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3.2.1 GO!

3.2.1 GO! is like no other counting book for young children around just now. In this animal Olympics, we see 5 pandas practising martial arts, a fox on the tennis court with 16 spare sweatbands and 8 monkeys doing what they do best – swinging between the rings in the gymnasium. From 1 up to…

5 Wild Numbers

A lively introduction to the world of numbers one to five, this beautiful board book doubles up to showcase jungle animals in their natural habitats. Short rhymes on each page accompany artistic illustrations of both numbers and creatures while we encounter wildlife in every sense of the word as ‘One fierce tiger paces’ and ‘three…

A Day With Dogs

A Day with Dogs is a fantastic book that offers an exclusive insight into every little bit of what nine dogs (and a lot of humans) do during their day; be it visiting the doctor, playing in school, shopping at the supermarket or playing musical instruments. Part non-fiction, part fiction, A Day with Dogs is…

A First Book of the Sea

This sumptuous picturebook from this award-winning duo is a beautiful object, and would make a lovely gift to take on holidays or even to curl up with as the days get shorter and colder. Together with Davies’ A First Book of Nature and A First Book of Animals this title marks a new direction in…

A Mouse Called Julian

Julian is what you could call a creature of habits, or be precise, a mouse of habits! From his little crawl spot, far from the dangerous outside world and away from all the other underground inhabitants, he lives a peaceful and well-ordered life. That is, until a fox decides to have Julian for dinner… Yet,…

A Possum’s Tail

Told in rhyme, the story is of Sam who takes a walk through the city streets to London Zoo to see his favourite animals. Unfortunately, they are asleep so Sam journeys home again. However, he unknowingly picks up a few hitchhikers as he leaves the zoo. I am not sure what kind of irresponsible parent lets…

A Rainbow in My Pocket

Poetry from the perspective of a child is not easily written by adults, but in tender tones Ali Seidabadi captures the world in a way which will reflect and inspire the minds of young readers. Whether it is the culturally enriching experience of reading Persian poetry, or the accessibility lent to it by Azita Rassi’s…

A Very Late Story

Some of the best picturebooks are the ones with very little text but a very big message. Marianna Coppo’s story within a story is a wonderfully clever example of how illustration and simple expression is sometimes more powerful than words themselves. Young readers are introduced to Coppo’s ‘cast’ of cute characters as they anxiously await…

ABC Early Learning at the Museum

Produced by the British Museum, this beautiful picturebook uses objects from the museum’s rich collection to teach its readers the alphabet, with paintings, textiles and sculptures all incorporated to represent different letters. Pictures of each piece appear above or below the relevant letter, which is typed in both capital and lower case, along with the…

ABC Mindful Me

Following on from ABC Yoga, Christine Engle has created an introduction to mindfulness for 3-6 year-olds. This colourful board book provides a lively introduction to emotional regulation and self-care. The text comprises of a series of short rhymes, structured around the alphabet. In some places the structure and verse flow fluently, and in some places…

ABZZZ…A Bedtime Alphabet

This Bedtime Alphabet was originally published by Planeta Tangerina, a Portuguese publishing house whose aim is to produce books where text and image combine to create a unique outcome. This idea of harmony and balance through interconnection resonates throughout this picturebook. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a different mediation on the idea…

Alba: The Hundred Year Old Fish

Hawthorne’s picturebook conveys an important ecological message in a colourful and clear way aided by the use of glorious illustrations. Once you are enticed by the stunning front cover you will be further surprised and rewarded when you open the book by the lavishly creative endpapers showing the spectacular world of the coral reef. The…

All Aboard for the Bobo Road

Corr’s brightly coloured paintings sing from every page as we climb aboard Big Ali’s minibus and hit the Bobo road. At Lake Tengréla, we encounter dancing flamingos and hungry hippos. In the middle of the forest, the luggage is alive. Huffing and puffing, the bus people disembark carrying watermelons and enormous yams to set up…

All Around the World: Sports and Games

In Cosneau’s original All Around the World, readers were offered 8 panoramas of environments from around the globe and encouraged to complete them using stickers of accompanying animals. In this follow-up, the mega-sized scenes are focused on various sports and games settings, including the adventure playground, the water park, the circus, the sports stadium, the…

All Better!

