11 Picture Books About Transport and Vehicles

I kinda never want my 3-year-old’s transport obsession to end.
The passion and intensity with which he discusses all things transport is the cutest thing ever.
Here are 11 of our favourite picture books about transport.
And I’ll be completely honest- I purchased some of these for study purposes. Because I don’t know the names of all the construction vehicles that he questions me about. Every. Single. Day.
What are the favourite picture books about transport at your place?

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All Aboard Picture Book by Andrew KolbAll Aboad! Let’s Ride a Train by Nichole Mara and Andrew Kolb

We bought this book for Mr 3’s birthday. The book’s design alone had me shouting “TAKE ALL MY MONEY!”
It is an accordion-style book. The pages fold out to reveal each carriage and the passengers traveling in each carriage.
Amusing details abound in the illustrations so the young reader has plenty to examine.
There is also a look and find aspect to the book- readers are encouraged to look for a lost hat.
The reverse side of the book unfolds to show the landscape that the train is traveling through. An absolute hit here.

Ambulance Ambulance by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock

This is a fun, fast-paced read aloud from the team that brought us Roadworks, Demolition and Construction.
A crash has just been called through and we follow the ambulance crew as they attend the accident scene.
The teacher in me loves the onomatopoeia in this read. As do my kids as they love to noisily engage with the text.

Big Digger, Little Digger by Timothy Knapman and Daron Parton

This book is PERFECT for the digger-obsessed child.
Little Digger is the hardest-working vehicle on the construction site. Then Big Digger arrives. Size doesn’t count, right?
A fun read-aloud that gently explores the themes of perseverance, teamwork and working to our strengths.
I especially love the endpapers that feature a labelled diagram of all the parts of a digger. I may have been secretly studying these diagrams so that I REALLY sound like an expert when Mr 3 and I have our 49 in-depth daily discussions about diggers.

All About Cars picture book

All Kinds of Cars by Carl Johanson

This is a colourfully illustrated catalogue of standard cars and vehicles, alongside wacky, imaginary vehicles.
One spread shows the standard vehicles one might find on a farm. Another spread shows rescue vehicles.
Other spreads feature zany creations like the Hip-Hop Car or the Chewing-Gum Car. Doughnut Car, anybody?
At our place, the favourite is the Poo Car. Because potty humour never gets old.
This is a book guaranteed to make Bigs and Smalls giggle.
We’re looking forward to getting our hands on the recently published companion book, All Kinds of Planes.

Do you have a transport-loving little reader at your place? Here are 9 of our favourite picture books about transport. Everything from cars to trucks to planes to construction vehicles. #picturebooks #kidsactivities #booksabouttransport #transport #booksforkids #booksaboutcarsMighty, Mighty Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld

I’ll admit to groaning inwardly when this book is brought to me for bedtime stories.
It is long.
But Mr 3 ADORES it, so who am I to deny him his bookish delights?
Plus I do appreciate the way it explores the themes of teamwork and friendship.
All the construction vehicles must work together to get the job done.
The roles of different vehicles are shown and explained in rhyming text.
We initially borrowed this book from the library. It was so adored that we purchased a copy for our home library. We adore KidArtLit boxes. KidArtLit is subscription box delivered to your doorstep each month, allowing you to easily integrate art & storytime into your family’s routine. Each box contains a top-quality picture book and a guide to help scaffold your exploration of the book. The guide also contains a sequence of thoughtful art experiences that extend the book. Do you have a transport-loving little reader at your place? Here are 9 of our favourite picture books about transport. Everything from cars to trucks to planes to construction vehicles. #picturebooks #kidsactivities #booksabouttransport #transport #booksforkids #booksaboutcars

Transport by Alain Gree

We bought this book for Mr 3’s first Christmas.
So we’ve clearly been cultivating his transport infatuation for awhile now.
One of my random life goals is to own all of Alain Grée‘s books. His vintage illustrations are just so charming.
This book takes the format of informative text. The illustrations are rich in detail and pored over in this household. Do you have a transport-loving little reader at your place? Here are 9 of our favourite picture books about transport. Everything from cars to trucks to planes to construction vehicles. #picturebooks #kidsactivities #booksabouttransport #transport #booksforkids #booksaboutcars

