Picture Book Recommendations (0-5 years)
Teapot Trouble, Morag Hood
A lovely new title from a favourite of ours, Morag Hood.
Perfect for reading aloud, Teapot Trouble is a warm and silly picture book that children (and adults) will find hilarious. Something or someone is living inside Duck's teapot! Who are they? What do they want? How will we get them out? Never fear, for Tiny Horse is here! Tiny Horse has a trampoline.
She has a magnificent hat. She has a stick of celery. What more could anyone need to save the day? A laugh-out-loud story with a message about kindness, starring Duck and Tiny Horse, the brilliantly funny duo from Spaghetti Hunters, described by the Sunday Times as 'wacky and funny'.
Morag Hood is the award-winning creator of When Grandad Was a Penguin, The Steves and I Am Bat.
Inch and Grub , Alastair Chisholm
Two cavemen desire the best of everything! But will their competitive games make them happy in the end?Inch and Grub are two exquisitely hairy and competitive cavemen. Grub's cave is bigger, and he says that makes him the best. So Inch adds a water feature to his cave.
But Grub has made fire! So Inch makes a chair. And a house. And a car.
Grub, meanwhile, has accumulated a castle and a train and a radio! And so the contest spirals and spirals to ever ridiculous heights ... until they each have a HUGE wobbling mountain of stuff! From the humble handprint to Michelangelo's "David" the ambition and creativity of these two characters seems limitless. But their desire to go one better than the other is in danger of toppling their friendship until, at last, they realize what is most valuable of all - each other.
I'm Sticking with You Too ,Smriti Halls and Steve Small
A joyful tale about acceptance and belonging from the creators of international sensation, I'm Sticking with You!
Much-loved characters Bear and Squirrel are back! And they've found the perfect rhythm for their friendship.
Until, that is, Chicken turns up... She wants in! But how will Bear and Squirrel feel about accepting a new friend? Will they come to see that some things work out when we do them together. That two can be good...but three can be BETTER? This beautifully written, gorgeously illustrated follow-up to the bestselling I'm Sticking with You is the perfect book for examining how, even if new friends might disrupt the rhythm at first, the sense of belonging that friendship can bring has the potential to make your heart sing!
Legends and Tales
Dragons Don't Share , Nicola Kinnear
Even dragons can learn how to share in this brilliantly fun picture book!
Ruby the dragon follows all the rules in her Dragon Rule Book: she steals from everyone, and NEVER shares her treasure with ANYONE! The other animals are desperate - until they come up with a clever plan to change the Dragon Rules... Nicola Kinnear's warm-hearted, funny picture book is a fabulous, fairytale celebration of the importance of sharing. Children and parents will love this fabulous, fairytale celebration of the importance of sharing Nicola Kinnear is one of the brightest stars in children's books.
Three Little Vikings, Bethan Woollvin
Three brave little Viking girls save the day in this bold and funny adventure story for little rebels, by the creator of the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Little Red and I Can Catch a Monster, Bethan Woollvin. Once upon a time in a Viking village, everything seems to be going wrong. Chickens are disappearing, trees are falling down, and there's lots and lots of crashing and bashing.
The silly Chieftain won't listen to the three littlest Vikings, but can they work together to solve the mystery and save the day?
Three Little Vikings is all about cooperation, bravery, and getting your voice heard!
A Hero Called Wolf, Lucy Rowland and Ben Mantle
A feel-good, rhyming picture book, with a positive message about being the hero of your own story!Wolf loves reading. There's just one problem. The more he reads, the more he starts to realize something.
. . Every book has a hero; the heroes are handsome, tough and strong; and most importantly, the heroes are never, ever wolves.
But when a giant comes stomping into the library one day, can Wolf find the courage to speak up? Because maybe heroes don't have to be handsome, tough and strong. Maybe true heroes are kind and brave - just like Wolf!A Hero Called Wolf is an uplifting story set in a magical fairytale world. From Lucy Rowland and Ben Mantle, the creators of Little Red Reading Hood, and The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Book.
Forest, Brendan Kearney
Join fisherman Finn and his dog, Skip, on their second adventure in this illustrated story book for young children, which teaches them about deforestation and what they can do to help. This book is the ideal introduction to the environmental concerns facing our forests, featuring colourful illustrations and an engaging, light-hearted storyline, drawn and written by Brendan Kearney. Grown-ups and children will enjoy reading together and following the story of Finn and Skip, with its ups and downs, and pointing out all the different animals that Finn meets in the rainforest.
They'll also learn about how using ethical products can help save the animals. With its fun, quirky illustrations, Forest is the perfect addition to a child's bookshelf. Young readers will love this picture book with a timely and ultimately uplifting message about protecting the world around us.
Somebody Crunched Colin, Sarah Roberts and Hannah Jayne Lewin
Colin is no ordinary flower. Colin smells appealing - just like the other flowers around him. The only trouble is, he crackles and crunches and flutters in the wind.
He can't seem to find where he belongs, but he smells so delicious that all the animals want to eat him... But Colin is a crisp packet! A beautifully illustrated picture book with a powerful message about plastic pollution and the benefits of recycling from environmental expert Sarah Roberts. The perfect gift to introduce children to recycling Brilliant for teachers to read to children in class when introducing them to plastic pollution and recycling This book is made of material from well-managed FSC-certified forests and other controlled sources.
I Love Tractors, Davina Bell
When Frankie McGee insists on borrowing yet another book about tractors, his mum crumbles. She begs him to read a book about something else - cars, planes, cranes, trains - anything! Frankie launches into all of the various, glorious factors that make up the love that he has for all tractors - but will he be able to bring his mum around? With irresistible rhyming text by award-winning author Davina Bell and unforgettable illustrations by Jenny Lovlie, Illustrator of award-winning The Girls, this story is sure to charm and amuse the whole family.