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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published August 1st 2021
Stories of friendship, diversity and caring for the planet
These five new books, all published in 2021, will be great reads for kids who love animals.

1. The Moose Fairy by Steve Smallman

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Moose sees a sign in the forest about a secret fairy club, and is excited to join it, but when he arrives he discovers that all the other animals are little. Moose can't fit into the fairy club's secret hideout in a tree trunk and at first, it seems he won't be able to join in the fun, but when his little friends are in danger Moose is there to help them.



This sweet picture book has lovely illustrations of cute forest animals in fairy outfits and a positive message about acceptance and accommodating other people's needs. It would be suitable to read aloud to children aged about 3 and up.


Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Quarto Publishing Group, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Published: July 20, 2021.

2. Animal Colors by Nikolas Ilic



Animal Colors (the cover has the US spelling) is a simple board book to teach young children about colours.



It illustrates each colour with two cartoon animals. I really like the fun drawing style, which makes the simple subject matter a little more interesting. Nikolas Ilic also has two similar books called Animal ABC and Animal 123. Animal Colors would be good to read aloud to children aged 2 and up.

Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Quarto Publishing Group, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Published: 17 August, 2021

3. This Book is cruelty-free by Linda Newberry

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This one is for older readers. It's a 'chapter book' which introduces children to ideas about animal rights in an age-appropriate way. It is written by Linda Newberry, the author of many fiction books for primary school-aged children, such as Nevermore, The Treasure House, and the Cat Tales series. This book talks about the ethics of our food, what kinds of products we buy, cruelty-free fashion, pet ownership, the intersection between animal rights and environmentalism, and ways to advocate for animal rights. Although the concepts might be challenging, the language is accessible.

I particularly liked the section in the back of the book which had answers to some of the common questions that vegetarians and vegans get asked (eg. "where do you get your protein?). It will be helpful to children who face these kinds of questions from school friends and well-meaning family members.

This Book is Cruelty-Free is suitable for readers aged from 8 and up, and would be a good addition to a primary or high school library.

Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Pavilion Books, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Published:
August 10, 2021

4. Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat by Tracy Gold


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Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat is an adorable rhyming children's book about a baby bat out looking for food. The illustrations by Nancy Leschnikoff are super cute and the text, by Tracy Gold, is simple and actually rhymes properly, which is a relief as so many children's books don't.

This book is marketed as a Halloween story, but it doesn't really have anything to do with Halloween, which is only mentioned in passing. It is good PR for bats since it informs or reminds the reader that they are helpful to humans because they eat insects. I liked the way the insects are drawn quite realistically, which will please a couple of young insect lovers I know. There is also a section at the back of the book containing interesting facts about bats.

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Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat is a fun picture book for animal lovers aged 3- 6.

Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Sourcebook Kids, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Published: August 3, 2021

5. Delightfully Different Dilly by Elizabeth Dale

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Delightfully Different Dilly
is a sweet children's picture book about a penguin named Dilly who is born (well, hatches anyway) with only one foot. Dilly's parents love her just as she is, and her friends come to appreciate her for her difference, but the other adult penguins are not so sure at first.

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I'm not crying, you're crying!


Like The Moose Fairy, this lovely little book teaches children that it is not only okay but actually sometimes wonderful to be different. It is suitable for kids who love animals aged around three and up.

Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the Quarto Publishing Group, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Published:
July 20, 2021
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So different to the sort of books that were around when I was young. I can't recalling for younger ages that had underlying messages like these.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8936) 48 days ago
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