Storykins // Buckle Up. It’s Time To Blast Off

The noise as he turns the huge rough pages. The smell, new crisp edges. He loves the whole new experience of a new book. Our latest, I’ve had my eye on for a while. Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers Of Space.

”Our Universe is very complicated, and many scientists spend their entire lives trying to unravel its greatest secrets – in fact, many of these secrets are yet to be uncovered. But don’t worry, Professor Astro is here to help, and I am just about the cleverest alley cat you’ll ever meet! So batten down the hatches and buckle up. It’s time to blast off and discover Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space!”.

Space is a hugely in-depth subject. The plain speaking of the text remains scientific and accurately written in a tone that makes for achievable reading for Euan. The facts blow his mind, the leading questions of the mysteries of life in the unknown excite him. His imagination triggered at the thought of what lies out there and what could be.

With ”Factoroids” that cover everything from the Universe, the Moon and the Stars to Rockets, Space Stations and the potential future of space travel… space rides in elevator’s and wormholes anyone?

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”There are still many mysteries out there waiting to be solved in the great depths of space, and with each discovery will come just as many new questions. So now, my friends, this curious cat has to shoot off and see what he can find! …. Perhaps one day you’ll venture into the stars in your own spaceship and help solve the mysteries at the frontiers of space.”

I adore the colour palette used in the illustrations. Not only does it look great it’s detailed without being overwhelming this book will indefinitely grow with Euan and will serve as a great reference book in his  school years.

Right now? He’s talking about how one day he’s going to space in an elevator.

Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers Of Space | Dr. Dominic Walliman | Illustrated by Ben Newman

Storykins // Animalium

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Raising a tiny explorer means I am constantly seeking out new inspirations for her. She loves learning about animals and thirsts for picture books that she can use for her endless artworks. Animalium Curated by Katie Scott & Jenny Broom is the perfect book. Set up like a museum, Animalium explains how animals have evolved over time, shows little people inside the dissection laboratory and introduces animals from every corner of the earth.

In Piper’s words, “this book is filled with the prettiest and scariest animals and I like skates and I want to read this book forever.” Animalium kept her captivated and her little eyes widened as she studied the amazingly detailed illustrations and asked a million questions about each one! Each chapter in the book features a different branch from the tree of life, from reptiles to birds to mammals. Boys and girls alike will love this endlessly inspired find.

A book that can be read again and again, used for school projects, drawing stimulus and even as the perfect wall display on a shelf above their beds. The first of a series of “virtual museums” by the same creators. We have added it to her birthday need list.

Credits // Piper’s top and skirt by Bobo Choses | Plastic Animals Schliech | Art Supplies from Little Snail | Stuffed Toy by Lucky Boy Sunday

Storykins // Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales

“Strong women. May we know them. May we raise them. May we be them.” – Unknown

Frida Kahlo endured many setbacks in life, yet she always found a zest for life. A way to celebrate and relate through her pain using art. Frida loved children and wanted them dearly, so a picture book, I imagine would have made her heart sing.

The care and beauty that went into this book is breathtaking. Yuyi Morales created a Frida puppet and used her to create each beautiful scene. There is such care in every detail from her pets to her wardrobe.

The beauty and celebration of Frida isn’t the only reason to love this book, it’s also bilingual.

Viva La Frida

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Babiekins Magazine|Storykins//Frida Kahlo Picture Book

Babiekins Magazine|Storykins//Frida Kahlo Picture Book

Babiekins Magazine|Storykins//Frida Kahlo Picture Book

Storykins // Down The Rabbit Hole

Spring has sprung. This Easter break, between rocking cute hats and hunting for chocolate eggs we finally enjoyed some warmer weather; which calls for bare toes in fresh cut grass.

…And for some downtime after too much chocolate? With Tea Parties and Bunny’s it has to be Alice In Wonderland.

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We have a few Babylit books. I find they’re perfect for Edie’s age. Introducing her to a great classic without overwhelming her with too much text. And for when she’s ready for the full story, the characters and base of the story will be familiar to her.

A book full of colour, from the white rabbit, purple bottles, blue caterpillar’s and pink flamingos. A gorgeous addition to our bookshelf.

 

Storykins // Roll It Up And Go

Over the Easter break, we’ll be spending a lot of time in the car,  in restaurants, visiting friends, family and going on day trips. It’ so tough not to go straight to the iPad for help entertaining the kids….Unless I take the contents of the playroom in my bag!

Edie loves this super cute chalk book, she can scrawl in it, colour in the pictures. And as her imagination grows, draw people in the cars and buses, draw things round them. As she’ll grow she will learn to use her numeracy and learn her colours to fill in the spaces.

For now, she’s happy just to roll with it; And when she’s done, I run it through the wash ready for next time.