Busy Builder: Airport by Timothy Knapman and Carles Ballesteros

This is an informative text meets boxed play set meets craft project.
A 32-page soft cover book is packed with facts about life at the airport and the processes that enable air travel.
The book is housed within a box that opens up to form an airport terminal and runway.
Also contained within the box are punch-out models that you can assemble to create your own fleet of planes, complete with ground crew and accessories.
I love any activity that extends the reading of a book and this is book-based play at its finest.

Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum

This is one of my favourite non-fiction texts of 2017.
The search for life on Mars is told from the perspective of Curiosity, the Mars Rover.
The informative text is paired with rad retro-style illustrations and fantastic diagrams.
If you have a little one obsessed with space travel, they need this book.

Traffic Jam by Aino-Maija Metsola

This beautifully designed board book not only explores forms of transport but is great for positional language.
The rhyming text details the position of each person in the traffic jam.
Removable puzzle pieces then create a 6-piece traffic jam.
The author/illustrator is a designer for Marimmeko and the illustrations are wonderfully bright and engaging. Do you have a transport-loving little reader at your place? Here are 9 of our favourite picture books about transport. Everything from cars to trucks to planes to construction vehicles. #picturebooks #kidsactivities #booksabouttransport #transport #booksforkids #booksaboutcars

BuildABlock by Christopher Franceschelli and Peskimo

We are such huge fans of this partnership and series of chunky board books.
There is a lot of construction happening in our local area.
Mr 3 is frequently testing my knowledge of construction vehicles.
So I treat this book as my textbook to improve my knowledge on the topic.
It features more than 24 different types of construction vehicles.
These books are renowned for their awesome die-cut shapes. This one does not fail to amaze and engage.
Every spread has something to lift or open. You can check out my video here.  

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Do you have a transport-loving little reader at your place? Here are 9 of our favourite picture books about transport. Everything from cars to trucks to planes to construction vehicles. #picturebooks #kidsactivities #booksabouttransport #transport #booksforkids #booksaboutcars The images and titles of each book will take you to the Australian based online bookstore Booktopia. As a Booktopia Affiliate, purchases clicked through from my blog result in a small commission. You do not pay any extra for your books! Commission is used to maintain Oh Creative Day. For more information, you can read my Disclosure Policy here.

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Picture Books About Animals

Picture Books About Animals

Spread of pop up book. Text says "Hey pretty flamingo, what's up? We're dancing."

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Picture books about animals are always a sure hit here.
Here are 12 of our very favourites, featuring a range of fictional and non-fictional texts.

Book Cover of "Wild Animals of the South."Wild Animals of the South by Dieter Braun

“Book” feels like the wrong descriptor- it’s more of a tome.
This heavy, encyclopaedic tome is often pulled down off the bookshelf by my kids.
Animals of the Southern Hemisphere are illustrated in Dieter Braun’s inimitable style accompanied by weird and wonderful facts.
My toddler and preschooler enjoy familiarising themselves with how a table of contents and index works to find the animal they are after.
I feel like this is the kind of book that will be remembered by my kids well into adulthood.

There is also an accompanying Wild Animals of the North.

Cover of book "Bird Builds a Nest."Bird Builds a Nest by Martin Jenkins and Richard Jones

Is this a narrative? Is this an informative text?
It’s both.
We follow Bird as she goes about her day, building a nest.
This is also a book about forces. As Bird applies force by pushing and pulling to build a nest, we learn about the real-life applications of this scientific concept.
Exquisitely illustrated.

Little Fish board books by Lucy Cousins

Both the toddler and the preschooler adore these colourful board books by the creator of “Maisy.”
As the title suggests, Count with Little Fish is about practising the 1-10 sequence with sea life.
Where is Little Fish? is a lift-the-flap book. Need I say more? Lift-the-flap books are always popular here!
These would be a perfect duo to gift at baby showers/ first birthdays. Delightful.

