Early Years September Roundup: Our top news picks
Want to find out what's been happening in the world of Bookbug and beyond? We've helpfully rounded up a summary of our top news picks to share with you.
Win our Bookbug Book of the Month
You’ve only got a few days left to enter our Book of the Month Competition. We've linked our giveaway with Bookbug's Library Challenge: up for grabs this month is the wonderful ‘The Gigantic Turnip’ by Aleksei Tolstoy and Niamh Sharkey. All you have to do is answer the simple question to be in with a chance of winning. Good luck!
Get inspired with our Book Lists
Find the next brilliant picture book to share with your little ones in our latest book lists: Great Grannies and Grandads (0-2), New Baby! (0-2), Elephants on Parade (3-7) and Food, Glorious Food! (3-7)
Don’t worry if you missed International Talk Like a Pirate Day, you can have a belated celebration by reading one of these brilliant books with your swashbuckling buccaneers!
Read our latest blog posts
Lynne Rickards, author of Pink! and I Do Not Eat The Colour Green tells us more about her work in our Spotlight On blog. Find out the first picture book she remembers reading and what a typical working day is like.
If you want to encourage your little ones to use their local library, take a look at our Top Five Tips.
Elsewhere in the book world...
We're big fans of Hugless Douglas in the Early Years office. The Mumsnet Picture Book of the Month is the lovely We Love You, Hugless Douglas by David Melling. Find out more about the book and watch a video of David writing and illustrating it over on their website.
We know that families love sitting together and sharing books whenever they can. The Guardian Family Book Reviews are a great way of celebrating this ritual and finding recommended reads from the voices that matter the most. The latest reviews feature a host of colorful characters, including Lucy Ladybird, No-Bot and Zed the Zebra.
The weather may be getting chillier, but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop. Netmums have some fantastic indoor play ideas for you to try with your little ones, including making an Autumn-inspired collage, an indoor sports day and spray-painted pine cones. It's the perfect excuse to stay warm and cosy inside!
Linda Strachan gets to the heart of what makes a brilliant picture book in this interesting blog post on the Picture Book Den. Linda considers how the characters are at the heart of every book and watching their exciting journey unfold is what capitvates us the most. Join in with the discussion by leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.
Finally, if you're looking for a fun weekend activity for all of the family, Scottish Youth Theatre are running their popular interactive Family Storytime season until November. The sessions cover a wide range of classic stories, including How Jumbo Went to the Moon, The Magic Porridge Pot and Three Billy Goats Gruff. The storytime sessions are fantastic opportunity for children to laugh, play, jump and shout! Take a look at the Scottish Youth Theatre website to book your ticket today.