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In this section we have brought together some of our favourite bedtime reads that we hope will become yours too.
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | May 2017 Picture Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017 | | In a story full of hope against adversity, King of the Sky tells how flying a homing pigeon helps a young boy comes to terms with his life in a strange country far, far from home. Now living under grey skies in a country where he feels an outsider, a young boy misses the blue sky, warm sun and of ice cream of his home in Rome. But when he his racing pigeon returns to him safely from Rome the boy realises that home is where he is and he finds a new sense of belonging.
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | May 2017 Picture Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017 | | Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 | In a story full of hope against adversity, King of the Sky tells how flying a homing pigeon helps a young boy comes to terms with his life in a strange country far, far from home. Now living under grey skies in a country where he feels an outsider, a young boy misses the blue sky, warm sun and of ice cream of his home in Rome. But when he his racing pigeon returns to him safely from Rome the boy realises that home is where he is and he finds a new sense of belonging. ~ Julia Eccleshare
The Elmer books are stunning to look at, with their jewel-like colours and fabulous jungle scenes, but they teach children about kindness, acceptance and generosity too. You don’t have to be different to be special, says Elmer at the end of this lovely story, an important message for all. He’s been busy looking for Baby Elephant’s teddy, lost in the jungle. Not only does Elmer happily give up his time but he lends Baby Elephant his own much-loved teddy until the lost bear can be found. The story is full of incident as the hunt takes Elmer far and wide, and there’s a funny surprise at the end as he finally discovers the lost bear, and it appears – temporarily at least - that it can speak. Elmer rules! ~ Andrea Reece
Best-selling duo Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb reunite in a lovely story that begins in a Year One classroom before taking us on an exciting, fantastical journey. Scenes in the classroom and at home with the children as they play with their shared Everywhere Bear are beautifully depicted in Donaldson’s nimble rhyming text and Cobb’s sketchy, lithe illustrations. Their imaginations take flight when the poor bear is lost, swept down a drain and into the sea in dramatic scenes before finally, almost miraculously, he’s reunited with Class One. In the hands of star author and illustrator, it all makes for an exceptionally satisfying adventure for young readers, with much they’ll recognise, much to make them wonder. ~ Andrea Reece Best-selling Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb create some wonderful adventures for the much-loved class bear in this warm-hearted and dramatic story with a strong classroom background. One thing is for sure - the Everywhere Bear knows that his life will never be dull! He goes home with a different child every weekend and no-one knows what surprises the weekend will bring! ~ Julia Eccleshare
One of our special picks for Mothering Sunday The ahhh-factor is at its highest setting in this sweet but sturdy little board book. On each page a different mummy and child enjoy having simple fun together, whether that’s zooming round the shops, playing in the park or splashing in the bath (mummy penguin and her little one are particularly adorable). These are scenes that will be very familiar to little children, and they’ll recognise too the very special mummy love that’s depicted in every scene. The rhyming text is fun to read aloud, and the pictures are full of things to spot and discuss. Perfect for Mother’s Day! ~ Andrea Reece Our special Mothering Sunday Picks Guess How Much I Love You Gift Set by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram Something for Mummy by Ted Dewan Mother's Day by Shirley Hughes With My Mummy by James Brown That's Not My Chick by Fiona Watt Superhero Mum by Timothy Knapman Me and My Grandma by Alison Ritchie
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2018 A must-have for all who hate being kissed! Momo the little monkey hates kissing. He hates other people kissing each other but, most of all, he hates being kissed himself! But when Momo has a new baby brother, by mistake he suddenly discovers the wonder of KISSING! Beautifully illustrated, this is a highly entertaining and touching family story. ~ Julia Eccleshare Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for February 2018 Kevin by Rob Biddulph My Name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley Lots: The Diversity of Life by Nicola Davies A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins Words and Your Heart by Kate Jane Neal The Iron Man by Ted Hughes Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram No More Kissing by Emma Chichester Clark
David Walliams has his finger firmly on the funny bone of the nation’s youth, and little children will love this story of school turned upside-down by an unexpected visitor. It’s bring-your-pet-to-school day, and a host of animals are ushered into the playground. By far the most unusual, brought in by Miranda, a girl who loves to be different, is a python! High jinks follow, wonderfully illustrated by Tony Ross, an artist who excels at depicting children behaving wildly, until the headmistress Miss Bloat puts her foot down. Whether that’s a sensible thing to do with a python will be revealed. Containing just the right amount of anarchy and warmth and speaking directly to its readers, this is set to become a huge favourite. ~ Andrea Reece Message from David Walliams: “It was a joy working with Tony Ross on this new picture book, which I hope will amuse my young readers at bedtime.” ***There are 4 fun 'There's a Snake in My School' activity pages to download too!
