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KidLitPicks Book Club  Aug theme: Fairy Tales & Traditional Stories Chosen by: @homegrownreader Tag #kidlitpicks_fairytales Mods: @readingisourthing @spiky_penelope

FEATURE 🦁🐭 The Lion and the Mouse, by Jerry Pinkney, a wordless adaption of Aesop's adored fable. Happy #bookfacefriday care of @readingisourthing, and swipe for a great capture from @suzyhanzlik
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August is the month for Fairy Tales and Traditional Stories. We’d love to see your favourites. Tag them with #kidlitpicks_fairytales, and follow along for more recommendations.

FEATURE 🌼 Sharing today some Fairy Tales From Around The World, thanks to @julie0fthew0lves. “Every time I read this book, I always feel the need to be outside among the budding trees and flowers so I thought this was a good choice for today's photo theme.”
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Have a favourite fairy tale or traditional story? Tag it with #kidlitpicks_fairytale for a chance to be featured. For recommendations, here’s the accounts to follow…
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@homegrownreader @childrensbooksgalore @words.and.illustrations @book.nerd.mommy @afriendlyaffair @spiky_penelope @hereweeread @the.book.report @smallysbookshelf @astoryaday @bookbloom @readingisourthing @kidlitcrafts @bookbairn @books_and_babycinos @ohcreativeday @curiouslittlepeople @kids.books.we.love @kidlitbookbits @fee_loves_

FEATURE✨ “Looking back and looking forward” with @books_and_babycinos and Bethan Woollvin’s Rapunzel. Swipe for some fun #bookbasedplay.
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This month's @kidlitpicks theme is FAIRY TALES AND TRADITIONAL STORIES. Looking back and looking forward with this tale. Thinking back to hundreds and hundreds of years ago when these stories were told in a world so unlike our own, imagining the tales being passed down from one generation to another. The history of Rapunzel in its published form dates back to 1634 and the story may even be related to the 11th century Persian tale of Rudaba!
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One striking thing about reading these tales today is the helplessness of the female characters. Luckily, our kids get to grow up in a time and place where this is starting to change. They will be a part of this shift too, with the help of books like this. Enter @bethanwoollvin with a new tale to tell. SNIP SNIP! In this version of Rapunzel, the fiesty main character outwits the evil witch and escapes her tower, all on her own. The illustrations are jaw dropping and bold. With a palette of black, white, grey and yellow, the helplessness of Rapunzel is turned on its head. So much so that on the final page of the story, where she rides away on a horse, other witches are told to beware!
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For more wonderful recommendations on this theme, check out @books_and_babycinos and the accounts listed in this month's intro post, and please, join in by sharing a favourite FAIRY TALE OR TRADITIONAL STORY and tag #kidlitpicks_fairytales

FEATURE✨ “Beware—these fairy tales are not for the faint of heart!” Our first share of the month is this bright and bold gem, thanks to @thecuriousreader.
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Today, I am comforting myself with the familiar (and the colorful) - which means the fabulous YUMMY by Lucy Cousins. Swipe through to see some of my favorite images and see if you can guess what famous fairy tales they're from!
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If you know, feel free to comment below.
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We’re celebrating timeless tales, Fairy Tales and Traditional Stories that are read over and over again throughout the generations. If you have one to share, please do, and tag it with #kidlitpicks_fairytales. For recommendations, follow the tag and check out the accounts listed in this month’s intro post.

