Picture Books with Kim @BookbairnI’m delighted to be chatting today with the wonderful Kim from @bookbairn. Kim is a mum to two super little cuties who has a home library that is a book nerd’s dream come true! Across many social media platforms including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook as well as her blog (I don’t know how she does it with two kids!), Kim shares her book reviews and reading expertise in a fun, creative and playful way. Plus she has fab lists for books with strong female protagonists, awesome #shelfies and shares beautiful #endpapers plus a whole lot more!
I came across Kim’s account when she just had her second bub (the wee page turner- how incredibly adorable are the names she’s given her little bookworms?) and was inspired by her ability and determination to keep reading as a top priority for both her eldest and the newest addition. I love her mission to promote early literacy and make story time fun for little ones!
In this interview Kim shares her top tips for reading with children of different ages, her fun take on baby lead reading (I love this!), her favourite picture book series and her two favourite parenting books.
Hi Kim, can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
My name is Kim and I’m a teacher on career-break to be a stay-at-home-mum to my two bairns – BookBairn aged nearly 3 and The Wee Page Turner aged 8 months. And we all love books! Love them! I love bright and colourful illustrations with stories the bounce along perfectly for reading aloud; BookBairn loves stories with animals and giggles; and The Wee Page Turner loves any book that he can get his teeth into – literally!
Three things you might not know about me:
1. I am a ridiculous chocoholic. Like genuinely seriously addicted. I need Chocoholics Anonymous.
2. I have a show collection to rival my book collection.
3. I lived in Paris for a year as part of my degree. My French is rusty but my ability to navigate the streets of Paris is seriously good!
What is the motivation behind your account and blog @bookbairn ?
I started the blog mostly as a hobby to keep me busy as BookBairn napped longer in the afternoons and I wanted to write about something that I was passionate about. I have always loved books and wanted to share our favourites to help spread the word about great books for kids. And honestly I hoped we might get the occasional free book to help build our home library!
Congratulations on the arrival of your newest book bairn, how would you say your parenting style has changed or evolved now that you have 2 little ones at home?
It is constantly changing! The Wee Page Turner is almost a year old now – I can’t believe how quickly he has grown up. One of the things that is very different for us (which is also really nice to experience something new!) is that he has learned to crawl at 9 months. BookBairn never crawled so we never had that chase her round, safety-proof the house scenario. And The Wee Page Turner puts everything in his mouth and with his big sister’s little toys around there are so many more hazards! So I think we’ve had to be more safety aware. But we are also more relaxed too. We go out at naptime, throwing caution to the bedtime routine! He eats much more widely. And he has a big sister to help him out.
Our house is usually strewn with books and I love a bit of #bookmess
What advice do you have for parents who are catering to the different reading needs of their children? How do you cater to both? What are a few books you recommend that work well when reading to both of them?
Each bairn gets their own bedtime stories – BookBairn chooses from her little brother’s book basket in his room for his nap and bedtime stories and she chooses pretty well for him. Once he’s in bed we go through to her room and then she gets one or two stories of her own. The both love the Ted books (I recently reviewed them here) and BookBairn still really enjoys most books that he loves. He listens when we read together in the living room but we don’t try to pin him down for her stories because they are a bit long for him yet. They are quite close in age so I imagine they will generally like similar books for a while yet!
How did you’re reading routine change when your second child arrived?
As I said above, we now read many more stories at nap and bedtime because we do his stories and then hers. We also have a book basket in the living room with books for both children to easily pull out and read or play with. This is ‘baby-led reading’ in action!
Each bairn gets their own bedtime stories
Can you tell us a little about your hashtag #babyledreading ?
There are so many buzz words and trends in raising children and I wanted to poke a little fun. The #babyledweaning movement seemed to me to be all about kids picking up and eating what and how much they want so I thought that was exactly my approach to reading with BookBairn. Our house is usually strewn with books and I love a bit of #bookmess .
How do you promote a love for literacy in your children?
Just as I mentioned above. By letting them choose. And making it fun. Silly voices, discussing the pictures and just playing with books the same way we play with toys.
What is your favourite read aloud book?
That’s a tough one! I love reading the Oi series by Kes Grey and Jim Field. Oi Frog is my favourite but my favourite line to read aloud comes from Oi Dog “cheetahs sit on fajitas!” I also love the ‘Love‘ series by Emma Dodd – ‘Me‘ and ‘Sometimes‘ are ones I’ve read aloud so often I can recite by heart.
Do you have any parenting books you recommend?
I’m not much of a podcast person. And to be honest I haven’t read many parenting books – I loved The Unmumsy Mum when BookBairn was little as she normalised so many things for me. I would recommend ‘Reading Magic’ by Mem Fox as reinforced all my beliefs about reading with kids. I summarised my favourite bits in a blog post recently.
Lastly, do you have any projects coming up you’d like to talk about?
I’m working on a little Instagram project using Pantone colour cards, it’s going to be a photo challenge across the globe (I hope!) But I’m still co-ordinating a few things!
Picture Book Chat:
We’d love to hear your thoughts on reading with your kids. What is your favourite book series to read aloud?
If you have any questions of comments for Kim please feel free to leave them below or jump over to my Instagram page and chat with us over there!
Teri and Kim xo