Fun alternative advent calendar ideas with Scholastic

alternative advent calendar ideas - bubbablue and me

Advent is such an exciting time of year for children. The bubbling anticipation of Christmas, the countdown and wishes that are made.  And children love the tradition of a daily advent calendar. In our house we do our own version of a chocolate advent calendar.  We have a fabric calendar with pockets and drop in a chocolate coin and a Christmassy activity on a bit of paper.  You can check out my advent calendar activity suggestions and printable if you’re… Continue Reading “Fun alternative advent calendar ideas with Scholastic”

I-Spy books – the activity book relaunch

i-spy books

When I was a child I had an i-spy book of horses. I loved that little book, having been bought it at Banbury Museum just after moving to the area. I didn’t really manage to tick off many of the horses, but I loved it all the same. So when I heard that I-Spy books were being relaunched this summer, it made me smile. I jumped at the chance to take a look and try the modern versions out ourselves.… Continue Reading “I-Spy books – the activity book relaunch”

Discovering spaces and planes with Shine-a-light books – giveaway

shine-a-light books

We’ve not done any book reviews for a while.  We’re still both reading – I completed my 2015 52 book challenge back in October, and N’s still loving his books.  Now phonics teaching has started, I’m expecting him to be reading simple words after, if not by Christmas.  Exciting times. Recently we were sent a couple of new books from the shine-a-light books range.  I’ve not come across these before, but they’re definitely a new and unique concept. In the… Continue Reading “Discovering spaces and planes with Shine-a-light books – giveaway”

Pumpkins Pumpkins Everywhere – getting ready for Halloween

Pumpkins pumpkins everywhere

Apart from books from school, we’ve not had many new books for N recently.  I think he’s generally really happy with repeating the rest of the books he has already.  But we were sent Pumpkins Pumpkins Everywhere as our next Parragon Book Buddies read. N does like a themed book at certain times of the year (he’s already had out the Christmas books!), so he’s been quite interested in this one as we’ve been able to talk about Halloween and… Continue Reading “Pumpkins Pumpkins Everywhere – getting ready for Halloween”

Spot a Lot Animals jigsaw and book from Parragon Books

spot a lot book reading

We’ve not done any book reviews for a while.  It’s mostly because N’s not being interested in new books – he just wants us to read Biff and Chip. Oh, how I wish I’d never bought the set for him. Fingers crossed it’s not the book system they use at school. I was surprised therefore, how quick he was to pick up the box that Parragon Books’ latest offering came in.  Spot a Lot Animals attracted him straight away.  I… Continue Reading “Spot a Lot Animals jigsaw and book from Parragon Books”

Book lover style with Roald Dahl cushions from House of Fraser – giveaway

Roald Dahl House of Fraser cushions

I have to admit our house is a tad on the unfinished side (and has been since before I moved in 13 years ago). I love looking at stylish houses, but just never have the impetous to do it in our own home. I had vague plans for N’s room but it’s still a hotch potch, and generally full of books spread all over the floor. N takes after me in loving books, so when I was shown the Roald… Continue Reading “Book lover style with Roald Dahl cushions from House of Fraser – giveaway”

Learn to fasten with Zip It by Patricia Hegarty

Zip It book

I was looking forward to receiving this Zip It hardback book from Little Tiger Press, written by Patricia Hegarty and illustrated by Fhiona Galloway.  While it looks like a book for younger children, it’s aimed at 3-6 year olds, with the main purpose of letting them practise undoing and doing up fastenings.  N really needs some help with those, because he doesn’t really make the effort to try (apart from being able to pull a zip up and down). Zip… Continue Reading “Learn to fasten with Zip It by Patricia Hegarty”

The ideal book for a farmer’s son? Good little bad little pig

good little bad little Pig

Our latest Book Buddy read from Parragon Books is Good little bad little Pig by Margaret Wise Brown, and illustrated by Loretta Schauer.  I thought this book would appeal to N given the subject matter. The story is about a little boy who wants a piglet as a pet.  His parents bring up all the barriers to having one, but he writes to a farmer that he wants a good little bad little pig.  And a piglet duly arrives.  We… Continue Reading “The ideal book for a farmer’s son? Good little bad little pig”

Personalised books with Penwizard

Personalised books from Penwizard - Bubbablue and me

I remember being bought a personalised book when I was a child and loved reading how I and my friend helped Snow White and the 7 Dwarves save the day.  I always thought it was magical being in a book myself, and when Penwizard asked me to review one of their books, I thought of that magic and how N might feel. The Penwizard website is easy enough to use.  It filters by character books, by boys and girls (although… Continue Reading “Personalised books with Penwizard”

Little Snappers books – review and giveaway

little snappers books

Last year we did the 300 picture books challenge and managed to complete it in May or June, reading 300 different picture books.  I can’t say the same for my own personal challenge, it was a seriously poor showing and this month alone I’m not far off my 2014 books read total! This year, we’re taking it easy with picture books.  N’s book shelves are bursting (so much so that his downstairs fabric sling ones have broken), but we do… Continue Reading “Little Snappers books – review and giveaway”