This was Jed’s face when a huge bundle of kids books from HarperCollins UK arrived by special delivery.
He’s such a ham! Seriously though, he was thrilled to receive a range of kids books by some of his favourite authors and featuring some of his favourite characters.
Unlike Ezra, it took Jed a while to get into reading. I blame second child syndrome: a) I just didn’t have the same time and focus to read to him as much; b) second kids are always cray cray. For what seemed like years, Jed was much more interested in bouncing off furniture, than settling down with a good book.
Eventually, I discovered the art of getting your youngling interested in reading. Hint: it doesn’t involve tying them to a chair and whipping out The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s all about letting them choose anything that gets them glued to the page. A bit like baby-led weaning.
Jed snacked on random comics, then he gobbled ‘hybrid’ volumes like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the Tom Gates series (still top of his list). Now, he’ll happily snuggle down with a story without pictures. His teacher says his reading has come along in leaps and bounds since Year 3.
These days, Jed and I read for 10 minutes before the school run, and this has transformed our early morning routine. So much calmer!
We’ve finished two longer kids books and have just started on David Baddiel’s 4th novel ‘Birthday Boy’. This is the story of Sam Green (some of you might know him from Baddiel’s award-winning The Parent Agency). Sam gets more than he bargained for when he wishes to have a birthday every day, and his wish comes true!
Here’s what Jed had to say about The Parent Agency, which he read last year: “A great fictional book about a boy who wished he had better parents. He goes into a different world where he gets to make up his mind about who he wants to be his mum and dad. I liked how the message was to appreciate what you’re given.”
Bad Dad is the latest book by massively popular author/entertainer David Walliams. Ezra read it in one sitting. Here’s his bite-sized review: “It’s about a dad who’s a racer, who gets mixed up with some very bad people. It’s a very funny book which gives you something to laugh about on every page.”
When it comes to Christmas presents, you can’t go wrong with a good book — whether it’s a gorgeously bound heirloom, a last minute Kindle download, or even a book token.
We can’t wait to get stuck in to the rest of our kids books pile. And huge thanks to HarperCollins Kids for the early Christmas gifts!
Win an AMAZING Bundle of HarperCollins Children’s Books!
For our 12 Days of Xmas 2017 giveaways, I’ve teamed up with HarperCollins Children’s Books once again to offer 1 lucky Babes about Town reader the chance to win a HUNGE bundle of 10 kids books by some of the most popular children’s authors on the planet. Altogether this amazing prize costs more than £112! The bundle includes one copy each of the following:
For ages 3-7
Boogie Bear – David Walliams: Ages 3+
Furry good book about a polar bear who takes a wrong turn.
The Grotlyn – Benji Davies: Ages 4+
A story of a not-so-scary monster living under the bed.
Kevin – Rob Biddulph: Ages 3+
Beautifully illustrated book about an imaginary friend.
Sunk! – Rob Biddulph: Ages 3-7
A fun tale about pirates, with rhyme!
Paddington 2: The Story of the Movie: Ages 5-9
The movie storybook about our favourite bear from Peru.
For ages 7-12
Bad Dad – David Walliams: Ages 9-12
Another romp from David Walliams involving a rad dad and a jail break!
Toto – Michael Morpurgo: Ages 7+
Morpurgo’s twist on what happened to the dog that went to Oz.
Birthday Boy – David Baddiel: Ages 9+
The story of a boy whose birthday comes again and again and again.
Skulduggery Pleasant 1 – Derek Landy: Ages 9+
First in a 10 book series that’s becoming a cult kids favourite.
Geek Girl All Wrapped Up – Holly Smale: Ages 11+
Perfect for tweens with STEM themes and some romance.
What a fantastic prize! Your little bookworms will eat them up. Competition entry is simple via the form below, best of luck!
12 Days of Xmas 2017
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