What We’re Reading: 5 Beautiful and Inspiring Children’s Books

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What We're Reading: 6 Beautiful and Inspiring Children's Books

Have you ever tried reading a book while simultaneously wrestling with an octopus? That’s about what story time feels like at the moment now the littlest girl is crawling, climbing and pulling herself up. Nevertheless we shall soldier on! We love books here and we read every day, starting from very young. Soon the little one will become interested in what we’re reading instead of just trying to eat the books. Let’s just say that for now she’s exploring them in a more tactile way, but it’s all learning right? So, time to share with you some of the beautiful (and apparently tasty!) books we’ve been enjoying lately…

Actual Size

What We're Reading: 5 Beautiful and Inspiring Children's Books

The title of this one is pretty self explanatory. A book about animals that shows them, or parts of them, at their actual size. The girls find it fascinating to see just how big or small some animals are!

What We're Reading: 5 Beautiful and Inspiring Children's Books

(Find it at Book Depository here, or Amazon here)

The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon

What We're Reading: 5 Beautiful and Inspiring Children's Books

Kids have BIG questions don’t they? Sometimes about things that are really hard to explain! So I always love a book that explains some of the more complicated concepts in a child friendly way. This is one of those books! The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon is our newest favourite. It’s a story about a symbiotic relationship between a bobtail squid and the bacteria that helps it glow.

What We're Reading: 5 Beautiful and Inspiring Children's Books

It’s presented as an engaging story with beautiful illustrations but doesn’t skimp on the facts! We find out about bacteria and molecules, learn some new scientific vocabulary, and discover how and why the bacteria and squid work together to help each other. My science and nature loving kids were absolutely fascinated.

What We're Reading: 5 Beautiful and Inspiring Children's Books

At the end of the story there is also several pages explaining some of the concepts in greater detail which is really helpful. I learnt so much!

(This book is currently unavailable at Book Depository and Amazon but I bought it online from the publisher here)

Flower Fairies of the Autumn

What We're Reading: 5 Beautiful and Inspiring Children's Books

We have a few seasonal books that we change each season and this is one of the ones we have out currently. Miss 7 is a fairy lover so she is particularly interested in it at the moment. It’s just a simple book of poetry but it has sparked some great discussions lately about different types of texts, interpreting poetry, and unfamiliar words.

(You can find it at Book Depository here, or Amazon here)

BIG Kids Magazine

What We're Reading: 5 Beautiful and Inspiring Children's Books

Now this one is obviously not a book, but a magazine! A beautiful inspirational magazine for children full of art and creativity. This is the first issue we have ordered and we will definitely be ordering more. BIG features the work of children and adult artists side by side. Each issue is centered around a theme and children can submit their own artworks. Also includes activities, ideas, lift outs, and lots of loveliness! I love that the kids get to see what other children around Australia (and the world) are creating and doing and be inspired by it.

What We're Reading: 5 Beautiful and Inspiring Children's Books

(You can order the magazine here)

Mirror

What We're Reading: 5 Beautiful and Inspiring Children's Books

This gorgeous wordless book is two books in one. The pages open out and you read each side simultaneously. On one side you follow a day in the life of a family in Sydney, Australia and on the other side the contrasting lifestyle of a family in Morocco. The girls love pointing out the differences and similarities in the different cultures. And of course Jeannie Baker’s signature collage illustrations are stunning.

What We're Reading: 5 Beautiful and Inspiring Children's Books

(Find it at Book Depository here, or Amazon here)

Those are the current favourites here! So tell me, what have you been reading?

9 thoughts on “What We’re Reading: 5 Beautiful and Inspiring Children’s Books

  1. Thankyou!!! These posts are brilliant! πŸ™‚ there are so many books out there it’s great too see what others are reading and enjoying. The BIG kids magazine looks fabulous, I’m sure my big girl will love those (and me too I think!) some that we’ve been reading Frida by Jonah Winter (a picture book about Frida Kahlo) what do you do with an idea by Kobi Yamada, a journey though the human body by John Haslam and Steve Parker and Frog finds a place by Sally Morgan

  2. Wow, these are great! We are also a BIG book family β€” to the point where I’m requesting them at the library before publication date. Eek. But usually I don’t know what to expect, exactly, and sometimes that turns out, sometimes not. Anyway, I’m happy to have a few more titles to look up.

  3. I adore the beautiful books you talk about. You recommended ‘An egg is Quiet’ which I bought last year for my children at Easter time. Did /can you recommend any other egg or new life books? Looking for an idea this year!

  4. Thanks for sharing these. I completely agree with you on books that can explain complicated ideas easily. If a book can teach something complex to my child in a much more effective and simple way than I can, count me in.

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