Going to School Picture Book

*Updated Post So the summer holidays have started in Scotland and that means six (or seven) weeks of full-time fun and play. It al...



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So the summer holidays have started in Scotland and that means six (or seven) weeks of full-time fun and play. It also means there are only a few weeks until some little children start school for the first time. And if you want to prepare them for that, reading Going to School books are a great way to talk about it.

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.


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?


Good luck to any little ones starting school this year! 
Kim, BookBairn and The Wee Page Turner xx



Disclaimer: This book was sent by the publisher for review but I gave my copy away to a friend when her little boy started school so I bought myself a copy! 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.


Kids Love to Read #44 & Giveaway

And after saying last month I would write more blog posts I have actually managed it! Yay! So lots of Space books have popped up to cel...



And after saying last month I would write more blog posts I have actually managed it! Yay! So lots of Space books have popped up to celebrate the anniversary of the Moon Landings and we have shared our favourites!


So I have lots of posts that I could link up this month to the Kids Love to Read link-up!

If you share or review children's books or are raising a reader whilst writing a blog then our co-hosted monthly linky with  Laura's Lovely Blog and Acorn Books is perfect for you! 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 Beachwood Schoolhouse who shared a list of 25 Picture Books for the Summer - I love reading seasonal picture books and this list included so many books that we haven't read yet! 

Laura's favourite came from the lovely Sarah over at Let Them Be Small who shared a lovely book about whales as part of her #nonfictiongems series - it looks like a beauty!



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Books About the Moon

Next week (on the 20th) marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Moon Landings so if you want to brush up your knowledge before then, or h...


Next week (on the 20th) marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Moon Landings so if you want to brush up your knowledge before then, or have a little one who is fascinated by the event then we've picked out some of the best Moon non-fiction for you. There are lots of wonderful picture book adventures about the Moon (we shared our favourite Space adventures last week - some of which are specifically Moon adventures) but there are so many I couldn't share all of them - I did share some of our favourites some time ago in a post To the Moon and Back but as I say the Moon holds such a fascination for many of us it's no wonder that there are so many children's stories about its gaze, glow and wonder.

But without further ado...

Little World: To the Moon by Allison Black & Stuart Atkinson



This is one for the very littlest readers in your house - it says on the back for children aged 2+ but as you know we believe in reading to children from the earliest possible chance so for us this is perfect for babies too! With a gentle narrative, this book is a lovely introduction to a guiding children on their first space adventure. But best of all, they get to take part in the adventure by pushing, pulling and sliding the moving mechanisms to explore the story. And we adore the double fold-out blast off return to Earth scene at the end. This has a soft colour palette to making it perfect for bedtime and night-time moon gazing! It is super for curious little ones to get in on the Moon Landing anniversary action and learn about the world around them (and beyond!).


The Moon by Hannah Pang & Thomas Hegbrook



This book is stunning. Before I begin I want to say that it's aimed at kids older than 8+ and I usually share books aimed at BookBairn's age so I wanted to let you know before you get excited about this beauty. But it's just too good not to share with you. This book is a beautiful tribute to the wonder of the Moon. It will take you on a journey of discovery of the history of man's relationship with the Moon. Highly informative with stunning illustrations this is the perfect book for any want to be astronomer, astronaut, mathematician, poet of artist alike as is it's subject. The Press Release describes it as "a comprehensive guide to all things lunar" but it is so much more beautiful than that. And usually when I get a book aimed at older than BookBairn I find it a good home with the appropriate aged child or give it to a school, but not this beauty - it's been saved in the for future box. But if you have a child who is all excited by the Moon Landings and is a little older then this book truly is the most beautiful and fascinating way to learn about it! 


Night-time Around the World: Moon by Britta Teckentrup & Patricia Hegarty



I just adore this series of books by Britta Teckentrup as they are incredibly beautiful. So many of the pages would make stunning artwork for your walls never mind beneath the pages of a picture book. In my post, 'When Illustrations Become Art', I said: 

"For BookBairn, there is, without a doubt, nothing more important to her when reading books than the illustrations. She feels them, touching the pages, she pours over them turning page after page after page. She can't read the words. And as much as she enjoys listening to stories read aloud to her, it's primarily the illustrations that determine her favourites."

