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So we've been a little quiet recently, mostly owing to travelling, concussions (long story), and toddler stomach bugs!⁣ ⁣ Despite all this chaos we still found some time to sort through our books and I stumbled across this rather beautiful and somewhat odd book that I'd completely forgotten that I'd got!⁣ ⁣ What are some of your favorite books that you completely forgot you owned?⁣ ⁣  #book #childrensbooks #bookreview #bookstagram #picturebooks #kidlit #literature #litracy #childrensliterature #earlyreaders #booksofinstagram #iglibraries #bibliophile #booklover #bookworm #booksforsmallreaders #littlereaders #fortheloveofreading #raisingreaders #goodreads #igreads #littlebookworm #welovebooks #kidbookstergram #ipreview via @preview.app
Let's take a break from kids books for a moment, and have a look at what we adults are reading!⁣ ⁣ I love the Sandman Slim books, they're are a love letter to B-movie horror and cult films. They are sweary, violent, fast paced, and most of all fun!⁣ ⁣ What's your favourite guilty pleasure read?⁣ ⁣  #book #bookreview #bookstagram #literature #litracy #booksofinstagram #iglibraries #bibliophile #booklover #bookworm #goodreads #igreads #welovebooks #bookaddict #booknerd #bookstagrammer #readersofinstagram #booksbooksbooks #bookfeature #becauseofreading
We found this book in a charity shop the other day, and Gracie loves it. It's not something we were looking out for, just lucky to stumble upon it.⁣ ⁣ What is your favourite random find?⁣ ⁣  #book #childrensbooks #bookreview #bookstagram #picturebooks #kidlit #literature #litracy #childrensliterature #earlyreaders #booksofinstagram #iglibraries #bibliophile #booklover #bookworm #booksforsmallreaders #littlereaders #fortheloveofreading #raisingreaders #goodreads #igreads #littlebookworm #welovebooks #kidbookstergram
As a dad to two young girls, I was extremely happy when I found "Mine" at the library. It is a story about sharing, and about the dangers of selfishness. A perfect introduction to these sorts of things.⁣ ⁣ Written by Jerome Keane, illustrated by Susana de Dios, and published by Orchard Books, it follows the adventures of a fox and a horse who are extremely bored. That is until a ball bounces up to them. This sparks a little argument between them about who should get to play with the ball first. Unfortunately for them, when they finally come to an agreement it is too late, as a duck has stolen the ball. Fortunately a kite then lands nearby, and they have learnt their lesson.⁣ ⁣ The illustrations are where this book really shines. Everything is so bright and colourful. The animals and trees are in an abstract style, everything is extremely captivating, and certain to hold your little one's attention. ⁣ ⁣  #book #childrensbooks #bookreview #bookstagram #picturebooks #kidlit #literature #litracy #childrensliterature #earlyreaders #booksofinstagram #iglibraries #bibliophile #booklover #bookworm #booksforsmallreaders #littlereaders #fortheloveofreading #raisingreaders #goodreads #igreads #littlebookworm #welovebooks #kidbookstergram
This is a story about sharing, jealousy, and not making judgements about others. ⁣ ⁣ "Odd Dog" is by Claudia Boldt, and published by Jonathan Cape. It follows Helmut who, unlike other dogs, loves apples, and not bones. Helmut loves his apple tree to a fault. He worries that his neighbour wants to steal his apples, and even has nightmares over it. One day the juciest apple on the tree threatens to fall into the neighbour's garden. Helmut attempts to prevent it but he can't. Just when Helmut thinks he's lost the apple for good the neighbour returns it. He realises that he judged his neighbour unjustly, and they become friends.⁣ ⁣ Boldt's illustrations and lovely and quaint. Using a pallet of pale blues, and greys, as well as vibrant reds, and oranges, the pictures pop. The dogs in particular are extremely cute.⁣ #book #childrensbooks #bookreview #bookstagram #picturebooks #kidlit #literature #litracy #childrensliterature #earlyreaders #booksofinstagram #iglibraries #bibliophile #booklover #bookworm #booksforsmallreaders #littlereaders #fortheloveofreading #raisingreaders #goodreads #igreads #littlebookworm #welovebooks #kidbookstergram
