Love on the Rocks Story Rocks are Super Cute

Love on the Rocks is a recent craze to hit the UK (and the world) where people paint rocks in patterns or art, and hide them around the place for others to find and rehide. There are Facebook groups dedicated to the practice and while it was popular in the US, and Australia last year it’s only just hit the UK. This week we found a picture of a ‘Room on the Broom’ story rock and upon sharing it on our Facebook page the artist came forward. 

Julia Rowley paints rocks to hide and has been part of the Love on the Rocks movement for a while now, but more recently she’s been painting story rocks, based on a selection of children’s books, to donate to her kids’ preschool. This week she shared some of them with us, and we just have to share!

Julia is so talented. The rocks are amazing, and we’d only hope to be lucky enough to find one of these when we’re out on a walk. we hope you readers enjoy them as much as we did.

Canadian Bakery Creates Hogwarts Masterpiece

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Hogwarts has been replicated in the most delicious way possible by a Canadian baker in Edmonton.

Garner Beggs, co-owner of the Duchess Bakeshop in Edmonton, CA, created the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry out of gingerbread  in the hopes that the amazing piece will encourage people to donate to a good cause. Inspired by Dobby the House-Elf who was granted freedom after being given a sock, Beggs is supporting The Bissell Centre charity who help people out of poverty. Residents of Edmonton are encouraged to donate socks to become in with a chance of helping to demolish the delicious building.

The winner of the gingerbread school will be announced after January 13th 2019.

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CBeebies Bedtime Story read using Makaton sign language

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CBeebies has been running their bedtime stories for years now, using a host of well-known faces and voices to tell a little story before bed. They try to be as inclusive as possible and recently had a story enhanced with the addition of Makaton sign language. Makaton is a type of signing that is meant to support speech and work alongside the person as they are speaking.

Comedian and actor Rob Delaney (Catastrophe, Deadpool 2), had learned Makaton for his son Henry who was diagnosed with a brain tumour as a baby. Sadly Henry passed away in 2018 age 2 and a half, but Rob, with the help of CBeebies, honours him by showing how inclusive and accessible Makaton can be.

Check out the sweet CBeebies story told by Rob Delaney himself using Makaton sign language. The story is Ten in the Bed, written and illustrated by Penny Dale.

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NYPL Best Books of 2018: Books for Kids

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Every year the New York Public Library curates a selection of recommended reads selected by their expert librarians. The books encompass an array of genres, diverse stories and inspiring ideas with the top ten books for adults, teens and kids included.

This weekend we’re going to feature all three lists to give you some recommendations. Today we have the kids list ranging from picture books to middle-grade fiction, graphic novels, folklore & fairy tales, poetry, and nonfiction.

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Book finally sold after being on the shelf for nearly 30 years

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A book about William the Conqueror was fast becoming the most ignored book in the UK- until it was finally purchased 27 years after it was first placed on the book shop shelf.

Broadhursts of Southport is an independent bookshop situated in Merseyside, NW England, where each book is individually selected based on its own merit. The Pitkin children’s biography of William the Conqueror was stocked in the 1990s by 84-year-old Marie, who now works part time, and they never lost faith the book would sell.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Author Discusses Future Books, Fame, and Getting Kids Away From Screens

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Jeff Kinney is one of the world’s most successful children’s authors of all time and his Diary of a Wimpy Kid books have sold over 200 million copies. The author has met three presidents and has even attracted the attention of the Pope after his books were translated into Latin. In an interview with the BBC, Kinney discusses the popularity of his books, and his efforts to get kids away from screens.

The first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book made its debut in 2004 and has since evolved into a series that now spans 13 books which are available across 140 countries. The cartoon artwork and handwritten font follows a middle-scholar named Greg and his best friend Rowley. The books follow their adventures whilst also aiming to encourage young children, particularly boys, to read.
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