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Alison Davies is an author, columnist for Child Education and a freelance writer for a range of magazines including Nursery World and Mother and Baby. As a professional storyteller she works regularly in schools, nurseries and libraries, with children of every age, using storytelling techniques to develop literacy and numeracy skills. She believes that stories are paramount to human nature, and that they can help us experience and make sense of the world. She is a champion of reading to babies, and feels it is essential to every aspect of their well being.
This delightful dip in book helps parents who want to give their baby the best start in life. It helps them pick the right type of board and picture books to enhance their baby's reading, writing and numeracy skills and it also shows them how to develop these skills using imaginative play with lots of storytelling and communication activities. You'll find all the books selected in this parenting guide on Lovereading4kids and more often than not you can check out an extract too before deciding whether it's the right book for child. If you've already got one of the selected books then use Alison Davies' suggestions for guidance.
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln Happiness is contagious, a positive, transformative force. More than merely a passing mood, contentment should be attainable by everyone, but it can feel out of reach as we become bogged down in daily stresses and consumed by negativity. The Little Book of Happiness shows you how to live in the moment, flourish as an individual and improve your wellbeing. Through uplifting tips, positive quotes and simple exercises, learn how to let go, find true bliss and reclaim your smile.
Inspired by the powers of the bedtime storybooks we read as children, this beautifully illustrated collection of narrative bedtime meditations for adults will help you sleep well, and wake up prepared for any challenge. Keep this book by your bed, and choose one of 15 sensual guided meditations to read each night as you drift off to sleep. Wave goodbye to stress and anxiety and reconnect with nature as you escape into a different part of the natural world in each story, each aimed to ease you into a specific mindset. Whether you need all your courage, creativity, and strength for a big meeting the next day, or are looking to have a calm, grounded, and restorative day, there's a story to give you the power you need to face every scenario. Watch your worries wash away as you to trail the coastline, ground yourself as you walk barefoot through the forest, and feel the weight of the world lift away as you float on the moon, as you enjoy stories such as: 'Journey to the Moon' - a narrative to make you feel free 'The Lake of Tranquility' - a story to encourage inner peace 'The Enchanted Garden' - a tale to restore a balanced mind 'Thunderstruck' - a meditation to help you summon strength ...and more! Including practical tips and affirmations to help you stay strong and calm the next day, and magical illustrations to help you drift off into a rejuvenating sleep, this screen-free alternative to a meditation app has all the benefits of a guided meditation session and more. With Sleep Tight, take control of your mind and mood before bed, improve your mental resilience and enjoy a refreshing sleep to be ready for the day ahead.
If trees could talk, they would have a lot to say. The gentle giants of the forest, they have fascinated us for millennia - there is much we can learn from their wise woody ways to live a healthier and happier life. Be More Tree is a celebration of our long-standing friends and reveals how we all could benefit from branching out. From learning to share the spaces we inhabit, to changing with the seasons and sticking together and leaving a lasting legacy - Alison Davies delves deeps to reveal the stories and secrets of thinking like a tree. Next title in the successful series and packed with beautiful illustrations, advice, folklore, exercises and handy spotter's guide, this is the ultimate guide to harness the wisdoms of trees.
Enter the secret world of creepy crawlies with this handy pocket guide. Beautifully illustrated throughout, The Little Guide to Bugs offers a modern reference to identifying these glorious insects of all shapes and sizes. Featuring 40 of the most distinctive bugs from around the world, this book is the perfect companion for anyone looking to reconnect with nature, whether that's when out walking or from the comfort of an armchair. Each bug has been exquisitely illustrated by printmaker Tom Frost and is accompanied by all-important information including their habitat, distribution and size, plus an interesting fact or fable. There is also an interactive spotter's guide, where you can check off and note the date of each time you spot a new insect. Reacquaint yourself with the familiar Bumble Bee and Earthworm, as well as discovering new species such as the Giant Mesquite Bug, Lily Moth and Picasso Bug. This informative guide is part of a new nature series designed to encourage creativity through exploring the outdoors.
Enigmatic, alluring and almost always quirky, cats and the ladies that love them share much in common. As individual as their feline counterparts, crazy cat women exude charm and, while they have their eccentricities, they refuse to hide them. Instead, they take centre stage and celebrate what makes them unique; the bond between femme fatale and feline furry. While some sneer at the general adoration cat ladies dish out to their beloved puss (along with the finest fresh salmon) those of us in the know understand that what we give out, we get back in so many delightful ways. Yes, cat ladies go the extra mile when it comes to anything feline related. It's all part of the fun. So here's to all you feline loving ladies! This book is a celebration of your pawsomeness. And if you're on the fence when it comes to embracing your inner cat craziness, but recognise some of the 50 traits outlined in these pages, don't be shy. Come join the party - it really is where all the cool cats hang out.
Celebrate spring and summer as a time of renewal with Flora the Roman Goddess of flowers and learn about balance in Litha. As the nights get longer, create beautiful garlands of herbs to ward off evil spirits. Explore the magic of each month, with mystical tips and practical projects, and delve into the annual cycle of a modern mystical year. With supersitions and sayings, crystals, birds and beasts, this is a book for the modern mystic that is accessible for everyone. Based on spirituality in nature, The Mystical Year reveals how to wind down, and celebrate the seasons with folklore, festivals and simple, creative projects for each month of the year.
Say hello to your inner bee with this light-hearted self-help book. From defying the odds and reaching for the stars, to working hard as part of a team, this book will show you how to go after your goals and get a buzz out of life. Bees' determination and drive makes them excellent examples of how to make the most of every moment; whether it's their magical honey-making capabilities, their matriarchal mantra, or the fact that they're really just big softies, bees have it sorted. Tenacious, resilient and kind, bees hold the key to a wonderful life. This book reveals the seven marvellous traits that you can embody to Be More Bee and live a happier, healthier and all-round more buzzed existence. Packed with practical tips and exercises, interspersed with folklore and fun facts about these fuzzy gurus, there's something for everyone. So take to the sky, bumble along and learn the art of being more bee! All you've got to do is BEE-lieve.
Embrace your inner canine and Be More Dog! From finding your wag to barking loudly and making friends, this book will show you how to say 'woof, woof, woof' to life. Whether it's a mad dash around the local park or sneaking an errant sausage off the BBQ, the world is a wagtastically wonderful place full of fun and treats if you're willing to open your heart. From Great Danes to Miniature Dachshunds, Poodles to Chihuahuas, there's no such thing as an underdog - every pup has something to offer! This book reveals the different doggo traits that you can adopt to Be More Dog and live a happier, healthier, more 'courageous canine' existence. Packed with practical tips and exercises, interspersed with folklore and fun facts about our loyal, loving companions, there's something for everyone. So, throw yourself a bone, use the power of the paw and learn the art of being more dog.