Encouraging a lifelong love of reading and how to choose the right book for your child

Encouraging a lifelong love of reading - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

In conjunction with Dymocks

Most nights my children read before going to bed. It’s a bit of a juggling act with three children of such different ages – 2, 8 and 12 – but it’s something we have done together since they were toddlers and it’s a routine I will continue to encourage.

Even though my eldest is nearing high school and usually reads to herself nearing high school, she still enjoys sharing a few pages from the current book she is reading and often asks if she can read to me. I love that she’s getting to an age where we’re starting to enjoy reading some of the same books – there’s some really great young adult fiction out there!

Personally, I can’t think of anything better than curling up with a good book before bed … well anytime really!

So I was excited to be contacted by Dymocks last week and hear all about its new campaign to encourage more children to pick up a book and get reading for fun.

I was also offered the opportunity to ask Dymocks literacy expert and author Louise Park a few questions to help parents of children of all age develop and maintain a lifelong love for reading – in particular she offers some fabulous tips for how to choose the right book for your child!

There’s also a handy list of book recommendations for different reading stages, in case you and your child need help with choosing a book.

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Review: The Big Freeze Festival 2017

Review The Big Freeze Festival 2017 Ever-changing Life of a Mum

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It’s a cold, cold winter in Melbourne this year. So cold that I often wonder if I’ll wake up to see snow outside one morning. But there’s one place guaranteed to receive snowfall in Melbourne this winter, and that’s at The Big Freeze Winter Festival in Fountain Gate.

I was lucky to receive a family pass to attend the festival on the weekend and it was a great way to kick off the school holidays.

After a week of bad colds and nasty throat infections in my family it was rather nice to get out of the house, although it did mean I was only able to attend with Miss 7 and Miss 12 in the end.

This year’s festival is under a HUGE big top tent which I thought was brilliant and gave the event a great night time feel, especially with lots of twinkling lights.

I absolutely loved the snowfall forest, complete with woodland animals, which you can walk through and catch falling “snow” (ok, it’s foam, but still looks beautiful). I could have stayed for ages but the girls were super keen to ride on the festival’s new snow slides. In the end, I think I lost count of the number of times they went down the slide – it was definitely their favourite part of the event.

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The Big Freeze is coming back to Melbourne! WIN tickets for your family!

The Big Freeze Winter Festival

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Grey skies, wet weather and cold temperatures aren’t usually a great combination for enjoying the school holidays, but I have a little something on the blog today that may brighten your mood.

The Big Freeze Winter Festival returns to Melbourne during the July school holidays – bringing the snow experience a little closer to home for many families – and you have the chance to WIN a tickets for you and your family.

You might recall that last year that The Big Freeze Winter Festival kindly offered my family the opportunity to visit the event and also provided me with a family pass to give away to one lucky reader of the blog – you can read my review of the festival here.

I’m pleased to say that I’m able to offer the same to another reader of the blog this year!

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