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A Polar Bear in the Snow

This simple story of a polar bear waking up and going for a swim is anything but simple! Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris have created a starkly beautiful and clever book that will have you eagerly turning the pages to see the magical artwork. The illustrations really steal the show in this book, created with…

A Shelter for Sadness

A Shelter for Sadness is a story about a boy who builds a place for his Sadness, where it can be as loud or as quiet, as big or as small as it needs to be. The Sadness can be comfortable in the shelter, whether it be in the light or in the dark, no…

Albert Talbot: Master of Disguise

Albert Talbot is a very imaginative boy who lives by many guises. One moment, he is the notorious desperado Clate Stouderhoofen, wanted for spittoon kicking and hat flattening, and the next moment he is Professor Octavius Pickleswick, mechanical engineer and inventor of robots but, in the end, he is always Albert. This book has a…

Different Like Delia

Five-year-old Delia lives in San Francisco and dreams of becoming a world-famous fashion designer. When Delia begins to stutter, she loses all of her confidence and battles with anxiety and worry. Throughout this book, Delia deals with low self-esteem and bullying as a result of her stutter, before learning to see the bigger picture. Different…

Fidget the Wonder Dog

‘Fidget is not a fetch and carry dog, not a lie by the fire dog.’ He is full of mischief, mayhem and fun. In this gem of a book by Galway author Patricia Forde and illustrator Rachel Saunders, a little girl tells us about her beloved dog, Fidget, who gets up to all sorts of…

Finn’s First Song

Finn’s First Song is a real treat for young readers. The vivid illustrations pull the reader in to Finn’s ocean home from the get go and the text is paced well to allow children to enjoy the underwater scenes as they travel with Finn on his journey to Ireland. Daly cleverly weaves big themes into…

Hello! A Counting Book of Kindness

Hello! A Counting Book of Kindnesses is a beautiful story about a mother and her three children who are forced to flee from a war-torn country. Along the way, they are met with many people on their journey who show them great kindness, such as providing them with food and shelter, and providing the children…

Here Be Dragons

Like a Pixar cartoon in book form, this funny and subversive tale pokes fun at a brave knight, whose self-proclaimed mission is to find and slay a dragon. Despite the naysayers, he has complete self-confidence and a map with an X saying ‘HERE BE DRAGONS’. As he begins his quest, readers will delight in spotting…

I Can Catch A Monster

Imagine your big brothers take off on a quest to find a monster without you. This is what happens to Bo; she is told she is too small and must stay home, but Bo is brave and decides she will find a monster on her own. Along the way she meets a griffin, a kraken…

I Talk Like A River

Here is a book about the sounds of words, the feeling of saying, and the isolation and barriers that speech impediments can bring. Furthermore, it’s a book about a kind and thoughtful father, gently parsing and reframing – helping to put language on experience – and how this connection can change everything. Jordan Scott, a…

I’ll Believe You When…: Unbelievable Idioms from Around the World

Cheerfully illustrated and thoughtfully diverse, this playful picturebook explores the concept of idioms through examples from around the world. Beginning in the UK, we begin with the phrase ‘when pigs fly’. The frequently absurd idioms are delightful. Hairy frogs, toothy chickens, dancing cows and whistling lobsters feature as we encounter examples from Spain, Nigeria, the…

If Winter Comes, Tell It I’m Not Here

A little boy floats happily in an outdoor swimming pool, emerging only for the promise of ice-cream. His big sister looks on, waiting for her moment. Soon winter will be here, she tells him, and all your favourite things will be gone. This is a story about jealous sisters, but it is also a story about…

In the Half Room

What, one wonders, is a Half Room? And why is there half a cat on the cover? With its intriguing title and cover image this enigmatic picturebook grabs the reader’s attention from the outset. All of the objects in the book are halved and as we turn the pages the Half Room is gradually constructed…

It’s Only Stanley

It’s Only Stanley is a deliberately misleading title as Stanley, the Wimbeldons’ family pet, is a resourceful, clever dog who certainly should not be taken for granted (nor indeed his DIY skills be underestimated!). Woken up by strange bump-in-the-night sounds over the course of one night, the Wimbeldons (and by extension the readers) are relieved…

