Children’s books we loved in April

Children’s books we loved in April


We were sent some lovely new children’s books to review in April. My girls continue to enjoy looking at and listening to books. This collection of books are really diverse and is a mix of fiction and non-fiction, picture books and board books and some for toddlers and others for slightly older children. I’ve also got 3 copies of The big book of 100 outdoor activities to giveaway at the end of this post so read on.

Disclosure – Where I can I have linked to the books on Amazon for you. These are affiliate links which just means if you buy through them I get a small commission, this does not affect the price you pay.


Bedtime stories from The Night Garden

My toddler loves In the night garden and I know she is not alone. This book is perfect for toddlers. I find that as my youngest recognises the characters in this book, she is more likely to sit and listen to a story from it (she’s not one for staying still for very long at all). The pages are also full of bright colours which also helps to engage young children. This is a collection of stories based on the popular tv show and one of the things that I love is that it has taught us the words to some of the songs. I had occasionally wondered what on earth the words were to different songs in the show and now I can read them to my youngest and see her delight as she recognises them.

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The Woollies flying high, Kelly McKain & Jon Stuart

This book is part of a series of books about a group of lovable, woolly creatures. This book is full of flying adventures of these woolly creatures. The Woollies are always ready to save the day by Imagi-knitting the solution. For example, when falling from a plane you need a parachute, Imagi-knit! and a woolly parachute appears. The illustrations are bright and really fun. My 5 year old loves this book, it really captures her imagination and she quite often requests this book at bedtime.

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Winnie and Wilbur seaside adventures, Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul

This is a collection of 3 stories about our favourite witch Winnie and her cat, Wilbur. Perfect for the summer months, this collection includes Winnie and Wilbur at the seaside, Winnie and Wilbur: The pirate adventure and Winnie and Wilbur under the sea. All three stories are classic Winnie and Wilbur stories. Magic and mayhem fill these fun stories.  We love the detailed illustrations on every page which provide plenty of talking points. I know this series of books will be making a regular appearance, especially over the summer months.

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My first day, Amber Stewart, Layn Marlow

This is a lovely, sweet little story about duckling’s first day at school. The illustrations are beautiful and full of nature. It’s Puddles first day at school and he’s worried about how he’ll manage without his mum. His first day goes really well though as his mum has packed his bag with all the things he will need to get through the day. I love that this book can be used to support little ones who will be starting nursery or school. As well as being a lovely book to read in preparation for starting nursery, this book also has a page at the end with tips for parents to use to help prepare their child.

Available to buy from Amazon.


The case of the red-bottomed robber! Richard Byrne

This is one of my favourites. It’s a really fun read about a group of chalks who are busy at the chalkboard, having fun drawing. They leave for lunch but when they return their drawings are gone. Mrs Red calls for Sergeant Blue and they set about finding the culprit. We love this interactive crime caper. The illustrations are colourful and engaging for kids.

Available to buy from Amazon.


ABC shapes, Ingela P Arrhenius

This board book is full of simple, colourful illustrations full of shapes. This book though goes beyond the basics or circle, square etc and includes shapes like arch, cube and helix. I have to be honest, some of these shapes are new to me like lemniscate and ogee. However, the illustrations are really fun and this book is great for introducing young children to a range of new shapes and words.

Available to buy from Amazon


A B C, Aino-Maija Metsola

This is another fun alphabet board book. It follows the standard format for an abc book, A is for apple etc. I love how colourful each page is and I love how simple but slightly unusual the illustrations are. My toddler loves spotting the things like elephant, fish and cat. The final page has the full a-z which is a great addition. I love this book for teaching toddlers the alphabet.

Available to buy from Amazon



Just for fun, I made my first stop motion video with the books. I’d love to hear what you think of it in the comments.

Disclosure – All these books were sent to us by the publishers in exchange for a review. All thoughts, photos and opinions are my own.

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  1. May 19, 2018 / 7:57 am

    Some wonderful books featured here – I like the look of The Woollies!

  2. May 28, 2018 / 7:19 am

    Winnie and Wilbur! These look like great books, I’m especially loving the isosceles triangle!

  3. May 28, 2018 / 7:24 am

    Wow that shapes one looks amazing! I love getting new books for the kids to read – I’m a bit obsessed!

  4. May 28, 2018 / 11:50 am

    These all sound like wonderful books. My son would love the Case of the Red-bottomed Robber as we’ve a few books about crayons so this would be perfect alongside them!

  5. May 29, 2018 / 3:13 pm

    Winnie and Wilbur would be a massive hit in our house – any book about cats always is! Some great books here too – so nice reading new books with your children I think. #KLTR

  6. June 8, 2018 / 8:48 am

    I love that there are such a huge variety of amazing children’s books available. My kids love to read.

    • Claire
      June 17, 2018 / 7:02 pm

      These are all lovely books.

  7. June 17, 2018 / 11:03 pm

    I couldn’t get your video to play unfortunately. Love the look of the red bottomed robber!

  8. July 17, 2018 / 11:51 am

    These all sound like lovely books, I am adding them to my must-buy!

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