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!
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.
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.
My Top Picks for Mother’s Day ~ #PictureBook #BoardBook #MothersDay ~ @QuartoKids @LittleTigerUK @AndersenPress
Mother's Day picture books Dreams for our Daughters Songs for our Sons How to Spot a Mum I Love Mummy Every Day Love
Supertato: Super Squad by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet ~ #BoardBook #Review ~ @suehendra @PaulLinnet @simonkids_UK
Super duper picture book duo, Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, have just released a new SUPER board book, Super Squad, to accompany the Supertato series.
Clap Hands for Key Workers ~ #BlogTour #BoardBook #Review ~ @patacakebooks @HachetteKids
This sensory board book for babies, encourages clapping whilst reminding them of the best of lockdown – community spirit and gratitude for our key workers. For every sale of Clap Hand for Key Workers, 35p will be donated to NHS Charities Together.
Baby Loves Calm by Jennifer Eckford & Anna Katharina Jansen ~ #BoardBook #Review #Mindfulness ~ @QuartoKids
From Aware to Zen, Calm teaches mindfulness and meditation concepts with a different word for each letter of the alphabet.
I Am Violet by Tania Duprey Stehlik & Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic ~ #Spotlight #PictureBook #Interview #Review ~ @_secondstory
This spotlight features an interview with the author of a picture book and simplified board book that has really resonated with me. In these mirrored books, a mixed race girl is wondering why her skin colour is different to both her parents. Through a metaphor of painting, Tania and illustrator, Vanja, show Violet’s journey of identity and being proud to be who she is.
Noisy Farm by Rod Campbell ~ #BoardBook #Review #30 #Anniversary ~@MacmillanKidsUK
Rooster has woken up Sam the farm dog. There are lots of different noises on the farm, but what animals can Sam hear? And can you spot the animal’s babies – they might be hiding!
I Forgot to Say I Love You by Miriam Moss & Anna Currey ~ #BoardBook #Review ~ @macmillankidsuk
Mum is trying to get Billy ready for nursery but they are running very late! Can Mum finally get Billy to nursery and will she remember the most important thing of all?
Busy Reindeer by Campbell Books & Samantha Meredith ~ #BoardBook #Review ~ @MacmillanKidsUK
This joyful rhyming board book follows the Christmas adventures of Ruby Reindeer who is helping Santa deliver Christmas presents.
Good News! It’s Christmas! by Glenys Nellist & Lizzie Walkley ~ #BoardBook #Review ~ @GlenysNellist
This rhyming board book is a fun and bright retelling of the Christmas story. Drawing on Luke 2:10-11, children see the Good News being spread far and wide.
A Christmas Carol by Campbell Books & Jean Claude ~ #BoardBook #Review ~ @MacmillanKidsUK
This wonderful push, pull and turn mechanisms really bring the story of Scrooge to life.
Christmas in 100 Words by QED & Sophie Beer ~ #BoardBook #Review ~ @QuartoKids @sophiebeerdraws
From star to chimney, snowman and carrots, this book is perfect for little ones wanting to spot all their favourite Christmassy things.
One More Time (Bright Start Series) by Nancy Loewen & Hazel Michelle Quintanilla ~ #BoardBook #Review ~ @nancyjloewen @QuartoKids
When a young child receives a blue scooter for their birthday, they are over the moon! But it’s a bit harder to ride than it looks...
Astro Pea by @amaliahoffman ~ #BoardBook #Review ~ @Schifferbooks
A little pea named Pete pops out of his pod and goes off to explore the galaxy on a carrot.
Roar with Zog by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler ~ #BoardBook #Review ~ @scholasticuk
Based around the story of Zog, this interactive board book lets children use a detachable star-shaped wand to help Zog win a golden star.