Keeping the kids busy these holidays with Pan MacMillan + a giveaway

As wonderful as the summer holidays are, keeping the kids busy day in and day out is slightly exhausting to say the least. I’ve found that reading to Aria can keep her occupied for almost two hours, she just gets so entranced by the pictures and the words that she understands. And even though I still have to read to her, its still a decent chunk of time that I’m not running after her which I always welcome with open arms. We were recently sent five publications from Pan MacMillan and they are all fab for keeping the kids busy these holidays. Make sure to read all the way to the bottom for a little suprise and don’t forget that you can shop online with Pan MacMillan as well, making life even easier.

If you have a little one that just loves their princess fairy tales, this three dimensional fairy tale theater that tells the tale of Cinderella should be number one on your list. Jane Ray did an excellent job with not only the way the story is told, but with the three dimensional scenes as well, our favourite is the one with the pumpkin carriage. The illustrations are beautifully classic making this a book that will have a special space on your child’s bookshelf.

Next up is Fish Dream of Trees and Other Curious Verses adapted by Roger McGough. When I first read the quick and witty poems in this book I thought “these are quite odd”, but I think to an older child, maybe around 7 or so, would find them fairly humourous. Frantz Wittkamp, a famous German poet, wrote all of the literature originally and McGough, one of the UK’s best loved poets, really did a fab job of adapting it to suit his intended audience. Axel Scheffler who is probably best know from his illustrations in The Gruffalo series, also illustrated this book so you can expect stunning visuals, as you have come to expect from Scheffler. With child-eating plants, and hiccuping elephants, this book is a lovely way to really get your child’s imagination to go wild.

Diamond in the Snow by Jonathan Emmet is the sweetest tale of Mole who happens upon a magical diamond one day while he is out exploring. When the magical diamond disappears right out of Mole’s hands, he calls on his frinds Hedgehog, Rabbit and Squirrel to help him find out what happened to his little piece of magic. Not only is this story ridiculously heart-warming, the illustrations by Vanessa Cabbon are absolutely dreamy. This is an ideal “just before doo-doo time” read.

One of the most heart-warming books that I’ve read in a long time is On the Night of the Shooting Star by Amy Hest. It tells the story of Bunny and Dog who live on the opposite side of the fence and tall grass. They see each other every morning but neither has the courage to say hello. But one night, both of them see a bright shooting star, and this becomes the catalyst for their friendship. I love how this book encourages children to reach our to someone and say “I can be your friend”, because let’s face it, the world can do with a little more kindness.

Saving the best for last (in my opinion at least), The Gruffalo and Friends 2018 Annual is an absolute must have this holiday season! It has 64 pages packed full of activities for kids, including mazes, quizes, colouring in as well as some short stories, all featuring everyone’s favourite characters from Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler. If there is one book that you need in your “keep the kids busy” arsenal, it’s this!

Right, so no beating around the bush, I have a hamper with all five of these books up for grabs! Entering is super easy, just use the Gleam widget below.

Some quick housekeeping:

  • Open to South African residents only
  • Giveaway ends 00:00 on 15 December, winner will be announced on 18 December
  • Pan MacMillan South Africa is responsible for delivering the prize to the winner
  • Spammers will be disqualified

Pan MacMillan Book Hamper

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    Letesha Korasie
    December 8, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Live to win even one of these books for my girl. She loves to “read” and look at the pictures.

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    December 8, 2017 at 9:46 am

    These looks like the most stunning books! My 18 month old son LOVES reading but we’ve exhausted his current book collection, so this would be most amazing prize 🙂

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    Carolyn Augustus
    December 8, 2017 at 10:51 am

    This would be so awesome for bedtime stories

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    December 8, 2017 at 11:07 am

    This books sound amazing and would be perfect for some Christmas reading

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    December 8, 2017 at 11:07 am

    You can never have too many books!

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    Tina Barresi
    December 8, 2017 at 11:08 am

    My daughter loves books and these look awesome and just what she would enjoy!!!

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    melissa cook
    December 8, 2017 at 11:13 am

    AWESOME kids must read and be read to every day – stunning hamper!

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    December 8, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Bedtime stories are a must

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    Tania Brewis
    December 8, 2017 at 11:25 am

    My kids love it when I read to them!

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    Stacy Oellermann
    December 8, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    My little guy loves “reading”with me and turning the pages 🙂

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    December 8, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    That Cinderella book looks awesome. Emma would love it.

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    Carla M VD Westhuizen
    December 8, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    WOW Harvey would love that Gruffalo Annual! Holding thumbs!

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    December 8, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    What a great selection!!

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    December 8, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    My son loves bedtime stories and he lives it when we get new reading material.

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    Tracy Jacobs
    December 8, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Love giving books to kids, love reading to them too and this is a fab selection 🙂

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    Deruschka Govender
    December 8, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    My little girl is 17months but has such a love for books,we literally read to her before school,when she gets home and right up until bedtime…we could definitely do with some new and exciting reads❤️❤️❤️

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    December 8, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Would love to win for my little girl ?

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    Leandra Du Toit
    December 9, 2017 at 12:22 am

    What a awesome giveaway

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    Justine Neveling
    December 9, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    These books are stunning & would make a perfect Christmas gift for my foster babies ❤️

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    December 9, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    My little girl loves reading and would so enjoy this.

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    Michele Sanvido
    December 10, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Every night is a two story adventure for our house, these books would compliment our night time routine wonderfully!

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    December 10, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Ah, these books sounds great! Always looking for new ones to add to our bookshelf! We love storytime

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    Luchae Williams
    December 10, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    I’m the “Give them books and love!!!” gift giver of the family. My kids think I’m nuts. They’re right…. These look amazing!

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    December 11, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Lovely books! Always looking for good suggestions.

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    December 11, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Would love to win this for my 2 year old!

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    December 11, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    My son doesn’t sleep until we read him a bed time story, hope he never loses his passion for books. These would be great bed time reads for him.

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    kerryn kiely
    December 11, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    We heart books !

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    Kim Mari
    December 12, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Love this selection for busy little fingers

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    December 12, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    awesome selection of books

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    December 12, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    these books look amazing!

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    Gina Schreuder
    December 12, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Love this selection of books!

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    Debbie Thackeray
    December 12, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Such beautiful books. We have the audiobook of The Gruffalo, so so great!

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    December 13, 2017 at 1:05 am

    My girls would love all of these read to them, whilst we snuggle up together ?

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    December 15, 2017 at 8:52 am

    My son would LOVE these!

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    December 15, 2017 at 11:42 am

    We’ve added books to our bedtime routine and it’s become father-son bonding time. We really enjoy Julia Donaldson’s books.

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    December 15, 2017 at 11:53 am

    i’ve recently started reading to our son and he seems to love the different voices and pointing at the birds and the moons in the two books we have. i think having more books would be super awesome for him. 🙂

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    Janel Sunderlall
    December 15, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Would love to win this for my kids

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    December 15, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    My son loves his bedtime stories

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    December 15, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Fabulous giveaway

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    December 15, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Read to my baby every night, this would be a great addition to his books

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    Anusha Naidoo
    December 15, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Thank you for a wonderful giveaway
    Will be a absolute delight and pleasure to win for our little girl who loves to be read to.

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    Fatima Sader
    December 17, 2017 at 7:24 am

    My boy would go crazy for this. A brilliant addition to our bedtime book collection.

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    December 17, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I wish i saw this sooner????my daughter is inlove with books. She just want me to read to her all the time and looking at each picture talking about it..she is 6 years old and not at all interested in toys????she can keep herself busy with books for a lang time

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