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The Dressing-Up Dad

The importance of dressing up

Dressing up is a brilliant way to encourage empathy. Here, Maudie Smith – author of The Dressing-Up Dad – gives us some fun ideas and easy ways to dress up with our kids. When I visit primary schools I tell children that books are magic. They’re not just books – paper, board and ink – … Read more

Girl looks at books in library

Your local library – a forgotten treasure trove

Guest blogger, Clare Turner, is a Primary School Librarian with a passion for books and reading for pleasure. She has two children of her own. I still remember visiting my local childhood library with my mum. It was a place to explore; a treasure trove containing the keys to hundreds of different worlds. I may … Read more

Egg-cellent family fun – WIN a bundle of goodies this Easter

Spring has sprung, and Easter is nearly here! To celebrate, we’re giving away a fantastic bundle of Easter treats, including our brilliant new picture book Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory, which offers children a hilarious and irresistible look at how Mr Bunny’s chocolate eggs are made! The lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Mr … Read more

early counting skills

Early numeracy skills: 6 fun ways to encourage counting

It’s never too early to explore numbers and counting with your child. Talking about numbers and counting early and often will show your child that numbers are part of everyday life. There are loads of fun and easy things you can try to help your child to explore numbers, giving them a great start to … Read more

Early years: Getting ready to write

One of the most important ways you can help prepare your child for school, in addition to encouraging independence, is to help them to get ready to write. Children should be encouraged to develop the strength and control in their hands and fingers and also hand-eye co-ordination. There are lots of easy and fun activities … Read more


Book of the month: SPLAT!

SPLAT! Written and illustrated by Jon Burgerman When you turn the page, get ready for SPLAT! — a very messy fit of giggles! Every time you turn the page, something goes SPLAT! From custard pies and sandwiches to water balloons and ice creams, a whole series of outrageous splats add up to one hilarious interactive … Read more

Using Christmas songs to inspire kids’ creativity

Building on the success of his first illustrated song picture book, What a Wonderful World, award-winning author and illustrator Tim Hopgood has just published his second picture book inspired by a classic song: Walking in a Winter Wonderland. Here, Tim shares with us how he created the picture book and how you can use music … Read more

Using storytelling to develop reading and writing skills

Emily is an early reading specialist and founder of Reading Fairy. Please note: all book links lead to more information on Amazon.co.uk Everyone is a Story Maker My life is dedicated to telling stories, creating stories and sharing children’s picture books – both in my work and with my boys at home. I am passionate … Read more

Getting ready for reading at nursery

Written by Emily Guille-Marrett – Early reading specialist, publisher and Reading Fairy founder. Please note: all book links lead to more information on Amazon.co.uk First steps for reading at nursery My youngest son Albie will be leaving nursery soon to start school. I’ve enjoyed watching and sharing his early reading journey with interest – both … Read more