The Best Kind of Bear
Book Reviews,  Kids books

6 New books for kids & tweens that will make great stocking fillers!

Since school’s out…..the kids have been a bit slow with reading! Joshua does a bit of reading every day, Adam makes me do binge reading every few days, but Miss Addison is not about the reading life this holidays! As a result, I’m a bit behind with posting reviews of their books! I thought a good way to get around that, would be to do a round up post of some of the new books for kids that we’ve received recently.

Here’s my round up of new books for kids, that you may want to add to your kid’s Christmas gift pile 😉 Let’s dig in….

The Best Kind of Bear


When Nelly asks Bear what kind of bear he is, he isn’t entirely sure how to answer. So off he goes to find out. But none of the different bears he meets on his travels are like him. Grizzly bears don’t have stitching; polar bears don’t have tags attached to their bottoms; spectacled bears are not as soft and bouncy as Bear is; and sun bears never wear bow ties. Disheartened, he returns to Nelly . . . only to discover what kind of bear he is — her own special bear!

Guys this book was such a sweet read and I thought it had a great underlying message….that you don’t always have to fit into a certain mould, or conform to a label. When Bear discovers he is Nelly’s special bear….my heart melted! Adam and I really enjoyed reading this together, and I could also teach him about some of the different types of bears.Boogie Bear


BOOGIE BEAR is all about a big, furry polar bear who lives at the North Pole. Like your average polar bear, she spends her days happily swimming, fishing, eating and wandering around, just like bears do.

But bears also like to sleep. And one day she nods off and finds herself far from home. She thinks things can’t get any worse.

But they can . . . Much worse!

This is another Adam and mommy read…..and boy is this one a laugh a minute! The illustrations are BRILLIANT! This poor Polar Bear is just in for the scare of her life, but alls well that ends well thankfully…and there may be a bit of a love story too 😉

This is a book that Joshua can read, because it is on the lengthy side for a pre-schooler, but also so well illustrated that I can do a summary read through with Adam. You would not regret picking this one up 😉

All I said was


The power of reading comes alive in this brilliantly accessible, low reading age, and fully illustrated title from mulit-award-winning author Michael Morpurgo.A boy who wants to fly swaps places with a bird who wants to read a book, but who has the better end of the bargain? A gorgeous and thought-provoking exploration of the power of books, specially designed with a reading age of 6 to help severely struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers ages 8 and up.

A book specially designed to help kids struggling with reading? What’s not to love?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


This stunning new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire brings more breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters to life — including Cedric Diggory, Fleur Delacour and Viktor Krum. With paint, pencil and pixels, Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this full-colour edition will captivate fans and new readers alike as Harry, now in his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, finds himself competing in the legendary Triwizard Tournament and facing death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards …

Confession: I only read all the Harry Potter books in my 20’s! Yikes…I know! I’m hoping my kids also have a love for the books, because my sister is a Harry Potter NUT! So she may disown them if they don’t love Harry Potter. This book is beautifully illustrated and really brings the story to life! I think it’s a great addition to any library, even adults, if you want to give your collection a revamp…he he.


In this second hilarious Cinders and Sparks adventure, our chaotic comedy duo head for Fairyland to find Cinders’ mother — and get more than they bargained for … Cinders and her talking dog Sparks are on the run, in the Deep Dark Forest, after Cinders performed magic at the castle and made everyone think she was a witch. The hapless Hansel is on the run with them, but only because he ate some of an actual witch’s gingerbread house and she got cross. If they can reach Fairyland, maybe they’ll all be safe.

Addison hasn’t read this one yet, but the synopsis sounds like something right up her alley! For any tween actually 🙂

Neil Armswan


Meet one of history’s greatest figures in this adorable board book with an animal twist! With wings to the future and beak held high, Neil Armswan was a model astronaut and pioneer in space travel, leaving webbed footprints on the moon. With hilarious puns and colorful illustrations, this book brings his legacy and the Apollo 11 mission to life!

The Wild Bios books are so great for toddlers and pre-schoolers, because they are fun, sturdy and educational! We received the ‘Neil Armswan‘ book and I myself found it so interesting to learn all these facts about the first swan to walk on the moon! lol. Adam and I enjoyed this one! There’s also books featuring Amelia ‘Hareheart’ and William ‘Sheepspeare’. 😉

This is a round up of some of the new books for kids that my kids have been reading or intend to read over the holiday period! I also save some for them for the actual school year, as they need to read a certain number of books to obtain their reading badges. I wouldn’t want to make them reread books, not when there are so many great books to be read 😉 What are your kids enjoying reading at the moment?

Disclaimer: These books were sent to me by Jonathan Ball Publishers for review. Kids books



I’m Simone, a mom of 3, a wife...obsessed with my family, makeup and books!

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