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'Where's Papa going with that ax?' 📖🖋 . . On their own, it's hard to believe these words are the opening line of a children's book. And not any old book either but a classic - 'Charlotte's Web', by EB White. It might even be the most often quoted opening line of a children's book ever 📖🖋 . . Kids can be much fussier readers, with attention pulled in a dozen different directions. A great first line reels them in and triggers conversations in their head about what could be going to happen next. In fact, why not stop right there, after the first line, and get children to let their imaginations rip as they try to guess what the plot might be 📖🖋 . . We've chosen some #⭐reads with cracking first lines (can you resist spinning out possible plotlines?). Tell us your favourites too 📖🖋
Is this our tattiest book? Possibly. That's the prompt for today in the #BooksThatMadeMe challenge run by @thebookishmummy and @books_pieces (which we're loving as an excuse for a lovely nostalgic wallow). The first book on this pile is missing a cover and it has quite a lot of corners turned over in lieu of a bookmark. But the Biggles series is such a 'corker' that we kept it anyway👌✌👍 . . Biggles is from a time (long before we were born!) when there were books for boys and books for girls. But we didn't care. WE Johns' stories about World War One pilot James Bigglesworth are gripping. You might think the glossary of flying terms at the back would be off-putting. But children love codes and crunchy terminology. Makes them feel like part of the gang.
We've been so impressed listening to interviews with Greta Thunberg and the school strikers this week. Such quiet, powerful articulacy. It's why we teach our children to read, isn't it? To give them the tools and the confidence to inform themselves about the world.
What parent hasn't drifted off to the Land of Nod while reading a bedtime story. There's science behind that, you know. Reading reduces stress levels 📖 . . Listening to a story is even better (isn't that partly why we do it with our kids?). It lulls the brain into the dreaming phase of the sleep cycle by switching on your imagination and switching off the busy analytical part. So, audio books are the answer for racing minds or if you just want a better quality of sleep. The bed people @simbasleep did some research on this and one in 10 people who took part thought children's books were The Very Best bed-time listens 🔉📖🛌 . . We're going to try two on our mobiles already, downloaded from @audible_uk to distract during car journeys: 'Little House on the Prairie' by Laura Ingalls Wilder and 'Goth Girl' by @chrisriddell - love the contrast, don't you? 🔉📖🛌 . . But what do you think would make the perfect bedtime listen? Something old or something new? 🔉📖🛌 . . Happy #WorldSleepDay
Lightbulb no. 3: Chatting with your toddler is good for their reading🧒🗯💡 . . It can feel a bit odd, making conversation with a very small child. But don't be self-conscious; it soon gets easier! And you'll be helping your child build their vocabulary for when they start learning to read🧒🗯💡 . . Emily, our storytelling expert, was thrilled to be asked to talk about this and, the next steps too, on The School Run website for primary-school parents. Her advice? Throw in lots of conversation starters that encourage children to find and learn new words; a simple ‘Would you like an apple or an orange?’ when they're 18 months or so; more open questions for older children - ‘How does it taste? What do you like best?’ 🧒🗯💡 . . [BTW in case you don't know about the Lightbulb💡, this is our regular nugget of advice to help parents help their kids with their reading. If there is anything you'd like us to cover, do pop it in the comments]
Our lovely Kelly is heading off to the London Book Fair today. So we're grabbing the excuse, with both hands and all fingers and probably some toes, to introduce her to you properly ⭐🤝⭐ . . Here are 9 THINGS you ought to know about Kelly - and how she got involved with children's books! Clue: she's just a bit passionate about them: "These days it takes me ages to read a grown-up book but I can get through at least 10 children’s books by the end of breakfast!"
79%...sounds like an exam mark and one we'd be chuffed to get. In fact, this is rather a sad number. It's the proportion of children who told @bookabees they wished their parents read with them more. The book club did a survey at the beginning of March, talking to families across the country with kids aged 5-11. A third of the parents spent less than 15 minutes a day with their offspring and a book🏃♀️📖🏃♂️ . . We aren't trying to 'guilt' you, honestly. We're parents too, struggling to push back the tide of daily life. But most of us could make more proper family time if we put our minds to it (and turned off our phones) - don't you think? The #BookabeesFamily40 campaign is a collaboration with consultant child psychologist Laverne Antrobus ('Secret Life of 5 Year Olds', Channel 4). The idea is for families to shut out the world and spend 40 minutes together, five times a week: 10 minutes settling down, 20 minutes reading and 10 minutes to chat about it afterwards. Something to aim for?
