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In blossom

Yooju Cheon

A beautiful tale told in the simplest of forms with limited palette illustrations, and where the reader becomes intoxicated through the scent of the story.


The flight of Mr Finch

Thomas Baas

Mr Finch lives a quiet life in the middle of the city. He has always lived in this neighbourhood but keeps himself to himself. His only friend and...

There’s room for everyone

Anahita Teymorian

How to explain the social world we live in to children? Anahita Teymorian takes her young audience on a journey – a metaphorical journey from birth to growing...

You’re snug with me

Chitra Soundar, illus. Poonam Mistry

“You’re snug with me” whispers mother polar to her two little cubs as outside the Arctic winter reigns. The seasons move, and the little...

The elephant in the room

James Thorp, illus. Angus Mackinnon

Oh dear someone has broken the china elephant in the room – Father Giant is not happy. Who is the culprit?


Somewhere there is still a sun

Michael Gruenbaum, with Todd Hasak-Lowy

This is Michael Gruenbaum (Misha)’s own story, recalling the events eighty years ago, when he was a nine-year-old Jewish boy living with his family...


Julia Jones, illus. Claudia Myatt

Liam is rising ten and feeling increasingly isolated from family life, like "a single pebble on a shingle beach".


Peace and Me

Ali Winter, illus. Mickaël El Fathi

Peace and Me focuses on 12 women and men who received the Nobel Peace Prize, describes their stories and explains the reasons behind their...


Nadine Kaadan

This picture book focuses on the isolating impact of war on Syrian children, who are forced to always stay at home because the once safe and fun world...

The King of Nothing

Raúl Nieto Guridi, transl. Saul Endor

The King of Nothing is about abstract concepts: stubbornness, imagination and the very nature of existence. With its witty text and beguiling illustrations, this...

The colours of history

Clive Gifford, illus. Marc-Etienne Peintre

A fascinating illustrated introduction to aspects of the role of colour in history.


Grandad Mandela

Zazi Ziwelene and Zindzi Mandela, illus. Sean Qualls

A story told in sounds and pictures from a versatile Italian illustrator. The mellow colours of the crayon illustrations bring reassurance and...

What does the crocodile say?

Eva Montanari

A story told in sounds and pictures from a versatile Italian illustrator. The mellow colours of the crayon illustrations bring reassurance and comfort as little croc goes...

The Curious Lobster

Richard Warren Hatch, illus. Marion Freeman Wakeman

Once again the New York Review of Books Children’s Collection widens our horizons! The latest addition to their dozen or so titles is...

15 things not to do with a puppy

Margaret McAllister, illus. Holly Sterling

What to do when a new member of the family arrives? No, not a baby, though this is a frequent theme in picture books –...

Rusty the Squeaky Robot

Neil Clark

Rusty, the little robot on Planet Robotin, is unhappy. Wherever he goes, whatever he does, he squeaks. How can he enjoy life when he is unhappy with himself?


Is it a mermaid?

Candy Gourlay, illus. Francesca Chessa

When Benji and Bel meet a strange creature on the beach, what can it be? The creature states with confidence she is a mermaid. Benji...

The Carnivorous Crocodile

Jonnie Wild, illus. Brita Granstrom

There is a crocodile in the water-hole, a carnivorous crocodile terrorising those who want to enjoy the water. Can the animals defeat the bully?


Children in Our World

A Wayland Book Series

The four part Children in Our World series, a picture-book series that aims to help children make sense of the larger issues and crises that dominate...

Who Are Refugees and Migrants?

Michael Rosen & Annemarie Young

In Who Are Refugees and Migrants? Rosen and Young describe the suffering of migrants whether they are in flight from conflict or from economic hardship...

The Milk of Dreams

Leonora Carrington

This slim book contains some of the stories, poems and illustrations that the painter Leonora Carrington created for her two sons. Carrington was a surrealist, born in England...

The Doorman’s Repose

Chris Raschka

These tales of life in a ‘spiffy’ New York apartment house are by an author best known in the United States for his picture books, two of which...

Little People, Big Dreams

Lisbeth Kaiser, Isabel Sánchez Vegara, illus. Ana Sanfelippo, Amaia Arrazola & Marta Antelo

The following three books are in the series Little People, Big Dreams, which presents simplified biographies of...

The Waggiest Tails

Brian Moses and Roger Stevens, illus. Ed Boxall

In this book in Barry-Otter Book’s poetry series to encourage children to read and enjoy poetry, we have two very well-known poets,...

Whose Eyes Are These?

Virginie Gobert-Martin , illus. Madeline Peirsman

A pair of animal eyes is pictured on one page, while the opposing page asks, “Whose eyes are these?” Turn over the page,...

This Way, That Way

Antonio Ladrillo

For an adult like me, who isn’t given to idly, or even purposefully, folding paper into different shapes, this is a challenging book. There are pages of different...

Ella, Queen of Jazz

Helen Hancocks

This is a picture book introduction to the singing career of Ella Fitzgerald and her friendship with Marilyn Monroe. It is also about the discrimination against black musicians...

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