3 new books in February 2021

It’s been a while but we’re back to share 3 new picture books released this month that have hit the mark! As usual, we love sharing picture books that read aloud well, show strong narrative structure, provide opportunities for vocabulary learning and conversation and that we think you and your kids will enjoy! We always couple our reviews with a top reading tip for each book. Enjoy our picks for February 2021!

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6 Books about Starting School

It’s that time of year, when parents dread covering all the school books (i.e. me!) and go about buying uniforms that are three sizes too big. Some of our little people are super excited about starting school, while others may quietly voice their concerns, or not voice them at all. What we do know, is that books are great ‘mirrors and windows’ – a metaphor initially conceived by Rudine Sims Bishop, Professor Emerita of Education at Ohio State University, who specialised in African American children’s literature. Books can be windows, offering new experiences and views of the world that are real, imagined or unfamiliar. They can also be mirrors, where the story is reflection of your own life and experiences.

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Single word books – yay or nay?

Every baby I know has a range of single word non-fiction books in their home, often ranging from different categories like ‘transport’, ‘shapes’ and ‘bath time’. The brightly coloured pictures of simple objects are a staple of every young family’s bookshelf. But how many of them do you really need and are they helpful to language development? Continue reading “Single word books – yay or nay?”