What We’re Reading
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I love books. I don’t think that’s any secret. There are SO many beautiful books for children. We have lots of story books that we love but we also have a lot of lovely books filled with information on a range of different topics. With unschooling/natural learning/child-led learning people sometimes ask ‘how will children know about certain topics if they’re not taught?’. Well, we take them lots of places and provide them with lots of experiences of course! But we also bring a lot of books on different topics into our home and they learn about the world that way too.
I thought I might share with you today some books that my children are currently interested in (you can click on any of the book titles if you want to read more about them).
At bedtime we’ve been making our way through ‘How Animals Live‘ one page at a time. It’s packed full of information about how animals evolved, different species, habitats, migration, and more! It’s written in a way that both my 6 and 4 year old’s can understand while also introducing more complex subjects. They’re learning a lot of new words too!
Every page has pop-ups, flaps to lift, or tabs to pull, which are always a winner.
You may have seen me mention this one before when we were exploring parts of a bean plant. Well, the girls are still loving it. And me too! These books are just so so beautiful. There’s a few in the series and this one is called ‘A Seed is Sleepy‘.
There’s lots of information about seeds, and the illustrations are just stunning. I particularly like how there’s not too much text on one page and we can read the whole thing in one sitting. It’s factual but also reads a bit like a story which the kids like.
With the leaves finally starting to change here, we’re also enjoying this book. It’s called ‘Sky Tree‘ and each page pictures the same tree on a hill showing how things change through the seasons.
I really like the little questions at the bottom of each page to provoke further discussion.
I think almost everyone knows about Graeme Base and the fantastic worlds he creates in his books. This one is called ‘Uno’s Garden‘ and I’m being asked to read it every day at the moment. It’s a story with a beautiful and important lesson behind it about how human’s effect the environment, the negative impact we can have on the earth, and how we can change it and make better choices. Along the way there’s also things to find and count within every page.
And finally, another favourite that we have been reading again lately, ‘Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes‘. Somehow this book is able to explain exactly what microbes are and what they do, to very young children. My girls both find it fascinating and always have lots of questions. This has been a favourite for a long time and sparked many discussions.
Well that’s what’s popular in our house at the moment! I always love finding new inspiring books so tell me, what have you been reading?
If you’d like to discover more wonderful books, you can find the rest of the posts in this series here. Happy reading!
Beautiful books to read, enjoy and learn so much.
Wonderful books! I ordered 4! Thank you!
Ooh I just can’t resist books! Thank you, I’ve been looking for a book about seasons as my son is very interested at the moment. And I know my niece (and my sister) would love the microbes one!
I LOVE children’s books too. I came across a story book the other day called ‘What do you do with an idea?’ By Kobi Yamada it’s lovely for any child but particularly unschoolers I think ?. We also love ‘Leaf Littler’ by Rachael Tonkin it’s beautifully illustrated and there is so much to see on each page, great for taking to co-op days in nature.
Oh I haven’t heard of that first one! Going to check it out. Leaf littler is on my book depository wish list already LOL.
We have ‘What to do with an idea?’ – beautiful book!
These look like beautiful books! We are a family of book lovers too 🙂 Thank you for sharing!
You know we are all about the books over here too! What a gorgeous collection!
This is a gorgeous selection of books! I am definitely going to look for these! Such beautiful illustrations!
We like Jane Brocket’s books about color, texture, pattern, etc. Beautiful photographs and lots of open ended inquiry. I just adore the Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long series of books that you posted about as well. They are so beautiful and nice to read. Any recommendations for early readers, those learn to read type books? I have only found a handful that aren’t terribly dumbed down and my daughter has been really encouraged when she can read more than just a couple words on her own.
Oh! And Peter H. Reynolds for building artistic confidence, Peter Brown’s Curious Garden and the Lucille Beatrice Bear books (silly stories), and The Most Magnificent Thing encourages perseverance when your creation doesn’t turn out as planned. I love discovering new books for the kids. I keep three book lists on Amazon to keep them all organized – Favorite Books, Library Reading List, and To Buy.
My girls LOVE all of Julia Donaldson’s books so I got those readers and they enjoy them 🙂 These: http://bit.ly/1t6jzGs
Oh wow, these sound fantastic!!
Those are beautiful looking books, thanks for sharing because I am always on the lookout for good ideas for my girls. I feel like buying them all! We read lots of the girls’ choices from the library (usually something from the Rainbow Fairies series – both my kids are addicted to them), but for something where the kids can learn about the real world I’d recommend the Magic School Bus series, they are pretty cool.
Oh I remember the Magic School Bus from when I was a kid!
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