Children's Books

Reviews of children’s books by our team of Mums. Find out what other mums think of the different books to help you make a decision.

Cody the Pony – Goes to Pony Club; read our review of this kids book

cody-pony-pony-school-kids-book-review-cover Cody the Pony is a kids book essentially about a young girl and her pony attending Pony Club for the first time.   Mimi and her cheeky liver chestnut pony Cody have been together since Cody was two years old. Over this time they have developed a lovely friendship while attending lessons each week.  They have learned new things about each other and have a lovely bond.   They attend Pony Club together and have a wonderful day filled with excitement and learning new th...

I am beauty-full just for being me by Tanya Curtis and Desiree Delaloye

being-beautiful-childrens-book This book sends a powerful message to children that beauty is from within.  You are beautiful regardless of how you look; what you wear or what you do.  You are born with natural beauty and so are your parents and everyone else in this world.   I really enjoyed having my 6-year-old son read this book to me but I also think it would be ideal for it to be read to younger preschool age children.  There are nice big colourful pictures on nearly every page with text around the pictures....

Whoops! is one of my favourite words by Tanya Curtis and Desiree Delaloye

whopps-childrens-book This book is about children making mistakes and that it is okay to make mistakes. They don’t need to do things perfectly.  They can say whoops or say whoops to themselves when they make a mistake and think about what can they learn from their mistake.  Everyone makes mistakes.  Children don’t need to try to do things perfectly.  They are perfect the way they are.   I think the book is good for preschool age children as well as children in their first year or second year of sch...

Xalien the Purple Alien Goes to School by Michelle Path

xalien-goes-to-school-review This book is about an alien returning to Earth to revisit the three children she met and became friends with on her first trip.  Sarah, Jessica and Adam show her what humans do by taking her to school.  They also learn from Xalien about what they do on her planet.   Whether you read this book to your child or they read it you, you will both enjoy reading it together.  My son is 6 years old and he was able to read the book to me. There are nice big pictures on every page with text a...

Grandma Forgets, an uplifting story about a Grandma with Dementia

Grandma Forgets -childrens-book-review Grandma Forgets is a lovely uplifting story about a family whose Grandmother is suffering from Dementia. Written in the child’s narrative, it offers an insight into the relationship the child had with the grandmother and how they are keeping the relationship positive and coping with the illness. Perhaps this book touched a chord with me as my Grandmother is suffering from Dementia, however I really like the book and wanted to share it.  I found the book to be sweet, enlightening and it off...

The Cowboy Who Was Scared of Horses – Children’s Book by Michelle Path

childrens-book-review "The Rodeo is about to arrive in town and all the cowboys want to impress the cowgirls with their riding skills. Cowboy Marty lives on Seven Star Ranch and rides a bicycle to do his chores. He wants to impress the cowgirls too but there is just one problem: he is secretly scared of horses. To stop anybody finding out, he puts an advert in the local newspaper asking for help. To his surprise, a skilled rider named Marjorie shows up on his ranch and is willing to teach him to ride. However, Marty ...

My Underpants Rule! Children’s Book

My Underpants Rule As parents, one of our most important and difficult jobs lies in protecting our children without compromising the carefree feelings that accompanies childhood. For this reason, it can be difficult to discuss topics around personal safety and protection.   My Underpants Rule takes a very serious topic and presents it in a fun, engaging way for children. I enjoyed reading this story with my children and felt comfortable throughout the entire book and with the messages it covers. The boo...

Xalien the Purple Alien – Children’s book review

Xalien-childrens-book-review- Written by Michelle Path and Illustrated by Charlotte Roberts. This book is about an alien who crash lands on Earth, meeting three children who accept her.  Sarah, Jessica and Adam show her what humans do on earth by taking her to the fair.  They also learn from Xalien about what they do on her planet.   ...

Cody the Pony Book Review

cody-the-pony-book-review "Mimi is so excited! She is getting a new pony called Cody. But before she is able to ride Cody, there is a lot to learn about looking after a horse! With some hard work and practice, Mimi begins her new adventures with Cody." Cody the Pony is a beautifully illustrated, well written book that is perfect to read to the child who fantasises about having a pony or horse of their very own. Follow Mimi's journey from the moment she falls in love with and purchases Cody, right up to when she is fin...

A Ferret Named Phil – Children’s Book Review

childrens-book-review Written by 23-year-old William Reimer from South Australia ‘A Ferret Named Phil’ is a book designed for young children with an anti-bullying message. I like that the book offers a light-hearted approach to the topic and the subtlety of the message can sink in slowly and help your child understand that by thinking differently and getting help you can overcome the issues you face. ...