Children’s book we’ve loved in January

Children’s book we’ve loved in January

This month has been all about transitioning F (4 years) off the Christmas ones she loved so much and watching E (19 months) discover a love of interactive books. We’ve been reading a lot of winter books set in snowy lands but also some other lovely books too. Read on to find out what books the girls are currently loving. You can find our favourite winter books here (5 picture books about winter).

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.

Goodnight little bot, Karen Kaufman Orloff, Kim Smith *

My eldest loves this brightly coloured bedtime story. It’s a lovely rhyming story about a little robot getting ready for bed. We love the short and simple rhymes as little Bot goes through the bath and bedtime routine. Little Bot isn’t tired though so keeps resisting bedtime but his mum soon guides him through the routine. I love the simple, bold and colourful illustrations that really capture the reader’s attention.The perfect bedtime story for all your little robot fans.

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Singing in the rain, Tim Hopgood *

Another beautiful book packed full of bold and colourful illustrations. This is the second book in this series of songs turned in to children’s picture books by Tim Hopgood that we have received. We love this book just as much as Walking in a winter wonderland. The illustrations are bright and engaging with lots of details to talk about. The words are the classic song “singing in the rain” and there is even a CD included which my girls enjoy singing and dancing along to.

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Millie-Mae in winter, Natalie Marshall

This is a well-loved seasonal book that makes a regular appearance on our books we love. I shared it first in 7 wonderful winter themed Children’s books last year. The illustrations are cute and engaging and the story short enough to keep the attention of a toddler. We have all four books in this series and love how they perfectly capture the seasons for young children.

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Where’s Mr Owl? Ingela Arrhenius

This was one of E’s Christmas presents and she adores it. As do I. It’s a beautiful little book for babies and toddlers. The flaps are felt which is really unique. I love the cute and brightly coloured illustrations. E loves the simple concept of animals hiding behind the flaps and she loves the mirror hidden at the end. A gorgeous book that if we’d had it earlier would have been included in my post on the best books for babies and toddlers.

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The girl and the blue dragon, Joseph lee Sankar *

This is an absolutely beautiful book we were recently sent by Pink Owl Publishing. One day a girl discovers a blue pebble on the beach. Eventually, a blue dragon hatches from the “pebble”. The girl and the dragon form a beautiful friendship. Until the day comes where the dragon has to go away. One day though a familiar face appears. The illustrations are stunning and this is a truly captivating tale that my 4 year old loves. Available direct.



Have you seen their Instagram account? It’s stunning.

Frankenbunny, Jill Esbaum, Alice Brereton *

This is a book which looks at sibling rivalry as well as being scared of the dark and Monsters. Spencer is scared of monsters and his older brothers use this to try scare him with their made up Frankenbunny. Spencer discovers a note that shows him that Frankenbunny is not real and just his brothers trying to scare him. He then sets about planning his revenge. A great book for helping children learn to overcome their fears.

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Alice in Wonderland, Colonel Moutarde

Finally, II have to mention this one as E adores it. I bought it a few years ago for F. It’s a shortened version of the classic Alice in Wonderland which is brightly coloured and each page has an interactive element which really engages toddlers. E particularly likes the first page where you move Alice down the hole.

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So that’s what we’ve been reading in January. What about you? What are you currently enjoying?

Disclosure – Books marked with a * were sent to us to review. All thoughts, opinions and photos are my own. All the other books mentioned are either library books or from our own collection.

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  1. January 23, 2018 / 1:48 pm

    You’ve featured some lovely looking books. I like the sound of Goodnight Little Bottle and my son would love the Blue Dragon. He’s mad about dragons!

    • Claire
      February 1, 2018 / 11:30 am

      Thank you. I do love to pick out lovely books.

  2. January 23, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    So many lovely suggestions! I love the sound of Frankenbunny and Goodnight Little Bot especially. Making note and pinning for later!

    • Claire
      February 1, 2018 / 11:31 am

      Glad you liked them.

  3. January 23, 2018 / 4:59 pm

    The colours and illustrations of these are absolutely stunning, especially goodnight mr bot x

    • Claire
      February 1, 2018 / 11:31 am

      Yes that one is particularly colourful.

    • Claire
      February 1, 2018 / 11:32 am

      It is a beautifully illustrated book.

  4. January 23, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    You have wonderful taste in books, I’m adding so many of your recommendations to my list! I love the look of the Singing in the Rain book, the illustrations are beautiful. I think my son would love Goodnight Little Bot too.

    • Claire
      February 1, 2018 / 11:37 am

      Thank you. There are so many gorgeous ones available to choose from.

  5. January 24, 2018 / 1:20 am

    I love how bright and colourful your books are. Aesthetic wise I am really drawn to the girl and the blue dragon x

    • Claire
      February 1, 2018 / 11:35 am

      I love colour! Yes, the girl and the blue dragon is especially beautiful.

  6. January 24, 2018 / 2:24 pm

    The books look great. My kids would love them. I particularly like the Singing in the Rain book.

    • Claire
      February 1, 2018 / 11:35 am

      It is a lovely book.

    • Claire
      February 1, 2018 / 11:34 am

      They are both beautiful books.

  7. January 25, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    Singing in the rain would be very apt for us right now – I don’t know when the last time it didn’t rain here in Wales! Lots of new to me books shared… I love your book posts as I always get some good inspiration. Thanks!
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    • Claire
      February 1, 2018 / 11:34 am

      I enjoy putting them together so I’m glad you enjoy reading them too.

    • Claire
      February 1, 2018 / 11:33 am

      There are so many fantastic children’s books available.

  8. February 7, 2018 / 11:51 am

    These books look amazing. I like that there is a variety for various ages. The illustrations in the Girl with the Blue Dragon are beautiful.
    Thank you for joining #ThursdayTeam

  9. February 24, 2018 / 9:05 pm

    Love discovering new books and am delighted to have recently found the Millie-Mae books for a pound each.#KLTR
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  10. March 3, 2018 / 3:34 am

    I love the illustrations in Singing In the Rain. It reminds me of The Hungry Caterpillar.

  11. March 15, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    Ooh the girl and the blue dragon looks fantastic, such captivating drawings and also what a great mix of books too! Thanks for linking up to #KLTR

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