Cover of "The Amazing Animal Atlas."

The Amazing Animal Atlas by Dr Nick Crumpton and Gaia Bordicchia

This is a super-sized atlas written by zoologist, Dr Nick Crumpton.
The maps and beautiful illustrations take us to all corners of the globe, showcasing the animals to be found across the planet.
The book features huge fold-out spreads and is overflowing with information for the animal-lover.

Cover of picture book "A Lion is a Lion."

A Lion is a Lion by Polly Dunbar

This is a fun book to read aloud.
It questions the true nature of a lion. Lions are meant to be fierce, right?
But is a lion still a lion if he wears a hat?
Can you trust a lion even if he has nice manners?

This is a rollicking good read, that could be used at a deeper level to discuss trusting your instincts.

Sad the Dog by Sandy Fussell and Tull Suwannakit

This a gentle and beautiful story about the friendship between a boy and his dog.
The dog originally belonged to Mr and Mrs Cripps who did the basic things to fulfill his needs.
Except give him a name and affection. The dog names himself Sad.
One day, the Cripps pack up and move house, leaving Sad behind.
A new family moves in and a new chapter of Sad’s life begins.

Little Dog and the Summer Holiday by Corinne Fenton and Robin Cowcher

Canines are definitely one of the most popular animals in this niche of picture books.
This book is evocative of the long summer holidays of childhood.
Little Dog and his family pile into the car and begin the quintessential Aussie road trip between Melbourne and Sydney.
They stop off to say G’day to the Dog on the Tuckerbox at Gundagai.
Beautiful watercolour illustrations are paired with exquisite writing. The word choice in this text is glorious.

Pointy Pembleton at the Dog Park by Nat Panzarino and Fer Wicker

Pointy Pembleton is an affectionate, friendly greyhound, trying to make friends at the dog park.
Written in rhyme and accompanied by watercolour illustrations, Pointy meets many different dogs, each unique in their own way.
A playful tale about embracing and celebrating diversity.

The story behind the development of this book is heart-warming.
It was dreamed up by two animal-loving creatives who wanted to make a difference to rescued greyhounds.
Greyhounds are bred by the racing industry to be raced. Once they have finished their careers, most will be killed.

Greyhound Rescue works to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome these racing dogs and to find them a loving home to live out their days.
$5 from the sale of every Pointy Penmbleton book is donated to Greyhound Rescue.
You can buy your copy of the book here.

My Donkey Benjamin and My Pig Paulina by Hans Limmer and Lennart Osbeck

I always find it interesting to discover what classic stories are nostalgically remembered.
These two books have been perennial European best sellers for over 40 years. They were published in English only recently.Susi and Angelika and Susi are sisters who live on a Meditteranean island.
Susi and her donkey Benjamin are best friends.
Angelika has a best friend in Paulina the piglet.
Both books detail the girls’ island escapades with their furry friends.
The black and white photographs are captivating.

Cockatoo by Thames and Hudson Australia with Bird Life Australia

A pocket-sized beauty filled with illustrations of Australia’s beloved bird by over 80 artists. It is more art book than picture book.
It’s packed with facts about all the different species of cockatoo.

There is also a Koala version of this book that is equally delightful.
They make make great souvenirs, coffee table books or gifts for the animal-lover or illustration aficionado.

What’s Up? By Olivia Cosneau and Bernard Duisit

This is a most epic piece of paper engineering.
This flip flap pop-up book is filled with colourful birds.
Each spread has a tab to pull or slide.
Check out this video to see how cool it really is.



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9 Picture Books Celebrating Women

9 Picture Books Celebrating Women

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There has been a glorious influx of picture books celebrating women and featuring strong female characters of late.
A study of 5,000 children’s books found that 25% had no female characters. Less than a fifth featured females with a job.
Gender disparity is alive and well in picture books. (Read more about it here.)
As a mother to 2 daughters and a son, I want to have bookshelves overflowing with books that celebrate females and picture books filled with independent, strong female characters.
You too?
Here are our 9 favourite picture books celebrating women.

