Our Week in Books #37

We received an wonderfully awesome box of review books from Hodder and Orchard this week. So wonderful that I’ve been too overwhelmed to share. Lots of pictures to come over the next week :-)

On Instagram, I’ve been sharing our chaotic progress with clearing out the garage.

7yo in my wedding dress (top and underskirt)

On Twitter, I’ve been mainly absent so just retweeting things I find interesting. Also almost at 2000 followers, for which there’ll be a giveaway.

On Facebook, I’ve gained some more likes and done some sharing.

On G+, I’ve never really bothered at all…

On Child-Led Chaos, I’ve posted about My Organized Chaos.

Behind the Scenes, I’ve been contacting illustrators with my big dream / small budget plan. I’ve gathered up the review books and had a minor panic attack. I’ve been thinking about review formats, and I haven’t been working on the new blog code.

Books added to shelves:
George Goes to Mars – Simon Dillon (Free Kindle)
Dragons at Crumbling Castle & Other Stories – Terry Pratchett (bought from Amazon)
Zoo-ology – Joelle Jolivet (bought from Amazon)
Whiffy Wilson The Wolf Who Wouldn’t Go To School – Caryl Hart & Leonie Lord (review book from Hachette)
Mortimer Keene Alien Abduction – Tim Healy & Chris Mould (review book from Hachette)
Funny Bunnies: Up and Down – David Melling (review book from Hachette)
Funny Bunnies: Rain or Shine – David Melling (review book from Hachette)
Foxy and Egg – Alex T Smith (review book from Hachette)
Twinkle – Katherine Holabird & Sarah Warburton (review book from Hachette)
Twinkle Thinks Pink – Katherine Holabird & Sarah Warburton (review book from Hachette)
Mad About Megabeasts – Giles Andreae & David Woj (review book from Hachette)
Your Hand in My Hand – Mark Sperring & Britta Teckentrup (review book from Hachette)
Rainbow Magic My Big Book of Fairies – Daisy Meadows (review book from Hachette)
Shhh! – Sally Grindley & Peter Utton (review book from Hachette)
Numbers – Paul Thurlby (review book from Hachette)
The Arrival – Shaun Tan (review book from Hachette)
Sketches from a Nameless Land – Shaun Tan (review book from Hachette)
Princess Sleepyhead and the Night-Night Bear – Peter Bently & Laura Ellen Anderson (review book from Hachette)
Cumulative: 422 (£571.20)

Library books borrowed: none
Cumulative: 21

Books removed from shelves: 13 (9 still to post; 13 more to post)
Cumulative: 143

Read 52 books finished this week:

I’ll update percentages later…

Year progress: /365 = %
300 Picture Book progress: /300 = %
Read 52 progress: /52 = %

300in2014 A reading challenge from http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup

Project Organized Chaos

I’m not a particularly clean and tidy person. I’d much rather spend time doing something I find interesting than doing housework. I find most things more interesting than housework! But I would like to live in a tidier house.

When I say this, the response I get from most people is “you don’t want to live in a show home,” and they’re right, that’s not what I’m aiming for. But I also don’t want to live somewhere that is as cluttered and messy as my brain is. It would be nice to find coming home a sanctuary, not a stress.

Mentally I’ve been so up and down that even though I’ve done lots, I’ve never finished, and I want that to change. So this week I changed the garage from this:

The garage. This week's #projectchaos Eek.

to this:

Not entirely where I want to be, but definitely Good Enough. How many bikes?!

Definitely not a show home, but more accessible and sorted. This is good.

It’s the second year that I have two children in full time education, so I feel like I ought to have achieved something in the last year, but both mental and physical health did put decluttering and tidying on the back burner for a while.

Before I did my back in, I got the lounge looking like this:

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I have a secret weapon on my side though. I was lucky enough to win a place on My Organized Chaos two years ago, and whenever my health allows, I can use the tips and tricks from the course to get me on track to where I want to be again.

My Organized Chaos has been completely overhauled this year, and re-opens in October. I thoroughly recommend signing up. The price includes lifetime access, which means two years on I’m still receiving supportive comments from Jo and the MOC group when I feel overwhelmed.

Having non-judgemental, emotionally unattached feedback is a godsend, and knowing that I can go back to the course whenever I need to means that even when life throws a spanner in the way, there isn’t a deadline before you lose course access.

