For the Love of Books

Times Tables, The Fun Way

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My eldest boy has started learning times tables in earnest last year. If you’ve been through, or are going through that stage at the moment, you’ll know what I mean: lots of repetition (tantrums), bribery (chocolate, nintendo ds, you name it) and distracted parents passing the buck at revision time. On my last trip to London, I stocked up on various times tables activity books that make practice and revision […]

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Tell Me a Story

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The Festival La Cour des Contes in Plan-les-Ouates is one of my favourite spring festivals in Geneva. For ten days, a number of exciting theatre shows, performed stories and workshops bring a new buzz to the city of Calvin – just when we’ve all had enough of winter and spring seems finally to be on its way. This year’s edition, which runs from the 2nd to the 11th of May 2014, will stretch from […]

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Les Recyclables

Librairie-Café "Les Recyclables", Geneva. Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

With its 11,000 books, healthy plats du jour and relaxed atmosphere, Les Recyclables is one of our favourite haunts in Geneva. It is true that there is no play area as such, but the spirit of this cozy Librairie-Café is so welcoming & laid-back that your little ones are never made to feel like they’re a nuisance. If you have lunch here, the little buttons can have a “Mini” version of your plat du […]

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Indoor Fun at Fnac Kids

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Following a makeover in November 2013, the Fnac Kids section at the Genève Rive store is looking great: the books selection is much larger, with plenty of great toys and gift ideas too – but the best bit for me is the number of free workshops and readings that are now part of the bookshop’s weekly agenda. I popped in last week with my Little Missy and did not come away empty […]

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For The Love of Books

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Without a doubt, one of the nicest  and better-stocked kids bookshops in the Geneva area is La Librerit in Carouge. I stop by whenever I can and always manage to find a new book, board game or activity I know my little ones will love. Conveniently located on Place du Marché – and very easily identifiable by its colourful yellow sign! – La Librerit stocks an amazing selection of children’s books for all ages […]

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A Swiss Bestseller

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For me, summer isn’t really summer without a gripping read to delve into on those balmy evenings when my little buttons are finally tucked in bed after a long day spent at the beach. Always on the hunt for a good story, I recently came across the Italian translation of “La vérité sur l’affaire Harry Québert” by Joël Dicker, a young author born and raised in Geneva who has taken the French […]

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Books in the Park

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The 9th edition of the Festival livre et petite enfance will take place on the Promenade des Bastions in Geneva from the 21st to the 25th of May 2013. When temperatures soar and the skies get so blue they seem to melt into the lake, there’s no better place to be than one of the city’s luxuriant parks – the family and I just love to soak in the balmy air and hear […]

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What’s On in April

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Spring is finally here to stay and the list of events in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France is filled with exciting outings for the whole family. Here’s our list of suggestions, but remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating it with more events each week ! Read our previous post to find all the best child-friendly places to enjoy a delicious and stress-free Sunday brunch with your […]

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Au Chien Bleu

Au Chien Bleu children's bookshop, Geneva - photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

Cozy, colourful and full-to-the-brim with books and educational toys, Au Chien Bleu in Geneva is everything you dream an independent children’s bookstore to be. The choice of books, toys & CDs for 0 to 16 year-olds is infinite, but they also have a very tempting selection of gifts and stationery ranging from washi tape to satchels, gift boxes, pencil cases etc. Artfully arranged on the shelves and tables you’ll find anything from the classics to the most […]

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Languages & Storytime in Geneva

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There’s nothing my little monkeys and I love more than a good story, so we were over the moon to find out about a series of readings for children organized by Geneva’s public libraries around the theme of languages & communication called “Même pas la langue dans la poche….”. Until the 31st of March 2013, parents and their little buttons will be able to visit some of Geneva’s bibliothèques municipales and take part in […]

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La Joie de Lire

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The first time I came across one of Albertine’s books published by La Joie de Lire, I was in our paeditrician’s waiting room. The boys and Little Miss Cutie were being their usual rambunctious selves and I was trying to pretend they weren’t with me, so I picked up a book entitled “En ville” and – within seconds – I was lost in its rich, colourful world. The illustrations depicted a city in […]

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Cookery Books for Smurfs

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Best things really do come in small packages as is the case with these cool tiny cookery books I bought in France quite recently . Each of them lists 30 “cult recipes” you can make with some staple pantry-shelf ingredients that snobbish cooks would normally scorn: marshmallows, cheese triangles, smarties, condensed milk, nutella etc.     It’s hard to gauge from the photos but “les tout-petits de Marabout” are really no bigger than your hand. […]

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Find a Book, Find a Treasure

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I can never walk past a bookshop without having a quick look inside and, since becoming a mum, I’ve been able to indulge my love of books and retro designs even more. There’s definitely no bigger fan of “The Tiger Who Came To Tea” in this universe than yours truly. On a recent trip to France, I came across the Caroline books series by French cartoonist Pierre Probst and fell in love with […]

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