Cool stuff from the selectors: An array of great children’s books

You can usually rely on children’s books to have interesting inviting covers. This month’s selection do not disappoint.  Designed for children – but equally enjoyed by adults –  there should be something here that appeals to all ages.

The World of Moominvalley by Philip Ardagh

9781509810017The ultimate guide for any Moomin fan, old and new. A 350 page introduction to the unique hippo-esque shaped world where the best use for gold nuggets is as flowerbed borders, and a lending paw is more important the even the largest of large rubies.

Filled with illustrated maps and family trees, facts about Moomintroll behaviour and habits, this gorgeous book contains all you could wish to know about the beloved characters from the original Moomin stories and the world in which they live.

The Ways of the Wolf by Smriti Prasadam-Hall

9781526360304A stunning tribute to the majestic and fierce, proud and strong wolf. Follow them as they hunt and roam through their lands. Find out how they communicate, where they live and who their enemy is.

Wildlife illustrator Jonathan Woodward brings these animals to life with breath-taking papercut collage artwork.

We travel so far by Laura Knowles

9781910277331Small stories of incredibly giant journeys. From the epic migration of the huge humpback to the unbelievable determination of the tiny hummingbird. Each tale is told by the migrating animal and is wonderfully brought to life by the glorious illustrations of Chris Madden.

Book of Bones : 10 record-breaking animals by Gabrielle Balkan

9780714875125There’s a lot going on in this book. First you examine animal skeletons and guess who they belong to.  The answers are revealed in vibrant, full-colour scenic habitats, with easily understood and humorous explanations. For example a reticulated python would need a row of 5 king-sized beds to stretch out on. (What a dreadful thought!)

This entertaining introduction to the connection between animal bones (anatomy) and behaviour is playful, relatable, and includes touch-and-feel finishes that bring the bones to life!

Moomins take over the world

CoverIf you haven’t discovered the Moomins yet, then you are in for a treat.

Created and written by Swedish-speaking Finnish author, Tove Jansson, the Moomins turned 65 in 2010. These fabulous hippo-like creatures inhabit a valley in Norway and are involved in all sorts of adventures.

I was introduced to the Moomins by a colleague who said that Finn Family Moomintroll was her “all-time absolute favourite classroom read-aloud story” when she was a teacher. I thought “what the Moomin?” as I scurried off to the bookshelves.  Wow. What a treat.

CoverSo I suggest you treat yourself and discover the delights of the Moomins.

There’s the Moomin books. There’s the comic strips.

There’s the upcoming movie.

There’s the new cookbook about Finnish cuisine.

A national treasure in Norway for many years (there was even a Moomin Opera produced in the 1970s!), Moomin mania finally comes to the rest of the world.