Kids Love to Read #42 & Giveaway

Do your kids love to read? My bairns certainly do! And we love to share what we are reading - hence the blog. If you share or review ch...



Do your kids love to read? My bairns certainly do! And we love to share what we are reading - hence the blog. 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! I love discovering new picture books that you recommend in your posts and also reading what you think of books we love too! 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 Raisie Bay reviewing one of our recent favourites too: In the City.
Laura's favourite was a wonderful post about a picture book helping children to feel safe around dogs by Arthurwears
And Acorn Books chose a lovely review of Bea's Bees by Picture Book Perfect 123.




Linky Rules:

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


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Giveaway


Each month, to encourage reading with kids and to go along with our #KLTR Linky, we host a Book Giveaway.
We have a fabulous giveaway this month of We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michel Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. 
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Supporting Children's Learning with STEAM Books

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Books are a great tool for supporting children's learning and development beyond just their ability to read and their literacy skills. They are also wonderful for teaching children lots of new and fascinating facts such as historical events, about the world around us, people of historical significance, flora and fauna and all sorts of interesting things. If you are a regular reader you will know that I also believe that books are also great for building the blocks of self-esteem, mindfulness and empathy. But when I was browsing the great selection of books over on The Book People's website as I often do when their latest catalogue drops through the door, I noticed that they have an interesting selection of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering. Art and Maths) based book sets and when the opportunity to collaborate on a blog post with them came up I thought it would be a great opportunity to try them out. And we have! Here's what we thought...



This series takes a fun, first look at maths in the environment around us by using photographs objects and that children are familiar with and can relate to it really brings to life mathematical concepts in a way that children can understand. Each book takes a different maths concept and simplifies it down, whilst also using correct vocabulary that children will hear in the classroom, and encourage them to count objects, or sort them based on a variety of criteria or measure them. I love the simple layout of these books which are not text-heavy at all and are written in a language that little ones will be able to gras easily. I also love that the books have a word-bank at the end to reinforce some of that key vocabulary that they will hear in school. And the bright photographs are lots of fun. These are perfect for children in preschool up to primary two to help them building maths skills.




These simple stories follow children as they use their STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) know-how to make a difference in their everyday lives. Introducing a variety of learning objectives such as addition and subtraction, electricity, planning and designing projects and energy amongst many others. These are lovely stories about things that children will have enjoyed doing in their own lives like decorating cookies, going on a picnic that your little ones will enjoy reading. But interspersed amongst the story are small challenges which the characters can solve with your little ones help making them much more interactive and engaging children in their learning of these STEAM areas. We love the illustrations in these books which star two adorable characters as well as a cast of others, including some lovely animals. This is a lovely box-set and would be great for children in their first years of school.




This is such a bright and cheerful book. telling the story of what Teddy and his family get up to throughout the day. And little ones can join along by turning the hands on the clock to make it match the timings in the story (with guided instructions on each page). It's a really lovely book. It focusses purely on the o'clock 'on the hour' timings. But that's exactly where you would want it to start. It's super sturdy too so if you are looking for a book that will stand the test of time (pardon the pun) then this book will see your toddler from enjoying the story to a preschooler playing with the clock to a school-aged child beginning to grasp the concept of time. A great book for little time-wizards!




One of the key skills for starting school is being able to tie your shoelaces and I thought that this book looked like a great one for littles who are learning this. (Please note I'm not saying that children have to be able to tie their shoelaces before they start school but I do recommend that you don't send you children to school in laced shoes until they can do them theirselves, until then stick with velcro.) This is a lovely bright and colourful book that will appeal to little ones who will want to play with the brightly coloured laces. Inside, on the left-hand pages there is a lovely story of two bunnies playing, and on the right-hand side there are step-by-step instructions on how to tie laces. There is also a recap on this on the final pages. I love the simple instructions in this and I love that they have coloured one lace yellow and one lace red making it easier for children to follow. A delightful book for little lace learners.


And all these books were on a super discount in the hand-picked favourites section on The Book People's website (I've linked the titles of each so you can find them easily).



If you haven't used The Book People before, they are an online and catalogue (as well as pop-up events in schools) bookseller who specialise in discounted books. And, from my own experience, there are some real gems on their website! I often spot a new-ish release much cheaper than on/in other retailers and I love their bulk and box sets for getting bundles of books for gifts! When I was a teacher I used to use their website regularly to top-up my class library (the Roald Dahl box set was my very first purchase when I started teaching and it's still a great bargain!) and also for end of year and Christmas gifts for my classes. You can get all sorts of books on there but checking out their "hand-picked favourites" is always a great place to start as you will find the best discounts there as well as the most interesting books. Delivery is always excellent and BookBairn recognises the box and is always keen to open them!! And you can often get additional discount codes which are promoted on their own website as well as top-up cashback by using sites such as Quidco. So, in short, it's a really great place to get awesome books at low prices. 

