Children’s books we loved this summer – part 1

Children’s books we loved this summer – part 1

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We’ve been having so many outdoor adventures this summer, I’ve gotten a little bit behind with sharing all the beautiful children’s books that we have been sent by various publishers. So this is the first of two posts sharing them all with you. All these books have been sent to us by the publishers for review. As always though, all thoughts, opinions and photos are my own and if we didn’t genuinely love the book it would not be featured here.

I-spy books

We were sent a collection of these great i-spy books that I remember from my own childhood. These little books are the perfect size to keep in your bag for when your kids need entertaining whilst you are out and about. There are many books in this great range but we have been enjoying i-spy in the city, garden, countryside and night sky. Each book is split into different sections, where different things that you may spot related to the section are grouped together. For each item that your child could spot there is a photo and a little bit of information about it. Each item also has a points score assigned to it. As you spot things you tick them and add up your scores. If you collect 1000 points you can even send off for an official i-spy certificate. I love anything that will help to entertain a child who is getting bored whilst out and about so these are perfect. Especially as they are so small and lightweight so perfect for keeping in your bag. We’ve been using ours a lot on our summer adventures.


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Pirate, dinosaur and space adventure activity books

These activity books are perfect for children from 5 years onwards. My just 5 year old loves the stickers best but is still too young to fully appreciate these books. For older children, they are great books that will keep them entertained as well as helping them learn. Activities include word searches, dot to dots, crafts and much more. I love that these books are packed full of fun and colourful illustrations. They have a really modern and high quality feel to them compared to some of the children’s activity books on the market.


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The woollies join the parade! Kelly McKain and Jon Stuart

This is the second Wollies book that we have received and my two both love them. This book is perfect for toddlers and older children. The illustrations are colourful and fun and capture the imaginations of children. In this book, the woollies have lots of fun creating (or imaginknit!) their own parade. Of course, there are a few surprises along the way.


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Ollie discovers …. the planets, Anya Acres, Megan Elizabeth

This book is a lovely mix of fact and fiction. The illustrations are bold and bright and as such appealing to kids. Ollie is an adventurous alien out to explore the planets and we are tagging along for the ride. As he journeys through space he comes across many planets and we learn some of the key characteristics such as mars is red and hot. I love that right at the end of the book are some questions that you can use as prompts for discussions with your child.

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Forest school adventures, Naomi Walmsley & Dan Westall

You might remember that I loved taking my girls to a local family forest school for young children. I love that they have fun outdoors whilst learning and connecting with nature. My 5 year old loves it and is disappointed that the afternoon a week in forest school that she had in reception won’t be continuing in year 1. This book might be the solution for us. It’s full of ideas for outdoor skills and ideas for play. There are ideas for crafts, bushcraft skills like knot tying and creating campfires, as well as foraging wild food and some games. It’s a great book that I love sitting down to read through and I can’t wait to start trying a lot of the ideas in this book over the coming months.



If you’re still not convinced then have a watch of the book trailer. Available to buy from Amazon now.


If you like the idea of this book, then I’m sure you’ll love my new facebook group and 5 day email challenge, filled with woodland themed activities for kids, find out more here.

Steve, Terror of the seas, Megan Brewis

Both my 5 year old and toddler love this book. Steve is a cute little fish but for some reason, all the other fish are afraid of him. It’s the perfect length story for toddlers. The illustrations are cute and colourful and my kids love all the speech bubbles in the illustrations. I find my 5 year old is particularly keen on speech bubbles since starting learning to read. The girls love the surprise ending where we find out why everyone is so scared of Steve. I love that the very last 2 pages are some facts about pilot fish.


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  1. August 20, 2018 / 9:33 am

    Oo I’ve not heard of many of these books, but the Forest School Adventures is exactly the type of book my daughter would love 🙂

  2. August 20, 2018 / 1:42 pm

    These all look like lovely reads. Especially the book about planets! We could have done with this last year when mine had a planets project 😊 There’s a lot out there aimed at older children, but this looks perfect for reception/ year 1 aged kiddies.

  3. August 20, 2018 / 2:15 pm

    I haven’t seen any of these before. My son loves me reading to him and the i-spy books sound great for getting him involved as he loves to talk about pictures and what’s happening in them when we read.

  4. August 20, 2018 / 3:57 pm

    those eyespy books look like such a good idea, I know I would have loved to have one of those when I was younger – especially for long distance journeys in the car!

  5. August 20, 2018 / 4:58 pm

    I just love buying books for my daughter, there are lots here I’ve not seen before but know that she would enjoy. I too remember the ispy books from my childhood, I didn’t realise that they were still around. Thanks for introducing me to some new book ideas that we can enjoy together.

  6. August 20, 2018 / 7:26 pm

    So many fantastic books here. We have an i-spy one for car journeys, and I love how detailed it is yet small enough as a travel book. The planets book sounds fun, learning it all with the alien! And the forest school book with survival techniques would be so interesting.

  7. August 21, 2018 / 5:28 am

    What a great selection of books. Monkey goes back into year 2 in Sept and his first project is all about space. So I will be checking out the planets book. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. August 21, 2018 / 2:19 pm

    Reading is super important. I love the activity books – Space, pirates and adventure, along with their imagination, im sure will keep the kids enterained for hours x

  9. August 21, 2018 / 2:28 pm

    These all look great, I used to LOVE the I-spy books when I was little! Think it’s so important for children to grow up reading!

  10. August 21, 2018 / 2:28 pm

    These all look great, I used to LOVE the I-spy books when I was little! Think it’s so important for children to grow up reading!

  11. August 27, 2018 / 5:06 pm

    You’ve certainly received some lovely books. I like the look of the Forest School and my eldest loves a dot to dot book. #KLTR

  12. August 28, 2018 / 8:55 am

    These all look fantastic, my daughter would love the Ollie discovers the planets book and she loves everything Space right now. I will have to get her a copy. #kltr

  13. September 13, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    I like the look of the Forest School Adventures book, great ideas for the school holidays #KLTR

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