Kids Love to Read #40 & Giveaway

We've teamed up with the lovely   Laura's Lovely Blog  and  Acorn Books   on our monthly linky (or link-up for less bloggertast...



We've teamed up with the lovely  Laura's Lovely Blog and Acorn Books on our monthly linky (or link-up for less bloggertastic lingo!) Kids Love to Read to share blog posts written by other bloggers that star wonderful children's books. It's a great way to find new blogs to read and new book recommendations too, as well as invite people to come and read your own blog.

So if you write about your favourite children's books I would love it if you link-up your post! And I'm looking forward to reading them all!


Last Month's Favourites


Last month my favourite post came from last time was 'What the Kids Read in January' by Mumma Scribbles which featured one of my favourite books from last year - Diggersaurs by Michael Whaite and had me wanting a Very Noisy Dear Zoo book. And Laura chose A Cornish Geek's 'Little Guide to Great Lives' review as her favourite.



Linky Rules:

– Write about reading with children, share your love and your children’s love of books, what do you love to read together, how do you encouraging reading and books with your little or not so little ones? Books you love or book reviews.
– This Linky is open every 3rd Monday of the month for one week.
– Grab the Kids Love to Read badge and pop it in your post. It's linked at the end of the post for you.
– Use the #KLTR hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.
– Share the love – try and read & comment the host’s posts and on 2 other blogs listed on the Linky.
We look forward to reading your posts! And don't forget to enter the competition below!
Kim and the #KLTR team x



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Giveaway




Each month, to encourage reading with kids and to go along with our #KLTR Linky, we host a Book Giveaway.
We have a fabulous giveaway this month of Oh the Places You'll Go by Dr Seuss. 
*Terms and conditions: Entries are open to UK and Ireland residents. The competition closes on the the 10th April 2019. Winners will be announced on social media and contacted via email. If the winner does not respond to the email in two weeks, a new winner will be randomly chosen.

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Touring Picture Book - In the Swamp by the Light of the Moon & Origami Frogs

A quick turnaround since out last  Touring Picture Book  post but when there are such wonderful books to share it's no wonder we ha...



A quick turnaround since out last Touring Picture Book post but when there are such wonderful books to share it's no wonder we had to get this one out to you quickly! If you're new to the Touring Picture Bookwelcome! The team love to share a fun new release and a follow-up activity you can do with your children or a connection that we have made to the book that you might find helpful to think about.

And it has taken us a whole month to come up with the next couple of books as there have been so many interesting new releases already this year! But we are starting with an inspirational one!



A little frog sat in the night-time air 
in the swamp by the light of the moon. 
He sat all alone in the little green pond, 
singing his little frog tune.
But all by himself his voice was so quiet 
so he stopped and he let out a sigh.
"Singing alone is not much fun, 
what a lonely wee froggy am I."

In the Swamp by the Light of the Moon by Frann Preston-Gannon is the story of a little frog who is singing to himself in the swamp one night but he finds that his song just doesn't seem right. It's incomplete. He is missing something - or someone? So he invites the other animals to join in. And so in pour the beats of the crocodile, the melodies of the mice, the harmonies of the fish, the tones of the birds but still something is missing. The tiny voice of the bug. But bug feels that her voice is too small and not pretty. So frog has to convince her that he voice is beautiful.

And as the song spread all through the swamp,
each voice blended in with the rest.
Now everyone knew that the song of the swamp
needed everyone's voice to sound best.

To describe this book as a lyrical picture book just doesn't seem to do it justice! With a message of inclusivity, that all voices - no matter how small - should be heard, this is a picture book that will resonate with readers of all ages. And I love that the little bug (who turns out to shine a light on the problem!) is on every single page - probably ignored by older readers but definitely something little children will spot! And doesn't that support the message too. The colours in this book are incredibly evocative of a beautiful swamp (if there is such a thing as a beautiful swamp) with a fairytale-like quality. The characters are enchanting and will have your little ones wanting to join in with the song.  (If you are looking for ideas on how to do this check out my fellow TPB bloggers linked at the bottom of this post.) An absolutely outstanding and heart-warming picture book!