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Another chalk book by Little Mashers ”I Love” inspires your little one to talk and draw about the things they love.

Storykins // A Story To Twirl In

Every little girl loves a dress that passes the twirl test. It’s the first thing Edie will do the minute she’s in a skirt. Pull it out and twirl. Wrapped up in her own imagination.  Although, with this twirl there’s more to it. The story we have read together plays out all around her.

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”Poppy is a natural explorer. From the time that she was born, there was not a moment when she was bored or didn’t know what to do. Poppy always had a plan. Poppy has a companion called Fred. After all, every good explorer needs a great companion don’t you think?”

Poppy and Fred’s adventures in London’s Kew Garden’s begins with them exploring where to get a great view of the city… to a Giraffe coming to their rescue. The characters and surrounding’s of the story live within the illustrated fabrics of the collection. Edie studies her dress and talks animatedly about Fred, The Giraffe, The Parrot’s, Polly… pointing them out on her dress to her friends and telling them all about what mischief Fred’s been up to.

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For her to have a dress that reminds her of that time we’ve shared together reading…What a lovely thing for a little girl to experience!

Each Poppy England dress comes with a copy of the book to enjoy with your little one. Poppy England have offered Babiekins readers 15% off using BABIEKINS15 .

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Storykins // Lulu and Pip

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Babiekins Magazine | Storykins | Lulu and Pip

Babiekins Magazine | Storykins | Lulu and Pip

Babiekins Magazine | Storykins | Lulu and Pip

Babiekins Magazine | Storykins | Lulu and Pip

My four-year-old has formed few attachments to toys. When Santa brought her a Jess Brown doll for Christmas this year, the connection was quick and magical. Her doll accompanies her on every adventure. She whispers secrets to her and they have tea parties. They climb sand dunes and collect shells, swing on tire swings and lie out under the stars together. Lulu and Pip, written by Nina Gruener and photographed by Stephanie Rausser, is the perfect book for every little girl with a constant companion and a thirst for adventure. Following a little girl, Lulu, on a camping trip with her doll Pip, Gruener captures the magic of childhood alongside breathtaking photographs by Rausser.

Lulu and Pip is charming and inspiring. We get to read it at least once and day and I know it inspires Piper to be even more carefree in her childhood. It is a big book (9.8 x 12.8 inches), which makes it even more inviting and shows the beautiful images in detail. Something about real photographs (instead of illustrations) draw little ones in, like they are watching a true story unfold.

Piper is a country kid and can relate to the adventure of camping and swimming and climbing trees. My hunch is that city kids would be doubly absorbed seeing the wonder of nature. Lulu also gets to wear some pretty splendid clothing with quirky and colourful outfits throughout the story. In Piper’s words, this book “is the best in the whole big world” which I am pretty sure translates to 10/10!

Credits // Doll by Jess Brown from Stars in a Jar | Doll’s Clothing by WovenplayPiper’s lace top by Berits Lilla | Kantha Rug by Empire Homewares | Bedding by Soft Gallery | Canopy by Numero 74 |Dream Catcher Bag – Vintage |

Storykins // I Like Animals

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Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Those are just some of the animals your little will find in I Like Animals from Wide Eye Books. Written and illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar, the book features beautiful and classic illustrations in a 70s style motif. The book brings a nostalgic feeling of finding a gem in the library when you were a kid! Accompanied with the animals in his life—and I’m not just talking about our old English bulldog Doug!—Carter loves to play and read the afternoon away with this book.

Credits // Hat by American Apparel | Top and Bottoms by Bang Bang Copenhagen from Minimodel Gallery | Onesie  and Leggings by Bobo Choses from Minimodel Gallery | Moccasins by Minimoc | Animals from Schleich | I Like Animals from Cissy Wears

Storykins // Whale Spotting

The deep blue blows my little Babiekins’ mind. We’ve watched ocean life documentaries open mouthed; In awe of this incredible world under the waves. So it will come as no surprise that one of our favourite bedtime reads is ”If You Want To See A Whale” by the New York Times bestseller writer of ”And Then It’s Spring” Julie Fogliano.

” If you want to see a whale you will need a not-so-comfy chair and a not-too-cozy blanket because sleeping eyes can’t watch for whales and whale’s won’t wait for watching.”

Erin. E. Stead’s delicate illustrations are beautifully composed.  Leading you on a journey with a cute flame haired boy; his trusty basset hound and a tiny bird friend in tow trying to avoid daydreams and natures distractions to patiently wait…and wait…

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Still, when we read this book together; Edie gasps when she sees the whale under the boat as if it was the first time. Adorable. This book is sure to be a big part of my Babiekins’ childhood memories of calm bedtimes.

