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Best Books for Babies by Heidi Murkoff

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In the video below, the Founder and CEO of WhattoExpect shares the best books to buy for babies from 0 months.

  1. Watch the video below

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Culled from Whattoexpect.com. For the original article, please click on this link:

https://www.whattoexpect.com/first-year/video/best-books-for-babies.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_YourDailyNewsletterfromWhattoExpect_20171214

2. Go over to our Book Review Section (0 – 4 in particular) here to create your own list for your little angel.

We let you know the highlights of the books plus where to get them too!!

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Our Top Ten Nigerian Bookshops for Children

OUR TOP TEN NIGERIAN BOOKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN

*in no particular order

  1. LEARNINGTON BOOKSTORE

 JUST FOR KIDS

ADDRESS: Surulere, Lagos

CONTACT PHONE NO: 08025018312

EMAIL: orders@learnington-ng.com

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: http://www.learnington-ng.com

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Very easy

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: No

OUR REVIEW: Their books are absolutely scrumptious. We love them because their site is so blissfully easy to navigate. It’s almost as good as walking around in a bookshop.

  1. TAMS INK

 JUST FOR KIDS 

ADDRESS: None

CONTACT PHONE NO: +2348097489086

EMAIL: hello@tamsinkbooks.com.ng

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: http://www.tamsinkbooks.com.ng

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Easy

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: No

OUR REVIEW: They have quite a number of books for kids. We absolutely love them for their quirky list. Pick up the most random books from here, international bestsellers, books you’ll likely not find in other bookshops. Warning, they’re a bit pricey.

  1. THE BOOKWORM CAFÉ

  JUST FOR KIDS

ADDRESS: Kaldi Africa House, 1 Adeyemi Bero Crescent, Ilupeju, Lagos

CONTACT PHONE NO: 08023388640

EMAIL: info@thebookwormcafe.com

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: http://thebookwormcafe.com

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Relatively easy

BOOK CLUB: Yes

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: Yes!!

OUR REVIEW: We love them for their books yes, BUT we love them TO BITS because they have the most fun book-related events for kids.

  1. READING CORNER NIGERIA

 JUST FOR KIDS

ADDRESS: 3 Bayo Kuku Road, Ikoyi, Lagos

CONTACT PHONE NO: 0812 406 8181; 2348140000041

EMAIL: info@ReadingCorner.ng

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: http://readingcorner.ng/

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Very easy

BOOK CLUB: Yes

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: Yes

OUR REVIEW: We love this store to pieces!! They have quite an extensive booklist for babies and toddlers, basically kids age 0 – 4 (including international bestsellers) and we love them for it.

  1. CHELISBOOKAZINE

JUST FOR KIDS

ADDRESS: Plot 12 Johnson Street, Off Bode Thomas Road, Surulere, Lagos.

CONTACT PHONE NO: 01-7742241, 08152854860, 08152854846, 08037128290, 08033324289, 09030096733 (helpline)

EMAIL: customercare@chelisbookazine.com

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: http://chelisbookazine.com

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Relatively easy

BOOK CLUB: Yes

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: Yes

OUR REVIEW: For the longest time, this was our favourite bookshop in Nigeria. They are a favourite with many schools in Nigeria too! They have tons of books, (fiction and non-fiction) for kids 0 – 12 especially those in the 0 – 8 age group and lots of classics too. The highlight of this store: Their prices are quite pocket-friendly!!

  1. LATERNA VENTURES

ADDRESS: 13, Oko-Awo Close, Off. Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

CONTACT PHONE NO: 08100234441 (online store only); 08033014462,012715376

EMAIL: info@laternabooks.com; sales@laternabooks.com

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: https://www.laternabooks.com/index3.php?c=5

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Relatively easy

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: Yes

OUR REVIEW: This is a great bookstore. It has quite a good list but do you know what we absolutely love about it? Their events! They have lots of ‘reading’ events for kids! Go to Laterna to meet your favourite Nigerian authors!

  1. BIBLE WONDERLAND

 ADDRESS: 33 Funsho Williams Avenue, Surulere Lagos; OANDO Filling Station, 4th Roundabout, Lekki, Lagos.

CONTACT PHONE NO: Surulere: 08105682169, 08105682185; Lekki: 08105682183

EMAIL: biblewonderlandng@gmail.com; bookcityng@gmail.com

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: http://biblewonderlandng.com/store/index.php?route=common/home

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Not so easy. (Best to go to the Lekki and Surulere Stores)

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: No

OUR REVIEW: Our go-to store for great Christian books for kids! They have a wide range of non-fiction on history and geography!!

