Peeking At Picture Books – June (Part Three)

My final selection of Picture Books for June, these titles are absolutely perfect for a primary school library and for enjoying at home. From the potential origins of some sea glass to the journey little children go on when they first learn to read, there is such a fantastic variety for you to enjoy.

I do not like books anymore!

A really beautiful story telling us the journey young children go on when they start learning to read. The book allows the reader to sympathise with Natalie when she gets frustrated at not being able to read whole stories from books straight away and to celebrate with her when things start to make sense and Natalie learns something new. I cannot wait to read this to small audiences in the library and equally this book would be perfect as a bedtime story, and no doubt there will be some interesting conversations that follow.

Published by – Walker Books Publication date – 06.06.19 RRP – £7.99

The Princess and the Shoe

A rhyming story that tells of a princess that dreams of being just like other children, and wants to be able to run without being in trouble or told that it isn’t something princesses do! Determined regardless to fulfil her passion for running she enters a cross country race on the same day that she is expected to attend an event held for her at the palace. Needless to say the strong willed princess does well and the story empowers its audience to understand that believing in yourself and following your heart with determination to make your dreams come true is all you need in order to succeed. With stunning illustrations from Sarah Warburton that immerse you into the story through the astonishing details this book is one to cherish as it proves that “Not every Cinderella wants to go to the ball…”

Published by – Nosy Crow Publication date – 06.06.19 RRP – £11.99

Sea Glass Summer

With a traditional feel from the offset Sea Glass Summer tells of how a boy named Thomas began to collect sea glass on the shore near the holiday cottage he shares with his grandmother and how every night when he got into bed with his sea glass collection on the bedside cabinet beside him, he would dream of the most amazing adventures that corresponded with the sea glass he had found that day and tell of its origins. When Thomas leaves the cottage at the end of Summer to return to the mainland he inadvertently gifts glass to the ocean from the boat he is sailing on. The book comes forward to the present and tells us of a girl that arrives with her grandad and she finds some sea glass while scavenging and the glass seems familiar to her grandad. A book that truly celebrates our imaginations, encouraging us to imagine where the sea glass could have come from detailing a rare gem that the ocean provides and that can often be overlooked.

Published by – Walker Books Publication date – 06.06.19 RRP – £11.99

How to be on the Moon

A fun story of a girl called Anna and her crocodile friend who make preparations to go to the moon before setting off for the long journey in a rocket made by Anna. The book has some brilliant humour in which will work well with young audiences and really strengthens the importance of using our imaginations and consequently what we can achieve. When Anna and her crocodile friend finally arrive on the moon they come to appreciate the beauty of planet earth and an appreciation for what it has to offer and swiftly decide to head back to earth again where they get back and check that everything is as it should be. The book has outstanding illustrative detail and readers will love the pictures accompanying the text the way they do. This really is the ideal shared read with larger audiences such as within a school library or equally as a bedtime story at home.

Published by – Walker Books Publication date – 06.06.19 RRP – £11.99


A full on, energetic book telling of the adventure a kitten enjoys when it sees something colourful to chase such as a ball of wool. The poetic lines of the book really emphasise the movements of the kitten and the energy involved, giving the reader a real appreciation for what is going on. When all the chasing ends with a bump it’s lovely to see mum is on hand to pick the kitten up and make sure it is ok again, and with truly heart warming words to compliment the beautiful illustrative work of Jenni Desmond this really is a book to enjoy over and over whether it be at bedtimes or within a school setting.

Published by – Walker Books Publication date – 06.06.19 RRP – £11.99

Alphonse, There’s Mud on the Ceiling

Alponse and Natalie start to become fed up with living in their flat and the limitations it provides for them with regards to outdoor space for games and exploring like their friends so when they happen across some sleeping bags in a cupboard they utilise them in all areas of the flat including the balcony which along with their plants and flowers means that they traipse mud all over the place. The antics of the duo make you as the reader feel more inclined to appreciate the access we are so fortunate to have all around us to nature as well incorporating as back at home where we can. This is the second Daisy Hirst book I have reviewed on this post and the illustrations she creates are iconic

Published by – Walker Books Publication date – 06.06.19 RRP – £11.99

If you are still in need of inspiration or would simply like more titles in your library you can find my previous #PeekingAtPictureBooks here

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