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It is Friday again and that means it is time for another installment of my Friday Favorites! This week we have read some fantastic books! Featured this week are 2 picture books and 1 middle-grade novel that I read aloud to my kids. All 3 are wonderful books that were loved by Mama and Kiddos!
The Polar Bear Explorers Club
First up on the list is the amazing middle-grade novel The Polar Bear Explorers Club by Alex Bell. This book was included as part of our monthly Owl Crate Jr subscription box. If you haven’t heard of Owl Crate Jr, it is amazing. Every month they choose a great middle-grade book and pair it with super fun bookish goodies! Some of our favorite books from last year were from our Owl Crate Jr box. Anyway, getting back to the book!
The Polar Bear Explorers Club is an exciting adventure tale full of yetis, unicorns, and lots and lots of SNOW! This book had us laughing from the very first page. Alex Bell writes with such a hysterical sense of humor…we just loved it. The cast of characters is wonderful as well…we instantly fell in love with Beanie and his color-coordinated jelly beans!
If you are looking for an action-packed read aloud for your family then I highly recommend this one! Cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out!
The Bluest of Blues
Holy moly this next book is a beauty! The Bluest of Blues by Fiona Robinson is absolutely gorgeous. It is a brand new release and is a picture book biography about Anna Atkins and the first book of photographs. Anna Atkins is known to have been one of the first women to create a photograph as well as publish a book of photographs. Anna was a botanist and loved documenting and labeling drawings and photographs of her specimens. The story is a beautiful one of the love between Anna and her father…who supported her and encouraged her at a time when women weren’t exactly welcome in the science field.
Anna is known for her beautiful cyanotypes…or sun prints. In fact, Anna’s “poppy” cyanotype is still on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London! This book is so beautifully written…and the illustrations…beyond stunning. This is going to be one that I read again and again.
My collection of biographical picture books is growing! I LOVE how they are teaching me about people I have never heard of. People who are so important to history! They make biographies accessible to children as well which is so wonderful. I recommend this book for people of any age…it is so informative and so well done.
When The Whales Walked
When The Whales Walked by Dougal Dixon is an absolutely amazing book all about evolution. The book is gorgeously illustrated by Hannah Bailey. This beautiful book walks you through many evolutionary journeys since the beginning of time.
When The Whales Walked is so filled with facts and stories. They are presented in a way that is easily understandable by kids…which is so awesome because the topic of evolution can be quite confusing! I originally purchased this book to go along with our dinosaur unit but it is so much more than that. It takes you on a journey of the history of life on earth. It lets you spot patterns in how evolution has caused different animals to evolve. Just a fascinating book! The illustrations are so captivating…the kids and I are planning to use this book as an example of nature journaling as well. The perfect non-fiction book to add to your shelves!
Did you read anything this week that you just loved? I am always looking for new recommendations!!