My Organized Chaos isn’t just about the home, that’s just my personal focus at present, it covers three main areas: Mama, Home, and Kids. Jo is running free training sessions now, and has a free to join Facebook group for Moms That Rock, so you can get a taster of what she can do for you.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the kids, the mess, and not having time for yourself, I recommend you have a peek at the free offerings. The full course is even better, and set up to fit individual requirements.

Disclosure: Affiliate links.

Our Week in Books #36

Another week, another set of excuses why I’ve not done much blogging again. Lack of time despite children being back at school. Well, it was only a three day week, and I did tidy the cupboard under the stairs even if little else was achieved.

I really need to get a #300PBs linky up and running again, and sort out books for a giveaway, and post the new previews from Bonnier, Hachette and Little Tiger that look wonderful (so many gorgeous books coming out in the next few months…), and work on coding the new blog, and write about all the gorgeous books we have, and find all the gorgeous books we have in the first place to make sure I have them to hand (many are beside and under beds, they are being read lots!), and update Goodreads, and declutter the house, and…

So. Um. I’ve started sorting hama beads into individual colours instead of one big box of mess, and the loom bands are really well sorted, and I bought some more books from The Book People. Oh well…

Books added to shelves:
Dragon Jelly – Claire Freedman & Sue Hendra (review book from Bloomsbury)
Danny – Yann & Gwendal Le Bec (review book from Flying Eye)
Hooray for Hat – Brian Won (review book from Andersen Press)
Tin – Chris Judge (review book from Andersen Press)
Tim All Alone – Edward Ardizzone (2nd hand from school)
Tim and Lucy go to Sea – Edward Ardizzone (2nd hand from school)
Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain – Edward Ardizzone (2nd hand from school)
Meg up the Creek – Helen Nicol & Jan Pienkowski (2nd hand from school)
The King’s Equal – Katherine Paterson & Vladimir Vagin (2nd hand from school)
Opposites – PatrickGeorge (bought from WHSmith)
How to Grow a Dinosaur – Caryl Hart & Ed Eaves (bought from The Book People)
How to Catch a Dragon – Caryl Hart & Ed Eaves (bought from The Book People)
Plunge into the Pirate Pool – Caryl Hart & Ed Eaves (bought from The Book People)
Cross-Sections Castle – Stephen Biesty (bought from The Book People)
How to Find a Fruit Bat – Michelle Robinson & Lauren Tobia (bought from The Book People)
Oxford Primary Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling Dictionary – OUP (bought from The Book People)
Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble – Tracey Corderoy & Joe Berger (bought from The Book People)
Whizz Pop, Granny Stop – Tracey Corderoy & Joe Berger (bought from The Book People)
Spells-a-Popping, Granny’s Shopping – Tracey Corderoy & Joe Berger (bought from The Book People)
Winnie’s Big Bad Robot – Valerie Thomas & Korky Paul (bought from The Book People)
Rubber Band Loom Bracelets – Lucy Hopping (bought from The Book People)
Cumulative: 404 (£561.20)

Library books borrowed: none
Cumulative: 21

Books removed from shelves: none (9 still to post)
Cumulative: 130

Read 52 books finished this week:
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse – Chris Riddell

Year progress: 249/365 = 68.2%
300 Picture Book progress: 250?/300 = 83.3?%
Read 52 progress: 53/52 = 101.9% (38/52 = 73.1%)

300in2014 A reading challenge from http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup

Our Week in Books #35

Home, sweet home… Or home, messy home, as it is in reality. It’s been hard readjusting, especially for the children who miss the freedom of a bigger place and are being very irritable. School isn’t back until Wednesday, and until I manage to get this house less messy, my brain can’t cope with them being around full-time. Whether I ever manage to get organised chaos is another matter. On a possibly related note, my pre-assessment for adult autism is in three weeks.

I also had a stupid idea. Stupid in that I’m already stressed about everything I need to do and need to spend time getting the house back in order, sell stuff before Christmas, declutter more… But brilliant (for me) because I’m excited about what I have in mind, I need to learn new skills to do it, and it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’m rubbish at keeping secrets, so I expect I’ll share as soon as I manage basic formatting of the website structure to do what I want.