Image showing cover of book title "Three Cheers for Women!" by Marcia Williams. Photo showing one spread inside book featuring the story of Malala Yousafzai.Three Cheers for Women! By Marcia Williams

The stories of over 70 determined and amazing women are told in comic-strip style.
Each woman is given a double page spread and facts about each woman pepper the borders.
Learn about historical figures like Cleopatra, Joan of Arc and Marie Curie.
Feminists. Athletes. Astronauts.
This book is packed with quotes, jokes and facts.

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

Do you know a STEM-loving little person? This is the book for them.
Featuring 50 profiles of female scientists from the ancient to modern world, coupled with these insanely rad portraits, this is a fabulous celebration of some fierce females.

If you have a sports-mad little person in your life, the second book in this series, Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win is for them!

Image of cover of book "Amazing Babes" by Eliza Sarlos and Grace Lee. Image of one interior spread featuring Frida Kahlo.Amazing Babes by Eliza Sarlos and Grace Lee

This books features portraits by Grace Lee of 21 fierce females, spanning different generations and cultures.
Malala. Aung Sang Suu Kyi. Frida. Shami.
I find myself flipping through my own copy regularly just to remind myself of all the strong women who have gone before me and walk alongside me.

There has been a glorious influx of picture books celebrating women and featuring strong female characters of late. Here are our 9 favourite picture books celebrating women.Shout Out to the Girls

This book features an incredible array of Aussie women who have stood up, stood out, been seen and taken up their rightful space. From Sia to Cate Blanchett to Julia Gillard to Stella Young.
Women from all walks of life.
This is a powerful and inspirational manifesto for any young woman’s bookshelf.

Images from the book Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

The brains behind this book launched a crowdfunding campaign to see it published.
It has since become the most highly funded original book in the history of crowdfunding.
Over 100 stories about some of the most inspiring females across all fields are paired with portraits from a variety of illustrators.
There is space at the end of the book for young rebels to write their own story and draw their own portrait.
Check out the video in this article for the inspiration behind the book’s development.

I adore the following books because they feature strong female protagonists.

Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Colour by Julia Denos

“In a place where colours ran wild, lived a girl who was wilder still.”

Swatch is a colour tamer who cavorts across the pages, collecting and trapping colours in jars. Rumble-Tumble Pink. In-Between Gray. Bravest Green.

Yellowest Yellow, the King of all Yellows, refuses to be captured and reminds Swatch that colors are wild and untamable.

This is a book perfect for free spirits everywhere.

 

Sunday Chutney by Aaron Blabey

Sunday Chutney is one of my Girl Lit Heroes.
Self-proclaimed as unusual, her dad’s job sees her move frequently so she is always the New Girl.
Sunday owns and flaunts her quirkiness like nobody’s business.
She enjoys crumpets, drum solos and marine biology.
Sunday doesn’t like creamed corn or sand in her swimmers.
But doesn’t she get lonely? She responds to this question in the most Sunday Chutney of ways.

An excellent tale about embracing what makes you, you.
I once wrote the author a fan letter. Yep.

Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee! By Lisa Shanahan and Binny

Ruby Lee is a sassy young lady with the BEST imagination.
She desperately wants to be the class messenger.
However Mrs Majestic-Jones always gives the role to Siena and Viena. Until one Monday when they are absent.
Ruby Lee gets her chance to step up into the role.
However it is a difficult responsibility to undertake when you have a vivid imagination.
How are you meant to run messages when you also have to contend with the Spockled Frocklewockle/ Squinker/ Shlurgle?
One of my favourite picture books from 2017.

The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton

Erin Pike is the daughter of a fisherwoman. 2 fierce females in one book- how excellent is that?!
The people of Erin’s fishing village tell fearful tales about Black Rock.
Every day, Erin tries to hide on her mum’s boat in an effort to get out to see Black Rock.
One day, she is successful and learns something very important about Black Rock that must be shared with her fellow villagers.

This book has a subtle environmental message about caring for all living things. The reader is shown, in a non-didactic way, that the actions and convictions of one person can change the world.
I also adore that the illustrations remind me of a Wes Anderson film.

