Beautiful Books: Books for Winter

We have lit the first Chanukah candle, Frida’s beautiful advent calendar is being gleefully opened by excited little fingers, elderberry syrup is being dutifully poured out each morning, and I have stocked up on thick yellow beeswax candles to light our meals on these slow, cozy days. Each night Frida’s bed is warmed by hot…

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Peaceful parenting books: Pregnancy, birth and the fourth trimester

I read a lot of books. A lot. Whenever I share about the books I am reading, I’m invariably asked to write a blog post with my favourite parenting books, but every time I sit down to do so I look across at the hundred or so books nestled lovingly in my study and feel…

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Exploring Nature With Children: Harvest Moon

As I’ve spoken about before, we loosely follow the brilliant Exploring Nature With Children curriculum, dipping into it most weeks. I find that it gives me something to think about in terms of what we might be looking for on our nature walks and books to pull out to support this. This week focuses on the Harvest…

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Celebrating Autumn: On Our Bookshelves

Autumn is most definitely on the way. I can feel it in the cool mornings and evenings, the darker nights (which are so welcome in our home!), the candles which are lit with increased regularity, and the delicious feeling of new starts that tells me September is close. I’ve put away our Summer books and pulled…

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What We’re Reading: Dinosaurs, fossils, evolution, reptiles, prehistoric life

Like all young children, Frida is pretty varied in her interests – from mice to microbes, she has a voracious appetite for learning new things. But every now and again, a topic comes along which leaves very little space in our reading for anything else. At the moment we are in the middle of such…

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Beautiful Books: Picture books about Frida Kahlo

It feels like I can’t turn anywhere without seeing Frida Kahlo merchandise at the moment, due to the current exhibition at the V&A museum in London (which Frida and I will definitely visit together soon). We didn’t name our daughter Frida specifically because of Frida Kahlo, but the link obviously didn’t pass us by either.…

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