Welcome to the April edition of Mums NI Book Nook where you will find the latest reads for you and your family to enjoy as recommended by our resident book worm.
This edition will feature everybody's favourite, the Mr Men. Come join them on their adventure in the garden. There will also be books to help children show kindess, believe in themselves and have a sense of belonging. For the Grown Ups, we have a very special book from Mums NI Community Blogger - Michelle Bradley from PANGS NI. In her new book, Michelle will share with you her honest journey through mental illness following the birth of her children.
Read on to find out more
Mr Bump is playing hide and seek in the garden. Help him to find his friends by searching behind the flowerbeds or in the vegetable patch. How many of the Mr Men and Little Miss can you spot?
Children will love finding their favourite characters and lifting the chunky flaps to see who is underneath. With a simple narrative and bright, engaging artwork, this book is the perfect introduction to the world of the Mr Men and Little Miss.
Imagine a world where everyone is kind. How can we make that come true? With gorgeous pictures this timely, inspiring picture book presents the many ways children can be kind, from sharing their toys and games to helping those from other countries feel welcome.
Frankie Banister and his family are preparing to celebrate Grandad Abraham’s 175th birthday – an occasion that’s going to be even more HONKHUMPTIOUS now that Abe’s ghost has showed up!
When the unexpected spook reveals a secret UNDERWATER wing of the hotel that’s been hidden away for years, the Banister’s decide there’s only one thing for it … a whopping welcome home bash in the spectacular BRINY BALLROOM.
But memories aren’t the only things waiting at the bottom of the ocean. Secrets and sea monsters are lurking in the shadows, and is everything as it seems with Grandad Abraham’s ghost? Or is there something fishy going on?
Rumple Buttercup has five crooked teeth, three strands of hair, green skin, and his left foot is slightly bigger than his right.
He is weird.
Join him as he and Candy Corn Carl, his imaginary friend made of trash, learn the joy of individuality as well as the magic of belonging.
A story of bananas, belonging and being yourself!
Spin has always dwelled in the darkness. He was happy to lurk alone, until Elena, Matt and Tima came to disrupt his night-time world.
Elena, Matt, and Tima are Night Speakers. They wake up at the same time, every night, and since the beginning of these wake-up calls they have all had the power to speak any language. And that doesn't stop with humans.
Something weird is going on at the hospital-children are going in, and not coming out. The Night Speakers are investigating, but even they, with their incredible powers of communication with the animal world, are struggling to find out the truth.
But Spin's got a ringside seat. Because Spin's got a secret, and he's about to come out of the shadows The third standalone book in the Night Speakers series - action adventures about contemporary children with extraordinary powers, told with award-winning author Ali Sparkes's classic humour and energy.
n the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.
When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe's place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.
There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe's independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
Breathing life into the ancient world, Madeline Miller weaves an intoxicating tale of gods and heroes, magic and monsters, survival and transformation.
In Katy’s opinion, weddings should follow some basic rules:
1) No-one should ever have sex. Of course. The married couple has the rest of their lives for that, and the guests should be too busy partying.
2) If you are heavily pregnant (as Katy is) you should obviously not be invited to three weddings in the space of one summer. Your husband’s accident-prone best friend, your attention-seeking colleague, your 73-year-old mother’s marriage to her Spanish toy boy – all without even an alcoholic drink to make them bearable.
3) During the speeches, it should not be revealed that you had a secret one-night-stand with one of the other guests.
4) Instead of laying bets on the length of the best man’s speech, guests should not be laying bets on whether a marriage will be in ruins before the end of the meal…
But this summer, Katy is lucky enough to be the special guest at the weddings that break ALL of the rules. What could possibly go wrong?
“Before we begin there are a few things you should know. This story is not going to be an altogether happy one. It is the story of how motherhood, in all its wonderous glory, can break a person so fully, and how love and support helped to put that broken person back together again.”
Follow Michelle’s journey as she battles through mental illness following the births of her three children. Hear how her experiences helped to shape her life as it is today, and discover the tools and techniques she used to pull herself out of the darkness and began living a healthy and happy life once more.
This book is for anyone who is going through, or who is interested in understanding pre- or postnatal mental illness. This book will not only take you through the experiences of mental illness from a personal perspective but will also provide a guide to self-help techniques, resources and information for you to use to help yourself or others on this journey.
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