Big Book Sale

We’re having a Big Book Sale in aid of the National Literacy Trust. Please join us! Mavericks Books’ author Billy Coughlan will be joining us to lead two story-time sessions and to conduct a book signing for her book “Not Without My Whale”. On the day, you will also be able to purchase and or swap books, enter a fundraising raffle for prizes donated by local businesses and a signed copy of the following titles:

Hedgehugs

Aerodynamics of Biscuits

Not Without My Whale

Kindly donated by Maverick Books.

 

Date: 6th December 2015

Venue: Georgian Village

Time: 11.00am – 14.00pm

 

JOIN IN THE FUN ON PLAY DAY!

Whatever you’re up to this summer make time for a spot of play on Play Day. To find out how to get involved visit the Play Day website, we’ve pulled together a few  ideas on our Pinterest board to get you in the mood for play.

Children’s Book Week

FullSizeRender 109This week is 6th – 12th July is Children’s Book Week when children, parents, schools and libraries get together to celebrate reading for pleasure. The event is organised by the Book Trust find out how you can get involved here.

We’re going to be sharing the joy of reading through our Pop Up events where children’s books and other gifts can be bought, and by passing on tips on how to read with your child. Our pop ups are taking place at Spitalsfields Market this week – come down for a visit.

Pledge a gift for FRED

11535911_974097879301459_7788613453155734874_nWe’re getting behind Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED) by sharing details of the Fatherhood Institute’s  crowdfunding campaign to get dads into the reading habit by simply reading a bedtime story to their children. A bedtime story with Dad supports children’s wellbeing, promotes attachment, literacy, communication and language development. To watch the campaign video, read more about the campaign and to pledge click here.

National Women in Engineering Day

darasclevertrap_ukuspb_fc_rgb_72dpi_425px_w-4National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) is a day dedicated to highlighting the achievements of women in engineering. What are you going to do promote National Women in Engineering Day on 23rd June 2015? If you’re stuck for ideas check out this site .

We’re going to use our story of an engineer princess to  inspire young girls to look at the opportunities for and achievements of women within this area of work. You can find out more ‘Dara’s Clever Trap‘ here. Be sure to look at the NWED website, where there are some fantastic resources available to help you promote the day.

Fathers’ Story Week 15 – 21 June

BFB_Facebook_FathersDay_504x504_0415We’re helping to spread the word about Fathers’ Story Week which starts 15th June and runs right up until Fathers’ Day on 21st. The annual ‘taster event’ organised by the Fatherhood Institute has been urging schools and early years settings up and down the country to get involved.

There are some great resources are available here to help you engage Dads and father figures during that week. For some additional stories click here. For articles and gift ideas for fathers day browse our page on Pinterest below.

Reading Readiness Has To Do With The Body

Laura Grace Weldon

reading readiness, kids sit too much, Sitting down. (public domain by Jusben)

Today’s kids sit more than ever. Babies spend hours confined in car seats and carriers rather than crawling, toddling, or being carried. As they get older their days are often heavily scheduled between educational activities and organized events. Children have 25 percent less time for free play than they did a generation ago, and that’s before factoring in distractions like TV or video games.

Left to their own devices, children move. They hold hands and whirl in a circle till they fall down laughing. They beg to take part in interesting tasks with adults. They want to face challenges and try again after making mistakes. They climb, dig, and run. When they’re tired they like to be rocked or snuggled. Stifling these full body needs actually impairs their ability to learn.

Sensory experience and fun. (CC by 2.0 Micah Sittig)

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