This month’s theme, FAIRY TALES & TRADITIONAL STORIES, was chosen and introduced by @homegrownreader.
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Whether they are called fairy tales, legends, tall tales, fables, folklore, origin stories, or mythology, each of these stories carries pieces of history and cultural connections that draw lines of similarities between those separated by distance and time. They give us insight into the morals, principals, and beliefs of those who came before us, creating history lessons through drama and cultural lessons with plot. These stories provide a testament not only to who we are but how we've grown and what we've achieved throughout the years. They are ways to teach our children patience, perseverance, hope, love, kindness, bravery, and the importance of wit.
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So, no matter if your tales are of a Grimm version, told through song, or related by a coyote or a spider, we look forward to hearing them. They are a celebration of heritage and history from around the world, showcasing that which we hold important and dear. Our world is a fast moving place, in which we constantly see shifting changes, especially in literature. But these tales, these have withstood the test of time.
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Please join us as we share those timeless tales throughout August. Tag your favourites with #kidlitpicks_fairytales for a chance to be featured. For recommendations, follow along with the tag and the amazing bookish accounts listed below…
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@homegrownreader @kidlitcrafts @bookbairn @books_and_babycinos @ohcreativeday @curiouslittlepeople @kids.books.we.love @kidlitbookbits @fee_loves_ @childrensbooksgalore @words.and.illustrations @book.nerd.mommy @afriendlyaffair @spiky_penelope @hereweeread @the.book.report @smallysbookshelf @astoryaday @bookbloom @readingisourthing

FEATURE 💙 If you love picture book design, endpapers, title pages, and case cover—beautiful book bits—then you need to be following @kidlitbookbits. Every month Heather will be sharing recommendations as part of the @kidlitpicks team. Here’s her Little Kids, Big Emotions book, Everyone, by Christopher Silas Neal.
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Emotions can be hard—for everyone. “Sometimes...the day never seems to end. You might be happy one moment and sad the next.” In this abstract exploration, tears turn into birds, songs turn into shooting stars, and everyone feels; emotions are experienced and it's ok. There is no real plot line to follow, but more of a general look at the rollercoaster emotions sometimes provide with the reminder that your feelings are valid and that everyone has once been where you are. The simplicity of the text matches the simplicity of the art so that neither is competing with each other, but accentuating an idea that is relevant to everyone. A beautiful and hopeful look at understanding emotion. @csilasneal
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Share and win. @KidLitPicks is 1 and we’re giving away one of the books we’ve featured throughout July. To enter, share a Little Kids, Big Emotions book and tag #kidlitpicks_emotions. Complete details in our first post of the month. Looking for more books to help our kids juggle those big and small emotions? Head to our intro post and follow the accounts listed. We hope that you’re enjoying your weekend 💙

FEATURE 💙 How can I have been immersed in the IG picture book world for two years and not have noticed the sparky monthly themes @kidlitpicks? The current prompt is a superb one: Small Kids - Big Emotions. This encompasses so many wonderful picture books - some using metaphor, others dealing with sensitive, emotional subjects straight up, head on.
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Where to start?
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These pages are from a recent charity shop find - Michael Rosen's "Sad Book". I saw it sitting there on the shelf, and actually almost didn't buy it. I knew it might be tough reading. I had heard the story of how Michael lost his dear son Eddie at 18 years old. It was very sudden, a rapidly developing meningitis. This book is his response to grief.
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There are not many picture books which dive into this subject with such immediacy. He has lived it, and he has written it. Just as it is. Ups & downs. The text and the pictures are peppered with moments of sheer joy - treasured happy memories, mixed in with his huge loss. Dark feelings, happy feelings. It is illustrated by Rosen's good friend #QuentinBlake. “At that point in my life, I always used to think of Eddie as the hub of the family,” says Rosen. "One moment the hub was there, keeping the wheel of family life turning; the next he was gone."
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Thanks Hazel @hidden_egg for sharing this poignant and impressive read and review. If you have a favourite children’s book that suits this month’s theme, tag it with #kidlitpicks_emotions

FEATURE 💙 A great introduction to feelings big and small, up and down, weird and wonderful, recommended by @petitbookcorner. Thanks for sharing!!
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My daughter absolutely loves the book HOW DO YOU FEEL, by Anthony Browne. The pictures are super cute at depicting different emotions. I like to change my voice according to the feeling on the page to help emphasis the emotion. Discussing feelings and emotions is such an important job as a parent and providing your child with the language to accurately describe how they're feeling serves them so well. We need to give children language beyond 'sad' and 'happy' as we feel such a wide range of emotions on a daily basis and it feels better to be able to recognise and acknowledge those feelings.
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Have you entered our First Birthday GIVEAWAY?! Share a favourite Little People, Big Emotions book and tag it with #kidlitpicks_emotions. More details in our first post of the month. For book recommendations, here’s the accounts to follow…
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@bookbairn @books_and_babycinos @ohcreativeday @curiouslittlepeople @kids.books.we.love @kidlitbookbits @fee_loves_ @childrensbooksgalore @words.and.illustrations @book.nerd.mommy @afriendlyaffair @spiky_penelope @hereweeread @the.book.report @smallysbookshelf @astoryaday @bookbloom @readingisourthing @homegrownreader @kidlitcrafts

