What rhymes with duck-billed platypus? Why truck-filled flappy goose of course! The jaunty, brightly coloured illustrations make this a joy to share with both toddlers and older children. Each double page spread is carefully designed and majestically coloured. Age The creator of The Storm Whale is back with another story about Noi, this time featuring his rather wild and wonderful grandma. Noi is not at all sure about staying with her, but he soon changes his mind when he realises how strong and wonderful she is. With stylish illustrations, this is the perfect book to share with grandchildren.
Pooka is feeling lonely so it decides to hold a party and invites all the ghosts, goblins and magical creatures to its house. But when the goblins start stealing the cake, a mighty battle ensues. The simple story is brought to life by Macdonald's exquisite illustrations which are packed full of details and are so enchanting they practically dance off the page. This joyful picturebook with outstanding illustrations has stayed with me all year.
A celebration of being yourself. The President is back for a brand new adventure, this time with his glasses but without his cat, accidentally left behind after the summer holidays. Simple text and attractive, warmly coloured illustrations with a retro feel. Full of poems, lists and songs about the sea, covering all kinds of sea-themed topics, from puffins to pearl divers, this is a celebration of our blue planet in all its glory. It's packed full of facts, too - so not only will children enjoy the poetry, they will learn something new along the way.
The illustrations by Sutton are stylish and deliciously colourful. A young girl is stuck in a holiday cabin while her mum works so she is sent outside to play.
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At first reluctant to explore the "boring, wet place", she discovers so many wonders outside that she feels changed by the time she returns. The illustrations are glorious, they swim with colour and texture. If you like picturebooks that are a bit different, this one's for you! Usually in a "first day at school" book it's the child who is anxious, but in this clever book it's Mummy, not little Benno the bear, who is scared of school.
They seem really nice. The true story of the Curator of Reptiles at the Natural History Museum in London who designed the world-renowned Reptile House at London Zoo in the s, a remarkable feat for a woman at the time. This book, written in simple yet lyrical prose tells Joan's inspiring story.
The illustrations are full of unusual colours and telling details. Hubert Horatio's parents love him very much but they are a little forgetful and irresponsible, so he's well used to sorting out problems. This is a delightfully bonkers story which is made for reading out loud. It's one of the most beautifully designed books for this age-group I've ever seen, Child's illustrations sing, and hats off to David Mackintosh, the book's Belfast-born designer.
Based on the true story of Kielder Valley in Northumberland which was flooded to create a lake in the early s, this is a haunting, lyrical picturebook for older children with mesmerising illustrations.
Before the valley is flooded, Kathryn and her father visit every empty house and fill each with music. The artwork is remarkable - each page full of atmosphere and deep emotion. A triumph. This story of a boy and Oz, the small dog he adopts, cleverly examines the boy's fractured family as well as his relationship with Oz, who has problems of his own.
One of the best children's poetry collections I've come across in recent years. Full of outstanding verse and stunning illustrations, it includes work by Yeats, Dickinson and celebrated American children's writer Lilian Moore. The four girls in this book are all different - Lottie loves adventure, Leela is super smart, Sasha is practical and caring, and Alice enjoys making people laugh - and although they fight at times, they are the best of friends.
Little Island's first non-fiction title is this stunning ode to Irish animals. The text, narrated by a fictional Irish naturalist, is perfectly pitched for young readers and the illustrations are eye-wateringly good. One stormy night, Kevin the magical flying pony bumps into Max's life and his world is forever changed. Storm waters are rising and strange creatures are threatening the peace, can Max and Kevin save the day? Charming and funny with attractive, comic-like illustrations, this is a great choice for newly independent readers.
A fascinating biography of Mary Shelley with luscious illustrations. Bailey explains how Mary's tough childhood and teenage years helped fuel her imagination. She describes the fateful stormy night when Lord Byron first suggests a contest to write the most chilling ghost story. A fun, accessible guide to Irish animals, with a focus on the different seasons. Browne is an accomplished naturalist and her carefully researched text is complimented by photographs and brightly coloured illustrations.