  1. TERRAKULTURE 

ADDRESS: Plot 1376, Tiamiyu Savage, Off Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos

CONTACT PHONE NO: +234-1-2700-588

EMAIL: info@terrakulture.com

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: Work-in-progress

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Not Applicable

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: No

OUR REVIEW: This is hands-down our best store for extraordinary books for children, ‘Made in Nigeria’

  1. FARAFINA

ADDRESS: 253 Herbert Macaulay Way, Alagomeji, Yaba, Lagos.

CONTACT PHONE NO: 08077364217

EMAIL: info@kachifo.com

WEBSITE: https://www.konga.com/kachifo-farafina or https://www.jumia.com.ng/fiction/farafina/

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Easy

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: Yes

OUR REVIEW: Farafina is an imprint of the Kachifo publishing house so you will be able to buy only books published by Kachifo. Their titles for kids (under the Farafina Tuuti Imprint) are GREAT!! Over the phone orders are pretty easy and straightforward and (A huge plus!) you can get same day delivery in Lagos!

  1. CASSAVA REPUBLIC

ADDRESS: Shop 62, Abuja Arts and Crafts Village, Opposite Sheraton Hotel, Central Business District Abuja

CONTACT PHONE NO: 081-85802634

EMAIL: info@cassavarepublic.biz

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: http://www.cassavarepublic.biz/collections/childrens-books

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Easy

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: No

OUR REVIEW: A great store for home-grown books! It is owned by a publishing house so it carries only the house’s titles.

  1. KONGA

ADDRESS: None

CONTACT PHONE NO: 01 460 5555; 0809 460 5555

EMAIL: help@konga.com

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: http://www.konga.com/childrens-books

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Relatively easy

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: No

OUR REVIEW: They have quite a few titles for kids. We absolutely love them for the old Nigerian classics.

 

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News/Events January 23rd Week

OUR TOP TEN NIGERIAN BOOKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN

*in no particular order

  1. LEARNINGTON BOOKSTORE  (Just For Kids)

ADDRESS: None

CONTACT PHONE NO: 08025018312

EMAIL: orders@learnington-ng.com

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: http://www.learnington-ng.com

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Very easy

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: No

OUR REVIEW: Their books are absolutely scrumptious. We love them because their site is so blissfully easy to use. It’s almost as good as walking around in a bookshop.

  1. READING CORNER NIGERIA (Just For Kids)

ADDRESS: 11 Bayo Kuku Road, Ikoyi, Lagos

CONTACT PHONE NO: 0812 406 8181; 2348140000041

EMAIL: info@ReadingCorner.ng

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: http://readingcorner.ng/

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Very easy

BOOK CLUB: Yes

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: Yes

OUR REVIEW: We love this store to pieces!!!!!!!! Unlike most children’s bookshops in Nigeria, they have quite an extensive booklist for babies and toddlers, basically kids age 0 – 4 (including international bestsellers) and we love them for it. 

  1. CHELISBOOKAZINE  (Just For Kids)

ADDRESS: Plot 12 Johnson Street, Off Bode Thomas Road, Surulere, Lagos.

CONTACT PHONE NO: 01-7742241, 08152854860, 08152854846, 08037128290, 08033324289, 09030096733 (helpline)

EMAIL: customercare@chelisbookazine.com

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: http://chelisbookazine.com

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Relatively easy

BOOK CLUB: Yes

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: Yes

OUR REVIEW: For the longest time, this was our favourite bookshop in Nigeria. They are a favourite with many schools in Nigeria too! They have tons of books, (fiction and non-fiction) for kids 0 – 12 especially those in the 0 – 8 age group and lots of classics too. The highlight of this store: Their prices are quite pocket-friendly!! (Caveat: They’re currently updating their site. Prices may change from February 2017)

  1. LATERNA BOOKS

ADDRESS: 13, Oko-Awo Close, Off. Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

CONTACT PHONE NO: 08100234441 (online store only); 08033014462,012715376

EMAIL: info@laternabooks.com; sales@laternabooks.com

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: https://www.laternabooks.com/index3.php?c=5

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Relatively easy

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: Yes

OUR REVIEW: This is a great bookstore. It has quite a good list but do you know what we absolutely love about it? Their events! They have lots of ‘reading’ events for kids! Go to Laterna to meet your favourite Nigerian authors! 

  1. BIBLE WONDERLAND

ADDRESS: 33 Funsho Williams Avenue, Surulere Lagos; OANDO Filling Station, 4th Roundabout, Lekki, Lagos.

CONTACT PHONE NO: Surulere: 08105682169, 08105682185; Lekki: 08105682183

EMAIL: biblewonderlandng@gmail.com; bookcityng@gmail.com

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: http://biblewonderlandng.com/store/index.php?route=common/home

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Not so easy. (Best to go to the Lekki and Surulere Stores)

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: No

OUR REVIEW: Our go-to store for great Christian books for kids! They have a wide range of non-fiction books on history and geography!!

