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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!

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

Author: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara Format: Board book Release Date: 26/09/2020

This board book version of Harriet Tubman - from the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series - follows the incredible life of the Underground Railroad conductor who 'never lost a single passenger.' Little Harriet was born into slavery on a plantation in Maryland. Though life was hard, Harriet persisted. She used all of her strength and bravery to escape slavery and journey north on the Underground Railroad. Harriet made the dangerous mission back to the South many times, fighting her whole life to bring others with her to freedom. Babies and toddlers will love to snuggle as you read to them the engaging story of this courageous activist, and will also enjoy exploring the stylish and quirky illustrations of this sturdy board book on their own. Little People, BIG DREAMS is a bestselling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardback versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children. Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!

Making Friends is an Art

Making Friends is an Art

Author: Julia (Julia Cook) Cook, K. D. (K. D. Smith) Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2020

Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp!

Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp!

Author: Margaret Mayo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2020

A rhythmic, read-aloud picture book. Perfect for little dinosaur fans! Mighty Tyrannosaurus loved stomp, stomp, stomping. Gigantic legs striding, enormous jaws opening... So stomp, Tyrannosaurus, stomp! Meet a different dinosaur on each page, in this bright, bold picture book. Just right for sharing together. Little ones will love looking at the colourful pictures and joining in with all the great sound and action words! From the creators of the bestselling Dig Dig Digging series.

The Great Big Book of Families

The Great Big Book of Families

Author: Mary Hoffman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2020

The Great Big Book of Families introduces children to the fact that not all families look the same. Featuring funny artwork and wonderfully accessible text this book celebrates each family in its own unique and wonderful way. What is a family? Once, it was said to be a father, mother, boy, girl, cat and dog living in a house with a garden. But as times have changed, families have changed too, and now there are almost as many kinds of families as colours of the rainbow. From a mum and dad or single parent to two mums or two dads, from a mixed-race family to children with different mums and dads, to families with a disabled member. This is a fresh, optimistic look through children's eyes at today's wide variety of family life: from homes, food, ways of celebrating, schools and holidays to getting around, jobs and housework, from extended families, languages and hobbies to pets and family trees. The is a brilliant introduction for children to all family types great and small.

Ulster Fairytales and Legends

Ulster Fairytales and Legends

Author: Peter Heaney, Nicola Heaney Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/09/2020

Where did the Red Hand, the famous symbol of Ulster, originate? It's the hand of Heremon, a chief so keen to be first to lay claim to the land that he cut his own hand off the threw it from a ship! Not all legends from Ulster are so gory, of course, and in this collection we meet The Great Brown Bull, The Horsemen of Aileach, Paiste, The Great Black Pig, Maeve MacQuillan, Fintan, Febor and Fia and, of course, Colmcille and the Book of Movilla. Evocatively illustrated by Conor Busuttil, this collection of myths from Ireland's northern province will enthrall readers young and old.

Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons

Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons

Author: Eric Litwin, James Dean Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2020

Pete the Cat loves his four groovy buttons... but can he keep singing without them? Pete the Cat is back in another rock'n'roll story about staying positive no matter what life throws at you. Pete is a rock along, sing along Cat... and with his Four Groovy Buttons it's easy to keep singing! But when his groovy buttons don't want to stay on, what does Pete do? Don't worry, it's all good... Count along with Pete as he sees the bright side and keeps on rockin'. Pete the Cat is a NYT bestselling character guaranteed to keep you feeling good, and with a free song, you can sing along too!

A More Graceful Shaboom

A More Graceful Shaboom

Author: Jacinta Bunnell Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/2020

Field Trip to the Ocean Deep

Field Trip to the Ocean Deep

Author: John Hare Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2020

The Hug

The Hug

Author: Eoin McLaughlin Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/09/2020

A beautiful, heartwarming picture book with all the universal appeal of Guess How Much I Love You. Hedgehog was feeling sad. As sad as a hedgehog can feel. So sad only one thing could help . . . Tortoise was feeling sad. As sad as a tortoise can feel. So sad only one thing could help . . . In this clever flipbook, both a hedgehog and a tortoise are looking for a hug. They ask all the other animals they come across but for some reason no one will hug them. Until a wise owl explains: Hedgehog is too spiky; Tortoise is too bony. And that's when they find each other! 'Feels like being enveloped in your very own hug.' Kirkus 'A smashing story time tale.' Books for Keeps 'It's utterly lovely. It makes her face light up every time she hears it.' The Guardian Best Books of 2019

My Baby Loves Halloween

My Baby Loves Halloween

Author: Jabari Asim Format: Board book Release Date: 17/09/2020

The perfect Halloween gift for your baby or toddler! With My Baby Loves Halloween, celebrate all the lovely things that Baby discovers about Halloween: Baby loves the crisp autumn air. Baby loves candles in pumpkins that grin. Baby loves candy... Celebrate all the sweet things that Baby discovers about Halloween. This Own Voices board book, the perfect gift for a new baby, features rhythmic poetry from Jabari Asim and adorable art from Tara Nicole Whitaker.

Goodnight Mermaid

Goodnight Mermaid

Author: Karla Oceanak Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2020

Sure to be a hit with mermaid fans. - Kirkus Reviews Glide with us into the magical mermaid world... As the full moon rises, we meet the lively, lovely mermaids. They sing, dance, and swim with a breathtaking array of oceangoing friends, from turtles and seals to whales, octopi, polar bears, and many more. And here come the mermaids' cousins-the adorable selkies and the fairy-like nymphs! Meanwhile, Her Majesty the Merqueen keeps watch over them all. Say goodnight to this marvel of strong, smart, and kind mermaids dedicated to caring for their ocean home. Readers curious about mermaid habits, anatomy, and likes and dislikes will love diving into the Mermaidology facts that follow the story! And if you recite the Mermaid Pledge on the final page, you, too, will be transformed into an honorary mermaid. This enchanting mermaid picture book in the style of Goodnight Moon will be a favorite among mermaid lovers of all ages as well as children and families who treasure our oceans and the astonishing creatures that inhabit them. STEM themes meet mermaid magic!

Dance Like a Flamingo

Dance Like a Flamingo

Author: Moira Butterfield Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2020

Learn how to move and groove like the animals do with this bright, fun and silly book aimed at younger readers to engage them in movement! Scuttle sideways like a crab, leap like a lemur, and waggle dance like a bumble bee. Meet a collection of animals from around the world and discover how they move, and why. The book features a different creature on each spread, along with step-by-step actions to help the kids move just like the animal. The perfect book to read aloud one-to-one, or as a fun activity to engage a group of young children and get them stretching, hopping, wriggling and jumping!