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Reading picture books with young children is a joy. It is also a great way to develop a love of books, to introduce new ideas and concepts, and to develop an enjoyment of books and reading from an early age. Our Picture Book Party category from Walker Books, a publisher with an unparalleled picture book heritage and a superb commitment to new talent, will help you find some of the best picture books and picture book illustrators.
Sharing books with your baby is one of the most joyful bits of early parenthood, especially when the books are as beautiful and as full of love and laughter as this classic by Helen Oxenbury. Even very little babies will be fascinated by the illustrations, and they’ll be captivated by the events described too. There may be only four spreads, but the action still builds cleverly to a wonderful climax, sure to have babies giggling aloud or joining in. Gorgeous in every way, this is a perfect first book. ~ Andrea Reece You might also like Tickle, Tickle - another First Book for Babies, illustrated and written by Helen Oxenbury.
Sharing this book with babies and the very young is a joyful experience for parent and child, guaranteed to bring laughter into every day. Little babies love looking at picture of other very young children and here a group of toddlers sprawl and tumble across the pages. Each illustration is full of its own delights and they build to a wonderful ending that will have children giggling with anticipation. One of the best books for babies ever created. You might also like All Fall Down - another First Book for Babies, illustrated and written by Helen Oxenbury.
In a neat bit of role reversal, Cinderella becomes Cinderfella, the ugly sisters are lazy big brothers, and the prince is a junior Karate champion called Kayleigh. Other than that, the action sticks closely to the story we know and love: put-upon Cinderfella finds his invitation to Kayleigh’s party and sneaks there disguised in a pair of his brothers’ cool sunglasses. Kayleigh and he have a great time dancing until he has to dash home when the clock chimes (8), dropping the glasses in the process. Kayleigh finds him of course and they dance happily into the sunset. It’s very entertaining with a real energy and freshness. Children will feel the unfairness of Cinderfella’s situation and want to talk about that, while the illustrations are full of amusing details. ~ Andrea Reece
Full of wit and warmth, this is a joyful wordless picture book. Owls are owls and bats are bats and they are very different – even when they are sharing the same branch. But the baby bat and the baby owl have other views and make friends despite what their wiser adults think. When a great storm disrupts their home bats and owls have to think again about the great importance of friendship. The expressions of bats and owls tell the readers everything they need to know!
Award-winning Aaron Becker has an exceptional gift for telling stories with big themes and deep truths in pictures alone. Off on a holiday by the sea which is tinged with sadness following the death of the family dog, the story tells how a young girl find solace and greater understanding of the scale of the world while exploring the stones on a beach. Through Aaron Becker’s atmospheric and richly-textured illustrations readers follow her enlightening journey of discovery. Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for July 2018: A First Book of the Sea by Nicola Davies Junkyard Jack and the Horse That Talks by Adrian Edmondson All About Families by Felicity Brooks A Stone for Sascha by Aaron Becker Sleep by Kate Prendergast The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle The Cook and the King by Julia Donaldson
UKLA Longlist Book Awards - 2019 | You can feel the love that the author and illustrator of Baby Goes to Market have for West Africa, both of whom grew up there. The vibrant market place leaps out of the page, you can almost smell the fruit for sale and hear the shouts from the market traders. Baby is snuggly wrapped in a papoose on Mama's back and is enjoying the trip to the market, especially when the market traders start giving Baby presents. First bananas, then juicy oranges, then biscuits. Baby eats a little of each and adds the remainder to the shopping basket that Mama carries on her head. Mama must be very strong! After all those treats Baby has a nap and Mama gets a well-deserved taxi ride home. Each page is gloriously filled with tantalising pictures of delicious things to eat and colourful things to buy, and there’s a gentle introduction to simple counting too.
There’s something of the nursery rhyme to the lyrics of Yellow Submarine making it particularly appealing to children, and even more than 50 years after its release, there’ll hardly be a child in the country who can’t sing along. Based on the iconic 1968 film by Heinz Edelmann which took those lyrics as inspiration for a wild psychedelic adventure the book is a satisfying mix of happenings and illustration, both equally surreal, all held together by the unmistakably charismatic figures of the Fab Four. Watch out for the Sea of Holes, the Blue Meanies and the dreadful flying Glove – and say after me: “Love is all you need!” ~ Andrea Reece
Two little elephants are busy getting ready for a very special day! And they make a lot of noise about it. Getting ready to go out their anoraks go rustle, zip, pop and once on the road the cars go ding! ding!, honk! honk!, while in the shops the trolley rattles clink, clunk, clonk. Once home, there is lots to prepare before a final wonderful silence. And then a great surprise. ~ Julia Eccleshare
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Perfect for the end of every day, award-winning Chris Haughton captures the soothing time as the sun goes down and all the animals begin to fall into a deep sleep….All except Little Bear who is wide awake despite the yawning and sighing of all those around him. When even Little Bear stretches a great big stretch and yawns a great big yawn it really is goodnight for everyone. ~ Julia Eccleshare
May 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 Square builds a beautiful sculpture from the blocks in his secret cave. Square’s friend Circle thinks it is perfect and Square tries to make something perfect for Circle too. But making something perfect is hard. What will Circle think of it? In this simplest of picture books, award-winning Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen wittily explore challenges and resolve them. Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for May 2018 Square by Mac Barnett A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge A Perfect Day by Lane Smith Gaspard the Fox by Zeb Soanes & James Mayhew Wonder Goal! by Michael Foreman The Sand Dog by Sarah Lean The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell Plantopedia by Adrienne Barman
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As parents we know there is no joy more complete than watching the rapt faces of your children when you read a picture book together. Picture books have lots of other benefits as well such as stimulating language because children have a natural responsiveness to pictures. They are also perfect for settling children at bedtime.
‘As publishers Walker has made a hugely creative contribution to helping children to learn how to look, not only as an adjunct to learning to read but as a lifelong pleasure in itself, a springboard into all kinds of future delights.' – Shirley Hughes ________________________
This special section is full of all our favourite Walker picture books, both new this year and published previously. No childhood should be without many of these beautifully crafted titles and they will stay with your children (and hopefully their children’s children) for the rest of their lives!
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