BookBairn doing her best dinosaur roar with Emma Yarlett. Wow! We have been super busy over the last few weeks and I've been strug...

A Bookish Few Weeks

Thursday, August 31, 2017 BookBairn 14 Comments

BookBairn: A Bookish Few Weeks
BookBairn doing her best dinosaur roar with Emma Yarlett.
Wow! We have been super busy over the last few weeks and I've been struggling to find time to blog. Apologies for the infrequency! Over the last few weeks though we have been doing some very exciting and bookish things (not to mention, changing BookBairn's nursery days, starting Baby Massage, Baby Yoga and Baby Sensory classes with the Wee Page Turner and my best friend got married!) and I thought it would be nice to share some of the things that we have been up to.

August is always a great time to get in to bookish things where we live as it's festival time in Edinburgh which means the Edinburgh Book Festival comes to town - and so do fabulous authors and illustrators!

First, The Wee Page Turner and I (BookBairn was at nursery) met Rob Biddulph in one of our local bookshops in St Andrews and has a wonderful time. Rob was brilliant with all the children that were there and had them in the palm of his hand as he showed them how to draw Kevin, a character from his newest book. After the story and drawing time we got a chance to chat and get our books signed which was very special. BookBairn loves it now - she says 'Rob drew a penguin for me!' every time we read Blown Away (review here). And I got one of our other books - Odd Dog Out - signed for The Wee Page Turner even though he is too little to really appreciate it yet. But mostly Rob was lovely! He gave me a warm hug and thanked me for loving and sharing his books and was just delightful! I hope the family enjoyed their time in St Andrews and ate up some of the delicious ice cream from our favourite ice cream shop and cafe.

Later that week, The Wee Page Turner had his four month check (he's brilliant - big and ready for food!) and that means he got his Bookbug Bag! For those of you that don't know, in Scotland we have a brilliant scheme run by the Scottish Book Trust where children get four bags of books (usually three in each bag along with other goodies) by the time they are in Primary One. It's a fabulous programme and we have loved all the books that we got so far - BookBairn has had two bags as well. I think I'll write a full blog post on this at some point to review the books and goodies that we got most recently!

The following day I had an evening child-free at the Edinburgh Book Festival to go to a workshop about Writing for Children. It was mostly for people interested in writing chapter books for children but I still picked up a few good tips! It certainly gave me the inspiration and motivation to start putting some of my ideas on paper, which is what I needed. Writing a children's book is something that I dream of but, quite honestly, it's really hard and takes a lot of time and talent to come up with a good story and I'm scared that I'm not good enough. But I really enjoyed the class and we had to do a little on-the-spot writing. So last week, I took a little bit of time away from the blog (sorry) to start writing and rhyming a children's story - of course, I only got part way through before nap time ended and I was interrupted but hopefully I'll find another snippet of time soon.

But the best and most bookish thing that we did was last week when we went to see Dimbles's mummy at the Edinburgh Book Festival. For anyone who has followed us for a while (and if you're new - hello), you will already know that BookBairn is a huge fan of Emma Yarlett's Nibbles the Book Monster. So when I saw that Emma was coming to Edinburgh I knew that I just had to take BookBairn for her first festival event! And she adored it! (A bit overtired from skipping her nap and distracted by a green balloon but she loved it!) Emma was brilliant and read the story making it interactive by having hidden pages from the book in the tent and asking children to spot where Nibbles had gone next (the teacher in me could see this as a great lesson starter) and then shared how to draw Nibbles as well as reading her new book about Nibbles Dinosaur Guide (review to come soon) and then finally helping all the children to make Nibbles head-gear! She also recognised us and came over to say hello which made me feel really valued and special. Thanks Emma. We got our books signed at the end and BookBairn was delighted. It was just one of the most wonderful parenting experiences that I have had so far - sharing something I love with her and enjoying ti with her.