  1. TERRAKULTURE

 ADDRESS: Plot 1376, Tiamiyu Savage, Off Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos

CONTACT PHONE NO: +234-1-2700-588

EMAIL: info@terrakulture.com

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: Work-in-progress

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Not Applicable

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: No

OUR REVIEW: This is hands-down our best store for extraordinary books for children, ‘Made in Nigeria’

  1. FARAFINA

ADDRESS: 253 Herbert Macaulay Way, Alagomeji, Yaba, Lagos.

CONTACT PHONE NO: 08077364217

EMAIL: info@kachifo.com

WEBSITE: https://www.konga.com/kachifo-farafina or https://www.mobiashara.com/farafina

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Easy

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: Yes

OUR REVIEW: Farafina is an imprint of the Kachifo publishing house so you will be able to buy only books published by Kachifo. Their titles for kids (under the Farafina Tuuti Imprint) are GREAT!! Another huge plus: over the phone orders are pretty easy and straightforward

  1. KONGA

ADDRESS: None

CONTACT PHONE NO: 01 460 5555; 0809 460 5555

EMAIL: help@konga.com

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: http://www.konga.com/childrens-books

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Relatively easy

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: Yes

OUR REVIEW: They have quite a few titles for kids. We absolutely love them for the old Nigerian classics. 

  1. THE HUB

ADDRESS: 1st Floor, The Palm Shopping Mall, Lekki, Lagos, Lagos

CONTACT PHONE NO: 01 813 1268

EMAIL: Not available

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: Not available

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Not applicable

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: No

OUR REVIEW: They have quite a number of books for kids. We absolutely love them for their quirky list. Pick up the most random books from here, books you’ll likely not find in other bookshops. 

  1. CASSAVA REPUBLIC

 ADDRESS: Shop 62, Abuja Arts and Crafts Village, Opposite Sheraton Hotel, Central Business District Abuja

CONTACT PHONE NO: 081-85802634

EMAIL: info@cassavarepublic.biz

ONLINE BOOKSTORE: http://www.cassavarepublic.biz/collections/childrens-books

EASE OF NAVIGATION: Easy

BOOK CLUB: No

BOOK RELATED EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: No

OUR REVIEW: A great store for home-grown books! They also double as a publishing house so they sell only their titles.

Do you know any bookshops that should make this list? Email us at ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

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Our Summer Reading Club at OLMQP, Lagos

Pictures from our summer reading club at OLMQP, Ajah, Lagos.

we read short stories, books, poems, bible passages.

we made reading diaries and bookmarks.

we had fun word puzzles

we created our own stories

we had 4 weeks of ‘reading’ fun

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Our Bookmarks
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Our Reading Diaries

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Dear Pint-sized Bookworms (and their mummies, daddies, aunties, uncles and teachers),

A few days ago, a friend called me ‘Super Mom’. Those words sparked off a lot of thoughts in my small head. Of all the thoughts, 1 stuck: I have definitely bitten off more than I can chew.

  • I have a blog that needs to be fed at least 3 posts every week
  • I have to read 3 books every week in order to feed the blog
  • I have 2 boys under 2 and no help
  • I am in the 2nd year of my PhD (in Law)
  • I am working on 2 manuscripts: 2 early chapter books and I have a July deadline
  • Our reading club will kick off May 27th (in 2 weeks) in 3 schools with a minimum of 60 pupils

Suffice it to say that according to a popular Igbo idiom, I have slowly but surely stuffed my hands and feet in my mouth at the same time. I am definitely not ‘Super Mom’. If anything, I’m ‘Exhausted Mom’.

So dear Pint-sized Bookworms, this is the part where this Busy Bee yells, “THERE ARE GONNA BE SOME CHANGES AROUND HERE!!”

Since I’m not the smartest person in the world (you’ll come to understand why I said this in a few seconds), I have decided to add 2 more posts every week! (You see!). Basically, I’m trying to enrich your reading experience by putting up some more interesting stuff.

So our blog schedule will be tweaked a little. Every week, expect the following:

Mondays: Love Books! Anything in the world of Children’s Books: tips on reading with children, book reading events, news from our reading club, top libraries and bookstores for children’s books, etc.

Tuesdays: Book Reviews for 8-12 year olds

Thursdays: Book Reviews for 0-4 year olds

Fridays: Stories from Me! At least 500 words from my manuscript.

Saturdays: Book Reviews for 4-8 year olds

Thank you for your patience and understanding,

Happy Reading !!

 

 

 

 

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Events this Month (April)

Dear Pint-sized Bookworms,

A million and one things have happened in the world of children’s books in the past two weeks. Find a brief summary below.