If you’re after more fabulous female picture book characters, check out this post I wrote over on Hello Wonderful.

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6 (more) Picture Books by Indigenous Australian Authors: Part 3

6 (more) Picture Books by Indigenous Australian Authors: Part 3

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I’m a passionate advocate for diversity in picture books. I want my children and students to see their world reflected back to them on the pages of the books they read. I aim to curate book collections, at home and in the classroom, that are filled with stories told by diverse voices. I want my kiddies and students to listen deeply and to let these stories in, as Kathleen Kemarre Wallace implores.
Growing up, I wasn’t exposed to many picture books by Indigenous Australian authors. This was mainly due to the fact that Indigenous voices, at the time of my childhood, weren’t given many platforms from which to speak and share their stories with a wider audience.
Luckily for my children, our bookshelves are heaving with Magabala Books. Magabala is a not-for-profit publishing house who produce, support and celebrate literature written by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors and artists. All of the books in this post are from Magabala and were provided free for review purposes. I always post my honest opinions and never post books that I do not rate.

If you’d like more suggestions for picture books by Indigenous Australian authors, check out part one of this series and part two here.

Cover of picture book "Big Fella Rain."Looking to add more diverse Indigenous voices and perspectives to your child's book collection? Here are 6 recently published picture books by Indigenous Australian authors to add to your bookshelves.

Big Fella Rain by Beryl Webber and Fern Martins

“Way up north when the mighty storms come,
lightening flashes though liquorice clouds.

The interplay of this text’s figurative language with the detailed illustrations is exquisite
It celebrates the intense relief and rebirth that is brought to Mother Earth as the monsoonal rains hit during Northern Australia’s wet season.

We are shown how these rains impact the landscape and wildlife. This would be an excellent accompaniment to a unit on seasons and weather; particularly Indigenous interpretations of seasons.

Looking to add more diverse Indigenous voices and perspectives to your child's book collection? Here are 6 recently published picture books by Indigenous Australian authors to add to your bookshelves.

I Remember by Joanne Crawford and Kerry Anne Jordinson

This one tugs at the heart strings and reminds us of the timelessness and power of childhood memories.

An elderly lady recalls the childhood camping trips that she would go on with her family.
We are shown the family as they move through the Western Australian landscape.
She admits that it is becoming harder and harder to recall details and the memories flash in and fade out.

A beautiful but bittersweet read.

Looking to add more diverse Indigenous voices and perspectives to your child's book collection? Here are 6 recently published picture books by Indigenous Australian authors to add to your bookshelves.

At the Beach I See by Kamsani Bin Salleh
In the City I See by Tori-Jay Mordey

These two board books form a part of the “Young Art” series which showcases the work of young Indigenous artists.
“At the Zoo” by Joshua Button and Robyn Wells was the first book in the series.

All of the books in the series are very popular with the toddler critic in this house.
Each spread contains a simple descriptive phrase- scuttling crabs, queenly cassowary, hungry pigeons- with the illustrations being the Hero. All of the illustrators in this series have vastly different styles but are all eye-catching and perfect for little eyes to pore over.

These are an excellent Early Childhood resource, but would also be valuable for units on descriptive language.

Looking to add more diverse Indigenous voices and perspectives to your child's book collection? Here are 6 recently published picture books by Indigenous Australian authors to add to your bookshelves.

Free Diving by Lorrae Coffin and Bronwyn Houston

This book is based on a song by the author, who is also a celebrated singer-songwriter.
It is a powerful tribute to the Indigenous men and women who were used as forced unpaid labour in the Western Australian pearling industry during the nineteenth century. Indigenous people were used to free dive for pearl shell and faced many dangers.
It follows the journey of one young man as he is taken from his home and country to work on a lugger alongside Japanese and Malay divers.
The book ends with the lyrics and sheet music to the song.

Molly the Pirate by Lorraine Teece and Paul Seden

What happens when you live on a remote property but dream of swashbuckling on the high seas?
You use your imagination and launch the laundry basket into choppy seas!
Molly faces some salty buccanneers (who strangely look like the pet chickens.)
She scales the ship’s rigging (or is it the clothes line?)
This is a rollicking good read and children will love spotting the every day items that are transformed by Molly’s imagination.

