We’ve read all the new releases with our small people to find their favourites, so all you have to do is click and buy. (Or get them from the library – if you have time!)
1 GOOD FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN The Everywhere Bear by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb (Pan Macmillan)
The Everywhere Bear belongs to Class One and each weekend he goes home with one of the children. The main adventure happens when new boy Matt leaves him in a puddle. Our favourite things are the pictures with each child – from whizzing in a wheelchair with Josie to flying to the moon with Hanahazala.
2 A BEAUTIFULLY TOLD FAIRYTALE Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury)
Once there was a princess. Her name was Cinnamon. Her eyes were made of pearls, which meant that she was blind… and Cinnamon did not talk. Then one day, a rather scary tiger strolls into the palace and life changes forever. With beautiful illustrations and rich language, this is a story to revisit time and again.
3 ONE TO MAKE YOU BOTH LAUGH Penguin Problems by Jory John (Walker Books)
The penguin in this book has problems and we can relate to that. (What’s with all the squawking you guys? Totally us, when we’re hosting a playdate.) The highlight is some advice from a very wise walrus that may make penguin (and us) be a little more appreciative of what we have. Maybe.
4 FOR CHILDREN WHO ASK A LOT OF QUESTIONS If I had a Dinosaur by Alex Barrow and Gabby Dawnay (Thames & Hudson)
A book about dreaming BIG. If I Had a Dinosaur imagines, what if you did have a dinosaur for a pet? What would it eat? Drink? How would it get in or go out? (By giant cat flap of course). There are pictures instead of words in the book, which helps children to join in. And the book has some good dinosaur facts.
5 LOTS TO DISCOVER ON EVERY PAGE Mrs Mole, I’m home by Jarvis (Walker Books)
Morris is short-sighted (he is a mole after all), but when he loses his glasses, he’s sure he’ll be able to follow his nose home. We love the illustrations. With details like a restaurant called Gordon Ratzy’s and an owl reading Owliver Twist, there’s a lot to discover on each page. And Morris’s blunders made everyone smile.
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Article by Sara Conway