2022 seems to have gone by in a flash. As a family we have discovered so many new and wonderful children’s books that have been published this year. From twisted tales to inclusive and empowering reads. It was a tricky decision but here are our ten top picks of 2022!
22 Children’s Christmas Books for 2022
I look forward to my festive post each year, and this time I am sharing 22 Christmas books for 2022. It includes 14 new children’s books out this year and some of our family favourites published in recent years.
You Can’t Let an Elephant Drive a Racing Car by Patricia Cleveland-Peck and David Tazzyman ~ Blog Tour ~ Guest Post ~ Giveaway
It’s my stop on the blog tour for You Can't Let an Elephant Drive a Racing Car by Patricia Cleveland-Peck and David Tazzyman. This is the fifth book in this laugh-out-loud picture book series and to celebrate publication day, I have a brilliant guest post by Patricia AND a chance for you to win the ENTIRE SERIES in an epic giveaway bundle!
How to Write a Picture Book Series by Clare Helen Welsh ~ Guest Post for How Messy (Dot and Duck series) Blog Tour, illu. Olivier Tallec
It’s my stop on the blog tour for How Messy! by Clare Helen Welsh and Olivier Tallec and I’m super excited to be sharing a guest post from Clare on how to write a picture book series.
Six Reimagined Fairytale Books for National Tell A Fairy Tale Day 2022 ~ GIVEAWAY!
It’s National Tell A Fairy Tale Day 2022 and I am delighted to be sharing six re-imaged fairy tale books as well as hosting an EPIC giveaway bundle.
Fabulous February Reads
For a short month, February has seen a whole heap of fabulous children’s books published. This month’s roundup includes some of our favourites new illustrated books across fiction and non-fiction.
One Camel Called Doug by Lu Fraser & Sarah Warburton ~ Author Interview
I am delighted to be sharing an interview with the one-and-only Lu Fraser about her latest picture book, One Camel Called Doug, illustrated by Sarah Warburton. My girls and I have HIGH expectations whenever we read a new book by Lu Fraser. We are huge fans of Gertie from The Littlest Yak, illustrated by Kate Hindley, as well as cupcake-loving Nut from The Viking Who Liked Icing, illustrated by Mark McKinley. But now, we have another favourite picture book character to add to this list: Doug, a camel with one hump who is about to have a whole heap of fun!
Joyful January Reads
Children’s publishing has started 2022 with a bang! There have been some incredible books published this year already and my January round-up features some of our favourites, as well as a few books from 2021 that we read over the festive break. It includes my first top pick of 2022!
I am NOT a Prince by Rachael Davis and Beatrix Hatcher ~ #PublicationDay #Debut #PictureBook ~ @RachDavisAuthor @BeatrixHatcher @HachetteKids
Debut picture book, I am NOT a Prince by Rachael Davis and Beatrix Hatcher is an uplifting twisted fairy tale that challenges gender stereotypes and encourages children to be proud to be themselves.
The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky by Jory John & Pete Oswald ~ #Halloween #PictureBook ~ @IamJoryJohn @peteoswaldart @Harper36
The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky by the genius picture book duo Jory John and Pete Oswald. Their wicked sense of humour makes every book a joy, but a Halloween-themed book based on The Bad Seed was too good to miss!
How to Survive Without Grown-Ups by Larry Hayes, illustrated by Katie Abey ~ #BlogTour #MG ~ @LarryHayesAuthr @simonkids_UK
It’s my stop on the blog tour for How to Survive Without Grown-Ups by Larry Hayes, illustrated by Katie Abey and I’m super excited to be sharing an interview with Larry. I knew from the moment I heard about this book that I was going to love it, but it beat every expectation I had. This is one of my top picks for 2021!
Activity Books ~ Perfect for the Summer ~ @LittleTigerUK @QuartoKids
It’s the summer holidays but for many of us, this year is about finding the fun in local places and staycations. Here are some brilliant activity books that are perfect to keep little ones entertained and also explore the best of Britain.
The Day Fin Flooded the World by Adam Stower ~ #BlogTour #Review ~ @Adam_Stower @AndersenPress
The Day Fin Flooded the World by author-illustrator Adam Stower. When forgetful Fin leaves the bathroom tap running he doesn’t just flood his room, he floods the world! Will Fin be able to make this right?
The Pet by Catherine Emmett and David Tazzyman ~ #PictureBook #Giveaway ~ @Emmett_Cath @gumdraw @MacmillanKidsUK
Meet Digby David, who DEMANDS his daddy buys him a pet. But not just any pet, it must be better than everyone else’s pet. A hilarious cautionary tale for children (and adults!).
You Can’t Take an Elephant on Holiday by Patricia Cleveland-Peck and David Tazzyman ~ #BlogTour #AuthorInterview ~ @impeckable_P @gumdraw @KidsBloomsbury
You Can't Take an Elephant on Holiday is the fourth instalment in this laugh-out-loud series. Here is my interview with the author.
Mammoth by Anna Kemp and Adam Beer ~ #PictureBook #Review ~ @simonkids_UK
The story of the mammoth waking up in the 21st century. This laugh-out-loud story also contains universal messages of feeling out of place, misunderstood, and longing to find your people (or herd).
Rita’s Rabbit by Laura Mucha and Hannah Peck ~ #BlogTour #PictureBook ~ @lauramucha @hpillustration_ @FaberChildrens
Rita has one wish: she really, really, really wants a pet rabbit. So, when Grandpa reveals that her birthday present is not a fluffy rabbit, but is in fact a scaly, speckled, spiky bearded dragon called Spike, Rita is not happy.
The Dodos Did It! by Alice McKinley ~ #PictureBook #Review ~ @Armckinley1 @simonkids_UK
Jack loves dodos and wishes he had one for a pet. In fact, he wishes he had lots. But he soon discovers that pet dodos can be quite a lot of trouble!
Llama on a Mission by Annabelle Sami with illustrations by Allen Fatimaharan ~ #BlogTour #MG ~ @annabellesami @AFatimaharan @FarshoreBooks
This laugh-out-loud series featuring a magical llama has a super important message about standing up for yourself and finding your voice (literally). Llama on a Mission is the second book in the series (following on from Llama Out Loud) and is perfect for fans of Sam Copeland’s Charlie Changes into a Chicken series.
The Magic Crayon by Amy Sparkes and Ali Pye ~ #PictureBook #Review ~ @AmySparkes @PuffinBooks
When Chloe finds a magic crayon, she draws a witch to turn her brother into a frog. And the witch comes to life! Can she use her creativity to rescue her brother?