Welcome to Picture Book Parents! Check out our Reviews page for loads more book reviews organised according to topic (e.g. Bullying, Divorce, Emotions). We’ll use this blog to let you know when we’ve added a new review, found a new fun resource, or reviewed a book for which we don’t yet have a review list.

Lisette’s Lie by Catharina Valckx

Lisette’s Lie Catharina Valckx (author), Anthony Shugaar (translator) Gecko Press: 2022 ISBN: 9781776574407 Age: 4+ Reviewed by Viv Young Good friends, Lisette and Bobbi, are trying out a ‘big lie’ about going to the mountains. Unexpectedly, their friend Popof decides to join them and they have a fabulous day on a kind of mountain. But … Continue reading

Breathe And Be: a book of mindfulness poems by Kate Coombs

Breathe and Be: a book of mindfulness poems By Kate Coombs Illustrated by Anna Emilia Laitinen Sounds True Boulder CO. 80306 2017 ISBN: 9781622039371 Ages 4-8 years “Breathe and Be: a book of mindfulness poems” by Kate Coombs, can assist children in developing a mindfulness practice of breathing and paying attention to small moments. Each … Continue reading

Review of Big Feelings by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman

Big Feelings Alexandra Penfold (author) and Suzanne Kaufman (illustrator) Bloomsbury: 2021 ISBN: 9781526639769 Age: 3+ Reviewed by Viv Young A group of children negotiate conflict, disappointment and differing perspectives as they play in their local park. Big feelings is an uplifting and practical exploration of children’s play and their big feelings. As the child characters … Continue reading

The In-Between Book by Christopher Willard and Olivia Weisser and Alison Oliver

The In-Between Book Christopher Willard and Olivia Weisser (authors), Alison Oliver (illustrator) Sounds True: 2021 ISBN: 9781683647331 Ages: 4+ Reviewed by Viv Young The In-Between Book invites readers to explore the Japanese concept of ‘ma’ —the art of perceiving and considering what lies between spaces. It explores this concept cleverly through a series of playful, … Continue reading

Jorn’s Magnificent Imagination by Coral Vass and Nicky Johnson

Jorn’s Magnificent Imagination Coral Vass (author) and Nicky Johnston (illustrator) EK Books: 2022 ISBN: 9781922539144 Age: 3+ Reviewed by Viv Young Jorn’s Magnificent Imagination tells the surprising story of the architect who designed, arguably, the most famous building in Australia—the Sydney Opera House. It focuses especially on Jorn’s creative engagement with the natural world and … Continue reading

Jeremy Worried About The Wind by Pamela Butchart

Jeremy Worried About The Wind By Pamela Butchart Illustrated by Kate Hindley Nosy Crow Ltd 2020 ISBN: 978788007740 Age range: 3-6 years “Jeremy worried about the wind” by Pamela Butchart is a story about a boy consumed by worries who, with the help of his friend, faces his greatest worry and is transformed by it.  … Continue reading

The Little Book of Hopes by Elyse Shellie and Evie Barrow

The Little Book of Hopes Elyse Shellie (author) and Evie Barrow (Illustrator) New Frontier Publishing: 2022 ISBN: 9781922326478 Age: 0+ Reviewed by Viv Young The Little Book of Hopes expresses the hopes of a parent for a child with a particular focus on the growth of the child’s emotional and ethical wellbeing. There are those … Continue reading

Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys

Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day Davina Bell (author) and Allison Colpoys (illustrator) Scribble: 2021 ISBN: 9781925849462 Reviewed by Viv Young With lyrical, rhyming text the story of two girls and their day of questionable choices unfolds but don’t worry, they’ll be fine; tomorrow is a brand-new day. The illustrations for this fabulous book about mistakes … Continue reading


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