Message in a bottle, personalised books for children.

We are very excited here, to share about something we think is wonderful and that we think our readers will love. No it’s not the Sting song or the movie. This Message in a Bottle is personalised children’s book. It’s has been created by  acclaimed children’s author Tom Percival and illustrator Tuire Siirainen and it really […]

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Listening to and loving stories with Puffin Audio books….

We love reading, and my children still love being read to, and we encourage them to enjoy reading by trying to read to them as often as we can, usually at bedtime. When I was a child, I used to love listening to stories on my cassette player or Walkman (yes, I am THAT old!) […]

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Slinky Malinki or Hairy Maclary?

I have always loved Lynley Dodd’s books, and came across her series Slinky Malinki and Hairy Maclary when I was doing my teaching practice in primary schools. (I did a year of teacher training before my mother died, then I took time off and never went back, that’s another story for another day…) I loved […]

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When a book has your name in it…

Reading is something we are very passionate about here in the Mad House of Cats & Babies and we love books. A personalised book is something extra special…. Little Man loves reading, and has in fact, just learned to really read, himself, working hard at school and with us to master this very important skill. […]

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What I am reading this week….

This week’s reading selection is a bit random and eclectic… I am reading a book on teaching children to swim. Little Man has only just built up enough confidence to feel happy in water, at aged 4.5, due to his ear issues, which have meant swimming was something we avoided because it distressed him so […]

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What we are reading this week

If you ask my long suffering husband, otherwise known as LSH, he will tell you I am a movie-book purist. Nothing annoys me more than when a book is made into a movie and then the plot is either tweaked or changed to the point where it it is nothing like the original book. This […]

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When you realise they can read, it’s magic

Parenting has lots of amazing moments, and this is one of mine. When you realise they can read, it’s magic My six-year-old can read… I know most children her age are in the process of learning to read, being taught at home and at school. I have known she could “read”, as in sound out words […]

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