This year I've actively been seeking out picture books and over the last month I've read through a lovely selection which would be awesome for Christmas presents for little people.
Snowflake in my pocket by Rachel Bright
From highly acclaimed picture book maker, Rachel Bright,
comes a visually stunning, feel-good picture book filled with Yu Rong’s
distinctive, awe-inspiring papercut artwork. The snow is coming – Bear
can smell it! Squirrel is so excited – he’s never seen snow before! But
when the snow arrives, Bear suddenly falls sick. Can Squirrel still
bring some silvery, sparkly, magical whiteness to his best friend?
Featuring a cut-out window in Squirrel's oak tree home, giving readers a
sneak-peek to the wintry world outside, this delicately-crafted book
captures the cosy, cuddly feeling of sharing a snowy night with a loved
one, and is the perfect read for parents and children to treasure
together – at Christmas and all year round.
I loved this book. It has a lovely message about friendships with people very different from yourself and I loved the wintery feel to it.
Blue Penguin by Petr Horacek
A heat-warming fable about a friendship and belonging from the
award-winning illustrator Petr Horacek. "I feel just like a penguin,"
says Blue Penguin. "But you're not like us," said the other penguins and
they left him all alone. Poor Blue Penguin. Will he be able to convince
the other penguins he is one of them after all? A moving and
beautifully illustrated story from Petr Horacek, an illustrator
described by the Washington Post as "the thinking tot's Eric Carle".
Another really sweet book which celebrates difference with a really wintery setting.
Handstand by Lisa Stickley
Little Edith loves to do
handstands. But is she any good at them? Can she actually stay upright?
In her 7 days of perseverance she learns the power of practice.
Thwarted by spiders, worms and her dad's newspaper, Edith tells her tale
of mastering the art of being upside down. All the while, readers will
be counting down the seconds with her and learning the days of week, in
her story that ends with the prize of an ice lolly.
illustrated by leading designer Lisa Stickley, this is a lovely book to
cherish and learn from. A light hearted tale that will teach children
one of life's great secrets: practice makes perfect.
I really enjoyed this book. This illustrations are quirky and I liked what it had to say about practice makes perfect. Also a fab book for those learning to count for the first time.
Construction by Sally Sutton
Hoist the wood. Hoist
the wood. Chain and hook and strap. Swing it round, then lower it down.
Thonk! Clonk! Clap! Build the frame. Build the frame. Hammer all day
long. Make the stairs and floors and walls. Bing! Bang! Bong!
This was an unexpected favourite of mine from this pile. Small
people who are fascinated by diggers and truck will love this. The
pictures are bright and colourful. The sentences have a lovely rhythm to
them and rhyme making it awesome to read out loud and choice of words
makes you want to read them loud. Perfect for getting new readers
wanting to join in. Also awesome that all the construction workers
pictured aren't just male ones because girls like diggers too.
Once upon a northern night by Jean E Pendziwol
In this bedtime lullaby beautifully brought to life by the award-winning Isabelle Arsenault, illustrator of Jane, the Fox, and Me,
a northern night unfolds as a young child sleeps. Wrapped in a snug,
downy blanket, a snowflake falls, and then another and another. As the
magic of the night outside takes hold – animals awaken, snow swirls,
stars twinkle and winds whisper – a lyrical, enchanting read-aloud
evokes a winter's night, while gently lulling a child to peaceful sleep.
This book is beautiful in its illustration but quite slow so probably better as a bedtime book.
Christmas eve tree by Delia Huddy
When the ugly little
fir tree is taken to the city, no one wants to buy him; they prefer the
big tall trees. But a homeless boy asks the shopkeeper if he can take
the tree, and down by the river in a cardboard box, decorated with a few
candles, the tree finds itself at the centre of a magical Christmas Eve
it will never forget. A Christmas tale with a classic feel but a modern
theme at its heart.
A really lovely read in a Christmas setting with lovely messages about hope and kindness. The illustrations are beautiful too.