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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Books, Children's books, Children's Fiction - Fantasy, Children's Picture Books

11 charming books for kids who love witches and wizards

A reading round-up of spell-binding books for kids

Are your children big fans of witches and wizards and all things magical? Are you are looking for more magical books for kids?

My children’s book of the month is a magical story of witches and wizards by Cressida Cowell. In keeping with the theme of magic, this month’s reading round-up is full of witches, wizards and magicians. I’ve included magical books for young readers from toddlers to teens. Please note: all age range guidelines given in bold are 100% approximate and flexible.

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Tips to get children reading with confidence

Does your child lack reading confidence? Do they finding reading hard or do they lack interest or enjoyment in reading?

If you answer yes to any of these questions – don’t worry – you are not alone. Let me start by explaining one of the reasons I write on a blog about supporting children reading. At home we had always read a lot to our son, and he had always enjoyed books. However, when it came to the stage of reading for himself it did not always come easily to him. Well-meaning teaching professionals directed us to a lot of resources. These included intensive phonics programmes and many structured activities around reading. I worried a lot and started to look for more ways to support him.

Positive steps to get children reading with confidence

Beyond some overwhelming advice, I found some great tips and information to get children reading more. Most importantly, I found tips for children to enjoy reading and feel happy and confident about it. I want to share some of the ideas which worked best for us. These tips helped to reduce stress rather than adding to it. One of the most important lessons I learned is that this experience is not rare; and there are lots of positive steps that you can take.

So if you are feeling bewildered, try these tips to help get your children reading with confidence. Hopefully without reducing both you and them to tears. Because no child or parent needs that!

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