Lift and Look – Dinosaurs/Space

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Dinosaurs (Lift and Look)

Published: 01-02-2016

ISBN: 9781408864067

Imprint: Bloomsbury Activity Books

RRP: $12.99

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Space (Lift and Look)

Published: 01-02-2016
ISBN: 9781408864074
Imprint: Bloomsbury Activity Books
RRP: $12.99

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These beautiful sturdy board books are just an absolute delight!

With large lift up flaps they are perfect for small hands and will withstand much loving re-reading.

Little ones can begin to learn the names of some favourite dinosaurs as they explore where they are hiding or share a trip to the moon and come home again for a lively space party.

Vibrantly colourful illustrations are matched perfectly with simple text in large clear font.

I predict these will be great favourites with any small humans in your reading circle. Keep a watch out for forthcoming titles School and Garden.

Highly recommended for babies to toddlers.

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs – Paul Stickland

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Random House Australia

ISBN: 9780552572514

Published: 03/11/2014

Imprint: Picture Corgi

Extent: 48 pages

$14.99

The most extraordinary thing about this book – which is great! – is that when I first read it, my immediate reaction was that it was almost identical in its text as one I created for a maths resource when I was at uni doing my teacher’s degree!

Mine was pretty dodgy with cut out ‘lift the flaps’ of dinosaur wrapping paper images to hide the subtraction algorithm but it was quite astonishing how closely Paul Stickland’s writing and mine coincided! Perhaps I have missed my calling after all!

All that aside, this a fun book in the Dinosaur Roar series, which are not only fun reads but teaching tools as well. A story of diminishing numbers from 10 to 1 accompanied by wonderfully colourful illustrations of extremely expressive dinosaurs which Small and I very much enjoyed last night.

If you are looking for some new maths/literature resources for next year, this might well be a good choice for your Preps.

Check out Paul Stickland’s website and the Dinosaurs Roar website.

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A Bunch of Books for Babies

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I seem to have acquired quite a few titles in the last few months which would all be very suitable for stocking up a baby’s bookshelf. Perhaps you have a new bub in your circle to whom to gift a personal library. If so any or all of these would be very appropriate and, I’m confident, welcome.

Hello Little Babies – Alison Lester

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Harper-Collins

ISBN: 9780733330414

ISBN 10: 073333041X

Imprint: ABC Books – AU

On Sale: 01/12/2016

List Price: 24.99 AUD

No matter where they are, what their cultural background, babies all have so much in common.  Whether they are sleeping, eating, playing or moving each little individual’s progress over their first year is a delight to their parents. Six tiny newborns are cuddled, encouraged, played with, read to and comforted by their mothers and fathers.

With Alison Lester’s usual delightful illustrations in a cameo style this will be a favourite read for little ones.

 

At the Zoo I see [Young Art Series] – Joshua Button/Robyn Wells

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Magabala Books

February 2017

ISBN:9781925360455

RRP $9.99

This delightful board book is the first in a new series from the wonderful Magabala people showcasing the artwork of young Indigenous artists. The format is extremely simple. Each page features an animal that might be seen at one of Australia’s zoos but each also uses an interesting adjective to describe these, broadening the vocabulary and aural experience of little listeners. Come and see the pacing jaguar or the queenly cassowary and be part of the great zoo adventure!

Highly recommended for little ones from birth to 3 years or so.

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I Can Use My Potty sticker reward book : Bloomsbury Activity Books

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Bloomsbury

March 2017

ISBN: 9781408879061

RRP $9.99

Well, if you’ve had children you’ve been through the toilet training routine. Some are so easy and some are just downright difficult!  It is entirely possible that something like this might help to encourage those who are finding it tricky to get the hang of the whole business.

Along with the text of the how, what, why etc of using the potty there are pages of ‘charts’ for stickers – for after naps, after meals and before bed and so on.

If this is a problem for anyone you know, it certainly would be worth a try!

