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KidLitPicks Book Club  May theme: Flowers Chosen by: @bookbloom To be featured, tag #kidlitpicks Mods: @readingisourthing @spiky_penelope

FEATURE 🌼 Photo and review by @the.book.report, and swipe to see a fun #beyondthebook activity inspired by @snowyowlreads. Two wonderful #bookish accounts to follow, and a stunner of a book.
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Tap The Magic Tree was an instant favorite around here, so we knew we needed to check out Plant The Tiny Seed. We absolutely love it! Interactive books are huge crowd pleasers around here, so this book was already off to a good start. Then add the teaching element of growing a flower from a seed and the book gets that much better! Such a fun read for kids and adults. I don't mind reading this one over and over (and trust me, I have).
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A brief introduction to this idea behind this book: On each page the reader is told to touch, tap, clap etc, to help make the seed grow. So, we tap the clouds to make the rain come and we pat the seeds into the grown to plant them. It's a cute simple story.
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Our theme this month is Flower Books. Brighten our day by sharing a favourite. Don’t forget to tag #kidlitpicks and #flowerbooks. For recommendations, head to the accounts listed in our FLOWERS intro post.

FEATURE 🌺 Flowers Are Calling, by Rita Gray and Kenard Pak, recommended by @readingisourthing and @krisnanti.
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From the book... “Flowers are calling a little black bear. No, not a bear! He doesn’t care. They’re calling a butterfly to dip from the air.” Flowers Are Calling is a great introduction to the interdependence of flowers and the pollinators they attract. Not only did reading this book help teach my kids, but I learned something new too. Mixed in with the sweet story are informative spreads. Gray teaches us how to read flowers by colour, pattern, shape, smell, and time of opening. “The shape of a flower can tell you who might come to visit. Hummingbirds can reach deep inside long, thin flowers, but honeybees have rather shorter tongues.” Wonderfully illustrated in subdued colours. A must for nature lovers, and who doesn’t love all that beauty around us.
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All month we’ve been planting #flowerbooks throughout Instagram. Follow along for recommendations, share your own by tagging #kidlitpicks, and check out these spectacular accounts…
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@bookbloom @spiky_penelope @words.and.illustrations @bookbairn @hereweeread @homegrownreader @books_and_babycinos @kids.books.we.love @ohcreativeday @afriendlyaffair @childrensbooksgalore @happily.ever.elephants @book.nerd.mommy @chickadee.lit @the.book.report @alittlebookhabit @fee_loves_ @smallysbookshelf @astoryaday @curiouslittlepeople @readingisourthing

FEATURE 🌼🐝 BEEutiful recommendation from @bookbairn.
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On the face of it this might look like a book about bees, and it is, but it's also about flowers. And how the bees are an integral part of the ecosystem that makes our world so flower-full! It's hard to beat @britta_teckentrup 's beautiful illustrations that are packed with colour and detail, you will feel like you've been for a walk through fields of wildflowers after reading this! And of course, the message about saving the beloved bumblebee is tackled through gentle and lyrical poetry. It's a brilliant read and I'm delighted that BookBairn has asked for it several times off her Favourites Shelf in the last few days! Hopefully the sun will return soon and we can go out to the garden and spot some bees!
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Have a flower book to share? Tag it with #kidlitpicks. For more recommendations, follow along, also, check out the accounts listed in this month’s FLOWERS introductory post.

FEATURE 🌸 This flower beauty is from @words.and.illustrations
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Jane Ormes' Little Honey Bee is a paragon of beauty. It is a book that may act as a number or flower primer, but it takes every excuse to add flourish and charm. Perfect for the #kidlitpicks May theme: Flowers.
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The British printmaker + designer's talent is in full bloom. There are lift-the-flaps to uncover, bees to look out for and flowers to count. Each page is bursting with floral delight. As you read, you can almost smell the gardens' rich fragrance. Oversized on thick matte card, every effort has been made to ensure this becomes an heirloom book to be treasured.
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Yes, it is a counting book but it also teaches another equally important lesson: the appreciation beauty. To stop and smell the roses.
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Thanks @juliecurtin14 for also sharing this recommendation with us. If you have a Flower Book they we’ve just got to see, tag it with #kidlitpicks and #flowerbooks. We hope you have some time today to stop and smell the roses 🌹

FEATURE 🌸 There’s something truly special about this share by @books_and_babycinos
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Florette, by Anna Walker, tells the story of when Mae's family moves from the country to Paris. Mae misses apple trees and chasing butterflies through long, wavy grass. She tries to make her own natural world through drawing, only to have it destroyed by rain. She sets out to find some nature in the city but only find a few pebbles and fenced off grass. Mae finds a small piece of forest and decides to grow her own garden, encouraging others to enjoy as well.
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This month's @kidlitpicks bookclub theme is FLOWER BOOKS thanks to @bookbloom. In Latin Florette means the mythological Roman goddess of flowers! I used this as an excuse to buy this book I've been pining over for a few months now and I'm so glad I did. This book shares it's beauty in such a delicate way, touching on one of my favorite themes, the magic of nature. Mae is an inspiring character. She is resourceful; she creates a garden from small clippings grown in a jar and she shares her garden with others, enriching the lives of those around her. Her longing for nature in the city resonates with me too. I too find solace and joy in flowers and green and seek these out in my city.
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Flowers are blossoming all over our feed this month. Share a favourite Flower Book with us by tagging #kidlitpicks and #flowerbooks. For recommendations, check out the accounts listed in this month’s FLOWERS introduction post.