And I think this is probably true for us grown-ups too! Night-time Around the World: Moon is an atmospheric book that will take you on a journey through the dusky peek-through pages under the light of a shimmering moon from woodlands full of night-time creatures, to antarctic skies, to sunny beaches and to (my favourite) the northern lights. Featuring animals as diverse as jellyfish, turtles, bears, penguins and puffins to name a few, this really is a mesmerising book. The die-cut pages means that little ones can see the shape of the moon change before their eyes. The rhymthical text of Patricia Hegarty should not be forgotten amongst the stunning artwork as it too is beautiful. But mostly this series is intricate, innovative and incredible! This really is breath-taking. And if you don't want a copy for your kids - make sure to get one for you!

When We Walked on the Moon by David Long & Sam Kalda



Another book aimed at older readers (which we have also stashed in our for future box), it tells the story of the Apollo Missions. This is a lovely book which focuses on the stories of the astronauts, looking beyond the facts to the human stories behind the missions. They are incredible, hilarious and terrifying in equal measure and share the vivid colour of the heroic triumphs of the six manned moon landings. I love the blend of narrative and fact sharing - a very appealing read! With sharp and crisp illustrations suited to a more grown-up audience (of children aged 7+) this is a beautiful (and oversized) book. If you have ever looked up at the Moon and wondered about the moon then this is for you!

Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker & Dow Phumiruk



You quite possibly never would have heard about the accomplishments of Katherine Johnson had her life not been depicted in the film Hidden Figures. And thank goodness we have, for now we know that without the mathematical genius of Katherine we might never have put a man on the moon fifty years ago! Based on interviews with Katherine and her family, the author has brought to life the story of a little girl who loved numbers, who fought for her place, to go on to make an enormous contribution to history. This is a gentle but bold story that will stay with little ones long after the Moon has 'gone to bed' and will inspire them to count, calculate and dream big! The illustrations are a beautiful depiction of Katherine's life and the endpapers are some of my favourites ever!


I hope that has you wanting to blast off into a Moon adventure! And if it's got your little one excite dabout Space why not check out our blog post of the most fascinating Non-Fiction Space books that we've read?!
Happy exploring!
Kim and the bairns x


Disclaimer: We were sent all these books free for review purposes by the publishers (except Goodnight Spaceman which we borrowed from the library). Words and opinions are my 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. 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.




Mid-Year Reading Wrap-Up

I thought since we are half-way through the year I would do a little reading wrap-up and look-ahead of the books that I have read and p...

I thought since we are half-way through the year I would do a little reading wrap-up and look-ahead of the books that I have read and plan to read in 2019. 


The books which have impacted me most:



Turning the Tide on Plastic by Lucy Siegel: Having read this book at the beginning of the year, I realised that simply recycling some of the plastic that we bring into the house isn't enough anymore. We need to try to stop it crossing the threshold. And we have made big improvements, which you can read about in my blog post 'Reducing our Family's Plastic Consumption'. This book was a huge influence on how I tackled the plastic in our home and I found the way it blended fact and advice that I could learn from and put into action a really easy (though in some ways troubling) read. If you are interested in this topic this is a great book to read to get you motivated!

Fierce Fairytales by Nikita GillI was so moved by this book I got literal goosebumps whilst read, cried tears and think it is perhaps the most powerful collection of poetry and best thing I have ever read! Putting a feminist twist on fairytale characters as well as empowering poems about life. I am going to re-read this one again soon and I'm also going to start reading some of them poems aloud to BookBairn as I want her to absorb these wonderful messages.

The Wordsmith by Patricia Forde: this book is probably not a book that I had particularly high expectations of but I found it fascinating and gripping! It's a Middle Grade (ages 8-12) dystopian story where the vocabulary of the population is limited to fewer and fewer words. Following an ecological disaster, the people who survived and gained entry to the 'Ark' are controlled by a enigmatic leader who sees language as a huge problem and sets out to limit words in order to limit protest, expression, and even free-thinking. And he's planning something even bigger. I loved this and found the way the story unfolded truly masterful. 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo: I have wanted to read this one for quite a long time as I'm a bit of a neat-freak and I enjoy decluttering but I feel like my job is never done. And following the TV show I picked up the book and got reading and organising. It's something that I feel I can do to make our home a tidier, cleaner and calmer space. And has made me think about what I value and what 'sparks joy'.


