The Pirates Next Door The Jolley-Rogers picture book reading inspiration book reviews book blog feature
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For a kids’ picture book with a positive message try The Pirates Next Door

picture book The Pirates Next Door
“When pirate family the Jolley-Rogers move to Dull-on-Sea, rumours of shocking behaviour start spreading around the town. Only little Matilda can’t wait to meet the fascinating new family next door!”

The Pirates Next Door starring The Jolley-Rogers
Jonny Duddle
Templar Publishing, 2011
Book type: Children’s Picture book
Approximate age: 5+

If you are looking for a fun picture book with a positive and thoughtful message The Pirates Next Door is a good choice. This month’s featured children’s books was a big favourite for bedtime stories when my son was younger.

If you grew up in a sea-side town like myself, you too might find Dull-on-Sea very familiar. The town is affectionately portrayed. But it is “too busy in the summer… and in winter it shut down”.

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Ten children's books series that are great to re-read Photo by SpanglesPlace
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Ten children’s books series that are great to re-read

In this post I want to share recommendations of two great children’s books series that my son is currently re-reading. Thinking about these reminded me of more series that are great to re-read. These are tried and tested great children’s books to get stuck into, read and re-read over and over.

The adventures of re-reading children’s books

There are many benefits for children in re-reading the same books. As well as helping to grasp vocabulary, fluency and confidence, it’s a great way for kids to unpick narratives and become really enthused about characters and worlds. This can especially be the case with re-reading books from a series of children’s books.

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Harry Potter: A History of Magic. Jacob Meydenbach, Ortus Sanitatis (Strasbourg, 1491) (c) British Library Board
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Find out the intriguing stories behind the magic of Harry Potter

Don’t miss Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Last weekend the BBC showed a fascinating documentary on the history of magical traditions which inspired and informed the Harry Potter books. The documentary told the story of the exhibition of the same name  – currently being shown at The British Library. If you or your children are fans of Harry Potter or are interested in the history of magic, you will be amazed by the artefacts you can see in the exhibition.

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Motivation to boost your work at home routine – why set goals?

In my last post I considered the back to school rut work at home Mums can find ourselves in. First comes the realisation that we are stalling and lack motivation. It’s not unusual for worries and doubts to set in and you are not alone if you feel like this. In this post I will look at why it’s useful to set goals to reboot your work at home routine. This can help you to look beyond overwhelming to do lists and find out where your motivation lies.

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