FEATURE 💙 We often feature @hereweeread because her recommendations are 👌
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Meet little Maria, Jin, and Fatimah - all immigrants from different countries. Maria is from Guatemala, Fatima is from Somalia and Jin is from Korea. They’re new – not only to their classroom, but to the language, culture, and country of America.
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Throughout the book, the children go through a range of different emotions of feeling sad, lonely and confused. I really like how the author captures the challenges faced by each child arriving from different countries and shows their universal feelings. I think this book is great for both welcoming children to classrooms and also providing American children with an understanding of what it feels like to be new and learn how to speak and write a new language. In the end, Maria, Jin and Fatimah all receive lots of encouragement and companionship from their new classmates and teachers which helps them feel a sense of belonging.
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This month the #kidlitpicks theme is Little Kids, Big Emotions and we are excited to share some great picture books that address your children's big and budding feelings! Join in by recommending a favourite read. Tag #kidlitpicks_emotions

FEATURE 🎨 We’re delighted that @kidlitcrafts has joined the @kidlitpicks crew, because Anna’s an inspiration. If you’re not already acquainted, head over to @kidlitcrafts and follow along. Here’s her Little Kids, Big Emotions recommendation…
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The Color Monster is the perfect emotional primer for young kids. It explores the range of emotions children experience—all through amazing pop-up pages bursting with color! In the story, a young girl helps her mixed up friend sort through all his feelings, placing them in jars as they go. My kids helped me make this cute sorting game from a few pieces of scrap cardboard. We play by choosing a piece, acting out the emotion, then matching it to the correct jar. I think it’s so important to give our little ones language to understand what they’re feeling—books like this are perfect for that!
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Thanks @bookbairn, @chubbhubs.bubs.me, @theartgardenblog, and @misssalvadorslittles for sharing The Color Monster with us too. Follow the tag #kidlitpicks_emotions for more, and if you’d like to win one of the books we’ve featured this month, check out our #giveaway. Details in our first Little Kids, Big Emotions post.

FEATURE ⭐️ A favourite of many shared by @fee_loves_
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This months @kidlitpicks is 'Little People, Big Emotions' and my pick is 'Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too)' by Keith Negley. A very simple premise with super stylish illustrations have a variety of tough guys (wrestlers, ninjas, pirates and superheroes etc) dealing with various emotions not commonly associated with their alpha-male personalities and busting the myth that tough guys don't cry and that's ok too.
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Feelings should be talked about. Feelings should be shared. And Tough Guys Have Feelings Too isn’t just for our own benefit. It encourages awareness in regards to the feelings of others. Compassion. Have a favourite Little People, Big Emotions book? Tag it with #kidlitpicks_emotions. For recommendations, here’s the accounts to follow…
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@fee_loves_ @afriendlyaffair @spiky_penelope @hereweeread @the.book.report @bookbairn @smallysbookshelf @astoryaday @bookbloom @curiouslittlepeople @kids.books.we.love @readingisourthing @homegrownreader @kidlitcrafts @kidlitbookbits @childrensbooksgalore @words.and.illustrations @book.nerd.mommy @books_and_babycinos @ohcreativeday

FEATURE ❤️ Two stellar books shared by @the_littleadventurer that perfectly suit this month’s @kidlitpicks theme— Little Kids, Big Emotions. Thanks for tagging #kidlitpicks_emotions!!
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For reviews, head over to @the_littleadventurer. To be featured, post about a children’s book that can help our kiddos navigate their emotions and tag #kidlitpicks_emotions. It was our birthday this month, so all who share enter our #giveaway. Details in the first post for the month.

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