Wolfy by Gregoire Solotareff

Wolfy is a beautiful tale of an unlikey friendship.

This inspriring story of friendship, full of fun and humour, is underpinned by beautifully striking illustrations with dramatic perspectives and loveable characters. It highlights how important it is to look after our friends and how easy it is to accidentally upset the ones who are most important to us.

I used this book after a rather challenging lunch time with lots of children falling out with one another. This story offered the perfect starting point for the children to reflect on their and Wolfy’s behaviour. We then discussed what Wolfy could have done differently and how he could now make things better.

What a fantastic picture book!

Written by Gregoire Solotareff and published by Gecko Press.

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Hide and Seek by Anthony Browne

Look closer – what can you see hidden in the trees?

Hide and Seek is another gem by Anthony Browne.  Written in his usual captivating and gentle manner, Hide and Seek is a striking, yet haunting tale of  sibling friendship and overcoming fear. As in many of Anthony Browne’s picture books, there are unexpected surprises on every page.

When I shared this book with my Year 3 class, they absolutely loved it.

Abdihafid said,” My favourite part of Hide and Seek was when they found Goldie. I’ve lost something special and still haven’t found it. I think I should look a bit harder for it.”

Whereas Sarah explained,” I like the happy ending. I like happy endings because they make me feel good. I didn’t like it when they were lost.”

All in all my class agreed that Hide and Seek deserves a 5 star rating and should definitely be read by all the other children in school.

Written and illustrated by Anthony Browne, published by Penguin Random House.

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Atlas of Dinosaur Adventures

Travel back in time to meet the dinosaurs. This book is not just for dinosaur enthusiasts but for anyone who fancies an adventure of a different kind… lock horns with a triceratops, stalk prey with a T-Rex or learn to fly with a Pteranodon.

This book is jam-packed with fun facts and things to discover on each page, including a short  fact file for each dinosaur and a map showing where the fossils were found. The illustrations are playful and really add to the narrative of this non-fiction book. One of Georgie’s new favourites!

Written by Emily Hawkins, illustrated by Lucy Letherland and published by Wide Eyed Editions.

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Santa’s Wish by Samuel Langley-Swain

Have you ever wondered what Santa would wish for? No? Neither had I until I came across this lovely picture book by Samuel Langley-Swain.

Find out how one letter changed one child’s Christmas in this wonderful Christmas Eve rhyming adventure. A reminder that Christmas is not all about presents but about how we can all play our part in the traditional Christmas spirit. The illustrations are delightful and add to the magical feeling of this book.

A sweet adaptation of a Christmas classic; one we will certainly be reading under our Christmas tree in the run up to Christmas.

Written by Samuel Langley-Swain, illustrated by Anastasija Pudane and published by Langley-Swain Children’s.


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Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala

If you had a magic pencil, what would you wish for? Malala wished she could solve problems like the smell of the rubbish dump near her home and to make her family happy. She recognised that the world was unfair and needed fixing but Malala didn’t have a magic pencil. However, she discovered that even without a magic pencil, she could still work every day to make her wish come true.

Malala, the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner, is an inspiration to girls and women around the world and this is her story of empowerment. In this beautifully illustrated picture book, Malala tells her inspiring story in her own words to a younger audience to help children find hope and believe in themselves during difficult times.

An important reminder to all of us that we can all do our bit and work together to make this wold a better, fairer place for all.   This book, with its powerful message, is a must-have.

Written by Malala Yousafzai, illustrated by Kerascoet and published by Puffin Books.


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Last Stop on the Reindeer Express by Maudie Powell- Tuck

I am a firm believer that Christmas should start and stay in December. However, it’s never too early to discover Christmas books and think about potential presents and this book has most certainly made it onto my present giving list this year.

Mia’s dad can’t make it home for Christmas so she tries to find a way to at least get a Christmas card to him. After all, what makes Christmas special is family…no matter where they are. Enter a mysterious postbox and an unforgettable adventure that whisks Mia across snow-covered mountains and exotic streets lit by paper stars.

The illustrations by Karl James Mountford capture the romantic spirit of Christmas beautifully. The colours are understated and not ‘in your face’ which adds to the beautiful feel of this book. There is lots to discover on each page. Especially the different peek-through pages and hidden flaps make this a very special Christmas book.

Another gem of a picture book published by Little Tiger Press. Written by Maudie Powell-Tuck and illustrated by Karl James Mountford.

Romeo’s Big Book of Clever Ideas by Alain Gree

Haven’t we all done this? Prepared for a holiday but ended up with a suitcase way too heavy for us to carry and heavier than allowed  by luggage restrictions? I know I certainly have… and so has Romeo.

Romeo wants to go camping, but by the time he has finished, his suitcase is too heavy for him to lift. Luckily he has a book of clever ideas that suggests a number of ways Romeo could try to move the suitcase, some are more risky than others.

Again, Alain Gree uses his beautifully nostalgic feeling and hilariously funny illustrations to bring the text to life. This book covers scientific ideas in a brilliantly entertaining way. A great starting point for developing scientific thinking and reasoning as well as developing an understanding of risk taking.

Written by Alain Gree and published by Button Books.


Romeo Explores THE CITY by Alain Gree

Romeo Explores The City by Alain Gree is a lovely picture book for children aged 1-3. Every page has a question which provides a clue about where Romeo will go next to explore. A great book to help develop children’s language and word retrieval skills.

The pictures have a nostalgic feel to them and are not overloaded with unnecessary detail but provide enough detail to develop children’s vocabulary.

I know Harry and I will have lots of fun with this book once he starts talking. Until then, we enjoy looking at the colourful pictures.

Written by Alain Gree and published by Button Books.




Baby Chimp, Bobo, is back for another adventure. The sun is still up and this little Chimp wants to play with his friends, even though mum says it’s bedtime.

Play is a lovely picture book for every little monkey not ready to go to bed yet. A situation I’m sure every parent can emphasise with.

This book is perfect for early readers as it only uses a handful of words and the children can make up the rest of the story in their own words.

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mibo The Forest Folk, The Marine Team & The Sky Guys by Madeleine Rogers

Aimed at the under 3 year olds, the mibo books show five animals from three different environments in rhyme and pictures. The illustrations are bold and bright and great for the learning of animals and the sounds they make.

Vibrant and modern, these board books are the perfect gift for tiny tots. Harry was determined to test the durability of these books and they endured everything that was thrown at them.

Gorgeous and bold illustrations by Madeleine Rogers and published by Button Books.

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