1. APRIL 23RD

 April 23rd 2016 was

  • World Book Day
  • The 400th Anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare

A. WORLD BOOK DAY

World Book Day is a day set aside by UNESCO for celebrating books and reading for children. To commemorate World Book Day, we will give away 3 books to the three lucky winners.

0 – 4 years

The Preschool Alphabet Book by Noma Sodipo or ABC by Dr. Seuss

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4 – 8 years

No Bread for Eze and No School for Eze by Ifeoma Onyefulu or The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen

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8-12 years

Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okoroafor or How to Build Your Own Country by Valerie Wyatt

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 To enter:  

Scroll down our post list, read the review for the book you want to win and answer the challenge question. Answers must be received before 12am on Saturday May 7th, 2016.

B. SHAKESPEARE’S ANNIVERSARY

Born on April 23rd 1564, Shakespeare is arguably the best English playwright ! He wrote 38 plays and 154 sonnets before he died 52 years later on April 23rd 1616. (Yes!! He died on his birthday!) In honour of Shakespeare, this month (May), we will review 8 books by Shakespeare.

2. NEW RELEASE

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney

Greg Heffley is Back! The newest addition to the Wimpy kid series will be available to the public on the 1st of November, 2016, that’s 01 -11 -16! Preorder your copy here.

3.  PBW READING CLUB

Our Reading Club will take off this month! More information coming soon …

TNT,

Ugo 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2015 Nigeria LNG Prize For Literature

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It was a dark day for Children’s literature in October 2015 when the Nigeria LNG issued a press release stating that there will be no winner for this year’s Nigeria Prize for Literature because all the entries were not worthy of the prize.

The Nigeria LNG prize for literature is one of Africa’s most prestigious literary prizes. Established in 2004, it awards a whopping $100,000 (over N25 million) to one Nigerian writer every year. The prize rotates yearly amongst four literary genres: prose fiction, poetry, drama and children’s literature.

This year, 2015, was to be dedicated to children’s literature. Unfortunately, none of the 109 entries submitted for the prize scaled through, in fact, 89 of the 109 entries did not meet the preliminary requirements. According to the spokesperson for Nigeria LNG, entries were required to be creative works with aesthetic and social values for children.

However, he further stated that the prize money would be devoted to conducting a workshop on writing for children; a workshop designed to increase the overall quality of children’s literature in Nigeria.

The creative writing workshop took place from the 9th to the 11th of December at Eko Hotel, Lagos. The workshop participants were the applicants whose entries made it past the first stage of the screening process for the prize. They spent three days and nights at Eko Hotel under the tutelage of Professor Akachi Ezeigbo, Professor of English Language, Dr. Helen Limon, award-winning writer and teacher of Writing for Children at Newcastle University and National Center for Children’s Books, UK and Professor Kim Reynolds, Professor of Children’s Literature of the Newcastle University, UK and past President of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature.

Proceedings of the workshop will be collated and published for the benefit of those who were unable to attend.

It was a huge step in the right direction.. So we thank the NLNG for making this possible and hope that they make this an annual occurrence.

Hopefully, in 2019, there will be so many good entries that the judges will have a tough time deciding on a winner.

The Golden Years of Reading

Growing up, I read anything and everything I laid my hands on.

At age 5, you would find me in my dad’s favourite armchair in our living room, reading the paper. Never mind that I was half covered by the thing and only my legs and the little hands clutching the sides of the paper would be visible. Never mind that I probably understood about twenty words per page. I just wanted to read.

At age 8, I had read everything written by Enid Blyton. At age 9, I had run out of books in my house (my poor mother simply couldn’t keep up), my friends’ houses and the school library so I moved to my mum’s wardrobe (secretly) for Mills and Boon.

At age 9.5, I wrote my first story. I wish I could say I remember the story but I don’t. I do vividly remember that I wrote with a blue pen on plain white A4 sized paper. Then I cut the paper up into little squares, bound it with yellow cardboard sheets and voila! My first book! I wrote many more ‘books’ for my classmates and by the time I graduated from primary school, I was a popular writer and I had ‘published’ at least a dozen books.

At age 12, while my classmates read integrated science books and prepared for Junior WAEC, I read my literature books, Jackie Collins and Barbara Cartland and wrote articles for my magazine.

At age 16, I stopped reading. But that’s a story for another day/blog post.

Today, I’ve decided to start a Children’s Book Review Blog for Nigerian Children.

This blog is primarily for anyone from ages 7-12. These are the golden years of reading. We are able to read alone for the first time and to choose the books we want to read. I want to help kids find and read wonderful books. To love them, live them and maybe create a few stories of their own.

Parents, teachers, siblings (older and younger), friends, not-friends and well-wishers of 7-12 year olds are also welcome. I will endeavour to find one or two things to keep you busy and smiling 🙂