Fantastic Fiction for Kids – Houses and Homes

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This week’s books for Fantastic Fiction for Kids have been selected by Kelly who writes a blog called We Are Here, about homeschooling and family life, with plenty of creativity and books thrown in to the mix. Some recent posts of hers that I’ve particularly enjoyed are this one one about investigative science and digestion (..!) and this one about welcoming a piano into the family home.

Kelly’s selection of books today all relate to houses and homes – let’s take a peek at them:

a_new_house_for_mouse_frontcoverA New House for Mouse by Petr Horacek

We like this because it is a peep through story which causes much amusement, and it has a nice message about how some times you will want more but actually, what you have is just fine. I love the Eric Carle-esque illustrations.

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The Snail House by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Gillian Tyler.

This has to have some of the loveliest and most detailed illustrations I’ve ever seen. The story is sweet and for an unknown reason brings a lump to my throat! It has also inspired lots of role play games of living inside the snail house (which is normally the corner of the sitting room behind a chair.)

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Whose House? By Colin and Jacqui Hawkins
This is a lift the flap book. For obvious reasons, books with some interaction are very popular with my boys in particular. There can be arguments over whose turn it is next though, so not always great 🙂 This book is great because of the wide variety of architecture in it. This has turned into a game when we are in the car of “let’s see if we can find a house like Cinderella’s” etc.

Thanks Kelly for this lovely list! And now for some music to design / build / furnish and decorate houses and homes by:

  • To Build a Home by The Cinematic Orchestra
  • The House of the Rising Sun by The Animals
  • Gonna build a house by Fun Song Factory


  • Two of my favourite books about houses and homes are:

  • Let’s Go Home by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Wendy Halperin (which I reviewed here with a list of house music house themed music and quite a few links to dollshouse crafty ideas)
  • A House is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman (which I reviewed here)


  • SurLaLune has a lovely roundup of house-related books, films and songs – but what books and music would you recommend? And do please drop by Kelly’s blog and say hello – those of you who homeschool around the world might find Kelly’s experiences here in the UK particularly interesting.

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    1. These books look great! We are into house books at the moment so will look out for these. Here’s a house book we really enjoyed recently that others may like too:
      http://sunnydaytodaymama.blogspot.com/2010/01/house-by-mouse.html

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