Here are a few books and magazines that the children and I have been enjoying over the last few weeks.
I was lucky enough to be sent the first edition of Landlust magazine which I took away on holiday with me to read. It has such a lovely country feel to it and I was immediately absorbed in the recipes.
Landlust has so many lovely articles and a lot to read in it and it was a refreshing change from magazines full of adverts and not many articles. Landlust includes not only recipes but crafts, gardening and lots about country living. It gave me a yearning to move just a little further from London!
If you have an interest in country living, gardening or cooking them Landlust would definitely be worth reading.
Little Christmas Tree
Little Christmas Tree is a beautiful book that anyone will love in the run up to Christmas and beyond. Each page is beautifully illustrated and children follow the story of all the christmas trees being decorated but one has been forgotten – a big pop up tree in the back of the book!
The pop up tree is a lovely addition to this book and something both the children loved. It’s a great ending to the story – especially as the book comes with pop out decorations to hang on the tree too – along with an envelope in the book to store them in too. This book would make a wonderful Christmas gift.
Pop Out and Play Nativity Story
Every child learns the Nativity Story at some point and this book is a lovely gift for any child around Christmas time. Each page has beautiful full colour illustrations and all of the characters are easily recognisable even with their cartoon-like appearance.
The pages of The Pop Out and Play Nativity Story are really thick and hardwearing with a glossy feel and both LP and Little Man loved looking through the book and listening to the story. The book ends with your very own nativity scene to make at home. A really, really lovely book and a really nice celebration of Christmas.
Socks for Santa
LP and Little Man really love large format story books and we always buy a few new ones when Christmas is close to really get in the Christmas spirit. This book is lovely – it has themes of friendship, helping others and selflessness as well as the usual Christmas characters.
The characters in Socks for Santa are lovable and it’s easy to get submerged into the story. LP and Little Man both really enjoyed this book, especially the beautiful illustrations, and each time we read it they get more and more excited for Christmas!
Florentine and Pig
We were introduced to Florentine and Pig when we went to Monsoon’s Birthday Party. We were lucky enough to have Florentine and Pig read to us by the author and even met the illustrator too! The Florentine and Pig characters are incredibly likeable and LP and Little Man loved spotting them on each page of the book.
Each Florentine and Pig page has beautiful full page colour illustrations that really show the story and LP and Little Man both enjoyed the story. It spoke a lot about friendships, being brave and the things that scare children – especially at night.
The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Anderson
I remember Hans Christian Andersen books from my own childhood and they are some of the most shared stories of all time. This beautiful collection of Hans Christian Andersen stories has a hard back and glossy pages with wonderful illustrations – it would make a perfect gift.
The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Anderson contains eight stories like The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling and The Snow Queen. They are stories that you’ll remember but that children will love from the first time they hear them. LP loved this book as she’s just starting to get into longer stories and each one of these stories makes a great bedtime story.
Elf on the Shelf®
If you haven’t heard of Elf on the Shelf® over the last couple of years I don’t know where you’ve been! The Elf on the Shelf® tradition has come over from America and this year it most definitely has landed in the UK and we were sent our very own Elf on the Shelf® gift set so that we could start our own tradition.
Elf on the Shelf® is available as both a boy or girl elf and the idea is that the elf moves around your house once the children are out of sight. He’s sent by Santa to report back on whether children are naughty or nice and keeps an eye on the children.
The whole Elf on the Shelf® Gift Set is beautiful with a large hardback book that tells you all about the elf tradition. There’s also instructions on registering your elf and giving it a name. I can imagine the elf becoming quite a part of the family around the festive season and know that our elf will sit on his shelf throughout the Christmas period. If you’re looking to start a new tradition this Christmas then Elf on the Shelf® could well be it.
We have absolutely loved Match It! since it arrived. With LP being new to school and starting to learn so much each day Match It! is the perfect book for her age group. As well as coming with a pen to help her pen control, it also has glossy pages that can easily wipe clean and give her a great chance of practising so much.
The main focus of Match It! is to match the pairs of items on each page. The pages start simply with two sets of pairs and end up with many pairs on the same page, making it harder for children to spot the individual pairs. LP loved spotting the pairs and learnt so much by us asking her to tell us why the different dogs or horses were different and to describe the pairs to us.
We also ask LP to mark the pairs using different symbols, letters and shapes to practice her writing and drawing skills and she loves matching the pairs – especially when we ask her to mark them with an A! This book would make a great gift for any child who has started school or will be starting school soon.
Peppa’s Christmas is such a lovely book about how Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, Peppa and George get ready for Christmas – from buying a tree to leaving a treat out for Santa before bed on Christmas Eve.
The thick board pages make this a great book for little hands but there’s also enough of a story to keep bigger children entertained too. Both LP and Little Man love this book and we’ll be reading regularly until Christmas and beyond!