@Pampers_UK are donating £1 to the Benevolent Fund of the RCM Trust every time the hashtag #ThankYouMidwife is used. So I’m saying thank you to my midwife Clemmie Hooper, @mother_of_daughters pictured here with Thea at just a couple of days old. How was Thea ever this tiny! Look at that nappy on her! 💜 I was fortunate enough to be under a team of midwives, The Lanes, that Clemmie was part of, and she and every one of the team who came to see us before, during and after, was just amazing. In the run up to my birth I asked Clemmie A LOT of questions! She’d arrive and I’d have a new post it note filled with concerns and queries, and she was nothing but patient and helpful. And when Thea was just a few days old, and I texted, through floods of tears, she was there as quick a flash with wise words and a hug. So thank you Clemmie. I’ve talked to friends who had you or a Lanes midwife and we all feel so lucky to have been be cared for by an such amazing team of women. #thankyoumidwife 💜
I can't adequately express how important @pathwaystomusic has been for my children this year. Their piano teacher Mark Hooper has been OUTSTANDING in what has been a terrible year and while I've always been a massive believer in music as therapy...this year has shown me that in pratice. My little ode to Mark and to Pathways and to books about music is on the blog now.
“When most Chicagoans were upset about waking up to snow last Saturday, Caleb Green saw it as the perfect ‘snowy day’ for a reading marathon. Caleb, age 4, set out to read 100 books in one day and his parents streamed the lit fest live on Facebook. “I like to read and I want to read some more like my sister,” Caleb said in a post-victory interview. The challenge happened simply enough. “At lunch Caleb said, “Dad I read 9 books last night. I want to try and read 100 next,” Caleb’s father, Sylus Green, wrote in a Facebook post Sunday morning. Green’s initial reaction, he wrote, was “100 is a LOT of books son, do you know how long it will take?” He replied “Yes. I want to read 100.” There’s no stopping a determined child, and who would want to?
When the family returned home from lunch, Caleb’s parents began going through their bookshelves to find the 100 books. When they came up a few short, they reached out to family and friends who brought more books to the house. The #CalebReads100 challenge was a village effort, even before streaming live on Facebook. Thanks to the live stream, Caleb was supported near and far by loved ones during the 8+ hours read-a-long. Caleb is not only an inspiration to other young people, but his determination also inspired his father. “I learned to just dream bigger and I am going to set unrealistic goals for myself this coming year and I’m going to be inspired by Caleb to not quit on him and just push through it,” Green said.
Recent history has shown us what can happen when young people are inspired to act on their bold ideas and encouraged in the process. @iammarleydias, who created the #1000BlackGirlsBooks campaign when she was 11, completely shook up the book world, is named one of Forbes “30 Under 30” and is releasing her own book in 2018. Caleb Green, #WeSeeYou and can’t wait to see how you change the world next!” (Black Doctor)
This book blew me away on first read, with its striking illustrations, fabulous pacing, and breathtakingly phenomenal voice. Wow. Crown, An Ode to the Fresh Cut, written by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Gordon James, was a window book for me like none other, a story about a young African-American boy who goes to the barbershop to get a haircut and walks out feeling like a million dollars. I remember being a young kid and sitting down in the hairstylist's chair vividly, but my experiences were wholly different then the one described in this vibrant story. As a child, I cried at the end of every haircut upon realizing my hair was not long, not blonde and certainly not straight like Rapunzel's. Instead, it was mousy brown and more akin to Medusa than any Disney princess, with thin ringlets bouncing like a halo all around my little head. But this book, to think of how amazing this child felt every time he went to the barber - it was so poignant and so powerful.
In Crown, a boy saunter into the barbershop “as a lump of clay, a blank canvas." But when the barber has finished the cut, the boy looks so fly, "they'll want to post [him] up in a museum." The story moves seamlessly through the child's experience as the man drapes him like a king with a cape and then single handedly transforms him -- and his confidence -- with a new hairdo.
