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A Friend For Henry

This book tells the story of Henry, a young autistic boy, as he navigates the population of Classroom 6 throughout his day at school. He wants to make a friend, and the story takes the reader with him, while Mika Song’s soft and simple illustrations mirror the empathic, child-friendly tone of the book. Compassionate, and…

A Stone Sat Still

A stone can seem an unlikely topic for a picturebook – no sentient being, the stone, ‘is there, and sat still.’ Yet, it holds meaning for the many creatures which come across it: as seasons move on, bugs, furry mammals and many species, big and small, find significance in this simple stone, as a home,…

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…

Balderdash!

Balderdash! tells the story of the first man to pioneer children’s literature as a category in its own right. In 18th-century London, children’s books were either morally improving fables to be read to children like sermons or codes of behaviour for parents and educators. John Newbery had the innovative idea that children would enjoy reading…

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…

Can I Sit With You?

A little girl is out and about in the world, seeing sights both strange and familiar. She’s sometimes surrounded by people and overwhelming noise, and sometimes by herself and quiet. All the time, a little dog is with her. He is unnoticed at first. But whether she is going near or far, he stays right…

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…

Farewell Floppy

The child protagonist in this sophisticated picturebook from French author-illustrator Benjamin Chaud decides he is too old for his rabbit and in a narrative that echoes Hansel and Gretel he takes it into the woods, attempts lose it, and eventually leaves it tied to a tree. The atmosphere, admirably reflected in the stylish illustrations is dark…

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…

Hello, Rain!

This illustrated celebration of rain from the mind of Kyo Maclear and the paintbrush of Chris Turnham will make readers of all ages excited for the next day filled with puddles and raindrops, and knowing Ireland there’s definitely one just around the corner. Don your wellies and get out your brightest umbrella for a tale…

Her Right Foot

The Statue of Liberty is an American icon; we all recognise her torch, crown and book. But have you ever noticed her foot, particularly her right foot? This is a clever, funny and interesting take on how the Statue of Liberty was first designed and built in France, and then how she came to arrive…

I Have an Idea!

In I have an Idea, we stop and consider the idea of an idea. In his quest to make this intangible thing tangible, Tullet takes a Cubist approach – looking sideways at the concept from all sorts of angles. We consider the feeling we get when we have an idea, the process we go through…

Loon Lake

A beautifully presented book telling the story of the loon – or is it trying to explore the relationship between a father and his daughter? – or it is an implicit, perhaps even explicit, tale of conservation? And this is my problem with this book – I am not sure what it is trying to…

Neighbors

Neighbors is a book all about a little girl who moves to a new apartment and begins to wonder about the neighbours that surround her. She ponders that her ceiling is someone’s floor and her floor, someone’s ceiling. She imagines who might be on the other side of the wall and what they might be…

Ocean: A Visual Miscellany

This strikingly visual, impressively holistic consideration of the oceans incorporates science, history, mythology and geography alongside experiments, crafts and witty asides. The content is carefully paced, never overwhelming with facts and skilfully balancing informative sections with open ended questions and activities. Originally published in Portugal by the innovative Pato Lógico, there is a seriously artful…

Say Zoop!

A blue circle asks you if you’re really sure you want to play and then we’re off on a wild and noisy journey through sound and colour! Hervé Tullet, master of interactive picturebooks, returns with another fabulous text which claims to do for sound what Press Here did for touch. Circles, dots and bubbles of…

The Bear and the Moon

The Bear and the Moon is a stunning journey through the joys and sorrows of Bear and his new companion. The reader is swept away by his initial delight at meeting his new friend and equally saddened by their sudden parting. The theme of grief is explored with a subtle elegance. Bear’s feeling of guilt,…

The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs

When Ken Nedimyer was little, Nasa was just sending its first rockets, and then men, in to space. But while the whole world looked to the unknown realms of space for inspiration, Ken was far more interested in the unknown here on Earth – in the ocean. As a young man he collected hundreds of…

The Crocodile and the Dentist

When Crocodile has a toothache, he becomes very apprehensive (like a lot of people) about visiting the dentist; but what Crocodile doesn’t know is that the dentist wants to help, but is afraid of the crocodile! ‘I really don’t want to… but I have to,’ says Crocodile walking to the dentist. ‘I really don’t want…

This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World

Meet Romeo from Italy, Kei from Japan, Daphine from Uganda, Ananya from India, Ribaldo from Peru, and Kian from Iran. These seven children are inviting you into their homes and their lives. They want to introduce you to their families, their teachers and their friends, and show you how they play, where they sleep and…

Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug

This is a tale about Tiny T. Rex – a dear little dinosaur determined to help his friend and give him a big hug. Tiny believes that ‘’each day I am growing taller but my arms are still tiny, hugging almost seems impossible for a Rex as tiny as me.’ However, Tiny T keeps challenging…

Wave

Award-winning artist Suzy Lee has taken the time-old theme of friendship and injected it with new life in this unique and wordless picturebook. She uses just a bold blue colour and simple charcoal lines bursting with confidence to tell the story of a young girl visiting the seaside who begins the most wonderful exchange with…

Welcome To My House, A Collection of First Words

This a delightful catalogue of the most common (and some less common) items that you find in a house. You have everything for sitting on, everything that brightens, and everything for cooling down, amongst many other such headings. But it is far more than an illustrated catalogue. It has a mysterious narrator. ‘My name is…

What Can a Citizen Do?

Probably better known for his books for adults, Dave Eggers’ new book for children is an answer to the book’s title. Taking what can be a difficult concept for children to understand, Eggers uses verse and simple ideas to help children understand what it means to be a citizen. More importantly, it gives examples of…

You Are New

‘Hello, You! You are new.’ A warm welcome awaits all babies in cartoonist Lucy Knisley’s sweet celebration of new life and new beginnings. From the cherub-faced babies who adorn the endpapers to the toothy toddler enjoying a game of peekaboo, Knisley brings them all to life with her unique – and universal – illustrative style.…

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