A timeless storybook classic full of bright colourful pictures that accompany a simple, repetitive text. Children will delight in all the wonderful sound effects and Mr Bear's reaction to the noises that stop him going to sleep until...you'll find out when you read it to your toddler. The familiar noises, repetition and beautiful illustrations make this delightful picture book an all-time favourite with children and adults everywhere. Click here for an activity sheet related to this book !
A new board book edition of the picture book classic, in a size that's perfect for little paws! A timeless storybook classic full of bright colourful pictures that accompany a simple, repetitive text. Children will delight in all the wonderful sound effects and Mr Bear's reaction to the noises that stop him going to sleep until...you'll find out when you read it to your toddler. The familiar noises, repetition and beautiful illustrations make this delightful picture book an all-time favourite with children and adults everywhere. Click here for an activity sheet related to this book !
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2018 Celebrating thirty-five best-selling years, Whatever Next! is a classic story of a child’s imaginative adventure. It’s bath time for Baby Bear but he is determined to fit in a quick trip to the moon beforehand. Can he do it? Sure he can. Finding a space rocket under the stairs, a helmet in the kitchen and some boots by the door Baby Bear is soon off and away floating high in the sky, up through the stars and all the way to the moon. A gloriously imaginative story brought to life in Jill Murphy’s wonderful illustrations. ~ Julia Eccleshare Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for January 2018 Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by by Mem Fox Words and Your Heart by Kate Jane Neal Emmeline and the Plucky Pup by Megan Rix Whatever Next! by Jill Murphy The Girl Who Saw Lions by Berlie Doherty The Poesy Ring by Bob Graham
‘Money doesn’t matter, nor colour, creed, nor name - /In each and every family, the love we feel’s the same’: these are the concluding lines and the overriding theme of this attractive picture book. Over busy, vibrant pages a number of families are seen going about their daily lives, sharing meals, going to school, enjoying days out, and experiencing difficult times too. Each family is different: there are two parent families, single parent families, same-sex parents, grandparents bringing up a child, and a couple with an adopted child. The text but mostly the illustrations make clear that the families have much more in common than things that divide them. There’s a stylish retro feel to the illustrations, children will enjoy poring over the pictures to spot details while the message is more important now than ever. ~ Andrea Reece
This lively, cheerful picture book takes a positive look at one of the changes the arrival of a new baby can bring. ‘There’s a new baby now, I’m not the baby any more’, says the little girl who narrates the story. Sometimes she misses being the littlest, and tries to squeeze into her old baby clothes, now passed on to her new brother; but Mummy and Daddy reminder her how much they love their big girl, and she lists all the great things that big girls can do, from using the potty to playing with friends and enjoying a bedtime story. The little girl’s voice rings out loud and clear and it’s a great book for sharing with lots for adults and children to discuss together. ~ Andrea Reece
A wonderful adventure for a bold little penguin is beautifully told in Tony Mitton’s elegant and witty rhyming text. Determined to explore the world around him, the little penguin sets off in to the icy and watery landscape. Meeting whales and sea lions is fun but soon the little penguin realises that what he most wants is to be back with his own family. Alison Brown’s illustrations make the frozen landscape of the Antarctic come alive.
A stunning hardback treasury of five of Richard Scarry's best-loved stories - the perfect gift for Scarry fans, young and old! Richard Scarry’s distinctive busy scenes and characters have been delighting children for generations and they look as fresh and appealing as ever in this handsome treasury. It contains five different storybooks, including absolute classics Cars and Trucks and Things That Go, Busiest People Ever and Best Lowly Worm Book Ever. The stories are lively but simple enough for learning and for newly independent readers while the carefully labelled pictures (newsagent, fork-lift truck operator, sandwich eater) will keep children entertained for hours as they pore over the illustrations to find all the little details. Andrea Reece
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