Often we buy books that follow our children’s current interests and passions. But sometimes a book can ignite that passion. And BookBairn ...

Amara and the Bats

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 BookBairn 3 Comments

 


Often we buy books that follow our children’s current interests and passions. But sometimes a book can ignite that passion. And BookBairn is now fascinated by bats after reading the story of Amara and the Bats by Emma Reynolds.



And Amara loves bats! Her favourite things to do are collect bat facts and watch them fly by her house at night. She even rescues on trapped in the attic. But when Amara moves to a new town, she learns that the local park no longer has any bats after losing their habitat.



Amara wants to help but she’s just one person and the problem feels so much bigger than she can solve on her own. But after reading an article in her nature magazine, she discovers that there are many young people making big changes all around the world: Dara McAnulty, Ridhima Pandey, Jerome Foster II, Tokata Iron Eyes and Greta Thunberg. One voice can make a difference. Inspired to take action, Amara spreads the word to her class and her new friends to help save the bats. She knows that by working together they can make a difference.


This is a brilliant book with feelings of adventure and excitement as well as the passion of a little girl who simply loves bats. So it’s no wonder the passion has leapt off the page to BookBairn. I love Emma’s use of colours and shadows to create stunning scenery that evokes an evening sky - truly spectacular. And she makes bats look super cute too! With additional “bat fact” pages at the end there is lots to enjoy and take away from this brilliant book.


So if you're out at dusk, remember to look up!
Happy reading!
Kim and the bairns x

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  The pairing of Rachel Bright and Jim Field is surely one made in a book lovers heaven as they produce gem after gem! And this newest book,...

The Whale Who Wanted More

Monday, November 15, 2021 BookBairn 1 Comments

 

The pairing of Rachel Bright and Jim Field is surely one made in a book lovers heaven as they produce gem after gem! And this newest book, The Whale Who Wanted More, is one of my favourites (The Lion Inside will always pull my heartstrings!)


Humphrey the whale roams the oceans blue searching for the ultimate treasure, adding to his collection of trinkets and wonders along the way. But no matter how many goodies he gathers, Humphrey never feels quite satisfied with his lot. Perhaps what he is looking is not a ‘thing’ but instead a feeling. A feeling of belonging, love and friendship.



This book really speaks to me because not only does it share a belief that it’s not what we own but who we share it with that’s important, it also speaks to the problem of plastics in the ocean and of consumerism in a gentle way that children can absorb. But crucially, in a way that doesn’t take away from the magic of a good story. Written with Rachel’s expertise, the rhyming couplets bounce along with ease and accompanied by the joyous and detail-packed illustrations of Jim Field this is a book of many gifts! We love it!


But do remember, though this is a book about consumerism and excess: you can never have too many books!
Happy reading!
Kim and the bairns x

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Happy weekend!! We’ve got lots of bits and pieces I’d like to do but also could just curl up for a cuddle and lots of stories! I’m a hugger!...

Don't Hug Doug

Saturday, November 13, 2021 BookBairn 1 Comments


Happy weekend!! We’ve got lots of bits and pieces I’d like to do but also could just curl up for a cuddle and lots of stories! I’m a hugger! Nothing beats cuddles and a storytime with the bairns for me!


We really enjoyed reading this book, Don't Hug Doug by Carrie Finison & Daniel Wiseman, about a boy called Doug who doesn’t like hugs. He likes you, the reader, just not hugs. Some people like hugs, other people don’t. The only way to find out is ask. 


This quite simply is a fun, bright and cheerful book that shares messages of consent and setting boundaries. The bairns could both immediately tell me about Doug, about asking his consent to hug or not hug and to high five instead: message received. This is a great book for starting conversations and would certainly be as useful tool in nursery and school classrooms. Doug is a loveable character and we are rather charmed by his pet potbellied pig too!


Happy cuddling up with a great story, if you want to, of course!
Kim and the bairns x


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  Kids imaginations are magic aren’t they? And this book is such a tribute to that. That within a fishbowl is a shimmering ocean. Stairs can...

We're Going to Find the Monster

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 BookBairn 1 Comments

 


Kids imaginations are magic aren’t they? And this book is such a tribute to that. That within a fishbowl is a shimmering ocean. Stairs can be a huge mountain. Striped cats can be fearsome tigers. In this new picture book, We're Going to Find a Monster by Malorie Blackman & Dapo Adeola, we join Charlie and Eddie as they embark on a grand adventure to find the mysterious monster!