Crown is an absolute force. It firmly grounds the reader in the setting, right in the center of all the magic, where children become royalty alongside the other barbershop patrons. From the very first page, the very first sentence, Barnes transports the reader right into that barbershop culture through vivid details that come to life with brilliant authenticity. It is a celebration of self-confidence and self-worth, a beautiful window into a snippet of a boy's day that transforms him and makes him feel recognized and powerful. The voice, the word choice, the rhythm - it's all astonishingly perfect. Crown is a powerful read that should be in every classroom and library around the country -- and in your homes too. An eye opener, a winner, a joy. #kidsbooks#picturebook#readersareleaders#kidsbookstagram#schoollibrary
The text of this book was originally published in 1957 in Ladies' Home Journal, but Cooney's illustrations, added in 1985, are what really elevate it. There's something about the way that she conveys the emptiness of being the lone child left at an orphanage on Christmas Eve but also the contrasting warmth of an English market or Christmas morning breakfast.
This very Dickensian book begins by saying it's about wishing, but it's more accurately a story about loneliness and longing and the naysayers who tell us that dreams are hopeless. Mrs. Jones' husband repeatedly calls her "daft" for putting up a Christmas tree when they have no children to share it with. An older boy in Ivy's orphanage laughs at her fantasy of spending Christmas with a grandmother because he knows she has none. And Holly the doll is ridiculed by an older toy for hoping she'll be someone's Christmas present. There's so much gaslighting by the male characters (who are all just masking their own longings), that it makes me want to scream, but it makes it all the more triumphant when fate (or hope) brings all the lonely characters together.
This is on the longer side for a picture book, so it may not for the preschool crowd.
Madeline will always be one of my favorite children's classics. Rhyming books aren't normally my preference but something about the cadence of the Madeline books just draws me in! If you've followed me from the beginning you might remember that I gave my oldest a Madeline-themed birthday party several years ago. How perfect is this @sweetsequels Madeline ornament? I love giving themed gift packages and I think this would add a perfect touch to the gift of a Madeline book.
Are you by any chance dreaming about an owl who is dreaming about a boy who is dreaming about an owl who wants to help a boy who wants to help his father who is in all sorts of trouble? ~ Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Horatio Clare.
A few of you are asking for recommendations for kids books. Here's one, recommended to me by @lrbbookshop. I showed it off already but now I've read and can say -- It is absolutely wonderful. It manages to take a serious and sad subject (parent depression) and make it manageable, as understandable as possible, and funny. Plus it's incredibly smart and creative. And for animal and environment 🍂lovers.
I cannot wait to share it with my 10-year old nephew. Because of the high concept, use of big words (brilliantly explained in many cases), references to literature and mythology, and British spelling (joking, sort of) I think this is good for 10-12 year olds. Maybe 13.
Happy holiday shopping!
We've made Pig the Elf our gift to all for the month of December, in conjunction with Children's Laureate Leigh Hobbs' It's My Story Calendar, with it's December theme of 'Give a Story'. ⠀
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'Wie im Film' - so kommt dem zwölfjährigen Bruno das Leben vor. Nur dass es gerade nicht besonders erfreulich zugeht: Da ist die Pubertät, das Sich-Verlieren im Netz und dann noch die Tatsache, dass sich Brunos Eltern trennen. Wie sich der Junge damit arrangiert erzählt Vinko Möderndorfer und hält für den Leser ein überraschendes Ende bereit.
Give children unconditional love and they will thrive! Good morning from The Reading Corner #readingcornerng
Little Pear Tree | Jenny Bowers • This book is stunningly gorgeous! It's an artful exploration through the seasons and cycles of a pear tree, from seed to full grown fruit-bearing. Each page is imbued with rhyming text and multiple flaps that reveal hidden creatures. It feels more like an art book to me. Love reading and gazing at this with my girls 🍐. •
As cliched as it sounds, the reason I love Christmas (and I really do love it) is because of that magical feeling and because of family. This book is a wonderful reminder that the magic comes from ourselves and family is all that really matters. For anyone feeling budget strain or anyone travelling away from home this year, this book will ease any worries as to whether or not Christmas can still feel the same. We feature it on our blog today, with all the reasons we love it and suggested topics you can chat about, after reading it with your child.
Just finished up The Mouse and the Motorcycle with my six-year-old. We both loved it so much and decided we wanted to read the next book in the series!
The process of concept to finalizing an illustrated character sometimes involves numerous steps. Ultimately, the author's envisioned character must be achieved through the illustration itself. Meet Remy, our central character. #childrensliterature#illustration#kidlitart#kidlit