Origami Frogs



When I was in Girl Guides I learned how to make an origami frog and it's a skill that has stuck with me - I can still make them by heart! And what's more they are a great little trick to have up your sleeve with children as this particular frog has a folding mechanism that means he can literally jump across the table - meaning you can have frog jump competitions etc. But I've never written a tutorial like this before so I've taken lots of photos to help and hope I can make it clear for you.

1. You need a square piece of paper.


2. Fold it in half.


3. Fold it again to make a small square but then undo that fold so you have a nice clean crisp. From here on we work on the top half and then the bottom half to make things simpler.



Are you still with me?


4. On the top half of your rectangle, fold the top left hand corner half way, and crease. Unfold it. And repeat on the top right corner. When you unfold you should have a cross at the top.


5. This is the trickiest step. Put your left finger under the left triangle and your right finger under the right triangle. Push them together and downwards to create a fold. Then flatten the top piece to make a triangle. Press all these creases nice and firm. That's the top part (almost) finished.



If you managed that you're over the worst!!

6. Working on the bottom square now. Fold it in half upwards.


7. Fold the left and right edges in towards the middle. This should make an arrow shape.


8. Fold the bottom square upwards in half again.


9. Fold the top rectangle edges over to make two small triangle shapes. Just watch here as the paper gets quite thick!


10. Gently pull these edges outwards to make a boat shape.



11. Fold those edges down to make the legs of the frog.


12. Fold the ends of each 'limb' to create feet for your frog.


13. Fold the frog's bottom all the way up so that it covers the head using the existing crease. Then create a fold in the middle of the bottom to create a hinge that you can use to flip your frog.



14. Flip him over, pull back on the spring and watch him hop.


I hope that all makes sense and the photos help explain my instructions! And you have a lovely little jumping frog! You can let the kids add eyes and decorate them and then have a jumping competition.

If you did manage to follow those ramblings please do tag me in your froggy photos!!



Check out the other activities happening across the Touring Picture Book Club and pop over to our Twitter to be in with a chance of winning a copy of In the Swamp by the Light of the Moon of your very own!


Along Came Poppy - Exploring Sounds

Mamma Filz - Musical Shakers

And look out for our next touring picture book which will be Sunflower Shoots and Muddy Boots by Katherine Halligan & Grace Easton.


And if you've popped over from one of the other fabulous blogs - hello! And our regular readers - hello to you too! We would love to hear if you have any signed books that you love!

Happy Reading!
Mummy, BookBairn and the Touring Picture Book Team!


Disclaimer: all four bloggers were sent copies of the book after we reached out to the publisher and requested them and we were provided with an additional copy for the giveaway. Words and opinions are each of our own. 

If you click on the title or image of the book you will be sent to Amazon.co.uk using an affiliate link. This means that if you choose to purchase on Amazon.co.uk, I will receive a small sum (around 20-70p per book) from amazon at no extra cost to you. And by using our Audible links I receive what is called a 'bounty' but is also a type of commission. I understand that you may not want to use an affiliate link, but if you like reading our blog please just think of it as a small tip for a tip-off to an awesome book. And know that your support means I can buy more books! For more information check out our 'For Our Readers' section.


#KidLitPicks February Round-Up - Trailblazers

Where would we be as a society without trailblazers? They are often the first people to do something or go somewhere and they show us t...


Where would we be as a society without trailblazers? They are often the first people to do something or go somewhere and they show us that it is also possible for other people to do the same. Whether they are the explorers from days before, inventors that chose to make something that everyone said was impossible to current trailblazers that are defying people's expectations of them, these humble heroes inspire both adults and children alike.

During February the @kidlitpicks book club found and shared books that pay tribute to these amazing people. Thanks to Natalie from Living by the Page for the empowering theme!



Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré, by Anika Aldamuy Denise and Paola Escobar
“This stunningly beautiful picture book biography of the influential librarian, storyteller, advocate and trailblazer Pura Belpré warms the heart and soul” — Summer from @readingisourthing


When an Elephant Falls in Love, by Davide Cali and Alice Lotti
There's a lot of of it going on this month in terms of holidays, but I want to discuss something else worth celebrating: love." — Mel from @spiky_penelope

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Laika the Astronaut by Owen Davey
“It’s a great way to open up debates about the ethics of animals in space and to appreciate what they did for space exploration.” — Claire from @alittlebookhabit


