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A Collection of Quarto Kids Books for All Seasons

The past couple of weeks have given us all a much anticipated taste of the summer to come. I know I’m looking forward to long, lazy summer days when we’ll spend as much time as we can outside, explore our local parks, head out to our favourite campground to spend a few nights under the stars, plan a road trip or two, and enjoy as many books as we like.

But winter, spring, summer, or fall – any time is a good time for reading a good book! Quarto Kids recently sent us some of their new releases to read and share with you. From story books to non-fiction reference, a biography of one of our favourite authors, and a handbook to raising nature-loving kids, these are truly books for all seasons. Read on to see what we thought and scroll down to the end of this post for a chance to win all the books you see here.

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My Mom Always Looks After Me So Much! by Sean Taylor & David Barrow

Little Gorilla’s mom looks after him so much. She makes him eat broccoli, she makes him wear a sweater, and today she’s taking him to the doctor for his shots. Because Little Gorilla is such a brave patient, the doctor (a goose wearing spectacles and a stethoscope) gives him a “stick-thing” (a red tongue depressor) that smells like strawberries. Unfortunately, he accidentally leaves his stick on the bus. When they realize what’s happened, Little Gorilla’s mom gets back on the bus and takes him back to the doctor’s office for a new stick.

The message here is that Little Gorilla’s mom loves and looks after him, but personally, as a mom, going all the way back to the doctor seems a bit excessive to me. Little Gorilla’s mom could also have shown she looks after him by helping him cope with the disappointment of losing his stick and encouraging him in a different way.

When I read this with my 6-year-old daughter, we both really liked the warm and detailed illustrations on every page, especially the paintings showing other animal parent and child pairs. The love and warmth between mother and child really shines through.

Ella May Does It Her Way! by Mick Jackson & Andrea Stegmaier

Ella May does things her own way. When her mom suggests it’s good to try new things, Ella May decides to try walking backward, just to see how it feels. She walks backward, reads backward, plays backward, even sleeps backward! Soon she has her mom and all the townsfolk walking backward too. But once everyone else is doing it, Ella May decides it isn’t for her after all.

Independent-minded Ella May is a charming little girl, and many children will see a little of themselves in her. This picture book is a perfect size for lap reading, though you shouldn’t be surprised if your child immediately jumps up to try a little backward walking of their own.

The Big Book of Twisted Fairy Tales by Sue Nicholson & Flavia Sorrentino

Our story starts with the usual, “Once upon a time…” but things soon take a left turn. Cinderella desperately wants ballet slippers so she can join her friends at dance class, Sleepy Beauty would rather sleep in then take care of her pet, Jack lies to his mother about breaking her beanstalks, and Snow White won’t pass the ball during soccer games.

Four beautifully illustrated stories feature our favourite fairy tale characters in brand new adventures. Each story incorporates recognizable elements from the original tale while teaching an important lesson: kindness, responsibility, honesty, and teamwork. At the end of each story parents will find a discussion guide with questions to prompt your child’s critical thinking and engagement, plus an activity that they can do to further develop the lesson learned.

The Great Big Book of Life by Mary Hoffman & Ros Asquith

The latest entry in the Great Big Book series, The Great Big Book of Life is an ambitious look at life from womb to tomb. It all starts with a bundle of cells inside a woman’s body, though the text acknowledges that IVF is also an option. The first half of the book focuses on baby milestones like eating, learning to walk, potty training, and learning to talk. Babies are shown both breastfeeding and bottle feeding.

Children start school (with mention that some are homeschooled, and others don’t have access to school), become teenagers, then grow into adults. Most find work and pair up with a partner, though the book again acknowledges that not everyone chooses to get married or have children. Subsequent pages describe middle age and old age. Death is acknowledged in a matter-of-fact way, and that we remember those we love after they have died by talking and thinking about them.

Liberally illustrated with friendly cartoon drawings of diverse people in every colour, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, the book is clearly written from a Western perspective while acknowledging that others have different experiences.

Brilliant Ideas from Wonderful Women by Aitziber Lopez & Luciano Lozano

What do car heaters, dishwashers, Kevlar, sea flares, Wi-Fi, life rafts, and e-books all have in common? They were invented by women! This hardcover book provides a brief overview of 15 different inventions and the overlooked, often forgotten women responsible for their creation. Each spread includes a couple of paragraphs about the inventor and a cursory overview of her invention.

While offering interesting glimpses into the inspiration behind the invention, I would love to have seen a little more in-depth info about the discovery process and the women themselves. This slim volume will best serve in piquing children’s curiosity and prompting them to seek out more information elsewhere.

Boss the Bestseller List Like J.K. Rowling by Caroline Moss & Sinem Erkas

This little book will introduce J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, to young readers and writers. Her books have sold over 500 million copies worldwide, spawning a multi-billion dollar movie franchise, theme parks, toys, video games, and costumes, as well as introducing a whole generation of children to the joys of staying up all night reading.

