Friday, 16 March 2018

Scholastic Books Spring Bundle Giveaway & #KeepReading Competition!

World Book Day may have been delayed all over the country due to snow, but Scholastic were on time in releasing their special World Book Day Book Club catalogue. Including over 400 carefully chosen books from more than 70 different publishers and a host of amazing authors, the price of  everything in the World Book Day Club catalogue is also heavily discounted by as much as 70%.


To help promote the Spring catalogue and celebrate World Book Day, Scholastic have a fabulous #KeepReading competition with a chance to win £30 of books for your child AND their school or nursery. Scholastic are inviting children to send in a video or written review of a book that they have recently enjoyed. There are three different age categories, 0-6, 7-11 and 11+, with one prize for each category. It doesn't have to be professional, and it doesn't have to be a particular book - but it does have to be the child's review, not yours!

To enter the review competition, share your child's book review with Scholastic on social media. State which age category you are in, use the hashtag #KeepReading and tag @ScholasticUK and @WorldBookDayUK 

The three winners will be able to choose £30 worth of books for themselves and nominate their chosen school or nursery to receive a £30 credit to their Scholastic account, which can be exchanged for free books. Entries need to be received by midnight on Thursday 29th March 2018.

Scholastic have also offered one of my readers an awesome bundle of books from the World Book Day Book Club, and it seems only appropriate that I got my 8 and 9 year old boys to give their thoughts...


Cake (£6.99rrp, Scholastic price £3.99)
Written and illustrated by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, Cake is a big, bright, large format paperback with a wipe clean cover and 32 full colour pages. Ideal for younger children, aged around 3-6, this is a simple storyline about a cake who is looking for the perfect hat for a very special occasion...


My almost 8 year old says: (Laughing) The cake is trying to get to the birthday party, and they trick him. It's a good story.
My 9 year old says: I think it's more for younger ages, but I still really enjoyed it (he laughed aloud as he finished the book).


The Koala Who Could (£6.99rrp, Scholastic price £3.99)
A large format paperback by Rachel Bright and Jim Field, written in rhyming couplets and with 32 full colour pages. Suitable for reading together or for young independent readers. A fantastic story about Kevin the Koala. His worst fears come true, but actually, it was okay and it really alters his entire life for the better. An excellent book to really encourage nervous children or those who are scared of change.


My almost 8 year old says: He is stuck on his tree and it comes down and he can enjoy everything forever.
My 9 year old says: I like this book because it has a message in the end - and it's about one of my favourite animals. The moral of the story is to enjoy life.


Springtime Stories (£6.99rrp, Scholastic price £4.99)
A collection of 30 classic short stories from Enid Blyton, with cover art by Mark Beech. Suitable for reading together or for young independent readers aged around 6+. A big paperback with 320 pages, but each story is very short and quickly read - perfect for bedtime. This genre fell out of the spotlight over the last 30 years, but they are coming back into vogue and I think it's a good thing. The love of the outdoors and innocence of the characters within the stories has been missing from recent children's literature. Rescued kittens and lambs, painted eggs and home-made lemonade, it's all there. Let kids be kids while they can, they'll be adults long enough.


My nearly 8 year old says: It looks good. I'll read these stories.
My 9 year old says: Fairy tales. I think I would like this because I really enjoy fairy tales and fantasy. Lots of short stories sounds good.


The Phantom Lollipop Man (£6.99rrp, Scholastic price £3.99) 
From the winner's of the Blue Peter Best Story Award, author Pamela Butchart and illustrator Thomas Flintham, The Phantom Lollipop Man! uses illustrations and large fonts to break up the passages of text. Brilliant to encourage less confident or reluctant readers aged around 7+ as it's very easy to read and at 272 pages, they'll feel proud to finish it. It tells the story of Izzy, and how it really isn't as easy to be a ghost as you might think! It's an existence full of danger...


My nearly 8 year old says: From the cover I really don't want to read that. Oh, actually it's different inside, its got lots of pictures. The blurb looks good, but I don't like ghosts.
My 9 year old says: I think this looks great. It involves science and comedy.


