What we're reading | the summer selection | + GIVEAWAY

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Meryn reading

Even though the Xbox and iPads are well loved in this house, all three of my children still adore their books. Thanks to the Tom Gates series, their enthusiasm seems to have reached a new high and they're devouring a new book every couple of days. The other day, I peeked into Ayden's room at bedtime to find Dylan sat next to his cot reading Stickman. Yep, proud mummy moment for sure.

I have great memories of curling up on my bed as a kid to spend hours reading a new book. Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton were my favourites. When Dylan was only a couple of years old I picked up a box set of Roald Dahl books - very premature, yes, but I was so excited to be able to share my favourite books with him.

Fast forward a few years and they're ready to appreciate the stories, so we've been working our way through the series. BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda have been their favourites so far. So much so, Meryn is re-reading Matilda herself. So I guess that would be her book choice for the month. And who can blame her? It's one of my favourites too. 

I thought I'd start including my book of the month in these round ups, just in case anyone's interested. I'd include Dan's too, but all he reads about is online articles about surfing and building. Snore. (p.s. bear with me - I'll get to the details of the giveaway at the end of the post :) )

Get the Glow

Get the Glow. I enjoy jumping on the fad diet train as much as the next person, but the thing about Madeleine Shaw's book is that there's nothing faddy about it at all. She's all about making healthy choices, feeling the best you possibly can and do-able, delicious food. No ingredients that you have to traipse to the ends of the earth to find. Just heaps of flavourful food and inspiring ideas. I seriously can't put this book down.

Jurassic World: Dinosaur Field Guide

Jurassic World: Dinosaur Field Guide. After a family date night to see the movie, we have one dinosaur obsessed eight year old on our hands. He had many (MANY) questions after the film and an insatiable appetite to learn all there is to know about dinosaurs and become a 'pole-an-tologist'. This book is just the ticket for any little dinosaur enthusiast and helps me out with those in-depth questions I just don't know the bloody answer to!

Pom Pom gets the grumps

Pom Pom gets the Grumps. Ayden's pick for the month is one of my favourites too. Pom Pom is a cute panda who wakes up one morning in a bad mood - don't we all - and it seems he's set for one of those days. Its beautifully illustrated, super cute and a great story for helping little ones understand those big emotions they sometimes find hard to control.

You're probably wondering what the giveaway is by now! I was lucky enough to team up with House of Fraser to offer you the chance to win a marvellous Matilda cushion from their Roald Dahl bedding range. The cushion is shaped like a book, with a quote from the story inside (see images below). Perfect for any little book worm. You can see more of the range here

To enter, just comment below to tell me what your child's favourite bedtime story is at the moment. A winner will be chosen at random after the closing date.

***** COMPETITION NOW CLOSED *****




Images: www.roalddahl.com

Terms and conditions:
- UK residents only
- Ends at midnight on 10 July 2015
- The winner will be announced on Twitter and Facebook
*We were lucky enough to be sent a cushion from the Roald Dahl range in exchange for this giveaway.

63 comments

  1. The boys also love Stickman, but at the moment they're obsessed by Octonauts so we have a set of books which they alternate. CM is loving her My Little Pony books although struggles with the lack of pictures!

    ReplyDelete
  2. What a awesome cushion! Noah loves The Gruffalo still!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Ahh I like the sound of Pom Pom, we definitely could have done with that today. My toddler's current favourite book is Lucy and Tom at the Seaside by Shirley Hughes. It's a must every naptime and every bedtime and sometimes in between but I love it too, a perfect summer read! Lucy at occupation: (m)other

    ReplyDelete
  4. To Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers - it is a lovely story wand beautifully illustrated!

    ReplyDelete
  5. love Charlie and the chocolate factory

    ReplyDelete
  6. tell me what your child's favourite bedtime story is at the moment . . . . . currently Chicken Lickin

    ReplyDelete
  7. Mydaughter loves the ADVENTURE OF MR PINKWHISTLE I love it also x

    ReplyDelete
  8. They all love different stories but The witches is a firm favourite :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. The youngest is still loving The Very Hungry Caterpillar at bedtime and all other times of the day.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Any of the Horrid Henry books at the minute

    ReplyDelete
  11. The Gruffalo is a family classic :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Everywhere Babies at the moment :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. My daughter Loves Holly Webb animal stories!

    ReplyDelete
  14. famous five go down to the sea

    ReplyDelete
  15. She love little bear lost and room on the broom but she will listen to any story before bed she loves bedtime stories

    ReplyDelete
  16. charrlie stinky socks and the really big adventure

    ReplyDelete
  17. My granddaughter Amelia just loves books too and this cushion would be amazing as incredibly she loves Matilda, if I don't win I may just have to go and buy this one so fingers crossed.

    ReplyDelete
  18. we have just finished reading the twits which my kids loved!

    AShleigh

    ReplyDelete
  19. I have been reading my boys "The Day the Crayons quit", so that is currently their favourite. I am sure next week they will have a new favourite. Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  20. We are big bookworms in our house too! I absolutely love children's books. We are big fans of Roald Dahl too and it has been lovely re-reading his books with my children.

    The comp sounds fab - at the moment, Little Miss E's favourite bedtime book is The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. I loved this one as a child - it's just as magical now I'm a grown-up. x

    ReplyDelete
  21. I love the jolly postman and my kids love bfg

    Kay panayi

    ReplyDelete
  22. Coincidentally Matilda is my granddaughter's curretn favourite and she recently dsang one of the songs from the show at a big festival organised by the Times newspaper. This would be such a lovely surprise for her.

    ReplyDelete
  23. The secret Seven is the current favourite

    ReplyDelete
  24. At the moment my children love 'Meet the Parents' by Peter Bently x

    ReplyDelete
  25. My daughters loving all the old enid byltons at the moment

    ReplyDelete
  26. My son (currently) loves Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl

    ReplyDelete
  27. Paula Readings8 July 2015 at 19:12

    The Hungry Caterpillar

    ReplyDelete
  28. my niece who is 3 loves any dog books but enjoys spot the dog x

    ReplyDelete
  29. My son loves To Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

    ReplyDelete
  30. My 5 year old Daughter loves to read her Biff and Chip stories to her baby sister before bed - totally melts my heart :-) x x

    ReplyDelete
  31. My daughter has lots of books she enjoys. Right now, she wants a Sofia the First book read every night.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Our current favourite is Roald Dahl's Rhyme Stew, it's fab x

    ReplyDelete
  33. Always used to be the Hairy Maclary books when she was little

    ReplyDelete
  34. It's the kittie Lacey fairytale hairdresser books :(

    ReplyDelete
  35. At the moment he loves the hungry caterpillar.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Charlotte's web :)

    ReplyDelete
  37. terrypark45@gmail.com my kids love Danny champion of the world....All time classic and I recently found there was a film version with the delicious Jeremy irons which I've enjoyed watching with them!

    ReplyDelete
  38. We're going on a Bear Hunt

    ReplyDelete
  39. Dinosaur poo! Yup it's a real book haha!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Currently reading David Walliams DEMON DENTIST

    ReplyDelete
  41. Jaydens favourite story just now is the lion the witch and the wardrobe. He is only 3 but quite engrossed in the story!!

    ReplyDelete
  42. My little grandaughter Skyla loves all nursery rhymes and the actions.

    ReplyDelete
  43. My son loves The Gruffalo (which is good because I love it too!!)

    ReplyDelete
  44. My daughter loves Lettrland stories - my son - Tom Gates

    ReplyDelete
  45. My little boy loves my husbands nerdy fighting fantasy books!

    ReplyDelete
  46. My girls love James and the Giant Peach!

    ReplyDelete
  47. right now it's The Gruffalo's Child x

    ReplyDelete
  48. My daughter has re discovered her love for the Mr Men series at the moment :)

    ReplyDelete