World Book Day 2012

March 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today is World Book Day and I was delighted to see scores of school children dressed up as their favourite book characters as I drove into work this morning. It was particularly nice to see lots of creative homemade outfits on display.

A former teacher and book lover myself I am a real supporter of World Book Day as it’s the perfect opportunity to encourage children to enjoy the great pleasures of reading. Plus it offers adults a chance to reflect on the books which they loved as children. I have particularly fond memories of Anne of Green Gables which I read during my childhood and went on to read to my children.

Incredibly some of the world’s most successful children’s books have travelled from generation to generation and it’s great to see books by classic children’s authors including Roald Dahl, Martin Handford and Jacqueline Wilson in the World Book Day 2012’s exclusive eight book collection.

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Each book in the collection is redeemable with a World Book Day book token– an enormous 14 million tokens will be dished out to school children across the country. So keep an eye out for the collection in your local bookstore as you could find a new bedtime favourite.

I thought it would be a nice idea to share books which we loved as children. I’ve come up with a selection of novels that I enjoyed during my early teens (aged 12-13). Each book enhanced my love of literature and the true testament to these novels is that I’ve revisited each as an adult reader and thoroughly enjoyed them.

1-      To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

2-      The Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank

3-      Anne of Green Gables –L.M. Montgomery

4-      Moonfleet – J. Meade Faulkner

5-      Silver Sword – Ian Serraillier

6-      The Red Pony- John Steinbeck

7-      The Midwich Cuckoos- John Wyndham

8-      Flowers for Algernon- Daniel Keyes

9-      Great Expectations- Charles Dickens

10-   The Children of the New Forest – Frederick Marryat

I’d love to hear about the novels which you read as a child. Books which you passed on to your children or ones that have sat fondly in your memory please do feel free to share. I must note that you can find further information about World Book Day and their smartphone application at www.worldbookday.com – Happy World Book Day!

Half term Halloween happenings National Trust

October 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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National Trust square logoHalf terms offers the perfect chance to spend time with Grandchildren and this week there is plenty of fun activities to participate in as Halloween is just around the corner-sewing kit at the ready for those last minute costume alterations.

I’ve read lots of ideas ranging from expensive trips away to affordable activities closer to home. So this week I’ll be sharing a couple of my favourite Halloween happenings which you and your family can enjoy this half term.

My Halloween happenings suggestions- National Trust

For family days out I rely heavily upon the National Trust as their heritage centres really are wonderful places to explore from beautiful countryside to breath taking properties and gardens. The National Trust offers so much character and charm that it’s hard to resist visiting.

This Halloween the National Trust is celebrating in style with various events across the country all with a spooktacular theme. Activities are dependent upon which properties’ you choose to visit but they are all fantastic family fun.

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Ranging from fancy dress competitions, face painting, ghostly tails, scary storytelling, twilight tours, Halloween themed craft workshops and a pumpkin lantern parade the National Trust has plenty to offer. All which will be brilliantly authentic set in such statues properties and historic settings.

There is plenty of Halloween fun to explore within the National Trust; I would suggest researching events which are close to you. Most admissions fees are standard however, some do vary so it is always best to check beforehand. For more information visit National Trust website.

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