Book Shopping with Books2Door

We can never have enough books in our house, with four kids who are all keen readers (as well as us parents!) One site I’ve been ordering from lately is Books2Door who have some great collections for the children. I find the website simple to navigate and it’s easy to find products that will suit our family.

Here are some of the books we’ve chosen lately..

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The Way Home for Wolf

We are all big readers in our family, with bookshelves stacked up in every room. It’s really important for me to encourage the children in this from a young age, and one of the best ways to do this is by having appealing and good quality books around the home. However many books we have already read, it’s still always a joy to come across another great one!

The Way Home for Wolf is a heartwarming new picture book from the best-selling creators of The Lion Inside. This book stands out for its gorgeous illustrations as well as it’s positive message, and is a story that I really enjoyed reading to my toddler (as did her older brother as you can see)

The Way Home for Wolf tells the tale of a plucky young wolf cub named Wilf. He’s very stubborn and believes he can do everything by himself, even wanting to lead the pack although he is just a young cub! But during his journey, young Wilf gets left behind, finding himself lost and alone in the chill of the arctic night. In his time of need, Wilf comes across a new friend who’s willing to help.. and then another.. and then another. He soon learns the benefit of letting others help in your time of need, and realises that with the help and kindness of the other animals he can soon be guided back exactly where he wants to be – back with his pack.

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When Spring Comes to the DMZ by Uk-Bae Lee

When Spring Comes to the DMZ is a beautifully illustrated and unique children’s picture book, tackling the topic of the Korean DMZ and the unfinished history of the Korean Peninsula. These issues are raised sensitively, via the medium of nature and exploring the animals and seasons in this demilitarised zone.

Korea’s demilitarized zone has become an amazing accidental nature preserve that gives hope for a brighter future for a divided land.

In the story we see Grandfather going up to the observatory and looking out over the DMZ, watching the salmon, spotted seals, and mountain goats freely follow the seasons and raise their families in this 2.5-mile-wide, 150-mile-long corridor where no human may tread.

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New Fingerlings Books Review & Giveaway

Little fans of Fingerlings® will be excited to see the new range of three new nonfiction Fingerlings® titles published by DK this month, in partnership with WowWee. These are a great way to make reading fun, and we found that the books are a great way to learn more about the Fingerlings characters.  

The new books include a sticker activity book, and two early reader books focusing on the unicorn and the monkey Fingerlings. All of the books are bright and colourful, and of course really cute.

DK have offered a full set of three books as a prize for one lucky In The Playroom reader, so for your chance to win, enter at the end of this post!

The Fingerlings Ultimate Sticker Collection takes readers on a fun journey to the Fingerlings’ home in Melody Village. Read about favourite Fingerlings characters, including Bella and Boris, Marge, Kingsley and Gigi, and meet exciting new characters such as the Glitter Girls. Discover how bubbly Gigi has fun with her unicorn friends, how Kingsley the cool sloth likes to chill out, and what Bella the busy monkey does in a day. DK’s Fingerlings Ultimate Sticker Collection comes with over 1,000 stickers; readers can have fun finding the stickers for each page and creating their own Fingerlings scenes.

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Halilit Sounds of the Forest Book & Instrument Gift Set Review

Halilit Sounds of the Forest is a really sweet and unique little gift set with a story book, which comes along with a matching owl themed musical instrument. The story and the owl whistle work together perfectly and it’s a lovely way to encourage your child to get involved with the story.

The gift set comes in a box containing the story book, which is a board book with thick cardboard pages to make it toddler friendly, and the owl musical instrument.

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The Book of Dragons

The Book of Dragons is a new release from Carlton Books, written by Stella Caldwell. This is a fantastic book to stimulate the imagination and allow children to get lost in the world of dragons.

R has always been interested in dragons from a very young age, so when I saw this book, I knew it would be something he would likely enjoy.

From the glittering peaks of frozen mountains to dripping caverns hidden deep underground, The Book of Dragons brings mighty and ancient dragons to life. Read exciting tales of legendary dragons, pore over detailed maps of mythical lands, explore a dragon’s treasure hoard and marvel at lavish collections of dragon teeth, talons, scales and eggs. This richly illustrated bookis a sumptuous treasury of a magical lost world and fulfils the desires of every young dragon enthusiast.

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The Tale of the Great Easter Bunny with Frankie Bridge and Cadburys

The thing my kids most look forward to around Easter is definitely Easter egg hunts. They love racing around, seeing who can find everything first and of course the delicious chocolate prizes to eat afterwards!

Cadburys have got together with Saturdays singer-songwriter and mum of two Frankie Bridge to launch a special book this Easter that celebrates the magic of Easter Egg Hunts for families over the Easter season. We went along to a story session and Easter Egg hunt with Cadburys and Frankie Bridge to find out more.

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Engaging and Educational Books from Lonely Planet Kids

Lonely Planet Kids has just launched a new range of books, in time for Christmas. We were sent a couple of titles to try out with the kids, which are both jam packed full of facts and information presented in a fun way which is ideal to get my boys (6, 7 and 9) interested in the topics.

The two books that we’ve been checking out are How Animals Build, and Dinosaur Atlas. Both are a generous size and are full of colour illustrations, flaps to lift and pages that fold out, displaying lots of detailed information. The books combine astonishing facts, quirky humour and eye-catching imagery to ignite children’s curiosity and encourage them to discover more about our planet. 

My boys have enjoyed dipping into these books when they’ve wanted to sit and relax in the evenings after school, and even just reading a couple of pages at a time you will pick up loads of interesting facts!

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What Does Baby Want? A Book about Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is one of the most important things in many babies lives, yet until now I’ve never seen it featured in a children’s books. What Does Baby Want? is a new book board published by Phaidon that features breastfeeding in a simple and relatable way, with a short story for young babies to enjoy. I’m surprised there hasn’t been a book like this before now – it’s definitely time to start normalising breastfeeding in our society, and books like this can only help to get that message across, starting with young children.

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