An Egg Is Quiet By Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long

Everything you wanted to know about the secret world of eggs. This is a beautiful book to feast your eyes on. The illustrations, layout and typography are gorgeous.  This is a fantastic book to teach children (and adults) everything they need to know about eggs. An Egg Is Quiet will intrigue young minds and encourage a love of science.

I’ve used this book many times for guided reading sessions and the book has always inspired awe and wonder from the children around the table.

It’s also great to draw from. I have used it as a stimulus for art lessons and a resource for observational drawing in science lessons.

There are 3 other titles in this series. Check them out here.


Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow lies a secret world of squirrels and snow hares, bears and bullfrogs and many other animals making their winter home under the snow. This beloved nonfiction picture book exploring the subnivean zone reveals the tunnels and caves formed beneath the snow but over the ground, where many kinds of animals live through the winter, safe and warm, awake and busy, but hidden beneath the snow.

– Abrams & Chronicle Books


You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey, artwork by Soyeon Kim (Books I like)

Do we really drink the same water as the dinosaurs did?
Every big idea in You Are Stardust is grounded in current
science. — The goal of this book is simply to
inspire magical, exploratory conversations between adult
and child.

Owl Kids

This is a truely stunning book about the creation of the universe, our planet and our intrinsic connection to it. I cannot wait to read it to my children. I’m so happy that this book exists. It’s one of a kind.

Check out the ‘You Are Stardust App

Check out he artist Soyeon Kim’s website to see more of her work.


Rupert the Dinosaur by Douglas Vallgren, illustrated by Karl Newson (Book review)










Rupert has a long, long pointy nose and a long, long pointy tail, but all that is about to change, with a few trips and bumps along the way… who said dinosaurs were all wiped out?

From Karl Newson’s website.

This is a gorgeous picture book about dinosaurs and evolution with charming illustrations.

I read this book to my class this morning and they loved it. They enjoyed it so much they demanded I read it again at the end of the day.

Being the design geek that I am, my class know all about layout, typography and the use of white space. The kids commented on the ‘epic’ typography on the front cover, I agreed with the opinion (perhaps not the adjective).

Like all the best teachers, my class know how to sideline me. Get me talking about picture books and they’re sure to postpone their numeracy lesson by a little bit. Inevitably we had a lengthy discussion about the aesthetic features of the book.

This book is a fantastic way to introduce the topic of evolution. I used this book as starting point for a discussion about Charles Darwin and we talked about animals that had evolved over time.

I learnt something new from this book and was really quite surprised by what I found out. I love it when that happens. Rupert & the Dinosaur is to be enjoyed by children of all ages, me being one of them at 31 years young.

I’m excited to add this book to my ever growing, all encompassing collection of picture books. I look forward to the day when I can sit down with my twins and read it to them. Then I will try to impress them with the illustration I received from Karl Newson.


No, thank you Karl. :D

You can follow Karl on twitter @KarlWheel