Another selection of fab books, old and new, to get the little ones reading.
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth
By Oliver Jeffers
From land to sky, people to time, this heartfelt, multi award-winning, internationally bestselling picture book beautifully guides children through all of those questions that their heads are filled with, about our bewildering earth. “Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you’ve just got to be kind.”
Pixie and Penrose in The Red Flag is Flying
Jools Hichens & Graham Hichens
The second book in the Cornish Pasty Peeps series, Pixie and Penrose welcome their Scottish friend Hamish and learn about being safe next to the sea. The book focuses on the warning flags seen at beaches and when is best to swim.
My Friend Whale
By Simon James
This bittersweet tale makes us think about our place in the world and how we are caring for the planet and the creatures on it. Imagine how wonderful it would be if we had a blue whale as a friend, and then how sad it would be if that friend disappeared one night and never returned.
The Ferry Birds
Helen Dunmore & Rebecca Cobb
This beautifully illustrated story from award-winning author, Helen Dunmore, follows Jago, a small boy on a remote island missing his dad as he works away in Canada. When visiting his gran, Jago notices two turnstones who fly back and forth everyday leading to a magical dream where the birds fly him north to see his dad.
Orchard Aesop’s Fables
Michael Morpurgo & Emma Chichester Clark
A timeless collection of Aesop’s best-loved fables retold with warmth and humour by award-winning author Michael Morpurgo. Tales include classics such as The Hare and the Tortoise, Town Mouse and Country Mouse and Dog in the Manger, colourfully and playfully illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark. The perfect bedtime-story book.
David Walliams & Tony Ross
This hilarious latest release from number one bestselling children’s author David Walliams tells the rags-to-riches story of a father and son on a high speed cops and robbers adventure that will have you on the edge of your seat and snorting with laughter, wonderfully illustrated by Tony Ross.
The Big Big Sea
Martin Waddell & Jennifer Eachus
Winner of the 2004 Hans Christian Anderson Medal, this beautifully silver-washed illustrated book portrays a bond between a child and her mother that makes the dark sea safe and calm, as they take an enchanting walk on a moonlit beach. They splash in the sea and sit on the shore and admire the distant lights of a far-off town as they “Remember this time. It’s the way life should be.”
Out of the Deeps
Anna Laurel Carter & Nicolas Debon
A child’s first day of work and a pony’s first taste of sunshine. ‘Out of the Deeps’ follows the story of Savino, who like many children aged twelve in 1944 Canada, had to quit school and begin working alongside his father and Nelson, his father’s pit pony, in a deep coal mine. When Savino’s headlamp goes out, Nelson has to lead him out of danger.