Princess ; Lift-the-flap Friends

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Bloomsbury

ISBN 9781408864142

Pirates ; Lift-the-flap Friends

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ISBN 9781408864050

Like all lift the flap books, children will love discovering the hidden treasures that await. Each page has multiple flaps so there is plenty of fun to be had.  The flaps are a good size as well and these are nice chunky board books made to sustain lots of pawing!

Others in the series are Dinosaurs, Space (reviewed previously here) and Fairies.  These are a huge hit in our childcare centre and no doubt will be popular with small ones of your acquaintance.

 

 

Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep – Katie Blackburn. Illustrated by Richard Smythe.

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Allen & Unwin

ISBN:9780571330195

Imprint:Faber Children Pb

May 2016

RRP $14.99

And to top things off, let’s put them to sleep. Bedtime can be an issue not just for little ones but for older children as well for one reason or another. Miss Small, not unnaturally, has often had some difficulties with sleep in the past two years since we lost her mum. It has taken a lot of reassurance and patience to arrive at a point where she is now sleeping happily in her own bed in her own room.

Dozy Bear wants to go to sleep. He knows he’s tired but he just can’t seem to get there.  With the help of some useful strategies from his parents and grandparents, Dozy discovers the secret to relaxing mind and body so that sleep can come blissfully.

This is a terrific book for ‘easing the drama of bedtime’ and I highly recommend it to any parent or carer who faces this problem.

 

 

 

Lift the flap fun from Bloomsbury

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Lift-the-flap Friends Dinosaurs – Peter Allen

Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781408864166

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Imprint: Bloomsbury Child

 

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Lift-the-flap Friends Fairy – Peter Allen

Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781408864159

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Imprint: Bloomsbury Child

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Bloomsbury seem to have a special knack for interactive books and these two lift-the-flaps will be very well received by little readers.

Each page has not just one flap to lift but often several – so much to explore and delight the teeny ones.

The illustrations are bright and cheery and the books are a sturdy format and a good size for lots of handling.

 

$12.99 is a very small price to pay for a whole lot of joy and re-reading! More stocking fillers but this time for the smallest from about 0-3 years.

 

 

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Return of the Dinosaurs _- Bronwyn Houston

Magabala Books

November 2016

ISBN:9781925360370

RRP $17.99

Over the years as a teacher-librarian I’ve probably lost count of the number of dinosaur books, both factual and fictional, I’ve seen or read or bought or circulated. This is the first one I have ever seen which incorporates an awareness of First Australian culture as Bronwyn Houston imagines what might happen if the dinosaurs returned to Broome.

The vibrant illustrations and simple but amusing text will appeal to young children, both boys and girls, and would lead to many discussions around country and time for all.

Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m a huge supporter of Magabala Books and that the importance of teaching the children in our classrooms or libraries the respect and reverence for the history of our First People is dear to my heart.

Explore the Kimberley vicariously with your readers in the new year and make sure you put this book on your ‘to buy’ list. You will not be disappointed I know.return_of_the_dinosaurs_high_res_

Lift and Look School – illustrated by Simon Abbott

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Bloomsbury

September 2016

ISBN 9781408864012

RRP $11.99

 

Do you have little ones eagerly anticipating starting school? If so, this is a perfect gift especially as it has ‘lift the flaps’ which we all know are always such a delight!

Very simple text, a sweet board book format and gorgeously vibrant and extremely cute illustrations, this will surely be a winner with any little people from around 3 to 5 years.

Find out what the children are playing, how they get to school, where they go on a school trip and what they do in their classroom.

Others in this series include: Dinosaurs, Space and Garden.

This will be perfect for our Early Childhood centre as our little people countdown till starting Prep in 2017!

Highly recommended for small humans – pop it into a Santa sack  for your favourite teeny!!

 

 

 

Dinosaur Disco – Deborah Kelly

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ISBN: 9780857981363

Published: 01/10/2015

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

Extent: 32 pages

Really we can never get enough of dinosaurs! Boys or girls, fiction or nonfiction, surely they must be one of the most eternally popular choices for kids’ books.

