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Every once in a while I come across a book that takes my breath away, with illustrations or words that speak to me on a level beyond just the text on the page. From the moment I saw the Home Grown Books Little Reader Series, which bring art and reading for children together, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them and it needs to be said - these are the most beautiful readers...

I am a huge fan of language and literature and adore watching little ones as they learn literacy. Being a part of the experience as kids learn the alphabet letter names and sounds and to read is a highlight of the parenting gig for me. The way their little faces light up with pride as they recall a letter or learn how to read a new word is a beautiful sight. As part of their literacy...

It's that time of the year when there's chocolate everywhere you look and whispers are circulating about how it's okay to have chocolate for breakfast. While little ones daydream about the chocolates they'll receive on Easter Sunday and how big their haul will be in the Easter egg hunt, many parents are thinking about the sugar. So.Much.Sugar. For any parent whose child's wishes sound like they may attempt to eat their body weight in chocolate this...

Things have been really quiet here at tiny & little for the last month, haven't they! Let's just say there has been a lot of garlic, hankies (well, tissues) and hugs, so many hugs. There have also been sleepless nights, long days and even longer days until we began to wonder when the bad run was going to end. We looked after each other the best we could but I must admit there were times...

Have you met Herbert Peabody? If you haven't, allow us to introduce this delightful character who will charmingly teach little ones about their food in the kids book Herbert Peabody and His Extraordinary Vegetable Patch. We met Herbert Peabody at Mulberry Tree Farm, where he tends to his big fruit and vegetable garden and supplies fresh food to the local area which he grows with a dash of magical singing, and it was all kinds...

  This week at tiny & little, we're loving this book by Jon Klassen - I Want My Hat Back. This was a recent addition to our home library for Littlest's birthday, which I couldn't resist as we're already fans of This is Not My Hat, and it has been read more times than I can count.
  At tiny & little this week, we're loving this beautiful picture book to read before bedtime - Hannah's Night. In this latest book from popular Japanese children's author and illustrator Komako Sakai, Hannah wakes up and discovers it is night-time. Everyone is asleep and with no one to tell her off, Hannah tip toes around the house enjoying snacks and sneaking her sister's toys. It's a very sweet story that ends as the light of day begins to fill the sky outside.
I'm a huge picture book fan and adore the way the pictures and words - although not always words because there are some amazing wordless books for children - seem to dance together across the pages in away that draws children in. Some spark imagination, some make us laugh and there are even some that make us cry. With Book Day happening at our primary school today and the children all dressing up as a favourite book character, I've been thinking about the books that have been most enjoyed by my own tiny and little ones.
A question that I find often comes up when talking with other parents is what books we're each reading with our children. What stories do our little ones love hearing... over and over? Who are their favourite authors at the moment? I love this question. I've long been a bookworm and adore the chance to head on a journey into a story within the pages of a good book. It's even better when I can take my little ones along with me as I get to enjoy their imagination, input and reactions. When I was asked this week about books being loved at the home of tiny & little, the first ones that popped to mind were all around the theme of little artists.