No one likes feeling ill, having to visit a doctor or stay in hospital, so this collection of funny, informative poems is like medicine for the reluctant patient. From the cosiness of your bed when you are sick, to parents’ care and humour when a little person in is hospital, Latvian poet Zandere gently deals…

Along Came A Different

The Reds love being red. In fact they can’t get enough of being red, what with all the cool red hats, the red apples and the singing of red songs. But then along come the Yellows, a group of squares that love to eat bananas, love to read yellow books and drive yellow cars and…

Als Heel de Wereld een Appeltaart was: Rijmpjes en Versjes

The title of the first of these books of Dutch nursery rhymes is the first line of a Dutch version of this familiar rhyme: If all the world were apple pie, And all the sea were ink And all the trees were bread and cheese, What should we have to drink? The Dutch version is…

Am I Yours?

When an icy wind pushes an egg from its nest, five friendly dinosaurs must get it home before dark. But who does the egg belong to and will they figure it out in time? Alex Latimer introduces young children to a range of dinosaur species as the little creature inside the egg repeatedly asks each…

Amazing

‘I taught Zibbo how to fly. Zibbo taught me how to… ROARRR!’ Amazing, the latest book from award-winning author and illustrator Steve Anthony (of the beloved Mr Panda series), is an uplifting and entertaining picturebook. Some families have pet dogs, others have gold fish, cats, guinea pigs or hamsters, but have you come across a…

Amazing Animal Babies

This publication is born into a world full of books about animals. However, it has a huge advantage over other publications in that it is firmly aimed at very young children. It starts at their level of awareness and brings the reader on an expedition around the world to observe young animals in their habitats.…

An Artist’s Alphabet

This lavishly illustrated book gives a creative and innovative method of applying links between the letters of the alphabet and the everyday objects that surround us. Messenger’s long history of illustration is evident in the vintage style of illustration. The pages are decorated with a washed pastel tone, in a quintessentially English style. This book…

Anywhere Farm

‘Where does it all start? What do you need?/ Just one farmer – you – and one little seed.’ Growing vegetables can take place anywhere and at any time. An old shoe, an empty tin or anything that offers a small bit of space can be a good container for a seed to grow. Root…

Aquarium

At first glance Aquarium looked a bit like it was all fur coat and no – ahem– underwear. Created by a young Argentinian graphic designer for readers of 3 to 5 years, it looked too design-led with not much else going on. But first glance was wrong; the underpinnings in this stylish wordless picturebook are…

Australia Illustrated

In Australia Illustrated Tania McCartney has created her own eclectic schema for detailing quirky and eccentric icons of Australian life with multicultural perspectives. The popular culture tenor of the work is obvious in both text and image in this, the first of her many books which McCartney has illustrated as well as written. Organised with…

Because of an Acorn

The cycle of nature is beautifully and imaginatively traced from an acorn to a tree, to a forest, and a lot more in between in this attractive information picturebook. The process is shown in clear images with a minimum of words, and readers will find reason to pause at each page and look closely at…

Belinda Brown

This is classic McKee – flat, two-dimensional, child-like artwork that conceals his genius. There is a rhyming text that avoids (narrowly) being contrived. As well as the rhyming, we have alliteration as in ‘Brother Bryan gobbled burgers, biscuits and bakes, bangers, buns, brioche and for breakfast? Bran flakes.’ Belinda Brown loves bananas; she eats nothing…

Billy and the Beast

Billy and the Beast begins with an introduction to our protagonists who differ from expectations: Billy is a girl who keeps snacks in her hair and her sidekick is a fat cat (named Fatcat) who has a noisy tummy. The format of this story will be familiar to readers of fairy and folk tales: the…

Bird House

From cover to cover this book is a journey of discovery into the world of birds. Why do birds need houses and does one size fit all? These and lots more questions are answered in this lift-the-flap book which is teeming with information on how we can provide a safe and welcoming habitat for our…

Blue & Other Colours with Henri Matisse

This beautiful board book introduces toddlers to colours using 25 vibrant works of art by Henri Matisse. The bold shapes and vibrant colours in Matisse’s cutouts will appeal to young readers, and the works are brilliantly reproduced. Phaidon Press’s reputation for creating high-quality art books is justified. The use of colour in the typography is…

Blue Penguin

One day in the far south, a blue penguin was born. He felt just like an ordinary penguin. The other penguins said, ‘…you’re not like us’ and they left him on his own.  Blue Penguin’s days were empty and lonely, but his nights were filled with dreams. From those dreams came a song… a song…

Can You Find Me?

