Storykins // Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlov by Laurel Snyder

Storykins // Swan by Laurel Snyder (Author), Julie Morstad (Illustrator), Irene Kim (photography)

Storykins // Swan by Laurel Snyder (Author), Julie Morstad (Illustrator), Irene Kim (photography)

Storykins // Swan by Laurel Snyder (Author), Julie Morstad (Illustrator), Irene Kim (photography)

Storykins // Swan by Laurel Snyder (Author), Julie Morstad (Illustrator), Irene Kim (photography)Photography Irene Kim and published by Chronicle Books

When you pull open the pages of this book, you’ll pull back the curtain of time. You’ll be swept back through to the icy snowflakes and stone streets of Old Russia, where little Anna Pavlova heard the music of Tchaikovsky for the first time. The music filled her, its swells and pauses and staccato notes becoming the rhythm to which she moved, and danced, and worked long hours as a laundress. But somewhere, somehow, between the icy winters and the endless laundry and the music inside her, Anna become the Swan, the dancer, the heroine, the one who gave beauty to the people…the one some say is the most famous ballerina of all time.

“This book was about Anna. It was cold where she lived. She walked into the snow. She walked into the sun. She was a girl who danced on the stage in the dark. A ballerina dancer. She pretended to be a bird. People felt happy. She got flowers and throwed them back to the people.” -Aveline, age 4

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Storykins // The Bear And The Piano

Edie and I were super lucky to have got our hands on a copy of the first book written by the talented illustrator David Litchfield.

We sat out in the early evening sunshine to read The Bear And The Piano. The large pages sweeping open onto dramatic scenes. David’s illustrations have a very distinctive style, his use of mixed media and colour create beautiful illustrations with intricate detail and real depth. Each time we’ve read this story Edie has noticed a beautiful little butterfly in the woods, or a quirky expression on a bear hidden deep in the crowd, that she hadn’t noticed the times before.

Follow this little bear as he embarks on a journey that whisks him off to fame and riches on Broadway. when he realises that where he feels the richest, is at home with his  friends, who have a surprise waiting for him.

”until eventually…

The sounds that came from the strange thing were beautiful, and the bear had grown big and strong and grizzly.”

Babiekins Magazine | Storykins | The Bear And The Piano Opening Page

Babiekins Magazine | Storykins | The Bear And The Piano Edie Standing

Babiekins Magazine | Storykins | The Bear And The Piano Illustration Close Up

Babiekins Magazine | Storykins | The Bear And The Piano Broadway Page

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Babiekins Magazine | Storykins | The Bear And The Piano End Page

Babiekins Magazine | Storykins | The Bear And The Piano Piano Picture

This is a beautiful story of dreams and friendships. A great bedtime read, or the perfect story to share some peaceful downtime time with your Babiekins.

Credits // The Bear And The Piano | Frances Lincoln Children’s Books.

Storykins // Rude Cakes

Terrible twos? No one ever mentions terrible threes! While my little big man is usually a fun-loving ball of energy, sometimes he’s just a bit… rude! Trying to teach him manners right off the bat has been the goal and if it’s also been one for you, Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins is a great tool for your arsenal. No one likes a bitter tasting cake and Rude Cakes is about a not-so-sweet one who learns his manners. He never says please or thank you, is never sorry and thinks bedtime is for “donut holes”. With appetizing illustrations and scrumptious humour, both my boys have a delight at the table every time.  Please and thank you are still the magic words.

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Credits// Donut Shirt by Soul Sunday | Silicone Necklace by Lou Lou Lollipop Finery | Chair by Stokke

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?

Babiekins Magazine | Storykins | Opening Book

Babiekins Magazine | Storykins | Astro Cat Space Travel

Babiekins Magazine | Storykins | Space Room

Babiekins Magazine | Storykins | Astro Cat with Milkshake

Babiekins Magazine | Storykins | Astro Cat Alien Pages

Babiekins Magazine | Storykins | Astro Cat Solar System

Babiekins Magazine | Storykins | Reading Astro Cat

Babiekins Magazine | Astro Cat Reading

”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

Babiekins Magazine|Storykins//Frida Kahlo Picture Book

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.

Babiekins Magazine | Storykins // Alice In Wonderland Cover

Babiekins Magazine | Storykins // Alice In Wonderland Book Open

Babiekins Magazine | Storykins // Alice In Wonderland Queen Of Hearts

Babiekins Magazine | Storykins // Alice In Wonderland Purple Bottle

Babiekins Magazine | Storykins // Alice In Wonderland Edie In Hat

Babiekins Magazine | Storykins // Alice In Wonderland Yellow Teapot

Babiekins Magazine |Storykins // Alice In Wonderland with Rabbit

 

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.

Babiekins Magazine |Little Mashers Cover

Babiekins Magazine | Little Mashers Edie Drawing Car

Babiekins Magazine |Little Mashers Cloe Up Of Edies Hand

Babiekins Magazine | Little Mashers Edie Drawing Bus

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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.