“Ordering books” by Our Story

Involve Me

Involve Me and HuLu Alley Reading Group conducted a series of children’s story making activities in the winter vacation. Children are free to choose a topic of their interest in the context of a bookstore.

Here is an example of a story made by a 7-year-old boy. His book title is: “Ordering books”. To know more about what activities there are in a bookstore (from children’s perspectives), please follow us here!!

Acknowledgement: The Our Story app was developed at the Open University.http://www.open.ac.uk/creet/main/projects/our-story (The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302). The Open University is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.)

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Get set for World Book Day!

character-4Ready for World Book Day on 5th March? We’re enjoying preparing for this major celebration in the literary calendar and are making full use of the resources available from their website.

World Book day is an annual celebration where authors, illustrators, booksellers and publishers get together to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading from an early age, by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

We’re joining in the festivities by offering a £1.00 off selected stories from our extensive range of titles when you present your Book Token. Watch this space for details. The offer runs from the 2nd March 2015 to 29th March 2015.

The Year of the Sheep

Yes, Chinese New Year is just around the corner taking place on 19th February 2015 this year. Are you ready? Click through to our Pinterest board for activity and craft ideas.

Festivities in London’s Chinatown kick off in a big way on the Sunday following the big day. Why not take in the sights – great fun for all the family, while you’re at it check out the events for children at the National Maritime Museum and National Gallery. For further details click here.

TheGreatRace_PB_W_1‘The Great Race’ is our Barefoot story suggestion for this big occasion it tells the story of the Chinese lunar calendar in an engaging way. It also has endnotes about the significance of the various animals. Click on this link for further information and to purchase.

Shrove Tuesday

Also known as ‘Pancake Day’, can be a lot of fun and a wonderful opportunity for learning with children. Last week while observing a Teaching Assistant, I watched a group of year 2 children working collaboratively to make pancakes for group 30 children and teachers. Activities preceding the actual cooking and eating, provided learning opportunities for supporting mathematics, religious education, literacy and personal, social and emotional development.

The children like the young girl above were extremely please with their accomplishments. Our Barefoot story about ‘Mama Panya’s Pancakes‘ is a heart warming story about sharing and community, where the whole village gets involved. It also includes a failsafe recipe for perfect pancakes. What a lovely way to bond during half-term.

For more information about Pancake Day, why it is celebrated and some Shrove Tuesday themed events and activities click here.

International Book Giving Day 2015

Give a Book on Valentine’s Day, 14th February 2015 is also International Book Giving Day. At Early Years CPD Barefoot Books we continually stress the importance of sharing stories as way of connecting with families and communities to support children’s literacy. Lovely to hear how others around the world are doing the same.

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I spy with my little eye lots & lots of excitement and preparations across the globe.

Tales of events in Cambodia, Hungary, Australia and the Philippines are reaching our ears.

There are book fairies (librarian Angela Reynolds) dusting off their wings to deliver books in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Routes To Reading are taking nominations of nurseries in Bristol, UK for their IBGD giveaway. You can nominate here.

Fiona Roberton has designed this gorgeous poster, which I’m totally in love with. After the weekend, a copy is definitely going on my wall!

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The response to our bookmarks and bookplates has been astounding. Here they are being used as a wonderful centre piece ready for the big day …

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Mowmacre Hill Primary School in Leicester, UK are not only holding a bookmark competition, every pupil in the school will receive a bookmark and book on Friday!

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Happy Valentine’s Weekend!

Here are a few suggestions for crafts and activities to help you enjoy Valentine’s Day as a family. I have included some of our stories which feature themes of love and acceptance.

A personal favourite of mine is ‘The Boy Who Grew Flowers’ which you can read about in the pin below.

To purchase your very own copy of this story, and or any of the others featured in the Pinterest board featured in this post click here.