Can You Find Me? is a fun book with a twist on the idea of the ‘Hidden Picture’ game. In it, animals are ‘camouflaged’ in 10 different spreads, each featuring a unique setting: the garden, the pond, the farm, the jungle, the cold, the ocean, the underground, the safari, at home and at night; and…

Can’t Catch Me!

‘I’m going to catch you!’ says little lion as he chases animals in the savannah, but they are proving difficult to trap as they suddenly disappear from view, concealing themselves in clever places. Little lion will not be dissuaded from his fun and continues his game of hide-and-seek, until he meets his match in a…

Cannonball Coralie and the Lion

Coralie lives alone in the forest where she runs and jumps and swings from trees – not to mention juggling anything that she can find! Her skills are wonderful, and so is she – but there is no one else in the woods to see her. So when a circus comes by, Coralie decides to…

Captain Green and the Plastic Scene

This picturebook, by Galway author Evelyn Bookless, has a very clear message: our oceans and animals are in trouble and only we can fix this. Captain Green, an environmentally conscious caped crusader, helps to get a number of marine friends out of danger. He soon realises that there is a serious problem. The amount of…

Cinderfella

Once upon a time, there lived Cinderfella – a little boy forever bossed around by his two older brothers, Gus and Gareth. They make him clip their toenails, clean their room and even finish their homework. They are so mean that on the day of neighbour Kayleigh’s party, Gus and Gareth tell poor Cinderfella that…

Cinnamon

This story brings us on a journey to a land far, far away to meet Cinnamon, a beautiful, blind and isolated princess who does not speak. After a series of unsuccessful attempts by people engaged by her parents to help Cinnamon talk, a scary yet majestic tiger appears to try his hand in the matter.  This…

Colour of People

This poignant, wordless picturebook from Mauricio Negro takes a playful, yet thought-provoking look at ethnicity and colour.  Reminiscent of Arga Gra’s poem ‘And you call me coloured’, Colour of People reminds us that, regardless of colour or ethnicity, we all fall ill, get hungry, feel pain, and experience happiness.  The central message of the book focuses…

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes

The beauty of the artwork in this book reflects the tradition in Islamic art of evoking the sacred through pattern and shape. Each page turn leads us to a world of discovery. There is a mixture of painted and digital elements that merge wonderfully. At the end of the book we are told that each…

Cycle City

Welcome to Cycle City, where the bicycle is king of the road! The Starlight Parade is due to begin in a matter of hours, but the parade committee of pigs still have invitations to deliver and have yet to appoint a grand marshal! Follow the trail of Mayor Snail and the rest of the animals…

Daddy Hairdo

A splendid opening about the irony of life when it comes to hair issues. When Amy is born she has very little of it. Her dad, on the other hand, has LOTS. As we all know, as the years go by it can sometimes be hard to hold onto it and inevitably Dad starts losing…

DARE

DARE is a poetic manifesto for children, encouraging them to live loud and clear, to stand up for what they believe in, and to be unafraid of making their own mark on the world. Captured in couplets that belie the punch this book packs, Lorna Gutierrez’s writing sparkles and speaks direct to the heart, without…

Dino’s Don’t Exist

Dino’s don’t exist… do they? Two boys, Tim the leader and Jesse the willing but slightly nervous follower, decide to trek through the woods on the hunt for giant dinosaurs. But as the story progresses, we start to wonder who really is the hunter and who is the hunted. Dutch illustrator Mark Janssen offers another…

Don’t Leap, Larry!

