Hello, lovely Tribal Hearts family. I hope you’re all well, taking care and staying safe.
We are so grateful for our garden at the moment and the glorious weather has made isolation a little easier than it perhaps would have been a few months ago. But books have remained our constant – comforting, informative and entertaining, and always to hand!
Over on IG (@thelittleliterarysociety), I’ve been sharing a mixture of non-fiction, fun books and reassuring reads and thought I’d do a combination here too. I must point out here that some of these have been sent to us by publishers for review but all opinions are our own.
I’ll share some books that will – I hope – take care of your children’s emotional wellbeing. But first, with Earth Day looming, I’m going to share some of our favourite recent releases relating to conservation and the environment. These are the books I plan to review on my page during the week of Earth Day, so you’re getting a sneak preview of what’s to come…
Dear Earth (Isabel Otter, Clara Anganuzzi, pub. Little Tiger)
As Tessa writes a love letter to Earth, she is swept into a thrilling adventure that takes in every corner of our mighty planet. A beautiful homage to the world and stunningly illustrated, with a gorgeous intergenerational slant, this provides a stimulus for little ones to pen their own letter to our world.
David Attenborough (Maria Isabel Sànchez Vegara, Mikel Noh, pub. Quarto)
I absolutely adore the Little People, Big Dreams series, and this is one of the 2020 additions. This biographical look at one of our greatest National Treasures is an absolute delight!
The Weed (Quentin Blake, pub. Tate Publishing)
The latest picture book by another National Treasure, Quentin Blake, who was inspired to write it when he spotted a tiny weed between pavement slabs. Each day, he watched it grow, wondering how something could flourish in such a spot! This one also features a family forced together to overcome a seemingly impossible situation and, of course, Quentin’s instantly recognisable illustrations.
Earth Heroes (Lily Dyu, Jackie Lay, pub. Nosy Crow)
For older children, this celebrates those who’ve had a real and lasting impact on our planet and its future, including Greta Thunberg, Marina Silva, Yvon Chouinard and Amelia Telford. Inspiring stuff!
Take Me Outdoors (Agnes & Aubrey)
The fourth activity journal from this brilliant duo – if you are taking daily walks and/or spending time in your garden, this is an awesome little book to invest in. It also contains activities about the outdoors that can be down at home. It releases on Earth Day and is available at agnesandaubrey.com with free postage.
Plus these, which I’ve already reviewed My Friend Earth (Patricia MacLachlan, Francesca Sanna, pub. Chronicle Books)
I’m saving my sea-themed recommendations for nearer to World Oceans Day in June!
And now for some calming, reassuring reads that I hope will help your little ones if ever they feel worried or unsettled.
Sleepy Pebble and Other Stories (Prof. Alice Gregory, Christy Kirkpatrick, Eleanor Hardiman, pub. Flying Eye)
I haven’t reviewed this yet because I’m trying to work out how to do it justice in the short space allowed by IG. It has such a refreshing approach to sleep ‘problems’ and has, just recently, sent Wilf off to sleep as we’ve read each story to him. There are five stories in all, each punctuated with mindfulness, imagery and muscle relaxation. If nothing else, you will find it gentle and calming, and the artwork is similarly soothing.
Feelings (Libby Walden, Richard Jones, pub. Little Tiger)
A lyrical journey through different emotions, helping little ones explain how they’re feeling, complete with stunning illustrations and die cuts – everything this duo creates is simply beautiful and this one could be very useful, too.
I hope there’s something here that takes your fancy, if you’re after some new reading material for your child(ren).
A couple of other helpful book-related points…
⁃ I’ve purchased a few new books, mainly to support new releases and indie shops, and have used Blackwell’s online as well as hive.co.uk, which gives a percentage of each sale to your chosen indie bookstore. A friend has also set up #supportdebuts so, if you’re on the lookout for a new read, it’s worth searching the hashtag to see if a new release takes your fancy. What a time to have your first book published!
⁃ I was sent Give Me Five, the book written by Daisy Upton (Five Minute Mum) and HIGHLY recommend it for days when going outside isn’t an option. Her IG page is awesome too.
⁃ Lastly, Nosy Crow have some how managed to create a Coronavirus book, to explain things to children. It’s illustrated by Axel Scheffler and is BRILLIANTLY written. It is available todownload (for free) here.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me on IG at @thelittleliterarysociety or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like any other book recommendations. I’d also love to know if you end up buying any of these books – it’s always nice to see what people opt for. And please let me know if there’s a specific theme or genre of book you’d like me to cover next time – children’s or adults’ books; I’ll happily talk about either!