5 kids’ book bloggers to follow

Published on Monday, September 30, 2019

Hands holding a mobile phone

The sheer volume of kids’ books published every month can be a bit overwhelming – how do you find the gems? Of course, one answer is to join our book club! We handpick the best kids’ books to send our subscribers and deliver them directly to your door. Another great way to keep track of the finest (and funniest) kids’ books as they are published is to follow some of the excellent kids’ book bloggers out there. Here are our top five:

Library Girl and Book Boy

Jo Cummins is a teacher and booklover who started her blog in order to be able to recommend books that children, teachers and parents might not easily have discovered by themselves (a girl after our own heart!). In particular, she is a huge champion for funny books for kids and runs a monthly Twitter chat, #FunnyBookChat, that features top authors and shines a light on this important genre. She also hosts the Library Girl and Book Boy podcast, interviewing authors and illustrators about their current work and future projects.

Jo says: ‘I firmly believe that funny books are so often overlooked and underestimated by the media to the detriment of a great many enthusiastic readers.’

Where to find her:

Blog | Twitter: @BookSuperhero2 | Instagram: @booksuperhero2

BookloverJo

Jo Clarke is a primary school librarian, author and mum of two. Her award-winning blog is a fantastic source of recommendations for picture books, illustrated fiction and middle grade novels. She also regularly features authors with interviews and guest posts.

Jo says: ‘I am an advocate of the importance of picture books for older readers and have devoted a large area of my school library to these. I’m constantly looking for new exciting books in this area to entice the children at my school.’

Where to find her:

Blog | Twitter: @bookloverJo | Instagram: @booklover_jo

Father Reading Every Day

Dads read too! Father Reading Every Day chronicles the shared reading experience of one father and his young son who read together every day, reviewing all the books they’ve read as they go. A great source of recommendations for picture books you might not otherwise have come across, and evidence (if you need it) of the huge benefits of reading together.

Father Reading says: ‘If you have a lesson you want your child to learn, an event or emotion you want your child to understand, a moral you wish to discuss, something you want to show/teach your child or you just want something fun to read, you will find a picture book that will do the job brilliantly.’

Where to find him:

Blog | Twitter: @FatherReading | Instagram: @fatherreading

Book Monster Ally

By day, Ally is a Library and Information assistant at Sheffield Central Children’s Library. By night, she is Book Monster Ally, host of one of my favourite book blogs! Ally writes wonderful reviews (with lovely illustrations) of everything from picture books to middle grade fiction, non-fiction to young adult literature. Her website also features a list of other recommended book bloggers.

Ally says: ‘I am passionate about books, libraries, children’s literature, illustrations & supporting reluctant or struggling readers. There are so, so many wonderful books out there that show all these things in abundance! I want to share those examples with you.’

Where to find her:

Blog | Twitter: @BookMonsterAlly | Instagram: @bookmonsterally

The Reader Teacher

Scott Evans, otherwise known as Mr E, is a primary school teacher from South Wales who loves to read. His blog is aimed at teachers and other school staff supporting children learning to love reading, but his book reviews, author guest posts and Q&As are of just as much interest to book-loving parents as well. He also hosts the #PrimarySchoolBookClub Twitter chat.

Mr E says: ‘Every child should experience the self-discovery and joy of reading for pleasure, which means finding the right book for the right child.’

Where to find him:

Blog | Twitter: @MrEPrimary


Are you keen to supercharge your child’s love of reading but feel like you could be doing more to support them? We know that discovering, purchasing and recommending books that maintain your child’s enthusiasm for reading, helping them to reach their full potential, is time consuming. Why not let us take that off your to-do list? With a Parrot Street Book Club subscription your child receives a carefully chosen new children’s book and accompanying activity pack through the post each month. They receive a stream of varied and exciting books, whilst the book club-style questions and activities are perfect for sharing. Find out more here.