Books For Children
Books were one of my favourite treasures as a child, and it’s as much fun discovering quality children’s books. Here I’ve compiled some of the best I’ve found, if you have a favourite let me know!
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Preschool Books – the early years.
Picture books are great at this age as the child can invent their own stories!
The Story of the Root Children, Sibylle von Olfers
All through the winter the Root Children are asleep underground, but when spring comes, Mother Nature wakes them up. The Root Children are then busy cleaning and painting the beetles and bugs. When the summer comes they play in the fields, ponds and meadows.
Five to Seven Years – a time of wonder and increasing independence. These books are great fun to read together.
Eight Years Plus – the adventure years. These are exciting books by fantastic authors. My favourite “Redwall” books have a huge following.
The Queen of the Silver Castle, Claire French
A re-telling of the Welsh epic The Mabinogion . Pwyll, King of Dyfed is hunting in the Red Forest when he sees a magnificent stag through the mist. In the heat of the chase Pwyll strays beyond the standing stones that mark the boundary with the Kingdom of Annwn, and is brought face to face with the Grey Hunter. So begins a tale of mystery and adventure.
The Redwall Collection by Brian Jacques
This extraordinary series of books by author Brian Jacques is very popular in the USA and Canada and has a huge following in Europe as well. New stories are still being published and recently made into an animated series. I bought them in paperback and have a wish list for them all in hardcover ! They are a real treasure which I aim to turn into a family heirloom.
Synopsis -An epic series based on the adventures and activities of an order of peace-keeping mice and woodland creatures in Redwall Abbey. Battles and warriors, feasts and celebrations, strategy and co-operation, these books have many lessons to share and adventures to live !
Lemony Snickett Series
” While it’s true that the events that unfold in Snicket’s novels are bleak, and things never turn out as you’d hope, these delightful, funny, linguistically playful books are reminiscent of Roald Dahl, Charles Dickens and Edward Gorey. ” Amazon.com
Craft and Activity Books for Parents and Children
It gives a real sense of achievement to create handmade toys and gifts for your children and friends. In Steiner education, handwork is a major part of the curriculum for all pupils from knitting to felting to woodwork. Many old skills are being forgotten these days, but the satisfaction that comes from working with natural materials like wool and beeswax is a joy not to be missed ! These are easy crafts that children will get thoroughly absorbed in and will be beautiful to display.
Circle Round, Starhawk et al.This is really much more than a craft book, but contains some really great and unique activities relating to the festivals and seasons of the year.
The Nature Corner, M van Leeuwen & J MoeskopsSeasonal nature tables are a wonderful way to make young children aware of the changing world around them. This book shows how with simple materials you can create a special place in your home to celebrate the changing seasons.
Magic Wool, Dagmar Schmidt & Freya JaffkeWool is one of the nicest materials to work with, the feel, the smell and the endless possibilities. This book illustrates how to create many wonderful activities and create art to inspire.
Earthways, Carol PetrashPractical and fun ideas for craft making while teaching respect for the environment.
Holiday and Everyday Projects: (The Crafty Kid Series) Waterbird BooksThis inspiring book features decoration projects and engaging activities for many major holidays. The artistic objects that children create will be used and admired throughout every season of the year!
Halloween; Customs, Recipes and Spells Silver RavenWolfA journey through the history and magical practices of Halloween. This informative work examines the legends and customs that created our modern tradition. The author, herself a Wiccan priestess, offers serious facts as well as practical, how-to goodies and gossipy tidbits