20 Jul 2022


  One of several bloggers {see full Tour list at bottom of this post} who over 5 days will be participating in this Blog Tour. Today {the 3rd day of the Tour) its my pleasure to be sharing my thoughts on ...


Genre ... Children's Picture Book (Ages 0-7)

Publication Date ... 21st August 2021

Standalone Picture Book

Estimated Page Count - 32

Now that you’re here,

You’re where you belong.

We’re so pleased to meet you,

We’ve waited so long!

Join giraffes, hedgehogs, penguins and many more adorable animals as they welcome their new babies! Share this sweet, rhyming picture book with the special little person in your life and let them know just how much better life is ‘Now That You’re Here.’ ... Book Tour/Back Cover Blurb

I can only begin to express what a sweet little book this is. 

Featuring a number of different animals, each of them welcoming their new young; rejoicing in what it is to have a new baby in their midst, of how happy it makes them feel.

An ideal gift for anyone introducing a new child into their family unit, Now That You're Here is an endearing story that, written in rhyme, its illustrations bold and beautifully done, quite simply radiates love.


As well as here on Pen and Paper, I've had so many people both in person, on my personal FaceBook pages and the bookish pages I share with there, question me as to the suitability of giving this book as a gift to a grandchild, to a child who has been recently adopted and as a gift to a new born from an older sibling.

The answer being, yes, yes and yes.

Nowhere is the 'birth' of a child mentioned and nor is there the mention of parents; instead of which each verse celebrates the arrival of a 'new' child with verses like ...

Now that you're here
We're all grinning more
We smile all the time now
Much more than before.

Now that you're here
We guess what you'll do
We dream bigger dreams
And they're all about you.

The lovely illustrations showing different animals {elephants, pandas and, yeah, hedgehogs, to mention but a few} with little ones; some two 'adults' with little ones, others, one 'adult' with one or more young. 

 FGT {22/7/2022}

About Kate Staves ... Kate Staves is an independent children's author living in the historic city of York, when she is not writing fun filled children’s books she is caring for her own two little children and is currently expecting baby number three!

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LL Cool Joe said...

How do you think the book would go down with adopted children? Sometimes books focus on the "birth aspect" rather than just the new addition to the family.

Kelly said...

Even before reading your opinion, my first thought was what a sweet book! I love the cover photo. My older grands are beyond this stage and my youngest will not have any siblings, so I don't guess this is one for me. It sure is cute, though.

nightwingsraven said...

This sounds like a very endearing
and lovely book. And I love the
illustration of the giraffes which
you have included with your review.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

This does sound like a sweet book. I also wondered (like the first commenter) if it would be a good option for an adopting family.

Karen said...

Oh, this cover is so sweet! I'm glad you liked the contents as well.

Karen @For What It's Worth

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

This one is just way too young for the 7 year old, who has just had his reading age assessed as 12 year old. Whereas his 4 year old sister couldn't care less about books right now, although she is starting school in September, so I guess that is going to have to change quite quickly! I know she would love that eye-catching cover though and I think the idea of it being written in rhyme would also be a hit.

Thanks for the feature :)

Felicity Grace Terry said...

Thank you all so very much for your comments on what was a truly sweet little read.

To answer the comments about whether the book was suitable for children that had been adopted. I'd say yes, most certainly.

The lovely illustrations all show animals with young new born {some two 'adults' with little ones, others, one 'adult' with one or more young} and whilst each verse {I've shared some below} beginning with the words 'now that you're here' the books actually celebrate the arrival of a 'new' child as opposed to the birth of a child. No where are parents mentioned making the book equally suitable as a gift to a little one from any adult/other child new to their life

Now that you're here
We're all grinning more
We smile all the time now
Much more than before.

Now that you're here
We guess what you'll do
We dream bigger dreams
And they're all about you.

LL Cool Joe said...

Thank you for answering my question. It does sound like a very "inclusive" book. I shall check it out.

Gina said...

Yes, this was such a darling book, and I completely agree as to the wide range of ages it works as a gift for!