The team behind Irelandopedia are back with a handsome hardback that tells the story of Mayo clan leader and 'Pirate Queen', Granuaile. The text is simply written and ideal for young children to tackle themselves and Fatti's distinctive, vibrantly coloured illustrations breathe new life and energy into the well-known story. A modern retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, in this version the royal sisters save themselves, ably led by their firecracker of an eldest sister, Princess Frida.
Barrett's illustrations are sumptuous, bringing a magical glowing quality to the pages. From the lines in the middle of the road, an idea pioneered by Jane McCarroll in , to present-day inventor Elif Bilfin, who in discovered a way of making biodegradable plastic from banana skins, this book is packed with fascinating facts.
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Each of the 50 inventions are carefully explained and illustrated by the author. Joanna Donnelly is a meteorologist and weather forecaster, and uses her knowledge to make the weather come alive for young readers. She explains the science behind the weather in a very clear and accessible way - and the stylish illustrations are outstanding. Curtin's books are heart-warming but they also deal with some thought-provoking subjects, such as Direct Provision and elder care.
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In this book, Molly's dad seems lonely so she and her friend Beth travel back in time to the s to see if they can right some wrongs. Christopher is a 'proper' boy in a house of mechanicals, who are his best friends. But all is not as it seems and Christopher heads off on a journey to find out who or what he truly is. Set in an alternate s England, Tin is a remarkably assured debut novel, full of imagination. Emmeline Widget receives a letter from her mum telling her she is now an orphan and that she must travel to Paris to find a mysterious woman.
So begins this epic adventure featuring a new best friend, dastardly villains and mythical creatures. A highly original fantasy with some cracking world building. Mup's father has been kidnapped by witches - a lure to get her witch mam back to the enchanted world in order to fulfil her destiny - and Mup, along with her mam, brother Tipper and dog Badger must travel to the dark and dangerous Witches Borough to save him. Children will identify with Mup, who is small but also bold and brave. Kiernan's writing swells with colour, magic and passion.
Set during World War I, this powerful novel combines lyrical writing with incredibly realistic characters. Clary and her older brother, Peter live with a distant father but are lucky enough to spend their summers in Cornwall with their cousin, the sunny, enigmatic Rupert. Clary adores Rupert and when he joins the British army, her life is thrown into turmoil.
For fans of historic fiction, Emma Carroll is a must. Set in England in , Lil finds a mysterious package on her grandfather's doorstep. Inside is an Egyptian artefact, sent to him by a newly dead professor. The artefact is cursed and Lil and her friends must race to the Valley of the Kings to return it to its owner before it's too late.
A whip-smart fantasy adventure, the second in a series. Morrigan Crow is now the member of the Wundrous Society - a group of young people with special powers - but instead of celebrating their magical abilities, they are learning that their talents are evil and wrong. The perfect series for young Harry Potter fans. When a mysterious train track appears in Suzy's hall, her world is turned upside down. But Suzy is no ordinary girl - she's brave and smart, with a deep love of physics.
She stows away on the 'Impossible Train' for some incredible adventures. Compelling characters and terrific world building make this a winning tale for children who like fantasy full of warmth, humour and a little bit of peril. Wilson's most popular character, Tracy Beaker is back - but this time she's a mum and this book is narrated by her daughter, Jess.
When rich ex-footballer Sean Godfrey proposed to Tracy, Jess has mixed feelings. When it comes to honest, funny contemporary realism, Wilson is in a league of her own. The illustrations show a rickety, old bus moving an assortment of quirky passengers through a village. Traditional musical notation and lyrics are included. With enchanting illustrations they create books that are natural bridges between music and reading. Now this classic touch-and-feel invites you to pet the bunny.
First published in , the book remains a must-read favorite. Her two-man cast is inspired: Daddy, a well-upholstered man with thinning hair and patience, is every bit as funny in his contortions and expressions as his stubborn offspring with a similarly underdeveloped pate. This Caldecott Medal-winning classic picture book depicts the wonder and delight a child can find when snow blankets his world, making snowballs one of which he brings home in his pocket!
