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.
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 →
Grub Sandra Severgnini EK Books: 2022 ISBN: 9781922539267 Age: 3+ Reviewed by Viv Young Grub knows he will soon transform but what will he become? A ladybird, a butterfly, a cicada? He asks his forest friends, but no-one seems to have the answer. Grub is a fascinating introduction to animals that have a lifecycle involving … Continue reading →
Viv Young Recently I responded to a Facebook query about encouraging children to care for their books. The parent posting for advice described how their own child would leave books lying around, bend spines, and dog-ear pages. I smiled, certain of my reply as I set my teacup down on a stack of half read … Continue reading →
Goodbye House, Hello House By Margaret Wild Illustrated by Ann James Allen & Unwin Crows Nest, Australia 2019 ISBN: 9781743311103 Reviewed by Cath Young “Goodbye House, Hello House” by Margaret Wild is a story about one girl’s experience moving to a new house. It is split into two halves. The first half of the story … Continue reading →
One Book Was All It Took Wenda Shurety (author) and Amy Calautti (Illustrator) EK Books: 2022 ISBN: 9781922539137 Age: 3+ Reviewed by Viv Young When Violet searches for a new book to read she starts a chain reaction that delivers a whole library! This humorous light-hearted ode to the local library is full of fun … Continue reading →
“I am enough” by Grace Byers Illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo Balzer + Bray publishers 2018 ISBN 9780062667120 Reviewed by Cath Young “I am enough” by Grace Byers is a series of powerful statements describing and celebrating the purpose and value of each child. It uses similes based on children’s experiences and activities to make … Continue reading →
Daddy’s Rainbow Lucy Rowland (author) and Becky Cameron (illustrator) Bloomsbury: 2022 ISBN: 9781526615770 Age: 3+ Reviewed by Viv Young Erin’s Dad always encourages her to enjoy the magic of colours around her but when he becomes sick and passes away, Erin’s world becomes grey until she finds a way to remember her Dad. Daddy’s Rainbow … Continue reading →
It’s Big Sister Time by Nadini Ahuja Illustrated by Catalina Echeverri Harper Collins Publishers New York 2021 IBSN: 9780062884381 Ages 2 – 4 years Review by Cath Young “It’s Big Sister Time” by Nadini Ahuja focuses on the growing acceptance and inclusion of a new baby in the family, by an older sibling. The story … Continue reading →
Milly and the Mulberry Tree Vikki Conley & Deb Hudson EK Books: 2022 ISBN: 9781922539120 Age: 4+ Reviewed by Viv Young After Milly and her father plant a mulberry tree, her life becomes linked to the love and belonging she finds within and under its branches. Milly and the Mulberry Tree touches on a variety … Continue reading →
We Feel Happy: A Fantastic First Book of Feelings! Katie Abey Bloomsbury: 2022 ISBN: 9781526619914 Age: 3+ Reviewed by Viv Young We Feel Happy! encourages children to explore the rainbow of emotions we all feel by investigating the antics of a host of colourful, quirky critters. The reassuring introduction to We Feel Happy! emphasises the … Continue reading →
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