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.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Finally has a Release Date

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When the Harry Potter illustrated series by Jim Kay was first announced we were promised a book a year, making buying Christmas presents very easy! However, when it came to the Autumn of 2018 it was announced that there would be no Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated in time for Christmas.

Rumour was that Jim Kay was struggling to finish in time, given the length of the later books. If true it’s not great news as it means that it’s likely to be an ongoing problem as the books get longer.

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Man Vs Baby: ‘I’d rather my child watched horror than read fairytales’.

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Man Vs Baby is a parenting blog run by Matt Coyne, a Sunday Times bestselling author and all-round snarky dad. What started as a hilariously honest Facebook post describing his experiences as a first-time father, his popularity quickly grew and so did his comedic observations.

Writing “from the front-line of parenting”, Matt covers topics such as supporting breastfeeding, whose turn is it to change a dirty nappy/diaper, and the absolute tosh that is In the Night Garden, with great humour.

In one of his latest posts Man Vs Baby explains his love for books at bedtime- especially The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson- but also his reticence at introducing his son to traditional fairytales that seem to be full of murder, mutilation, kidnap, and assault… We will let Matt explain in his own words below…

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Exciting fundraiser for new LGBT fairytale: Raven Wild

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Raven Wild is the latest offering from the authors of Promised Land and Maiden Voyage.

The New Zealand based creative team Chaz Harris and Adam Reynolds have teamed up with trans author Caitlin Spice for this latest in inclusive and representative fairytales for all.

The creators of LGBTQ+ children’s books Promised Land and Maiden Voyage have today officially launched a new fundraising campaign on Kickstarter for a third book featuring a transgender lead character.

Beginning today, on the first day of Wellington Pride and International Women’s Day 2019, the authors hope to raise $40,000NZD on Kickstarter- enough to cover the cost of illustrations and printing. Once the first editions are hot off the press, they will be ready to fundraise enough to supply a major Canadian bookstore who have expressed serious interest in the new fairytale.

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Research Says Mr Greedy as Complex as Of Mice and Men

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Research by Renaissance UK has found that Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Greedy is only slightly easier to read than John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. The children’s book, alongside other Mr Men favourites has been declared harder to read than Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox.

All the books were rated by Renaissance UK, which analysis text complexity. Of the books rated, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, first published in 1726 was rated the hardest to read on the complexity scale. Renaissance UK examined more than 33,000 books for children and young adults, scanning each page and taking into consideration things like sentence length, average word length, and the difficulty level of each word.
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Teacher Reads Books Every Night on Facebook to Make Sure Students Have a Bedtime Story

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Reading to your child before bed is a great way to help foster a lifelong love of reading, as well as helping to improve literacy skills. With this in mind, Dr. Belinda George, a Principal at Homer Drive Elementary in Beaumont, in Southeast Texas, has started reading bedtime stories to her students over Facebook Live.

As The Washington Post reports, George gets into her pajamas at 7:30 on Tuesdays and then opens Facebook Live in order to read her students a bedtime story. She calls it ‘Tucked-in Tuesdays’ and anyone who visits the schools Facebook page can tune in. The stories have proven to be quite a hit and Dr. George has received great feedback from her pupils.  “Kids will come up to me Wednesday and say, ‘Dr. George, I saw you in your PJs reading!,” she said. “They’ll tell me their favorite part of the book.” Students enjoy her reading and funny voices, and often ask where they can find the book in the library.

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