Category Reviews of vintage books (loft treasures!)

December 21….. ‘Christmas Trolls’ by Jan Brett

‘Christmas Trolls‘ by Jan Brett (published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons) This book by Jan Brett is a clever way of sharing with children that Christmas is about more than just presents and that the old ‘giving is better than receiving’ chestnut does actually have some truth behind it. Although the setting is specified, the main […]

December 9….. ‘Lucy & Tom’s Christmas’ by Shirley Hughes

‘Lucy & Tom’s Christmas’ by Shirley Hughes (published by Gollancz) There’s probably very little I need to say about this book.  It’s by Shirley Hughes, it’s a Christmas story featuring two of her best loved characters and it’s pretty much perfect.  As Pippa Goodhart has written here in her post on Picture Book Den, the […]

Toot-toot books

Having written a post that catered to C’s current passion (the Octonauts and all things sea-related), I thought it only fair to follow up with one that did the same for H, who is VERY into trains at the moment.  He calls them toot-toots, so this post is dedicated to his top ten toot-toot books!  Enjoy […]

Our reading list – April 2013

Here’s the update on what we’ve read this past month, with apologies for the fact that we’re already over a week into another month before I managed to get this post together! The full list of books that we’ve read can be found here on Pinterest. In April, our favourite books were: Me  – ‘Weasels’, by […]

Loft treasure no.8 – ABC, 123, and some vintage rhymes

I haven’t posted about my loft treasures for ages and what better time to reintroduce them than for my one hundredth post?!  When I first started this blog nearly a year ago I didn’t think I’d get past one post, let alone up to a hundred, and it took me quite a few months to […]

Visit to Hay

This past weekend I was lucky enough to make my first visit to Hay-on-Wye, thanks to my very lovely mother-in-law.  She is also a bookworm and had passed through the area a year or two ago, after which she’d said that she’d like to treat me to a visit at some point.  Well, that ‘point’ […]

‘The Mousehole Mice’, by Michelle Cartlidge (and some special loft treasure too!)

It’s been a while since I posted about any of my loft treasures, though hopefully the wait will have been worthwhile as the book from my childhood that I’m sharing today is just soooooo lovely! ‘A Mouse’s Diary’, by Michelle Cartlidge (published by Picture Lions) This was one of my very favourite books EVER.  The detail […]

Loft treasure No.7 – utterly awesome Usborne classics

It feels as though it’s been a while since I’ve written about my loft treasures and as there are so very many more books I’d like to share with you, I thought I’d post about some more now. These four Usborne classics are actually all very popular with both C and H and I love […]

Someone else’s loft treasure!

After a recent meeting at the Oxfam bookshop about my storytelling sessions, I allowed myself a quick browse of their children’s bookshelves.  Fifteen minutes later, I was staggering home under the weight of several gorgeous discoveries, one of which was a book that made me literally squeeeeeeeeal with glee. ‘My Book of Country Life’, published […]

Super snowy reads!

It’s snoooooooooooooowing! Despite the fact that, certainly where I live, I don’t think there’s any chance of it settling any time soon, I still couldn’t resist the opportunity to share a few of our favourite snowy reads with you.  I’ll have to be quick though, as I’m already being bombarded by the delighted shrieks of […]