Izzy and Skunk

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David & Charles Children’s Books

This one first caught my eye because I heard the author speak recently and she seemed just lovely. But the book definitely stands on its own merits. In fact I love it. Continue reading

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The Wonder

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Templar Publishing

For each of my kids I chose a book that would be their special book to keep and read often as they grow. Recently, when I was searching for a book for my newborn son, a friend showed me this. It took about two minutes to realise it was perfect… Continue reading

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Dear Zoo

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Macmillan

Another well loved classic this book was first published back in 1982 meaning there are most likely people out there who, having enjoyed it as a child, are now getting it for their own children – yikes! I can see why though… Continue reading

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Blueberry Girl

image Bloomsbury Children’s Books Browsing in the fabulous Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop with my six week old daughter snuggled close in her sling I happened across this exquisite book. By page five a combination of exhaustion, hormones and the sheer beauty of both the words and illustrations had me weeping uncontrollably… I bought the book. Continue reading

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Handa’s Surprise

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Walker Books

I’d heard about this one for a while before I got my hands on a copy. It’s often recommended to primary school teachers looking for a bit of diversity in their reading choices. I picked one up for school but it was a hit at home too. Continue reading

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

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Walker Books

I try not to use the word ‘wacky’ as a rule but the whole concept of this book is so random that it seems to fit. The title sums it up. At the start the bus driver asks you not to let the pigeon drive the bus and the rest of the book consists of the pigeon trying to change your mind. Wacky enough? Continue reading

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Towers and Tales

imageA couple of weeks back I took a chance and packed the whole family in the car and trekked down the country to a new Children’s Book Festival in county Waterford. What a great decision it turned out to be!¬†¬†Towers and Tales took place in the beautiful town of Lismore, where I had never before visited. So beautiful that I’ll definitely be back.

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