The Nature Girls Little Critters Where in the Wild A Walk in the Countryside In the Swamp by the Light of the Moon The Forest Fol...

Book Poetry - The Nature Girls

Saturday, April 20, 2019 BookBairn 2 Comments

The Nature Girls
Little Critters
Where in the Wild
A Walk in the Countryside
In the Swamp by the Light of the Moon
The Forest Folk
One Day on Our Blue Planet
Wonders of the World
The Big Beyond


“Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” —Albus Dumbledore. Books are truly magical objects th...

#KidLitPicks March Round Up - Magic

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 BookBairn 2 Comments

“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.

March meant magic for the @kidlitpicks book club, and our theme was chosen by Me!!!

Mamie, by Tania McCartney
"A charming story that explores the brilliance and magic of May Gibbs and her Gumnut Babies or Bush Fairies."” — Summer from @readingisourthing

My Island, by St├ęphanie Demasse-Pottier and Seng Soun Ratanavanh
“The amount of care put into every detail of the spreads is impressive." — Mel from @spiky_penelope

The Sound of Magic: Cinderella, by Sanna Mander
“Just magical! ” —  Kim from @bookbairn

The Cottingley Fairies, by Ana Sender
“With radiant illustrations throughout, readers can’t help recall that immutable feeling—however enduring or fleeting—of believing in magic for its own sake.” — Miranda from @bookbloom

Harry Potter: A History of Magic, illustrated by Jim Kay
“This book is teaching my girls all about the real-life history that inspired JK Rowling’s stories”  Carissa from @bookskidslove_

Harry Potter: A History of Magic, illustrated by Chris Riddell
“The illustrations are fantastic – they’re on every page and have a genuine fairytale feel.”  Carissa from @bookskidslove_

When I Was a Child, by Andy Stanton
"When I Was a Child is a celebration of the special bond between a grandparent and child as they share the love, hope, magic and the beauty of the world both in the past and present."  Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople

There's a Sea in My Bedroom, by Margaret Wild and Jane Tanner
“It evokes so much creativity and in depth thinking that I believe it needs to be in every child's book collection.” — Angelique from @heads.shoulders.knees

The Lost Book of Adventure, by an Unknown Author

“It’s pure magic! ” — Charnaie from @hereweeread

Once Upon a Magic Book, by Lily Murray and Katie Hickey
"Each page offers a new world, often with literary influences, that can introduce children to a classic setting." — Wendy from @homegrownreader

Seb and the Sun, by Jami Gigot⁣
Quiet lessons of community and adventure permeate this cozy tale.” — Heather from @kidlitbookbits

Georgia's Terrific Colorific Experiment, by Zoe Persico
“This book combines three of my kids’ favorite things: art + science + a good story. How could that combination be anything but magic?” — Anna from @kidlitcrafts


Diversity brings knowledge, understanding, unity, love and empathy. Diversity is what makes our world so beautiful. We are all different flowers in a glorious bouquet, a variety of strands that weave together to form an incredible tapestry. It is vital that our children embrace the uniqueness of individuals. “It is time for parents [for all of us] to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” —Maya Angelou.

Share with us children’s books that celebrate diversity and tag them with #kidlitpicks_diversity

Happy Reading,

The #KidLitPicks Team and Kim x


I am so loving co-hosting this monthly linky with the lovely   Laura's Lovely Blog  and  Acorn Books   and reading all the wonderfu...

Kids Love to Read #41 & Giveaway

Monday, April 15, 2019 BookBairn 6 Comments

I am so loving co-hosting this monthly linky with the lovely  Laura's Lovely Blog and Acorn Books and reading all the wonderful posts that you have shared. Kids Love to Read is a link-up 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 A Cornish Geek - books for empowering young readers. As you know I love books that encourage children to look at strong female role models but I haven't seen any of the books she shared yet! Laura chose a blog post that I also loved by Sarah over at Let Them be Small with a marvelous list of new space books. And Acorn Books chose a very clever post from Along Came Poppy which celebrated Kipper's 30th birthday by making blue balloon-powered cars!

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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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 Fairy Tale Play: a pop-up storytelling book by Julia Spiers which comes with pop-out characters and scripts to act out the traditional tales. And it is truly truly beautiful!
*Terms and conditions: Entries are open to UK and Ireland residents. The competition closes on the the 10th May 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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I kept seeing Mixed by Arree Chung on bookshelves, both real and virtual, but it took me so long to buy it. I'm not really sure why...

Mixed: A Colourful Story

Thursday, April 04, 2019 BookBairn 9 Comments

I kept seeing Mixed by Arree Chung on bookshelves, both real and virtual, but it took me so long to buy it. I'm not really sure why as everyone who had a copy was raving about it. I guess sometimes great books are right under our nose but we don't actually read it properly. But one of you lovely readers told me that I had to have a copy, and I'm not sure why but that finally pushed me to order one. And it’s become an instant favourite. I just have read it 100 times in the last month. BookBairn loves it, I love it!

This is a story of colour. In the beginning there were three colours: reds, yellows and blues and they lived together in colour harmony. But one day each colour proclaims themselves the best. And they each go their separate ways, dividing their once happy home into three separate neighbourhoods separated by walls and barbed wire fences. Until one day when two colours fall in love and decide to mix. Creating a whole new colour! And she's so cute. Cute enough to overcome the critics. And finally more colours decide to mix creating a wonderful rainbow of colours in the residents of the new town!

This is such a beautiful story and that synopsis doesn’t do it justice. The illustrations are wonderful and unsurprisingly the use of colour is perfect against the black and white backgrounds. The colours really stand out! And the endpapers are my favourite! 

A story about division, inclusion, diversity it’s a fantastic story! I waited too long to buy it! Don’t make the same mistake - get yourself a copy!!

Happy Reading,
Mummy and the bairns xx

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