Malala's Magic Pencil, by Malala Yousafzai and Kerascoët
Her story is brought to life in these pages in a way that young readers can really be inspired by.” —  Kim from 


J.K. Rowling: Boss the Bestseller List (Work It, Girl), by Caroline Moss and Sinem Erkas
J.K. Rowling continues to inspire people the world over and this inside look at her life, replete with quotes and collage-style art, also provides 10 tips for young readers to implement in their own lives.” — Miranda from @bookbloom


Black Music Greats: 40 Inspiring Icons, by Olivier Cachin and Jerome Masi"From blues to rap, spanning 80+ years of black music history, each double spread features a brief biography and many include a suggested discography to build the ultimate playlist” — Miranda from @bookbloom


The Polar Bear Explorer's Club, by Alex Bell and Tomislav Tomic
“Reading it together piqued their interest and they couldn't wait to finish it and now they're looking forward to the sequel.” — Carissa from @bookskidslove_


Stephen Hawking (Little People Big Dreams), by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and Matt Hunt
J.K. Rowling continues to inspire people the world over and this inside look at her life, replete with quotes and collage-style art, also provides 10 tips for young readers to implement in their own lives Carissa from @bookskidslove_


Waiting for Pumpsie, by Barry Wittenstein and London Ladd
“This is an inspiring and feel good story about equality and change.” — Charnaie from @hereweeread


Mae Among the Stars, by Roda Ahmed and Stasia Burrington
“I just had the best time sharing this beautiful book and project with my son’s first grade class!” — Anna from @kidlitcrafts


Mother Teresa (Little People Big Dreams), by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and Natascha Rosenberg
"Do small things with great love. If that isn't blazing a trail, I don't know what is." –– Natalie from @livingbythepagewithnatalie


Super Scientists: 40 Inspiring Icons,  by Anna Blanchard and Tino
“These trailblazers led the way to thinking outside the box and learning how the world around us works.” — Michelle from @the.book.report



OUR MARCH THEME IS:




“Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” —Albus Dumbledore.
Books are truly magical objects that can transport us into a whole other world without us ever having to leave the comfort of our chair! And in children's books that magic is all the more powerful. With characters that children connect with, stories that lift you into an adventure, illustrations that create a whole other world, picture books and children's novels capture the imagination like no other. Sometimes books which create magic aren't always the ones you expect because it's in the sharing of the story that the magic comes to life. This month we are looking for a little spark of magic! Share with us the books that have worked a little magic in your home with your children. They might not be the most beautiful, or the most well-known but if they have sparked magic in your heart then they are truly special books and need to be shared.
I got to choose the theme this month so I would be especially excited to see your shares!!

We’d love for you to get involved by sharing a favourite magical read and tagging it with #kidlitpicks_magic.

Happy Reading,

The #KidLitPicks Team and Kim x


Little Loves - February

Whilst January was a month that seemed to go on forever, February has just flown by! We have had a lovely month, having finally got ove...


Whilst January was a month that seemed to go on forever, February has just flown by! We have had a lovely month, having finally got over all the winter bugs, we have had a few lovely family days out and with the sunshine back we have enjoyed playing in the garden quite a few times already. But the best thing about this month is that The Wee Page Turner has started to communicate so much more with us. I know I shouldn't compare but I was beginning to worry about his lack of words, and also his lack of interest in communicating with us, but it seems he's just a quieter soul. And now he is showing us what he likes and dislikes, asking to play certain things or pointing out things that he can see on our walks. He also started going to swimming lessons, having been on a waiting list for a space for quite some time, and he loves being in the pool! And he started to do actions along with songs. It's a delight to finally be getting to know my little boy!

Without further ado here are our February Little Loves...




The Wee Page Turner and I took a trip to the bookshop recently (it was really funny in fact as we parked right outside and as soon as we got out the car he climbed the bookshop step, made his way inside and made a beeline for the children's section) and he picked out the Eric Carle Big Box of Little Books. It's a lovely box set of nine mini board books each of which features five animals on different themes: home, forest, jungle etc. The Wee Page Turner loves Eric Carle's illustrations and he loves this box set too. He likes to get the books out and flip through the pages and trying to say the animal names or make their noises. He particularly likes pairing it up with out Google Home by getting her (via a grown up or his sister!) to make the animal sounds. Basically, lots of fun for animal fans!



