Read all the stories on the shelf during lockdown? Check out the latest round-up of Top Picture Books for Kids that should be added to your book wishlist immediately. This selection of books have not only beautiful illustrations but also meaningful and heartfelt messages in the stories. Perfect for before bed, or as a gift for little friends.
My Mama, by Annemarie Van Haeringen & Bill Nagelkerke
A cheeky baby elephant describes his mother while we follow another story in the illustrations.
Parents and children will both delight in and recognise this gorgeous mother-child relationship – if not for the same reasons.
For ages 2-5.
Read to Your Toddler Every Day, by Lucy Brownridge, illustrated by Chloe Giordano
Science tells us that young children develop best when they are read to. In this follow-up to Read to Your Baby Every Day, soothe your toddler with retellings of traditional folk tales, fairy tales and fables from around the world. Each is a perfect length to read aloud to your toddler before bedtime with a message of empathy, friendship and care for the world around us – and all are illustrated with charming embroidered artwork.
For ages 1-4.
What to Scientists Do All Day? by Jane Wilsher, illustrated by Maggie Li
What do scientists do all day? Find out in this fully illustrated book that features more than 100 scientists at work in different environments – discover dinosaur bones with the palaeontologist, meet zoologists at the nature reserve, see a doctor doing experiments on the International Space Station, collect seeds with a plant biologist, build a robot with a robotics scientist – turn the page to find out what each scientist is doing and how.
For ages 3-7.
Taking the Lead, by David Hill, illustrated by Phoebe Morris
Nobody is too young to start changing the world.
When Jacinda Adern was little, she wanted to be a clown. But when she saw schoolmates who didn’t have lunch, or even shoes, she knew she had to do something. Some kids laughed at her for wanting to help people so much, or said she couldn’t do it. But that didn’t stop her.
She became the Prime Minister of New Zealand, and the world’s youngest female leader.
This is the true story of a trailblazer who has inspired people around the planet, told by award-winning author and illustrator.
Stars Before Bedtime, by Claire Grace and Jessamy Hibberd
Preparing for sleep can be difficult for children but regularly practising mindfulness can help relieve stress and anxiety, increase happiness and allow for a peaceful night’s sleep. With expert sleep techniques from Dr Jessamy Hibberd, this beautiful book is designed to help children relax, clear their minds, get ready for bed and fall asleep faster. Stargazers of all ages will love this journey fo exploration and bedtime battles will be a thing of the past.
For ages 3-6.
Evonne Goolagong, Astrid Lindgren (Little People, BIG DREAMS series), by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Discover the life of the inspiring indigenous Australian tennis player and how she overcame incredible odds, or how the creator of the irresistible Pippi Longstocking grew up to become one of the world’s best-loved authors. This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages.
For ages 4-7.
Meet the Planets, by Caryl Hart
Zooooom! We’re off on an exciting space adventure in our rocket to meet all the planets of the solar system. Join in with the rhymes and spot all the smiley-faced friendly planets, from shimmering Saturn to mighty Mars. Little ones will have a blast (and be back in time for bed!) in this striking, read-aloud, story-led picture book. It’s perfect for all the would-be astronauts.
For ages 2-5.
Rainbow Colours, by Juliana Perdomo
Take a journey through the colours of the rainbow with this charming, layered board book. Humorous, rhyming text and bold illustrations introudce each of the seven rainbow colours and touch-and-feel board pages increase in size developing hand-eye coordination. The final page shows a rainbow of all children from all around the world, reinforcing a positive message of diversity and inclusivity. Open the rainbow pages, read the rhyming text together and spot the objects in each and every colour.
For ages 3-5.
One World, Many Colours, by Ben Lerwill, illustrated by Alette Straathof
We share one world, we share many colours. This is a lyrical celebration of the vibrant colours waiting to be found in all corners of the world. From the ice-white plains of Antarctica to the soft pink blossoms of the Japanese countryside. The same colours can be found everywhere else in the world, in nature, in our cities, and in our cultures. One World, Many Colours opens children’s eyes to the wonders of the world and the spectrum of colour that we share.
For ages 5-7.
Nuts, by Lou Peacock, illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail
An utterly nutty book all about…nuts.
For ages 3-5.
What Will You Dream Of Tonight? by Frances Stickly, illustrated by Anushka Allepuz
A stunningly beautiful and warm-hearted story about the magic of dreams.
For ages 3+.
Michelle Obama (Work It, Girl), by Caroline Moss, illustrated by Sinem Erkas
Discover how Michelle became an inspirational leader, FLOTUS, lawyer and role model in this true story of her life. Then, learn 10 key lessons from her work you can apply to your own life. Brightly coloured photo illustrations of paper artwork featuring inspiring quotes bring this amazing woman’s story to vivid life. Learn how to work it as you lay the foundations for your own successful career.
For ages 3-7.
Monkey’s Tail: A Tiger & Friends Book, by Alex Rance, illustrated by Shane McG
Howler Monkey was one of the best climbers in the whole jungle – until the day he landed on his tail with a big thump. He kept smiling and playing with his friends, but on the inside he was very sad. What if he could never climb again? Can Howler Monkey get his confidence back and reset his sense of self? A gorgeous picture book about resilience and change, sharing worries and staying positive.
For ages 5-8.