So… New blog coming soon(ish) :-) This one will stay too, but I wanted a book-specific one for all the reviews and book news I’m not keeping on top of as it is…

I’m not sure where I am with books again. I need to do a big sort out once MG and DG are back at school. I meant to have a net gain of zero books this year, but I can only think of about ten books I can get rid of at the moment, not 250+ that I need to. Bother. We need more book shelves ;-)

Books added to shelves:
Katie’s London Christmas – James Mayhew (review book from Hachette)
Betty Goes Bananas – Steve Antony (competition prize from Oxford University Press)
Bubble Trouble – Tom Percival (review book from Bloomsbury)
Loom Magic Creatures – Becky Thomas & Monica Sweeney (review book from Simon & Schuster)
Happy Birthday, Hugless Douglas – David Melling (review book from Mostly Books)
The Seven E’s of Reading for Pleasure – Sue Cowley (Free Kindle)
Fairy Tale Remembered – Ileana Coco (Free Kindle)
Fairy Tale Reversed – Ileana Coco (Free Kindle)
We Were Liars – E Lockhart (99p Kindle)
Cumulative: 383 (£530.98)

Library books borrowed: none
Cumulative: 21

Books removed from shelves: none (9 still to post)
Cumulative: 130

Read 52 books finished this week: none

Year progress: 242/365 = 66.3%
300 Picture Book progress: 250?/300 = 83.3?%
Read 52 progress: 52/52 = 100.0% (37/52 = 71.2%)

300in2014 A reading challenge from http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup

Hachette Picture Books Preview August/September

One of the things I love about book blogging, is being sent catalogues so I can drool over the books. For some reason, I’ve never thought of sharing my favourites (we don’t get everything to review of course), so here are some of my picks from the August and September catalogues (in no particular order):

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Mr Croc! We all love Mr Croc in the Chaos house. Sadly my two are a little on the older side to invest in any more, but the ones we have get lots of love and attention. Mr Croc rocks.

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Not a picture book, but this sounds like one that I will love, because I love fairy tales in modern settings. It also should be good for my little Ever After High fans – the Ever After High books were a little on the older side for them but they watch the series on YouTube.
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This is definitely one for Mighty Girl and Danger Girl, especially for Mighty Girl’s story and character creation. I think we may have to get this one.

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Britta Teckentrup’s illustrations are so beautiful, and combined with Mark Sperring this sounds like a lovely gift book.

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A Michael Morpurgo and Emma Chichester Clark combination sounds delicious. This is a reissue, and based on the Orchard book of Greek Myths that we do have, this should be on many Christmas gift lists.

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I think I want this book for the Octopus (sorry, Giant Squid) alone, doesn’t it look gorgeous?! Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz books have been a great hit in the Chaos household, and Mighty Girl’s KS1 class did a project on Commotion in the Ocean just before the end of term so even though the age says 0-5, these are usually suitable fora larger age group.

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James Mayhew’s Katie in Christmas – just look at those beautiful spreads. Another one to add to the Christmas gift list (I know it’s only August still!)
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Another Christmas book! Belle and Boo are just so gorgeous, they’re worth getting to frame the pages as prints (not that I could ever bring myself to cut a book apart!)

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We’ve been lucky enough to receive this one and it is BRILLIANT. Gorgeous illustrations coupled with a perfect story of how we perceive differences, and how perception isn’t necessarily right. Highly recommended.

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Pink usually puts me off but this book has Sarah Warburton on the cover so we’ll certainly be looking at it in more detail. I will ignore the ‘little girls’ marketing and judge it on its own merits! ;-)

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A reissue of Alex T Smith’s Egg, which for some inexplicable reason we haven’t actually read. Definitely one we want to see, Foxy and Alphonso are wonderful characters, and the early reader chapter books make a great follow on from their picture book adventures.

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I know my Mighty Girl (7) will love this. She’s always writing stories and creating ideas, and she enjoys the Secret Kingdom books too. This looks like it will be a great ‘stocking filler’ this Christmas.

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We go on UK based holidays, which means l-o-n-g car journeys. Packing several activity books has been essential – they don’t run out of batteries, and being tied in to favourite reads is even better. This looks like another nice stocking filler, to keep the children amused while you’re busy!
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This is another that we’ve been lucky enough to be sent. Bright, colourful art, and a funny story. Great fun.

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To say this one is a hit would be an understatement, Danger Girl (5) absolutely loves this (and Ten Little Pirates)

Hopefully we’ll get to see a few more of these close up and share more details, but these were the ones that caught my eye from the latest catalogues. I’ll try to share more previews as we get them.