The Midnight Gang (£6.99rrp, Scholastic price £3.49) 
Written by David Walliams and illustrated by Tony Ross, we first looked at this in the December 2016 Scholastic catalogue, and it was the first book my 9 year old son chose when he got hold of them. He really enjoys David Walliams, whereas my almost 8 year old has only just become brave enough to tackle it. A great midpoint between the comic style of books like The Phantom Lollipop Man and the full on chapter novels with no illustrations. The midnight gang are a bunch of children who are staying in hospital, very bored and mischievous during the night! I really like this one. A whopping 480 pages, yet perfectly achievable and a great read for any child aged around 9+.


My almost 8 year old says: I have read half of this already and I think its really good
My 9 year old says: I like The Midnight Gang because there are so many main characters and each of them has their own disability. It's a really good story.


Flying Tips for Flightless Birds (£7.99rrp, Scholastic price £4.99).
Kelly McCaughrain's full 380 page novel for independent readers aged around 11-12+. This is the tale of Finch and his twin sister Birdie, their family Circus School and how their lives change when Birdie has a really serious accident. A great book for any young person feeling that confusion over 'who am I?' as they enter their teenage years, with a rites of passage story which covers teenage worries, emotions, sexuality and early loves very sensitively. Ideal especially for any young person struggling to find characters to relate to.


My 9 year old says: I don't know if this is the sort of book I'd read because I prefer fantasy at the moment. (He has plenty of time yet).

When you shop with Scholastic they will also donate 25% worth of FREE BOOKS back to your nominated school or nursery for every order over £10. Last year they gave over £9m in free books back to schools - make sure that yours is registered and if it isn't, ask at the office because registration takes only a few minutes.

To take a look at the full World Book Day Book Club, (where you can search by age and type of book) on the Scholastic website. And don't forget to enter the #KeepReading competition! 

Scholastic have offered this bundle of 6 excellent new books for one of my readers. Entry to the giveaway is by Gleam form below and the giveaway will end at midnight Sunday 8th April. Open to UK entrants only.

To see my other giveaways, please go to my Giveaways Page - where you can also find help if you are new to Gleam forms.

Scholastic Books Spring Bundle Giveaway


We were sent our books for review. 

147 comments:

  1. This looks like a great bundle of books! Freyja has just started The Midnight Gang, but she started reading it with my husband so I am not allowed to read it with her:-(

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  2. I look forward to some sunshine so that I can get outside and make my garden beautiful again after the winter.

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  3. What a fab prize, there are some great titles on that list

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  4. The warmer weather. I can't wait to go outside without a coat and enjoy the sunshine.

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  5. Outdoor adventures - parks and adventure playgrounds - great fun for us all and its free exercise

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  6. Warmer weather so I can get my chihuahua out - she hates the cold weather!

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  7. I look forward to getting in the garden and tidying it up. it always looks so miserable after the winter

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  8. Getting outdoors more and spending time in the garden. Love coming home and opening the doors to the garden with the sun coming through.

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  9. I look forward to fun Easter egg hunts with the kids

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  10. The sun! And getting the paddling pool out for the boys

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  11. Warmer days, spending more time outside

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  12. I look forward to not having to put so many layers of clothes on, so I can get ready quicker!

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  13. Same as most people Spring sunshine & warmth, not happening yet though.

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  14. An end to short, wet, windy and cold days when the warm sunshine finally breaks through. Lovely!

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  15. I look forward to baby animals being born, watching the little ducklings swimming behind their Mum in a straight row does it for me every time!

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  16. I look forward to the blossom on the trees!

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  17. i love the warmer weather so the kids can play out more xx

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  18. Definitely looking forward to lighter evenings and more time outdoors

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  19. I love it when all the green shoots start to appear and I know my plants have survived the winter.

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  20. I look forward to lighter nights, so I can take the kids to the park after school.

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  21. being able to go and chill in the garden

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  22. Having a good old spring clean and freshen up the decor ready for summer

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  23. Changes in colour all around me because it's all fresh and new

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  24. I love it when all the flowers start coming into bloom (the daffodils!)

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  25. The daily retweet option isn't working. I can tweet on a new form but not retweet daily

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  26. The warmer days and the spring flowers.

