Book review: Bug Hotel, Bird House and Animal Homes by Libby Walden and illustrated by Clover Robin.o

These board books are so beautifully presented and the inside does not disappoint. Bird House, Bug Hotel and Animal Homes are all illustated by Clover Robin and written by Libby Walden.

I first spotted these books in 2018 when I was on the look out for great books for the new year and after my eldest daughter and I discovered her school’s own bug hotel, I preordered Bug Hotel.

Since then Animal Homes has recently been published (August 2019) which you may recall in my piece on forthcoming books for 2019. Well now it is here and my girls couldn’t be more delighted.

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Animal Homes, just as the title suggests, explores an array of various animal homes. From nests, warrens, dams to hives and mounds, readers have the opportunity to get up close in a different animals homes shared closely on each double page spread. The book is wonderfully presented and the details and extra art work surprises beneath sturdy lift the flaps are enjoyed by both my girls. In addition to readers discovering different species on each page, each book in the series presents a positive and informative message with regards to looking after the natural world.

Little One is now 5 and her questions and need for more complex explanations are coming into fruition. I feel like these are brilliant books to satisfy her craving of discovery but the books still have that big element of fun.

In Bug Hotel each double page is as if you are stepping in to the bug hotel itself with great explanations of various bugs including a butterfly and spider. More complex vocabulary is introduced and the lift the flaps make the read a super enjoyable one.

Bird House introduces readers to various birds including doves, woodpeckers and swallows. It talks in detail about various shelter for birds and discusses ways in which readers can assist in making their outdoor areas more bird friendly.

The illustrations in all the books are absolutely stunning and I’m sure they are books that will appeal to older folk too. I’m certainly pleased that we have these on our bookshelf. The books also have ideas on how to help those animals discussed in the book, for example a section at the back of Bug Hotel explains how a bug hotel could be made at home.

The books have proved so popular in our home and would make fantastic reads in a learning setting also. As well as informing and being an absolute delight to share, the book echoes how creating a lovely place for animals creates a safe environment for them and we can all do something to help.

These board books are a great introduction to non-fiction and nature.

Disclaimer: I purchased the book Bug Hotel and was gifted the book Bird House from The Book People. The publishers provided us with a copy of Animal Homes. All words and opinions are entirely my own. This post contains affiliate links.

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