This is a story about accepting who you are, and not hiding what makes you happy.⁣ ⁣ "Perfectly Norman" is by Tom Percival, and published by @bloomsburypublishing. It follows Norman who one day sprouts wings, and lets him fly. He loves flying but when it is time to go home he is worried his parents won't accept his new wings. So he dons a coat, and refuses to take it off. In the end Norman realises that it is no longer the fear of rejection by his parents that makes him sad, it is hiding beneath the coat. So he throws off the coat and flies, and other children follow his example.⁣ ⁣ Percival's illustrations are fantastic at using colours to express mental wellbeing. The contrasting of greys, and vivid colours perfectly balances with the written story. Percival's characters are extremly expressive, and fun.⁣ ⁣  #book #childrensbooks #bookreview #bookstagram #picturebooks #kidlit #literature #litracy #childrensliterature #earlyreaders #booksofinstagram #iglibraries #bibliophile #booklover #bookworm #booksforsmallreaders #littlereaders #fortheloveofreading #raisingreaders #goodreads #igreads #littlebookworm #welovebooks #kidbookstergram
It is so refreshing to see different genders and races in the books we read. It's so easy to fall into a rut of white boys without even thinking about it. We live in a multicultural world, and I want my girls to experience it has to offer.⁣ ⁣ What are your favorite books that highlight different cultures or minorities?⁣ ⁣  #book #childrensbooks #bookreview #bookstagram #picturebooks #kidlit #literature #litracy #childrensliterature #earlyreaders #booksofinstagram #iglibraries #bibliophile #booklover #bookworm #booksforsmallreaders #littlereaders #fortheloveofreading #raisingreaders #goodreads #igreads #littlebookworm #welovebooks #kidbookstergram
"The Extraordinary Gardener" by @samboughton, and published by @tatepublishing, is the delightful story of a boy who lives in a grey, urban world, but who longs to live in a world of colour. He imagines this every day until he is struck by an idea. He goes on a search until he finds what he is looking for, an apple seed. Joe plants the seeds and nurtures it, but something seems to happen. Pretty soon he has forgotten all about his tree, and returns to his imaginary world of colour. But one day the tree appears and brings Joe's imaginary colours into the real world.⁣ ⁣ This is a story about being the change you want to see in the world. Just because you live in a drab world of grey doesn't mean that you have to accept this. It also nicely demonstrates that the smallest of actions, something as simple as planting a seed, can have a profound impact. This is a great book to introduce the idea of initiative to your children.⁣ ⁣ The illustrations in the book making it really stand out, everything is messy and wonderful. The use of colour is perfect for the story, and once the flowers bloom everything is just to vivid and bright.⁣ ⁣  #book #childrensbooks #bookreview #bookstagram #picturebooks #kidlit #literature #litracy #childrensliterature #earlyreaders #booksofinstagram #iglibraries #bibliophile #booklover #bookworm #booksforsmallreaders #littlereaders #fortheloveofreading #raisingreaders #goodreads #igreads #littlebookworm #welovebooks #kidbookstergram
It's #fathersday so I'm reposting one of my favorite stories about a dad (and I might pop up a new review later babies willing).⁣ ⁣ ***⁣ ⁣ Charming illustrations, and a truly heartwarming story made me fall in love with this book the moment I read it.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Written by Nadine Brun-Cosme, illustrated by Aurélie Guillerey, and published by Two Hoots Books, is a story about a dad and daughter who have some car trouble before he drops her off at school. The daughter fears that he may not be able to collect her so she quizzes him about how he would get to her should his car fail.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The writing is funny, and easy to understand. As the little girl questions her dad, he produces more absurd and ridiculous answers. In several places this book made me chuckle. It was nice to find a book that focuses on the dad's relationship with his child, I know these are becoming more common, but they are still few and far between.