There are some fantastic books we have been lucky to explore that are ideal for learning about families, homes and animal habitats which are some of the themes looked at in EYFS and KS1 and may be of interest to teachers, librarians, Home tutors, Home educators and parents looking to support an interest.
As We Grow – Libby Walden & Richard Jones
A Poetic look at the stages of growing up and old, with its deep papercut through the cover it has a lovely tactile feel.
The little stanzas are lovely and gentle and explain the different stages of growing up and how people change over time. I found the teen and young adult sections to be particularly empathetic rather than daunting as some books featuring teenagers can be.
I love the overall focus on growing and life being about self discovery not just rushing to work or achieve goals like career, marriage or family- the focus is on happiness and contentedness over tickboxes which is a lovely attitude to cultivate.
In Every House on Every Street- Jess Hitchman & Lulu La Baleine
Oh this book is beautiful!! This book has been so inspiring, I can see some amazing projects and collaborative art pieces being created in classrooms and scouting/rainbow groups inspired by this book!!
This book focuses on what makes a home more than just bricks and mortar instead on the rules, rituals and rhythms that make the lives of homes and families everywhere.
I love this because it celebrates the possibility of differences and encourages a dialogue by throwing the questions back to the reader.
The end foldout section is wonderfully diverse in both living styles and people with a range of family make up both explicit and implied (inc nuclear, blended, older caregivers and suggestions of LGBTQ+ families), body positivity, disabled representation and ethnicities- it’s great to celebrate the way we all make a home.
Where in the Wild- Jonny Lambert & text by Poppy Bishop
Jonny Lamberts beautiful art leaps off the page in this gorgeous book exploring animal habitats and will inspire lots of art projects!
I really love the way Poppy Bishop’s poetic description of habitats are exciting and I can see children acting out this as an assembly or mini-play as there’s lovely vocabulary and bounce to the words with lots of room for setting to small drama scenes.
I also love the way the book has been carefully planned to show the way that habitats are not exclusive, and how creatures can appear or have adapted slightly to live in very different environments such as butterflies featuring throughout, leopards living in jungles and savannahs and the migration of birds.
This is a wonderful book to use for multiple cross curricular links when studying animal habitats and has an important message about conservation of wild habitats.
Animal Homes- A Lift the flap Book Of Discovery – Clover Robin & Libby Walden
I’m a bit of a fan of Clover Robin, her nature focused art is just exquisite and so exciting to look through this follow up to BirdHouse and her previous collaboration with Libby Walden A Walk Through Nature is just gorgeous!
Littlefae sat with this book for ages just enjoying and exploring the gorgeous book packed with facts about 6 different styles of animals homes that we could recognise and observe here and all over the world.
The book looks at Hives, Lodges, Nests, Warren, Mound and Earths/Dens with Lift the flap facts and details.
All these books are published by Caterpillar and Little Tiger Books. Many thanks to Little Tiger Press for the review copies 💜