So, as I say, busy bookish weeks! We also squeezed in a trip to the library and over thirty new books in the post in that last fortnight too (many of which I am still to share as I've not had time yet - sorry I'm working on it). But that's why the blog has been quiet - because we have been busy! Thanks for reading along with us and enjoying bookish things as much as we do! Hopefully I'll fit in a bit more blogging in the next few weeks - I have lots of books I want to review and posts I want to write - it's just a case of finding the time (we also have two weddings and a holiday in September!).

Good news amongst all the bookish things - we got an extra copy of Nibbles signed for one of our lucky readers!

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Happy reading!
Mummy, BookBairn and The Wee Page Turner xx



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Anyone who is a parent and has enough of an interest in children's books (which I'm guess you probably do since you are reading t...

Touch-And-Feel Fairytales

Monday, August 28, 2017 BookBairn 12 Comments

BookBairn: Touch-And-Feel Fairytales

Anyone who is a parent and has enough of an interest in children's books (which I'm guess you probably do since you are reading this blog) will know of the very popular touch-and-feel series 'That's not my...'. Babies senses develop quickly and books that appeal to those senses, be it through sound or touch, are exactly what they need. And whilst we have some of this series in our library I don't intend to share them here because well, quite honestly, they are everywhere already and whilst they are great for little ones exploring textures they aren't exactly fun for parents to read over and over again. Great for encouraging independent playing with books and early reading skills but not really appealing for bedtime stories. Sure they serve a purpose but I can't get excited about reviewing them. You should get some, babies and toddlers love them, but they are boring to 'read'.


If you want a touch-and-feel book that as a parent you might actually enjoy reading, you should check out the classic fairytales series from Ladybird Books. There are a few things about these books that I truly love and one of them is that they have real 'growth-value'. What I mean is that they are appropriate at lots of different levels or abilities of reading.

They have touch-and-feel elements to every page meaning that even the tiniest hands are entertained throughout the story. From fluffy bear tummies, to gingham cloth baskets and houses made of straw there are plenty of different textures to explore. There are lots of things you can point to and talk about while you are sharing any of the books from this series. And like many touch and feel books, you can help your little one learn new words about touch like 'soft', 'shiny', 'smooth' and 'bumpy'. I think the Three Little Pigs book has the best texture elements with straw, wooden and brick houses to feel and I love that these are key parts of the story. In some of the others the textures are a bit less connected to the story but still lots of fun to explore.

At the next stage of reading, where children become more interested in the stories themselves rather than just the book as a 'toy' to explore, this series is such a fabulous introduction to classic fairytales that we know and love. They are child-appropriate (though the gingerbreadman does get eaten!) and capture the key elements over shortened versions.

But for those who are a little older there is a simplified version of each bit of text at the bottom of the page written in child-friendly language that they will be able to read themselves, once they are becoming independent readers.

Perfect for reading with the whole family! For babies, toddlers and early-stage readers (and parents who like a shorter bedtime story - sometimes you just need them to be in bed, right?). And the illustrations are bright and colourful and I discovered when writing this post, hidden in the small print on the back, that they are by one of our favourite illustrators - Emma Dodd!

As I say touch-and-feel books are great! I love them! But I also like a good story too so these ones are exactly what I want: both elements neatly packaged in a durable board book that I can read to BookBairn, or let The Wee Page Turner play with by himself and I look forward to the day BookBairn can read these aloud to us at bedtime.

Happy reading,
Mummy, BookBairn and The Wee Page Turner xx


*For anyone wondering the little characters are from the UK discount shop Wilkos and were brilliant value!




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BookBairn is really enjoying playing I-spy at the moment using what she knows about colours to guess. Her favourite is "I spy with my...

Town and Country + Giveaway

Monday, August 21, 2017 BookBairn 25 Comments

BookBairn: Town and Country + Giveaway
BookBairn is really enjoying playing I-spy at the moment using what she knows about colours to guess. Her favourite is "I spy with my little eye something the colour orange?" Anyone able to guess what it is? So when I saw that 'Town and Country' by Craig Shuttlewood had won Best Book for Children (5+) at the Junior Design Awards, it triggered my memory to dig it out and play it with her. (She was just a bit little when it first arrived in our book post and I often stash books away for a little while until she's ready for them. It's no reflection on the book, just BookBairn's readiness to appreciate it.) And now she loves it and want to play the "spotting book" all the time.