Storykins // An Awesome Book

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There are some books so sweet, they can bring tears to your eyes. In rhyming whimsy with steadfast storytelling, “An Awesome Book“ by Dallas Clayton, is an uplifting and touching one that helps you and your little remember “to dream a dream as big as big could ever dream to be.” A very important message that we as adults, often forget. What started out as a project inspired by Clayton’s own son, has now turned into a series of fantastical books all of which have an air of thoughtful playfulness, reminiscent of classics like Dr. Seuss and Shel Silvertein. These books are a fun read with heartwarming sentiments that truly resonate.
An interactive online version of “An Awesome Book” is available at www.veryawesomeworld.com in its entirety read aloud by Clayton along with his other titles like “Make Magic! Do Good!” and “It’s Never Too Late” for purchase on Amazon.

Storykins // Top 5 Books to Help Break Your Child away from Tech and Learn to Love Reading

Guest post by Kellie Diguangco, Book Curator, Art Instructor, Mother to four little gentlemen. You can also check her out on Instagram.

The right books can inspire a love of reading, and some books are so good children choose books over technology. What? Yes!

I often hesitate when putting age recommendations on picture books, because I don’t think that there is a time when we stop loving them. Picture books open a great big world to us with their beauty and allow our imaginations to be free. At age 3 we start the process of learning to read, from age seven and up we read to learn.

I have listed some books here that are great starters for sparking a love of reading.

The Hungry Caterpillar is a true classic, lovely and bright. It’s a great starter book because it has images children are familiar with such as oranges, apples, strawberries and one lovable caterpillar. The repetition of the book allows the child to participate because they know what’s coming. It is a great introduction to the life cycle as well.

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Babiekins Magazine|Storykins//Top 5 Books to Help Break Your Child away from Tech and Learn to Love Reading

I Know A Lot is a very empowering book. It is a series and we have them all. My four year old, will “read” this to me and his little brother. The rhythm and logic allow for a child to make guesses “rocks are….heavy” which allows this book to be a great confidence builder for a budding reader. The more confident, the more likely they are to try more books or search for other things they know or can guess at.

Flora and the Flamingo is not just a beautiful book but a wordless book. Wordless books are a great invitation for a child to tell you the story. There are obvious emotions taking place between the Flamingo and Flora. Your child can express the feelings, use problem solving skills, and it is a great way to check for vocabulary, knowledge and sequence. Did I mention it’s also beautiful?

Who says books can’t be interactive? Tap The Magic Tree is better than an app! A beautifully illustrated introduction to the changing seasons, simply tap the buds to see what blooms! This book gets children excited as they get to interact with the pages of the story to see what happens next. A great tactile invitation to a book because you get to tap, rub and shake.

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Babiekins Magazine|Storykins//Top 5 Books to Help Break Your Child away from Tech and Learn to Love Reading

Babiekins Magazine|Storykins//Top 5 Books to Help Break Your Child away from Tech and Learn to Love Reading

This next one is a great read for those a little bit older. Beware Of The Storybook Wolves is genius! It’s a great story based off a real child’s fear. It’s all about letting the imagination run wild and free. Who wouldn’t love the characters of their books to come out and chat with them, except the hungry wolves part perhaps. This book is award winning and one read through you will see why.

Babiekins Magazine|Storykins//Top 5 Books to Help Break Your Child away from Tech and Learn to Love Reading

Babiekins Magazine|Storykins//Top 5 Books to Help Break Your Child away from Tech and Learn to Love Reading

There are so many lovely books to share, to spark the imagination and to simply make us feel happy with their delightful illustrations. A picture book is so much more than just a book. It’s art, it’s a teaching tool and the best part is that it’s a way for you to be physically close with your child. Reading books together is very intimate and a good book can form a warm bond.

Not all books are created equal. I find this quote so true “Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself” – George Bernard Shaw.

Happy Reading.

Storykins // Countablock

Edie has taken a real interest in counting. Anything from the berries at snack to her ever growing Sonny Angels collection. I got her a copy of Christopher Franceschelli’s Countablock and she loves it. A big block that stands proud on the bookshelf full of sturdy pages, leading you from One to One Hundred through bursts of colour in the form of Peskimo’s fun artwork.

Each number is cut out of the page in a big bold font for her to get to grips with, to feel the form of the number itself and see it clearly. She likes to turn the book at an angle so the pages fan towards her.

”One Acorn Becomes … One Oak Tree….. Two Snowmen Become … Two Puddles”

”Nine Pieces of Paper Become … Nine Paper Aeroplanes”

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Many of her other number or alphabet books are the standard uninventive ”Here Are Five Apples”. Countablock pushes her to think about the potential of what things can become, really engaging her imagination… Speaking of which, soon after reading it, A delivery from one of our favourite stores arrived. Inspired; We made the box into a castle. The princess of which sat comfortably inside for some time beckoning to her subjects (Me!) for supplies of snacks and juice! … Just a little something to watch out for!