WIN: A $50 voucher to spend at Story Mama- online children’s bookstore (closed)

Story Mama

Story Mama is an Australian online bookstore that specialises in books for children aged 0-5 years. It is run by a mum who aims to make the process of selecting a books for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers easy.

One feature of the Story Mama website is a ‘shop by milestone’ section. Read about how important books can be in guiding children through milestones. Story Mama launched in December 2012 and is continually adding to their milestone categories.

Story Mama has a strong focus on quality books rather than quantity, and they value input from real parents. Share your suggestions for your chance to win a $50 voucher to spend at Story Mama.

To Enter:

  • Tell us,  in a message below, a milestone or challenging event that you would like to see added to the Story Mama store?

The Winner:

  • The most creative entry, as determined by Jackie of My Little Bookcase, will win a $50 voucher to spend at Story Mama.

Terms and Conditions

1. Each reader may enter only once.

2. The giveaway is open to all Australian and international readers

3. All entries must be received by 9:30pm (AEST) on Thursday 12 September, 2013.

4. The winner will be chosen by Jackie Small of My Little Bookcase

5. The winner will be notified via email

6. The winner will also be announced on Facebook and Twitter

7. The winner are asked to send a reply email within 7 days before a new winner is selected

8. The winner will be sent a voucher code to be used within 6 months.

This post is sponsored by Story Mama

WIN: A $50 voucher to spend at Story Mama- online children’s bookstore (closed)

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  1. I think that moving house is a massive milestone that needs to be added to the list. There is so much that occurs before (packing), during (moving) and after (unpacking and organising) moving house. Children will benefit from some stories and pictures of what is going to happen, so they know what to expect and how they can adjust to their new surroundings. When we moved house my poor monkey (just turned 3), was so out of sorts about the whole thing, that no amount of explaining the situation helped him. But I bet some good picture books would of assisted him to make sense of the whole ordeal.

  2. I was going to say toilet training, as that is what my grandson is up to, but Story Mama has that covered with 3 great stories. They have all the milestones I can think of covered – great site and thanks for letting us know about it.

  3. I’d love to see some books about making friends. Children begin to move from a totally me centred world and begin to value friendships. It is not always easy and a picture book would be a great starting point.

  4. I feel a book about starting primary school should be added. Many kids including my son are very anxious about starting primary school which involves so many changes in their daily routein as compared to kinder. They need to be prepared for new school environment, have to be independent with their school stuff and have to spend more time away from home.

  5. Great idea to be able to search by milestone!
    I always like to choose books for my children related to the season we’re in, and recent experiences we’ve had.
    Books about eggs & bunnies at Easter, sunshine & beaches in Summer, books about dads around Fathers day, windy stories for a time of wild weather, etc.
    It is hard at Christmas, as so many books are from America and the UK, and are full of snow (which doesn’t relate to our experience of that time of year). So I will hunt out books by local Authors (such as “I love Chrismas” by Anna Walker, and “Slinky Malinky Christmas Crackers” by Lynley Dodd).
    Maybe she could have a birthday category? We love to read “Birthday Soup” by Maurice Sendak in the lead up to a birthday, and have been thinking about getting my hands on “Moomin and the Birthday Button” by Tove Jansson.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win! :)

  6. How about ‘Books about Divorce’?

    I know it’s a hard topic, but it’s a significant and important topic for any child affected by their parents separating.

    This could include parents fighting, parents separating, dealing with having two homes, blended families and step parents.

  7. We just read ‘Harry & Hopper’ by Margaret Wild & Freya Blackwood. A beautiful book about losing a cherished pet – this is a great story and a great way to introduce loss around pets. I’d have to follow it on with Old Pig – another beautiful book about loss from Margaret. Important for us to have supportive texts such as these to ease us through the saddness of real and inevitable loss in life!

  8. I love all the ideas above they have all been a part of our lives at one point or another. Topics which can be hard to deal with sometimes with little ones. Wold love to see one about why my brother or sister is different (special needs) also how lots of girls and boys wear glasses. we’ve just got some for my daughter and she refuses to wear them, so hard being that she’s only 3 to explain that they will help her.

  9. I would love there to be a good, comforting picture book to help children deal with chronic illness in the family. Sadly this is a challenging thing many families experience. I would love a book that says that regardless of all that’s going on right now, Mummy will always love you… She might not be able to get out of bed to play today, but you’re always welcome to get into her bed for a warm snuggle, She may not be able to come out to your Christmas Concert, but she’d love you to stage your very own show for her…. and also reinforce the many wonderful things there are to be thankful for, even in the midst of suffering…. the flowers blooming in the spring, the warm sunshine, the love shown by the family and friends who come round to help…
    Maybe I’ll have to write it myself one day! :-)

    • I really like the idea of your story. It made me a bit teary. You should write the book yourself.

    • This is a beautiful idea joyful, wonderfully expressed (I think you should go ahead and write it yourself!) and similar to what I was thinking – what about books to help children cope with a mentally ill parent? It’s one thing for your mum/dad to be in hospital with a broken leg, but quite another when they’re in hospital but there is nothing physically wrong with them. It’s important that children are taught that mental illness is just like any other illness – it’s not their fault when their parent gets sick, nor is it something to be afraid or shameful of. There is so much stigma around mental illness in our society, and if we want that to change, we need to start with our children.

  10. Hello, thank you for this opportunity! In regards to another challenge topics that i think is a good idea to add (in my opinion) to the existing list are how to deal with strangers approaching you/offering you something (i have a huge issue with that with my 4-year old when she is always ready to take cookie, gum, or candy from a adult stranger) AND what to do if you got lost. Thank you!

