Pan Macmillan Picture Book Party

How often do you read stories to your child?

To be honest, I never used to read story books to Kitana every night but now I do because she really enjoys this special time with me. She’s been feeling a bit neglected recently (especially when I put Kiaan to bed at night) and tries to compete with him for my attention.

Pac Macmillan Picture book blog party

Story time has become our “bonding session”. We snuggle with a good book and talk about it afterward just before I kiss her good night.

Reading stories improves strong oral language skills that help build the foundation for emergent literacy skills.

Kitana loves story time; she has a big imagination and loves acting out what she reads about. I think she’s really going to enjoy arts and drama in school.

She practically lives in a fairytale with bears and wolves :/ …

Pac Macmillan Picture book blog party

I absolutely love the way she expresses herself when she tries to explain a story to friends and family. She thinks really hard and tries to use big words.

Our book collection is slowly increasing and we will even be carrying a few pocket-size books on our upcoming trip to the United States of America. We got a loooong flight ahead and I definitely want to use that opportunity to teach her about the places we going to be visiting.

When Pac Macmillan approached me to be involved in their picture book blog party for 2016, I knew I didn’t have much to think about.

Every month, Pac Macmillan will be sending me a book to read/discuss with my daughter along with activity sheets to do. We will then share our experience with you. 

You can find out more about the book party here.

Pac Macmillan Picture book blog party

In April, we read I Am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon, Viviane Schwarz (Illustrator). I absolutely love the illustrations in the book – very different and modern.

Pac Macmillan Picture book blog party

This is a book about Henry Finch who strives for greatness, gets it all a bit wrong, then makes it right again in a very surprising way – truly becoming great. This is an inspirational book. It is also very funny. I Am Henry Finch is a book for everyone – from the very young to the very old. It is for dreamers, philosophers, artists, the foolish and the enlightened. And anyone with a big bright idea. Source:

Pac Macmillan Picture book blog party

Kitana and I really enjoyed getting a bit messy with paint. Fingerprint painting is so much fun – I felt like a kid again. During our painting session, Kitana decided she wanted to paint more than just birds so I let her explore and paint what she wanted to.

Pac Macmillan Picture book blog party

Pac Macmillan Picture book blog party

Pac Macmillan Picture book blog party

The book is a little advance for Kitana now but I know in a few months she will understand it better. I think the book “I Am Henry Finch” is great to pair up with arts and crafts during the school holidays. You can really get creative with finger painting.

Pac Macmillan Picture book blog party

For more information on the blog party and books available visit

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  1. 2016-06-28 / 23:02

    I have transferred my love of reading to all of my kids. They love it almost as much as I do. This book looks so cute!

  2. 2016-06-29 / 00:27

    The very first thing I had on my list of things to teach the kids was a love of reading. I made sure I got my kids so big into reading.

  3. 2016-06-29 / 03:46

    I think my girls would love this book. I read to them every night and they don’t mind repeating the story if they really love it. I want to get them this book.

  4. 2016-06-29 / 04:23

    What an awesome concept, I’ve seen monthly book subscriptions, but not ones with activity sheets! I bet kids love this!!

  5. 2016-06-29 / 07:36

    Me and my husband are getting a list ready of books to buy for our grand children. We want them to grow up learning to love books and reading. This book would be a great addition to our list.

  6. Kendall
    2016-06-29 / 17:17

    What an awesome picture book for kids! I love that there’s never ending ideas for kids these days and fun things they can do! I think this is a great idea for the summer time too!

  7. Ann Bacciaglia
    2016-06-29 / 18:16

    This book would be a great gift idea. My kids love to read and be creative.

  8. 2016-06-30 / 20:07

    I love when books can be paired with arts and crafts activities to help get the children more into reading books. My daughter use to love reading her picture books and telling people stories about them.

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