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Win a new children's book set!

WIN two wonderful additions to your children's bookcase with this Tidy Book's book review and competition post. You can win your child a pair of I Explore! books from Red Shed.  We have three pairs of books to giveaway!!!


The publisher Egmont, has just debuted its first titles from a new non-fiction imprint for children, Red Shed.

I Explore Under the Sea and I Explore Digging for Dinosaurs are from an engaging picture book series for preschoolers, they have a non-fiction twist, and are all about children enjoying exploring and learning about the world around them.

Author Dr Mike Goldsmith is a former Head of Acoustics at the National Physical Laboratory and is now a well decorated writer of children's books, with more than 40 science books for children published in over 28 countries.

These tough board books are designed to engage preschoolers in an appealing format ideal for toddlers.  They are designed with children and parents in mind, items are clearly and simply labelled encouraging little ones to learn the terms and names for things, as well as stimulating discussion and learning in the world of science.

The books are colourfully illustrated by Kate Daubney, introducing science to little ones in a fun and gentle way.  As well as being enjoyable and fun every book is checked for accuracy by an independent expert.

Each book also contains a surprising gatefold, which really brings the books and scenes to life.  Children can fold out these sturdy sections to see dinosaur skeletons or see who lives where in the ocean.

The I Explore! books are written by Dr Mike Goldsmith, illustrated by Kate Daubney published by Red Shed and are £5.99 each in board book format.

And we have three pairs of I Explore Under the Sea and I Explore Digging for Dinosaurs to give away.

It's easy to enter! To win a copy, tell us what your child's favourite thing is to explore  by leaving a comment and liking the Tidy Books Facebook page on our app below.  If you'd like to have a greater chance of winning, earn extra entries by using the app by joining our Newsletter, following us on Pinterest or Tweeting about the giveaway and other extra entry options.

But before you give yourself a great chance of winning a copy of the book have a read of what we made of the I Explore! books.

I Explore Digging For Dinosaurs


All non-fiction books are boring, right?


From my experience of parenthood, children love learning about the world around them, and thus non-fiction books can be even more enjoyable than their 'made-up' counterparts.

These board books are brilliant for little ones.  They are sturdy, easily wiped clean from mucky little fingers, and the words are helpfully all in lowercase writing.

I used to struggle to find books written in lowercase when my son was a preschooler.  Often feeling like the bold UPPERCASE labelling of some children's books wasn't really helping him to learn them.  More so just SHOUTING words at him.

The topics in these first two books are great, dinosaurs and the sea.  Things that almost all children will find of interest and intrigue I suspect.

They flow very well, and are effectively asking gentle questions, so you feel like you are learning by yourself rather than being talked down to or lectured.


Helen is an Early Years Foundation Stage manager, with many years of experience and currently has the responsibility for the education of over 170 children aged 3 to 5.  She took a good look at the I Explore books from Red Shed, and this is what she thought.

"These books are brilliantly robust, perfect for children to turn the pages and improve their fine motor skills."

"As well as the obvious science lesson opportunities these books present, they are also great for maths.  With the illustrations so clear, there are plenty of possibilities for children to learn to count things.  How many people are on the boat? How many fish can you count?"

"The labels all being in lowercase will help children learn, and to recognise words and names sooner."

"The questions and clues to what is coming next, are brilliant prompts for engaging preschool and nursery children."

"You can introduce children to positional language with these books too.  What is UNDER the sea? What is ON the boat?"

"I absolutely love the leads to the next page, an arm of a character appearing with a question for example.  Great for children to practise predicting things, who is it? What are they going to do?"

"The gatefold surprise endings are superb.  A great way for children to contrast how to fold pages, and so much for them to see and engage with."


So that's what we made of the I Explore! children's books and we have three brand new pairs of the books to giveaway.

It's easy to enter! To win a copy, tell us your what your child likes to explore in a comment and by liking the Tidy Books Facebook page on our app below.  If you'd like to have a greater chance of winning, earn extra entries by using the app by joining our Newsletter, following us on Pinterest, Tweeting about the giveaway and other extra entry options.  Good Luck!

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