Reading

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When should you read to your child?

Many parents wanting to do what’s best for their child wonder when they should start reading to their child. Before birth? Immediately after birth? At 6 months of age? Some also wonder whether they should only be reading to their child at bedtime. If this sounds familiar, find out all you need to know to make the right reading decision for your child.

A man reading a picture book to a young child

Why is reading out loud good for kids?

Reading out loud is one of the best things you can do for the child in your life. It helps build strong literacy and language skills as well as things like social-emotional skills.

Book cover for Death’s Mistress by Terry Goodkind

Another disappointing instalment from one of my writing heros

Death’s Mistress by Terry Goodkind

3 out of 5 stars

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Let me start by saying I love Terry Goodkind’s writing – well some of it anyway. I love his Sword of Truth series to bits and have read many of the books more than 10 times each. In fact, those books have been a key inspiration for my first fantasy novel (in progress). I believe I have read every book he’s written, including Nest (a thriller) and The Law of Nines (set in ‘our world’), indeed I own all but Death’s Mistress which I borrowed from the library, but unfortunately I’ve been really disappointed with his last few novels and Death’s Mistress is sadly no different. I’m even glad I didn’t take the leap and buy it (though I do actually feel guilty for not supporting one of my favourite authors in that way).

Book cover for A. L. Tait's 'The Mapmaker Chronicles: Race to the End of the World'

An Engaging Read with Sophisticated Language for Ages 9 and Up

The Mapmaker Chronicles: Race to the End of the World by A. L. Tait

4 out of 5 stars

A contest, unknown lands and a reluctant traveller make ‘Race to the End of the World’ an engaging adventure story for children aged 9 and over. And while I thought the premise was a little weak, I loved that A. L. Tait has used sophisticated language that will challenge young readers.