Larry Lemming is a lemming just like any other – except he’s not. Larry is very much his own lemming, and he does his own thing even when his friends can’t seem to understand why. He goes sledging with the puffins because he wants to, he wears a top hat because he knows he looks…

Don’t Worry, Little Crab

In his latest picturebook, Haughton covers some well-trodden ground in the world of children’s literature: how little people – with the right support and reassurance – have the courage to overcome life’s big obstacles. When Very Big Crab suggests to Little Crab that they leave the safety of their tiny rockpool in search of the…

Doodle Cat is Bored

In common with children everywhere, when Doodle Cat finds himself at a loose end he is immediately extremely bored and initially has a hard time entertaining himself. In an attention-seeking ploy, he finds something to occupy him, but will it really be useful to alleviate his boredom? After some amusing trial and error, Doodle Cat…

Double Take: A New Look At Opposites

Double Take: A New Look at Opposites plays with the concept of opposites in a new, exciting and sometimes complex way. While it begins with easy examples like yes/no stop/go, day/night, young readers are quickly invited to look and look again, examining things on a deeper level, from different perspectives and to think about the…

Encyclopedia of Grannies

Grannies have always been held in high regard in the picturebook world; celebrated for their warm, nurturing personas, or unrivalled superpowers. But in this eccentric directory from French author and illustrator Veillé, a whole new light is shone on society’s most treasured relatives. From common granny hairstyles, to the impressive positions that the most flexible…

Everyone Walks Away

Everyone Walks Away is a quirky yet beautifully told, moving story of isolation and segregation.  As the title of the book suggests, the story introduces us to Frank, who spends most of his time alone and without the company of friends. Lindstrom’s unique style of illustration and her use of perspective depict Frank’s loneliness very…

Felix’s New Skirt

The title summarises this ploddingly predictable picturebook; Felix has a new skirt and is keen, indeed doggedly determined, that his parents allow him to wear it to school. When his parents relent, the teasing and startled alarm of the young and old members of his school and neighbourhood community is depicted with little flair in…

Forever or a Day

This début picturebook from Sarah Jacoby unfolds in the form of a conversation of sorts between a narrator that might be a parent and a listener that might be a child across the length of a single day. What does time mean to you? How do we feel it? How do we see it? Jacoby…

Fox and Chick: The Party and Other Stories

Fox and Chick have many adventures together. Fox and Chick are funny and have fun. Fox and Chick do not always agree. But nevertheless, Fox and Chick are always friends. The Party and Other Stories features a classic odd couple made up of a patient, if somewhat exasperated, Fox and a lively but perhaps occasionally…

Frog and Toad Together

The Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel were first introduced to young readers in 1970 and have since come to be recognised as classics of children’s literature, winning many of the genre’s most prestigious awards. Frog and Toad Together is the second book in the series, first published in 1972, and was itself a…

Great Dog

A father and his son go through the family’s portrait gallery, each painting a reminder of the brave deeds and extraordinary lives of their ancestors. Between Uncle Scooter and Aunt Frida, Pup seems to be last in a line made of formidable fire dogs, running champions and talented artists, and as inspiring as those stories…

Grobblechops

Amir is worried about a monster under the bed. His dad can’t help him because the Monster might bring his own dad. His mum might fight him off, but what if the monster’s mum shows up? A modern retelling of a tale from Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet, scholar, and Sufi mystic, this is probably…

Grumpy Frog

Ed Vere is a British author and illustrator and is the creator of one of my all-time favourite picturebooks, Mr Big. I’m a sucker for hat-wearing gorillas who love jazz. Vere’s latest book, Grumpy Frog, tells the story of a bright green frog who is definitely NOT grumpy. Grumpy Frog loves two things best: being…

Hansel & Gretel

Award-winning author Bethan Woolvin is back with another of her signature subversions of classic fairy tales, this time taking on Hansel and Gretel with striking graphics and trademark humour. Slip off the dust jacket of Hansel & Gretel to reveal the outline of a cookie-cutter – don’t be taken in by this; Woolvin’s fun interpretation…

Harold Snipperpot’s Best Disaster Ever

Harold Phillip – to give him his full title – Snipperpot is about to turn seven years old and he isn’t looking forward to his birthday. Harold’s parents are extremely unhappy – they never laugh together or hug each other or smile. And they don’t believe in birthday parties. But this year, they notice how…

Hedgehogs Don’t Live in the City

Grace and Archie are journeying through the city on their scooters when Grace thinks she spots a hedgehog bustling alongside them, but Archie thinks hedgehogs don’t live in the city. The children scoot on, wondering who their companion could be, until at last their spikey friend is revealed. The narrative of the adventure is told…

Hic?