No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. The captivating photos will enchant babies, and parents will be charmed by the cute expressions the book elicits from their own babe. Babies are fascinated by other babies and will love to hold these small sturdy books in their hands and gaze at the candid and appealing photographs of all kinds of baby faces.
Each book in the series focuses on a different activity, and explores concepts babies and toddlers can grasp. They contain 10 pages of large, vibrant color portraits with distinctive black backgrounds, and a simple rhyming text appropriate for the youngest children. Their durable glossy finish and rounded corners make them safe for handling by infants and toddlers. These are ideal first read-aloud books, and their small convenient size is just right for taking along.
A sweet, tear-provoking story of the evolving relationship between a boy and his mother. Do not attempt to read without tissues close at hand. A young mother holds her newborn son and looks at him lovingly. An extraordinarily different story by Robert Munsch is a gentle affirmation of the love a parent feels for their child — forever. In this Caldecott Medal-winning book, black-and-white illustrations capture the struggle of Kitten who, upon viewing her first full moon, mistakes it for a bowl of milk and embarks on a quest to reach it. Although the milk in the sky eludes her, the story ends happily when Kitten returns home from her adventures to find an actual bowl of milk waiting for her.
The nationally bestselling picture book about a kitten, the moon, and a bowl of milk,is written by the celebrated author and illustrator Kevin Henkes, was awarded a Caldecott Medal. This classic tale follows a baby bird on a quest to find his mother after falling from his nest. This wonderful book tells a very simple story for children who have just started to read. Back in , Theodor Geisel responded to an article in Life magazine that lamented the use of boring reading primers in schools.
Irrepressible fun for any time of day, Good Night, Gorilla is a gem of a picture book from an award-winning author and illustrator. Little ones will enjoy looking for the yellow and orange caterpillar on each page and counting the insects as they listen to the simple, rhyming text. A series of animals arrive—under flaps to be uncovered by the reader—and are discovered to be not quite right too heavy, too scary, too naughty , until at long last, the perfect pet appears.
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The artwork has been updated for a spiffy new look, but the charming story line remains unchanged: A child writes a letter to the zoo, requesting a pet. The zoo sends back a parade of animals, all of them unsuitable for one reason or another. Each colorful spread depicts a container a basket, a crate, a cage, etc. A perennial family favorite. Meet Gossie, a small yellow gosling who loves to wear bright red boots—every day. She looks everywhere for them: under the bed, over the wall, even in the barn.
Preschoolers will enjoy helping Gossie find her red boots and delight in where Gossie finally finds them. Told in an engaging musical rhythm, the book introduces readers to multiracial and multi-generational stories about three toddlers Little Bird is Asian-American, Little Pumpkin is African-American and Little Guy is white and their caregivers.
The lilting text and joyous, vibrant illustrations successfully impart the message that love is universal. A Caldecott Honor Book. From beneath the tickles, kisses, and unfettered affection showered on them by grownups, the children in the book cry out for more more more! Quirky watercolor drawings and colorful text feature multi-ethnic families, and young readers will rejoice in seeing the center of all the attention: the wiggly, chubby, irresistible toddlers. Join in the fun! The rhyming text and adorable photographs in this colorful board book offer a close-up view of penguins dashing, splashing, jumping, bumping, and going about their busy penguin lives.
A young bunny and his dad sweetly try to one-up each other with how big their love for the other is in this sweet tale, illustrated with gorgeous watercolors. Kids will enjoy the repetition and rhyming, and parents will totally relate to the exhausted mama monkey. Her expressive pencil and watercolor illustrations capture both the glee and the pratfalls of those misbehaving monkeys. A sure-fire hit at story hour, this rhythmic romp is a counting lesson, too, as the five bouncy bed-jumpers bump their heads and get hauled off to the doctor one by one.
In this timeless classic, Willy Wonka, a crazy chocolatier, opens his chocolate factory doors for the first time to five lucky children who have randomly purchased the coveted chocolate bars containing the golden ticket. Besides a lifetime supply of chocolate, the children get a chance to tour the mysterious factory with their guide, Willy Wonka.
