My Book of Birds

Being a passionate bird watcher, this is one of the most beautifully illustrated non-fiction picture books about birds I have come across in a long time. The illustrations were created with old magazine paper, art paper and wrapping paper and show the birds in beautiful simplicity.  This is one of Geraldo Valério’s masterpieces.

Georgie and I spent a lot of time flicking through the pages looking at the interesting illustrations and identifying the birds we had spotted when out and about.

My Book of Birds, written and illustrated by Geraldo Valério and published by Wren&Rook.

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The Grotlyn by Benji Davies

Have you ever wondered where those noises in the night come from? I know I have! If you, like me, live in a house where things go bump in the night, the chances are you have a Grotlyn.

But what is a Grotlyn? What sort of creature could it be? Georgie and I had fun trying to find ours. And she now blames everything that goes missing in the house on the Grotlyn (I’m sure our Grotlyn has blonde hair and beautiful brown eyes and it particularly seems to like biscuits and grapes).

The Grotlyn is a stunningly illustrated picture book by Benji Davies. Nostalgic and atmospheric in style, this rhyming book is delightful and will soon become one of our favourites.

Illustrated and written by Benji Davies, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books.


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The Big Book of Beasts by Yuval Zommer

This is another fantastic book by Yuval Zommer! Just like The Big Book of Bugs, The Big Book of Beasts has a very clear structure. The reader gets to meet different animals (Sloths, Tigers, Weasels, Binturongs….yes, there is such a thing!) before they learn about footprints, endangered animals and urban visitors.

Georgie was fascinated with the Hippopotamuses page… especially after learning that Hippos can produce their own suncream and spray their poo! (Whereas I loved the page about sloths.) We spent story time looking for the different footprints on the various pages.

Again, Yuval’s illustrations are beautiful and support the interesting facts incredibly well. This is a book we did not want to put down because every time we looked through it, we discovered more.

I will definitely add a copy to my class library! And I wonder what Yuval Zommer will come up with next…but I know that I’m already looking forward to it.

Illustrated by Yuval Zommer and published by Thames & Hudson.

Sir Scaly Pants: The Dragon Thief by John Kelly

Sir Scaly Pants is back for his second adventure. This time, a fire-breathing dragon thief has kidnapped the king and Sir Scaly Pants considers it his duty to rescue his majesty.

Georgie’s favourite character is Sir Scaly Pants’ trusty steed, Guinevere, because of how brave she is. After all, not everyone would gallop towards a fire-breathing dragon! While we were reading the book, Georgie added horse sounds and Guinevere’s thoughts to the story, which made the book even more entertaining!

The illustrations are detailed, the faces are brilliantly expressive, and add to the funny feel of this book, as do the rhymes. A perfect bedtime story with an unexpected happy ending.

Written and illustrated by John Kelly and published by Bloomsbury; a funny story full of peril and pants.

Published 7th September 2017

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The Big Book of Bugs

Now I for one am not a fan of creepy crawlies but this non-fiction book caught my interest. It is packed full of facts about different bugs, bees, ants, stick insects and more. The illustrations are wonderful and the structure of the book is very easy to follow. It starts by talking about different types of insects to explaining ‘Baby Bugs’ and the different ways bugs move.

I particularly liked the ‘Bug Word’ page, which teaches children ‘How to talk like a bug expert’ and explains proper scientific terminology in a very clear and easy to understand way.

Little Georgie is fascinated by spiders so the page about spiders was of course her favourite.

The illustrations by Yuval Zommer are beautiful and detailed and really bring the book to life.

Published by Thames & Hudson.

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Chocolate Cake

Who doesn’t like chocolate cake? A brilliantly funny book anyone who has ever given into temptation can identify with.

Georgie loved making all the silly noises when we read the book together. Of course, we had to bake a chocolate cake the following day! An essential addition to our home library.

Written by former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen and beautifully illustrated by Kevin Waldron.

Puffin Hardback, 24th August 2017

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Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too)

This wonderful book, written by Keith Negley and published by Flying Eye Books, explains that showing feelings is important, totally normal and human. It highlights that everyone has low points, no matter where they are or how strong or brave they might appear and that it is OK to show those feelings.

I used this book with my class of 7 and 8 year olds to show them that it is OK to feel upset or to cry. Tough Guys helped them to open up and we had some productive class discussions about showing feelings, talked about what might cause people to feel this way and how we can help someone who is feeling sad. They particularly loved the illustrations of the astronaut, ninjas and race car driver.

Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too)… well worth a read!

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The Forest Feast for Kids

This colourful vegetarian children’s recipe book by Erin Gleeson had our mouths watering.

The easy and simple to follow recipes make it possible for even the youngest children to help prepare food. Georgie helped to prepare the Plum Tartlets by carefully placing slices of plums onto the dough. Another favourite were the Butternut Quesadillas.

Great for busy mums with fussy eaters.

Written and illustrated by Erin Gleeson, published by Abrams Books.


This fun and fact-filled book of mazes informs us about the varied migration journeys different animals undertake throughout the year. Follow the reindeer to their summer grazing grounds in the Arctic tundra or accompany humpback whales from the cold waters of the Arctic to warm tropical waters and learn interesting facts along the way.

Reading this book, I caught myself thinking ‘I did not know this’ more than once. Fascinating facts are wrapped in beautiful illustrations by Melissa Castrillón, which are  pieces of art within their own right.

Georgie really liked the Rockhopper Penguins and finding a safe route up and down the cliff. We then looked on a world map for children, which Georgie has hanging above her bed, to see where these penguins live. Georgie can find the UK, America, Spain, Chile and New Zealand on a map…not bad for a three-year-old.

Animazes, written by Melissa Castrillón and published by Big Picture Press, is a perfect  picture book for curious minds of all ages.

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This is another stunning picture book by Britta Teckentrup. This peek-through picture book effectively brings the moon alive in all its shimmering, atmospheric beauty as we are taken on a journey  into the nocturnal world .

Georgie loved discovering all the animals hiding in the moonlight and watching the moon change shape from page to page. Moon is the perfect book for curious 3 year olds who just can’t stop asking ‘why’ as they are trying to understand a little bit more about the world they live in. A beautiful celebration of the moon and all things nighttime.

Published by Little Tiger Group.

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