Last year I managed to read over 100 books but this year I decided to slow things down and take the pressure off (although last year I didn't push myself to reach 100 until December when I knew I could squeeze a few extra books in just to reach the target) and it's just as well because this year I haven't been reading nearly as much, and if I'm honest I haven't been enjoying the books I am reading as much as I did last year. I'm not quite sure why that is but my concentration for reading has waned over the last couple of months. So I've decided to take my own advice from a blog post I wrote last year, Finding Time to Read as a Busy Mum, and make sure I prioritise reading rather than just reading when I'm really tired and ready for bed. And also by choosing to read books which I am really excited for!



No Ballet Shoes in Syria by Catherine Bruton - my lovely friend BookLoverJo sent me this for my birthday and I cannot wait to read it! An important book with a powerful message for young readers and a subject area that I find myself extremely concerned about at the moment.

A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison - coincidentally also sent to me by BookLoverJo but I mostly want to read this one because of the beautiful cover, and I know Jo totally knows my book taste so it's bound to be wonderful!

Wild Embers by Nikita Gill - having been so moved by her Fierce Fairytales mentioned above I immediately went out to buy her next collection of poetry. I have waited to read this one as I want to sit and devour it in one sitting without any interruptions.

I also have to sections of my bookshelf stacked full of books that I haven't yet read. So I'm trying to work my way through those as I want to have that section in half by the end of the year and that also means not buying new books if possible - though I'm making an exception for one of the books below! 

I also thought that in order to boost my love of stories again I would re-visit some old favourites!



An Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg - I read this one last year and I really adored it. I loved the clever twisting of original creation stories and other myths and legends, I loved the artwork and I cannot wait to read it again. I had borrowed this one from my library as graphic novels can be quite expensive if you aren't sure you are going to love it so I will be buying a copy to sit alongside One Hundred Nights of Hero by the same author-illustrator.

Pax by Sara Pennypacker & Jon Klassen - I really loved this MG novel about a boy and his pet fox and how they are torn apart when his country is ravaged by war. It's an astounding story of friendship and one that I feel the need to revisit. 

Chocolat by Joanne Harris - I have loved this book for a long long time. It is perhaps the very first grown-up book that I actually loved an appreciated and I studied it for my Specialist Study in English. And I read that Joanne Harris has written a fourth book starring these same characters and I really want to read that. It feels like the right time to read it again. (Also it's a perfect cosy read with a hot chocolate in the autumn!)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - I remember really enjoying reading this one when I read it for a book group several years ago and I'm just really drawn to the story again so I have bought the audiobook using my Audible Subscription so I can listen to it on the go.


So that's my plan for the rest of the year! Well of course I do plan on reading more than just these eight books but I want to give myself more flexibility to read things that I really appeal to me at the time. I find that helps me to read more. 

What is on your 'To Be Read' pile? 

Happy Reading,
Kim



BookBairn's bookshelf: read

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil
Home Fire
Becoming
A Keeper
No. More. Plastic. What you can do to make a difference
Skycircus
Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science
The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter
I'll Be Gone in the Dark
The Wordsmith
Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
The Burning
Book Love
Don't You Forget About Me
Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste
The Wonder
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
A Boy Made of Blocks


BookBairn's favorite books »


Disclaimer: these are all my choices and bought with my own money or borrowed from the library. 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.



Picture Books About Space Stories

We are inundated with wonderful space stories at the moment as we approach the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landings! Space offers us th...



We are inundated with wonderful space stories at the moment as we approach the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landings! Space offers us the opportunity to wonder so it's a fantastic premise for many great stories of adventure, exploration, science, creativity and ingenuity. And that's what we have gathered here for you in this post - six spectacular space adventures!

Suzy Orbit, Astronaut by Ruth Quayle & Jez Tuya



Suzy Orbit is a mighty girl astronaut, inventor and engineer! You know we love a Mighty Girl book and Suzy is a wonderful example of quietly but steadily saving the day. Suzy lives with her boss, Captain Gizmo in a space station on a dusty corner of the moon. Captain Gizmo is constantly receiving SOS messages from Earth about impending aliens and as the situation changes he keeps ordering new equipment to sort things out. But Suzy, quietly says she can build it, make it, create it. And with every order Captain Gizmo makes something isn't quite right. When the Aliens reach the Moon Space Station, it turns out they aren't invading but actually trying to warn Earth about a meteoroid storm. But do they have a top-of-the-range meteoroid blaster and can they get one in time? Suzy to the rescue! She's built the perfect ship with everything they could need! A wonderful story about aliens, Space and mighty girls but also about over-consumption, about creativity and ingenuity! This is such a fun-filled book too! The illustrations are bright and cheerful and I love the alien characters. But best of all through the changing illustrations you can see Suzy's ship taking shape. Lots of fun and perfect for Space fans!


