The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go! Dr. Seuss



Town Is by the Sea

Town Is by the Sea

Joanne Schwartz

Sydney Smith

Walker Books

Age 3+

As out family has a mining history and a fondness for a certain seaside town this book ticked quite a few boxes for us. In this story a little boy introduces us to his house and town and he talks us through a day in his life. His father is a coal miner as was his grandfather and every day he watches the men walk off for a hard days work.

Whilst his dad is digging for coal the little boy plays with his friends and helps his mother with the shopping. He expectantly waits for his fathers safe return from his job each night when they are all together again. The illustrations show the sharp contrast between the beautiful seaside landscape and the dark and dangerous conditions underground in the mine.

The illustrations are beautiful and atmospheric and you really feel as if you are there.


You’re Not A Proper Pirate Sidney Green!

You’re Not A Proper Pirate Sidney Green!

Ruth Quayle & Deborah Allwright

Nosy Crow

Age 3+

Sidney Green is busy playing in his sunny garden. He is making a race car out of cardboard boxes with his pet dog Jemima to keep him company. Suddenly, a message arrives for Sidney; its a letter in a bottle from Captain Shipshape. His message is quite simple he needs to see Sidney immediately in order to teach him how to be a proper pirate. Unfortunately, Sidney is far too busy travelling the world having adventure after adventure. He goes on an important expedition to Africa in a cardboard boat, he journeys into space to save Earth from invading aliens. Sidney Green has such a great imagination that he even races around the great wall of China!

This is such a lovely story and reminds us of how much fun can be had if we use our imaginations. The illustrations in this beautiful new picture book are colourful and really appeal to the reluctant reader. It hooks into many themes that fascinate children including space, animals, fast cars, diggers and castles. There is something interesting for everyone inside Sidney’s exciting mind.

With beautiful papers inside showing Sidney sailing the seas this is definitely a book we will be reading again. We loved it!


Brilliant Board Books to beat the January Blues

Why not beat the January blues with these brilliant board books ideal for sharing with your little ones.

Bizzy Bear Books

Benji Davies

Nosy Crow

These are absolutely gorgeous books

and are amongst my toddler’s favourites! They are so colourful with bright, happy illustrations. On each page of the adorable Bizzy Bear books there is an interactive feature where your child can use sliders to reveal objects or characters. They are very strong and hard to bend which is ideal for little hands! We love Benji Davie’s picture books and with this series for younger children he doesn’t disappoint.

Bizzy Bear Zoo Ranger

In Zoo Ranger, your child can help Bizzy to feed the penguins and clean the crocodiles. We loved the rotating food slider in this book.

Bizzy Bear Knight’s Castle

In Bizzy Bear Knight’s Castle Bizzy takes part in all things medieval. From jousting to sword practice this colourful book is engaging and vibrant in colour!

Bizzy Bear Building Site

If your child likes vehicles then this is the one for them as they get to operate a dumper truck, digger and bulldozer.

There are many more titles in this series and we just love them.

Zoology for babies

Baby 101 Science

Architecture for babies

Baby 101 Art and Design

Words by Jonathan Litton

Pictures by Thomas Elliott

Caterpillar Books

Welcome Class- These fantastic books are part of a super new collection called Baby 101. Perfect for brainy babies and inquisitive minds, these cute sized board books give basic introductions to architecture and zoology. There are other titles to choose from including anatomy and botany.

At the end of each book is a lift the flap section which is a lovely little surprise.

Matchstick Monkey

Colours – A finger-trail adventure

Ladybird Books

This is a sensory delight for little ones to learn all of their colours by following the monkeys as they leap through the trees!

With beautiful language to describe the movement of the monkeys such as sway, zoom, whoosh and bounce this is a gorgeous book to share with your toddler.

I thought I saw a…bear!

Lydia Nichols

Templar Books

This hide and seek sliders book is so much fun for toddlers. Where could bear be hiding on each page?! This will make your little one giggle as you can play your very own game of peek-a-boo by moving the sliders to reveal the bear. His bottom is sticking out of the car on one picture and on another he is hiding in the basket of a hot air balloon. Can your little one find him on each page?!


