Introducing the Classics to Younger Readers Classics are books that have stood the test of time and still remain relevant and popular. Many parents love reading the classics with or to their children and remembering...

Literary Gifts for Christmas You see it all over Pinterest, and I do not know the original source, but I love the gift giving philosophy of; Something to read. Something to wear. Something they want. Something they need. I also add...

Back to School Series: Lunchbox Ideas Warning: long blog post. I’m talking about food glorious food...of course it’s wordy. School lunches are the bane of many a parents life. I try and stay in the habit of having a...

Christmas Gingerbread Cooking – Holiday Reading Activities So, it seems Christmas is here. Whilst I am not a massive fan of Christmas trees, I am completely obsessed with Christmas cooking. Actually I’m completely obsessed with...
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Raising a Reader - Online Tips for Parents The Western Australian Department of Education has some great downloadable booklets on ‘Raising a Reader’. I’ve used them a number of times over the years as handouts...

Woman's Weekly Birthday Cake Book ....and why everyone should own this book I’ve had a few emails lately about recipes for children’s birthday cakes after my posts about Miffy cakes, Wild Thing cakes and Possum Magic cakes – because...

Top 5 Books about Learning to Swim PudStar has done swimming lessons for a LONG TIME.  Learning to swim is a crucial skill - but for some it is easier than others! I've spoken before about...

Back to School Series: Lunchboxes and Labels Following on from my post about food for lunchboxes yesterday, I’m just following up with an explanation of our actual lunchbox containers and bags – which has nothing...
Book Gifts for Toddlers

Book Gifts for Toddlers Okay let’s be honest… this is a hard (ish) age group. They love books, but they love them so much they eat them.  Toddlers are still learning the mechanics of how...
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Inscribing Children's Book Gifts Click on title links to purchase books.  The first gift that was given to me when I had PudStar eight years ago was 'Puffling'. It was given to me by the wonderfully talented...