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  27. Warmer weather, as allows for getting outdoors and enjoying being outdoors. Lovely to see flowers, plants, trees, hear the birds chirping , etc. It's like life, fun, joy, new beginnings.

    Rachel Craig

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  28. I hust love being outdoors and not being cold, our springs tend to be better than our summers of late so I like to make the most of it

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  29. In the spring I look forward to the warmer days and getting washing out on the line x

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  30. I love seeing all of the wild flowers start blooming and the wild bunnies running around.

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  31. In the spring I look forward to the sun and Easter also the flowers

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  32. Getting back out in the garden, to prep for all the summer flowers and fun!

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  33. Being able to play out in the garden more and eat our tea outside

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  34. Lighter evenings, warmer days, getting outdoors with the kids. Bliss!!!!

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  35. The sun making an appearance!

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  36. Charlene Merrall22 March 2018 at 11:27

    The sunshine definitely! and longer days so I can stay outside for longer!

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  37. Easter holidays with my kids, Easter eggs and my birthday.

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  38. The lighter evenings and the colour returning to the garden and countryside

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  39. I look forward to getting into the garden and seeing everything blooming.

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  40. I love the lighter days and Easter egg hunts

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  41. getting outside more cycling xx

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  42. I look forward to the weather warming up, with the promise of summer on its way. Walks in the woods and along the beach are so much fun in the spring time, looking for all the spring wildlife.

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  43. I look forward to Easter holidays so we can visit all the local country parks for walks and see all the spring flowers blossoming. I also love making egg hunts for the kids and taking them to a little farm park to see baby animals

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  44. I look forward to easter - Leanne W

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  45. My 7 year old would LOVE the David Walliams book - he has just got his first one and I can't stop him reading it! My 5 year old would love Cake and the Koala book best - he loves animals :)

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  46. The warmer weather and lighter evenings

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  47. A bit of sunshine, the gloom really gets me down

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  48. Being able to get out into my garden, planning and growing my plants and veg, playing and socialising

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  49. The lighter nights and being able to get outdoors more with the family..fresh air and exercise x

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  50. The lighter days and weather hopefully improving

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  51. The warmer weather meaning we can get outside after months of rubbish weather.

    Kate Davies

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  52. seeing all the pretty flowers, they make me smile :)

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  53. We can abandon the winter clothes and shoes at last x

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  54. getting out for picnics with my boys x

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  55. The warmer weather and the longer evenings

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  56. What do you most look forward to in Spring and why?

    the warmer days in summer

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  57. Warmer and longer days

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  58. I always looks forward to the longer days and the Easter holidays.

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  59. Warmer weather, lighter evenings

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  60. I look forward to the weather warming up

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  61. The warmer weather so i can go out more

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  62. I look forward to the Spring flowers - crocus, daffodils, tulips because I love to see them.

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  63. I look forward to my exercise class moving outdoors so we can get lots of fresh air x

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  64. We like walking by the riverside with the dogs.

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  65. I enjoy the warmer weather mostly and enjoy walks and cycling with my family. Great for our mind and health.

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  66. Park picnics with my grandsons, we don't have a garden so make the most of any time we can spend outdoors and eating alfresco is special

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  67. The lighter evenings so we can enjoy more time outside (Alex Telford)

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  68. I most look forward to seeing the spring flowers and the warmer weather.

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  69. I love the tulips and Daffodils all around, picnics in the park and more chances to get out for a bike ride!

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  70. Love seeing the colours on threes changing.

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  71. Sunshine and pretty flowers for me!!!

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  72. Great bundle, we look forward to being able to get out on our local bike trails a bit more without freezing!

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  73. Blossom on the trees

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  74. I look forward to lighter evenings, because it make it perfect for a lovely evening walk or a spot of gardening.

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  75. the nicer weather and lighter nights

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  76. I love to see the blue bells because they are my favourite flowers!

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  77. planting seeds and potting seedlings up

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  78. Love the spring, because the garden starts to come to life, so i can enjoy watching the flowers come into bloom

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  79. Feeling more alive with the brighter and longer days

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  80. Sarah Ballantyne4 April 2018 at 23:36

    The lighter evenings so I can fit in a run around the fields once the kids are in bed. It's so nice to get off the pavements after a cold, dark winter.

