Children’s book of the week: Llamas in Pyjamas by Russell Punter

A group of llamas have a sleepover and experience some ghostly happenings in this unexpectedly spooky story! Continue reading “Children’s book of the week: Llamas in Pyjamas by Russell Punter”

Children’s Book of the Week: Room on the Broom

This week, the children’s book of the week is Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  This is a wonderful story of a kind witch and her cat, three helpful animals, and a menacing dragon.   Will they all fit on the witch’s broom?  Here are five resources to help you explore the story further. Continue reading “Children’s Book of the Week: Room on the Broom”

Children’s book of the week: Handa’s Suprise

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne is the story of a young girl bringing a gift of fruit to her friend in a neighbouring village.  Little does she know, Handa’s gift attracts the attention of some animals along the way!  The story has been a firm favourite since 1994 and has been translated into many languages. Continue reading “Children’s book of the week: Handa’s Suprise”

Children’s Book of the Week: Errol’s Garden by Gillian Hibbs

Errol loves growing plants at home – in fact, he is an awesome indoor gardener!  We found five ways for kids to enjoy the story and to do some real and imaginary gardening. Continue reading “Children’s Book of the Week: Errol’s Garden by Gillian Hibbs”

Children’s book of the week: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Did you know – we have a children’s book of the week? This week’s title is: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This much loved story filled with Eric Carle’s vivid illustrations.

You can download a copy to read from cloudLibrary with your Kensington and Chelsea library card. And don’t worry if you’re not a library member yet as you can join online here.

We’ve found some great resources on the web to help you and your children get more out of this lovely story –

Eric Carle reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Listen to the author read his iconic children’s book on YouTube. Eric Carle has a very gentle and warm way of reading.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – the free app

This award-winning app teaches reading skills and problem solving for pre-schoolers. Eric Carle’s artwork is faithfully reproduced to illustrate puzzles and games.

Create a collage in the style of Eric Carle

The Imagination Tree shows you how to create a textured collage with your child by printing, painting, cutting and gluing. This is a really intuitive and expressive activity that kids will grasp quickly and can freestyle their way through. Good for using up scrap paper and things you can find around the home.

Explore more Very Hungry Caterpillar activities for toddlers

Even without a printer, you can get ideas from this hungry caterpillar-inspired activities. Explore crafts, puppet making, story-telling, counting and many more inspiring activities that help their learning development.

We’re going on a Very Hungry Caterpillar scavenger hunt

Three ideas for a hungry caterpillar-inspired scavenger hunt. Children love to search for things and to tick them off a list. They can also help set up the scavenger hunt by hiding objects around the room for someone else to find. A lot of the objects can be improvised, drawn on paper or found in your fruit bowl!