The Snowdrop Fairy
Deep sleeps the Winter,
Cold, wet, and grey;
Surely all the world is dead;
Spring is far away.
Wait! the world shall waken;
It is not dead, for lo,
The Fair Maids of February
Stand in the snow!
— Cicely Mary Barker
Happy New Year to you all!
Cicely Mary Barker is right in her poem above – snowdrops do give us hope. Wonderfully I spotted an abundance of them on the roadside over the holidays. I knew Spring was on its way. Perhaps it’s closer than we think…
But before we give up on Winter altogether, here are some of our favourite picture books to help you embrace the season as you snuggle by the fire or pass time on a bus.
Happy Winter Reading!
Picture Books for 2-3 year olds
Valentine’s Day Reading!
Living Books – lots of booklists and recommendations
Half term is now under way here in the UK, which might mean more time for reading to the kids.
If you have been reading my posts for any length of time, you will know I love books – in particular children’s literature Continue reading
Sitting on the sofa with a picture book or two is one of my 3 year old’s favourite things to do. I love reading them to her so Continue reading
‘They must grow up upon the best… There is never a time when they are unequal to worthy thoughts, well put; inspiring tales, well told. Let Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ represent their standard in poetry; Defoe and Stevenson, in prose; and we shall train a race of readers who will demand literature–that is, the fit and beautiful expression of inspiring ideas and pictures of life.’
— Charlotte Mason
The British educator, Charlotte Mason, held that poetry was a key element of the feast of learning that children should delight in. Young children don’t need to dissect and analyse – that comes later – but they do need to be helped to appreciate some of the variety and majesty and tragedy and comedy that exists in (and between) the lines of great poems. And so we spend time enjoying them. We read lots of poems, focusing on one poet a term, and try to learn one or two along the way. Anthologies of different poets’ work are wonderful but we have found that taking time to explore one poet at a time has meant we have got to know the poet more deeply.
Here’s a list of nursery rhymes, anthologies, poets and books that we have enjoyed: Continue reading
With Lent underway and Easter approaching, I’ve been digging out our Easter stories to enjoy over the next few weeks. Here are some we read last year and will do so again through February and March as we prepare to celebrate. My Russian roots are very dear to me at Easter time so you may notice an eastern European flavour in my book choices.
Valentine’s Day is around the corner. I’m not here to encourage you to buy cards, flowers and chocolates, although I’m sure they’d be appreciated! Rather here’s a short post to recommend this book that we read last year and intend to do again on 14th February. Beautifully illustrated short picture book telling the life of Saint Valentine from the 3rd-century – the man behind our celebrations.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
There are obviously thousands of wonderful books out there for you to read to little ones of this age but if you wanted some inspiration to make a change from that one book your toddler always asks you to read to them, Continue reading
This is my last list for Christmas. Just couldn’t resist!
A few years ago I began collecting Christmas stories – short picture books – to share with the children through Advent. I love the combination of a good story with beautiful illustrations. So I thought I’d share some that we have started delving into in the lead up to Christmas:
Reading aloud is a large part of our day, so I thought I’d share a little of what that looks like for us.