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PC: Amardeep

We all are huge Tom Percival fans and most of us have all of his picture books from the BIG BRIGHT FEELINGS series. While quite a few members have read and reviewed the DREAM DEFENDERS series for 7-10/11 years,, we didn’t realise there is another series – an early chapter one called LITTLE LEGENDS for 6-8 years (176 pages). Amardeep discovered this series and Neil is enjoying the one he is reading.

Our members have grabbed some excellent deals during the summer break:


Moomin’s First 100 Words (16 pages)
I Am a Force of Nature (28 pages)
Snuggle the Baby: Pink & Green Book Two (12 pages) – an interactive book to prepare elder sibling for arrival of baby
The Monster at the End of This Book (Sesame Street)


The Way to Start a Day by Byrd Baylor for 4-8 years (32 pages) – Caldecott Honor–winning picture book. Byrd Baylor has authored many award winning books!
Robots, Robots Everywhere! for 2-5 years (24 pages)
Buffalo Baby (A hilarious wordless picture book about nervousness, perseverance, friendship, village life, grandparents) – 40 pages
Everybody’s Welcome for 3-6 years (32 pages)
In My Mosque: A big-hearted celebration of mosques and their communities (32 pages)
My Dad at the Zoo
How To Mash Monsters (How to Banish Fears) for 4-7 years (32 pages). There are other books in this HOW TO BANISH FEARS series.
Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems for 5-8 years (48 pages)

Big Words For Little People – Calmness (hardcover) for 4/5-7 years (32 pages). There are other books in this Big Words For Little People series.

Professions – Collection of 12 Books for kids published by OM BOOKS- Artist, Astronaut, scientist, Environmentalist, Architect, Chef, Pilot, Doctor, Teacher, Singer, Actor, Writer. You can order these books individually as well. Publisher recommendation is 6-8 years. Bhavneet has this. We will wait for her review!

Story Books for Kids – Indian Famous Personalities (Set of 25 Books) (Illustrated) – Scientists – Freedom Fighters – Thought Leaders – Sportspersons – Entrepreneurs – Biographies for Kids – Age 6+ – Ambani, J. R. D. Tata, C.V Raman, Abdul Kalam, Ambedkar, Vivekananda, Vallabhai Patel, Bhagat Singh by MAPLE PRESS. Sherry has shared a detailed post in the fb group here. . Maple Kids has more booksets/books on different Personalities which you can find here.

Sherry also recommends I CAN READ History books (level 2) for biographies.


Activity Books by Dreamland:

Water Magic Princess for 2.5 years +. Bhavneet has this and has shared a review with inside pages here in the fb group. Quoting her:

This amazing activity book can keep your toddlers engaged and immersed for a good amount of time. The book has this beautiful various Princess scenarios which turn to life with just a water pen. The colours of the picture are so vibrant, that it’s almost unbelievable how real the picture looks.

The biggest Pro is that it’s mess free. The water doesn’t spill over the pen. It’s thick plus fun for the toddlers to grasp and hold for longer. This book also has additional activities on the alternate pages.

Asreet has painted all the pictures , finished all the activities on Day 1. Thankfully, this book is to be used again and again, coz once the water dries up, it’s as good as new. Truly magical experience for my little one. A must have for every toddler, a great companion for travel and any visits. Loved this activity to the core!!!”

1500 Mosiac Stickers with Colouring Fun (there are 4 books in this series). Bhavneet has shared inside pages here in the kbc group. She recommends them for 3 years+ as it needs finer motor grip. In her words:

“Since the day we got this book, we can’t keep our hands off it. Sticker books and sticking activities are a different kind of love for my toddler! I feel it really improves concentration and strengthens the finger muscles. Those dot stickers completely transform the picture and she is enjoying this activity with her dad and me! We haven’t got to colouring yet but am sure it will add another dimension of fun to it.”

Dreamland Activity Books for all ages!
Dreamland LOOK AND FIND BOOKS are BESTSELLERS on kbc. Every 3-5 year old child has them!

