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Books

Picture Books that Make the Best Gifts

Picture Books that Make the Best Gifts

We love books, and have pretty much set a monthly fund for “growing the library”. It has been growing so well that the books are now everywhere. They are spilling off the shelves, and can be found in the baskets by our beds, on the kitchen table, and in the car. It...

Audiobooks for Toddlers: Record Your Own Audiobooks

Audiobooks for Toddlers: Record Your Own Audiobooks

If your toddler can listen to books for hours, maybe he or she is ready for audibooks? Record audiobooks for your kids and win yourself a little time for coffee while they're enjoying their favourite stories! When I was a little girl, I had a couple of vinyls with...

Toddler’s Favourite Book: Make It Yourself

Toddler’s Favourite Book: Make It Yourself

In our family, we like creating traditions for celebrating milestones, and we certainly never fail to find more of them. I can hardly think of any parent who would not be excited about their child turning one, though. Last December, when Budster turned one, we planned...

Pippi Longstocking Dinner Decorations

Pippi Longstocking Dinner Decorations

Pippi Longstocking was my first book hero. Oh, how much I wanted those freckles, red braids and drawers full of small treasures! Not to forget the monkey and the horse. Once, after reading the book for the fiftieth times, I began to write a sequel to the story, but...

Books You Will Not Tire of Reading to a One-Year-Old

Books You Will Not Tire of Reading to a One-Year-Old

Do you feel like you are reading the same books to your toddler again and again? You probably are, but some books certainly get old faster than others. Here is the list of books we loved reading to our toddlers. Again and again. When our son turned eighteen months, it...

How to Get Your Child Interested in Reading

How to Get Your Child Interested in Reading

How to raise a child who is interested in reading, or better yet, loves books? Here are some ideas for how to get started from an early age! As does every parent, I have certain hopes for my son, the biggest one being for his health and safety. There is also the hope...

Books to Read Before Going to the Zoo

Books to Read Before Going to the Zoo

Few children do not like animals. Our Budster is no exclusion, and we have been encouraging his interest whole-heartedly with a variety of colourful books (from Mommy) and many captivating animal sounds (from Daddy). Once in a while, we would also take a trip to the...

Birds of a Feather: Book Review

Birds of a Feather: Book Review

Since Sunday, we have been starting and finishing our days with the same book – Birds of a Feather by Bernadette Gervais and Francesco Pittau. This gorgeously illustrated book won Budster's heart from the first look. It comes to us from France, where the talent of...

Russian Books for Small Children

Russian Books for Small Children

Some of them are more than twenty years old, and some are new. At first, I preferred those which pages were white and fresh, carefully chosen and delivered from overseas, but as Budster brought me my old books, without bright illustrations, but loved now by the second...

WRITING

Peek-a-Boo Book from Envelopes

Peek-a-Boo Book from Envelopes

As a part of the Junk Play series that focuses on creating crafts and toys for kids from recyclables, we made a little peek-a-boo book from envelopes.   Lately, my son has been very partial to sea creatures - whales, sharks, and dolphins. We took him to see the...

Best Board Games for Nurturing Creativity

Best Board Games for Nurturing Creativity

Board games did not come into my life until I was in my early twenties. I had some experience playing Monopoly when I was a little girl, and there were a few versions of Snakes and Ladders, but I did not discover the variety of board games available until my best...