Such a British conversation starter, isn't it...'What's the weather like with you?' We've had a fantastically blustery weekend. Wild and wonderful all at the same time 🌬🌫💨 . . That's spring for you. So we thought we'd post two #⭐reads to banish the shivers you may be feeling as you look through the window at scudding clouds and trees bent double. Both books are packed with brilliant ideas (like making a wind sock). We defy you not to pull on your wellies and have fun🏃♂️🏃♀️ . . 📖'101 Things For Kids To Do Outside' by @dawnisaacinsta and published by @kylebooksuk 📖 . . 📖Wild Weather by @fionadanks and Jo Schofield and published by Frances Lincoln📖 #activitybooks#bookstagram#kidsbooks#bookswelove#LittlePiecesOfChildhaood#lovelifeoutside#SimpleHappyLife#imagine#adventure#OurWhimsicalDays#WildAndFreeChildhood#WildAndFreeKids#WildAndFreeChildren#RunWildMyChild#CandidChildhoodUnplugged#WildAndBraveLittles#WildAndBraveLittleOnes#Our_Everyday_Moment#OutdoorFamilies#FreeRangeKids#IlluminateChildhood#NatureOnThePage#KidsInNature#ExploreKids#quietinthewild
Primary school is all about discovery and excitement. Dividing children into scientists and the rest happens later. Up to 11, they're acquiring the same core skills that make confident readers and writers, as well as able mathematicians and scientists. At this stage, story books are brilliant for introducing children to ideas about how the world works. We love 'The Rabbit Problem' by author/illustrator @emily_gravett - it's an extraordinarily inventive book exploring the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, overlaid with sense of the seasons in nature, and SRE (what with the rabbits multiplying!). . . Happy #BritishScienceWeek
If you wanted to inspire your little girl to feel that nothing is impossible, whose story would you tell her? There've been lots of riveting and beautifully illustrated books published in the last few years celebrating successful women - we posted some of our favourite collections on Monday. But they haven't covered everybody - couldn't possibly. So, who would you nominate to get a mini-biography for children? Tell us in the comments and maybe we can all make it happen.
We're loving all the #WorldBookDay costumes. Bravo, you mums and dads. You've done a brilliant job, with cardboard, string, poster paint and stickyback plastic - and pillowcases, as you might have seen in our stories!👻 If you could bottle the excitement, it'd be fizzier than the BFG's bottle of frobscottle (nearly 600,000 posts by the time we pressed send on this!)📖🎉📖 . . But good teachers and enthusiastic parents can do that all the time. Make reading really really exciting for children. Books are for life, after all, not just for World Book Day 📚👶🏼👧👨🎓👩🏫🧓📚 #WorldBookDay2019#bookday
'What was the first book I read by myself? I can't actually remember for certain as I can't remember when books and stories weren't there. But I suspect it was Enid Blyton as I loved her as a child. Probably 'The Magic Faraway Tree', which was simply magical and a place I wanted to run away to - to discover all the different lands and have a go on the slippery slip.' . . Kelly is our marketing and social media specialist (and Blyton fan) and this is one of the books that 'made' her 📚 . . #BooksThatMadeMe is the lovely but very distracting challenge from @thebookishmummy and @books_pieces 📚 We look forward to posting some more...
Lightbulb no.2: Bad jokes can be good!😁 . . The next time your child tells you a terrible joke on the way home from school, don't just groan but have another joke up your sleeve to top trump them with😁 . . We've all heard small children mangle punchlines. But if you think about it, getting a joke demands pretty sophisticated language and comprehension skills; understanding that different words can sound the same or that the same word can mean different things. And when the child is the audience, they've also got to be able to process information quickly to spot what's funny😁 . . Swapping jokes is HIIT literacy training for kids!😁 . . We've got one of the @roald_dahl joke books, and we're not afraid to use it. We've popped some corkers on our stories to get you started😁
There's something about #nationalspringcleaningweek that makes us want to reach for empowering reads for girls (Mrs Hinch notwithstanding). These are four we found at home. And have enjoyed a lot. Especially 'Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls' (1 and 2), which brought us so many unsung heroes in such cool packaging - now the norm, of course. BTW there's a new bunch of @rebelgirlsbook podcasts just out. Thanks to @rachelignotofsky for celebrating female sports heroes. And to @libbyjackson_ for women in the space 'industry'. All riveting #⭐reads
Is #NationalOldStuffDay a thing in this country (sorry, we mean in the UK)? Never mind! It's the perfect excuse, as if we needed one, to do a #shelfie of our battered, best-loved hand-me-downs. Very randomly arranged, we notice belatedly. Need to train the children up in library management skills📚📚📚 . . Do you see any of your old favourites?
We really wanted a White Rabbit quote for (pinch, punch) 1 March and found this one. SO apt it could be our screensaver. The temptation to do too much, at full pelt, is always there. So here's to a lovely not-White-Rabbity weekend. (If that's possible in the run-up to #WorldBookDay 🐇) --- Apologies if you've seen this post already. It's not you going mad but us. @creative_bea kindly pointed out we'd credited 'Alice in Wonderland' to AA Milne! Yikes...that's a proper Friday foul-up.