Molly's Moon Mission by Duncan Beedie



Molly the moth (have you ever heard of a book with a moth as the main character - just one of the many reasons to love it!) has always been told that someone as small as her can never make it to the moon. Yearning for adventure, she helps her mother look after her siblings (larvae) during the day and trains hard for her space mission by night. And soon she is ready to blast off. But perhaps the moon is further than even Molly believed. First she gets as far as a lightbulb, but that's not the moon. Then she makes it as high as a street lamp, but that's not the moon. Then she gets confused but a lighthouse, that's not the moon either. Along the way she is belittled and made to feel too small for such a feat. Will she ever make it? And show everyone that size doesn't matter when you have a big dream? I think you can probably guess! With adorable illustrations and the underlying message of reaching for your dreams, this is a wonderfully heart-warming and gently encouraging story.


The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield & The Fan Brothers




Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut, Chris Hadfield, this new picture book is a beautiful depiction of a little boy fascinated by Space and longing to become an astronaut. As many children do! Young Chris in the story is a 'very important and very busy astronaut' so when his Dad says it's time for bed he says "sorry no can do!". An astronaut's work is never done. But when he does finally turn out the lights, Chris finds himself afraid of the scary aliens that lurk in the dark. And he sneaks into his parents bed. But he can't keep sleeping there - he needs to conquer his fear. When he watches in awe the Apollo 11 Moon Landing he realises that if he is to achieve his dream of visiting Space he must come to terms with the darkest dark. A wonderful depiction of childhood fears and dreams, with some truly spectacular illustrations, this picture book is a lovely one to read with young readers to commemorate the Moon Landings. 


Field Trip to the Moon by John Hare & Jeanne Willis



A true Space adventure story, this fun and witty picture book is the story of a field trip to the Moon. A whole class of children on a yellow school bus inspired spaceship to the Moon (what kind of crazy teacher got that trip through risk assessment?!). For one student, her curiosity gets her separated from the rest of the class and she takes the opportunity to get her crayons out and look back to Earth and create a beautiful picture. But she falls asleep and finds that her whole class have returned to Earth. She's all alone on the Moon! Or is she? Find out what happens whne you reach out to those that are different from us and greet them with an open pack of crayons! And also does she get back to Earth or is she stranded on the Moon forever? A Very fun story with fabulous illustrations and a clever perspective and use of colour! (But seriously, what kind of teacher doesn't do approx 45,813,901 headcounts on a trip to the Moon?!)


Look Up by Nathan Bryon & Dapo Adeola




Rocket is a science-mad stargazing, astro-aspiring little chatterbox and she's determined to be the greatest astronaut space-traveller that ever lived. And she is always looking up. Unlike her brother, Jamal, who is always looking down into his phone. 'Did you know? Did you know? Did you know?', she's always trying to engage her older brother in her space chatter. So when her mum makes Jamal take Rocket to the park to spot the Phoenix Meteor Shower, she hopes he will look up at the stars with her. Such a fantastic celebration of curiosity and reminding us to look up, you can't help but be infected with Rocket's energy and passion! We certainly love her!

Goodnight Spaceman by Michelle Robinson & Nick East




This is one of the cutest bedtime story books (and makes me feel like we need to read the others in this 'Goodnight' series):

"It's time for bed, come on inside.
We'll keep the curtains opened wide
and watch the starlight sparkling bright.
Let's make a wish and say goodnight."

Two little boys say goodnight to a whole series of space things until their dreams blur reality and they climb aboard a rocket and head for the Space Station where their dad is working. And together they explore Space. It's so sweet and the illustrations are adorable! This is a perfect first Space story and wonderful for very little one's bedtimes.



I hope that has you wanting to blast off into a space adventure! And if it's got your little one excite about Space why not check out our blog post of the most fascinating Non-Fiction Space books that we've read?!
Happy exploring!
Kim and the bairns x


Disclaimer: We were sent all these books free for review purposes by the publishers (except Goodnight Spaceman which we borrowed from the library). Words and opinions are my 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. 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.