In our house this is most definitely true and we loved the crazy dinos shaking their booties and the boards on the disco floor. Lots of rhythm and rhyme and onomatopoeia abound as the dinosaurs salsa, moonwalk and even crump it up.  With so many different types of dinosaurs strutting their stuff the floor starts to really rumble but the very ground shakes with the arrival of a gate crashing T-Rex! Let’s hope he isn’t looking for supper!

The text also cleverly integrates some of those rather pesky long dinosaur names and luckily there is also a pronunciation guide for those of us who are not as able as five year olds to get our tongues around them.   To follow up the story some strange but true facts are also included making this book not only fun but educational.

Daron Parton’s illustrations of the decoratively dressed dinosaurs lend even more quirkiness to the story.

This is bound to be a favourite with many young readers and I’m sure there could be many impromptu disco sessions in your library after a reading.

Highly recommended for boys and girls aged around 3 to 8 years.

Monsters Love Underpants – Claire Freedman and Ben Cort

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Simon & Schuster Australia

  • Simon & Schuster UK |
  • 32 pages |
  • ISBN 9781847385710 |
  • October 2014

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AU$ 19.99

NZ$ 21.99

Now I’m not entirely sure exactly how much you know about monsters, or indeed underpants, but I will bet you didn’t know how completely inseparable these two are! Can’t you just hear the giggles now as you read aloud this newest of the ‘Underpants’ books?

From the rather wacky creators, Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, comes this latest hilarious romp in the highly entertaining series that has included Aliens and Dinosaurs.

Dazzlingly bright illustrations and an engaging rhyming text reveal to the reader that perhaps that suspected rustling of a monster under one’s bed is because something hairy or spiky is actually trying out YOUR snazziest pair!  I think the best plan would be to hide all the funky underwear away in its proper drawer because these monsters are all too keen to flaunt the loudest and garish undies they can lay their hands on – or bums in!

There are mountain monsters and sea monsters, space monsters and swamp monsters and when they all get together for a monster rave at the Saturday night disco  they jive and jitterbug with their most flamboyant jocks. Of course, they have to scurry home because after all, who could be afraid of a monster once you know they have a peculiar pants penchant!

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As I once did with a Year 1/2 class after reading another famous underwear book (The Queen’s Knickers – Nicholas Allan) I do think some colourfully created ‘underpants’ would make a super display in a classroom or library! It was a great activity for ‘patterning’.

Naturally, such a book is also a great starting point to dealing with the imaginary fears some children may have – use the “Riddikulus” spell and laugh those bogies away J .

Highly recommended for sharing with little people from around 3 or 4 years upwards.

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Saurus Street # 5 & #6 – Nick Falk and Tony Flowers

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Saurus Street #5 & #6 –A Plesiosaur Broke My Bathtub/A Diplodocus Trampled my Teepee

Nick Falk & Tony Flowers

Random House Australia

ISBN 9780857981820 A Plesiosaur Broke My Bathtub

ISBN 9780857981844 A Diplodocus Trampled my Teepee

These are terrific little books for those newly independent readers and probably mostly boys…although one little granddaughter is going to be very pleased to have these copies!

Text of larger size, neatly broken up with amusing illustrations and a particularly attractive use of creative fonts combine to make these very easily accessible to those whose reading confidence may need some building. There is a generous smattering of fun lettering to highlight selected words – a really useful device to add meaning to some words which may be unfamiliar and deepening understanding of meaning of some.

The stories are great fun with a range of characters,  those already known from previous books and those being introduced, along with a variety of dinosaurs which many young palaeontologists will be able to identify.  With enough silliness to make each plot highly amusing for the age group, these are quick reads and it would be easy to imagine enthusiasts racing through the series and wanting more.   There are six altogether in this series and excitingly we have a heads up about a new release for March 2014 – Billy is a Dragon – so it sounds like there will continue be a supply for the kids who will clamour for another.

Highly recommended for 7 years up in particular.