Hope you find some great bargains on their website too! If you check out our InstaStories I try to share deals on there when I find them.

Happy Reading!
Kim and BookBairn

Disclaimer: This book was sent to us by the The Book People team for review after I selected them and this blog post was sponsored by The Book People.



Book Poetry - The Nature Girls

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...


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

#KidLitPicks March Round Up - Magic

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

“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


OUR APRIL THEME IS:



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


Kids Love to Read #41 & Giveaway

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



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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Giveaway

Each month, to encourage reading with kids and to go along with our #KLTR Linky, we host a Book Giveaway.
We have a fabulous giveaway this month of 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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Mixed: A Colourful Story

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...


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


Disclaimer: I bought this book with my own hard-earned pennies thanks to you lovely readers who used my Amazon Affiliates link over the Christmas period. 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.



Little Feminist Book Club: Princess Daisy and the Dragon and the Nincompoop Knights

  When I was sharing a book for International Women's Day earlier this month  I couldn't think of a better one than this wonderf...


 When I was sharing a book for International Women's Day earlier this month I couldn't think of a better one than this wonderful might princess book!! And of course it makes the perfect addition to our Little Feminist Book Club series.




The trouble with most fairytales 
is that they sound the same.
There’s usually a problem 
and a dragon who’s to blame.

And sometimes there’s a tower
with a princess stuck inside,
A kingly dad and lots of knights 
Who often want a bride.

But though this is a fairytale
With all the usual team,
If you read on you’ll find that things
Aren’t always what they seem.


Princess Daisy and the Dragon and the Nincompoop Knights by Steven Lenton is a lot more than just an amusing title! It’s BookBairn’s favourite book at the moment and Princess Daisy is a lot more than your regular princess. She uses the evidence of all the strange and frightening things that are happening in her town to conclude that they have a dragon problem. 


So her father, the king, sends away for some knights to slay the dragon. But these knights “are twits, it’s plain to see” at least to Daisy it’s plain to see! But Daisy’s father says she must stay safe in her tower. The knights, the nincompoops that they are, fail in various ways but there is a fourth knight, a strange knight - with no armour and riding a cow. But it turns out that the dragon is just a baby - all she wanted was some milk, a cuddle and a book. Daisy, it turns out, is much better at soothing dragons than the nincompoop knights. And at this point in the story comes one of my all time favourite picture book quotes:


Girls are clever, tough and bold 

And brave and strong and true
We’re just as good as boys, you know
We can be heroes too!


Such an empowering message of a princess who is a bit mightier than some of the old-fashioned ones. But of course, Daisy and the Dragon and the knights all live happily ever after. 


There are so many great things about this book I hardly know where to start. Personally, I love a rhyming a picture book! But they have to be well done and this one is. They rhymes are perfect for reading aloud and they roll off the tongue so well. It also has great fun illustrations that bring the story to life with little extras and humour beyond the words of the story - and a little hidden snail on many pages! Another wonderful thing about this book is that it is part of the Nosy Crow Stories Aloud series so you can listen to the audiobook by scanning the QR code or on the Nosy Crow podcast (you could even pop over and listen now to hear how good it is!). And of course our copy is extra special because when we met the lovely Steven Lenton he signed and drew a special dragon for BookBairn. 


But it’s one that we love and read over and over! 100s of times! And with a mighty girl message in each read for BookBairn it’s a truly wonderful story!


Happy Reading,
Kim and the bairns x


Disclaimer: This book 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.








Chameleon Picture Books

BookBairn loves a story about a chameleon! She loves the way they change colour, the way they play hide-and-seek. And of course the...


BookBairn loves a story about a chameleon! She loves the way they change colour, the way they play hide-and-seek. And of course there are many great stories about them for little ones because it's a fun way to talk about colours with children. We've got a list together of the best ones we could find using mostly our local library (and our own bookshelves!). 

Neon Leon by Jane Clarke & Britta Teckentrup


We love the story of Neon Leon by Jane Clarke & Britta TeckentrupIt tells the story of Neon Leon, the chameleon who is neon orange and he doesn't seem able to change colour. This is an interactive story where you try to help Leon fit in with the background and the crowd, and when he can't it's little readers jobs to help him find a place where he can fit in. It's utterly charming, and the illustrations just make this book! However, despite this book strongly relying on the visual elements, BookBairn loves listening to the audiobook on the Nosy Crow Stories Aloud Podcast too!