FEATURE 🌼 Today’s recommendation is from @snowyowlreads. The Dandelions's Tale, by Kevin Sheehan and Rob Dunlavey. Thanks for tagging #kidlitpicks!
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Hello, unexpectedly complex existential meditation on fear, death, rebirth, legacy, and oral transmission! I've read the occasional post about using picture books to introduce complex philosophical conversations to both children and adults, and this book would certainly serve that end.
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An anxious dandelion with only 10 fluffy seeds left fears that her life will be forgotten. But a sparrow befriends the dandelion and listens to its stories of sunny days in the grass listening to children play and watching meadow creatures. The sparrow tries to scratch the story out in the dirt, but a night of storms washes it away and depletes the dandelion of its last seeds. The sparrow is devastated, but a few weeks later ten new dandelions have grown in its place, and the sparrow returns to tell them the story of the dandelion from which they came. Deep.
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This month @KidLitPicks is focusing on Flower Books. If you have one to share, please do, and don’t forget to tag #kidlitpicks and #flowerbooks. You’ll find another great recommendation and #beyondthebook activity on @snowyowlreads' feed, Christie Matheson’s Plant the Tiny Seed. For even more, here’s the accounts to follow…
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@bookbloom @books_and_babycinos @homegrownreader @smallysbookshelf @astoryaday @childrensbooksgalore @words.and.illustrations @happily.ever.elephants @book.nerd.mommy @ohcreativeday @spiky_penelope @chickadee.lit @hereweeread @afriendlyaffair @the.book.report @alittlebookhabit @bookbairn @fee_loves_ @curiouslittlepeople @kids.books.we.love @readingisourthing

FEATURE 🌼 Our first feature this month is a recommendation from a beautiful account, @readtome—A little Alain Grée for your Tuesday, from his lovely book, Nature. I just love his style! 🌼🌼
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Flowers are in bloom and the @KidLitPicks book club are celebrating by sharing an assortment of Flower Books. Whether you’re enjoying a sprightly Spring or an auburn Autumn, join in by recommending a favourite book about flowers and tag #kidlitpicks #flowerbooks

April showers bring May flowers. Or so the saying goes. And so we ease into the season of life and renewal, casting aside the heavy coat of winter. May means more time outdoors, savoring a heightened awareness of Mother Earth's beauty. Children, from their earliest days, bring us flowers. Plucking colorful stems (be they weeds or not) from ground level—extending their clutched fist to us in a generous offering, the tiniest representation of affection.
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Georgia O'Keeffe said "Nobody sees a flower, really. It is so small it takes time. We haven't time." Maybe that's why children gather flowers, bestowing them at every turn, because they aren't in a rush. The flower waits for them and they are eager to be present in the face of beauty. Still, we give flowers for births. For deaths. For celebrations. And sorrow. We weave flowers into crowns and wear them in our hair. We send them in the mail and plant them in our gardens. We make them out of paper to preserve them a bit longer. And even in our rush, we find beauty in blossoms. Not because they ask anything of us, but simply because they exist. We find glints of happiness in flowers of all variety and learn about life through the process of planting, pruning, cutting, giving, and enjoying them.
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Celebrate with @kidlitpicks, by gathering your most beloved books about flowers and tagging them #kidlitpicks and #flowerbooks throughout May. Follow along with those that will be sharing throughout the month…
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@bookbloom @homegrownreader @afriendlyaffair @childrensbooksgalore @words.and.illustrations @happily.ever.elephants @book.nerd.mommy @books_and_babycinos @ohcreativeday @spiky_penelope @chickadee.lit @hereweeread @the.book.report @alittlebookhabit @bookbairn @fee_loves_ @smallysbookshelf @astoryaday @curiouslittlepeople @kids.books.we.love @readingisourthing

It’s been a great month celebrating Mighty Girls 💜 Finishing off with these beauties shared by @booksugarkids. Our next post will introduce the #KidLitPicks theme for May. It's one that will brighten every day 🌼

