Yes, it is that time of year again to dig out the Valentines Day Books for Kids!!! We have a handful of lovely “love themed” books to read with the kids all year round, but Valentines Day is a great opportunity to dig them out again and talk about those we love and what Valentine’s Day actually means! I love discovering and reading new books with the kids all the time (and we have rather a huge collection of kids books in our house, I can never resist to get a new one…). But we do try and do a mixture of “new books” for our “Home library”, as well as reserving books at our local library and discovering new reads too! This year, I want to get each of the kids a Valentines Day Books for Kids, that they can bring into school with them and donate to the School Library. Here are a selection of some of the sweetest, cutest, but also FUNNIEST Valentines Day Books for Kids out there are the moment!!!
So, I hope these Valentines Day Books for Kids are just what you are looking for! We love making things special with the kids.. you may also like to take a look at these Valentines Cards Kids Can Make? Find 25+ of the best and simple card making ideas for kids. You will find all sorts – cards for tots and cards for preschoolers, cards for older kids and cards just for you. Giant cards and small cards. Keepsake cards and printable cards.. take a look and get making!!
It is impossible to miss the science trend online.. every other article has the term S.T.E.M. or S.T.E.A.M. in it and interest is growing in our children’s science exposure and knowledge. Schools too are doing more and more to add to the Science curriculum and the kids have come home having accessed basic coding programs and of course doing classic experiments such as erupting volcanoes and bouncing eggs.
Parents are looking for more and more Science based resources, so I wanted to share with you a set of fantastic Science books from leading kids’ books publisher – USBORNE. I was sent these books as a gift for my children’s school’s brand new library (thank you thank you, they are VERY much appreciated) and wanted to share information about them with you here!
Of course the term “science” covers a WIDE range of subjects – from biology to chemistry to physics and computer science. These books touch on several niche topics, but are all fabulous.
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This is your classic Science Activities book in the “classic Usborne” illustrated style – using a mixture of step by step illustrations and photographs to explain projects and activities. The ideas are simple to implement and fun to do. For example, learning about balancing items, moves on to making a cute bird mobile. Or creating your own “Friction Testing” device – as all good science books should do – it asks lots of questions to stimulate exploration and discovery – e.g. “How does this affect the speed?” etc. As this books contains 365 activities, I challenge you to find something you don’t fancy doing. You will find everything from fun with Ice, growing plants, exploring crystals, magnets and living sells. Tons to keep you busy all year! The only thing I would add to make it proper “S.T. E.M. is to get the children to predict and outcome, WRITE IT DOWN and then compare to what ACTUALLY happens and discuss why.
As a parent, I am PARTICULARLY interested in any coding related children’s books. Did you know that for our kids generation well over 40% of jobs will be in coding? Coding will be a FACT OF LIFE for our little cherubs and the earlier they can start the better! SCRATCH is a free online tool that many UK schools use to introduce coding methodology and concepts to kids (they don’t actually realise that they are doing coding!).
This is not a book to browse, but it is more of a manual to use. With simple fun coding projects based on the scratch junior app, building up skills levels as you go along and helping your child build up knowledge of both how the app works, but also the power of coding.
This is one step up from your board book – not quite a board book, but nice thick “card pages” , with wonderful “classic Usborne” illustrations looking at Space. From What is IN Space (planets, galaxies, comets, satellites etc) to Exploring the Moon, what it is like at Space school (very simplified for younger kids), Space stations etc. It explains about the different planets and stars and the life of a stars, wonderfully illustrated and simplified. Though targeted at foundation adn KS1 years, I know the KS2 will learn a lot from this too!
Everything you ever needed to know about being and Astronaut. If you are ambitious about becoming an Astronaut yourself one day, this tells you all about, what you will do, what you need to know and the training, blast off, orbit and returning back down to earth. For example, did you know that you need to be able to speak Russian to become and Astronaut? Did you know that when Astronauts return to earth their heads feel really heavy? Even their watch feels heavy! This is a great book at primary school level – explaining what is REALLY like to be an astronaut.
