Children’s books

Today on the blog I am sharing some of my kids’ favourite books. There are so many amazing books out there which can make selecting books to buy a difficult choice. Here go some of the popular ones in our house. Be prepared for some amazing illustrations 🙂

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Leo Timmers is one of my all time favourite illustrators. I am thinking about buying one of his books and removing some of the pages (sorry to all book purists) and framing them for my son’s bedroom or the kids’ play area. Full of fun and colour they are an absolute joy. His stories are quirky and magical and this particular illustration is from his book The Magical Life of Mr Renny, published by Gecko Press.

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And I couldn’t resist adding a couple more of Leo Timmers’ illustrations. These animals are from his book I am the King, also published by Gecko Press.

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This book is called Mouk by Marc Boutavant (also a TV series). In this book Mouk goes travelling around the world to all sorts of exciting destinations including Greece (top picture) and India (above). This book has the most beautiful glossy thick pages with these amazingly detailed and colourful illustrations. My kids and I have spent hours reading this book and every time we notice new details in the pictures. Also published by Gecko Press.

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100 things by Masayuki Sebe is another fascinating book for children. Each page is dedicated to a different theme with 100 different images based on that theme. This particular page has been the favourite for both of my kids. They love to talk about all the different children and my daughter loves to decide which children represent all the significant family and friends in her life. The child on the toilet (at the top of the page) is my son’s favourite (enough said) ! Also published by Gecko Press.

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The King’s Bubbles by Ruth Paul was the winner of the BPANZ Design Award and a Finalist in the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards in 2008. A fabulous story about a king who wants to preserve all of his bubbles but eventually realises that he needs to treasure the moment and let his bubbles go. My kids love this book for the story and illustrations and I like it because it is an excellent reminder about treasuring these precious moments with my little people as they become increasingly independent. Published by Scholastic.

And on a final note, you may have noticed that the majority of these books are published by Gecko Press. If you haven’t heard of Gecko Press, they are a Wellington based publishing company that translates and publishes children’s books by some of the world’s best writers and illustrators. Their aim is to encourage children to love to read and they do this by selecting books that are “excellent in story, illustration and design, with a strong ‘heart factor'”. Judging by my children’s love of their books I would say that they are achieving their aim perfectly 🙂 You can see the full selection of their books on their website: http://www.geckopress.co.nz

Happy reading

Jane x

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