One of the magical things about this book is that it's more of a game than a story, making it a great way to interact with your little one. Better than traditional seek-and-find books that we have read, each page features a glossary on illustrations and words for little ones to find hidden in the pictures. BookBairn is too young to read the words herself but I suspect this is a great feature for emerging readers. Instead we play it as an "I spy" type game, which she loves!

And one of the other delightful elements of this book is that it is a 'turnaround book'. Now this isn't something that I had heard of before but now that I know what it is I'm on the lookout for more. Basically it's a book of two halves! You hold the book horizontally and flip the pages upwards the lower page features a countryside scene and the upper page, when you turn it around, shows the town page. You can see in our photographs that it means two children can play in tandem (or a child and her orange bestie lion!). Great for siblings or playmates to play together. You could even do speed challenges to see who can find all their things the fastest.

One of the things I like most about this book is that it is totally appropriate for our lives as we live in a small town on the edge of the wonderful Scottish countryside. We have tractors drive passed our window but also diggers, fire engines and 'town' traffic. We have ducks on the pond at the park as well as cows and sheep in the fields. We can go to the beach to fly our kites or to watch the watersports. This book really compare the two lifestyles but for us it blends them all together and we can relate to both halves!

The illustrations are brilliant and it's no wonder it's been recognised for it's artwork as well as the conceptual design of the 'turnaround'. All the animals have quirky expressions and would make great characters in stories of their own rights and everything is easily recognisable but also appealing to children. The final pages feature a book-long glossary as well as a few extra things to find! And the endpapers were featured in my #EndpapersWednesday feature on our social media as they are pack full of interesting things - and they are bright yellow so delightfully coloured!

So if you like to play "I spy" this is definitely a great book for you and we are delighted to be working with the publisher to giveaway three copies! Details on how to enter are below.

*UPDATE* This competition is now closed and the winner has been notified!
***We have a been sent three copies of this brilliant book to giveaway. If you would like to win a copy of Town and Country please comment below with you guess of what orange thing BookBairn was referring to in our game of I-Spy. (Additional entries will be available so keep an eye out by following us on TwitterInstagram and on Facebook.) UK residents only please. Competition closes 27.8.17.***

Love Mummy and BookBairn x


*DISCLAIMER* I was given our book for free for review purposes, however, all words and opinions are my own



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You know how much we love to read our books! But do you know that we also like to do activities based on the stories and books we love ...

Book Craft & Beyond: So Many Feet

Thursday, August 17, 2017 BookBairn 16 Comments

BookBairn: Book Craft & Beyond

You know how much we love to read our books! But do you know that we also like to do activities based on the stories and books we love too? If you follow our social media you will see that as BookBairn has got older I have started doing more and more art, craft and play activities with her. It's fascinating to watch her skills develop and to really observe how much language she is using and developing through these activities.

So I thought I would start a new little series of blog posts to share with you some of the ideas for activities that we do based on books. If you follow our social media you will see these straight away, as we do them, but I'll aim to include more information and photos here as well as a summary of the book. So let's look beyond the book!


If you follow our blog you will know that we loved 'So Many Feet' by Nichole Mara and Alexander Vidal and it's one of a select few books that BookBairn has memorised (you can see her reading it and our review in our 'What Can Your Feet Do?' blog post). When I saw what @play.pack did on Instagram recently I knew I just had to try it with this book.

It was quite simply really. We used Playdoh and our Duplo animals to create footprints. BookBairn and I collected a whole bundle of the Duplo creatures that we have and she pressed their little feet into the dough. It was fascinating to sit back and watch her play and create lots of moments for language learning and discussion. First I noticed that she liked using the penguin on the white dough: "it's like the ice"; and that the ducks were only allowed to make prints on the blue dough because it was like the water in the duck pond. Then we compared the footprints of the big polar bear and the baby polar bear and used lots of language for comparison. She was also interested in the fact that our two rabbits didn't leave the same imprint.