Rowling was a single mother living on government benefits while she wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, writing in short bursts while her infant daughter napped. Learn about Rowling’s humble beginnings and her dream of becoming an author, the obstacles and failures that stood in her way, and how her persistence and hard work eventually paid off.

Charmingly illustrated with cut paper collages and inspirational quotes from J.K. Rowling herself, this little book will inspire girls and future writers to follow their dreams. Backmatter includes a summarized 10 lessons from Rowling’s life for the aspiring writer, engagement questions, and a partial bibliography of J.K. Rowling’s writings.

Forest Club: A Year of Activities, Crafts, and Exploring Nature by Kris Hirschmann & Marta Antelo

Study after study has shown that spending time in nature positively impacts children’s physical and mental health. As kids spend more and more time inside and in front of screens, there’s a movement afoot to help kids reconnect with nature whether through forest schools, school gardens, outdoor education, or simply spending time outside.

Forest Club is a field guide and handbook for this project, introducing kids to various plants, flowers, berries, trees, animals, and insects commonly found in North America, as well as 22 seasonal crafts and outdoor activities using simple, easily accessible supplies. Learn to identify different trees and leaves, take a peek under the surface of your local pond, build an outdoor tarp shelter, collect berries and nuts, create a spore print, make bark rubbings, sprout seeds, identify animal tracks, and build your own bird’s nest. Organized by season, there’s something to see and do year-round.

This is one book that won’t get left on our bookshelf. We’ve already picked out some activities we’re planning to do this spring and summer!

Win All These Books from Quarto Kids

Quarto Books makes beautiful books that educate, entertain, and enrich the lives of kids worldwide, and they’ve generously offered the same set of books we reviewed to one of our readers. Enter in the giveaway widget below. This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US, 18+. All the winner’s entries will be verified.

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  • I think my little cousins would most enjoy The Big Book of Twisted Fairy Tales by Sue Nicholson & Flavia Sorrentino.

  • I love reading books to my son even though he’s only six months old. He looks at the pictures and then stares up at me listening to every word. I would most look forward to reading The Big Book of Twisted Fairy Tales because it reminds me of a book I loved as a kid that was a play on the original fairy tales. I think it also gets the creative juices flowing because you could come up with other twisted variations with your child when they are older.

  • I have 3 daughters, so I am most interesting in reading ‘Brilliant Ideas By Wonderful Women’ with them.

  • I look forward to reading the forest club to my grandson. I think to few children do not get out and explore any more. My youngest daughter is in grade 11. A girl in her class had no idea what poison Ivye was.

  • I am most interested in reading The Big Book of Twisted Fairy Tales with my daughter. When my girls were little I used to love making up alternative endings to regular fairy tales to make them giggle so I’d like to see what the the author of this book has created.

  • All the chosen books look to be great for children of various appropriate ages. The Great Big Book of Life by Mary Hoffman & Ros Asquith would be more than welcome here. Thank you.

  • With my son I’d love to read Forrest club. With my daughter brilliant ideas by wonderful women . And together the big book of twisted fairytales

  • I know my granddaughter would enjoy reading The Great Big Book of Life by Mary Hoffman & Ros Asquith.

  • Me and my granddaughter would enjoy reading The Big Book of Twisted Fairy Tales first and then Brilliant Ideas from Wonderful Women, they all sound great and a great addition to the family library!

  • Ella May does it her way! sounds like a book I would love to read with my grandkids! ?

  • I’m most interested in the Forest Club. I love taking them on walks and teaching them all about nature.

  • My grandchildren would love the Forest Club: A Year of Activities, Crafts, and Exploring Nature because I live in the country on 5 acres of land so they could do some of the activities when they visit.

  • I would love to read Brilliant Ideas from Wonderful Women to my daughter! Looks like a very positive and fun book for kids.

  • The Great Book of Life is a book I would love to read with my granddaughters. Like so many children they are very curious.

  • I am most interesting in reading ‘Brilliant Ideas By Wonderful Women’ with my oldest. I think she would really love this book. The Twisted Fairy Tales book would be great for my twins.

  • What a very tough choice to have to make, I’ve chosen Brilliant Ideas from Wonderful Women.

  • We would most like to read The Big Book of Twisted Fairy Tales because it sounds like it would have some interesting twists and be quite funny.

  • I would love to read The Big Book of Twisted Fairy Tales to my nieces and nephews. I love that all the stories have a modern day twist on the old fairy tales.

  • My girls and I would really enjoy reading The Big Book of Twisted Faity Tales. We love fairy tales and mixed up versions of them.

  • What a great collection of books! The Great Big Book of Life looks like one my kiddo would most definitely enjoy! She really is a bookworm!