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I get a very French feel from the illustrations, which I know sounds daft but I've got no other way to describe it! In fact it wasn't until I checked the front of the book and saw that it had been translated from French, and then I felt vindicated. The character feel like they are captured perfectly in motion, and the bright colours of green, yellows and reds really make this book pop.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Ultimately the best compliment I can give this book is that I liked it so much that I've purchased my own copy for when I return this one to the library.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #book #childrensbooks #bookreview #bookstagram #picturebooks #kidlit #literature #litracy #childrensliterature #earlyreaders #booksofinstagram #iglibraries #bibliophile #booklover #bookworm #booksforsmallreaders #littlereaders #fortheloveofreading #raisingreaders #goodreads #igreads #littlebookworm #welovebooks #kidbookstergram
For our final day of eco books I wanted to look at something at little less bleak, and a little more fun.⁣ ⁣ "The Great Paper Caper" is by Oliver Jeffers, and published by HarperCollins. Mysterious things are happening in the forest in the build up to the biennial paper aeroplane competition. The animals are naturally perturbed by this and set about discovering the culprit. Eventually they discover that it was the bear, who is using the wood to press paper to practice for the competition. He's brought to justice, and promises to replant the forest. The whole thing is very lighthearted.⁣ ⁣ Once again Jeffers' illustrations are brilliant. They are cartoonish and fun, helping sell the story, while also throwing a few things that are sure to make adults smile.⁣ ⁣  #book #childrensbooks #bookreview #bookstagram #picturebooks #kidlit #literature #litracy #childrensliterature #earlyreaders #booksofinstagram #iglibraries #bibliophile #booklover #bookworm #booksforsmallreaders #littlereaders #fortheloveofreading #raisingreaders #goodreads #igreads #littlebookworm #welovebooks #kidbookstergram
Ever wonder what happens to a plastic bag that's dropped into the ocean? Well on our penultimate day of eco books we can find out.⁣ ⁣ "Somebody Swallowed Stanley" is written by Sarah Roberts, illustrated by Hannah Peck, and published by Scholastic books. It follows the adventures of a plastic bag that is repeated swallowed by different sea animals. The gentle writing helps soften the rather dark message of the book.⁣ ⁣ Peck's illustrations are beautiful, and really help create a wonderful underwater world. The dark blues contrasted with Stanley's orange really help the illustrations pop. Once again the fun illustrations help hide the rather dark, but none the less important, message. A great introduction for toddlers!⁣ ⁣  #book #childrensbooks #bookreview #bookstagram #picturebooks #kidlit #literature #litracy #childrensliterature #earlyreaders #booksofinstagram #iglibraries #bibliophile #booklover #bookworm #booksforsmallreaders #littlereaders #fortheloveofreading #raisingreaders #goodreads #igreads #littlebookworm #welovebooks #kidbookstergram
For day three of my little eco week I'm looking at an author local to me. I actually picked this book up at our local plastic free shop for extra eco points! ⁣ ⁣ "Hilda's Forest" by Emily Hobson-Martin and self-published under Hilda's Planet publishing, is the story of a rather sociable hedgehog who's just woken up from her winter slumber. Along she goes meeting her friends each of whom is having an issue with litter which Hilda helps them with. All this litter collects on poor Hilda until a little girl comes and helps her.⁣ ⁣ The rhyme of the book is lovely, and it serves as a perfect introduction to the impact that we have on the world around us. ⁣ ⁣ The illustrations have a loving simplicity to them. The colours are bright, and everything just feels very child friendly. A great bedtime read.⁣ ⁣  #book #childrensbooks #bookreview #bookstagram #picturebooks #kidlit #literature #litracy #childrensliterature #earlyreaders #booksofinstagram #iglibraries #bibliophile #booklover #bookworm #booksforsmallreaders #littlereaders #fortheloveofreading #raisingreaders #goodreads #igreads #littlebookworm #welovebooks #kidbookstergram