Then I got the book out and we worked our way through the animals that we have like goats, ducks, tortoises, tigers, polar bears but unfortunately Duplo don't make a blue footed booby. Ever the problem-solver BookBairn quickly got the blue dragon toy that we have because he "has blue feet like the booby". This made me laugh out loud.

I can highly recommend this activity - it was fun, relatively mess-free and created lots of discussion and comparison. I think I might try it again with paint! But only on a day we can deal with the mess.

Hope you enjoyed this little idea for an activity that goes 'Book Craft & Beyond'! 

Thanks for reading,
Kim and BookBairn xx






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Stepping stones for learning. There has been a fantastic influx of new non-fiction books aimed at preschoolers and toddlers. Somethin...

Factastic Non-Fiction for Tots

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 BookBairn 14 Comments

BookBairn: Factastic Non-Fiction for Tots
Stepping stones for learning.

There has been a fantastic influx of new non-fiction books aimed at preschoolers and toddlers. Something that goes beyond word-primers. Goes beyond simple photographs and words beside. So I asked on our social media if you were interested in a blog post collating them all and you said yes! So here are some of our favourites, though not all of them because that would be one long blog post. If you would like to see some others that we enjoy I'm tagging them all under the label 'fantastic non-fiction'. Without further ado here are our newest fact-tastic non-fiction for tots!


10 Reasons to Love A ... series by Catherine Barr and Hanako Clulow

These two books are part of a brand new series published in collaboration with the Natural History Museum, giving children 10 reasons why each animal is amazing and five ways they can show they love it! The are perfect for any little animal enthusiast! Each page is beautifully illustrated making the animals absolutely charming. I love that these are illustrated rather than photographs which are more traditional for non-fiction as it really captures BookBairn's fascination far more than photographs do at the moment. The facts are written in toddler-friendly language, without being patronising, and including some words which will extend their vocabulary (something that I am looking to do with BookBairn as she is a real wee linguist). The facts are also really interesting, for example, did you know that turtles are as ancient as the dinosaurs?  Or that they live for up to 150 years? Or that elephant heards are headed by their grandmothers? Or that they walk on their tiptoes? And scattered throughout the book are little rosettes of information on ways to protect these brilliant beasts. For example, buy paper made from recycled elephant poo; or don't leave litter on the beach that turtles might gobble by mistake. In short these books are informative, beautiful and brilliant!

Life on Earth series by Heather Alexander and Andres Lozano


Can we first just talk about how cute these illustrations are? From the two children who explore and investigate throughout the book to the style of boxes of information arranged in a geometric grid that is a visual delight. And if you want to know more and more facts about the perennially popular topics of dinosaurs and jungle (or human body and farm which are also part of the series) these books answer over 100 questions about the subjects. But what makes these books so wonderful? They are lift-the-flap. Over 70 flaps. Want to know the answer to the questions you have to lift the flap. Such a fun and interactive way to engage little ones in non-fiction. I would say the information and style of these books are still a little complex for BookBairn, though she does like to lift the flaps anyway. Probably better for 4+ but they are absolutely superb! 


Touch and Explore series by Ninie (Dinosaurs) and Nathalie Choux (The Ocean)



When I was teaching one of the things that always amazed by was how children learned so much more when they could engage their senses. And these books are great for that! Children can explore the facts in these books whilst feeling the smooth skin of the manta ray or the leathery shell of the turtle or the feather-y wings of a flying dinosaur (microraptor). Also the facts in these are laid out in a more traditional style with text boxes of information (some are under flaps though) and labels around the illustrations. I love these and so does BookBairn! She requests them over and over again and no wonder: they are a treat for the senses! And a great way to learn!

