My Book of Birds

Being a passionate bird watcher, this is one of the most beautifully illustrated non-fiction picture books about birds I have come across in a long time. The illustrations were created with old magazine paper, art paper and wrapping paper and show the birds in beautiful simplicity.  This is one of Geraldo Valério’s masterpieces.

Georgie and I spent a lot of time flicking through the pages looking at the interesting illustrations and identifying the birds we had spotted when out and about.

My Book of Birds, written and illustrated by Geraldo Valério and published by Wren&Rook.

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The Big Book of Beasts by Yuval Zommer

This is another fantastic book by Yuval Zommer! Just like The Big Book of Bugs, The Big Book of Beasts has a very clear structure. The reader gets to meet different animals (Sloths, Tigers, Weasels, Binturongs….yes, there is such a thing!) before they learn about footprints, endangered animals and urban visitors.

Georgie was fascinated with the Hippopotamuses page… especially after learning that Hippos can produce their own suncream and spray their poo! (Whereas I loved the page about sloths.) We spent story time looking for the different footprints on the various pages.

Again, Yuval’s illustrations are beautiful and support the interesting facts incredibly well. This is a book we did not want to put down because every time we looked through it, we discovered more.

I will definitely add a copy to my class library! And I wonder what Yuval Zommer will come up with next…but I know that I’m already looking forward to it.

Illustrated by Yuval Zommer and published by Thames & Hudson.

The Big Book of Bugs

Now I for one am not a fan of creepy crawlies but this non-fiction book caught my interest. It is packed full of facts about different bugs, bees, ants, stick insects and more. The illustrations are wonderful and the structure of the book is very easy to follow. It starts by talking about different types of insects to explaining ‘Baby Bugs’ and the different ways bugs move.

I particularly liked the ‘Bug Word’ page, which teaches children ‘How to talk like a bug expert’ and explains proper scientific terminology in a very clear and easy to understand way.

Little Georgie is fascinated by spiders so the page about spiders was of course her favourite.

The illustrations by Yuval Zommer are beautiful and detailed and really bring the book to life.

Published by Thames & Hudson.

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The Forest Feast for Kids

This colourful vegetarian children’s recipe book by Erin Gleeson had our mouths watering.

The easy and simple to follow recipes make it possible for even the youngest children to help prepare food. Georgie helped to prepare the Plum Tartlets by carefully placing slices of plums onto the dough. Another favourite were the Butternut Quesadillas.

Great for busy mums with fussy eaters.

Written and illustrated by Erin Gleeson, published by Abrams Books.

Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure – Dr. Dominic Walliman & Ben Newman

As a parent, how do you answer those curious questions from your inquisitive children without reaching for your smart phone? “Dad, why is the sky blue?”  One way is to add these three components into a mix: Dr. Dominic Walliman, Ben Newman and Flying Eye Books. The result is ‘Professor Astro Cat’.

Children and adults alike, get ready – Professor Astro Cat is about to be dropping science as he takes you on an ATOMIC ADVENTURE through the mind-boggling world of physics. Prepare your brain for clarity because this feline professor is about to school you on energy, forces and the building blocks of the universe. Where does electricity come from? What is smaller than an atom? What is air? What are Newton’s laws? All these questions and many, many more will be explained with easy-to-follow explanations and beautifully designed infographics.

In my opinion, it should be mandatory that every child’s bedroom and every primary and science classroom should have a copy of this book on their shelves.

Published by Flying Eye Books.


Miró’s Magic Animals by Antony Penrose

In Miró’s Magic Animals Antony Penrose recalls a visit by Miró to his childhood home and a trip to London Zoo, where the artist Miró asked to see ‘large birds, snakes and strange creatures of the night’.

Joan Miró was a quiet and kind man who ‘dreamed when he was awake’ and painted wonderfully strange worlds filled with magical animals. Beautifully illustrated with some of Miró’s finest works, as well as evocative archive photography by Lee Miller, Tony Penrose’s mother, and specially commissioned artworks by children done in the style of Miró, this book will inspire and appeal to art fans of any age.

Published by Thames and Hudson

Little People, Big Dreams: Frida Kahlo by Isabel Sanchez Vegara & Eng Gee Fan

Little People, Big Dreams.

The second book in this series chronicles the early life of Frida Kahlo – leading to her solo exhibition in America.

It’s a book about realising your ambitions and shows its young readers that great people start life as a child with a dream. Just the kind of book I want my children to enjoy and draw inspiration from.

Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books.