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KidLitPicks Book Club  May theme: Non-Fiction Chosen by: @bookskidslove_ To be featured, tag #kidlitpicks_nonfiction Mods: @readingisourthing @spiky_penelope

FEATURE 🐝 A beeutiful share from @raising.kinley Thanks for tagging #kidlitpicks_nonfiction
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WE SERIOUSLY LOVE THIS BOOK!! I won a ginormous stack of book treasure from @quartokids a few weeks ago and this gem just happened to be the first one I cracked open. It’s got everything you could possibly need for a kindergarten/ first-grade bee unit — experiments, art projects, games, songs and poems, clean, simple and easy to understand graphics and words.
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From types of bees to pollination, hives to saving our fuzzy little friends, all the thinking and research is done for ya! We had an absolute blast with our bee week thanks to What On Earth?: Bees and I’ve gotten about a bazillion message questions about it, so I just wanted to post this awesome book right here for anyone thinking about a bee week of their own. Check your library, hit up Amazon — you NEED this one!

FEATURE ✨ Non-fiction recommendations from this month’s host, @bookskidslove_ For reviews and more #bookish love, click on the link in the photos and follow along.
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Join in with the fun by sharing a favourite non-fiction read and tagging #kidlitpicks_nonfiction

NEW THEME FOR MAY ✨ Chosen and introduced by @bookskidslove_
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When I’m choosing books for my kids, I always reach for the storybooks first - that’s what I grew up loving to read. But experts say children will thrive if they read more non-fiction too. Factual texts teach children about the world we live in, about amazing animals, people, events and inventions. Extending children’s knowledge helps them to understand new concepts and to put them into context. It also expands their vocabulary, in turn enriching their own writing. I’ve made an effort to seek out engaging non-fiction for my kids and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the clever, engaging books I’ve found - and that my kids like them too.
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This month the @kidlitpicks crew will feed children’s natural curiosity by exploring exceptional non-fiction books. Join in by tagging your favourites with #kidlitpicks_nonfiction. For recommendations, here are the accounts to follow…
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@bookskidslove_ @happily.ever.elephants @bookbairn @bookbloom @hereweeread @afriendlyaffair @booksandbabycinos @homegrownreader @readingisourthing @spiky_penelope @petitbookcorner @heads.shoulders.knees @childrensbooksgalore @kidlitbookbits @ohcreativeday @the.book.report @words.and.illustrations @curiouslittlepeople @alittlebookhabit @astoryaday @kidlitcrafts

FEATURE ✨ The #kidlitpicks_wordless round-up, thanks to @astoryaday, @kidlitcrafts, @anotherbooktoread, @happily.ever.elephants and @heads.shoulders.knees. For a complete list of recommendations, check out the tag #kidlitpicks_wordless
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Also, look out for our next post, which will announce our them for MAY, chosen and introduced by @bookskidslove_

FEATURE ✨ “There is absolutely ZERO reason to not have this on your shelves.” —@girlsreadtheworld. Thanks for tagging #kidlitpicks_wordless
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When I brought out this book, my oldest immediately proclaimed she was going to read the story to ME. And so she did, sans prompting or commentary from me. She captured the whole story (with her own creative additions, e.g., Vanessa was Gloria, the bully was Pedro, and the friend was Katie; or how Katie had a peanut butter toast for breakfast, but couldn't take it to school, because her school was nut-free). But what I noticed was that she didn't focus on the bully at all. Pedro's being mean got one shoutout. Instead, she spent a lot of time telling me about the friends, what they were doing, thinking, how Katie walked with Gloria and then MORE kids, and then ALL THE KIDS did and they were all buddies.
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I thought about this afterward, wondering if I should have pointed out the bully and explained more about why Vanes-- er, Gloria, was so sad. But then I realized that it is kind of awesome that she didn't emphasize the bully. She was focused on the kindness, the friendship - which is exactly what this book shows us. Kindness is the default. That's why ALL THE KIDS came to walk with Vanessa; the bully was the exception. That's why I didn't have to tell my daughter what the story meant.
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And that's why this book is so beautiful. No matter the reader, her age, her background or how she ultimately interprets it, the message of kindness rings loud and clear. It's a marvelous book for reinforcing the importance of kindness for the youngest readers, as well as for older kids who really do understand more about bullies (there's a glossary in the back for use when talking to your kids).

