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Our book of the month:The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett

Created by award winning author/illustrator, Emily Gravett, The Odd Egg  tells the story of a duck who is desperate to have an egg like all the other birds. Sadly, he can’t lay an egg so decides to adopt one. Although others are unsure about the egg and his parenting skills, he dotes on his egg, waiting patiently for it to hatch. And when it does, there’s a real surprise!
This book has beautiful illustrations and children will enjoy reading and sharing the book over and over again. See our activities.
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NEW! Books and activities for you to enjoy

New in our Animals sectionThe Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water by Gemma Merino is a story about a little crocodile who just doesn't enjoy the kinds of things his brothers and sisters like to do.

Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb in the Food section  of our website is a story about a little girl who is totally absorbed drawing and painting animals when mum calls her for lunch. She sits at the table but refuses to eat anything. Suddenly the animals she was drawing come to life. They are very hungry...

Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre (illustrator) is a new book in our
Novels 7+ section. It is a fantastical snowy adventure story about wishes, kindness, loneliness and loss - a brilliant combination of words and pictures.   

Let us know what you think!

Lovemybooks and Early Years and Schools Partnership

The lovemybooks team visited The University of East London (UEL) recently and met Early Years Professionals from The East London Early Years and Schools Partnership for an evening event looking at ways to inspire young children to love books.

Olivia introduced the website and spoke about the background experience that has gone into creating lovemybooks and the rationale behind it: ‘For children, reading needs to be an active pleasure, it isn’t just about saying the words on the page.’

She explained that it is important to ‘unlock the pleasure of reading’, and to ‘get children to see you can play inside the book, that the book is saying something interesting, you can take things out of the book and play with them, you’ve got a relationship with the story and the characters.’ This is what lovemybooks is all about.

There was a great deal of interest in the website from the teachers and lecturers present:
 ‘It’s a lovely idea and the fact that it is free, and that I know it has good quality books and appropriate links makes it very useful.’ (Lecturer, UEL)

Sue talked about ways schools and settings can use the resources to support parents so that they feel confident to share books with their children and reading becomes an enjoyable, active experience.

‘I like the idea of a reading café. At Sheringham we do run a lot of workshops for parents. I think that would be a good way to introduce the website and we could actually model reading a story aloud. A lot of our parents don’t read a lot to their children at home.’ Teacher, Sheringham Nursery

Also featured was Nicola Gurvidi from the Tower Hamlets School Improvement team who gave a lively presentation, demonstrating how early phonics can be fun with wonderful picture books.
Newham Bookshop colleagues were on hand with a wonderful display of picture books.
It was great to meet teachers and lecturers and there was a lot of enthusiasm about lovemybooks. Thanks to UEL and our patron Julian Grenier for organising this event.

Meet our patron: Julian Grenier

Julian is Headteacher at Sheringham Nursery school in Newham. He has worked in Early Years education for two decades. He has a doctorate in education (EdD) and is a National Leader of Education, with a particular focus on young children’s communication and early literacy. 

We asked Julian about his aims for children in his setting in terms of their experience of books, attitude to reading and progress as readers.
Our core aim is to help children to develop a love of books from a young age. We run a range of different outreach programmes, most notably BookStart, so that every young child has picture books at home to treasure, and we work very closely with parents and with the local library in Manor Park. We particularly look for progress in term of children’s engagement and enjoyment, talking about books, relating the story to their own experiences, and asking questions. We also encourage lots of role play and imaginative play around favourite stories.

Julian told us what he likes about lovemybooks and how he plans to use the resources with parents:
Lovemybooks brings together lots of really good ideas and resources linked to much-loved and carefully selected books. I think that many parents will appreciate the way the site gives links to YouTube and other online resources. There are so many new books, and there is so much online – the website is really helpful because it is selective.

We are planning to develop a ‘reading café’ approach to introducing parents to some of your selected books to promote the website. We will be including information about the website in our home visiting pack too. See Julian’s blog 

About Lovemybooks...

Lovemybooks is all about young children enjoying reading and books with their parents, family and friends.

Lovemybooks is FREE – and ad-free – and created by literacy experts. More about us... 

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