Hide and Seek: An Around-the-World Animal Search By Charlene Man

A beautifully illustrated seek and find book. Can you find the animals that are hiding in the wrong habitats?

This book acts as a fun, engaging tool to introduce children to different animal species and the habitats that they have adapted to. It can be used as a springboard to discuss more in depth questions, such as; how has the penguin adapted to the extremely cold climate of Antarctica? Why is this environment not suitable for a giraffe or a flamingo?

The book includes an illustrated map of the world detailing where each of these animals can be found.

Published by Laurence King Publishing.

Making Faces! By Jacky Bahbout & Momoko Kudo

Poke your face through the pictures . Star in your own works of art

Making Faces! An inventive activity book with 32 tear-out designs. Each design has a hole for your face to peek through. All the fun of a seaside photo booth brought into your living room. Your children can become kings and queens, astronauts, rabbits and dinosaurs with their own added splashes of creativity.

Published by Thames and Hudson.

Release date 31st August 2015

The Superhero Comic Kit by Jason Ford

Draw, colour and sticker your very own superhero comic books! Make your superheroes – or even yourself – the stars of each super adventure!

The book contains 10 exciting 8-page comics to draw, colour and complete. Each adventure has super story prompts to start you off – and the rest is up to you! You can even pull them out, put them together and give them to your friends to read.

Also includes 6 activity sheets on how to create and draw your superheroes and supervillains, and over 100 fantastic stickers to add to your stories.

Let’s Bake by Carolyn Dresser

I was surprised to receive a cook book in the post, it’s not the sort of thing I would buy. However, my wife and my brother, who are nifty in the kitchen, thought this was a fantastic book to get adults and children baking in the kitchen together.

The recipes are easy to follow and the layouts and photos are inviting for kids. Each recipe has step by step instructions with photographs to help visualise the tricky bits. I’ve not used it yet (my children are still too young) but my wife and I can’t wait to give it ago.

There are recipes for different occasions, Halloween, summer holidays, the last day of school. In totoal there are 52 scrumptious looking recipes for you and your kids to make.

Published by Orion Books

Paper Zoo by Oscar Sabini

(Including 8 die-cut pockets envelope containing 8 blank piece of card and 20 decorated paper sheets)

Teach children to create art using collage. Who doesn’t enjoy tearing and gluing? Paper Zoo provides templates of animals for children to be creative with. There’s a toucan, a monkey, a hippo, an elephant, a crocodile, a bear and a lion. At the end of the book, there one more collage to create, a group photo for all the animals in the zoo together. This activity book is presented beautifully with cutout typography on the cover and colourful collage animal illustrations inside. A perfect book for the summer holidays. Published by Thames & Hudson.

Here’s the book in action

Animalium Activity Book by Katie Scott

Following the best-selling Animalium, Katie Scott returns with a companion activity book. Bursting with fascinating facts and puzzles, this book offers hours of entertainment to artists and animal lovers. Beautiful and inspiring, the myriad activities in this book challenge the reader to discover something new and explore their imagination to draw, decorate and design on every pull-out page.

Published by Big Picture Books

What’s Inside? By Isabel Minhós Martins and Madalena Matoso

The latest picture book by the critically-acclaimed Portuguese author/illustrator team Isabel Minhós Martins and Madalena Matoso (the creative team behind Where Do We Go When We Disappear, At Our House and When I Was Born, all from Tate Publishing) boasts mouth-watering artwork with a brilliant concept. It’s packed with fun challenges, memory games and puzzles that help to develop inference and deduction skills. It is also a great stimulus for the invention of stories.

Children and adults alike will adore this book.

Published by Tate.

Pictura Puzzles: London by Thomas Flintham

for all design-conscious, creative kids. Beautiful black line images inspire children to think about and experiment with design, pattern and style as they learn from professional artists. Pages studded with fascinating facts add a learning element, helping young readers to use their imaginations to increase focus, hone artistic skills, and lose themselves in gadget-free creative time.
– Pre order from Waterstones

Published byTemplar Publishing 1/6/15



First launched in 2006 by a Mum frustrated by the lack of good kids magazines available on the market, Anorak – the Happy Mag for Kids – is aimed at children (boys AND girls) aged 6+ and is sold worldwide on the newsstand, in kids boutiques, museum shops and bookshops.

Published four times a year, every issue has a theme (inspired by the British National Curriculum) to inspire and encourage kids to tap into their natural creativity and learn while having fun. Every edition has plenty of beautifully illustrated stories, games and activities to keep your little ones’ creative cells buzzing!

– Anorak Magazine

I picked up this particular issue in my local book shop Ottie & the Bea. I had been eyeing up their website for a while and was eager to get a copy.

To my delight I found two illustrators who have illustrated magpies for me. The excellent Ben Javens and the very magpies that Rachael Saunders sent me.

Ben Javens Magpie-01

magpies2 Rach

This particular issue is sold out, but check out their website. You can also follow them on twitter.

One Thousand Things by Anna Kövecses

Another beautifully designed book, published by Wide Eyed Books.

Features graphic artwork and simple questions that prompt language learning, arranged by topic and narrated by Little Mouse, who can be found with his periscope in every scene.

Topics include: First Things to Learn; All About You; Things Around the World; Things in Nature; Things That You Can Do; Things Inside the House; Things Outside the House; and finally, 1,000 Things, where you learn what 1,000 really looks like!

Wide Eyed Editions