Oliver Jeffers Exhibition

We spent the day at the Discover Children Centre in Stratford. The place is fantastic, it has a lot of inside and outside activities for the little one (under 6). We’ve never been there and the kids had a lot of fun. We went to the Story time session and all the room was beautifully decorated. After that in the main floor, there were lots of hand-on activities. The best part, there was an Oliver Jeffers Exhibition. It is on until September.

You have to buy ticekts, but its only £16 the family of 4, and I can’t recommend it more. They recreated all the scenes from “Lost and Found” and “How to catch a star” in kids size. The kids can dress up as “the boy” and have an adventure. It is lovely. I can’t believe I haven’t heard of it before.

I strongly recommend you to go at 11 am, when it opens, and take the tickets there on the desk if you haven’t book them before to avoid disappointment. And it seems that Sundays are quieter than Saturdays.  GO GO don’t miss it.

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Meg on the moon/ at sea/ many other stories

I recently discovered these gorgeous books by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski. The stories are about a witch and her cat. They are colourful, fun, crazy story lines and even weird I can say. That is why I like them so much. I thought they were new, because of their modern, simply and bright illustrations, and then I discovered that they were written more than 30 years ago. If you don’t know about them, go to the local library and get a copy, I’m sure they will have them there. Extremely enjoyable.

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Stuck

Again Oliver Jeffers and his amazing imagination. I bought this book for Rafi and I read it last night before giving it to him for his birthday, I laughed out loud so much. This book is brilliant, such a simple but effective story. Floyd has to rescue his kite that is stuck on a tree, and then the fun begins with his adventure to rescue it.
You can check out all his books in his website

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Potty training books

Potty training is really hard. It took a long time for my son to really “click”. I bought these 2 books that really helped. One is called Pirate Pete’s Potty, and it features a button that triggers an applause sound to encourage the child to use the potty. Another book I used was “Boys Potty Time”, that came with stickers which you can give your child for effort, successful or otherwise! Every kid is different and for some its easier than for others but these tools definitely helped with my son’s learning. What method was useful for you?

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Each Peach Pear Plum

This book is a classic, an “I spy” story with Rhymed text and gorgeous illustrations. Written and illustrated by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, Each Peach Pear Plum is one of the most popular picture books in public libraries. I found it in a clearance of books from a playgroup that we used to go. Lucky me.

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Emilio in Meme Tales

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We have excellent news!
You can read Emilio for free this week in the app MemeTales, Children’s Stories and Picture Books for Children.
The app is free and you can download it from the Apple Store
The app has a lot of books for children in different languages, and they feature free books every week. The main feature of MemeTales is that, as you scroll through the pages, you have the option of hearing an audio version of the text. So your children can enjoy the books themselves.

We are so pleased to be part of this amazing library. You can find Emilio in English and Emilio in Spanish

You can create your own library and there is a lot of stuff for parents and children in the websit including activities, craft and learning materials.

I want my hat back!

This lovely book came into my hands yesterday. It is hilarious, such a simple story: a bear wants his hat back! and he is very determined to find it.
Jon Klassen really made me smile with this book, it is a great story and I love the characters.
I already ordered a copy for my son (and me). You can order your copy from Amazon

jon klassen - about art and design

jon klassen - about art and design