Book Review: My Special Angels The Two Noble Scribes

My Special Angels

“Beside every person’s shoulder there are two angels. They are known as KIRAMAN KATIBIN (the noble scribes). They write down every deed from a person’s first day to their last.”  This wonderful book is written in very simple rhyming prose and with absolutely amazing illustrations by the talented Omar Burgess. This is Razana’s third book and I […]

Book Review: The Wonderous Web


The Wondrous Web is Razana Noor’s second publication. You can read a review of her first book A Whale of a Wish on this link. I am liking Razana’s approach and creativity in creating well known Islamic stories  from a different perspective. My first reaction to this book was that the illustrations of the spider is […]

Book Review: Oddsockosarus


Z and Little R are huge fans of dinosaurs so when I received this book by Zanib Mian to review I was excited. Z found the title Oddsockasaurus hilarious, as he related very well to the wearing of odd socks. Both boys are familiar to playing with new words and making up their own dinosaur names, so […]

Book Review: A Whale of a Wish


I remember hearing The story of Prophet Yunus (pbuh) or Jonah as he is known in the bible, for the first time as a child and how awestruck I was at the idea that a man survived after being swallowed whole by a whale. My dad always told us this story to demonstrate that with […]

Book Review: It Must Have Been You!


   It Must Have Been You is a children’s picture book written by Zanib Mian and illustrated by her sister Fatima Mian. I love that this book is a team effort of two siblings. This is a quirky, rhyming story of a cute little girl who unintentionally makes a mess everywhere she goes through her […]

Book Review: Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa


I have had a hard time trying to review this book because it affected me on so many emotional levels. I almost feel like I am betraying the characters to say how much I enjoyed this book just because it was such an intense insight into a part of the world I knew so little […]

10 Simple Ways to Teach Your Child to Read: Week 8


Word Families Word families are simply words that rhyme. Teaching children word families is a phonemic awareness activity that helps children see patterns in reading. This is an important skill because it allows children to begin “reading” by grouping sets of letters within a word. The first part of a word is called the onset […]

Mother’s Favorite Quotes from Children’s Books


I have always loved picture books, as a child and even now as an adult. Children’s picture books have a special place in my heart. I love everything about them, from the illustrations to the narratives. Some children’s books are so poignant, so touching, that they stay with you. And not just for kids, but […]

10 Simple Ways to Teach Your Child to Read: Week 6


    Week 6 Reading for Meaning with Your Child   Reading with comprehension means understanding what’s been read. It takes practice, time, and patience to develop reading comprehension skills. Families can play an important role in helping a child learn to read for understanding. Reading for meaning is the most important component of learning […]

10 Simple Ways to Teach Your Child to Read: Week 5

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  Week 5 Use activities involving all senses Use all the Senses to teach reading. This involves Saying, Seeing And Touching.Reading Is More Than A Technique. It’s A Learned Skill. The senses are very important for learning. Our eyes, ears, taste buds, nose and skin are truly windows to the world. They help us know […]

10 Simple Ways to Teach Your Child to Read: Week 4


Week 4 Identify environmental print Environmental Print is the print of everyday life: The symbols, signs, numbers, and colours found in McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, 7-Up etc offer excellent starting points for young children to begin to learn to read, write, and do math. Children have a concrete connection to everyday print. They “read” it within […]

10 Simple Ways to Teach Your Child to Read: Week 3


Books to the ceiling. Books to the sky. My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them. ~ Arnold Lobel Week 3 Be a Reading Role Model The best role models are in the home and includes […]

To My Misunderstood Toddler


I came across this poem on Facebook on the page The Single Crunch. It really reflected exactly how I feel and have felt when my kids went through the toddler stage. *************************   They say my toddler acts like a baby They say my toddler acts like a baby because she still sleeps with me. […]

10 Simple Ways to Teach your Child to Read: Week 2


  Week 2 Asking Questions “Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.” ~Marilyn Jager Adams Our main priority in teaching children to read is for them to comprehend WHAT they are reading. Even children who […]

Book Review : Zero and One Kathryn Otoshi

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  I’ve been a bit slack in reviewing books recently…SO in light of World Book Day here in UK , I have drawn up TWO book reviews by the same author. I’ve only just recently discovered Kathryn Otoshi. I LOVE LOVE her books. I hope you will enjoy them too   About the book  Zero […]