14 new picture books kids will love
If bedtime reading needs a bit of a shake-up in your house, take a look at
our pick of the best new picture books for some inspiration
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When I First Met You, Blue
Kangaroo by Emma Chichester Clarke
The Blue Kangaroo books are a firm favourite among Mumsnetters, and young
fans will be delighted to find out how Lily and Blue Kangaroo first met. Emma
Chichester Smith's skill of depicting the emotions of
toddlers/pre-schoolers is enhanced by her beautiful illustrations making this
series a classic for young readers.
Charlie and Lola: One Thing by Lauren
The ever-adorable Lola utilises her unique negotiation skills to bend the
world of numbers to her will. A pleasant read which will encourage plenty of
talk about numbers and arithmetic, and a great addition to your Lauren Child
A walk on the wild side
The Tiger Prowls by Seb
Watch a whale, a tiger, a giraffe and more leap out of the pages in this
simple but beautifully crafted book. Its pop-up wild animals are sturdy
enough to withstand little hands and the lyrical text is perfect for reading
Take Away the A by Michael Escoffier and
Kris Di Giacomo
This busy book is perfect for showing early readers what a difference a
single letter can make to a word in this unusual journey through the
alphabet. Chairs become hairs, stairs turn into stars and an ant takes its
aunt's place at the table! A fun and brilliantly illustrated page-turner with
lots to look at.
The Queen's Spaghetti by Patricia
Cleveland-Peck and Tim Archbold
When Queen Nel decides to cook a special dinner for the king, it
soon becomes clear that portion control is not her forte.
Will she find someone to eat her spaghetti before it takes
over the palace?
Kitchen Disco by Clare Foges and Al
Ever wondered what the contents of the fruit bowl get up to while
you're asleep? Partying, apparently. Have fun getting down
with Kitchen Disco's groovy fruits.
Herman's Holiday by Tom
Lift-the-flap postcards make this story of a camping holiday gone wrong
a fun interactive experience. Writer and illustrator Tom
Percival drew on childhood memories for the story; he grew up
in a Shropshire camper van and learned to read by gaslight.
Book-o-Masks by Lemke and
Irresistibly funny and genuinely interactive, the Wearable Book-o-Masks
really is one of a kind. From super heroes to fighter pilots, this hardy book
is great to handle and fun for all ages.
A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen and
Children's literature titans Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell have teamed
up for this gorgeous poetry book for the very young.
MNHQ favourites are the twin poems I Am Angry and I Am Hungry.
Tree: Seasons Come, Seasons Go by
Patricia Hegarty and Britta Teckentrup
In this beautiful peekaboo picture book, a little owl sits silently in
his tree and watches as the forest transforms from a snowy landscape to a
bustling summer wood. A lovely way to illustrate the changing seasons, and
a perfect read for an autumnal night.
For animal lovers
Smelly Louie by Catherine
Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration, Catherine Rayner's
vibrant, vivid watercolours accompany her funny tale of a bath-averse
You Can Do It, Bert by Ole
The sweet and funny story of a little bird who must draw on his inner
courage to take a plunge into the unknown. Minimalist drawings and
wide-spaced layout lend clarity and comedy.
For family and friends
Whatever Happened to my Sister by Simona
Stylish illustrations and intelligent text map a little girl's
investigation into her sister's changing behaviour. This gem of a book offers
a great jumping-off point for discussions on family dynamics.
Where's Bear by Emily Gravett
Another adorable board book from this Kate Greenaway Medal
winner. Bear can't get the hang of hide and seek, and Hare is beginning
to get impatient. But the tables turn when Bear finds the perfect hiding
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