Picture Books are wonderful to share with big and small hands, or read alone in a quiet time. Here are recent publications.
Ruby Makes A Friend Tina Burke (Penguin Books)
Tina burke creates beautiful picture books and this one continues the tradition. When Ruby’s big brother leaves for his first day at school a new friend, Milo appears for Ruby … and a wonderful time begins. They play chaseys and fancy dress; have tea and cake, and draw and heaps of other fun. And when Ruby goes to school … so does Milo! Together they meet Jacinta and her best friend Boris (a friendly bear) and together they share adventures until Ruby and Jacinta build a cubby house – big enough for just the two of them!A loving story of imagination and friendship.
Norman Enormous Dave Hackett (Penguin Books)
An enjoyable picture book told in rhyming verse about friendships and difference … The book stars two Normans one enormous and one not-so-enormous. Norman Enormous is lonely so decides to choose someone to invite to afternoon tea … and that chance choosing finds Norman no-so-enormous. As the Normans gather they are both a little worried because they are soooo different. And things don’t go too well to start with but when not so enormous Norman starts conversation these two Norman’s have a great time!
The Wrong Book Nick Bland (Scholastic)
Have you ever tried to tell a story and been interrupted only to resume and then be interrupted again? Well that is what is happening to Nicholas Ickle. Each time he starts to tell the story his is interrupted by characters form other stories including an elephant, a monster, a pirate, a queen and other invited guests. He tells each uninvited visitor that they are in the wrong book and to Go Away! but they stay around.Great illustrations and fun text.
Bananas in Pyjamas by Carey Blyton (ABC Books) B1 and B2 are back in a brand new edition of the original Banana’s song. Kids will love it!
Play School Come and Play – Alphabet (ABC Books) This is a wonderful sturdy board book for very young hands to grasps and explore. the perfect way to learn the letters of the alphabet in a fun and simple way with Play School.
My Memory Scrapbook With Dorothy the Dinosaur The Wiggles (ABC Books) Dorothy the dinosaur had such fun making the memory book that she returns this time to create a memory scrap book. With spaces for children to stick in their favourite photos of families, and houses and friends and lots more; and places to stick in other special memories; and spaces to draw pictures this is a fun book to make full of memories.
Fairy Dancing Jen Watts ABC Books. Little girls love fairies and this lovely TV tie-in book will show them all about fairy dancing and how it is done. The book has simple instructions and photographs of fairies dancing the proper steps so that young fairies will all want to copy the Fairies with Fairy Dancing — just like they do on The Fairies TV series and the DVDs.
Enjoy these picture books, share them and explore the fun of reading.
Here are three delightful picture books for young kids … the stories are lovely and there’s lots in the illustrations to discover too!
The Littlest Pirate Sherryl Clark & Tom Jellet (Penguin Books) Nicholas comes from a pirate family but when the littlest pirate’s family won’t let him go to sea, what does the littlest pirate do? He takes matters into his own hands and of course who comes to the rescue when his family is captured by Red Bear the pirate … I am sure you will work that one out! A lovely story and great illustrations.
Teaching the Teacher Joan van Loon & Chantal Stewart (UQP)
Every school child at some stage wishes that they could swap places with the teacher … then they could do the teaching and show the teacher that learning is tough! And that is just what happens when one child imagines!
Felix Pamela Allen (Penguin Books) When Felix comes down for breakfast he soon finds that Grand is very cross – bread has been nibbled and jam has been licked. And it’s up to Felix the cat to find out who the culprit is. When he spies the mouse licking the last of the jam in the jar Felix pounces … and that’s when the trouble really begins – Felix gets stuck and soon the whole family, grandpa, grandma and Molly are trying to free Felix! Pamela Allen picture books are always a delight to share!
These small books are just right for children begining to explore and have fun with books. Just right for little hands!
Star & Sun Natalie Jane Prior & Anna Pignataro (ABC Books) These are two beautiful little books, the perfect size for little hands, with repetitive text and lovely illustrations. Star tells us about the end of the day and what it sees – perfect for an end of the day bedtime read! And Sun wakes up the world as the rays shine through forests and window all over the world.
I Love Birthdays and I love Holidays Anna Walker (Scholastic)
Ollie and Fred are back and this time it is birthdays and holidays that they love! Birthdays with balloons, fairy bread, singing party tunes and treasure hunts; and Holidays with picking up shells and splashing by the sea and drippy ice cream!
Froggy Green Anna Walker (Puffin) A lovely book about colours and differences. Each child in this book likes a different colour Lucy likes orange and Joe likes froggy green, but all his friends at the park like something special. This board book is great for youngsetsers to handle and play with.
