Books We Love!

by Taryn Miller

Little Spiral by Pat Simmons and illustrated by Patrick Shirvington

    

“Something special happens where nature’s treasures dwell. A hatchling baby forest snail. A perfect spiral shell…”

This delightful picture book, is just perfect for pre-school and kindergarten children. Written by Pat Simmons and beautifully illustrated by Patrick Shirvington, Little Snail takes you on a journey through the Australian rainforest through the eyes of Little Spiral, a baby forest snail. Some of the creatures he meets along the way are a rustling rat, a scritch-scratching brush turkey and a lingering lizard. He may be small but he is “steadily growing, exploring the rainforest. Slowly. Secretly.”

An enchanting story full of wonder that reminds us of the beauty even in natures littlest creatures.

Recommended reading age: 3+

 

Kingdom of Beautiful Colours by Isabel Wyatt

Once upon a time there was a kingdom of beautiful colours. In the middle of it stood a cloud mountain, and from the top of the cloud mountain you looked down on a wonderful rainbow, shining green and blue and yellow…

One of our favourite books for older readers is Kingdom of Beautiful Colours, an enchanting collection of seven stories by the author of many wonderful books for children, Isabel Wyatt. The imaginative stories are full of ivory towers, great forests, golden lands and brave princes and will delight children.

Isabel Wyatt (1901-1992) was born in England and spent many years teaching young children. She wrote many books for children, including The Seven-Year-Old Wonder Book, The Eight-Year-Old Legend Book, Magical Wonder Tales, Norse Hero Tales, The Legends of King Arthur, Legends of the Norse King, and Hay For My Ox.

Recommended reading age: 9+

 

Rocks, Minerals and Gems by John Farndon

    

This is one of our favourite Children's Non-Fiction books and absolutely perfect for your budding crystal and gemstone enthusiast!

The definitive guide to rocks, minerals and gems, this book includes an introduction to rocks and minerals and how they form, and a quick guide to what you need and where to look. There is also a complete guide to identifying rocks and minerals and everything you need to know to start building a collection.

Packed with fun facts and practical activities, this book also features colour photos and infographics that show the qualities of each rock and mineral in extraordinary detail.

• The ultimate guide to help you identify hundreds of rocks, minerals and gems 

• Fascinating facts provide extra information on how rocks form and where to find them 

• Data boxes provide short facts to help you quickly identify the properties of each rock.

"I really like the detailed pictures and information on all the different types of crystals and rocks so that I’m able to identify the crystals that I have in my collection, to the ones in the book! I really like the cool, sparkly cover too!"
Leon, 10-year-old Gemstone Enthusiast