Children’s Book Reviews

There are so many children’s books out there, some I remember from my childhood and there is a long long list of these books that Boo either needs her own copies of (if mine have gone missing) or has my copy of.  There are others that are new but just as great and Boo needs lots of those too. The ‘That’s Not My’ series of books are in the second list.

That's Not My... Books Review - sharing our thoughts on the that's not my ... series of board books for toddlers

So as Boo loves these books I thought it was about time we did a That’s Not My … Books review.  There seems to be endless titles in the ‘That’s Not My…’ range and that’s great – something for everyone and something for all interests.  Boo has a number of these books and her current favourites are That’s Not My Fairy, That’s Not My Dragon and That’s Not My Monkey. Read More…

We are, I have to say, massive Twirlywoos fans. Boo loves watching them and I love that I get to have a hot cup of tea in relative peace! I think the cartoon itself is great and teaches children simple concepts like ‘Soft’ or ‘Gone’.  So when I found out there were going to be Twirlywoos toys coming out – I was excited (for Boo of course).

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We went to the shop to buy them the day that they came out and Boo nearly burst with excitement when she saw the display of them! We decided (after Boo had hugged each type of toy!) that we should get her the Chickedy and Chick Talking Toys. Read More…

Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is something that is close to my heart – having suffered with it whilst I was pregnant with Boo and living with the after effects of it even now, 18 months on, I know how devastating it can be. I believe books like How to be a HG Hero are a vital part of the work which is being done to educating people about the reality of HG.

Review - How to be a HG Hero - my review of the amazing How to be a HG Hero - a book which explains hyperemesis gravidarum to children

HG not only makes you feel horrendously and relentlessly sick and be horrendously and relentlessly sick, but it also makes you feel lonely by isolating you from everyone. Read More…

I love books, and I love reading (the bedtime story I read to Boo is a magical part of ever single day) so as you can imagine I was very excited when Lee Hunter contacted me and asked if I would like to review her new book Nemo and Giraffe.

Nemo and Giraffe - Book Review

And I can tell you, it did not disappoint! Even before I read the book I was excited by the idea behind the book, ‘to help young children form positive relationships with cats and all pets and to learn how to care for them from a young age’.  What a marvelous idea, my husband and I are keen for Boo to grow up in a house with animals and I think pets are a great way to teach young children about responsibility, and this book is a fantastic base for that.

Lee Hunter is a childminder in Scotland and has, through a Kick Starter campaign, employed an illustrator, Lindy Daman and created Nemo and Giraffe.

There are two main themes in the book, the first is the idea that everyone is different and even people who are different (like Nemo and Giraffe) can be the best of friends. And the second message is that some animals, (again like Nemo) need to have a bit of extra consideration – the book is a great way to introduce the concept of pets to children.

I think both the words and the illustrations do an excellent job in both engaging children and helping to get the message across.  And the gorgeous illustrations will keep their attention!

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This is a truly wonderful book, one which I am sure will become one of Boo’s firm favourites when she is a little older –  and it will definitely make a fantastic bed time story.  Nemo and Giraffe is a great introduction to what is going to be a series, and I for one cannot wait to see more of the adventures Nemo and Giraffe share.

A fantastic concept, wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated, I really cannot sing the praises of this Nemo and Giraffe highly enough.

Nemo and Giraffe is available on Amazon – both paperback and kindle.  And you can find out more about Nemo and Giraffe on Twitter and Facebook.

Disclaimer: We were given access to the online version of the book, but all thoughts and opinions are mine and Boo’s own.

Family Fever

Well I have written my top ten books for me list , but here are my top ten books that I like to read to Boo (or that Boo likes to chew on when I am not looking) and that I am looking forward to reading to Boo in the near future.

My Top Ten Toddler Books

1. Mr Bear Says ‘Can I Have A Hug’ – Deb Gliori – I love this book, it is the perfect length for a goodnight story for Boo and she giggles when I say ‘fuzzy buzzy bees’. I am pretty sure that I could recite the book without the actual book but if it ever gets lost/damage I will still be able to read it to Boo.

2. Each Peach Pear Plum – Janet & Allan Ahlberg – One of my favourites as a child and now I get to read it to Boo, I love the illustrations and the rhyming, again it’s a great length for reading to Boo before she goes to sleep.

3. Peepo! – Janet and Allan Ahlberg – Again another one from my childhood that I love reading to Boo.  As this is a little bit longer we usually read some of this during the day rather than as a bed time story.

4. On The Night You Were Born – Nancy Tillman – The first time I read this it made me cry, and I love it, the whole concept, the beautiful words and the illustrations.  Magical.

5. Guess How Much I Love You – Sam McBratney – Aagin a bit long for Boo on a night, so more of a day time book.  But it is such a lovely book and will be even better when Boo is older.

6. Spooky Spooky Spooky – Cathy MacLennan – I bought this book cheap (for 20p) when the local library were clearing out old books, it’s a great book, and it’s make me do silly voices without even intending to, which of course Boo finds hilarious.

7. That’s Not My Dragon – Fiona Watts – I love the That’s Not My… Books and Boo has had so many from the library she loves all of them, we bought her That’s Not My Dragon as a special book to have at Grandma’s and she always loves to get it out and ‘read’ it when she is there. Sometime she even lets us read it to her!

8. Nubbins and the Tractor – Clare McKinley – This was my favourite book when I was little and I still have my copy – sadly drawn on by my cousin but I can’t wait until Boo can read it herself and enjoy it as much as I did

9. Can’t You Sleep Little Bear? – Martin Waddell – Another book I have from when I was a child, I it is such a lovely book and again another one I can’t wait to read to Boo when she is a little bit older.

10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Another book I enjoyed when I was little, again, it seems just so suited to silly voices, I just can’t help myself!My Top Ten Badge

What are you favourite books to read to your toddler and what are your toddler’s favourite books?

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