October 4, 2017

#kidlitpicks September Round-Up: 22 Books about Books

Throughout September, we're shining the spotlight on the best Books About Books. Introducing children to the magic of books and therein instilling a love of reading and literacy is one of the greatest gifts we can impart. The greatest writers are also prolific readers. It's no surprise that many authors consider reading a crucial dimension of living and have taken to their pages to honour all things books.

We here at @kidlitpicks love everything about books too, so what could be more fun than sharing our favourite bookish books with you? Children love to see parts of themselves reflected in what they're reading. Let's find our budding bookworms characters who love to immerse themselves in books and reading, or who celebrate libraries, book clubs, bookstores and anything that explores what we all know -–– that books rule!

Throughout September, we shone the spotlight on the best Books About Books. This thoughtful and creative theme was chosen by Fee from Fee Loves!



The Good Little Book, by Kyo Maclear and Marion Arbona
The Good Little Book was an instant hit, as all books by Kyo Maclear are with us, but this one more so than others because we could see ourselves within its pages.” — Summer from @readingisourthing


The Scariest Book Ever, by ​​Bob Shea
Shea uses colors well, pitting bold colors against each other to help enhance his scenes." — Mel from @spiky_penelope


I Like Books, by Anthony Browne
Best for little ones, emergent readers or anyone who, like me, just really LIKES books” — Claire from @alittlebookhabit


Bats at the Library, by Brian Lies
"It is important for young children to see the people in their lives enjoying books and even more special if they see their favorite book characters loving books as well. Leah from @astoryaday


Franklin's Flying Bookshop, by Jen Campbell and Katie Harnett
Franklin proves that you should always have an open mind and heart.” — Clarissa from @book.nerd.mommy


Books Always Everywhere, by Jane Blatt and Sarah Massini
“It's a beautiful and fun poem to all little book lovers who doesn't "book give and book share, books always everywhere"!!” —  Kim from @bookbairn


Hooray for Books!, by Brian Won
Celebrate the joy of reading, and loaning out beloved books (even if you can't quite recall who currently has your book), with these exuberant characters. Hooray for books indeed!” — Miranda from @bookbloom


Book, by David Miles and Natalie Hoopes
This unassuming book exemplifies everything we love about books. A place to go, a friend, a teacher, a book is always there.”  De from @books_and_babycinos


There Is No Dragon in This Story, by Lou Carter and Deborah Allwright
This is a great book to share with kids already familiar with fairytales who will love pointing out their favourite characters in the pictures.”  Carissa from @bookskidslove_



Lucy's Book, by Natalie Jane Prior and Cheryl Orsini
This story shows us books can be enjoyed anywhere and are best shared.”  Carissa from @bookskidslove_


The Story Book Knight, by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty
A knight tames a dragon by reading him a story!”  Arielle from @childrensbooksgalore


Surf’s Up, by Kwame Alexander and Daniel Miyares
Surf’s Up is a wild, adventurous imaginative ride and a glorious tribute to reading.”  Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople


The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf, and Grandma, by Diane and Christyan Fox
The zany, fun back-and-forth between Cat and Dog celebrates the joy of reading in this story about a story.”  Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople


The Not So Quiet Library, by Zachariah OHora
This is a hilarious, quirky book that celebrates the power of books and libraries that is also just perfect for story time too.”  Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople


Jill and Lion, by Lesley Barnes
A charming celebration of friendship and bravery that is cleverly woven through reading and storytelling, Jill & Lion shows it isn’t crowns that make us important it’s what’s on the inside that counts.”  Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople


Franklin's Flying Bookshop, by Jen Campbell and Katie Harnett
"Beautiful illustrations by Katie Harnett will have readers fully immersed in Franklin and Luna's adventure. Fiona from @fee_loves_


Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Libray, by Carole Boston Weatherford and Eric Velasquez
Through a series of different poems and gorgeous illustrations, this book tells the story of how the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture in NYC came to be.” — Charnaie from @hereweeread


How to Bake a Book, by Ella Burfoot
"Told by a delightfully, cheerful little girl who seems to skip from page to page, the book is a perfect comparison between the acts of baking and story telling." — Wendy from @homegrownreader


Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar, by Emily MacKenzie
"A story every bibliophile can relate to." — Wendy from @homegrownreader


The Jacket, by Kirsten Hall and Dasha TolstikovaPerfect for discussing book care with littles, this gentle story deals with many subtle themes while the mixed media illustrations employ a beautiful range of emotion to express those themes..” — Heather from @kidlitbookbits


Nibbles, the Book Monster, by Emma Yarlett
Full of interactive flaps, nibbled pages, and (my favorite!) books within books, your kids will absolutely love this silly tale.” — Anna from @kidlitcrafts


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore, by William Joyce
This is a tribute to the power of Story and how sometimes we have to be brave enough to give our stories away. This is a reminder that when we leave this Earth, all we take with us and leave behind, are memories and our stories. What Story will you write today?” — Shannon from @ohcreativeday


The Book of Gold, by Bob Staake
The message of the book is one that grows bigger and bigger with each read.” –– Michelle from @the.book.report