That it is printed on a Risograph, an eco-friedly, low tech printing system using soy ink which produces books in which the images are all slightly different, is a great reason to rush out and purchase Hic?, produced by that splendidly innovative Indian publisher, Tara Books. But of course, it is the delightful images, allied…

Home and Dry

The Paddling family live on a tiny island, surrounded by a lake. Mrs Sally Paddling catches fish, Mr Albert Paddling teaches swimming, and they travel everywhere by row boat. This is how they live all year round, with their son and new baby. Well, except in summer, when the lake dries. Then, unfortunately, they have…

How Long Is A Whale?

How Long Is A Whale? is a unique counting book, which starts with the length of ten sea otters and uses them as a comparison for groups of other aquatic animals, counting down to one humpback whale. The author, Alison Limentani, then cleverly uses the humpback whale as a measure for other, larger sea animals.…

How to find a friend

Squirrel has moved into her tree, and Rabbit has just settled in his burrow. They are both new to the woodland, and would like to make a new friend. But for some reason they just keep missing each other! Luckily there are two very helpful bugs who want to point Squirrel and Rabbit in the…

I Dare You

Two bored gorillas are playing a game of dares. As the game progresses, the gorillas dare each other to eat bigger and more outrageous items, including bugs, birds, rock and trees, until they reach the ultimate, icky dénouement. Then the game starts over again. Reminiscent of the old nursery rhyme about the old lady who…

I Like Bees, I Don’t Like Honey!

Inspired by real contributors and responses, I Like Bees… I Don’t Like Honey! explores the likes and dislikes of various children. A début for both Sam Bishop and Fiona Lumbers, this picturebook is a lovely, thought-provoking read. Bishop’s interactive, rhyming text is both fun and inspiring. The overall message is one of accepting difference and…

I Really Want That Unicorn

Chloe Crocodile really wants that unicorn. But there is more at stake in this book than a unicorn, even a Big Sparkly Mellow Yellow Unicorn, and, ultimately, Chloe learns that friendship is more important than winning or unicorns. Chloe and Veronica must both bake rainbow cakes, make magic castles, sew unicorn fairy costumes and then…

I Yam a Donkey!

If you are going to receive lessons on grammar, it should always be from a knowledgeable vegetable. Donkey hasn’t quite mastered his pronunciation and when an educated yam overhears him say ‘I yam a donkey!’, a heated and hysterical discussion begins on the verb ‘to be.’ Donkey takes a very literal approach to everything Yam…

Ice Boy

David Ezra Stein is the Brooklyn-born illustrator and author of many award-winning books including the delightful Interrupting Chicken, winner of a 2011 Caldecott Honor. With Ice Boy, David Ezra Stein tells the story of an ice cube who dreams of leaving the freezer where he lives both with his mum and dad, and with the…

Is It A Mermaid?

Benji and Bel are on the beach when they spot a strange creature. It is a rare dugong; a sea cow! The dugong thinks they’re just being silly. She has a mermaids’ tail and sings a mermaids’ song. Can’t they see she’s a mermaid? The more she tries to prove her point, the more Benji…

It’s Your World Now!

It’s Your World Now! is the début picturebook from Barry Falls, a well-known Belfast illustrator. Written entirely in rhyming text, this picturebook is a gorgeous celebration of individual potential and possibilities. Starting with the image of a small child running towards the open arms of a parent figure, the book opens with the promise of…

Izzy Gizmo

Izzy Gizmo is a brilliant inventor. She’s constantly using the materials around her to construct complex gadgets. Sometimes they don’t work perfectly and she gets upset, but her grandfather always encourages her to keep making her work better. When Izzy finds an injured crow, she’s determined to invent a machine that will help him fly…

I’m Actually Really Grown Up Now

Hunkered down at the top of the stairs listening to the sounds of the party down below, Meena hatches a plan. She has had enough of being left out – from now on, she is going to be a grown up, and the very first thing she plans to do is to throw a very…