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Non-Fiction Books About Space

Get ready to Blast Off because we are going crazy for Space books at the moment and so are publishers! This year (on 20th July!) mark...


Get ready to Blast Off because we are going crazy for Space books at the moment and so are publishers! This year (on 20th July!) marks fifty years since the Moon Landings so there have been lots and lots of great releases of books about our galaxy and the Moon. Because there are so many I've divided them up over three separate posts: this first one of non-fiction books about Space and our Solar System, and then there will be two further posts - one with books about The Moon and another with great fiction titles about Space travel and aspiring astronauts.

In this post I collated six of the best non-fiction books we have about Space and our Solar System - some new and some older ones that we have had for a while. Hope you find the all useful!

First Facts and Flaps: Super Space by Lon Lee



Fun Facts and Flaps: Super Space is pitched just perfectly for BookBairn, aged four, as it's the perfect blend between simple facts, lift-the-flaps, turn-and-learn wheels and colourful scenes! Perfect for preschoolers and older toddlers who will discover the wonders of the stars, planets, the Moon and space travel in a fun, interactive and engaging way. The colourful, bright illustrations are sweet and charming too. With a giant fold-out ending, this book is a spectacular blend between plan and learning!


First Explorers: Astronauts by Christiane Engel



This First Explorers series (from a variety of authors and illustrators) are truly fascinating first information books. The illustrations in this series are absolutely brilliant! So colourful! But the part that really gets little ones engaged is the interactive paper mechanisms that they have to push, pull, slide and turn to reveal more facts or make, for example, the astronauts move or the rocket blast into Space. BookBairn can't get enough of these mechanisms! She loved them in the First Stories books too. And similarly they are super sturdy and pretty indestructible (four years and two bookworms later and they are all still in one piece). This Astronauts book is done in collaboration with the Science Museum so they are perfect for budding astronauts and little scientists.



Hello World: Solar System by Jill McDonald







Babies and toddlers will love this bright and vibrant book all about the wonders of the world around them and this one from the Hello World series will have them gazing upon the sky with wonder. It shares the very basic concepts of our solar system: the moon, the planets, the sun and the stars in a simple way that very young readers can enjoy, understand and learn from. And Solar System is such a colourful and joyful book your little readers will be so mesmerised they probably won't even notice that they are learning as you read!




Scratch & Learn: Space by Lucy Brownridge & Victoria Fernandez






Definitely one of the coolest non-fiction series we’ve seen! Through Scratch and Learn: Space you can travel into Space, discover the constellations and explore the Planets as well as take apart a rocket by using the clever scratch and discover patches. Each page explorers a different element of Space from the life cycle of a Star, the make-up of our Solar System and see inside Spacecraft through the 10 different scratch on each page. This is a great book for all ages - BookBairn loves it as she likes to find things, older kids would be fascinated by the different facts, and grown ups will find scratching the pages immensely satisfying! The illustrations are wonderful too and the facts are so interesting that I think it will stand the test of time even after it’s all scratched. After you've scratched them it's got a list so that you can use the book as a seek and find. Definitely a fun interactive one!



Life on Earth: Space by Heather Alexander & 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 look a little further into that telescope and learn more about Space then this book answers over 100 questions about the topic. But what makes this book so wonderful? It is 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 in places, though she does like to lift the flaps anyway and is beginning to understand a bit more of this one now that she is four. Definitely better for 4+ but they are absolutely superb! 

Little Explorers: Outer Space by Ruth Martin & Allan Sanders






There are lots of great books in this series and we've had a few for a while but I think BookBairn has now grown into them! This Outer Space book also has lift-the-flaps and cool illustrations so she can explore the facts as she reads. I love the mix of interesting and realistic illustrations alongside more cartoon-y representations of the planets which will make them more appealing to little ones to learn their names and facts about them. The whole series really are great 'little explorer' books with lots of facts, life-the-flaps and fun illustrations and with so many titles there's a perfect book for everyone.


I hope you have found some great new Space books to add to your collection! And don't forget to keep an eye out for my two other Space blog posts coming soon!
Happy exploring!
Kim and the bairns x


Disclaimer: We were sent all these books free for review purposes by the publishers. Words and opinions are my 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. 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.


 


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