Recently two picture books published last year came across the desk. These are fun and delightful … and still available and worth investigating.
Squeezy Cuddle Dangly Legs Peter Whitfield & Jacqui Grantford (New Frontier) It’s time for bed but there are always a few things that prolong the routine – cleaning teeth, Eskimo kisses, nursery rhymes, cuddles and more all must happen before … sleep. This lovely book explores the loving relationship of a mother and child and all that is part of the routine of going to bed!
Five Little Owls Mark Carthew & Mini Goss (New Frontier) This is a fun hide and seek book. The game is played by five little owls and a bundle of creatures in a moonlit forest. The rhyming verse is delightful and easy to read and accompanied by bold, bright illustrations. Counting activities and searching for the hiding creatures (as well as a mirror surprise for the reader) are also in the pages.
I always like discovering new picture books. Here are some of the latest ones with great illustrations and lovely stories!
Mending Lucille Jennifer Poulter & Sarah Davis (Lothian) This beautifully illustrated book is about a young girl’s loss of her mother, the grief and the healing that eventually follows. Her father can’t mend Lucille, the young girl’s doll only mummy can, but when they meet a friendly waitress she does. And with the same healing and loving touch she helps the young girl too.
Hey, Cat! Felice Arena (Penguin) Can a cat and mouse really love each other? Well according to this book they can – or can they! You will just have to read this wonderful picture book to see. Cat runs a warm bubbly bath. Cat even scratches mouse’s back. The truth is revealed in the hilarious illustrations.
Baby Bird’s Blankie Margaret Wild & Gwyn Perkins (Working Title Press) A glorious story about baby bird who, when it comes to bedtime, keeps throwing his favourite blankie out of the nest – he wants to play instead of sleep. Each time he calls for mum or dad or granny to come and pick up his blankie again ready for the next game.
Jessica’s Box Peter Carnavas (New Frontier) Many children begin school wondering will other children play with me and Jessica has that question too. To make sure that she does have friends Jessica take her box to school – the box will have a surprise but each day she returned home without making any friends. But all that changed the day she took the box to school with something inside that was very special. A Treat.
Not Like Georgie Scott Hatcher, Heather Potter & Mark Jackson (Walker Books) Beautiful illustrations and delightful text make this book wonderful. A birthday Party is soon to happen but no one wants to come, every one is to busy and has an excuse not to come to the party but that is okay because Georgie is coming and they will have more fun than with everyone else anyway … oh and he is this young boy’s best friend too!
These picture books for young children are great reads and fun to look over again and again. Hope that you enjoyed some wonderful books this Book Week.
Australia creates wonderful picture books and here are some new ones. Some of these are for babies and preschoolers and other for those slightly older. All of them will be enjoyed.
My Big Sister and also My Big Brother Jeannette Rowe (ABC Books) These flip the flap books are just perfect for the very young. Great for reading aloud and sharing they even have a page at the back of the book for children to glue in their own photos of their favourite big sister or brother. Flip these flaps to find out why big brothers and big sisters are so special.
Dorothy’s Memory Book Bruno Bouchet & Mitch Vane (ABC Books) Fans of Dorothy the dinosaur and Wags the dog are going to really enjoy this book as the two stars take a trip down memory lane flipping through Dorothy’s new photo album. A beautiful book about friendship and caring.
Brave Little Penguin Anna Pignataro (Scholastic) This is a lovely story about a little penguin and his dad and the discovery by Little Penguin of independence that he never knew he had! Nothing though could be better than when Papa comes back from fishing and together they call in the stars one by one.
Sometimes Love is Under Your Foot Colin Thompson (Scholastic) Kevin the dog loves the family he lives with but he especially like Brian (the dad). The family love him too although Brain often ignored Kevin and sometimes even stepped on his tail. When Brian becomes ill things change and soon instead of stepping on his tail, sending him outside or ignoring him Brian and Kevin become wonderful friends.
Special Kev Chris Mckimmie (Allen&Unwin) Special Kev is special because out of all his eleventy million cousins he is the only one with curly red hair and freckles. Love is strong in his extended family but when Kev’s cousin moves away he becomes lonely and soon gets into trouble when he plays football with Nicky. A story about love and family and friends and everyone being special.
Cindy-Ella Tom Champion and The Redback On The Toilet Seat Slim Newton (Scholastic) Two more Aussie Gems that take classic aussie titles a new life. Cindy-ella is of course the Cinderella story told in a totally aussie setting while redback is an wonderfully illustrated version of the classic redback song
Enjoy these wonderful Aussie picture books … and don’t forget – reading is power!