Treasury of Bedtime Stories

Treasury of Bedtime Stories

Enid Blyton

Illustrations by Becky Cameron

Hodder Children’s Books

Visit the magical world of Enid Blyton in this beautiful collection of stories for bedtime. Pick from Moonlight and Starshine, Spells and Enchantments, Woodland Wonders, Fairyland Folk or Faraway Lands.

We have visited Nursery Rhyme Land, soared on flying horses and sailed down the river to a magical land. Our bedtimes have been shared with Pixies, Elves, enchanted dolls, toy ships and even a sneezing dog!

Pick a different story each bedtime and your little ones will definitely sleep soundly.

I have fond memories of Moonface and Saucepan Man from the fantastic Magic Faraway Tree and this book brings these adored characters and many more to life for a new generation of readers.


Advent Book Blog Day 22 The Nights Before Christmas

imageThe Nights Before Christmas
Illustrated by Tony Ross
Andersen Press
Age 9 and over

imageThis is a beautiful festive anthology book to add to your child’s collection. It has 24 songs and stories in it including extracts from A Christmas Carol, The Snow Queen and The Wind in the Willows.

imageYou can sing along to The Twelve Days of Christmas and Good King Wenceslas. Illustrated by the ever fabulous Tony Ross this is a real treat for book lovers.



Advent Book Blog Day 21: Super Frozen Magic Forest

imageSuper Frozen Magic Forest
Matty Long
OUP Childrens
Age 3 and over


The comic book format of this picture book is especially appealing to reluctant readers as they aren’t bombarded with a great deal of text. With busy pictures and lots to look at this will keep your child entertained for hours. This is part of a series of books about the forest; in this one the ice queen has covered the forest with a snow cloud and its up to Blossom,Twinkle, Herbert, Hoofius and Trevor the mushroom to travel to the North to break the spell!



Advent Book Blog Day 20; Jingle Spells

imageJingle Spells
James Brown
Simon & Schuster
Age 3 and over

Imagine a witch who loves Christmas more than Halloween. Meet Trixie a determined little witch who wants to convince all the other witches that christmas is magical. She writes to Santa and asks for help but only to receive a letter informing her that all of the witches remain on the naughty list.

Off she flies to lapland to find a bunch of very poorly elves. Using a magical potion and spell Trixie makes all of the elves and Santa well enough to deliver presents in time for christmas.



Advent Book Blog: Day 19 Santa’s Wonderful Workshop

imageSanta’s Wonderful Workshop
What could possibly go wrong?
Elys Dolan
OUP Children’s Books
Age 3 and over

This book is one of our favourites from the advent blog this year. We got the giggles reading this funny story.

If you ever wondered what
happens in Santa’s workshop then look no further. This book is told month by month on a countdown to December.


The elves have predicted a busy year for the workshop and want to be prepared for the christmas rush. The penguins from the South Pole come to lend a hand but unfortunately they cause chaos instead. With dancing reindeers, Barry the Bauble Co-ordinator, a broken present-o-matic machine and a very hungry bear, will Santa ever be ready?


We loved the cartoon strip feel to this story book with lots of speech bubbles. There is so much going on that every time you read this story you will notice something new.
We particularly laughed at the wrapped up penguins at the end of the story.



Advent Book Blog Day 18: Sammy Claws The Christmas Cat


Sammy Claws

Nosy Crow

Lucy Rowland & Paula Bowles


This is a brilliant christmas story about Santa’s pet cat called Sammy Claws. Sammy loves to doze away his days, dreaming of the time he will be allowed to travel in Santa’s sleigh. He hopes that if he helps the elves then he might be rewarded with a trip out on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, Sammy over sleeps missing his chance to help Santa. Feeling sorry for himself he climbs into a cardboard box which becomes wrapped by the elves and placed on Santa’s sleigh.


Sammy and Santa speed through the sky, Sammy’s dream has come true. But trouble is brewing, because as Santa is delivering presents, Sammy still hidden in a box hears two robbers planning to steal the presents! In this exciting adventure story Sammy becomes a hero, saving christmas day and earning himself a rightful place on Santa’s sleigh next year; but only if he sets his alarm clock!!