As children move from Board Books to Picture Books is a huge milestone in the journey to becoming a fluent reader, and one that reads for pleasure, it gives me such joy to bring attention to titles that will definitely grab younger audiences’ attention from the get go, make them laugh and smile, ensure they think about what they hear and see from each book, and that they go away having enjoyed themselves. All of those are hugely important as we look to help children make reading a key part of their daily routine.
We’re Going On A Treasure Hunt – Martha Mumford and Laura hughes
- Published on 11th June 2020 by Bloomsbury
- RRP – £6.99 (PB) £11.99 (HB)
This latest title in the ‘We’re going on a’ series from Martha Mumford is brilliant fun to read together or alone. Throughout the book there are flaps for younger audiences to enjoy interacting with to discover hidden gold coins that add to the pirate themed story being shared. The bunnies face delays along the way that they must deal with in order to proceed, and need to be home in time for an amazing end of book surprise! This is a heart warming, fun, adventurous tale that younger children will enjoy over and over as they take in the gorgeous illustrative content provided by the incredibly talented Laura Hughes, hunt for the flaps hiding coins, and take in the adventure story too.
There is also the opportunity to enjoy other title in this series that link to the themes of Easter and Christmas.
The Boy Who Loved Everyone – Jane Porter and Maisie Paradise Shearring
- Published 2nd July 2020 by Walker Books
- RRP – £7.99 (PB)
This is a heartwarming story about a young boy who declares ‘I love you’ to children, adults, and some objects at his school only to find he doesn’t get the same response back, and he feels deflated and is quiet by home time. As he walks home with his mum he also tries to reflect his feelings to an old man sitting on a bench they pass but that doesn’t end well either. Explaining to his mum what has happened, and how he feels, he is taught that people show their emotions in different ways, not necessarily being able to vocalise them like he did, and when mum explains this to him with examples that include the old man from the day before the young boy is able to understand that the world is full of love, and that it is reflected in a variety of ways which makes the world we live in all the more beautiful.
Octopus Shocktopus – Peter Bently and Steven Lenton
- Published in paperback on 2nd July 2020 by Nosy Crow
- RRP – £6.99
The first thing that strikes you as you pick up this book is the vibrancy of colours on the front cover – from the neon octopus to the lettering, and stunning blue background. This sets the scene well for the illustrative beauty that lies inside, with the octopus ever present in its bright colouring, and the blue background a stable part of the design too. With rhyming text that tells of how an octopus landed on the roof of a family house and made itself quite a home there, with even the fire brigade unable to remove it! Soon everyone could see the benefits to having an octopus living on top of your house, and before long the entire village stated they would love one of their own! With a hilarious story that has an utterly fantastic, and highly appropriate ending – leaving readers giggling and smiling. A fun story to share with younger readers who will enjoy the adventure inside.
Bears Love Squares – Caryl Hart and Edward Underwood
- Published in paperback on 9th July by Bloomsbury
- RRP – £6.99
The rhyming text and the illustrations that compliment it make this a fabulous title to share with younger readers, who will not only enjoy the funny story inside that tells of lots of how all the animals are enjoying playing with a huge variety of shapes but for bear there is only one he enjoys. Refusing to accept defeat in his quest to introduce more then just squares to bears play racoon shows several options to bear, telling him facts about each along the way, and when it looks as those it was all in vain racoon has one last shape in mind that is just perfect, and leaves readers with a beautiful ah! moment. A great way to teach younger children about shapes and how to identify them through story and rhyme.
Oh No, Bear! – Joanne Partis
- Published in paperback by Little Tiger on 6th August 2020
- RRP – £6.99
A heartwarming and funny story of a bear that goes in pursuit of yummy smells that are distracting him from his important tasks, only to find that each time he reaches the cause of the scent he eats all of his friends winter food supply before taking off to the next location! After many a food related drama bear trundles home feeling guilty, and rather full too! It all gets to bear when he realises his actions have caused himto not be able to fit through his own door, and that his friends are likely unhappy with him, but in a super lovely ending bear and his friends see in hibernation together, with no harm done – in fact bear has been a huge help along the way!
Be sure to check out my Peeking at Picture Books – July Part One blog here and keep checking back for new August instalments of the Peeking at Picture Books blogs very soon.