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Family Read Alouds

Family Read Alouds

“I’ve come to realise something that both delights and relieves me: reading aloud with our kids is indeed the best use of our time and energy as parents. It’s more important than just about anything else we can do.” Sarah Mackenzie I’m currently reading Sarah Mackenzie’s new book, The Read-Aloud Family, and have been convicted, yet again, on the power of reading aloud to our children. Reading aloud builds memories together. It creates a shared language of stories and characters….

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Creating Meaningful Easter Traditions

Creating Meaningful Easter Traditions

I never thought I’d say this, but I am thankful for my son’s food allergies. It’s because of his allergies that we accidentally created what has become a wonderful and meaningful Easter tradition. Our son, among other things, is allergic to dairy. Which means that his Easter Egg options are severely limited. Knowing that he would receive the same dairy-free Easter chocolate from a couple of different family members we bought him a board book about Easter instead. He was…

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How to Encourage Your Child to Fall in Love with Books

How to Encourage Your Child to Fall in Love with Books

My son is falling in love with books. It’s glorious to see. Recently, he has been seen walking around with his nose in a book. A sure sign of love! Another time, he was seen reading by night light for at least two hours after he went to bed. A third sign was seen when, at the shops, said child was heard to remark, “I’d rather have a book.” The final piece of evidence was provided by the innocent question,…

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Review: Everyone a Child Should Know

Review: Everyone a Child Should Know

My husband came to me one day to tell me about this book he had seen in an email. “It looks great for the boys,” he told me. Little did he know the book was already on my wishlist. You just know it’s going to be a good fit for your family when both parents think it’s a good choice. When I was asked to review the very same book I will admit, I squealed with joy. It was meant…

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Mere Motherhood – Cindy Rollins

Mere Motherhood – Cindy Rollins

This post is part of my series on Mother Culture – My Reading List. Mother Culture – My Reading List Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins This book made my heart race, and my head nod with agreement. Empowered. Inspired. Not because Cindy has challenged me to consider new ideas but because over and over again she presented the very same ideas that I hold to and then showed me how they played out in her family. It was an affirmation…

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Burgess Books

Burgess Books

I feel like I’m a bit late to the party on this one. Thornton W. Burgess. The Burgess Books. What a treasure. I had heard great things about the author’s works, but I had not had any luck finding them at the local Salvos or Lifeline Book Fair and hadn’t got around to looking them up online (pretty silly, since I now realise they’re very cheap!). I do have The Burgess Book of Animals (printed by Living Book Press) but…

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The Ultimate Guide to Audiobooks (Plus – Getting the most out of your Audible Subscription)

The Ultimate Guide to Audiobooks (Plus – Getting the most out of your Audible Subscription)

I love reading to my boys and am always a little hesitant to give up that role to audiobooks. It’s always worth it though. The stories are loved, and we get to listen to more books! Mostly we listen in the car. We are in the car a lot. We are often driving around on adventures, visits or errands and most of our drives are between 30-60 minutes. This is the perfect amount of time to listen to podcasts, have…

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Transitional Chapter Books for Young Boys

Transitional Chapter Books for Young Boys

It’s CBCA Book Week! We have been having fun celebrating books this week with dress ups, making bookmarks, a new book lamp for reading in bed, and a couple of trips to the library planned. I wanted to share some of my son’s favourite books that he has been reading. In fact, as I edit this, he is curled up on the couch with a book. It’s beautiful. I previously wrote about how we began to teach our son to…

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The Little Book of Hygge – Meik Wiking

The Little Book of Hygge – Meik Wiking

This post is part of my series on Mother Culture – My Reading List. Mother Culture – My Reading List The Little Book of Hygge I read this book in an afternoon, curled up on the couch with my 4yo, with his movie on in the background. It sounds hygge (hyggeligt? – I don’t have the language down yet). It wasn’t. My little boy had gastro and my reading was interrupted by moans and spews. I had the book in…

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

My son’s face is smudged with chocolate. He’s smirking with joy and pride. Why? Because we have been reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It began, like many of our read alouds, with the movie (we prefer the Gene Wilder version). At the moment this is working well for us because he loves the story, knows the characters and is excited to read the book. The book has been delightful. Roald Dahl is a wonderful storyteller and his stories are…

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