So.. has Star Wars mania hit your house yet? We have a 7yrs old and (just turned) 6yrs old in the house and they have been watching star wars for a couple of years now (I totally blame their dad!!!). I am amazed at how easily the Star Wars “bug” has been passed on down the generations. Though personally I love the films, I don’t actually let the kids watch them too often and look for other ways for them to get their star wars fix, but in a more constructive and imaginative way and even educational way.
So I was very pleased to see these three sets of books on the market!!!!!!!
THESE WOULD MAKE GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS.. and be SURE to check out the giveaway below! Don’t miss out!
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My just turned six year old is all over these. She is chuffed to bits that there are some Star Wars things for her and at her reading level. These come as reading levels 1 and 2 (which is also book band yellow and blue).
My seven year old on the other hand (is almost 8) and is starting out on CHAPTER BOOKS. However, though he likes to read, he still needs “visual breaks” from lots of text – and enjoys chapter books with lots of illustrations (e.g. we got him the specially illustrated Harry Potter (US / UK)vs the the ordinary Harry Potter – the illustrated version is amazing).
So here we get the original trilogy – wonderfully illustrated – true to the movie – in Chapter book format.
A great book for my almost 8yrs old to get into “chapter book reading” but also to enjoy the illustrations.
Great for Bed Time Reading too – I know I will enjoy reading this TO my children too!
Here is a little blast from the past – I was tidying through some images on my computer and spotted this little cutie – our Harry and the Robots book and simple craft to go with it!Harry and the Robots is part of a cute little series of “Harry and the..” books for young children (probably 2yrs – 5yrs?). Harry has lots of little friends – in this story it is Robots – they are inanimate objects that come to life when no-one is watching. In this story, Harry’s toy robot needs to be sent off to be repaired. Is is sad to see it go, so his wonderful Granny suggests that he make his own.. but that night Granny is taken ill and to hospital.
The family is confused and saddened, but Harry NEEDS to make those robots now more than ever. Eventually he does… and then they go to visit Granny in hospital, they come to life… and help Granny become better.
A sweet story of childhood innocence and one that both my children ADORED.
One day after reading the book, my son jumped up and said “I want to make a robot like in the book”. We rummaged through our recycling box to see if we could find different parts to make the robot. When you look closely at the book cover, can you see which robot we tried to have a go at?!
It was super simple and fun. We taped all the different parts together (easier than gluing). My son was SO happy with the result.
As many of you know, we are great fans of crafting.. we love nothing better than taking “old things” from the recycling box and turning into something new and wonderful…. We particularly like to craft with TP Rolls and have occassionally dabbled in Egg Carton Crafts (here and here). So when the publisher of this lovely little book – Make Your Own Zoo by Tracey Radford – asked if we anted to check the book out, I knew we simply had to… especially since both kids are now getting to the age, were they ADORE browsing craft books and picking out what they would like to make next.
The Book is categories into – Safari Crafts, Jungle Crafts, Aviary Crafts, Aquarium Crafts and a nice section about making enclosures and scenery (to complete your Zoo craft efforts!
My kids excitedly grabbed the book off me and then disappeared off with it for a few days. I could hear the occassional Ooh and Aah. There really are LOTS of super cute and clever little craft projects in this book. The kids had a go at making a panda on their own (a little tricky ON THEIR OWN, they are only 7 and 5), but I feel they managed v well, esp when they decided to substitute glue with tape!
Love all the TP Roll crafts – thsi Giraffe is adorable…But I have to say, I particularly like all the different birds – who would have thought you can make so many different cute little flying critters from an egg carton!?
All in all a sweet book for those that love to craft with recycled materials.. great for my kid’s age group – or for grown ups making for a play set for the kids.
I do think the kids need a bit of help cutting and sticking… but then again, that is what a nice craft session is all about – sitting down together and getting crafty!