“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” –Neil Gaiman
I’d love to share some dreams with you.
Some beautiful reads we have been enjoying lately…
Miss 9 picked this one out at the library. She loves the animal section. We were in a rush at the time and she just grabbed it without looking too closely. When we got home we realised it was a book of poems about nature, specifically, different habitats, the animals that live there, and the danger they face. There is also more information at the back about each habitat and the changes that are happening.
It’s really beautiful and perfect for our poetry tea time!
We especially loved the message about conservation that was conveyed, which is one of Miss 9’s passions.
This Is Not A Maths Book
We recently went on a road trip and along the way the girls picked up some activity books at a shop. Just simple ones with spot the difference, word finds, and that kind of thing. Well we hardly heard anything from them in the back for a couple of hours while they completed the books in one sitting, ha! They also enjoy beautiful colouring books. So, when I saw this activity type book that was way more interesting than the regular ones you find, I knew they would love it. I was right!
Maths meets art in this book full of drawing challenges. The girls love to draw and spend a lot of their days with a pen in their hand so this seemed like something they would like.
It’s also just super interesting, I didn’t know about most of the things in the book or how to draw them! A tip though: get some graph paper so you can do the activities outside of the book. We want to be able to reuse it and both of them want to have a go at the same pages so they just do them on a separate page.
I don’t think Harry Potter needs any explanation right? I mean only the best book EVER! Miss 7 is currently reading it and I’m super excited for her. But, I just wanted to say, the illustrated edition was given to us by her Aunty and it is so beautiful. I couldn’t not mention it! I love it!
Bugs have always been a fascination here, and I think this book is a really great look at them!
There’s some general bug information like where they live, their senses, anatomy, defenses, camouflage, how they catch prey, and more…
… as well as close up looks at specific bugs from all around the world. It covers lots and is really well set out I think. A great one to have!
Zog and The Flying Doctors
Julia Donaldson is a recurring favourite here. We added to our collection with this follow up to ‘Zog’ for Miss 3’s birthday.
Oh sweet satisfying rhyme. I love to read her books! Also, an awesome message about strong girls who can be whatever they want to be!
The Rabbit Listened
Oh this one is a beauty. A heartwarming story about what empathy looks like; what it means to be with someone who is feeling big feelings and support them through it.
When the little boy’s block tower falls down all the animals try to help him get through it by talking, being angry, getting revenge, and many other things, but none of them help.
Until the rabbit comes along, and simply listens. The rabbit hears his pain, stays by his side, and then when he is ready helps him move on. So simple but so powerful. Such an important message.
Ocean Meets Sky
I have to share this one even if just for the beautiful beautiful pictures. It also has a lovely story to go along side it, but those pictures! Feast your eyes on these…
A journey to a magical place, where ocean meets sky. It is divine!
I Am Cat
This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a cat’s dreams. Miss 3 looooves cats and wants one. This was my best offer for her birthday, ha!
The cat dreams of being many different wild cats like a lynx, a puma, a snow leopard, a lion, a jaguar, and more.
When the cat wakes it tells it’s dreams to the child patting him. This book is a firm favorite here at the moment. There’s also a section in the back with some more information about each of the cats featured which the older girls like too.
The Curious Nature Guide
This is a new book I added to our collection after the girls were keen to do more nature study. I thought it would fit so nicely because it is not a study guide with lots of direction but more a place of inspiration. It’s full of prompts and ideas that encourage you to connect with and explore nature in your own way. Like a starting off point. It’s divided into three sections: ‘begin’ (noticing the nature around you with all your senses), ‘discover’ (taking a closer look at specific areas like clouds, night sky, plants, rivers, rocks, etc), and ‘connect’ (bringing nature into everyday life and sharing it, e.g. journaling, meditation, traditions).
Some examples from the ‘begin’ section. Encouraging exploring the world around you, wherever you live.
We haven’t had this one long but we are enjoying it and I think it’s going to continue to be a really great way to encourage us to bring nature even more into our lives.
The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales
We are learning so much from this book and becoming fascinated with storytelling from many different cultures around the world. The book contains traditional stories from 7 different cultures, all about the importance of living in harmony with the natural world. We’ve been reading one a week. We can’t read them all at once because after each one we’re still thinking and talking about it for a couple of days and we’re not ready to move on to the next one. There’s so much wisdom contained in them and it’s really leaving an impression on us. We find it really interesting the similarities between them and how people all over the world all recognized the extreme importance of nature and protecting it, not destroying it.
Before each story there is some information about where it comes from and the culture and practices of the people.
At the end of each story there is also an activity you can do if you like. Generally it’s a big yes to the activity here. The only one they weren’t keen on was one about cooking soup because they don’t like soup, lol. This book is brilliant and I really recommend it. The stories are long so more aimed at the older two here (9 and 7) but they listen attentively to the whole thing and we have so many interesting chats after. We are loving it a lot.
That’s all from me for now. That was a LOT, ha! But I couldn’t cut it down. I love them. What are you reading?