Our Week in Books #34

No books acquired to my knowledge this week, because we’ve not been at home to see any post. We did win Betty Goes Bananas by Steve Antony, from Oxford Owl, so that might have arrived. We’ve also been lucky enough to be offered a few other review books, that I need to reply to emails for. So lots of lovely goodness to share shortly.

I’ve been thinking about the future of Child-Led Chaos and what I want from this blog. I enjoy blogging and writing about books, but I don’t feel I’m adding much to the world at the moment. So I’m thinking of doing a series of themed posts, collecting books within a theme. These might be specific or broad; for example Little Red Riding Hood stories, or Pirates. Plus using social media more, and sharing the press releases that we get.

I still have six #bookadayuk posts to finish, from June. I hate leaving things unfinished, so I will do them, even if it’s months later!

Today we’ve been packing up to leave Mull, so writing this got delayed and I’m just going to leave it how it is for now.

Books added to shelves: none
Cumulative: 374 (£529.99)

Library books borrowed: none
Cumulative: 21

Books removed from shelves: none (9 still to post)
Cumulative: 130

Read 52 books finished this week:
Children of the Folded Valley – Simon Dillon

Year progress: 235/365 = %
300 Picture Book progress: 250?/300 = 83.3?%
Read 52 progress: 52/52 = 100.0% (37/52 = %)

300in2014 A reading challenge from http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup

Looming for Charity

I’ve written about my loom band obsession, and a great place to buy loom bands, but there’s only so many things one family can keep and as I find loom bands great therapy, especially making ropes of fishtails, I can sit looming for an evening in the same way some people knit or crochet (I never got the hang of them, nor have I been bitten by that bug yet…)

Fortunately, there are plenty of worthy causes to donate bands too, or to make money for by selling bracelets in charity colours. Here are the ones that I have been creating for.

National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society (NAS) are the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. NAS provides information, support and pioneering services, and campaigns for a better world for people with autism.

NAS has a #beloomingamazing campaign to raise awareness and funds. They will even supply you with the loom bands in the right colours to use. I’ve used my own bands with card backs (also supplied for free). I’ve not sold any yet, but you can post them to NAS to sell if you can’t sell them.

Little Princess Trust

The Little Princess Trust provides real-hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have sadly lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

Kay from Brink of Bedlam‘s nine year old daughter is donating her long hair to The Little Princess Trust, and hoping to raise funds along the way including the auction of loom band rainbow art, for which Kay needs fishtail ropes in single colours.

A little girl I know local to me donated her hair and raised over £700 -paying for at least two wigs. It’s a fabulous charity to support.

Blue Skye Thinking

Blue Skye Thinking is a Charity which supports research so that all children diagnosed with brain tumours, will have a better chance of survival and a better quality of life post treatment. The Charity is run by volunteers and all money donated goes directly to the forefront of Research and Treatment.

Skye Hall is a five year old boy, who happens to be local to us, who wants to reach the moon. Sadly his life has been drastically changed by a brain tumour, and the treatment to remove the tumour. He wants to Loom to the Moon, and the family is asking for as long a loom band as everyone can donate. The moon is about 385 million metres away, so my paltry 24 metres (20 in the picture) is a drop in the ocean. Progress updates can be found on the Facebook page. At the time of writing, they’re 3/4 of the way up Everest.

If there are any charities that are using loom bands to raise funds that you would like me to add here, please let me know. And if you’re fed up of loom bands all over the house, maybe see if you can direct the looming for one of these charities? Thank-you.

Our Week in Books #32 & #33

We’re currently 500 miles away from the book shelves, and I haven’t kept my book spreadsheet up to date, so I’m not sure whether the books added to shelves is right or not. I think there may have been a couple more review books. Ah, instagram, they’ll be on there (one more added to list.)

I’ve been counting everything I read for myself as a ‘Read52′ but some have been incredibly short, so as I’m doing quite well I’ve added a second total removing books with less than 150 pages. Maybe I’ll achieve 52 not-quick-reads books this year :-)

Hopefully I’ll manage to get reviews and posts up over the next week, it should be possible as there’s four adults and two children, so it’s quite relaxing. I’ve been doing lots of loom bands, so should have a post on looming for charity up soon, plus the books I packed for a fortnight away (by car, so I could pack quite a few!)

Oh, and it’s about time I got the #300PBs linky back up. Sorry for the break in service.

