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8 Places to Discover Amazing Children’s Books

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
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

Library Mice
Library Mice
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
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
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
Rhino ReadsRhino 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
StorySeekers UK
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

Story Snug
Story Snug
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

Overdue Books
Overdue Books

Written by a family of librarians, Overdue Books explores picture books through themes, activities and wonderful children’s art. Damyanti shares her love of books and libraries with well thought out recommendations. Overdue Books is also home to an extensive list of picture books about libraries. Twitter: @damyantipatel

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.

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.

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.

Friday Pick{ture Book}: Three Month Roundup

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed choosing my books every Friday, and am hugely greatful to everyone who has joined in. This post is a roundup of the first thirteen weeks of Friday Pick{ture Book}.

In future, I’m going to avoid numbering the weeks (other than mentally), and depending on how popular the linky gets I will also try to do a roundup like this every three months, or a selection if there are too many 🙂

Aaaarrgghh, Spider! – Lydia Monks (Egmont) reviewed by Child-Led Chaos
Alphabet Explosion – John Nickle (Landmark) reviewed by Menai Newbold
The Big Katie Morag Storybook – Mairi Hedderwick (Random House Children’s Books) reviewed by Child-Led Chaos
Black Dog – Levi Pinfold (Templar Books) reviewed by Read it, Daddy!
Brave – Disney Pixar reviewed by Menai Newbold
Catch Us If You Can-Can – Alex T Smith (Hodder Children’s Books) reviewed by Child-Led Chaos
The Champion Hare – InteractBooks LLC (InteractBooks LLC) reviewed by Capptivated Kids
Class Two at the Zoo – Julia Jarman & Lynne Chapman (Hodder Children’s Books) reviewed by BookARoo
Colours – Shirley Hughes (Walker) reviewed by Mini Bookworms
Come to School Too, Blue Kangaroo! – Emma Chichester Clark (HarperCollins Children’s Books) reviewed by Mini Bookworms
Denver – David McKee (Andersen Children’s Books) reviewed by Read it, Daddy!
Dogger – Shirley Hughes (Random House Children’s Books) reviewed by Child-Led Chaos
Duck Sock Hop – Jane Kohuth & Jane Porter (Dial Books) reviewed by Menai Newbold
Ella – Alex T. Smith (Scholastic) reviewed by Overdue Books
Farmer Duck – Martin Waddell & Helen Oxenbury (Walker) reviewed by Hertfordshire Mummy
The Fearsome Beastie – Giles Paley-Phillips & Gabriele Antonini (Maverick Arts Publishing) reviewed by The Little Wooden Horse
Grandma Bendy – Izy Penguin (Maverick Arts Publishing) reviewed by Read it, Daddy!
The Green Line – Polly Farquharson (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books) reviewed by Mini Bookworms
Haunted House – Jan Pienkowski (Walker) reviewed by Child-Led Chaos
A Hundred Cartloads – Devika Rangachari & Bindia Thapar reviewed by Menai Newbold
I Like It When… – Mary Murphy (Egmont) reviewed by Menai Newbold
In the Forest – Sophie Strady & Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud (Tate) reviewed by The Little Wooden Horse
The Jelly That Wouldn’t Wobble – Angela Mitchell & Sarah Horne (Maverick Arts Publishing) reviewed by Child-Led Chaos
The Jelly That Wouldn’t Wobble – Angela Mitchell & Sarah Horne (Maverick Arts Publishing) reviewed by Natasha Worswick
Miffy’s Garden – Dick Bruna (Egmont Books) reviewed by Capptivated Kids
Monkey & Me – Emily Gravett (Macmillan Children’s Books) reviewed by Overdue Books
The Monster at the End of This Book – Jon Stone & Michael J. Smollin (Random House) reviewed by Capptivated Kids
The Monster Machine – Nicola L Robinson (Pavilion Children’s Books) reviewed by Child-Led Chaos
Monstersaurus – Claire Freedman & Ben Croft (Simon & Schuster Childrens Books) reviewed by Mini Bookworms
Mother Goose Remembers – Clare Beaton (Barefoot Books) reviewed by Mini Bookworms
Muffin and The Birthday Surprise – Clara Vulliamy (Orchard Books) reviewed by A Mummy’s View
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! – Dr Seuss (HarperCollins Children’s Books) reviewed by Capptivated Kids
Owl Babies – Martin Waddell & Patrick Benson (Walker) reviewed by Hertfordshire Mummy
Rhino? What Rhino? – Caryl Hart & Sarah Horne (Hodder Children’s Books) reviewed by Child-Led Chaos
The Scallywags – David Melling (Hodder Children’s Books) reviewed by Child-Led Chaos
Six Dinner Sid – Inga Moore (Hodder Children’s Books) reviewed by Child-Led Chaos
Stuck – Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children’s Books) reviewed by Bookaholic Mum
The Super Sandwich – Catherine Vase (Campbell Books) reviewed by Menai Newbold
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes – Mem Fox & Helen Oxenbury (Walker) reviewed by Menai Newbold
The Tiger Who Came To Tea – Judith Kerr (HarperCollins Children’s Books) reviewed by Menai Newbold
Tip – McKee Readers (McKee Readers) reviewed by Menai Newbold
Topsy and Tim at the wedding – Jean & Gareth Adamson (Puffin) reviewed by Menai Newbold
Wanted: The Perfect Pet – Fiona Roberton (Hodder Children’s Books) reviewed by Child-Led Chaos
Where’s My Sock? – Joyce Dunbar & Sanja Rescek (Chicken House) reviewed by Bookaholic Mum
Winnie’s Dinosaur Day – Valerie Thomas & Korky Paul (Oxford University Press) reviewed by Child-Led Chaos
The Wrong Book – Nick Bland (Scholastic) reviewed by Capptivated Kids

Click on the image above or here to see all links visually in Blogpinner. Huge thanks to:
Menai Newbold
Capptivated Kids
Mini Bookworms
Read it, Daddy!
Overdue Books
The Little Wooden Horse
Bookaholic Mum
Hertfordshire Mummy
A Mummy’s View
BookARoo
Natasha Worswick