2409, 2019

How to Take Your Kids To Australia Without Taking a Plane

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HOW TO TAKE YOUR KIDS TO AUSTRALIA Without leaving your city (and dealing with a horrendous long-haul flight) Like our 'trip' to India and Japan, we recently spent a month reading books that take place in Australia (basically all the books are about Australian animals rather than the country), colouring pictures of Australia (urm, once again Australian animals), trying Australian food and visiting our Australian friends at the zoo. Here are our fun picks if you want to learn all you can pretend to take a holiday to Australia: [...]

1609, 2019

What My Kids Are Reading this Week

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Tropical Terry by Jarvis Coral Reef City is home to the most beautiful, colourful fish.  And then there is Terry - a small, blue, plain fish.  He plays games with his best friends - Cilla the crab and Steve the sea snail.  He's a master at hide-a-fish. Terry wishes the other fish would play with him but they don't give him the time of day:  he's too dull.  So Terry creates the most beautiful costume so he can finally fit in. But what about [...]

909, 2019

What My Kids Are Reading This Week: Book Love!

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Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli I love all of Greg Pizzoli's books - it's so fun to see his characters from other books making appearances in this one (I see you crocodile!  Or are you an alligator?). The Book Hog loves books - he loves to smell them, to collect them and to look at all their pictures.  But he has a secret:  he can't read!  Lucky for him, a lovely librarian reads him any book he wants and slowly he starts to be [...]

2608, 2019

Back to School Jitters Books

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BACK TO SCHOOL JITTER BOOKS It's the most wonderful time of the year!  That's right - our kids are GOING BACK TO SCHOOL!  Phew!  Summer flew by and yet at the same time some days simply crawled with my kindergartener rolling at my feet complaining of boredom. The smell of freshly sharpened pencils, that crispness in the air, the back of your kid's head as they walk into school = bliss. Okay, it's not totally bliss.  I can't believe my son is actually now in kindergarten (or senior kindergarten here in Ontario) and I can't [...]

1208, 2019

What My Kids Are Reading This Week: Moon Landing!

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With the recent anniversary of the moon landing, both my kids have become super interested in space and especially the moon.  Here are the books we've been reading these past few weeks: Moon: Earth's Best Friend by Stacey McAnulty with pictures by Stevie Lewis So far there are three books in this series about the Earth, the Sun and this one, the Moon. It's told from the point of view of the moon who is Earth's best friend.  She explains to [...]

808, 2019

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LESLIEVILLE PLAYGROUND CRAWL Remember when you were in your 20's and perhaps did a pub crawl or two?  Stopping at various drinking establishments, grabbing $1 pizza along the way and stumbling home? Well this is basically the same except it's during the day - the morning to be precise (that time of day when you used to sleep off a hang over from said pub crawl), you drink coffee instead of alcohol, and the $1 pizza is now a buttery croissant or a fancy panini. Oh and it involves children and playgrounds. [...]

2407, 2019

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I've started having 'theme' months when it comes to reading with a focus on countries around the world. Really, it's just an excuse to get the kids excited to go to restaurants that I want to eat in. This month we went to Japan with these books: Natsumi! by Susan Lendroth with pictures by Priscilla Burris Oh how we all love Natsumi. This little firecracker of a girl just can't quite find a hobby that fits with her energetic nature.  She always [...]

1507, 2019

What My Kids Are Reading This Week Before Bed

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Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep! by Mo Willems Alice loves loves loves this book - we read it before bed every night.  Sheep the Sheep checks on all her friends to make sure they are getting ready for bed. Pig the Pig is in the bath, Horse the Horse is on the potty, and poor Owl the Owl is getting ready to not go to sleep. It's Mo Willems. That's all you really need to know to convince you to go get this book. [...]