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Creating our book nook

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Each night I tell my children a story from when I was little. I start the story the same way each night. Recently I told them this story…

When I was little and lived in my home town with my mum and dad and my brothers, I loved to read. I was always reading. I remember choosing to stay home and read instead of going on sleepovers. I remember trying to stay in bed all day reading. And reading well past my bedtime under the covers of my bed with a torch!

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One night, when I was meant to turn my lamp off and go to sleep, I had a good idea! I opened my cupboard and placed my lamp inside. Then I placed a dolls bed inside with cushions and a blanket. It was a dolls bed that I could curl up in. So that is what I did.

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It was a warm and cozy spot to read. And I read for hours! My mum eventually worked out what I was up to, but I don’t think it was that first wonderful night reading in my secret spot! My cupboard book nook became a favourite reading spot of mine until I was much older…

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And now I have created a special reading nook for my children to enjoy. It has a big whimsical toadstool cushion to curl up in, baskets of books to explore and enjoy, as well as shelves ‘showcasing’ special books.

Our book nook is in a corner of our living room. Close by, but also separate. A space to retreat to, a space to enjoy, a space in which to grow their love of books.

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Happy reading, Kelly

Children’s Spring Reading Basket

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Spring is such a magical time of year.

It always feels so full of promise and possibilities. For me, with each Spring comes personal reawakening, together with a desire to get outside! And since we are experiencing our first Spring in our new home we are watching our garden with great anticipation. Discovering bulbs and the colour of our magnolia {white pink}.

And with the changing of the season we are also changing the books in our reading basket. Our Spring book collection has grown this year to include some lovely new stories. And I am excited to share them with you!

Books in our Spring reading basket

How Robin Saved Spring
Debbie Ouellet

My lovely friend Carrie from Crafty Moms Share sent this book to us, as she enjoys reading it with her daughter. And we love it too! The personification of the seasons as Lady Winter and Sister Spring to tell the story of a lingering Winter works well. My son loves how each of the animals attempt to wake Sister Spring and the imaginative explanations of why they have spots or sleep through the Winter.

Flower Fairies of the Spring
Cicely Mary Barker

A lovely book of Spring poetry paired with illustrations of Spring flower fairies. From the joyful Song of the Crocus Fairies to the sweet Song of the Daisy Fairy the season is celebrated and explored in this wonderfully whimsical way. We enjoy dipping into this book when the mood takes us.

Gerda Muller

This board book is my daughter’s favourite, with wonderful illustrations of Spring without text. She enjoys talking to me about what she sees in the pages, as a change from being read to. Such an innocent and sweet book with lovely illustrations of lambs, poppies and rainbows.

My Little World
Julia Cooke and Marjorie Crosby-Fairall

This is a wonderful story about the little things in nature that children may be more likely to notice than grown ups. The insects and bugs, plants and things at their eye level. This is a favourite here because it is also based not far from home.

The Story of the Root Children
Sibylle von Olfers

This classic ‘Waldorf’ story is about the reawakening of the Earth after Winter. With the root children waking up, sewing new clothes and emerging to play and frolic in the fields and water. The illustrations are whimsically beautiful and draw us in. Although I do enjoy this story, I do wonder if some of the magic of the story may have been lost in translation.

In the Land of Fairies
Daniela Drescher

Follow the seasons of the year with the fairies and how they interact with the animals, insects and flowers. My children enjoy discovering new things in the illustrations as we read this sweet story.

What are your favourite Spring books?

For more Spring reading inspiration pop over to My Little Bookcase!

Happy reading,