Books For Little Readers: January 2021

January 25, 2021 in Children's Books


I’m venturing a little bit outside of my comfort zone today and talking about children’s books! As you may know, I have a 3 year old son who LOVES reading. His eyes light up when book mail arrives even more than mine do. Still, I don’t really talk about children’s books here and I wanted to change that this year. So going forward, I’ll be sharing semi-regular review wrap-ups of the books we’ve been reading and loving lately!

Some of these are new and upcoming releases that I’ve received review copies of in exchange for these reviews. I’ll also talk about books from our personal collection, library books, books won in giveaways and so on. (We won a few giveaways this month – yay!) So without further ado, let’s talk children’s books!

“You Live Where?! By John Hay & Garry Parsons*

Date of Publication: 4th February 2021
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Recommended Age: 4-7 years

Many thanks to Macmillan Children’s Books and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Kes Gray’s You’re Called What?! is a big hit in our house. Like seriously, all three of us LOVE it. It’s hilarious and if you haven’t read it yet, you should. So I was instantly drawn to this title which is recommended for fans of that book and follows a similar style.

This whimsical tale follows a group of birds on vacation. Sat around a swimming pool, small talk leads to the question: so… where are you from? And naturally, they’re all from funny sounding places around the world.

I loved the story itself – especially in a time when most of us are not able to take a holiday. (That pool sure does look appealing…) However, I didn’t enjoy the humour as much as I’d hoped. One thing I will say is that I’d recommend this to a slightly older child as all the funny names went over my 3 year old’s head.

 

I Like The Snow
By Sarah Nelson & Rachel Oldfield*

Date of Publication: 4th March 2021
Publisher: Barefoot Books
Recommended Age: 3-7 years

Many thanks to Barefoot Books and Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

We really enjoyed this cute little book about snow. I especially loved that it focuses on a child’s experience of snow and how it impacts their lives. However, I was equally impressed with the discussion/fact pages at the end. These were fantastic and even I learnt a thing or two! I’ll be picking up these books as I feel like they’ll make great home-schooling resources. (There’s a series of other weather-related titles also!)

 

Slug In Love By Rachel Bright & Nadia Shireen*

Date of Publication: 21st January 2021
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
Recommended Age: 3+

Many thanks to Simon & Schuster Children’s UK and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This might just be the cutest, sweetest little book we’ve ever read together. It follows a lonely slug called Doug who just wants a hug. But being a slug, all the other bugs seem to be repelled by his sliminess. Will Doug ever find love? (Spoiler alert: he does!)

We loved this so much that we actually read it three times in a row. The repetition and rhyming makes it easy for little readers to learn new words and gain confidence in reading out loud. For me, I just loved how lovely it was. It was an absolute delight!

 

ABC Of Gender Identity By Devika Dalal*

Date of Publication: 21st June 2021
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Recommended Age: 5+

Many thanks to Jessica Kingsley Publishers and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

As a parent, I want my son to grow up knowing that we will love and accept him no matter what. We want him to be kind, inclusive and accepting of others. So this book really appealed to me in that respect as these qualities are learned at home.

Since this book is aimed at children 5 and up, I didn’t expect it to be suitable for reading with my 3 year old. However, he LOVED it! It’s super colourful while the text itself is simple and concise. Each letter is accompanied by a term relating to gender identity that matches that letter. And then the author explains that term in easy to understand terminology. 

We read this a few times. First of all, to get a feel for the book itself. Then since a lot of the terms included the word ‘gender’, I encouraged my son to try to read the letter and the word. (Some of them are difficult even for me but he gave them a try at least!) We’ll be buying a copy of this one ASAP.

 

That’s Not My Pirate by Fiona Watts & Rachel Wells

Date of Publication: 27th April 2007
Publisher: Usbourne Publishing
Recommended Age: 2-6 years

The ‘That’s Not My…’ books are a must have for families with little ones. They’re sensory with different textures to feel on each page. The repetition makes it super easy for young readers to pick up. And they double as a ‘find the mouse’ game which is a big hit in our household. (We always read each book twice – once as the book and again to find the mouse on each page!)

That’s Not My Pirate is one of the most recent additions to our ‘That’s Not My…’ collection. (We have a fair few because our son LOVES them!) With that in mind, I was impressed with this title. With words like “cutlass” and “glittery”, it’s slightly more challenging for a 3 year old. I was also glad to see a mixture of both he/his and she/her pronouns!

Bear Feels Sad by Garry Fleming

Date of Publication: 1st April 2018
Publisher: Lake Press
Recommended Age: 1+

This one is a charming little series all about a bear and his emotions. If teaching emotional intelligence is a priority for you then I highly recommend these books. Since we started reading these books, our little boy has quickly started to put a name to his feelings which is fantastic.

In Bear Feels Sad, our fluffy protagonist is very sad. He gets sad for a number of reasons – when he’s hurt, dropped something or saying goodbye! But it ties up nicely with a hug from his Mum who makes everything feel better. All in all, it’s really sweet and promotes being mindful of how you’re feeling and why.

NOTE: These are quite hard to find but we found our copy in our local Home Bargains for less than £2.

 

Supertato: Super Squad by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet

Supertato: Super Squad By Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet*

Date of Publication: 29th October 2020
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
Recommended Age: 2+

*Won in a Giveaway*

Supertato and his veggie friends are back in this funny little story! In this one, Supertato is determined to teach a lesson and the Super Squad are more than happy to help. But it’s not what you think! This book promotes kindness even to those who are naughty! 

The first Supertato book that I read to my son felt a bit too dark to me so I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It’s really light-hearted and fun. And my son loved shouting out the names of the vegetables! So all in all, it was a win for us!

 

The Couch Potato by Jory John & Pete Oswald

The Couch Potato by Jory John & Pete Oswald*

Date of Publication: 26th November 2020
Publisher: HarperCollins
Recommended Age: 4-8 years

*Won in a Giveaway*

As a self-confessed homebody, I felt this one. Our potato protagonist loves being at home. He’s comfortable, he’s got everything he needs at the click of a button and he’s pretty content that way. Until a power outage forces him outside and changes his perspective. It was a gentle reminder that there’s more to life than creature comforts. And it’s also a lesson in mindfulness – in being present and appreciating every moment. I also loved all of the potato-related puns!

I enjoyed this so much that I can’t wait to add the other books in the series to our collection ASAP!

Thanks for checking out my children’s/picture book wrap-up for January!

What are your favourite picture books? Let me know in the comments below!

8 Comments

  • Cristina Rosano January 27, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    I didn’t know you had a little kid! I might not have kids around but I would definitely buy Slug in Love and the Couch Potato, I love the style of the illustrations on them! Thanks for sharing x

    • Hayley January 28, 2021 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks Cristina! Both of those books are absolutely fantastic. We’ve actually just bought a physical copy of Slug in Love because we love it so much! 🙂

  • Eleanor Jones January 28, 2021 at 11:02 am

    These are the cutest little choices for children, I love it! Thank you for sharing these books, my little sister would have loved these when she was younger x

    • Hayley January 28, 2021 at 12:22 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Jodie | That Happy Reader January 28, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    I love the magic of children’s books and reading to children. These all sound like great books and you’ve done a great job reviewing them. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hayley January 29, 2021 at 10:07 am

      Thank you so much Jodie! 🙂

  • Tamra Elizabeth Cater January 28, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    These sound like great books for little ones! I will definitely keep these in mind for my daughter!

    • Hayley January 29, 2021 at 11:16 am

      Thanks Tamra, I hope she enjoys them! 🙂

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