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Looking to add more diverse Indigenous voices and perspectives to your child's book collection? Here are 6 recently published picture books by Indigenous Australian authors to add to your bookshelves.

The images and titles of each book will take you to the Australian based online bookstore Booktopia. As a Booktopia Affiliate, purchases clicked through from my blog result in a small commission. You do not pay any extra for your books! Commission is used to maintain Oh Creative Day. For more information, you can read my Disclosure Policy here.

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All of the books in this post were provided free for review purposes. I always post my honest opinions and never post books that I do not rate.

Oh Creative Lady: Meet Riikka Jantti, author of Little Mouse

Oh Creative Lady: Meet Riikka Jantti, author of Little Mouse

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We are huge fans of the Little Mouse books by Riikka Jantti. In fact, just last week, Miss 4 insisted on taking all 3 of the series to preschool for News. The genius of these books lies in the way young readers empathise with Little Mouse discovering the world, whilst parents empathise with the ever-patient but slightly weary, Mummy Mouse. Little Mouse is exploring the boundaries of his world and asserting his independence whenever he can. I recognise so much of the curious and spirited Little Mouse in my own littles. The latest book, Little Mouse’s Christmas, is a delightful glimpse into a Scandinavian Christmas. My children strongly identify with Little Mouse’s impatient wait for Christmas and the temptation of all those Advent windows! It is such a treat to have Little Mouse author, Riikka Jantti, as an Oh Creative Lady.
It is such a treat to have the author of the Little Mouse series, Riikka Jantti, as an Oh Creative Lady. We are big fans of the Little Mouse series here.
I am… a 45 years old writer and illustrator. I live in Helsinki with my daughter and my father, so there are three generations in our household. This is very handy, we like the arrangement very much. My daughter goes to pre-school, she is six, and I make childrens’ books. My father mostly plays solitaire.
I find inspiration…
My greatest inspiration, when talking about ’Little Mouse’, is of course my daughter. She is funny, and she challenges me every day by being very strong and self-willed. Most of the stories tell quite accurately about our daily life. Our favourite moment is the reading session in the evening, when I read her the bed-time stories.
I am excited about …
I’m happy to have a job I love, and a few good friends. I like cooking, I often invite my friends to eat. I’m now working on Little Mouse -book number four. It tells about Mouse’s and his mother’s trip to their summer cottage.
When I’m in a creative slump, I… read comic books. Especially Asterix and Lucky Luke (classic comic books made by French and Belgian artists). Just reading the best comic books there are, often gives me the creative spark again. It’s like meeting old friends.
It is such a treat to have the author of Little Mouse, Riikka Jantti, as an Oh Creative Lady. We are big fans of the Little Mouse series here.
 
I’m really proud of…
I think my greatest achievement is that my books have been translated in other languages. That little kids around the world are reading them.
Someone once told me…
In high school I had a very good Finnish teacher. She encouraged me to write more, and gave very good feedback. I still hear her voice in my head when I write.
My advice to you is … the world is nicer when you are nice yourself. And us artists, we should make the world a little more beautiful, rather than ugly.
The awesome kids over at Scribble Kids have given me a copy that I’ll be giving away next week over on Instagram. Make sure you pop by to enter!

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8 Picture Books Perfect for the Christmas Stocking

8 Picture Books Perfect for the Christmas Stocking

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Our gift-giving style revolves around the saying,
“Something you wear, something you read,
Something you want, something you need.”
If you’re looking to give picture books for Christmas, here are 8 picture books perfect for the Christmas stocking.

Cinderella by Jan Ray

Looking to give picture books for Christmas? Here are 8 picture books to suit every little reader!I really struggled to photograph this book and I have struggled to find the right words to describe it.
It really is a beauty to behold. This is the kind of book that I imagine being passed down from my children to their children.
6 three-dimensional peep-through spreads are used in this edition of Cinderella.
The side panels fold out to retell this classic tale.