My Colourful Chameleon by Leonie Roberts & Mike Byrne


We shared My Colourful Chameleon by Leonie Roberts & Mike Byrne last year when we joined in the blog tour and it really has become a favourite read. We certainly read it three or four times a day for several days after it first arrived and we still read it regularly! This lovely book tells the story of a little girl and her pet chameleon who just keeps disappearing. Her mum thinks her beloved pet is a pest when they lose it on a daily basis because, of course, it just keeps changing colour. The illustrations are simply adorable and the changing coloured chameleon is irresistible and BookBairn is now fairly insistent on a pet chameleon!

Chameleon's Crazy Colours by Nicola Grant & Michael Terry


Deep in the rainforest all was not well. Chameleon was having trouble with his colours. In  Chameleon's Crazy Colours by Nicola Grant & Michael Terry, Chameleon is in a terrible muddle and without his camouflage, he can't hide. Monkey and Meercat offer to help him with his colours but they seem to be more of a hinderance and, in fact, they seem to be enjoying his errors! But what will happen if Lion comes prowling and growling? Perhaps this clever little chap can convince Lion that chameleons are to be feared too? A fun and silly story that has lovely illustrations, we love talking about all the different colours as we read!



From the wonderful author that is Eric Carle, and in his distinctive style, The Mixed Up Chameleon is a story that has us laughing out loud! Chameleon takes a trip to the zoo, he decides he would like to emulate lots of the features of all the other animals and he gets all mixed up! With tabbed pages showing all the different animals little ones can find the animals that they love best and see how the chameleon has taken on some of their characteristics.The end result is a rather strange looking creature with flamingo legs, deer's antlers and an elephants trunk amongst many other things. In the end he decides it's better to be himself! And he's better at catching flies than any of the other creatures anyway. We love this one! And enjoy watching the video of the story too!

Crafty Chameleon by Mwenye Hadithi & Adrienne Kennaway


Chameleons are very versatile creatures, changing colour to camouflage themselves, but in Crafty Chameleon by Mwenye Hadithi & Adrienne Kennaway Chameleon is also very crafty and clever. Fed-up with the bullying behaviour of Leopard and Crocodile who keep bothering little Crafty Chameleon and the other smaller creatures, he ties Crocodile and Leopard together without them knowing and as they pull each other all over the forest. Chameleon gets the better of both and proves that brains are often better than strength or size. With lovely illustrations accompanying this moral tale, it's a fun story to read together!

Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett


Stories about chameleons are bound to be an exploration of colours but in Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett wit and humour takes it to a new level. With very few words this is such a great story about changing shape and colour to match other objects until Chameleon is exhausted! But finally he meets someone just like him to have fun with and change colours and dance with. In Emily's distinctive pencil style this book is a great early story for young readers but also a fun one for children just learning to recognise words. A very colourful book!



Look at me! Look at me! by Rose Williamson & Doreen Marts


Of all the chameleon books we have shared Look at me! Look at me! by Rose Williamson & Doreen Marts is one of my favourites for helping little ones learn about colour. Cammy the chameleon lives in a tree and she is very good at hiding. But Cammy doesn't want to hide - she wants to be noticed! She begins to wonder what it would be like if she didn't always blend in. And she begins to use her colour-changing powers to transform into the brightest creature in the rainforest! Using contrast colours to make her stand out this book has lots of great images to discuss colours with children and the illustration style is very cute and engaging! The story also has a message though - when Cammy stands out she finds it hard to catch the flies like the other chameleons and she realises that it's not good to be a show off all the time! Such a sweet little reminder for children to embrace and enjoy their special skills but in balance rather than showing off! This is a lovely book we borrowed from the library but I can see us picking up a copy of our own soon!



Chameleon Races by Laura Hambleton



Chameleon wants to have a race and all the other lizards want to join in! From geckos to iguanas, komodo dragons to salamanders all the lizards are involved in Chameleon Races by Laura Hambleton. But who will win? This is a great introduction to all things lizard but also has lots of great vocabulary for movement and I believe there are bilingual versions too making it a great one for language learning! The illustrations are a quirky collage with the eyes of the lizards being photographs this book is such fun! And a nice one for little children!


I hope you have found some wonderful books for your little ones to enjoy as they learn about colours and our little camouflaged buddies.

Kim and the bairns xx

Disclaimer: these are all our choices. Some were sent from publishers (others are books that I have found using our local library's online catalogue to search for) but they were not sent in connection with this post. Their inclusion here is my choice. Because I really do think they are great. 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.