Unicorn World Activities – I Can Solve Activity Book for Kids Age 4- 8 Years | With Colouring Pages, Mazes, Dot-to-Dots. Prachi has shared inside pages in the fb group here. To quote her:

“This one with all things Unicorn is a great activity book with puzzles, maths, colouring, sudoko. Ishani finished all but 13 pages from this activity book in 2 days!! Yes, it is THAT engaging! I am sharing some pages from the workbook to give an idea about the activities but there are definitely many more.

I really liked how the activities in the book are not repetitive despite the fact that its all Unicorns! 🙂 Simple addition activities are also made so much more fun by adding objects to count, matching activities are not all drawing straight lines from one object to another. If you have a unicorn lover at home, this activitiy book by Dreamland is a must have.”

Megafast: Supercars
Sparky’s STEM Guide to Cars (Horse Power) for 4-8 years
DK Pocket Eyewitness Cars: Facts at Your Fingertips
Cars, Trains, Ships and Planes

CHESSPA ACTIVITY BOOKS come in different levels.


The Adventures of Swashbuckle Lil (Swashbuckle Lil: the Secret Pirate) by Elli Woollard (the author of THE GIANT OF JUM)

Scholastic Early Reading: Tara Makes Granpa Smile! for 5 years+ (52 pages)
Scholastic Early Reading: Tara Cooks For Mom
Scholastic Early Reading: Splash! Tara Has Fun

Space Detectives by Mark Powers for 5-7 years (176 pages)
Space Detectives: Cosmic Pet Puzzle  There are some other books in this SPACE DETECTIVES series.

Layla And The Bots #01 Happy Paws (A Branches Book) for 6-8 years. Other books in the Layla and the Bots series can be found here. ALL BRANCHES BOOKS can be ordered from Scholastic India via our kbc storefront as well. Scholastic India always has special offers on.

What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About? by Judith Viorst for 6-9 years (112 pages). Judith Viorst is a bestselling author – her Alexander series is acclaimed.


Fantastic Frankie and the Brain-Drain Machine by Anna Kemp for 7 years+. All of Anna Kemp’s picture books are big hits at kbc.

Oscar’s Lion: A modern classic beautifully illustrated children’s coming-of-age story – a Guardian Children’s Book of the Year

The Muddlemoor Mysteries: Peril at the Bake Off: Volume 1 for 8-10 years (192 pages)

The Eighteenth Emergency for 9-11 years (192 pages)

Leeva At Last: Heartwarming and funny, a new illustrated children’s adventure novel from the author of Pax for 8-12 years (320 pages)

Wonderscape by bestselling author Jennifer Bell for 9-12 years (352 pages)
Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month for June 2020! &
Toppsta Children’s Book of the Month for June 2020!


Roller Girl for 9-11 years (240 pages). The author has other graphic novels as well. Our kbc members are familiar with her book OLYMPIG!
Real Friends: 1 for 8-12 years (224 pages). Other books in this series can be found here.
Awkward for 8-12 years (224 pages). There are many more books in the same series and others by the same author!
Be Prepared: Q&A for the Core and Certifying Exams for 10-14 years (256 pages)

The House at the Edge of Magic for 9-11 years (240 pages). There are 3 more books in this series by Amy Sparkes.
The Hatmakers by Merchant, Tamzin and Escobar, Paola for 8-13 years (384 pages). Other books in this series can be found here.

Twitch (304 pages)
Spark (320 pages)
Clutch (320 pages)
Feather (320 pages)


When You Trap a Tiger: (Newbery Medal Winner) for 8-12 years (320 pages)
Inside Out And Back Again #1 New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award! for 8-12 years (288 pages)
They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems for 9-12 years (112 pages) – An award-winning novel in verse.


A Long Walk to Water: International Bestseller Based on a True Story for 10-14 years (128 pages)

Love & Gelato for 12-14 years

Notes for Healthy Kids by Rujuja Diwekar for both kids and parents

100 Selected Poems, Emily Dickinson: Collectable Hardbound edition 224 pages Mandira Shah gifted this to Aarini on her 17th b’day!

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