National Gardening Week

NGW-logo13th – 19th April 2015

National Gardening Week is a celebration of gardening launched by the RHS four years ago. Anyone can join in, the RHS website has lots of ideas for activities that families and settings can do together such as: creating a dry garden or school sensory garden; building a bee hotel or, growing herbs in containers. Click here for a full list.

Gardening is great for promoting children’s understanding of the world, developing skills and knowledge in maths, biology, and the environment. Families can bond as they get involved in tactile activities, learn about plants, health and nutrition.

As a great fan of mint in tea, I think I’ll try growing my own, this guide from Sainsbury’s Money Matters Blog is very easy to follow.

Last but not least, Grandpa’s Garden and The Beeman are two great stories from Barefoot Books to get the conversation going. The superb endnotes at the back will inform and hopefully spark off some ideas for the week. Click on the links to shop for your copy. Happy gardening!

Easter Holiday Fun

Preparations for Easter are reaching fever pitch at the nurseries and schools that I’ve been visiting recently. So I thought I’d pin a few good ideas that I’ve seen online to help inspire, motivate and help you enjoy the Easter holidays!

You’ll find ideas for crafts, activities and stories of course! Give them a try, connect with families, inspire children and have some fun!

Our story suggestions can be found HERE

New Book Alert

Very excited to share details about this new book alert. A gentle lyrical picture book that facilitates bonding by promoting interactive play between parent and child. CLICK HERE to order your copy.

St. Patrick’s Day

Have really enjoyed putting this selection of ideas, crafts and stories for commemorating St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday 17th March 2015. How are you going to mark the day?

If you’re in London enjoy the craic at the Parade today click on this link for details.

Check out our suggestions on Pinterest for gifts, stories, cooking and activities.

Like the books? CLICK HERE to shop for your copy. “Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!”

Mother’s Day

CLICK HERE to browse for Mothering Day stories. Dear Mum…Your Mother’s Day letters interesting article in the The Guardian to celebrate Mothering Sunday which also happens to be on the date of my birthday this year!


iwd_square-2At Barefoot Books we share stories that inspire girls and women of tomorrow to be brave; compassionate; determined; to embrace their intelligence and to follow their dreams. #IWD2015

CLICK HERE  to choose a story to inspire your daughter, niece or granddaughter.  Happy #InternationalWomensDay