Perfect for: Fans of fairy tales and paper-engineering enthusiasts

Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee! by Lisa Shanahan and Binny

Looking to give picture books for Christmas? Here are 8 picture books to suit every little reader!

Ruby Lee is my fave character of 2017.
She DESPERATELY wants to be the class messenger. However, Mrs Majestic-Jones always gives the role to Siena and Vienna, the quieter students.
Until one Monday, when they are absent.
Ruby Lee gets her chance to step up into the coveted role.
However, it is a difficult responsibility to undertake when you have a vivid imagination.
How are you meant to run messages when you also have to contend with the Spockled Frocklewockle/ Squinker/ Shurgle?

Perfect for: Fierce, little females in your life or any child starting school next year (lots of opportunities to discuss classroom expectations!)

Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum

Looking to give picture books for Christmas? Here are 8 picture books to suit every little reader!

I have to admit that my attention span and I struggle with non-fiction.
I did not struggle with this exquisitely designed piece of non-fiction that details the search for life on Mars.
What I love most about it, is that it is told from the perspective of Curiosity, a Mars Rover.
It really is a fascinating read that romanticises the Space Race.

Perfect for: Budding astronauts or any young readers with a Space obsession

My Color is Rainbow by Agnes Hsu and Yuliya Gwilym

Looking to give picture books for Christmas? Here are 8 picture books to suit every little reader!

My friend Agnes is a powerhouse. She emailed to tell me about this idea she had for a picture book.
Within a few months, I was holding that very idea in my hands.
Little White Arch is trying to find his place in the world. He wonders what his colour could be.
He meets many characters along the way who try to convince him of the merits of being their colour.
This is a lovely tale about not needing to be defined by any one single thing. An ode to diversity, acceptance and kindness.
Befitting the title, the illustrations are a riot of colours.

Perfect for: Anybody needing a reminder that you are perfect exactly as you are.

Wild Animals of the South by Dieter Braun

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It feels wrong to describe this as a book. It is more of a tome.
Animals of the Southern Hemisphere are illustrated in Dieter Braun’s inimitable style.
Each illustration is accompanied by a weird and wonderful fact about the relevant animal.
We’ve spent many minutes poring over this book.

Perfect for: Any animal-lover, big or small.

The Wolf  The Duck & The Mouse by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

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One look at the names on the cover of this book should be enough to tell you that this is going to be gooooood.
The Barnett/Klassen combination is gold.
A duck and a mouse are swallowed by a wolf. Woe is them, right? Wrong.
Life inside the wolf’s belly is actually pretty luxe. The pair dress impeccably for sit-down dinners complete with wine.
They play records and have a riot of a time. The duck explains that living in a wolf’s tummy, eliminates the pervasive fear of bring swallowed by wolves.
Life is peachy until a hunter tries to shoot the wolf. The duck and mouse team up to defend their home.

Watch Jon and Mac talk about their book here.

Perfect for: Anybody who loves a twisted fairytale or any young reader with a wry sense of humour.

The Poesy Ring by Bob Graham

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Bob Graham’s books have this magical quality about them.
Poesy rings can be traced back ot the Middle Ages and were given for friendship and love.
A ring inscribed with “Love never dies” is flung into the wind by a tragic, tear-stained woman on horseback.
It is Ireland, 1830.
The seasons turn and we follow the ring’s adventure until we arrive in New York City in 1967.
Will love prevail and the ring find the finger of the rightful woman?

Perfect for: True romantics and lovers of beautiful prose

Build Your Own Discovery Globe by Leon Gray and Sarah Edmonds

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This is more of a kit than a book. Included are all the cardboard pieces needed to create a spinning globe, with adult assistance.
An explorer’s guide is included that is highly illustrated, featuring facts from all the corners of the globe.

Perfect for: Little people fascinated by the world and geography

Head over to my list featuring 12 of my favourite picture books of 2017 for more recommendations.
(Including Leaf- my favourite book of the year.)

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8 picture books perfect for the Christmas wishlist. Picture books to suit every little reader!