I started a podcast! Twenty minute original, imaginative and adventurous stories for children aged 2-8ish/80. I’ve been completely delighted to hear of kids tuning in a loving the stories from all over the world.
If you or someone you know is trying to entertain kids at home in this time, I’d love to invite them to listen. It’s good for their imaginations, for their vocabulary; it gives their parents a 20 minute break and my kids, at least, think it’s a lot of fun.
The first series is all about Princess Isobel and the adventures she has with her friends Harriet the Hare and Ulred the Unicorn.
Have a listen :)
Listen to The Story Forest
“You can’t have adventures on an empty stomach,” reasoned Dick.
Enid Blyton is the queen of fictional food. I set out to write a post about the four fictional feasts I would love to eat, but quickly realised that everything that I was writing about was from Enid. Why does she love food so much? How does she make it sound so magical? I just don’t know. But here are the things that stick in my mind as the foods I’d share with my small, plucky crime fighting gang.
I find Kezia playing with books so so much of the time, and when we sit down to read a couple of times a day she absolutely loves it. As do I! It seems so mysterious: what is it that makes them so exciting? I’ve done a quick run down and this is what I reckon:
I’m a massive fan of Lauren Child and have been since way before I had a baby and therefore a legitimate reason to read her books. But when I first read this book I was disappointed. It seemed to be a list of clothes, not a story at all, which is always a terrible terrible thing – but soon I realised that actually, the pictures were telling the story.
If I go to someone else’s house the thing I’m going to be most interested in is the bookshelf. It was always a disappointment to me when the bookshelves in stately homes were furnished with fakes – or multiple encyclopaedia volumes. Books say so much about a person, and I’m super nosy.
So, this is what I’m looking for:
Big bunny is trying to get everyone to bed but he can’t find any of his friends! Happily Cuddly Ted, Miss Elephant, Mr Owl and Fluffy Chick pop up in very unlikely places, and everyone can get ready to go to sleep – or will they?
Kezia was given this book a couple of weeks ago – and we LOVE it! She’s almost five months old now and it turns out that is plenty old enough to enjoy this story and to grab for the pop-up bits. Here’s three things we love about the book:
As a sleepy star twinkles down from the sky, a little bear watches other animals going home to sleep, before going home for a snuggly sleep itself…
This is a beautiful book that made me want to sleep let alone guest blogger Jemima who was reading it with me, and whose favourite it is.The words and pictures come together to create a lovely, magical, sleepy world.