So my regular readers and friends will know that in my “other life” I’m a full-time early years teacher. It is a really fun job that I enjoy, and I especially love reading books to my class. You may remember I recently reviewed the book Bessie, Queen of the Sky, so when these books arrived* from Clever Tykes, I couldn’t wait to check them out to review them too!
So I was sent 3 books from Clever Tykes – ‘Change-it Cho’, ‘Code-it Cody’ and ‘Walk-it Willow’. Written for children aged 6-9, they are story books that contain positive role models and will hopefully encourage children to be more resourceful and enterprising. Their enterprise education story books and teaching resources are completely free for primary schools to use, and they have a portal available here where schools can sign up and access everything they need to teach enterprise education for Key Stage 2 children. Clever Tykes are able to do this for schools because they were very kindly sponsored by Lloyds Banking group.
The teacher in me thinks this is a fantastic idea. Books that inspire children to use their skills in a positive way to benefit them is a winner in my eyes. Plus, it can be a real help for schools who may have funding issues, to be able to give their children these books to read for free.
If you fancy meeting the characters, and learning a bit more about their stories, you can check them out in a video here. So let’s get on to checking out these books!
So you can see from the blurb, this book is all about healthy eating. It also covers things such as being competitive, determined and facing challenges. Here are a few inserts from the story:
You’ll notice from the blurb of this book that this one is largely based on computer skills and coding. It also covers issues such as confidence, working hard and being creative. Here are some inserts from Code-it Cody:
So you’ll see from this blurb that the story is all about making money from having a passion. It also highlights issues such as learning from your mistakes, being organised and responsibility. Here you can see a few pages from the story:
So I deliberately didn’t share too much of the stories just in case any of you fancy reading them for yourselves with your children. I must say I really enjoyed these stories and there are a few reasons why:
- They are easy to read and understand. Designed for a child in the Juniors (KS2), these books are written in a way that children of this age should be able to read themselves depending on their ability. I also believe that they could be shared with slightly younger children too. The words used are familiar to children, even when talking about things such as coding which can sometimes get quite complex.
- The messages they share. Each book gives a different message, all being important for children growing up to understand. I particularly like the fact that at the start of each story it states the type of person the book is suitable for, such as “for anyone with a passion”.
- Their illustrations. The illustrations in these books are well-suited to the stories and feature on most pages. I think pictures in books are helpful for children reading, especially if they are shared with children of a younger age. It keeps them engaged in the story and helps them to understand.
- The length of the stories. These books are of a decent length, around 70-80 pages. Whilst that may seem a lot for children’s books, the font used is of a decent size and because they stories are well written and interesting, it is hard to put the books down. However, if the stories are too long for slightly younger children, they could always be split over a couple of nights.
- The quality of the books. Not only is the quality of the stories good, but the actual books are too. They seem sturdy and of a great size for children’s hands.
- The interactive element. You may have noticed that on the last page of each story, there is an email address to contact the main character from that story. I think this would be a really nice thing for a child to do, particularly if they get a reply back!
If you aren’t part of a school, but would like to get your hands on these books, you can do here.
So what do you think of these books? Do you like the message they are sharing? Would you share them with your own children? Let me know in the comments.
Until next time…
*I was very kindly sent these books for free to review. All opinions however are my own, and I would never share with you anything I didn’t love myself!