Books added to shelves:
You Are (Not) Small – Anna Kang & Christopher Weyant (review book from Hachette)
Kids’ Kitchen: Fun Recipes with a Dash of Science – Lorna Brash (review book from Wayland)
Beyond the Door (Time Out of Time Book 1) – Maureen Doyle McQuerry (competition prize from Making It Up)
Discovering Tutankhamun (bought from Ashmolean Museum, Oxford)
After I Left You – Alison Mercer (bought from Mostly Books)
The Fairytale Hairdresser – Abie Longstaff & Lauren Beard (bought from Mostly Books)
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne (bought from Mostly Books)
Grimms’ Fairy Tales – Vintage Childrens Classics (bought from Mostly Books)
Cumulative: 374 (£529.99)

Library books borrowed: none
Cumulative: 21

Books removed from shelves: 1 (9 still to post)
Cumulative: 130

Read 52 books finished this fortnight:
Discovering Tutankhamun
Lilith Dark and the Beastie Tree – Charles Dowd
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – Jennifer E Smith
Where We Belong – Catherine Ryan Hyde
After I Left You – Alison Mercer
The No.1 Car Spotter – Atinuke

Year progress: 228/365 = 62.5%
300 Picture Book progress: 250?/300 = 83.3?%
Read 52 progress: 51/52 = 98.1% (36/52 = 69.2%)

300in2014 A reading challenge from http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup

Back to School: Labelling School Clothes

Back to School

In the UK, we’re coming up to half way through the holidays, so in a little over three weeks it’s back to school again. Some people may have already bought and labelled the school uniform, but if you haven’t, now is a good time to think about getting it all sorted.

We’re about to enter our fourth year of full-time schooling, and second year with two children, so it’s all fairly routine here now. But three years ago, faced with a variety of labelling options that didn’t really suit, I was faced with a dilemma:

How to Label the School Uniform?

Labelling clothes is essential when many children are dressed identically. Jumpers and cardigans will get strewn randomly in classrooms whenever it’s vaguely warm, and entire uniforms will get put in the wrong gym bag on regular occasions. Labelling is a must, but what do you use?

1. Sew-in labels: The traditional option. Pros: Woven labels are long-lasting and don’t come out in the wash. Cons: Time consuming to sew on dozens of labels, and to unpick them to transfer. Also may fray so can’t be reused.

2. Iron-on labels. Pros: Quick to iron in. Cons: Involves ironing (I never iron!) Labels can wash out after even one wash, labels can only be used once.

3. Fabric stickers. Pros: Quick. Cons: Not reusable, will probably wash out at some point, may be difficult to remove when you want to pass uniform on.

4. Pen: The cheap option. Pros: Quick and very cheap. Cons: Looks horrible, pen may bleed, might wash out or is impossible to remove other than scribbling over.

5. Easy Tags. Pros: Quick, reusable, last for years, don’t come out in the wash, attach to clothes, bags, towels, labels, even canvas shoes. Cons: Initial cost higher than other options.

Easy Tags from Easy 2 Name

We’ve been using Easy Tags for three years now. A year ago I saw that there was a new applicator available so got that to review and recorded our first vlog, which I didn’t actually publish at the time oops. It’s full of ‘um’s, ‘you know’s and ‘sort of’s and is utterly embarrassing (to me!)

With another year’s experience, I still love them, and here are some highlights:

I LOVE the crocodile system. The bulkier looking tag that I was initially concerned about has been no trouble at all. It’s possible to get the tags behind woven neck labels so the tags don’t touch skin, and my daughters have never noticed the tags were there. It’s so quick and easy.

The names are still clear on all the tags, even the ones that have been in constant use and washed at least weekly for the last three years.

In three years, we’ve lost ONE tag in the washing machine. And by ‘lost’, I mean, ‘pulled out of label’ as it was in the machine and we used it again without any problem. The only reason it came out is because I attached it too near the edge of the label so it tore – but not until several months of use and washes.

The used tags still look like new.

25 tags is enough for a year’s worth of uniform, e.g.:
5 polo shirts
5 winter dresses or trousers
5 summer dresses or shorts
3 sweaters / jumpers / cardigans
1 jogging trousers for PE
1 shorts for PE
1 polo top for PE
1 PE sweatshirt
1 coat
1 pair waterproof trousers
1 other item (or 6 other items as you don’t need winter and summer dresses/trousers at the same time, but you’ll need extra backs for this)

A starter kit with 25 tags, 25 backs, and a crocodile applicator costs £25.95, with replacement backs costing £4.95 for 25.

