I am delighted to share a special feature on children’s books on “families”. Every family is unique. The ten illustrated (fiction and non-fiction) books in this post cover: new siblings, adjusting to divorce, family relocation separation anxiety, adoption, different family structures and multi-cultural families.
Fabulous February Reads
For a short month, February has seen a whole heap of fabulous children’s books published. This month’s roundup includes some of our favourites new illustrated books across fiction and non-fiction.
My Top Picks of 2021! ~ #ChildrensBooks ~ @AndersenPress @FarshoreBooks @QuartoKids @PuffinBooks @simonkids_UK @harryewoodgate @ClareHelenWelsh @laurabarrettuk @RachelCIp @Laura_A_Hughes @DapsDraws @LarryHayesAuthr @Doonkris @auralewis￼￼
For my final feature of 2021, I want to look back at my top picks of the year. There have been so many incredible children’s books published in 2021.
How Does Chocolate Taste on Everest? by Leisa Stewart-Sharpe & Aaron Cushley ~ #BlogTour #AuthorInterview ~ @Leisa_Stewart @CushnDoodle @wrenandrookbook
Does Chocolate Taste on Everest? Speaking directly to the reader, Leisa and Aaron take us on a captivating expedition of the world’s most extreme places through sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. I’m thrilled to be sharing an interview with the author as well as a first look at this spectacular non-fiction book.
November Non-Fiction Round-up ~ @QuartoKids @PavilionBooks @KidsWelbeck @BusterBooks @templarbooks @FlyingEyeBooks @LKPChildrens @LittleTigerUK
It’s National Non-Fiction November! There is so much diversity in non-fiction in format, subject and style, creating books to suit all childrens’ interests and reading levels. Here are ten 2021 non-fiction books we love. From the glowing ocean to inventions by animals and facts about every day of the year!
What a Wonderful Phrase by Nicola Edwards & Manu Montoya ~ #BookReview ~ @NicolaBookFace @LittleTigerUK
This beautiful hardback collection of amazing idioms from around the world would make a perfect gift. For each idiom the book gives us the phrase in the native language, the literal and figurative meanings and the origins of the phrase. But what makes this book stand out is that it also describes the phrase’s cultural, scientific and historical context.
What a Wonderful World by Leisa Stewart-Sharpe and Lydia Hill ~ #BlogTour #AuthorInterview ~ @Leisa_Stewart @lydiakahill @templarbooks
From oceans to mountains, deserts to grasslands, What a Wonderful World gives you the world’s best illustrated tour of our planet through the eyes of 35 Earth Shakers. Interviewed by author, Leisa, these inspirational scientists, eco-warriors and activists share their remarkable stories.
The Woolly Bear Caterpillar by Julia Donaldson and Yuval Zommer ~ #PictureBook ~ @yuvalzommer @MacmillanKidsUK
I am excited to be sharing a new picture book by Julia Donaldson and Yuval Zommer that really captivated my daughter’s attention. The Woolly Bear Caterpillar is a cross between The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Ugly Duckling with a fabulous non-fiction bonus!
Top 10 Books Perfect for School Starters ~ #BackToSchool #FirstDay ~ @MacmillanKidsUK @LittleTigerUK @SweetCherryPub @KidsBloomsbury @BloomsburyEd @LKPChildrens
This September my daughter is starting school. It’s a big step and I’ve been on the hunt for the best books to help prepare her for the transition to school. Here are my top ten fiction and non-fiction books with emotional wellbeing and educational themes that will help children starting school. Plus a bonus bingo game!
Amara and the Bats by Emma Reynolds ~ #BlogTour #GuestPost ~ @emmaillustrate @SimonKIDS @simonkids_UK
I’m thrilled to be sharing a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at Amara and the Bats by Emma Reynolds. With the perfect blend of story and facts this unique picture book will inspire you to start your own bat adventure!
Our Favourite Vehicle Board Books ~ #Review ~ @BeckLikesBooks @garethlucasart @LittleTigerUK
Let's Pretend Fire Station and Beep Beep! Builders are SO popular with my two daughters that not only do we read them every day, but they recreate scenes from the books to make up their own stories.
Musical Truth by Jeffrey Boakye and Ngadi Smart ~ #ListeningParty #BLM ~ @jeffreykboakye @NgadiSmart @FaberChildrens
This unique book for teens and adults provides a musical history of Modern Black Britain in 28 songs.
5 Top Facts about the Plesiosaur ~ #BlogTour ~ The Plesiosaur’s Neck by Dr Adam S. Smith, Jonathan Emmett & Adam Larkum
There’s one thing about her that’s hard to ignore, THAT RIDICULOUS NECK! What on Earth was it for? Well, I’m certainly not going to tell you! But here is the renowned plesiosaur expert Dr Adam S. Smith to tell you five top plesiosaur facts (that aren’t about their long necks!)…
The Secret Life of Bees by Moira Butterfield and Vivian Mineke ~ #Review ~ @moiraworld @vivianmineker @QuartoKids
The Secret Life of Bees by Moira Butterfield and Vivian Mineker is a beautifully illustrated, magical guide that will leave you buzzing about bees. We loved the delightful mix of facts, natural history, and fantasy.
12 Outstanding Ocean-Themed Picture Books ~ #EarthDay2021 #Review ~ @LittleTigerUK @PuffinBooks @BigPicturePress @TinyTreeBooks @Schifferbooks @Scallywagpress @KidsBloomsbury
The twelve books I am showcasing today all celebrate our Earth’s wonderful oceans and seas, the creatures within them and what we can do to protect them.
Science and Me by Ali Winter & Mickael El Fathi ~ #NonFiction #STEM #Review ~ @lantanapub
Science and Me invites the reader to learn about the lives of brilliant men and women who have shaped our world through their scientific discoveries and often heroism, too.
Step Inside Homes Through History by Goldie Hawk and Sarah Gibb ~ #NonFiction #Review ~ @NosyCrow @NosyCrowBooks
an ingenious book that invites you to step back in history by stepping into traditional homes from different eras. Starting with the grand manor houses of the 13th century right up to a modern day eco-friendly house you might expect to see on Grand Designs.
Busy Spring by Sean Taylor, Alex Morss & Cinyee Chiu ~ #PictureBook #Spring ~ @seantstories @morss_alex @cinyeechiu @QuartoKids
This gorgeous guide to spring is bubbling with energy and excitement for the new life nature brings in Spring.
Five STEM-themed Board Books ~ #STEM #Review ~ @LittleTigerUK @schifferkids @LKPChildrens
Five beautifully illustrated, sturdy books all find unique and quirky ways to incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for little ones to enjoy
Goodnight Farm by Becky Davies and Carmen Saldaña ~ #BoardBook #Review ~ @BeckLikesBooks @LittleTigerUK
With cut-out sections that peep through to glittery moonlight on the sleepy farm, this dreamy board book was an instant hit.