Early Learning at the British Museum by Nosy Crow books


Firstly, I have gathered these books together as they are all part of collaboration between Nosy Crow and the British Museum but they are really two separate styles of non-fiction. 'Mummy', illustrated by Lerryn Korda is a lift-the-flap board book where a little Egyptian girl can't find her mummy and she needs the help of your little reader. You work your way through a whole host of ancient Egyptian animals and artefacts until you come across her mummy (after finding a real Egyptian mummy first of course!). This is an ingenious piece of narrative non-fiction that will appeal to little readers who can appreciate the little girls search for her mummy. I know that BookBairn says "mummy always comes back" at the end, which is something I said to her in the run up and after her brother was born as I knew she would wonder where I had gone. It is a great way to introduce this fascinating world to little ones and I hope there will be more books like this for other ancient worlds.

ABC and 123 'Early Learning in the Museum' are two in a new series (with Colours and Opposites out later this year) that feature some of the fascinating objects from the British Museum collection. These are a great way for inquisitive little readers to learn about familiar concepts of numbers and letters but through fascinating objects that represent a multitude of cultures from around the world and objects that span a timescale from thousand-year old relics to 20th century toys and Egyptian jewellery to African instruments. And these books are primarily photographs (or photographs of artwork) making them more like traditional non-fiction which makes a good balance for your library.

The world at her feet!
One of the clever parts about this book is that grown-ups can scan the QR codes in each book to find out more about the featured objects and the final page feature an index (of photographs) of the objects and you can learn more. I would love to take BookBairn to spot these objects in the museum once I can brave taking her on a flight or train to London.

I hope you feel a little more informed about non-fiction for your little readers and have spotted a few books you would like to add to your library.


Happy learning through reading!
Mummy and BookBairn xx




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Do you ever experience when things all seem to pull together? BookBairn's latest interest seems to be flying at us from left, righ...

Girls Who Dream They Can Fly

Friday, August 11, 2017 BookBairn 6 Comments


BookBairn - Books About Girls Who Dream They Can Fly



Do you ever experience when things all seem to pull together? BookBairn's latest interest seems to be flying at us from left, right and centre. It started when she became fascinated by hearing and spotting aeroplanes in the sky - gliders and military planes (we live relatively close to a former airforce base and they still practise lots of maneuvers) as well as commercial planes at the airport when we drive to her granparents' house. Then I picked up an engineering kit where she can remove the screws from a toy plane with a little electric drill. And in the last few weeks alone she's insisted I make paper aeroplanes, run around the garden with her arms out to the side making jet engine noises and we had our first pyjama movie morning watching Disney's Planes.

And we got some book post that compliments all these interests! So I thought I'd share some great books about little girls (which seems to be a theme of books at the moment) that can fly!

Little People Big Dreams: Amelia Earhart by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and Mariadiamantes


Amelia Earhart is probably the most famous female pilot in history setting world records for her flying skills and then mysteriously disappearing during her last flight in an attempt to fly around the world. But it all started when she was young when, like BookBairn, she stretched her wings and imagined she could fly. This biography is a great story for younger readers, introducing them to a mighty girl we can all admire. And the illustrations are adorable! I reviewed this one some time ago but you can find the link here.

Emma Jane's Aeroplane by Katie Haworth and Daniel Rieley

This is a brilliant story for little adventure-lovers! Emma Jane zooms off in her aeroplane visiting cities around the world - London, Paris, New York, Beijing and Sydney - making new friends along the way. Her new friends immediately hop aboard which is a good thing too as Emma Jane's aeroplane gets into trouble along the way and they help her get flying again! Told in a rhyming narrative this is such a great read aloud story, though I would say it's slightly on the long-side for us as we do several stories at bedtime, although BookBairn doesn't mind - it's just us parents keen to get the bairns to bed! The illustrations are so clever too with each character beautifully captured and coloured to stand out from the page. It makes me want to join Emma Jane's crew! I love this one! And Emma Jane make s brilliant, plucky protagonist that I hope BookBairn admires amongst her Mighty Girl role models.

Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane by Caroline Baxter and Izabela Ciesinska

What a great caper this book is! Jane and her plane Rose fly all around the world having lots of fun, declaring "girl power forever" at the end of their little team song. But when Rose is taken poorly and the Queen requires flying to a party Pilot Jane must step up and fly Mitch the mean flying machine (the biggest plane that Jane has ever seen) the course does not run so smoothly as it does with Rose. Mitch takes a dislike to this mighty little female pilot declaring that she must be a scaredy cat because she is a girl pilot! What nonsense says Jane! But Mitch swoops and he soars making things rather uncomfortable for the passengers and making keeping control very difficult for Jane. But Mitch isn't so brave when he encounters a storm! Can Jane save the day and land the plane safely? Or course she can - she's got girl power! And thankfully she gets reunited with Rose after enjoying afternoon tea with the Queen as a reward for her flying skills. This is also written in narrative rhyme and rolls of the tongue as you read. I love the personification of the planes - it's a magic that can only occur in children's books and the illustrations really bring them to life. Though my favourite illustration has to be of the Queen snoring, mouth open, on the flight - it really made me laugh out loud. I find the part where Mitch makes fun of Jane a bit uncomfortable to read and I prefer my Mighty Girl books to be a bit more subtle in their approach but I suppose it's good for children to occasionally be confronted with outright sexism and see how to handle it too. Perhaps if BookBairn was older I might appreciate it a little more but for the moment I don't even want it to cross her mind that because she's a girl society has certain expectations of her. But Jane is certainly a girl she can admire and this is a great story.

Bessie, Queen of the Sky by Andrea Doshi and Jimena Duran with illustrations by Chiara Fabbri

This is the first book in a new series that take stories of real women and turns them into fairy tales to inspire girls to follow their dreams. This one is the story of Bessie Coleman, the first black woman to hold a pilot's license in the world. But as I said this isn't a typical biography - it's been made magical! When Bessie is growing up, no one can imagine that she will do anything more than pick cotton from the cotton clouds. Bessie dreams of flying. She tells her sisters stories about flying. She has a best friend who is a bird that she sings to about flying. And as Bessie grows older her desire to fly just grows stronger. She works hard until she has enough money to go to pilot school but even then she is told girls are not welcome at pilot school. Well, all except one, in the City of Lights. She even has to learn a new language to go there but ever chasing her dream she conquers this other hurdle until she eventually gets to fly a plane with her bird friend racing alongside her! This really is a magical fairytale and it's hard to imagine that it is based on a real story! But it is and it's so beautiful. The illustrations are soft and add to the fairy tale magic of the story. This is a great read for little mighty girls who need inspiration to chase their dreams no matter what the hurdles. This publisher also follows a One for One Model, where for every book purchased, another will be donated to organisations that empower girls and fight illiteracy. You can read more about it on their website here.

AFC-book-mockup_4-1-17.jpgAnd a special mention also goes to Amelia the Flying Cat by Nikki Floreno which isn't available for purchase yet and is being launched using Kickstarter but we've had a sneak preview and it's adorable! Amelia is an irresistible little kitten who wants to fly like her bird parents and family but she can't because she's a cat! She even tries to fly a plane but cats just can't fly. Don't worry it has a happy ending but I don't want to give it away! This is an adorable story about picking yourself up when you fall, perseverance and the love and support of family and friends. And Amelia and her birdy friends are just too sweet. Keep an eye out for this one or look up the Kickstarter page here.

I really hope BookBairn will dream she can fly. Though maybe not literally if that's not her thing! I just hope she will chase her dreams and be whatever she want to be!


Little Girls Can Fly!
Mummy and BookBairn xx

BookBairn - Books About Girls Who Dream They Can Fly



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I can't believe that schools go back next week (in Scotland)! Normally I track the summer frantically prepping for a new class but thi...

