Childhood Unplugged

I have a passion for children’s books and have always made sure that my two children have a bookshelf full of well-written and beautifully illustrated books. As part of my childhood unplugged features I review children’s books to help busy mums find books their own children will love, or which will make lovely gifts for friends.

Each book has a link to where it can be purchased. This is usually an Amazon link.

 

Tom Fletcher Book Club 2
Tom Fletcher Book Club 2

Bestselling (and current Jones family favourite) children’s author Tom Fletcher is back with his second book club exclusive to WHSmith. Tom has selected 10 more brilliant books for 7 to 11-year olds to get them excited and inspired to read, by offering a wide variety of titles by both established and debut authors. When the books arrived both my children…

Bloomsbury Children’s Books – Autumn 2017
Bloomsbury Children’s Books – Autumn 2017

Both my 8 and my 6 year old are becoming fluent readers, and recently both have taken a step away from their ‘reading books’ into the world of real literature. They are ready for texts which require more reading stamina. This is a tricky time as their confidence is riding high and they want to read lengthier books. However, sometimes…

Up, Up and Away: A Review
Up, Up and Away: A Review

What does it take to build your very own planet? Orson is about to find out… He takes: A cup full of rocks A dash of water A sprinkling of metal A lot of nothingness A big bang … And before long, BOOM! He has it – a tiny planet with rings around it, right there in his bedroom!   Up,…

Bloomsbury Children’s Books – New Titles Spring 2017
Bloomsbury Children’s Books – New Titles Spring 2017

I love March, it’s the first month in a new year when I really get a sense of spring’s imminent arrival! Everything seems to come into life, and new interests and hobbies seem so much more attractive as the days get longer and slightly warmer! My children both love books, and whilst they have old favourites which they return to…

The Butterfly Dance: A Review
The Butterfly Dance: A Review

Keeping with my recent ‘Spring’ focus on the blog, I thought I’d share a beautiful new book which I received from Bloomsbury this week! My daughter, aged 6, fell upon it as soon as I took it out of the envelope! She somewhat prematurely thanked me for treating her – such was her enthusiasm for this beautifully illustrated book! The…

Rosa Parks, the Ordinary, Extraordinary Lady on the Bus
Rosa Parks, the Ordinary, Extraordinary Lady on the Bus

Sometimes a book comes along which totally blows me away… and Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World is just such a book! Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, has created this wonderful and very readable picture book about women who really changed the world.   Bursting full of beautiful illustrations and astounding facts, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is…

Captain Pug by Laura James: A Review
Captain Pug by Laura James: A Review

‘Thank you for my new book Mummy! Can we read it tonight?’ That was the immediate reaction from my seven year old son when I opened a parcel from Bloomsbury Publishers and pulled out a copy of Captain Pug! It must say something about the visual appeal of this book that my son instantly thought it had been purchased specifically for him,…

We’re Going On An Egg Hunt Review
We’re Going On An Egg Hunt Review

We’re going on an egg hunt. We’re going to find them all. We’re REALLY excited. Hooray for Easter Day! Join the Easter Bunnies as they set off on an exciting lift-the-flap Easter egg hunt. With ten eggs to find and count, it’s great fun. But watch out for the obstacles along the way – lambs, chicks, bees and ducks –…

Review ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Bearspotting’
Review ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Bearspotting’

Wow, what a great picture book to commence my 2016 collaboration with Bloomsbury Publishers! A Beginners’s Guide to Bearspotting is a brilliant and whimsical story which will undoubtedly appeal to even the youngest of adventurers! A Beginner’s Guide to Bearspotting Bearspotting is a dangerous business – you ought to take it seriously, you know. So here’s what you need to…

Top 5 Winter Picture Books
Top 5 Winter Picture Books

With the shops full of Christmas items I thought it would be lovely to share with you some recommendations for winter picture books. These books combine visually stunning illustrations with wonderful stories and information, and are perfect for a winter treat or even a Christmas gift. In the best tradition, here are my top 5 favourite winter picture books, they…

A Spooky Forest Adventure
A Spooky Forest Adventure

With Halloween just around the corner, I can’t wait to read my children Florentine and Pig and the Spooky Forest Adventure! This is a truly delightful picture book, with the added bonus of some recipes and crafts for the family to try too. I’m planning on having a few Florentine and Pig activities at the ready during half-term next week. The ‘Snuggly Buggly Marshmallow Brownies’ will be a…

The Cloudspotter
The Cloudspotter

I can’t tell you how excited I was when Bloomsbury sent me The Cloudspotter by Tom McLaughlin. I am a great fan of Tom’s books, and have been looking forward to his new one for a while! We love The Story Machine, it has been read time and time again, so we were all eager to read Tom’s new book!  …