My child is different by Elaine Halligan

Elaine Halligan's My Child's Different: The lessons learned from one family's struggle to unlock their son's potential celebrates the unique qualities that children who are different bring to the world. Reading about  development when the development does not follow the expected pattern enhances your understanding not only of children who are different but also of …

Silly Summer Silliness

Lazy summer days! Relax from all the seriousness of school and homework. In the introduction to the book The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone Carla Sonheim says that she is not really a very silly person. She is actually a pretty serious person. She writes, "But "serious" does not equal "solemn", and I …

A Bit Average

The Age of the Average prevents children from blossoming. The dream that every child is given chances and opportunities to become the best they can, is a dream that it is worth striving for. Yet, this idea rests on the assumption that this can be achieved on a child's own terms. One thing that stands …

Mechanica

This post has ad links. Dip your toes into the future creatures of the land and skies. "Welcome to future Earth. Despite repeated warnings, the environment has become polluted to such an extent that many areas of the globe have become uninhabitable, and wildlife is now extinct. From the ashes, a new style of ‘wildlife’ …

Wishlist for Christmas

The magical Christmas adventure the Nutcracker is a popular ballet with music written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. In The Nutcracker: Press the Note to Hear Tchaikovsky's Music (The Story Orchestra)  you can listen to 'The Dance of the Reed Flutes', 'The Waltz of Flowers' and 'The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy', while you read about …

Valentine – In My Heart: A Book of Feelings By Jo Witek

Even brown bracts are beautiful! A nature Valentine heart made of twigs,  flowers and brown hydrangea bracts and flowers. Mopheads, as they are also called, are showy bushes that in the warmer months have colourful and big bracts around each flower. Now the bushes are filled with brown but still beautiful big mopheads. We also …

Looking for “Talking” Trees an Exciting Way to Walk Through the Woods

“These trees are friends,” he said, craning his neck to look at the leafless crowns, black against a gray sky. “You see how the thick branches point away from each other? That’s so they don’t block their buddy’s light.” Peter Wohlleben   Imagine meeting someone who has written a best seller about the way trees …

Animal Architects: Amazing Animals Who Build Their Homes

Animal Architects: Amazing Animals Who Build Their Homes is written and illustrated by Daniel Nassar and Julio Antonio Blasco. Each spread is filled with inspiration as well as information about each animal and its home. Structures built by animals often have complicated features such as special-purpose chambers built by bees and ventilation in a termite …

Book to Spark the Invention Bug in Young Children – My Crazy Inventions Sketchbook

A dog umbrella. A car wash for people. Or a device where you can charge your phone using a hamster. If given a chance, children can come up if the most fantastic ideas. Many of these ideas may seem to crazy to work but inventors need to come up new ideas that challenge the way …

Books that Encourage Children to Interact and Ask Questions – Is There a Dog in This Book? (Cats) and Kingfisher and the Wren

I adore the interactive approach in Vivian Swartz's books. She is taking the lift and flap action to a new level. In the book, Is There a Dog in This Book? (Cats) a bunch of cats are trying to break out of the book's pages. Tiny, Moonpie and Andre smell something funny. . . something …

Books that Allow Children to Ask Questions

Picture books that allow children to ask questions and explore a variety of answers are a great tool to encourage thinking. Recent research suggests that babies have logical reasoning before the age of one. Babies are capable of making capable of deductive problem solving. Considering the importance of continuing to developing thinking skills and using different …

Picture books to help Parents that Struggle with Reading

Growing a love for reading starts early. And you can start even before your baby is born. Reading for our children is a good thing but sharing stories is not always easy. Books shops and libraries may be filled with colourful and exciting picture books, nevertheless, often these picture books are not suitable reading material …

Alice in Wonderland Illustrated by Andrea D’Aquino

Who In the World Am I? Ah,That is the Great Question. Love Love Love! Andrea D'Aquino's modern illustrated edition, Classics Reimagined, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, adds yet another dimension to Alice's fanciful adventure down the rabbit hole. The fusion of  watercolor and collage captures the familiar and loved yet they also  transforms the well-known characters …

All The Wild Wonders, Poems of Our Earth, by Wendy Cooling

You can never have too many poetry books! Poems are perfect for sharing at bedtime. Falling asleep to the sound of a familiar poem is reassuring and calming. Poems are often musical. Playing with sounds of language - they are a perfect way to inspire children to practice reading. With poetry, children usually do not …

Snitch & Sneer – Fairy Tale Crashers: Hit the Hood by Julia Dweck

"What is a Fairy Tale Crasher?" Maybe you have enjoyed fractured fairy tales like The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, then you are in for a treat because Julia Dweck together with the illustrator Daryll Collins make extreme fairy tale makeovers. And we love it! Snitch & Sneer are a couple of wild …

Moomin – Ballet

"When everything is not well in the Moominvalley, Moomintroll and his friends heads to the Observatory on the Lonely Mountains". "In the Observatory they are told that the comet will hit the Earth within a few days. Will the Moominvalley survive?" Moomins are plump  and making a ballet with dancing Moomintrolls sounds like a real …

Celebrate Christmas Around the World! with Multicultural Kid Blogs

Luciatåg, Saffransbullar, Pepparkakor! "Mum, why does I get my Xmas presents the day before our neighbours?" Christmas is celebrated in many different ways around the world and reading and learning about these wonderful traditions is a great way to capture not only the magic about Christmas but also enhancing understanding and rasing curiosity for other …

The Dollhouse Book

Playing Interior Designer! What does your fantasy dream room look like? What kind of stories do the walls of a bright room with flowers tell? And what stories do the walls whisper in a dark moonlit room. Looking for a special gift, The Dollhouse Book is an exquisite little drawing book. Create your own dream …

The World of Mamoko in the Year 3000 by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski

What will the world look like in the Year 3000? Will you walk the robot instead of the dog? Or will the robot walk you? And will the daily dramas change? Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinska know how a curious mind works. Delighted to have found their books, which opens up your mind to explore possibilities …

Pop-Up Books – ABC and Numero by Marion Bataille

Children suffering from dyslexia often have problems with distinguishing  letters and numbers. Various approaches can be used to help them. Tracing the letters or numbers with your hands makes the learning experiences richer by involving other senses than vision.Go here for a blog post on the Dyslexia Blog about learning alphabet and numbers. A varied …

How to Teach a Child about the Consequences of Wild Ideas

Can you  teach your child to  think about the consequences of her actions. The ultimate aim for any parent is teaching your child to develop self-discipline and consider what will happen to others and themselves when they do something.  If a child’s actions is going to result in an action such as a decision, choice, …

Made to Play

  Joel Henriques is an artist and designer. He has devoted time to make art and craft meaningful regardless of skill level or age. Together with his children, he has created the most stunning toys, games, and paper crafts. Exercise fine motor skills and dive into a world where anything is possible – almost. Joel …

Summer Reading

Why not spend this summer reading books together. Reading aloud to older children – who can comfortably read to themselves – has several benefits. Firstly, a child’s reading level is below their level of listening, which means that children can understand books that are too difficult for them to decode themselves. The second reason to …