Going to School

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 BookBairn 10 Comments

BookBairn: Books About Going to School
I can't believe that schools go back next week (in Scotland)! Normally I track the summer frantically prepping for a new class but this is my second summer on career break so I haven't paid any attention to the dates. But my best friend's little boy starts primary school next week and I have gathered a little bundle of books for him as a 'your a big school boy now' gift. These are books we have been sent from publishers but BookBairn isn't really old enough to appreciate and I'd rather they went to a good home! But there is one that I just had to share on the blog because it is just brilliant! Perfect for introducing children to school through simple story telling and great illustrations.

Generally I don't find "my first.." sorts of books to be all that exciting. Useful, practical, but not exciting. Not true for "Going to School" by Rose Blake. This is really brilliant. It is an exploration of a day in the life of a little girl at school following her all day from her journey to school to when she gets picked up at the end of the day. And it highlights almost every important feature of the day! We also meet a whole cast of her classmates for vary in all shapes, sizes, colours and ambitions!


The day starts with everyone walking, scooting, cycling, busing, driving... to school and entering the classroom to hang up their coats and bags at the pegs. And this page is perfectly depicted (except the cloakroom is a lot tidier than I have ever seen one). Miss Balmer has written the timetable on the whiteboard and discusses the plan for the day with the children and then they are off on a journey of fun learning! The book shares some of the main subjects taught in school from geography, PE, science to maths and literacy but it also shows multiple activities on each page so you get a feel for various sort of science lessons that Miss Balmer has done with the children or a selection of activities that the children use the computer for. Similarly at play and lunch times the children are all doing different things so you can get a feel for the variety that happens in school.

And this is the charm of the book. Whilst it is told from the viewpoint of one character, there is so much going that you can discuss! So even if you don't ride your scooter to school you can spot a child getting there the way you do. Or doing an art activity that you enjoy. Or acting out one of the many jobs the children want to do when they are older. You can easily find yourself, or your child in this book. I would love to think that I was a little like Miss Balmer when I was teaching - she just seems awesome and it's no wonder her class adore her.

The illustrations are striking, colourful and so full you could easily spend hours looking at them. Have a look at the video below to get a feel for them.


And I just want to have a special mention to the text about reading time because it sings to my soul: "Your imagination can take you to lots of exciting places when you're reading!" Could this book be any more perfect?

I hope our big boy friend loves it as much as I do! And we hope he gets on well when he starts school next week. We cant' wait to hear all about his new adventure.

Good luck Brodie!
Love, Kim and Lottie and Harvey xx




*DISCLAIMER* We were sent this book for review by the publisher, all words and opinions are my own. And we are gifting this one rather than adding it to our own library.


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Did you know that reading with your kiddos supports the development of emotional intelligence? Well it does! By enhancing vocabulary, cr...

KidLit Picks July Round Up - Little Kids Big Emotions

Sunday, August 06, 2017 BookBairn 4 Comments

A great list of picture books from the @KidLitPicks team on the theme of Little Kids Big Emotions.
Did you know that reading with your kiddos supports the development of emotional intelligence? Well it does! By enhancing vocabulary, creating an openness to experience, and providing safe space for empathic imagination, books open our children to the world of emotions in pretty powerful ways. This month, the #kidlitpicks theme is Little Kids, Big Emotions and we are excited to share some great picture books that address your children's big and budding feelings! Some books will aim directly at helping kiddos understand and express themselves (a major tantrum-busting skill) by featuring an array of emotions, illustrations, and feeling words. Other books will feature stories that give children the opportunity to imagine themselves in interesting narratives about sadness, hope, joy, fear, angry, and all the rest.

This month’s @kidlitpicks theme was chosen and introduced by @afriendlyaffair, with a special message: As a clinical psychologist, I feel strongly about the importance of giving your kids a plethora of ways to express themselves. Hopefully your feed will be full this month of books that help us all along the way of building a good base of knowledge, play, and imaginative experiences so that our kids can understand the world around them and be resilient.