FEATURE ✨ Six spectacular wordless wonders shared by @bookbloom. Spot any favourites?

FEATURE 💚 “Prepare to be enchanted” with Little Fox in the Forest, by Stephanie Graegin, shared by @picturethisbook and @curiouslittlepeople. To find out more, click on the links in the photos and follow along.
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Are you a fan of wordless pictures books? Have any tips on how to make the most out of a wordless story time? Join in on the fun and tag #kidlitpicks_wordless

FEATURE 🍁 Keep up-to-date with the best in #kidlit with @thecuriousreader. You’ll discover striking books like That Neighbor Kid, by Daniel Miyares.
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At about the halfway point, the only word in Daniel Miyares's masterful new almost-wordless picture book is spoken: "Hi." 👋 Before this exchange, the two characters are unknown to each other, existing separately in a world with no color, but this casual greeting marks the beginning of a collaboration that is at once natural and easy-going and literally brings color to their lives. There's a lot to love about this sweet but never cloying book - the illustrations are casually gorgeous yet filled with emotion, and the pacing is exquisite - but it's the timeless theme of reaching out in hopes of a connection that will inspire thoughtful discussions.
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It is Wordless Wonder month with @kidlitpicks. Share a favourite and tag @kidlitpicks_wordless. For more recommendations, follow the tag and check out these #booklove accounts… @kidlitbookbits, @bookbairn, @readingisourthing and @petitbookcorner

FEATURE ✨ A new wordless beauty to look out for, shared by @kidlitbookbits—Coming in May, A Stone for Sascha, by Aaron Becker.
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With much sadness, the family dog is buried and summer vacation soon begins. An interesting turn takes readers from skipping stones by the waterside to an epic journey through time. Panels and full-page spreads follow a stone through the rise and fall of various civilizations, illustrating the new that can come from loss. Sometimes it can be difficult to follow a wordless book, but the colors in this story serve as the perfect guide. The golden hue on the cover is a moving force for readers and practically glows against the brown/grey palette of the past and the purple/blues of the present. Simply stunning! A quiet story of healing sorrow and the journey of moving forward.
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Explore this month's Wordless Wonder theme with @kidlitpicks and join in on the book fun by sharing a favourite and tagging #kidlitpicks_wordless. Follow along with @kidlitbookbits, @happily.ever.elephants, @homegrownreader and @afriendlyaffair for more #booklove

FEATURE 🌎 Happy Earth Day! Explore nature and all its wonder in this wordless picture book—Storyworlds: Nature, by Thomas Hegbrook, shared by @houstonlibraryfinds Thanks for tagging #kidlitpicks_wordless
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Today I'm going with an animal/nature theme (featuring my kitty Uno Meowrs...get it?) starting with a wonderfully illustrated book simply titled "Nature" by Thomas Hegbrook. I love this book because there are no words, which initiates a discussion for each picture series. I wouldn't read this book until you have lots of time to answer questions. The illustrations depict processes in nature such as a dolphin using echolocation, a caterpillar morphing into a butterfly, a coconut travelling through the ocean to start a new palm tree. Thankfully there is a short explanation at the back of the book because I'm not familiar with some of the phenomena that are depicted. I loved this book so much that I asked my mother to gift it to my children for Christmas.
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For more Wordless Wonders, check out the following accounts, @alittlebookhabit, @wordsandillustrations, @childrensbooksgalore, @the.book.report, @hereweeread and @bookskidslove_

FEATURE ✨ “In this wordless picture book Small Things from Australian author-illustrator Mel Tregonning, readers get an accessible, first-hand account of the effects of anxiety and depression on a young boy trying to make friends at school.” For the complete review, head to @spiky_penelope and follow along. #kidlitpicks_wordless

FEATURE ✨ Interactive and graceful—Molly Idle Magic, from @yogapantsandpearls, @thekidsbookhunter, and @kidlitcrafts. For reviews, follow the links in each photo.
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This month the @kidlitpicks team will engage the imagination and sharpen skills by featuring Wordless & Nearly Wordless books. Join in by tagging your favourite wordless wonders with #kidlitpicks_wordless For more recommendations, check out @kidlitcrafts, @astoryaday and @booksandbabycinos

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