We enjoyed some lovely children’s books last month. Both my girls continue to love listening to stories and looking at picture books. Peppa pig continues to be a firm favourite with them both so Peppa’s Easter egg hunt is getting a lot of love (find out more about it in my 20 children’s books to read this spring post). As usual in my recommendations, there is a mixture of board books suitable for babies and toddlers and some fantastic picture books for slightly older children too.
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I really want the Cake, Simon Philip and Lucia Gaggiotti *
It’s not hard to see why this book has been nominated for a Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. This gorgeous rhyming story is written in the first person about a little girl who finds a cake with a note from her mum, “Do not eat the cake?” How can any child resist cake? This little girl tries so hard to forget the cake but I’m sure you can guess that it’s impossible. Once the cake is gone she feels bad and is preparing herself to confess to her mum. But wait, she has an idea, why not bake another cake? You can imagine the mess! My 4 year old (a massive cake fan) adores this brightly illustrated book. A recipe for chocolate cake is included at the end, just in case you really want the cake too.
Where’s Mrs Ladybird? Ingela Arrhenius *
This book is in the same series as Where’s Mr Owl? that I recommended in Children’s books we loved in January. We love this gorgeous board book just as much. It’s perfect for my little ladybird. My toddler adores the felt flaps in this super cute board book. Babies and toddlers will love the bright colours, simple text and the soft, robust felt flaps. We particularly love the mirror at the end, my toddler finds looking at it incredibly funny.
Romeo explores the farm and Romeo explores the seaside, Alain Grée *
We were first introduced to Romeo the dog who loves to explore last October. This time Romeo is busy exploring the seaside and the farm. Both books are full of detailed pictures of different scenes at the seaside or on the farm. Each page poses a question for young readers to guess what is on the next page. I love the nostalgic illustrations that have just enough detail for toddlers. There are plenty of details for them to spot and lots of talking points too.
Superhero mum, Timothy Knapman, Joe Berger *
With mother’s day just around the corner, this book is perfect for children. I suspect every young child thinks their mum is a superhero. In this book which is packed full of fun and colourful illustrations, we find out just why mums are superheroes in disguise. It’s a fun book that celebrates all the special things that mums do for their children. This book is loved by my eldest who was not happy when I told her the other day that I couldn’t do something because I wasn’t supermum. Proof that she does think all mums are superheroes.
Five little ducks * Yu-Hsuan Huang
This book is a beautifully illustrated, interactive board book of the classic nursery rhyme, 5 little ducks. My toddler loves nursery rhymes and interactive board books so this book is a firm favourite with her. She loves when I sing the words to her, whilst she plays with the interactive elements. There are tabs to pull or slide on every page. A great book for babies and toddlers.
Hattie Peck, Emma Levey *
We actually have had the follow-up story to Hattie Peck (The journey home) and have loved reading it. This book is another beautiful and colourfully illustrated children’s book. One of the things I love about this book is how the text almost becomes part of the illustrations as it is woven around the images. In this book Hattie adventures around the world collecting abandoned eggs which she takes back home and waits for them all to hatch. A super sweet story that children will love.
Cat & Dog, Helen Oswald, Zoe Waring *
My 4 year old loves this story, cat & dog. The illustrations are really cute in this fun story about a cat and dog who fight, well like a cat and dog would. I love that it teaches children that different is ok and that it is important to try to compromise and make friendships work despite our differences.
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