Places To Be, by Mac Barnett and Renata Liwska
"All the ups and downs in life, the zigzags and u-turns, can be difficult to navigate, but with a friend at our side in all those places to be, we’ll get through." -- Summer from @readingisourthing


Feminist Baby, by Loryn Brantz
“She's a force to be reckoned with!" -- Mel from @spiky_penelope


Niko Draws a Feeling, by Bob Raczka and Simone Shin

It is wonderful for opening discussions on feelings, friendship, diversity and, of course, abstract art..” -- Clarissa from @book.nerd.mommy


Tiny Tantrum, by Caroline Crowe and Ella Okstad
“We all know a little girl like her!” --  Kim from @bookbairn


Brave, by Stacy McAnulty and Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
“This primer is a perfect introduction for kids and a great refresher for their grownups.” -- Miranda from @bookbloom


In My Heart, by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey
“The die cut hearts are one of the many appealing features of this book.” -- De from @books_and_babycinos


The Forever Garden, by Laurel Snyder and Samantha Cotterill
“A wonderful story about friendship and gardening! ” -- Arielle from @childrensbooksgalore


Emily’s Blue Period, by Cathleen Daly
“For families going through separation or divorce, Emily’s Blue Period is an especially compassionate and helpful book…be sure to have some art supplies ready to make your own collage afterward.” -- Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople


My Brother, by Dee Huxley
“Older children will appreciate this metaphorical story that is a tender exploration of loss and grief from a sibling’s perspective.” -- Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople



A Book of Feelings, by Amanda McCardie
“What sets this book apart is that it not only focuses on different kinds of emotions but also how those emotions may affect them and how to identify and understand them in other people.” -- Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople



I'm New Here, by Anne Sibley O'Brien
“I think this book is great for both welcoming children to classrooms and also providing American children with an understanding of what it feels like to be new and learn how to speak and write a new language..” -- Charnaie from @hereweeread


The Field Guide to the Grumpasaurus, by Edward Hemingway
"It was a great reminder for me that there are times to be firm and strict but there are just as many times to show empathy. Both are important." -- Wendy from @homegrownreader


Everyone, by Christopher Silas Neal “A beautiful and hopeful look at understanding emotion.” -- Heather from @kidlitbookbits


The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings, by Anna Llenas
"The Color Monster is the perfect emotional primer for young kids. It explores the range of emotions children experience -- all through amazing pop-up pages bursting with color!" -- Anna from @kidlitcrafts


Today I Feel, by Madalena Moniz
Today I Feel fits in perfectly with the theme. It's an Alphabet book of feelings.” -- Mel from @kids.books.we.love



Annie's Chair, by Deborah Miland
“In a deceptively simple way, it taps into some of the BIG preschooler emotions around sharing and space..” -- Shannon from @ohcreativeday

Grumpy Pants, by Claire Messer
“A great door to talk to kids about these grumpy feelings and learning how to deal with them.” -- Michelle from @the.book.report






Our theme for August is Traditional Stories and Fairy Tales, hosted and introduced by Wendy @homegrownreader


Whether they are called fairy tales, legends, tall tales, fables, folklore, origin stories, or mythology, each of these stories carries pieces of history and cultural connections that draw lines of similarities between those separated by distance and time. They give us insight into the morals, principals, and beliefs of those who came before us, creating history lessons through drama and cultural lessons with plot. These stories provide a testament not only to who we are but how we've grown and what we've achieved throughout the years. They are ways to teach our children patience, perseverance, hope, love, kindness, bravery, and the importance of wit.

So, no matter if your tales are of a Grimm version, told through song, or related by a coyote or a spider, we look forward to hearing them. They are a celebration of heritage and history from around the world, showcasing that which we hold important and dear. Our world is a fast moving place, in which we constantly see shifting changes, especially in literature. But these tales, these have withstood the test of time.




Celebrate with @kidlitpicks, by gathering your most beloved books on the theme of 'traditional tales and fairytales' and tagging them  #kidlitpicks_fairytales throughout August. 

Happy reading!
Mummy, BookBairn and The Wee Page Turner xxx

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