Disclosure: One crocodile applicator, 25 labels and backs received for review. We purchased our own dolphin applicator, dolphin tags and backs, plus additional crocodile tags and backs.

Our Week in Books #31

It’s August already, and I haven’t finished June’s #bookadayuk. Sniffle. I’d really like to get those six out of the way before we’re off on hols so I can take more review books in the hope of getting more written (ha!)

Too many books again this week. On the bright side, I won’t be able to purchase anything when we are in the middle of nowhere. Also it was my birthday this week so I’m allowed ;-)

I’m in an overwhelmed feeling mood (if that makes any sense) so not writing much today. Need to get a review to a friend, and sort out the gazillion piles of books all over the house and… brain melt at to-do list …and breathe. Mustn’t forget to breathe. Mustn’t forget to post things either. Got lots to post.

Books added to shelves:
Owls – Usborne Early Learning (party bag gift)
Cats – Usborne Early Learning (party bag gifts)
Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell (bought from Mostly Books)
Dixie O’Day and the Great Diamond Robbery – Shirley Hughes & Clara Vulliamy (bought from Mostly Books)
Doodle Jump Downloaded – Activity Book (bought from Mostly Books)
Rosie Flo’s Games Colouring Book – Roz Streeten (bought from Mostly Books)
Tom & Small – Clara Vulliamy (2nd hand from charity shop)
Owl at School – Helen Nicoll & Jan Pienkowski (2nd hand from charity shop)
Silly Stories – Michael Rosen & Mik Brown (2nd hand from charity shop)
Rocks & Fossils – Factfinders (2nd hand from charity shop)
Hey That’s Cool – Lagoon Books (2nd hand from charity shop)
Hug Me – Simona Ciraolo (review book from Flying Eye)
Chomp! Munch! Chew! – Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom (bought from The Book People)
It Takes Two – Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom (bought from The Book People)
What’s Up? – Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom (bought from The Book People)
Wheels Keep Turning – Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom (bought from The Book People)
Wash, Scrub, Brush! – Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom (bought from The Book People)
Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is? – Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom (bought from The Book People)
Stone Age Bone Age! – Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom (bought from The Book People)
Wild and Free – Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom (bought from The Book People)
The World is Full of Babies – Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom (bought from The Book People)
My Body Your Body – Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom (bought from The Book People)
When I was Young – Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom (bought from The Book People)
What’s Under the Bed? – Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom (bought from The Book People)
What If? – Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom (bought from The Book People)
Out There Somewhere: It’s Time To… – Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom (bought from The Book People)
Hiding – Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom (bought from The Book People)
Splish. Splash, Splosh! – Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom (bought from The Book People)
Supermum – Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom (bought from The Book People)
Tick-Tock – Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom (bought from The Book People)
Let’s Build a House – Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom (bought from The Book People)
Yum Yum! – Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom (bought from The Book People)
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – Jennifer E Smith (bought from The Book People)
Dodger – Terry Pratchett (bought from The Book People)
Lollipop & Grandpa Go Swimming – Penelope Harper & Cate James (bought from The Book People)
The Fairytale Hairdresser and Snow White – Abie Longstaff & Lauren Beard (bought from The Book People)
The Misadventures of Winnie the Witch – Laura Owen & Korky Paul (bought from The Book People)
The Wombles – Elisabeth Beresford (bought from The Book People)
The Wombles At Work – Elisabeth Beresford (bought from The Book People)
The Invisible Womble – Elisabeth Beresford (bought from The Book People)
The Wombles Go Round The World – Elisabeth Beresford (bought from The Book People)
The Wandering Wombles – Elisabeth Beresford (bought from The Book People)
The Wombles To The Rescue – Elisabeth Beresford (bought from The Book People)
Lilith Dark and the Beastie Tree – Charles Dowd (bought from Amazon seller)
Children of the Folded Valley – Simon Dillon (Free Kindle)
Where We Belong – Catherine Ryan Hyde (review from NetGalley)
A Puffin Book of Books (review from NetGalley)
Cumulative: 366 (£489.52)

Library books borrowed: none
Cumulative: 21

Books removed from shelves: none (9 still to post)
Cumulative: 129

Read 52 books finished this week:
Dixie O’Day and the Great Diamond Robbery – Shirley Hughes & Clara Vulliamy

Year progress: 214/365 = 66.0%
300 Picture Book progress: 260/300 = 86.7%
Read 52 progress: 44/52 = 84.6%

300in2014 A reading challenge from http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup