We all know Judith Kerr, OBE as the beloved writer and illustrator who brought us Mog, The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the very moving When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. I already had my suspicions that Ms Kerr has a fondness for all things feline and her latest title has confirmed that. Katinka’s Tail is a heartwarming story about a perfectly ordinary pussycat, with a not-quite-so-ordinary tail. Katinka’s Tail has already been hailed as a classic in the making and I couldn’t agree more. At the end of this review you’ll be able to enter to win a copy of Mog, The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Katinka’s Tail.     Born in Germany, of Jewish background, Judith came to Britain with her family in 1933 amid the rise of the Nazis. Following the families escape from Germany Judith lived in several European countries before settling in London. Due…

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As a child I was a total book worm, even as a teenager I read books many times over due to running out of material between library visits. I suppose I was a bit of a Matilda character but without her supreme pancake making skills. I’ve always hoped that Luisa will develop the same love of reading that I have and i’m always looking for new ways to encourage her. Our house is coming down with books and I wouldn’t have it any other way. For now she mostly reads with our help, she is only two after all, but there are a few books that she’s memorised sections from and takes great pride in reading them aloud to us.     Given that I’m a first time mum without a teaching qualification I was a little worried that I wasn’t doing ‘enough’. I know we all have those thoughts…

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Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how you don’t need to wait until your kids are old enough to have a reasoned debate about what it means to be a feminist  to teach them a thing or two. I’ve been looking at a few different ways to create a culture of equality in our home and expand the mind of my mini feminist. We all know that famous quote “Dismantling the patriarchy begins at home”, right? Okay maybe it’s not quite timeless but one day, with a bit of luck. As you might expect we’re very much a ‘let clothes be clothes’ / ‘let toys be toys’ household. Lu has a diverse toy box and wardrobe made up of items stereotypically for girls and boys. I decided the logical next step was to overhaul her little library and include some titles with positive role models, affirmative language and barrier breaking…

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It’s Luisas first Easter and we’re excited for some fun family days out over the next week or so. In typical new parent fashion we want to mark the occasion even though she hasn’t a clue what’s going on. I’ve had a look around the virtual shopping aisles of the internet and come up with my picks for non-chocolate Easter gifts for baby. Matt & I have decided not to buy L any sweets or Easter eggs as she is only 10 months old and we really don’t want to encourage a sweet tooth. That being said I know that her grandparents will get her an Easter egg and I will be letting her have a little bit. Sadly I’ll have to finish it, for her own good you understand…   I first discovered the cute puppet board books when my mum bought Luisa the Incy Wincy Spider version. She…

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This Books for Baby offering is a double whammy featuring two striking books by Jane Foster. If you aren’t familair with my mini series please check out Books for Baby – August 2015 to see what it’s all about. Jane Foster is a very talented designer and illustrator living in Devon. She has a quirky scandi come 60s style that she uses to create a range of homewares, craft projects and childrens books. If you’re a fan of scandi style or indeed Miffy you should head to Janes’ website for a mooch.     Her first two children’s titles are ABC & 123, they’re board books with high contast illustrations and imaginative design. Both titles are full of animals, familiar objects and striking patterns. As their names suggest they can be used to teach words and numbers but they put a fresh spin on it by using offbeat characters.   I…

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If you’re bookish or live in Edinburgh you probably know that the Edinburgh International Book Festival runs in August and is a pretty big deal for authors, illustrators and book lovers alike. It’s an amazing opportunity to attend talks and events by hundreds of people within the industry. This year I sadly didn’t see any of the big names as I just wasn’t organised enough. I did pop along and soak up the atmosphere though and made a few purchases from the on site bookshop.     I also had a bit of a brain wave whilst I was browsing the children’s books… As a child I read obsessively, devouring every book put in front of me. My large collection was well-loved with many books being read time and time again. A love of reading is something I really want to pass on to Luisa so she can get the…

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