Win a Selection of Reading and Activity Books from Oxford University Press

Would you like to win a selection of reading and activity books tailored to the correct stage for your child?  Well at the bottom of this post you can, but first here is a little bit of info about this fantastic new range from the Oxford University Press.

Having spoken with parents of young children as part of extensive market research into home learning, OUP found that many parents were unsure which books were matched to their children’s stage of learning, and therefore struggled to identify which books to read at home. Additionally, while they wanted to support their child’s school learning at home, they wanted the process to be fun, rather than to feel like a chore tagged on to already busy lives.

To help children to make progress at home, whilst encouraging reading and learning for pleasure, OUP has created two new ranges of reading and activity books – Read with Oxford and Progress with Oxford –  and Read with Oxford Stages, a new, clear, and comprehensive six-stage levelling system to support learning progression at home.

The OxfordOwl website now hosts extensive new and free supporting materials for use at home. Not sure where to start? Try our simple test to find out which Read with Oxford Stage is best for your child, or have a look on www.oxfordowl.co.uk to find out more about each stage, including tips to support your child at home, free activities, downloadable activity sheets, and suggested reading lists.

levelled reading and activity books

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The Grandma Z Blog Tour

Today It’s my turn for the blog Tour of Grandma Z by Daniel Gray-Barnett. A wonderful debut children’s book that will appeal to everyone.

Grandma Z

Book Description

On an ordinary day, in an even more ordinary town, it was Albert’s birthday.

When Grandma Z roars into town on her motorcycle, Albert is swept up in a very extraordinary adventure. Life may never be the same again!

This glorious debut from Daniel Gray-Barnett is filled with wonder, imagination, and a wild, magical spirit that will thrill young and old.

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Our Four Favourite Books on Sharing (for Siblings Who Don’t Share)

*This is a guest post from Petra over at A Mum Reviews on their four favourite books on sharing.

Back in autumn last year, my two daughters suddenly reached a stage where sharing became difficult. My eldest was nearly four years old at the time and my youngest one and a half years. They started bickering over most things and it was especially difficult for my eldest to share.

Books are a great way to start talking to your children about important topics and to show them different situations that might help them think about how they act in their own lives. I went online and started browsing for books about sharing – for siblings and for sharing in general – and soon found four books that I bought.

Books on sharing

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Book Review and Giveaway: Where Have all the Animals Gone?

This past week we have been catching up on reading with this cute little book about a farm and its animals. Where have all the animals gone? is written by Darren Paul Ellis from Lancashire. Who is an airline pilot when he’s not writing.

Having grown up on a smallholding with cows, geese, chickens, goats and a pony this book appealed to me. The big kid I am! I have a love of all farm things and would love to pass some of this onto baby girl. I think already she is an outdoorsy girl like her mum!

Where Have all the Animals Gone?

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Personalised Children’s Books by I See Me – Review and Giveaway

Baby girl had lots of books for Christmas which we have finally got through. She loves to pick up a book, open the pages and have a browse through. When I was asked by I See Me to have a look at and share my thoughts on their personalised children’s books, I felt it was a great opportunity to expand her library.

I will get straight in and say how easy the process is online to personalise the book to your specification. You can add all sorts of things like a photo for the first page, name, date of birth and a special message from the options given. All books are of fantastic quality with the photo’s being clear and concise.

My Very Own Fairytale

Baby girl’s speech is coming on fantastically and her first word when she saw her Very Own Fairytale book was ‘amazing’

My Very Own Fairytale is a hardcover, professionally bound book that transports girls into a magical garden where flower and berry fairies crown her as their fairy princess. Flower fairies bring letters one by one to spell out the child’s name, while describing character traits that make the recipient alone the perfect princess.

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Curious Beekeeper Nina by Kristiana Ambrasa – Review and Giveaway

This month’s book review and giveaway is of a lovely little book called Curious Beekeeper Nina by Kristiana Ambrasa. Baby girl is now at that stage that when she wants to look at a book or me read it to her, she will find the one she wants and bring it up onto the sofa next to me. She will then snuggle in for storytime.

We not only do storytime before bed but in the afternoons as well (when I’m not at work and we are home together). I treasure these moments as she loves turning the pages and will babble along in her toddler speak as I read to her. I still don’t have much of a clue what she’s saying but it’s very important to her!

Curious Beekeeper Nia by Kristiana Ambrasa

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