Julian at the Wedding

Julian at the Wedding is a beautifully written and illustrated picturebook, full of warmth and heart, that explores love in all its forms. Love’s illustrations are vibrant and are cleverly composed to allow readers to see the different types of love at their level. The book celebrates individuality, acceptance and self-love. Every character is unique,…

Leo and the Octopus

This is lovely. An unlikely relationship builds between a child and an Octopus after a trip to the aquarium. Together they bond over their anxiety in large crowds and a love of solving puzzles. Marinov has written a sensitive and emotional tale. She expertly portrays Leo’s difficulties in navigating the world around him through the…

Love

Tess lives in a safe world full of love. Whether she’s at home with her parents, brother and dog, or visiting her grandparents, there is always love there, keeping her ‘warm, like a scarf’. Starting school is the first time she’ll be really on her own, but Mummy reassures her: ‘Love is like a string…

Making Friends

Making new friends, and understanding how to be a good friend to others, is probably one of the biggest learning curves facing little people. Friendships can be special and life-changing, but they also come with their own pitfalls. Which is why this sensitive guide from McCardie is one for parents, carers and teachers to keep…

Meesha Makes Friends

Meesha is a warm, inventive little girl who loves to make drawings and music. The one thing she can’t seem to make is friends and, no matter how hard she tries, she just can’t seem to get it right.  Eventually, she begins to wonder if she will ever be able to make friends. Meesha Makes…

Molly and the Lighthouse

There’s trouble at sea in this fast-paced adventure starring Molly and her islander friends and family. The lighthouse beam always flashes on the count of seventeen … but not tonight! What’s happened to poor Jamesie the lighthouse keeper – and can Molly and her mum get things back on track before dad’s fishing boat ends…

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…

Pirate Stew

A slightly cautionary rhyming tale about what might happen if you hire a pirate as a babysitter. As the two unnamed children’s parents leave for an evening out, babysitter, pirate and ship’s cook Long John McRon arrives. The children take one look at him and suspect they are doomed, which they are, but not for…

Snow Ghost

‘Snow Ghost came shimmering out of the air, searching for somewhere to settle – but where?‘ Snow Ghost is looking for a place that feels like home. She travels over chilly hills, unwelcoming towns and dense forests until she finds a cosy country farm to settle in. The story of hope and a search for…

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 Blue Giant

I am conflicted with this review. On the one hand I dislike overly moralistic or ‘message’ books. Which is book certainly is. On the other hand the message, that we are polluting the earth and only if we work together and work hard can we fix it, is simply not sinking in to society. So…

The Snowflake

Award-winning author illustrator Benji Davis has created yet another beautiful picturebook in The Snowflake. A little snowflake who isn’t so sure of how to fall is gently dropped from a kindly cloud with words of encouragement that everything will be alright, and they will eventually find the perfect place to land. Meanwhile, little Noelle and…

The Song of the Nightingale

I love origin tales like how the robin got its red breast, and why the moon travels. In The Song of the Nightingale, author Tanya Landman weaves a beautiful tale of a young earth full of life and colour, but the animals within it are dull and drab. So the painter decides something must be…

Where Snow Angels Go

O’Farrell’s enchantingly whimsical text tells how Sylvie has unknowingly brought into being an endearingly human guardian angel, who will prove to be essential to her wellbeing. Visiting by night, the angel assures Sylvie that she has within her the potential to help her family and friends rediscover the joy in living that helps keep us…

Who’s Your Real Mum?

Children of same-sex parents must find it wearying to be asked which parent is their ‘real’ one. In this book we meet Elvi, who is of mixed race, and has two mothers, one of whom has brown skin. Her friend Nicholas asks her which woman is her real mother. She patiently explains that both are,…

Will You Be My Friend?

Twenty-six years after Guess How Much I Love You, Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram are back with this heart-warming sequel, Will You Be My Friend? Little Nutbrown Hare is eager to play, but Big Nutbrown Hare is a bit too busy – as parents sometimes are. Little Nutbrown Hare asks if he can wander off…

Windows

As we all spend our days far from the homes of our friends, Windows offers the reader a meandering, dusk-time journey through their neighborhood. The protagonist leaves home with their dog at the end of the day just before the town goes to sleep. What slowly unfolds is the perfect journey narrative from the mind of Denos…

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