Books and Trees and Languages... but mostly Books

I've had a cold for the past few days and I've been feeling pretty yucky with it. My entire head is bunged up and I'm finding it difficult to concentrate on anything for very long. It's a bit annoying, because there are so many things I'd like to be celebrating with the girls this week, but really, I haven't got the energy.

This week is National Tree Week. I am too sick to bring the girls traipsing around in the woods, but we did buy a couple of trees the other day and I'm sure Devo will let the girls help with the planting over the next few days. That will have to do for Tree Week celebrations, though I could always revisit our little Tree-Inspired Peg Doll Craft too...

This week is also Seachtain na Gaeilge.
Luckily, Seachtain na Gaeilge actually runs for two weeks, so we can do something next week when I'm feeling better... though we speak Irish at home everyday, so I sort of feel like we live Seachtain na Gaeilge permanently anyway, but it's nice to celebrate that fact from time to time too. Also, I have a guest post appearing here today (I think!), especially for Seachtain na Gaeilge.

And, last but not least, today is World Book Day.
I think I can just about manage to celebrate this one. My lovely sister, who is a primary school teacher, stopped by yesterday with two special vouchers for the girls. (Thanks Cáit!) I am hoping Devo will bring the girls to the bookshop after Preschool to let them choose a book each. When they get home we can snuggle up on the couch and read them. Depending on what they choose (and how much energy I can muster), I'm sure we can come up with a game or an art project or something to expand on the stories.

Also, last year I downloaded the free World Book Day App which brought the little Shirley Hughes book I bought the girls 'to life'. Basically, if you hover your phone over the cover of the book, Shirley Hughes herself appears and reads the story to you. Obviously it's a recording and not live or anything (imagine!!) but it's lovely to be able to actually see the author and hear the story read as she intended it.

We read a lot in this house. I always have a pile of books on the go. I read to the girls every single night without fail and have done since they were teeny tiny babies. I have just started moving away from solely reading picture books with them and they are surprising me with how much of an attention span they have for books with more words than pictures. We read George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl a few weeks ago and they loved it. I then asked on my Facebook page for some recommendations for other chapter books and got some great ones. Enid Blyton was a popular choice and as I was big into Blyton growing up it seemed the perfect place to start. The books I was looking for were already out of the Library when I went to look for them, but I did find a huge volume of 'Naughty Amelia Jane' stories and thought I'd try them with my girls instead.

I loved Naughty Amelia Jane as a child and thought they might get a kick out of her too. Amelia Jane is a large rag-doll who basically tortures all of the other toys in the toy-cupboard, by pouring water on them, attaching plasticine snakes to their bums or setting them on fire (yes really!). Apparently she's naughty because she didn't come from a shop and therefore has no manners (!!), but she usually makes up for her naughtiness by saving the day in the end - or at least feeling sorry about all the trouble she causes.

We have been reading a story a night for over two weeks now and the girls are still not tired of her antics. I think I may need to make Naughty Amelia Jane a more permanent fixture in the house and find a copy to purchase!

What are your current favourites to read with your children?

Happy World Book Day!


  1. We love the Alfie books, but at the moment "Where the Wild Things Are" is the book of choice. I wrote about a few of our favourite books last night, keeping with the spirit of World Book Day! However, today we are going to a stay and play session, the little one is dressed as a pirate, in reference to The Pirates Next Door! :)


    1. Oh yes, there is something very special about Where the Wild things are, we love it here too. Stay and Play sounds fun, I'll pop over to your blog now :)

  2. We LOVE Shirley Hughes here too! lovely post! but do hope you are feeling much better soon. Rest well xxxxx

    1. Isn't she amazing. She just captures the simplest of childhood things so perfectly. Thanks very much, I'm taking it nice and easy xx

  3. My girls are, now 4 and 6, are big fans of Amelia Jane and have all the books and have returned to them a couple of times. We LOVE The Worst Witch series (all finished too) and My Naughty Little Sister and of course, Pippy Long Stocking causes fits of laughter. There are some great recommendations on

    1. Oh! I actually have a gorgeous edition of Pippi Longstocking that was put on the high shelf for when the girls were bigger - time to dust it off! Thanks for the reccomendations, I'd forgotten about My Naughty Little Sister - she'd probably go down well, judging by their response to Amelia Jane!


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