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Picture books

See below for a selection of the latest books from Picture books category. Presented with a red border are the Picture books books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Picture books books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

The Polar Express

The Polar Express

Author: Chris Van Allsburg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Late on Christmas Eve, after the town has gone to sleep, a boy boards a mysterious train that waits for him: the Polar Express bound for the North Pole. When he arrives there, Santa offers him any gift he desires. The boy modestly asks for one bell from the reindeer's harness. It turns out to be a very special gift, for only believers in Santa can hear it ring. Magical glowing double spread pictures . . . an original and memorable book. - Guardian Evocative, realist pastels and atmospheric text. - Sunday Times A thrilling tale. - Independent

Waffle's Christmas

Waffle's Christmas

Author: Scholastic Format: Board book Release Date: 01/10/2020

Merry Christmas, Waffle! Join the Brooklyn-Bells family in this hilarious book of the much-loved CBeebies' television programme Waffle the Wonder Dog. It's the eve of Waffle's first Christmas with the Brooklyn-Bells. Mrs Hobbs is invited to join the seasonal celebrations and Gramps has made everyone a special Christmas stocking. Waffle learns all about Santa and really wants to meet him!

Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet

Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet

Author: Kate Pankhurst Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020

From bestselling author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, comes another 'smart, informative, inclusive and accessible' book about trail-blazing women (Fiona Noble, The Bookseller). This time, it's women who have been making decisions that have helped protect our natural world from way before it was on a political agenda. Discover their untold stories. Tackle the plastic problem with Isatou Ceesay by recycling waste into beautiful objects. Marvel at the intelligence of chimpanzees with Jane Goodall. Learn why it's important to shop fair trade and cruelty-free with Anita Roddick and The Body Shop. Resist devastating deforestation and plant seeds of change with Wangari Maathai. We're in an age when young people like Greta Thunberg are calling for those in power to 'wake up' and take action. But everyone has a part to play. Written with hope and encouragement, this book shows that all actions, big and small, can be powerful in the fight against climate breakdown.

From the World of Goodnight Moon: 100 First Words

From the World of Goodnight Moon: 100 First Words

Author: Margaret Wise Brown Format: Board book Release Date: 01/10/2020

A delightful word book illustrated with familiar and comforting art from the world of Goodnight Moon. Sturdy board pages with 100 words organized into categories such as Animals, Colors, Toys, and Bedtime makes this word book just right for helping babies and toddlers identify words they're beginning to learn. There's no better way to get kids pointing, naming, and talking than with the iconic words and illustrations readers will recognize from Margaret Wise Brown's and Clement Hurd's beloved classics Goodnight Moon and My World. Perfect for tiny hands and growing minds, this word book is a great addition to every child's first bookshelf.

Diamonds

Diamonds

Author: Armin Greder Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Mama, if I was to dig a hole in our garden, would I find a diamond? No, darling, there are no diamonds here. Where are diamonds, then? Oh, in other countries. In Africa for example ... A powerful parable that explores how the desire for endless riches perpetuates chains of inequality and corruption.

Roar

Roar

Author: Katerina Kerouli Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Crocodile lurks in the water, Tiger and Lion prowl through the jungle, Monkey swings through the trees and Snake slithers through the undergrowth in this beautifully illustrated, stylish picture book. Lift the giant flaps to reveal those strong, wide jaws, sharp teeth - and a flicky tongue! - and join in as the animals SNAP, ROAR and HISS. A larger-than-life look at wild jungle animals, this visually stunning book is a work of art.

Songs for our Sons

Songs for our Sons

Author: Ruth Doyle Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020

A star-scattered night, a brand new baby boy, and all the potential in the world... This is a poetic introduction to what it means to be a boy in the challenging times we live in, and all of the dazzling possibilities that await him. A beautiful and poignant message is at the heart of this book: whatever is expected of you, you can be whoever you want to be. With gold foil detail on the cover, this is a truly stunning gift for sons and parents at any key life moment, from birth to graduation.

Picture Book - Captain Tom Moore

Picture Book - Captain Tom Moore

Author: Captain Tom Moore Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020

A book about adventure, helping people and never giving up. This is an inspirational picture book, published in support of the creation of the Captain Tom Foundation, which tells the incredible story of the man who walked 100 laps of his garden and captured the heart of a nation. Fully illustrated for younger readers, and following the key moments from Captain Tom's incredible life, the book shows what is possible when we come together and never, ever give up.

The Adventures of Paddington: First Snow

The Adventures of Paddington: First Snow

Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

A gorgeous snowy picture book based on the CG-animated TV series - The Adventures of Paddington. It's snowing in Windsor Gardens and Paddington has lost the woolly hat given to him by Aunt Lucy. Will the brave polar explorers Jonathan, Judy and Paddington be able to find it in the snow? And will they encounter a Yeti along the way?

The Bell Rang

The Bell Rang

Author: James E. Ransome Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Recipient of a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019 A young slave girl witnesses the heartbreak and hopefulness of her family and their plantation community when her brother escapes for freedom in this brilliantly conceived picture book by Coretta Scott King Award winner James E. Ransome. Every single morning, the overseer of the plantation rings the bell. Daddy gathers wood. Mama cooks. Ben and the other slaves go out to work. Each day is the same. Full of grueling work and sweltering heat. Every day, except one, when the bell rings and Ben is nowhere to be found. Because Ben ran. Yet, despite their fear and sadness, his family remains hopeful that maybe, just maybe, he made it North. That he is free. An ode to hope and a powerful tribute to the courage of those who ran for freedom, The Bell Rang is a stunning reminder that our past can never be forgotten.

Red

Red

Author: Jan De Kinder Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2020

Taking Time

Taking Time

Author: Jo Loring-Fisher Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2020

Taking time to listen to a bird's song on the breeze. Taking time to gather up the blossom dancing free. Taking time to imagine the deep sounds of the sea. Taking time to cherish you . . . and cherish me. This poem is inspired by principles of mindfulness and invites children around the world to experience the wonders of nature and home.