BookBairn really loves a bagel for her breakfast and funnily enough she was eating one when the postman brought us this lovely and funny book starring a Bagel as the main character! Bagel in Love by Natasha Wing & Helen Dardik stars Bagel who just wants to enter the Cherry Jubilee dance contest but no one will be his partner. Pretzel sniffs that he doesn’t cut the mustard, Croissant thinks his moves are stale, and Doughnut’s eyes just glaze over. Perhaps a cute cupcake might be his taste? Witty and pun-filled this is a great book for children and adults alike! The illustrations are simply delicious and you will love it! We do!!


One of my goals this year is to reduce my family's use of plastic. And one of the books that has helped to inspire me on this journey is Turning the Tide on Plastic by Lucy Siegle which begins with a fascinating history of plastic and it's various uses as well as how it does and doesn't get disposed off. And then she launches into her 8R steps: record, reduce, replace, refuse, reuse, refill, rethink and recycle. I am a great recycler but that doesn't feel enough anymore to help our planet so I've been making conscious efforts to think about how we can avoid plastic altogether or how we can replace single use with reusable and importantly only consuming plastic that is actually useful. I'm going to do a whole blog post about the swaps that we have made so far and I recommend any tips on this subject too. But if you are on an anti-plastic journey then this book is a must! I listened to the audiobook as well as reading a library copy (which funnily is the only library book I've ever borrowed that wasn't in a plastic casing! I think the author would approve!).




One of the words that The Wee Page Turner has mastered is "car" so he has been playing with the little Disney Cars cars that BookBairn gave him for Christmas starring Lightning McQueen as his favourite so I thought he would enjoy the movie. But he wasn't too fussed. What he does love is the Cars mini movie called Hiccups! Lightning McQueen gets the hiccups and he just can't get rid of them. The Wee Page Turner laughs and laughs at it! The only thing is that it's only two minutes long!




The same day we went to the bookshop we also went to the shoe shop, the real reason for our trip to town and The Wee Page Turner needed a new pair so we picked up these gorgeous Clarks Doodles. They were a bargain at £5 in the sale and will be perfect for the better weather. And doesn't The Wee Page Turner look thrilled with his book post?!



[I don't have any picture unfortunately as I took videos of the kids playing instead and I'm keeping them to myself! - Sorry!]
This month saw a week of rather, unusually nice weather for the season so we got out to play in the garden for more than just fleeting moments and it turns out The Wee Page Turner just loves the slide! His face lights up when he slides down it. And BookBairn is getting much better at hide-and-seek. It was such fun - I hope that we have a lovely long Spring and Summer full of sunshine.




For our Touring Picture Book Club this month, BookBairn and I made a little team of paper dolls inspired by the characters in All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold & Suzanne Kaufman  - particularly using the cover illustration. I picked up some coloured paper in a pack of different skin tones and cut out some people shapes for her to choose from. We then raided our craft box for coloured paper, felt, buttons, ribbon, googly eyes and a whole manner of bits and bobs and got cutting and sticking. BookBairn had very clear ideas of the sorts of characters that she wanted to create and she really enjoyed the freedom to create rather than replicate. But mostly it was lots of fun to do together!!




When we got the awesome Bear Moves by Ben Bailey Smith & Sav Akyuz the bairns wanted to have a dance party so I asked our Google Home to play some disco music and out from the speakers blasted 'We Are Family' by Sister Sledge and BookBairn was totally taken with the tune. So much so that we listen to it daily (and have had a car trip where we listened to it all the way to Edinburgh on repeat!




Next month, March, we are celebrating BookBairn's birthday followed by a family trip to Florida! It's very exciting and I can't wait for our first family holiday as well as a few days at Disney!  But it does mean I won't be taking my laptop or very many books with us so things will most likely be a little but quiet on here.


Happy holidays to us! And see you when we get back!
Mummy and the bairns xx



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Disclaimer: If you click on the image of the book below you will be sent to Amazon.co.uk using an affiliate link.  This means that if you choose to purchase on Amazon.co.uk, I will receive a small sum (around 20-90p per book) from Amazon at no extra cost to you. I understand that you may not want to use an affiliate link, but if you like reading our blog post please just think of it as a small tip for a tip-off to an awesome book. And know that your support means I can buy more books! For more information check out our For Readers Section.