This is a perennial classic that continues to be enjoyed by readers, young and old. Lush paintings by Georg Hallensleben And If the Moon Could Talk capture the off-kilter world of dreams and the beauty of the natural world, as the scenes shift back and forth between reality and fantasy. To a small child, words are magical. And the most magical of all are the beloved, venerable words of Mother Goose.
Now folklorist Iona Opie has gathered more than sixty treasured rhymes in their most perfect, honest form. Parents and children will find themselves exploring this volume together, savoring delightful details and funny surprises on every page. A hungry caterpillar eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.
This classic book will continue to introduce new generations of children to the magical world of Eric Carle. In , Winnie-the-Pooh, a collection of stories about a rather stout, somewhat confused bear, was published in England and America. The enchanting tales of Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Christopher Robin, and the others were an immediate success, and firmly established A. Join the Cat in the Hat as he makes learning to read a joy! This beloved Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss, which also features timeless Dr. Seuss characters such as Fish and Thing 1 and Thing 2, is fun to read aloud and easy to read alone.
An ugly duckling spends an unhappy year ostracized by the other animals before he grows into a beautiful swan. Parents need to know that kids will be drawn into the detailed illustrations, and empathize with the forlorn fowl. Perhaps a strange choice for number 1 on our list. But…think about it. This is an acknowledged classic first starter for tots. A masterpiece that will endear children to reading forever.
This is the classic board book story of a little rabbit at bedtime, with illustrations by Clement Hurd. Such beautiful language too: In the great green room There was a telephone And a red balloon And a picture of— The cow jumping over the moon. The Top 50 Books for Kids. What Pet Should I Get? Seuss This never-before-seen picture book featuring original text and illustrations by Dr. A good way to start our list: with something by the renowned Dr. Seuss: Children of all ages. Ages Wolf, by Jon Scieszka Alexander T. Corduroy by Don Freeman A funny, timeless story of a slightly shabby teddy bear in need of a home and a button for his overalls.
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig On a rainy day, Sylvester finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. White American prose stylist E. Stuart Little by E. White Another of the great E. Stuart proves to be a protagonist that many readers can admire and respect. Age: 6 Rapunzel by Paul O.
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Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans In an old, vine-covered house in Paris live 12 little girls. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter The quintessential cautionary tale, Peter Rabbit warns naughty children about the grave consequences of misbehaving.
Ages: newborn to 3 Time to Get Dressed! The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats This Caldecott Medal-winning classic picture book depicts the wonder and delight a child can find when snow blankets his world, making snowballs one of which he brings home in his pocket! These are the adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.
Ages: Newborn to 3 Love You Forever by Robert Munsch A sweet, tear-provoking story of the evolving relationship between a boy and his mother. Are You My Mother? Eastman This classic tale follows a baby bird on a quest to find his mother after falling from his nest. Ages: Baby to 4 Gossie by Olivier Dunrea Meet Gossie, a small yellow gosling who loves to wear bright red boots—every day.
Williams Told in an engaging musical rhythm, the book introduces readers to multiracial and multi-generational stories about three toddlers Little Bird is Asian-American, Little Pumpkin is African-American and Little Guy is white and their caregivers. Ages: Newborn-3 Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney A young bunny and his dad sweetly try to one-up each other with how big their love for the other is in this sweet tale, illustrated with gorgeous watercolors.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl In this timeless classic, Willy Wonka, a crazy chocolatier, opens his chocolate factory doors for the first time to five lucky children who have randomly purchased the coveted chocolate bars containing the golden ticket. Ages: 7. Ages: 6.
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Age Range: 5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle A hungry caterpillar eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Grades K-2 4. Milne In , Winnie-the-Pooh, a collection of stories about a rather stout, somewhat confused bear, was published in England and America. Age: Readers of ALL ages 3. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss Join the Cat in the Hat as he makes learning to read a joy! Ages: 2. The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen An ugly duckling spends an unhappy year ostracized by the other animals before he grows into a beautiful swan.
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