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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.
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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