Beautiful Picture Books by Bloomsbury

Here at #BookBound we love Picture Books, and love that children of all and any ages love having access to them, especially when making memories sharing them with siblings, and other family members.

Here is our selection of fantastic picture books to enjoy this summer, all of which have been published by Bloomsbury. 

Helen read –

A Way with Wild Things

  • Written by Larissa Theule
  • Illustrations by Sara Palacios

This one is brilliant, it’s a story of loving nature all around us, a celebration of the natural beauty the environment has to offer.

This book is also about confidence building. 

Do you love Dinosaurs?

  • Written by Matt Robertson

A brilliant non fiction book full of interesting facts about Dinosaurs. 

This is a bright and colourful book.

Five little Easter Bunnies 

  • Written by Alex English 
  • Illustrations by Ben Cort

Ok so I know Easter has been and gone, but this is a really beautiful book,  its a  lift the flap book, teaching children how to count. 

Stop that dinosaur

  • Written by Alex English
  • Illustrations by Ben Cort

This book has a brilliant start centred around a dinosaur taking Granny. 

This has big large pictures that take up the whole page.

Sam Read –

Story Soup

I absolutely loved this story from Abi Longstaff and Nila Aye, which begins by introducing readers to Ollie, a young boy who is busy brewing up the perfect story, with the beginning details and choices being selected by him, and placed into the magical cauldron. When Ollies sister Susie joins him things start to take a turn in the wrong direction, with Susie introducing characters and aspects to the story that Ollie hadn’t planned on or finds himself wanting. Yet before long, Ollie comes to realise that his sister has added some winning details to the soup, and that there is no standard mould for stories to be created from, and the pair enjoy themselves with their creativity.

I like this book because it encourages conversations with little ones about what ingredients they would choose if they were making a story soup, and because the book encourages creativity I can see this book inspiring stories to be written, as well as much chat too. I also love that the book gets readers to realise that when it comes to creating stories, there is no right or wrong, and that inspiration comes all kinds of places.

There Is No Dragon In This Book

This story from Lou Carter and Deborah Allwright is brilliant! It is a play on all of the well known scenarios used in stories that would never usually feature a dragon, and subsequently when ever the dragon in this story tries to have involvement in the various different scenes that come direct from well known traditional tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Three Little Pigs, it doesn’t appear that anyone wants a dragon involved. The dragon is determined to not give up, and is a fantastic role model for little ones to learn from.

As the story concludes readers will be delighted to find out that the dragon gets his wish, and ultimately becomes a hero, which is exactly how you hope this story will end. It is such a fantastic combination of well loved characters from traditional tales combined with a brand new character to come to love in the form of the dragon, and leaves much conversation between parents and the children they read this story with, as well as teachers and their classes they enjoy this book as a class read – all stemming around the characters that feature inside this book from traditional tales and their relevant stories.

There Is No Big Bad Wolf In This Story

In this July publication by talented duo Lou Carter and Deborah Allwright we are greeted from the offset by Wolf, who is causing all sorts of chaos by running late as he makes his way to Grandma’s house (think Little Red Riding Hood!) whilst fulfilling expectations as a wolf in other stories enroute. Nobody seems to appreciate all the effort this main ‘baddie’ has gone to, or how awful they have subsequently made him feel. Then wolf decides he has had enough and isn’t willing to take part any further.

In a story that turns the stereotype of good and bad characters on its head, it is ‘good’ characters who have been misbehaving through their unappreciative and dismissive response to wolf, and it is wolf who is portrayed in the better light, particularly through his determination to meet demands on him. It is only when wolf is apologised to by the rest of the characters in the book that he agrees to participate again, and is able to be truly appreciated for the talented character he is.

I absolutely love this book because it turns perceptions on its head as to who is in the wrong, and who is deserving of empathy, and all whilst including characters that are well known from traditional tales.

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