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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  1. This looks like a great book and certainly one that BookBairn will enjoy. I remember once rescuing a bat that had found its way into the dining room of the school I worked at. Not easy.

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