Shine-A-Light Books Review & Give-Away

We’ve recently received some new picture books here that are quite unlike any others that we’ve read, titles from the Shine-A-Light series, by Carron Brown…

Shine-A-Light Books
Secrets of Winter: Discover nature’s wintertime secrets and meet the animals and plants that live in and around a snow-covered forest, from the bears in their lairs and the foxes in their earths to the squirrels and birds in the treetops.

Secrets of the Seashore: Spot the tiny shrimps hiding in the sand, see a shy crab underneath a rock and watch a jewel-like anemone open its tentacles in this gorgeously illustrated book of nature’s hidden habitats. Just hold the page up to the light to discover the creatures that live around the ocean’s edge.

Secrets of the Rainforest: Discover the animals and plants that live in and around a kapok tree, from the colourful parrots in the canopy to the sleek jaguar on the forest floor.

On the Construction Site: Watch a skyscraper spring up with this beautifully illustrated interactive book! By simply holding the book up to the light, or shining a light behind each page, young readers will be able to discover how large buildings are constructed, who builds them, and all about the amazing machines they use in the process.

As well as being informative and beautifully illustrated, the Shine A Light series, encourage you to hold the pages up to the light to reveal hidden illustrations on each page.

Both Boo and Little Man really enjoy these books. They’ve had two each, and they often request these at bedtime. They are so different, and packed full of facts, too. We’ve learned so much together about each of the habitats and the construction site, and it’s all been told in a very engaging way.

Then having to use a torch for a story is always going to make it exciting, I think! You read each page and then when prompted, shine a light underneath it to reveal the hidden elements of the picture. It’s a great concept and so well designed.

Shine a Light books inside

We love these books and I think they span a wide age range, too, as they are equally appealing to both of my kids, at just turned 3 and coming up to 6. Boo is able to read them herself, so I will often find her doing so.

reading shine-a-light books

This is the second series of books that we have received from Ivy Press, as they also sent us the brilliant 30 Seconds Kids Books. As with those books, the Shine-a-Light series definitely gets a big thumbs up from us.

I do have a set of these books to give away now, too, the same four as pictured here. To be entered into the draw, use the rafflecopter below. It’s open to UK entrants only, and closes at 12am 6th October 2015. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

What do you like about these books?

Disclosure: We received the books FOC for the purposes of this review, though as ever, all words and opinions remain my own

131 thoughts on “Shine-A-Light Books Review & Give-Away”

  1. My son would love the construction site book as obsessed with diggers and my grandson would like the pictures in the Secrets of the Rainforest

  2. Using a torch is a great idea, reminds me of when I was younger and used to read under the duvet with a torch when I was supposed to be sleeping.

  3. Using the torch would appeal to my son – we read books mostly at bedtime with a little light on so this would work just right.

  4. Samantha Loughlin

    What a wonderful idea holding to the light really great for keeping children engaged my nephew would love this ???

  5. I love how this range will easily appeal to so many different age ranges. My 22 month old toddler would equally enjoy them just as much as my 7 year old nephew and that’s brilliant! The story and illustrations would keep my toddlers interest and the secret hidden parts would really excite my nephew! Fantastic!
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  6. I think children will love this,having to shine a torch to reveal the hidden pictures,it’s something different from any other books that I have.I love reading to my grandchildren,there’s nothing nicer than having a sleepy little person cuddle in on your knee reading them a story.It’s one of the best gifts you can give a child,the love of books

  7. I love the element of surprise with these books. My 5 year old daughter is struggling to read but I think these books would really engage her and hopefully show her how exciting books can be!

  8. These are lovely books well written with some fantastic pictures, which is very appealing to a child who’s learning to read. Will look out for these now for my son who’s 7. He’s really struggling to grasp it at the minute

  9. These books are such a great idea! I have just made a snuggle reading corner with a teepee style text over it and these books would be such a great addition, especially because of the torches!

  10. I love the fact they are interactive – using a torch or lifting the page to the light to find hidden illustrations will deffo keep kids interested and the pictures look lovely too

  11. Laura Pritchard

    The interactive element – that always appeals to my little boy rather than just being read to passively.

  12. I love all the pictures and how colourful they are. I also like the fact they a great for girls and boys 🙂

  13. Christine Wilkinson

    Personally, I really love the illustrations, but the novelty of the light shining task will intrigue all my grand-children no end!

  14. I have seen an ad recently saying a App can never replace your lap…read to your children. I really couldn’t agree more. Reading to your child benefits them so much with use of language, a stronger bond with the reader, a head start at school…the list is endless.So many children now start school not knowing how to hold a book and turn the pages…….hard to believe but true. These books look amazing so informative, lovely pictures and the added surprise when held up to the light. Simply beautiful

  15. Victoria Prince

    I love the quirkiness – they are educational, but the light element is such a fun twist, and makes them much more engaging too imo. Such a simple yet brilliant idea!

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