Today is #worldempathyday and its nearly father's day so let's have a little look back at a book I simply loved! The perfect intro to teaching empathy. ⁣ ⁣ ・・・⁣ ⁣ This is the lovely little story about a daughter looking after her poorly daddy.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Written by Nancy Loewen and illustrated by Hazel Quintanilla, and published by words & pictures, this story shows children what empathy is.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Its a simple book with a strong core message. While daddy is unwell, his daughter will be the daddy today and look after him. She does. Everything her dad would do for her, and I think it perfectly encapsulates the wonderful train of thought that children have.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The illustrations and bold and bright. The book itself is mostly grey, with brilliant oranges and reds. The characters are so emotive, perfect for a book about empathy.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #book #childrensbooks #bookreview #bookstagram #picturebooks #kidlit #literature #litracy #childrensliterature #earlyreaders #booksofinstagram #iglibraries #bibliophile #booklover #bookworm #booksforsmallreaders #littlereaders #fortheloveofreading #raisingreaders #goodreads #igreads #littlebookworm #welovebooks #kidbookstergram #empathy #empathyday
Today we are carrying on with our eco friendly stories! Today we will look at an OCD badger. ⁣ ⁣ "Tidy" by Emily Gravett, and published by Two Hoots, is a fun little story about a badger who just wants everything to be perfectly clean. This starts with with picking up litter, progresses to battling autumnal leaves, and ultimately ends when he concretes over the entire forest. Badger then has to deal with the disastrous results of that.⁣ ⁣ We've always loved Gravett's illustration style, and "Tidy" is no exception to that. Everything os very fluid, and emotive. Gravett's use of colour, especially on pages which are mostly a single colour, is brilliant. The whole thing feels lighthearted and fun, despite the serious subject matter.⁣ ⁣  #book #childrensbooks #bookreview #bookstagram #picturebooks #kidlit #literature #litracy #childrensliterature #earlyreaders #booksofinstagram #iglibraries #bibliophile #booklover #bookworm #booksforsmallreaders #littlereaders #fortheloveofreading #raisingreaders #goodreads #igreads #littlebookworm #welovebooks #kidbookstergram
This week we're going to be having a look at some books with an environmental message, so why not kick off with a modern twist on an old story?⁣ ⁣ Written and illustrated by Mini Grey, and published by Jonathan Cape/Penguin books, "The Last Wolf" declares itself to be "a tree-friendly adventure".⁣ ⁣ Drawing inspiration from Little Red Riding Hood, this is a story about a girl who goes hunting for wolves (with a cork gun). She walks for hours only finding rubbish and junk. After some time she eventually finds a house that contains the last wolf, the last lynx, and the last bear. They tell the girl about how the forest used to be. Horrified about how the forest is now, the girl goes about planting trees, and restoring the forest to its former glory.⁣ ⁣ I really enjoyed the illustration style of the book, from the characters expressive, and overly large eyes. The images feels very 2d, and illustrations reminded me of cardboard cutouts on a background.⁣ ⁣  #book #childrensbooks #bookreview #bookstagram #picturebooks #kidlit #literature #litracy #childrensliterature #earlyreaders #booksofinstagram #iglibraries #bibliophile #booklover #bookworm #booksforsmallreaders #littlereaders #fortheloveofreading #raisingreaders #goodreads #igreads #littlebookworm #welovebooks #kidbookstergram
It is important to us that we have a reading space in our front room for the girls. We wanted them to have access to wide selection of books at all times, so they can bring them to us to read together, or they can just look at them on their own. It also serves as a lovely reminder to us adults to turn off the TV occasionally and pick up a book.⁣ ⁣ What are you reading your little ones this evening? What about yourself? Grace had Graceful & Gritty, a book about women in the Bible, and I'll be continuing with Handmaiden's Tale when I go up to bed.⁣ ⁣ #book #childrensbooks #bookreview #bookstagram #picturebooks #kidlit #literature #litracy #childrensliterature #earlyreaders #booksofinstagram #iglibraries #bibliophile #booklover #bookworm #booksforsmallreaders #littlereaders #fortheloveofreading #raisingreaders

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