Book Review: The Hamster

The Hamster Book Silvia Borando Walker Books I’m a huge Minibombo (Shapes Reshape!, Open Up Please!) enthusiast and so was thrilled so see the latest book in Silvia Borando’s superb series. Here, in tandem with an authorial narrative is – in similar fashion to Hervé Tulllet – a series of instructions (in blue print), kind […]

via The Hamster Book — Red Reading Hub – Jillrbennett’s Reviews of Children’s Books

Book Review: Ada’s Ideas

In this enthralling story, comes an exquisite interpretation of Ada Lovelace’s extraordinary life. The daughter of the infamous poet Lord Byron and the mathematician Anne Millbanke, Ada was destined for great things. So much so, she became the world’s first computer programmer, long before computers were even invented. During her formative years, Ada’s mother took her […]

via Ada’s Ideas by Fiona Robinson (Abrams Young Readers) — picture books blogger

Resource: ERS-SDEC Curriculum Audit Tool

Sharing details of the Education Rating Scale for Sustainable Development in Early Childhood (ERS-SDEC) Curriculum Audit Tool. Click on the link to download a version, available in several languages.  OMEP UK will be discussing this World OMEP initiative at TEESNet Conference on 21 September 2016. Follow the links in this post for details.


Book Review: Feelings



Red Reading Hub is Happy that Caterpillar Books invited me to be part of the FEELINGS blog tour and thanks too, to the book’s creators, Richard and Libby for … Feelings Richard Jones and Libby Walden Caterpillar Books Emotional literacy and well-being are at the heart of the Early Years Foundation Stage and Every Child Matters, […]

via Feelings — Red Reading Hub – Jillrbennett’s Reviews of Children’s Books


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.

1 – 5 June Bike to School Week

Bear-on-a-Bike_PB_W_1-3Did you know that this week is ‘Bike to School Week’ what a great opportunity to teach youngsters about exercise, staying safe, exploring forms of transport and how to care for the environment.

The campaign is run by Sustrans and there are some fantastic resources to help you deliver a range of activities for children of any age. Click on this link for further details. If you’d like to know what the Bear, one of Barefoot Books’ popular characters gets up to on his bike click here.

E17 Georgian Village’s Art Trail Debut

We’ll be popping up at the E17 Georgian Village and spreading the word about their debut appearance on the E17 Art Trail which is happening from 30th May – 14th June 2015. The E17 Art Trail is a community led arts festival playing host to ‘250 events and exhibitions including over 100 artists and open houses’.

The E17 Georgian Village is venue No.97 on the Wood Street Trail. Their discovery events are taking place on the 7th and 14th June 2015 and includes a Children’s Art Trail. You can find out more about the E17 Art Trail here.

FullSizeRender 34We’re particularly excited about taking part because the theme of the art trail is storytelling which is something that Barefoot Books knows a lot about. Barefoot Books has been sharing stories that inspire children and connect families for over twenty years.

Our pop up stall will be at the E17 Georgian Village on 30th May and 6th June during the Art Trail. Why don’t you drop in for a visit.