A dog-prince sets off in his truck to deliver a very important birthday present to the princess. But this is no ordinary truck. It contains vehicles, inside vehicles, inside vehicles – Russian doll style!
Representation in children’s books matters. A LOT. Seeing yourself reflected in books encourages a love of reading and learning to see the world from multiple viewpoints increases empathy. Today, I am discussing the highlights of the CLPE’s 2020 Reflecting Realities report as well as showcasing twenty picture books (fiction and non-fiction) that feature Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic main characters.
The Night Bear by Ana & Thiago de Moraes, published by Andersen Press, is a reassuring story that sees all the nightmares gobbled up!
This gorgeously illustrated picture book takes you on a tour of some of the most famous sights of Dublin, with the Dublin Vampire “hiding” on each page.
A scary witch is getting her creepy castle ready for the spookiest party ever. She brings some pumpkins to life to help and is dismayed to discover one of them isn’t scary at all!
The Dinosaur Who Lost Her Voice by Julie Ballard & Francesca Gambatesa celebrates the Ability in dis(Ability). Milly Jo has a lovely singing voice, but during a terrible storm a tree falls on top of Milly and she loses her voice.
It’s time to get your party wriggle on with The Veg Patch Party by Clare Foges and Al Murphy. It is the vegetables’ picture book version of Glastonbury!
The Spots and the Dots can be read front-to-back (from the point of view of the Spots) or back-to-front (from the point of view of the Dots). Both the Spots and the Dots have grown up fearing each other to be “bad through and through”.
Gertie is the littlest yak and wants to grow up NOW. She wants bigness and tallness because smallness is good for nothing.
We all get scared. We’re only human. But what about superheroes? I’m delighted to be joined on the blog by debut author, Kate Thompson, who alongside the super-talented illustrator, Clare Elsom, has created a marvellous picture book, Superheroes Don’t Get Scared. Maisie Brown is feeling scared and wishes she was a superhero like Burpnado, Specstacular... Continue Reading →
Shrek meets The Hungry Caterpillar in this charming picture book about cherishing the natural world.
One of my top picks for 2020! If You See a Lion is written by Karl Newson and illustrated by Andrea Stegmaier. Have you seen a lion? It’s hiding somewhere in this book. But you’ll have to take a closer look…
Old Macdonald had a farm, and on that farm he had a teapot, and in that teapot lived a teeny weeny blue genie who just wanted some peace and quiet.
Monkey is in a hurry to put on the perfect birthday bash. Can a sloth teach Monkey to use a new-found sense of calm to figure out what she really needs to create the perfect party?
When Maisy’s brother, Ed, tells her that dinosaur toys are for boys, Maisy is quick to inform him that he is yet to meet T. Rex’s big sister, She Rex!
Last week saw the publication of a book I had been eagerly awaiting… Bears Love Squares written by Caryl Hart and illustrated by Edward Underwood. Despite Raccoon’s best efforts to show Bear the joys of other shapes, Bear only loves squares. Edwards illustrations are lovely and fun and the text placement adds to the geometric... Continue Reading →
Today is my stop on The Bum That Barked blog tour and illustrator, Rowena Aitken, will be telling us all about her experience working on the book.