Wednesday, May 4, 2016

"I Went to the Supermarket" by Paul Howard (Bloomsbury)

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Like a crazy game of chinese whispers, a simple shopping list gets way out of hand in "I Went to the Supermarket" by Paul Howard...
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Isaac and his Amazing Asperger Superpowers by Melanie Walsh (Walker Books)

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A superhero book with a difference, meet Isaac - a young man with a story to tell...
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

"It was so quiet I could hear a Pin Drop" by Andy Goodman (Princeton Architectural Press)

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Here's a rather unique picture book, utilising simple but effective illustrations drawing on engravings and finely detailed stock artwork.

"It was so quiet I could hear a pin drop" is a whimsical story that makes you want to search out that one special place in your life - the place where you can find the ultimate slice of peace and quiet in the busy humdrum modern world.

Find your spot to hear a bee buzz, to hear grass blowing in the breeze or just complete silence punctuated only by the sound of your own heartbeat.

Andy Goodman's book is both beautiful and poetic, keeping the word count to a minimum but building up an amazing atmosphere as you read aloud to your little ones.

It's a book that really shouldn't work, really shouldn't be as lovely as it is but it simply does. Simply beautiful in fact!

"It was so quiet I could hear a pin drop" was released on 15th March 2016 from Princeton Architectural Press (Hardback Edition).




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Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle (Chronicle Books)

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We'd just have to describe this book as "FAN-tastic" if we had to summarise it in one word...
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Monday, May 2, 2016

Little Collectors - Nature Art by Jenny Bowers (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

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Here's a neat and rather intriguing idea to enhance your days out with the aid of an innovative and fun activity pack...
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Where's Wally - The Colouring Book by Martin Handford (Walker Books)

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Where's Wally (or Where's Waldo if you're tuning in from across the pond) is such an endearing character...
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Friday, April 29, 2016

ReadItDaddy's Second Book of the Week - Week Ending 29th April 2016 - "Dear Greenpeace" (25th Anniversary Edition) by Simon James (Walker Books)

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Our Second Book of the Week is a brilliant classic clad in new 25th Anniversary clothes. Welcome back "Dear Greenpeace"...
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ReadItDaddy's First Book of the Week - Week Ending 29th April 2016 - "The Forest Feast for Kids" by Erin Gleeson (Abrams Books)

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Our first Book of the Week this week is a bit of a departure for us!
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Boogie on down to the Barnes Children's Literature Festival on the 14th and 15th May for a corking lineup of awesome family friendly events, authors and illustrators!

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Yummy! It's litfest season again and in idyllic surroundings at Barnes Pond down in that there leafy south west London on 14th and 15th May, you can find a truly stunning lineup of events, workshops, craft sessions and of course a stellar line up of authors and illustrators.

The Barnes Children's Literature Festival is a brilliant, community-run event for families with children of all ages. Following the success of the inaugural 2015 festival (70% of events sold out), the programme has doubled in size this year to become London’s largest dedicated children’s book festival, and features some of the biggest names in children’s literature including Michael Morpurgo, Judith Kerr, Jacqueline Wilson and Costa Book Award winner Frances Hardinge.

The Barnes Festival is run entirely by local volunteers and despite being only in its second year, offers a programme akin to something much more established such as Edinburgh or the Bath Children’s Literature Festival. It’s set to become a destination festival on the literary calendar and is a brilliant asset for the Capital.  

Younger children are catered for with a truly astonishing lineup of picture book authors and illustrators joining in.  Lauren Child, David Mackintosh, David Melling, Michelle Robinson, Axel Scheffler, Kristina Stephenson, Ed Vere, Emily Gravett and Anthony Browne will all be attending various author events and workshops during the fest. . 

Events take place throughout the weekend of 14th & 15th May on and around Barnes Pond, SW13. Tickets cost £5. For the full programme and tickets, visit http://www.barneskidslitfest.org/
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Sex Education for middle grade age groups - A veritable minefield! - A ReadItDaddy Editorial

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Oh god. I think I've been dreading this time in Charlotte's life but both my wife and I knew it would arrive sooner or later.

Sex education. The mere mention of it is enough to make most folk run screaming into the hills at the best of times, but what happens when your child is in the "Middle Grade" age group and you realise that practically every book out there is either so babyishly simple that you might as well stick to telling your child that babies are delivered by Storks or are found under the gooseberry bush, or so devilishly complicated that the first thing they say when they look at a diagram in the book is "What IS that supposed to be, Mummy / Daddy?"

Thus we began our search for a book that would achieve an acceptable middle ground.

I know what you're thinking. We must be mad doing this when Charlotte is 8, barely out of the "pink princess" phase - why would we even think about opening a dialogue about sex at this point in her life. What are we, some kind of arch deviants?

Quite simply, we live in an imperfect world where little girls' bodies develop at different rates, and the real reason we wanted to give her a heads up was purely from a practical perspective.

Imagine being an early developer, going through massive physiological changes and suddenly waking up one morning to find that something has happened that your parents didn't warn you about.

I guess I don't need to draw a diagram or go into great detail but if you start down the route of talking about periods you might as well explain why they happen, and really roll the rock down the hill.

My wife wanted to avoid the scenario that happened to her. Basically finding out for herself one morning the hard way, and hopefully broach the subject in a mature and less 'giggly girls in class' way as you can easily imagine these things may pan out in schools (with every respect to teachers everywhere, it's not the way sex education is taught in schools that's the problem but it most definitely is the way girls and boys behave around the subject that has us thinking that this is something we'd rather give her prior knowledge of before hearing some second-hand horror story courtesy of someone in her class with an older sister who wanted to freak their younger sibling out).

The Twitterati were awesome when the question was posed to our followers - Several books were suggested (including the excellent "Let's Talk About Sex" by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley - a book that's constantly updated and reprinted to cover all new subject surrounding sexual health, body matters and wellbeing - going above and beyond the usual subjects and branching out into things that would turn my hair white (if I had any) when it comes to describing these to Charlotte.

I wonder what other book bloggers do, armed with the foreknowledge that books really can help in so many situations - even one as tricky as this. So far though it really does look like there's (once again) a middle grade gap in the market that direly needs filling.


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