FEATURE✨ After reading @words.and.illustrations’ review of Georgina and Dad the Dragon, I’m convinced that it’s a must for every home library. Great recommendation, Liam!!!!
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The @kidlitpicks Book Club theme for April is 'Mighty Girls' where we have been sharing thoughtful books that redefine what it means to 'act like a girl'. As the sole dad in the group (and a Dad to boys) I initially had a hard time finding the book that would represent my voice & perspective. The viewpoint of Emma Watson's #HeForShe did a pretty good job of that. Tackling gender inequality and letting a new generation of Mighty Girls rise will take everyone, my sons & I included. Jamie from @smallysbookshelf wrote how it's 'important for us to reflect on the messages we present to our children through literature.' Well, the subtle messages within this book couldn't be more heartening.
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Georgina and Dad the Dragon is a stunning picture book that flips gender stereotypes and doesn't even make a fuss about it. Georgina is our brave hero, The Greatest Knight in all the land. She has tackled wolves and wicked witches, but now comes across something far scarier: Dad The Dragon. A beautiful ode to imaginary play, Georgina and Dad the Dragon reminds us of how important and fun it is. Dress-ups and mock-performances was a big part of my childhood and I'm thankful for that. Having her dad as a playmate is so special. He even dresses up as the wicked witch (AND cooks dinner). Why is this an unusual thing?
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Katrien Pickles story builds up suspense and delivers the action! My son was really on edge as we went blow-by-blow through the tumble play battle. Illustrated by Lauren Merrick with a unique use of mixed media that features actual stitching throughout layered paper drawings. It's a gentle story made even more powerful by how subtle it is. A girl pretending to be a sword-wielding knight and having rough-and-tumble play with her dad. How normal. To quote the Schuyler sisters: 'we hold these truths to be self-evident, that [everyone is] created equal'. I fully aim to present a world where my sons recognise that truth without a second of thought.
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FEATURE✨ @astoryaday is a mighty mama of might kids. Check out her recommendation for this month’s theme—MIGHTY GIRLS! “Software tester. Workplace jester. Order seeker. Well-known speaker. Gremlin finder. Software minder. Clever thinker. Lifelong tinker. Cherished mentor. Ace inventor. Rule breaker. Chance taker. Troublemaker. AMAZING GRACE.”
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Grace Hopper was an amazing woman who helped to revolutionize computer coding. It all began when Grace was seven years old. Grace took apart a clock and seven clocks later she understood what made them tick. She rearranged them until every gear, spring, lever, and pin properly aligned and the clock was ticking once again. Once she figured clocks out she moved on to more complicated projects, like building a working elevator for her doll house.
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Grace loved math, science, and engineering. She surrounded herself with books and projects. Grace finished high school two years early and once she was proficient in Latin she began her college courses. After college she moved on to Yale University where she was the only woman in her class. Grace later went on to teach at Vassar College.
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America now at war needed mathematicians to help design weapons. Grace tried to enlist, but due to her low weight she was denied. After a year of persuasion Grace convinced the Navy that they needed her. Since Grace was so mathematically gifted the Navy assigned her to write programs for one of the first computers ever built, Mark I. She later went on to make programming and coding easier for people to use and understand. Grace invented a program that let people use words to tell the computer what to do. She worked for the navy until she was 80 years old!
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It is important to showcase women and the achievements that they have made. Boys and girls need to know that women are equally as important and integral to the growth of our nation and the world around us. Women have made and help make so many advancements in math, science, and engineering.

FEATURE✨ Throwback to one of @readingisourthing’s earlier posts. Mighty girl, Ada Twist.
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Ada Marie Twist is buddies with Iggy Peck, Rosie Revere, and I know she’s your BFF too. Why do we love her so much? Because she and this book, “embodies everything we want to see in future generations: fearlessness, creativity, and an unquenchable thirst for answers.” —Evelyn Chapman. What’s more, Ada symbolises and promotes equal opportunities.
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From birth to the age of three she didn’t say a word. Her parents were worried, but they had nothing to fear, as Ada was busy exploring, observing, and investigating the world around her. “Why?” was her first utterance, and quickly more queries followed. I overheard a conversation between a mother and child at the supermarket a few days ago. The boy was asking why questions, one after the other, and the mother was answering. She asked a question of her own. “Why do you keep asking why?” It’s that beautiful thing called curiosity. Sure, we have our moments when we want to say, “Stop!” and Ada’s parents did too, but they quickly realised that an inquisitive spirit shouldn’t be discouraged. It’s important for kids to know this. There’s still going to be barriers, but if they have Ada’s persistence, nothing will stop them. Ada positivity, her passion and self-belief is what gets her through, keeps her going. She’s a role model for every kid, so are her namesakes, Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie. Ada’s Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World's First Computer Programmer, is another must read. I didn’t know this until recently, but Andrea Beaty has a background in Biology and Computer Science. How awesome is that?!
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To be featured here, share a book that celebrates #mightygirlsinkidlit and tag #kidlitpicks. For more recommendations, head to the accounts in our MIGHTY GIRLS introductory post.

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