So excited to finally be doing this with my little one! growing her enthusiasm for books and reading is high on my parenting priorities. I can't wait till we can read some of my favourites when she is older like Harry Potter and Narnia, for now I am adoring discovering new worlds with her within gorgeously illustrated picture and delighting her with my somewhat silly reading out-loud voices. (which btw are pretty decent, well I think)
so lets dive in (hell can you tell I have been stuck watching way to much Paw Patrol)
1. Once Upon A Cloud by Claire Keane
This is a beautifully illustration book written and illustrated by none other than Claire Keane. It is about a little girl who wishes to get something special to give to her mother, as she goes to sleep she has a journey of a dream, along the way she meets characters that show her that she had the perfect gift all along to give to her mother. I am such a fan of Keane's work and we have other books that she has worked on, her illustrations are straight out of a Disney film and I mean literally, she worked on Tangled and Frozen so if your a Disney fan at heart or your little one is obsessed with all things Disney be sure to check out this book and others alike.
2. Antoinette and Gaston by Kelly Dipucchio and illustrated by Christian Robinson
I have been staring at Gaston ever since I laid eyes on the sweet cover ages ago in David Jones. Phoebe is obsessed with dogs and has several dog books so of course I had to get this for her. I got both because they are both just pretty books, the illustrations are vivid and interesting for little ones. The moment I opened the first page when I read it to Phoebe the other night she just kept saying "oh wow", "woah" at the illustrations. She loved it when I read it out-loud in a silly way and she laughed a few times at their adorable names but for me the writing is just a bit a flat, or easy for kids. I prefer Gaston over Antionette but Phoebe loves both of them so we are keeping them in our book routine. Both books are about discovering who you are, where you fit in and what makes you special which is appealing and like I said the illustrations are just alive with colour and boldness.
3. The Snow Lion by Jim Helmore and Richard Jones
I will be honest I read through this book when the cover caught my attention in our local bookstore and shed a tear, I exclaimed to my husband at the time "where is the lion going?! why does he have to go away", I read it quickly not actually realising that it has a deeper meaning to it at the time. This gorgeously illustrated little book is about a little girl named Cora who move to a new town, she is shy and has no friends in this new town, but she becomes friends with a white lion living in her house, he encourages her to go outside and be brave in making new friends. It is a very sweet book for those introverted littles who might not be keen on seeking out new friends or moving to a new town, the lion is beautifully illustrated! I do not want to ruin it for you guys but you have to read it to just get all the feels.
4. The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
I originally bought this book for Zoey thinking it was more targeted towards babies but it relates to Phoebe also so we have been reading it at bedtime. This book is so heart-wrenchingly beautiful, you will probably shed a tear for the love you have for your littles. It focuses on a parents love for their child and all that they will be in the world, what they will grow up to be, dream about being and how wild their imagination will stretch. I love how whimsical the illustrations are and I am a big fan of Emily's art. We have two of her other books and they are just stunningly fun to read and look at.
5. The Rhythm Of The Rain by Grahame Baker-Smith
I adore this book like so much! The illustrations are just beautiful, they have this endless feel that you can look at the over and over again and see something different each time. This book is a little bit advanced for Phoebe so she kind of lost interest the first time I read it to her or perhaps she was really tired but nonetheless I will keep reading this one to her because it captures the journey of water so beautifully. My favourite illustration has got to be the shark one pictured below, the first time I read the book I did not notice the shark at all hidden in the depth of the squid ink but the second time my mind was blown away by how detailed the illustrations are. Highly recommend this book!
6. Goodbye Summer Hello Autumn By Kenard Pak
This book has been on my list for forever now and I picked it up on sale online for this haul. I have to be honest I do not like the written part of this book, perhaps it is a bit advanced for Phoebe because she totally lost interest. I am more into rhyming books so this felt a little flat and repetitive to me so perhaps it is for older children. That being said I adore the illustrations and they depict the feel of autumn quite brilliantly and stunningly, I love the windy page with the leaves blowing in the street, pretty much sums up how it feels in the mountains when we go for a walk. But I do notice how things flow from one page to another, how the little girl picks a bunch of wildflowers and then gifts them to strangers and such on the street which is lovely.
7. Friends Make Everything Better by Mandy Sutcliffe
We are big big fans of anything Belle and Boo, okay maybe more so me! but I am determined to make Phoebe love everything whimsical that Belle and Boo bring out into the world. We have several other books so I had to get this new one that recently came out. I love LOVE the illustrations and the storyline so much, it is so sweet and nostalgic. It honestly has elements for every age group. This Belle and Boo book focuses more on friendship and how when your having a bad day a friend nearby can make you feel better and you can go on all sorts of adventures together. Belle and her sweet Boo go on many adventures in this one and I love every single page. I particularly love that the book ends with them both going to bed which makes this book perfect for bedtime. Phoebe loves it too and she really winds down with this one.
8. Lola Dutch by Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright
I originally purchased this book because it kept popping up on my radar on Instagram, the cover looked amazing so I went for it. I am not a huge fan of this book at all, don't get me wrong I love the illustrations and how bright the book is but the main character is a bit much. Which is totally funny because this book is about Lola Dutch being too much for Bear to handle. She is a handful and spontaneous with her plans for the day and she kind of drives me insane a little. She just seems a tad bit spoilt and always getting her way that I am not quite fond of. I read it to Phoebe and she took in the illustrations quite well and was staring at everything in them but she was a bit confused as well as to what was going on so perhaps again an older children's book.
9. Ocean Meets Sky by The Fan Brothers
We got gifted The Night Gardener for Phoebe's birthday and she has only now taken an interest to it, I love it and she admires the animals on the topiaries so much. I had to get The Fan Brothers newest release Ocean Meets Sky, I will admit the beautiful adventure filled cover drew me in with how magical it looks and the story is just as special. In the book the little boy Finn has lost his Grandpa recently, he goes out to play in a wooden boat made of mix matched things him and his Grandpa built together to go to the place where ocean meets sky, a magical place that his Grandpa told stories of. Finn falls asleep and goes on a journey to this very place and there he says goodbye to his Grandpa and knows that he is always there in the place where the ocean meets the sky. It is a beautiful portrayal of knowing that a loved one is nearby no matter where they are in this life.
10. Claris The Chicest Mouse In Paris by Megan Hess
I simply adore this book! The beautifully designed cover drew me in and of course the name of this mouse that is quite similar to mine. Claris is a pretty mouse who dreams of making her own designer clothes and moving to Paris, chance happens upon her and she finds her way to one of the most fashionable streets in Paris. Claris decide to find a place to live and decides on a quaint little space with the best views of the Eiffel Tower but a horrible little girl lives there with a poor cat that has to put up with her dress ups. Claris is brave and saves the cat from the girl, thus makes a new friend who helps her with her little space and her dreams. I love books that rhyme, like soo much, they are just so so much fun to read outloud so this book has my heart. This book is just stunning, the illustrations are well thought of and beautifully capture all that chicness that comes from Paris, Claris herself is just so adorable and now I find myself dreaming of Paris. Certainly recommend this one for sure!
So that is all for this months book haul! I hope you enjoyed what we discovered in these gorgeous books this month and I am so excited for next month because I have already found a bunch of books to review with my little! (this is not helping my book addiction at all haha) If you have any recommendations or any theme you would like to see, let me know in the comments below.