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Top Ten Reasons to Enjoy Audio Children’s Books

Top Ten Reasons to Enjoy Audio Children’s Books PudStar loves audio children's stories, songs and ryhmes. We have quite a collection now on CD and in files on the computer. On her dressing table you...

Book Gifts for Boys aged 11+

Book Gifts for Boys aged 11+ I was writing a post on books for boys aged 9-12 years and realised half way through that I really needed to split this age group in two. If...
Gumnut Babies and Gumleaves

Ten of the Best Children’s Classics

Ten of the Best Children's Classics 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...

Story Starters – Story Stones

Story Starters - Story Stones I am SO not a storyteller. I read books – I need a script. I admire storytellers immensely, but it’s just not me. Plus I talk too much. If I...

Raising a Reader

Raising a Reader A LOVE of reading, that most important factor in becoming a lifelong reader, begins at home with powerful children’s books and a house full of words. Award winning author and vocal read-aloud...
Book Gifts for Toddlers

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...

Top Ten Middle Grade Books of 2015

...according to me anyway! I love this reading age so much - I love watching young readers move from books with a simple linear story line, to plots which are complex and which open up eyes...

Numeracy in the Kitchen

Numeracy in the Kitchen Please welcome guest blogger Claire Howden. Teacher. Reader. Book Collector. Mathematician. I have talked to Claire many times about how I don't want PudStar to be counting on her fingers at 38 like...

Top Ten Counting Books for Children

Top Ten Counting Books for Children I love gifting counting or alphabet books to newborn babies (for more newborn baby gifts see here) as learning numbers and letters really is the basis for early literacy...

Top Ten Early Childhood Books of 2015

...according to me anyway! Oh me, oh my how I wish I was a clever as the authors and illustrators of the books below! How cleverly they manage to capture the attention of children and...