Joy

A little girl called Fern grows concerned after noticing that her beloved Nanna has stopped smiling. What could be the matter? Fern’s mum explains that the ‘whoosh’ of joy has gone out of Nanna’s life. Fern sets off to capture this elusive whoosh and cheer her Nanna back up. Fern’s search for joy is beautifully…

Julian is a Mermaid

Julian and Nana love to go swimming, and on their way home they notice three beautiful mermaids. Julian LOVES mermaids we are told, and as soon as they get home, he decides to make himself up to look just like one. But what will Nana think of Julian’s new look? This poignant and beautifully illustrated…

Kiki and Bobo’s Super Surprise

Meet Kiki and Bobo, two friends who are getting ready for a very special day. Both are planning a surprise secret party, but who is it for? The personalities of this lively pair are different with Kiki being bouncy and Bobo tending to be the shy one of the duo. This is a lift-the-flap story…

Knock Knock Pirate

‘Knock knock!’ Who could that be? A little girl opens her door to find a pirate captain with skeleton earrings and wild purple hair. Searching for treasure, the captain and her crew burst inside, ransacking every room in their hunt for gold. But there are no spoils to be found! In a desperate bid to…

Knock! Knock! Where’s My Bear?

This is an architectural, or sculptural, book, in which the story unfolds as the reader unfolds the cardboard building that is central to the narrative. The novel format may encourage readers of any age to think about how a traditional book works, through exploding conventions of the picturebook form, whilst maintaining conventions of the picturebook…

Leaf

Crow spots a ‘strange white creature’ floating towards the shore on a piece of ice. As the beast makes home in a nearby cave, the surrounding forest animals try to make sense of the new arrival. The majority feel frightened and threatened, and the creature’s odd leaf-collecting habit only deepens their suspicions. As the creature…

Lemur Dreamer

Courtney Dicmas has created a beautiful story of friendship and support. While all the animal residents of Pebbly Lane live quiet, ordinary lives, Louis the lemur can be counted on to bring a bit of excitement to every night. Louis walks in his sleep! While his night-time wanderings usually cause a bit of mischief, he…

Life Is Magic

The famous magician, Monsieur Lapin, is holding auditions for the role of a new assistant without any luck, until Houdini the rabbit comes along. He turns out to be the perfect choice; he loves magic, looks after everyone, and ensures the show runs smoothly. One night, things go wrong, however. Yet Houdini is not daunted…

Life on Mars

An astronaut sets off all alone to Mars to prove that there is life there. Everybody at home thinks he’s crazy, nobody believes there’s life on the Red Planet, but the astronaut is so sure he will find something – anything – that he brings a wrapped box of chocolate cupcakes as a present. Surely…

Lionheart

This lavishly illustrated picturebook about facing your fears featuring a monster in the dark has all the elements of an epic with a hero battling something which at first seems too much for him to handle, but which is overcome by the end of the book. The narrative is spare, and satisfyingly the pictures carry…

Little Mole is a Whirlwind

Little Mole really is a whirlwind. He can’t stop moving, is always fidgeting, breaks things and constantly forgets what he’s supposed to be doing. His classmates avoid playing with him. Little Mole is ‘wearing so many labels he doesn’t know who he is’. His teacher doesn’t know what to do. His parents, at the end…

Little Mouse and the Red Wall

One can judge a picturebook by its cover! When opening my package, unwrapping the brown box and the bubble wrap to reveal the joy of a stunning picturebook, it was like receiving a gift in the post. Little Mouse and the Red Wall is a story about facing our fears, discovering freedom, and travelling into…

Little Red Reading Hood

This contemporary narrative of a classic fairy tale favourite not only gives a new look to the story. It turns it on its head and encourages the reader’s right to enter the tale and make it their own. Little Red has an overdue library book and it must be returned today! On her way, she…

Little Wise Wolf

This delightful story presents us with a deeply philosophical question: where and how do we find wisdom? Little Wolf has become known as Little Wise Wolf because he reads so many books and knows so many important things. He spends his life reading and learning about the world. His friends come to him with their…

