Where Can I Find Great Books to Share with Children?
I’ve seen this question asked so many times and for me the answer is definitely bloggers. There is a wonderful community of children’s book bloggers out there who I’m proud to be a part of. This week is Children’s Book Week and in honour of the occasion I’d like to share some amazing picture book blogs with you.
The Book Sniffer
If you want to know what books are being published today, The Book Sniffer is the place to be. Emma has her finger on the pulse of the latest in picture books and shares sneak peaks of upcoming books plus a host of interviews and exclusive content from authors and illustrators. Like her alter ego, Emma is bubbly and enthusiastic and her tweet stream is definitely one to keep an eye on. Twitter: @maybeswaybe
For the most beautiful picture books published in the UK, Library Mice is the place to go. Mélanie brings a European sensibility to her choices and only reviews books that meet a high standard. As a librarian and parent, Mélanie sees a lot of books so you know that each one reviewed has been hand picked by someone with an eye for what appeals to both children and adults. Twitter: @librarymice
Playing By The Book
Playing By The Book contains a treasure trove of book-inspired activities. Each book reviewed is put through its paces by Zoe’s children as they use it as a starting point to explore art, culture, science and maths. Zoe also hosts interviews, book recommendations by theme, book charity links and her tweet stream is full of children’s literature news and events. Twitter: @playbythebook
Read It, Daddy
With approximately ten reviews added each week Read It, Daddy hosts an extensive collection without sacrificing quality. Phil covers a breadth of picture and early reading books from the newest published to library finds. There are weekly themes pondering on areas of literacy, and regular press releases from publishers and literacy organisations. If you’re looking for a picture book review, you’ll probably find it here. Twitter: @Readitdaddy
Rhino Reads covers books that promote inclusivity and exclude gender stereotyping. Unsurprisingly, I love this blog. Carmen also carefully selects books to take to nurseries in deprived areas actively getting books in the hands of children who don’t have any at home with her Rainbow Library scheme. She’s one of my heroes. Twitter: @carmenhaselup
Story Seekers is an exploration into starting book-based baby and toddler workshops. Loll shares her musings on starting a business along with sharing books that are great for storytelling sessions. There are also some wonderful nostalgia trips with ‘loft treasures’ and the blog is brimming with ideas and recommendations. Twitter: StoryseekersUK
For tried and tested picture books that have withstood repeated reading, Story Snug is the place to go. Catherine is a teacher and chooses books that have been enjoyed over and over by the children she’s shared them with. The books chosen are not the ones that look shiny from the outside, but they are the true gems. Twitter: @cjfriess
I’d be a bit remiss in my role as a Barefoot Books Ambassador if I didn’t mention the wealth of books that you can only find at Barefoot. From sing-a-longs to story collections; bilingual books to baking; puppets to puzzles, Barefoot Books include everything you need for storytelling sessions, parties, gifts, educational resources and of course snuggling up with a good read.
A Few More Children’s Book Blogs
I’ve concentrated on blogs that primarily review and recommend picture books (and a bit more) but I also thoroughly recommend these wonderful children’s book blogs: Barefoot in Belfast; Barefoot Mum; CApptivated Kids; Did You Ever Stop To Think And Forget To Start Again?; The Little Wooden Horse; Overdue Books.
For me, every week is Children’s Book Week, and I expect this is the same for regular readers. But if you’ve stumbled on this page I hope this has given you a starting block for discovering wonderful children’s books that are as unique and individual as the children who read them.
Disclosure: Barefoot Books links are affiliate links.