Swan Lake

This book is stunning. Every turn of the page reveals another dramatic illustration stretched across both pages, pulling you into the story of the classic ballet, Swan Lake. Just like a ballet, the book has been divided into acts. The words are limited to just one page at the start of each of the three…

Little People Big Dreams, Rosa Parks

My daughters were perplexed when they heard this story. They just couldn’t comprehend why there were such inequalities facing civil rights activist Rosa Parks, both when she was growing up in Alabama and as an adult. I love sharing this type of story with my children. I think it’s important they have some understanding and…

Bad Mermaids

What girl doesn’t dream about being a mermaid? I know my 8-year-old twins certainly do. Well, in this book, the mermaids get to spend time as humans, on land with legs! It’s a kind of coming of age tradition, so they can see what it’s like and return to the sea content, knowing that underwater…

101 Paper Planes

This was the best impulse buy! I made the kids wait for the weekend so we could make paper planes with Dad and we’ve had a great time racing them on the lawn.  There’s instructions for six types of planes and 101 sheets of patterned paper to fold. Of course you can just use plain…

How to Draw Cute Stuff

This book has inspired my girls to pull out their pencils and have a go at drawing tricky things they might not usually try – and with great success too. I mean, how cool is that cute kitty, the lollypop and little boy they drew?!  There’s loads in this book, with a getting started chapter…