Looking After William

A beautifully illustrated début picturebook, this is a story of family and love, but with a twist! William is not a little boy, but a dad, whose daughter, at least in her eyes, is looking after him. Mummy goes out in the morning, discreetly slipping out in the back of a picture, and it is…

Lubna and Pebble

Lubna’s best friend is a pebble. Lubna finds Pebble the night that she arrives on the beach, bringing her new friend with her to the world of tents. She tells Pebble everything: about her journey to the world of tents, her brothers, her home and the war. When Lubna is frightened, she tells Pebble stories. Lubna takes care…

Lulu Gets a Cat

Lulu really wants a cat but Mum says looking after a pet is a lot of work. So Lulu decides to do her homework. She visits the library to find books on pet care and practices looking after her stuffed cat. When her Mum thinks she is ready for the responsibility, they head off to…

Lulu Gets a Cat!

Lulu Gets a Cat!, the latest addition to the popular series, is a credit to Anna McQuinn. It’s clear that a lot of work and research went into this colourful picturebook, with information about the National Cats Adoption Centre available to young readers on the inside cover. As a teacher, I found it fantastic that…

Lulu’s First Day

Tomorrow is a big day for Lulu, she is starting preschool. She thinks it will be like story time at the library, but this time she will stay be herself. She has visited the school, packed her new bag, chosen her clothes and packed some extra, just in case! The day arrives and we follow…

Maya & Cat

This picturebook by Caroline Magerl is a beautiful object and both an aural and visual treat. Having the illustrations carry much of the story has allowed Magerl to pare back the text, which has a wonderfully spare, poetic flow to it, enhanced by the generous design and placing of the words on the page. The…

Me and My Sister

‘Me And My Sister‘ tells the story of two siblings that experience the world differently. It embraces the perspective of a young boy who gives us a little insight on what life is like with an autistic sibling. It shows the highs and lows, acknowledging that there can sometimes be difficult days while it also…

Mice in the City: New York

In this unique introduction to some of New York’s most renowned buildings, parks and sights, Ami Shin takes us on a journey through a city run by mice. Instead of watching people flock to these sights, we see tiny mice toasting champagne in the Chrysler Building, driving subway trains under Central Park, and sailing past…

Mini Rabbit Not Lost

Like many of us, the small hero of John Bond’s début picturebook is partial to cake. But when Mother Rabbit’s plans to bake his favourite treat are thwarted by a lack of berries, Mini Rabbit heads off on an adventure of epic proportions in search of some. Through fields and forests, over oceans and mountains,…

Mirror Play: What am I?

Mirror Play is an invitation to engage. Each page has an abstract rotating shape. When combined with the mirror and rotated, these shapes transform into frogs, pandas, planes and more. Initially this seems like a simple book – there is no narrative to speak of, the illustrative style is bold and clear with lots of…

Molly and the Stormy Sea

Molly wakes up one morning to find her house completely empty. Her father is out on a fishing trip on stormy seas and now her mother is nowhere to be seen. That can only mean one thing – that her father is missing. And so, over the course of the night, Molly will offer the…

Muhammad Ali (Little People, Big Dreams)

Once, a little boy named Cassius Clay had his bicycle stolen. He was so angry. He wanted to confront the thief, but a police officer told him that before he did, he needed to learn how to fight. Soon, Cassius had taken up boxing. While he wasn’t the strongest boxer, he was the fastest and…

My Name is Not Refugee

What would you pack in your rucksack if you had to leave home? How far could you walk? Where would you sleep? Simple questions accompany this little boy’s account of his journey to safety with his mother, full of trudging and queuing, waiting and wondering. The spare text hints gently at some of the challenges…

Near, Far

Near, Far is a deceptively simple picturebook. Done in vivid block colours throughout, it is as much a mystery narrative as an essay on perspective for very young children. There are seven creatures portrayed one at a time, beginning with a close-up view and gradually retreating far enough for the viewer to be able to…

Nell & the Circus of Dreams

The summer that Mummy was ill and had to stay in bed, Nell was sad. She finds a little chick and the two soon become best friends. She takes her inside, names her Rosebud, and the pair spend all their time together. One morning, Rosebud disappears! Nell runs off through the garden and into the…


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