Peeking At Picture Books – May 2020 (Part Two)

Continuing on from where my previous blog – Part One – left off, here are my selection of picture books that I have had the pleasure of sharing with younger readers, and know to be worthy titles for primary school libraries to stock, teachers to include in their classroom reading corners, and parents to share with children at home. These books are special, will be cherished by those lucky enough to read them, and as always cover relevant messages and topics applicable to the intended reader age.

Where’s My Peacock?

This gorgeous little hardback is perfect for those being introduced to the world of children’s books, and the touch and feel pages the book features are guaranteed to gain and maintain the readers attention. The repetition of the question Where’s My Peacock makes the book enjoyable, whilst helping build the suspense of where next to look for this stunning example of a bird.

This is definitely a worthy title to stock for when share events are held in the library, which include younger siblings of those at school, and also for those children that look to choose an appropriate book to share with younger audiences. The book has bold, vibrant illustrations that depict the various birds referenced within the book beautifully. The different textures offered within this book, which feature as touch items offer inquisitive children an additional sensory experience while enjoying the story. Publishing by Little Tiger in June, this book promises to be an incredible treat for youngsters.

I’m Sorry! – Barry Timms and Sean Julian

A stunning story of friendship and the importance of overcoming the dramas involved, in this case upsetting a friend by not taking into account their feelings when making a major decision. Scribble and Swoop are always meeting up, so when they decide to live together it makes perfect sense. Upon moving in the pair neglect to give each other the considerations they deserve when determining who can best use the space they share, and consequently they argue and fall out. Only after the pair have had time to reflect on the effect their actions have had on their friend do they realise they are in the wrong, and that an apology is what is needed to mend the situation. Most importantly, the apology should be genuine.

A great way of teaching younger children a valuable life lesson, this book uses immersive text combined with eye catching illustrations to draw children in and maintain their interest as they wait to find out if Scribble and Scoop are able to repair the damage to their relationship, and if so how. Reinforcing the relevance of an apology’s sincerity within this story also helps reiterate to younger children the need to apply this to their own situations which require an apology. Publishing by Little Tiger in late June 2020, this is definitely a title that will benefit all that are lucky to read it.

Mini Monsters, Can I Play? – Caryl Hart and Tony Neal

When Sparkle and Arthur busy themselves creating a magic show their other friend Scout asks to join in and is refused by Sparkle who has planned to play with Arthur, and doesn’t seem willing to accommodate an addition to the show prep. Sadly her angry outburst sees Scout get upset, and this in turn leaves Arthur – feeling very awkward in amongst the midst of it all – to go check on his friend. Only when she is alone does Sparkle realise how it feels to be the friend on the outside, and that it is upsetting to be left out and so Sparkle sets about to amend her ways coming up with a plan that will allow the three friends to be able to play together.

Teaching children to not leave others out is always a challenge, and this book will be a welcome addition to the resources that encourage the appropriate behaviour. The different impact Sparkle’s behaviour has on all three of the characters gives younger readers food for thought, especially Arthur who seems uncomfortable and upset by the behaviour he witnesses. The trio coming together afterwards is heartwarming to see, it is always nice for books to have happy endings, and it is a good way of getting children to see their is much reward in sensible play. Publishing early June 2020 by Simon and Schuster, this first title in a new series helps guide children in how best to deal with their emotions around others.

The Bedtime Book – S Marendaz and Carly Gledhill

Mouse asks for Frank the Dog’s help after she discovers that her favourite book to read at bedtime has disappeared. After an initial search, and meeting more characters along the way, Mouse gives up and heads home to bed with Frank doing the same. It is only once he is trying to sleep that Frank realises he has the ability to fix Mouse’s problem. Knowing his friend won’t be able to sleep without her story, Frank sets of in her direction with the ability to make his friend smile, and share in her bedtime routine joy.

This story promotes the importance of books as possessions to children and younger audiences with its beautiful story that would suit bedtime routine reading. Publishing in late June this year by Little Stripes, this cosy adventure story will definitely help younger children to relax ahead of sleep and consequently influence adventurous dreams. Portraying a positive relationship between children and books is fantastic to see, and makes promoting this book such a pleasure as its message is that of all of us librarians, books aret amazing, and the right one becomes incredibly precious to individuals.

Bloom – Anne Booth and Robyn Wilson-Owen

This delightful book, published by Tiny Owl in June 2020, tells of how a little girl talks to a stunning flower she sees on her way to school each day, telling it how lovely it is and how much she loves it. When the owner sees her one morning he shouts at her to stay away, scaring her away. At the same time, the flower curls up its petals and stops blooming, concerning the old man to who it belongs, and having him trying lots of things to try to encourage the flower to bloom again. Throughout all of this the man is grumpy, rude, and airs nothing but self importance, consequently the flower will not bloom.

Only when the old man is shown that he needs to show appreciation, care, and be considerate to others do things change, and the old man is shown the error of his ways by the young girl he shouted at. It is refreshing to see an older character being advised and educated by that of one much younger because children are such quick learners. When the old man changes and becomes sociable and kind this book not only provides a happy ending for younger readers, but it also gives an conclusion to the potential there is when your behaviour and actions are positive, and the girl maintaining her kind and caring behaviour irrespective of facing an opposing force and being scared away fills the reader with hope, and makes the girl in this book an incredible role model for this books audience.

The Tide – Clare Helen Welsh and Ashling Lindsay

This is an incredibly powerful and meaningful story that looks to help younger audiences understand dementia and the effects it has on elderly relations. Telling of one young girl’s seaside adventure with her grandad and the frustrations she has whilst there because of her grandad having dementia, but comparing it to a situation that she can relate to allows her to understand, and consequently respond with compassion and caring. Reflecting on the differences between being old with dementia and being young is something this book does with a caring and compassionate feel, from cover to cover the entire story is warm, raw, and emotive.

Publishing in late June 2020 by Little Tiger, The Tide is a vital resource for educating younger generations about this serious health condition that affects more and more people, becoming more relevant as current younger readers grow up. Readers can learn to empathise with relatives and family friends with the condition, and of course relations of their own that develop dementia. The book is especially powerful when it reflects on the fear the little girl has that she will one day be forgotten, but the reassurance she finds in herself is as powerful as it is beautiful. This entire story is heart warming and full of love, and the right readers will benefit massively from this story within.

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