  11. My miss 4 has a life threatening peanut allergy. Her favorite book to read is a small home made book about what it means to have an allergy. I’d love to add some more beautiful, engaging, informative picture books about this issue to our collection. With allergy rates sky rocketing, I’d imagine there must be other families who’d be interested to read about characters our children can identify with, and that can teach life saving messages in a perfect way. Thanks for the introduction to story mama, it looks beautiful!

  12. Moving house! My two boys are both under 3 yrs old. In his first 2 years, my oldest son has already moved house twice and we will be moving again in 6 months or so. We found the second move really hard on him, as he was about 15mths old and his bedroom and our backyard were his little safe havens. Now we face the prospect of moving again as we are renters. A book list to help him and my youngest with this transition would be fabulous! What a great idea Story Mama!

  13. I think stories about children who are concieved through IVF or donor sperm/egg. There is very little available out there about these subjects

  14. Perhaps some books about being an only child, or about being adopted or adopting a new baby?

  15. The milestone would be looking after a pet. We want to buy some chooks for the backyard which would be perfect for our toddler and books that illustrate the responsibilities and rewards in having a pet are a fantastic tool to have on hand.

  16. Who isn’t scared of the Dentist? Now imagine you are three, yep, even scarier! I love the idea of milestone books and would love to see one on the first dentist visit.

  17. What a brilliant concept and resource. My suggestion would be to create birthday related milestones. Eg. 1st Birthday, 2nd birthday, 3rd birthday, etc. Makes shopping for birthday presents that much easier ;P xo

  18. I think it would be lovely to have a book about having a sleepover, either a grandparent/family type sleepover, or a friend sleepover. That can be a big deal for little people. You have all the other big milestones covered!

  19. I would like to see a book on miscarriage and/or the death of a sibling, for young kids. It’s something we would rather not think about, and often don’t until it happens to us or someone we know. I’ve been so incredibly close with my siblings my whole life and can only imagine the impact it can have on a child to lose a brother or sister, or to have the excitement of the pending arrival of a new sibling snatched away so suddenly.

  20. Going on a boat, all that swaying and bumping can be a little scary. What a fun book boat book to ease fear of being in the middle of water with no sight of land

  21. Being afraid of the dark…….. thanks :-)

  22. Moving country! We have done this several times, and being the new kid in school isn’t easy, although it can be lots of fun too.

  23. Moving house, which we are doing soon and when mummy has to go to the doctor/chiropractor etc. I have to go to the chiro a lot and I can’t take my son with me anymore because he gets so upset seeing the chiro working on me. I thought it was just the chiro, but had to go to the doctor the other day because of blocked ears and Jack got upset as soon as doctor started to look in my ears.

  24. Moving house and parents separating.

  25. I think a challenging event that is becoming more common now is facing things like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day without that particular parent (e.g. absent parent, divorce, death, same-sex parent etc).

  26. One book I would love to see is a book to prepare children for moving to a new country. Or even spending time in a different country for a while. As both myself and my husband are not from the country we are living in, we take our two boys to our respective homes once every year or two… and it is VERY different! Driving on a different side of the road, eating new foods, new accents/languages, cultural norms, even dress codes. It would be awesome to have a book to explain some of the ways to “prepare” children for these new experiences of being outside the culture/country they are used to, and to help them realize there is no “right” or “wrong” but that different countries are simply different – which can pose a challenge sometimes but can also be a lot of fun.

  27. So many great ideas written above.
    I would like to see more books that support children in dealing with bullying type situations or similar. I guess it isn’t really a milestone but I believe that all children face bullying at one time or another in their lives. There is so many types of bullying now and it starts so very young. Children need to know how to cope and deal with a bully and learn how to not be one themselves.
    Lovely online book store by the way. :)

  28. So many great ideas! I think books on Mum/Dad going to hospital would help a child’s understanding.
    As well books on going to to the next room in childcare or even school could help with transition- my son found going from the carers in the nursery to the toddler room very daunting!
    Further topics could be sleeping in your own bed and Dad or Mum working away (perfect for when a parent goes on deployment, to the mines…)

  29. What a lovely website & great resource. My mum always choose picture books for us depending on things happening in our lives (something I found out as an adult, realising my favourite childhood books were actually because I was afraid of the dark etc!) & it’s something I will definitely be doing for my own children. It would be nice to have a milestone category for books about children with chronic illness or allergies, such as dealing with the daily issues of having different diets (children with diabetes, coeliacs disease etc) and taking regular medicine (asthmatics). Thanks so much

  30. Books about loosing a grandparent . How to deal with saying goodbye and expressing emotions about death .

  31. I would really love some books on receiving immunisations. I always try to prepare my kids for their needles but it is the only thing in their lives that I sit with them and knowingly support someone else inflicting pain on them. I know it is for their own good but it would be really nice to have some books to read through with them so they could see the importance of having this small painful procedure done too.

  32. I would suggest books about ‘going on holiday’, ‘getting a pet’, ‘losing a tooth’, or ‘going to the Easter show’ as some other important milestones for kids

  33. I think getting a pet is a big milestone – whether it’s a fish, cat or dog or any sort of animal, it’s good to have books about animals to help understand more about them & caring for them. Being an animal lover & owner of 2 crazy blue cattle dogs, I love having relevant books for my sons. Having pets teaches kids a lot!

  34. Talking milestones – I would love specific books to read with my child to assist/encourage his speech. I know children all progress at their own pace but we personally need some help so any books we can share with our 2 year old son would be extremely helpful. Thank you.

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