Children’s Reading Sorted With Books2Door

One of the real pleasures we can still enjoy in our current, troubling times is reading. Losing yourself in a book can help you to relax, to unwind and to forget, and the same is also true for our children. Not only is reading a life skill that they need, but there is also a real enjoyment factor that should never be forgotten. Reading can also be a brilliant bonding experience for parents and children, whether it be reading together, or enjoying a bedtime story.

Books2Door offer reading books, stories and non fiction for children. Their range of books cover a wide range of genres and are suitable for all ages, with board books for babies, right up to readers for those in their teens. The beauty of Books2Door is the heavily discounted prices they offer, especially for book collections, which are much cheaper than the recommended retail prices.

All the most popular children’s authors are available, from Julia Donaldson for the very young, to Anthony Horowitz, Roald Dahl and David Walliams for the independent readers. There are individual books if you are looking for something specific, to the collections if you are looking to complete a series, or to dive right in with a new author you may not have read before. In our current times, when we have limitless time for reading, these collections offer great value and hours of escapist entertainment.

We have been looking at the range of books and love that they have something suitable for all ages.

For my nephew Freddie, who has just gone one, we loved A Case of Good Manners which was precisely that, a lovely board suitcase full of little board books all about manners. The books were perfect for tiny hands to open and look at, and the books were bright and colourful, and are also safe and durable, great as they get put in mouths and thrown around rather a lot.

For my niece Renee, who is 6 and feisty with it, I chose Fantastically Great Women by Kate Pankhurst which are just full of awe inspiring great role models for a curious young mind, including scientists, suffragettes and the first woman in space. These are fascinating, but also make learning fun.

My son Joe is obsessed with football and tales that are linked to the sport, so.  the Football Academy pack of stories is not only brilliant value, but will also ensure hours of reading fun. You get six paperback football based novels for £15.99, and these are great for independent reading or for a shared experience at bedtime. 





ACC Art Books: London Guides

In the current climate, books are going to be more important than ever, reading is something we can do to while away some time, and maybe learn something new in the process. If novels and fiction are not quite your thing, then maybe you could try something non fiction, like the fascinating range of London guides from ACC Art Books. These books, a mixture of photography and print, of lists, and interviews, offer you the chance to explore the City of London from a completely different perspective – in terms of its vinyl record shops (Vinyl London), it’s literature (Writer’s London) and it’s art (Art London).

Vinyl London By Tom Greig

Record shops have always been a special place in the heart of the city, with vinyl holding that same special place for music lovers. No CD or download could ever take the place of 33s and 45s, and now they are beginning to have a resurgence. Tom Greig’s book is a great guide to the capital’s record shops, talking about what they specialise in, whether they sell new vinyl, second hand, or both, opening hours, address and then a general information piece about the record shop.

Writer’s London by Carrie Kania and Alan Oliver

This is a real treasure trove of a book for literature lovers. It splits London into areas, and then talks about the places that have inspired writers, their haunts, the key book shops and museums dedicated to writers. You get to learn about the cemeteries where great writers are buried, and are given a list of suggested reading for each area of London.

Writer’s London features so many wonderful authors, Virginia Woolf, George Bernard Shaw, Martin Amis, Oscar Wilde, Lord Byron….the list is endless. If you love books and want to learn about the people who wrote them, this is full of stories and even little titbits of gossip. I don’t mind admitting that I could lose myself in this book.

Art London By Hettie Judah

From the National Gallery to the Tate Modern, from the Fourth Plinth to the Pre Raphaelite brotherhood, London has lots of people and places that have a unique place in the history of Art. This book is a guide to all this and more.

The book features the photography of Alex Schneideman. He photographed a range of contemparary artists including Anish Kapoor, Grayson Perry, Mona Hatoum, John Akomfra, Rasheed Araeen, Sunil Gupta, Tracey Emin and Yinka Shonibare at work in their studios.

This book is a great way to read about your favourite artists and galleries, and then discover some new ones.


The FlyingKids Activity Book Reviewed.

Traveling with kids can be very stressful, even when you are taking a trip by aeroplane. Kids get bored very quickly, even when you are just taking a short haul flight, so it is important that you are prepared for this, and take a bag of goodies that will keep them busy and occupied for the journey. If you are traveling to Europe this Summer, the FlyingKids Activity Book Europe could be the perfect way to pass the time away as you travel to your destination.

The FlyingKids Travel Guide series is aimed at children aged 6-12, and offers information about the major countries of the world. It now has a sister companion piece, a colouring activity book full of pictures and quizzes based around some of the most important Countries and Cities in the World. The activities are educational, you learn about flags, culture, food and historical buildings, but also a lot of fun, especially for those who enjoy colouring it.

We have the FlyingKids activity book that is based all around Europe and are going to be taking it on our holiday next week as something for Joe to do on the plane, but I think you could use this book in lots of different scenario’s. This could range from teaching your child a little bit about a new place they are about to visit, building the excitement in the run up to a trip, or using it when you are actually on holiday when you are taking a break from the sun.

The books are lovely quality and are totally child friendly, with Leonardo, your tour guide, taking you from Italy to Germany, France to Spain, and then onto London. You see the Coliseum, the London Eye, the Brandenburg Gate and the Sagrada Familia, and hopefully your child will leave a little bit about the new places you are visiting through their book.