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  81. I look forward to the warmer weather because I spend most of the winter feeling cold!

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  82. i love the lighter nights, it just makes me happier and no more feeling grumpy about when it's dark and cold.

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  83. I love rock pooling with my great-niece who is 5. It is a bit cold in the winter and rather busy in the summer so we prefer spring for it.

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  84. I look forward to the lighter longer evenings and seeing flowers and blossom everywhere

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  85. I'm not a winter person at all and my niece doesn't really like the outdoors however my nephew does - spring makes it so much easier as at least it's bright outside so we can walk to the park together and have fun there.

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  86. I like getting outside more and going for walks in the sunshine

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  87. The flowers blooming - reminds me of new beginnings. Also love the longer days cos there doesn't seem there's enough hours in the day so as more sun light is always a bonus.

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  88. i look forward to seeing the daffodils sprouting, because they make me happy when they dance in the breeze.

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  89. Family walks around Dalby forest watching new plants and flowers grow

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  90. Michelle Ferguson7 April 2018 at 01:00

    I like the lighter evenings so I can go on nice long dog walks

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  91. I look forward to the days getting longer :)

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  92. i look forward to lighter evenings. i feel i have more of the day left

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  93. I love to get in my greenhouse in the Spring and start planting all the seeds for this years crop of vegetables and flowers on my allotment and i just love to see all the wildlife emerging after the winter.

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  94. I love going for walks in the sunshine and grabbing an ice cream from the ice cream man. @allumsadventure on twitter

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  95. Warmer weather so I can get out in the garden x

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  96. I find that the winter seems really long in Scotland so it's nice to go to work and come home in the light.

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  97. looking forward to going out in the garden lighter nights

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  98. The weather getting warmer and days spent outside

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  99. Everything looks bright and more colourful - love the spring flowers.

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  100. Getting out in the fresh air and seeing all the flowers come into bloom.

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  101. Stefany Acaster7 April 2018 at 22:01

    The sun because it makes me feel happier

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  102. I love the spring blossom trees

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  103. I like the lighter nights, as I like to get out in the garden

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  104. I love the spring flowers in bloom with all their colours

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  105. getting in the garden, i'm going out in a min!

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  106. I look forward to the lighter mornings. It's nice to leave for work at 6am and have some light!

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  107. I look forward to it getting warmer - it means summer holidays are on the way.

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  108. I love seeing the gorgeous flowers blooming and the sun shining

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  109. The weather getting warmer so can go out to parks with kids

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  110. nicer weather and spending more time outside

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  111. looking forward to getting outside

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  112. The longer days so get to spend more time with my 3 daughters, their school is not local to us which means that by the time we get back home in winter it's food, cuddles and bed so summer is our time to shine as a family.

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  113. I look forward to lighter evenings and blossom on the trees!

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  114. I look forward to the garden looking pretty, lots of colour and the grass hopefully starting to grow back!

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  115. I love the daffodils and going to the farm to see the baby animals

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  116. The weather getting warmer and less colds and coughs

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  117. I like the warmer weather, the longer days and the fact that Summer is next :)

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  118. Love the lighter evenings and the kids getting plenty of fresh air playing in the garden

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  119. The Daffodills bringing a splash of much needed colour back into the dreary days.

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  120. I look forward to getting out in the garden more

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  121. Flip flops... love the weather being warm enough for lazy flip flop family walks x

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  122. The spring flowers adding colour to the countryside

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  123. Pauline Burroughs8 April 2018 at 19:47

    I look forward to the warmer weather and seeing the trees and bushes turn a beautiful fresh green

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  124. Getting my garden sorted and actually getting to spend some time in it!

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  125. to the weather geting warm so the kids can play out in the street with their friends

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  126. The warmer weather so me and my children can get out and make some lovely memories x

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  127. I love seeing the ducklings and goslings on the canal. It really brightens up my walks and is a good way to get the kids out too.

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  128. The warmer weather. It makes everyone feel that bit happier.
    Donna W

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  129. The warmer weather so I can hang my washing out. Nothing beats drying on the line

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  130. warmer weather - longer lighter days

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  131. For me it has to be waking up to brighter mornings x

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