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Our new book of the month | Our top 10 bedtime stories | Fredde's story continued, by his mum Sarah Baker | For nurseries and schools: how to hold a lovemybooks cafe
Our October book of the month Eliot Midnight Superhero by Anne Cottringer, Alex T. Smith (illus)

Eliot’s parents think he is a really quiet boy, but little do they know that when the clock strikes midnight he becomes a superhero with all sorts of amazing skills. He helps the mayor when the animals escape from the zoo, the coastguard when a ship is about to crash and the queen when her jewels are stolen. One night Eliot is given his biggest mission ever by the world’s most important scientists; to save the Earth from destruction. Will he succeed? This night-time adventure story with an unlikely superhero is great fun. The illustrations are witty and highly detailed with lots to spot and talk about. See below what Jemma and her son Finlay think about the book and our activity ideas

Finlay, five years old, says: "I loved Eliot the Midnight Superhero because I want my dreams to be like that. My favourite part in the book is when Eliot is all quiet in his bedroom and his mum and dad think he is all quiet. It's funny because he is tricking them.”
 
His mum Jemma comments: “Finlay's favourite activities were making a junk model superhero machine. He made one that superheroes go through to get dressed and it puts their costume on for them and their ‘flying gear’. He made another one which was a robot that turned into a car. Lastly, he made a space rocket with a drawbridge with his sisters, and they played in this for a whole week; flying off to the beach and the moon.”
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See our activities for Eliot Midnight Superhero  and other books and linked activities in the heroes and villains section of our website. 

Our top 10 bedtime stories

In our new list of Top 10 bedtime stories we’ve chosen a selection of books specifically about bedtime. There are stories to reassure: about fears of the dark or being alone. There are stories about being reluctant to go to bed, and stories about being desperate to go to sleep. There are night time adventures and stories about loving relationships. In addition we’ve included an anthology of stories and rhymes for the very young. Some of the books here are linked to our activity pages with ideas for daytime story fun too. We hope you enjoy them. See our bedtime story list here.
Freddie’s story continued…
Sarah Baker tells us more about her son Freddie’s development as a reader

Freddie is now 18 months (how did that happen?) and he’s really enjoying his books. He loves reading. He’ll choose one of his favourites and hand it to me saying, “book, book, book”, which is my cue to join him on the sofa for story time. Currently his favourites are The Pip and Posy books by Axel Scheffler with Pip and Posy The Scary Monster and Pip and Posy Look and Say his most requested reads. They also inspire his second favourite word after “book,” which is “again!” We usually read through each story a few times, Freddie diligently turning the pages, then we go back and, inspired by the activities on Lovemybooks, Freddie will point out things of interest: doors, hand, eye, frog, bird and balloon. We get a lot out of each and every read. Read more…

Sarah Baker is a children’s author. Her novel for 8-12 year olds, Through the Mirror Door, is available now at all good bookshops.
Website bysarahbaker.com, Twitter & Instagram @bysarahbaker
For nurseries and schools
Promoting home school links through Lovemybooks cafés


Do you want to build links with parents and provide guidance in how they can support their child at home to become confident readers who enjoy books?

Would you be interested in setting up lovemybooks cafés for parents and their children? In our July newsletter we wrote about Hill Mead Primary school in Lambeth in London, and their first lovemybooks café for Year 1 parents and children which was a great success.

Now we've put together some guidance so that you can do the same in your school or setting, including how to prepare and an example of how you might organise a session. We're building a list of schools who are recommending lovemybooks to their parents. If you would like to be added to our list please email us info@lovemybooksUK.

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