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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

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.

One Thing

Charlie and Lola: One Thing by Lauren Child 
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 library.

A walk on the wild side

The Tiger Prowls

The Tiger Prowls by Seb Braun 
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 aloud.

Take Away the A

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.

Culinary capers


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 Murphy 
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.

Fun and games


Herman's Holiday by Tom Percival 
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 Lentz 
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.

For young poets


A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell
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 Rayner 
    Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration, Catherine Rayner's vibrant, vivid watercolours accompany her funny tale of a bath-averse dog.

      You Can Do It, Bert by Ole Konnecke 
      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 Ciraolo 
      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 place... 


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