's 'Magic Beach' is a true Australian classic. It's definitely a big-time favourite in our home. It's not always the case that a children's book is fun to read aloud, ...
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TOP TEN BOOK LISTS
Bruce Ingman shares his top ten favourite children's books
We are super excited to share another inspiring Top Ten book list, this time from Bruce Ingman -- an award-winning and much-loved author and illustrator based in London. After teaching at a number of art colleges and illustrating for many well-known magazines, Bruce wrote and illustrated his first book, When Martha's Away, in 1995 , which ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Our favourite springtime picture books
Spring is finally here (despite the wintery weather still lingering in some cities!), and this is one of our favourite seasons -- so full of excitement, anticipation, new beginnings, budding trees and baby bunnies! We've rounded up 14 of our team's favourite springtime picture books perfect to read at this time of year.  Find our ...
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How can we manage worrying information around our children? Today’s blog post looks at these ‘unprecedented’ times. With news reels, articles, conversations, not only between adults but children too that are hard to ignore. It is impossible to shield our children from the worries and events of the wider world, and important to share some truths with them about what is happening. We are, as Maria Montessori put it, “Citizens of the World” and our children will be the ones to inherit it. Being in lockdown, (hello to everyone at home!) can make for a really good environment to nurture discussion, as we have time to drip feed explanations, observe reactions and unpick tricky questions. There are some simple ways we can help stem and support the flow of information, manage anxieties and make sense of the world around us all. So today we have tips in our bio, so click on the link and share with loved ones. And please stay safe. #babyccinokids #explainingcoronavirustokids @themontessoristudio
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The Dictionary of Difficult Words by Jane Solomon is a great hit. It is filled with over 400 whimsical words which continually amaze us ... words like ‘bumbershoot’, ‘spaghettification’, ‘hurdy-gurdy’ and ‘ombudsman’ are carefully described and fantastically illustrated by Louise Lockhart. I mean how cool is the word ‘hurdy-gurdy’?! Read more about the book on today’s blog. #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads @vanessa_wild_flours
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Art for everyone... Julie from @famillesummerbelle shared this beautiful print for colouring in fun. Print out available in our bio. Enjoy. ️ @estherbabyccino @famillesummerbelle #famillesummerbelle
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We’ve had a full-on week with home learning (as you all have I imagine) and managed to survive (just) the week in the house together. But this morning I felt we all needed a little time out from the work and we did maths through baking by making these delicious cookies. They were out of the oven just in time for a mid-morning brain break. I think we’ve tried every recipe for chocolate chip cookies but this is our favourite and today I thought I’d share it with you. I must warn you, they are not the healthiest, but during these times I think we are all in need of a little treat. Thanks to @vanessa_wild_flours for this idea ... and click on our bio for her yummy recipe! #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
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Picky eaters? Or needing creative meal solutions? Read our tips for making mealtimes fun in our bio. And tell us, what clever ideas do you have now that three meals a day with the whole family is the new norm. #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
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The secret to a happy home... freshly baked cookies! And with only three ingredients your precious pantry won’t be robbed of its’ resources. The recipe for these mouth-watering (and gluten free) Peanut Butter Cookies : -1 cup of peanut butter -1 cup of brown sugar -1 egg In a large bowl, mix the ingredients together until you have a smooth, consistent dough. Using your hands, roll dough into small balls and place on a baking tray, evenly spaced. Press a fork into the dough balls in opposite directions making a criss-cross pattern. Then bake at 350° F (175° C) for 8-10 minutes. And that’s it. So easy! Enjoy. @courtneyadamo #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats #glutenfree
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A paper doll chain -- a simple paper cutting craft for all ages Babyccino Kids: Daily tips, Children's products, Craft ideas, Recipes & More
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A paper doll chain -- a simple paper cutting craft for all ages Babyccino Kids: Daily tips, Children's products, Craft ideas, Recipes & More
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Here’s a video of our latest ShopUp in East London (shot and edited by our lovely and talented friend Nadine Brandt). It encapsulates the ShopUp atmosphere really, really well, and it makes us so excited for the next one!
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Our beautiful new book, '9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy' for the family to share, is AVAILABLE NOW! You can order it here: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
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Check out our new book! 9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
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Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
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Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
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Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
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Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
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Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
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This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
3 years ago
Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
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