This is such a heart-warming and funny picture book that at it’s heart is a family tale with a madcap adventure throughout the house that is a joy to read aloud. With a master storyteller in Malorie Blackman each word has been expertly chosen so make it bounce as you read aloud and Dapo Adeola’s artwork places as black family at the centre in a story that’s not about diversity (these are the sorts of books we need more of please!) and is the first book I’ve seen starring a child with vitiligo. But above all, this is a fun story!



Happy Monster-Hunting!
Kim and the bairns xx


Disclaimer: We're Going to Find the Monster was sent by the publisher for review. Words and opinions are my own. Please read our Review Policy  if you want to know more. 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.

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Teachers that help children find their voice are magic! (BookBairn has been very lucky so far to have two superb teachers that made/make her...

My Beautiful Voice

Friday, October 15, 2021 BookBairn 1 Comments

Teachers that help children find their voice are magic! (BookBairn has been very lucky so far to have two superb teachers that made/make her feel confident and really that’s my dream teacher!)


My Beautiful Voice by Joseph Coelho & Allison Colpoys is a truly beautiful book. The artwork throughout is spectacular and I just adore the colour palette, the vibrancy of the colours really brings the children and their story to life. I love the larger-than-life Miss Flotsam, the teacher, who is full of adventure and joy. I love how she brings out the best in her pupils.

And one pupil in particular, the unnamed narrator of the story, needs more encouragement than others to find his voice. Miss Flotsam realises this gentle soul needs quiet heroes and secret worlds, to unlock his voice and find the words to whisper at first building to a crescendo of bravery and self-expression. It’s just magical. The words are uplifting, the message heartwarming and the illustrations provide whisks of magic that will utterly enchant.


It really is a must-have book!


Happy reading,

Kim

Disclaimer: My Beautiful Voice was sent by the publisher for review. Words and opinions are my own. Please read our Review Policy  if you want to know more. 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.

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  I hardly know where to start with this beautiful and fascinating book which is packed full of wonderful tales of nature from folklore. It’...

Lore of the Wild

Monday, October 11, 2021 BookBairn 1 Comments

 

I hardly know where to start with this beautiful and fascinating book which is packed full of wonderful tales of nature from folklore. It’s hard to do Lore of the Wild by Claire Cock-Starkey & Aitch justice!


Working through tales of animals, birds, insects, flowers plants and trees and then looking at weather lore - there are stories from all around the world. With lots of hidden messages and morals, as you’d expect from folklore, this really is a fascinating compendium to enjoy in bursts of story. Unsurprisingly, we have read the entire bird section, and BookBairn loves the story of the King of the Birds - although she does find it a bit unjust!


Also fascinating is the section on good and bad luck with lots of interesting traditional lore about omens and symbols.


It feels like a perfect autumn read (though it’s not actually a seasonal book) but something about curling up with this by the fire gives me all the autumn vibes. The artwork throughout is truly breath-taking and have a modern take on a traditional design making them wistful and totally appropriate for a compendium of folklore tales. Also those endpapers!!!



This will no doubt be a book we read over and over, dipping into the stories, all autumn!

Happy Reading,
Kim x

Disclaimer: Bird's Eye View was sent by the publisher for review. Words and opinions are my own. Please read our Review Policy  if you want to know more. 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.


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I’m sticking with my description! The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess by Tom Gauld is StickMan meets Hilda! And who doesn’t want to...

The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess

Friday, October 08, 2021 BookBairn 1 Comments

I’m sticking with my description! The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess by Tom Gauld is StickMan meets Hilda! And who doesn’t want to read that? It’s a whimsical modern-yet-timeless fairy tale that is packed full of dry humour and wit.


For years, the king and queen have happily ruled their pleasant land whilst longing for a child. So one night the king when to see the royal inventor and the queen went to see a clever old witch. They both asked for the same thing: a child. (Side note - the king and queen could probably work on their communication skills here! ;) ). And at last their wishes are granted, in the form of a little wooden robot (created by the inventor) and an enchanted log princess (the witch’s creation). There’s just one catch: every night, the princess turns back into a log. And that is where the adventure begins!


When the log princess goes missing, her brother, the little wooden robot, sets out on an epic journey to find her. He encounters goblins, magic puddings, a mushroom queen and in the end a very intimidating woodpile - any of which could be his sister!


Ultimately this book is about sibling love! It’s exquisitely illustrated, moving, and funny tale! And there’s some very heroic woodlice! So what’s not to love?! I’m smiling just thinking about reading this too BookBairn!



And they all lived happily ever after!
Happy Reading,
Kim x



Disclaimer: The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess was sent by the publisher for review. Words and opinions are my own. Please read our Review Policy  if you want to know more. 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.

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