The Perfect Picnic

The Perfect Picnic sees two friends carefully pack a picnic, complete wigh crockery plates, a warm drink in a flask and a wonderfully creamy cake. But the path to their picnic spot takes them through thorny brambles which, unbeknownst to the pair, tears a hole in the picnic bag. As they search for the perfect…

Through the Gate

This book is wonderful. It’s beautifully poignant and genius in its simplicity. And the illustrations are irrisistible. My little man, 4, asks for it every night and his sisters, 8, put down their books to share this story with us too. It’s about a girl who has just moved to a new house, in a…

Rockabye Pirate

We often read this as our last book on the bedtime pile and I love it when I look over and see my little man has fallen asleep by the last line: “And rockabye pirate has fallen asleep”.  The gentle rhymes are just right for calming down, as the pirates in the story are taken…

Little People, Big Dreams Agatha Christie

As a child, my reading was almost exclusively fiction. I don’t think it ever occurred to me to go looking for a non-fiction book to read for pleasure. It turns out my husband was the opposite, devouring factual books, and I’m quietly jealous about all the cool facts he’s retained. So I’m determined to make…

The Sisters Saint-Claire

This is a gorgeous book – perfect to gift to a special young girl to read over and over or to just gaze at the delightful, delicious pictures. As well as being a sweet story, the book feels like a treasure. The hardcover is textured and embossed, the pages are thick, there are sweet berry…

I’m going to eat this ant

My four-year-old boy laughs at the ending every time and his older sisters put down their books to peek at the pictures when I bring this book out. It’s a cheeky story about an anteater who is bored with his diet of ants and daydreams about more appetising ways to eat them. It’s apt that…

There’s Broccoli in my Ice Cream!

I can totally relate to this cute picture book – and so can my three little rascals. My children spent a few solid years eating only good, healthy food but, somewhere along the way, processed food crept in and now dinner time can be a battle. I haven’t tried to smuggle broccoli into their ice-cream,…