We’ve had the builders in (yet again) and the children’s rooms are being decorated, which has prompted a mini spring clean. Consequently, I’ve managed to sneak a few books into the charity box, but I know they’ll instantly be replaced with new ones. Here are a few of the latest releases I’m tempted by to fill the newly vacated shelf space.
How to be a Cat by Nikki McClure (Abrams Appleseed, RRP Â£9.99)
Ah, Ms McClure, your graphic monochrome papercuts infused with a flash of colour never grow old. This tale of a kitten learning to do ‘cat things’ (thinking pouncing, sleeping, stretching) is beautiful, simple and timeless and is bound to be a hit with little ones. Read the author’s notes to discover the inspiration and add an extra dimension to the story.
Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker (Chronicle, RRP Â£10.99)
Sherri Duskey Rinker’s Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site has long been one of our bedtime favourites – with the team of construction vehicles settling down on a building site. So, Alfie and I were really excited to read the follow up. It doesn’t disappoint – sumptuous illustrations and a hugely imaginative story about a train with some rather unexpected workers and cargo.
What Happens When by Delphine Chedru (Tate Publishing, RRP Â£9.99)
Chedru is another author whose previous books (Spot It! and Spot It Again!) we adored. This a great way to teach your child about consquences and encourage their imagination. What happens to a balloon when we let it go? What happens to our shadow when the lights go down? Fab to spark off conversations that if my pre-schooler is anything to go by, could take any number of interesting turns!
Up CloseÂ by Gay Wegerif (Abrams Appleseed, RRP Â£7.99)
One for your littlest little ones now, although Alfie has quite enjoyed reading this to Kitty, so maybe one for older and younger siblings to collaborate on? It comprises a series of shapes arranged as animal faces, firstly zoomed in, then (after you’ve guessed who they are) on the following page zoomed out to reveal their identity. Fun.
Hugh Shampoo by Karen George (OUP Oxford, RRP Â£11.99)
Hands up who has a child who doesn’t like having their hair washed/brushed or generally made presentable? Thought so. The tale of Hugh and his hairdresser parents is a cautionary one for mini hair cleanliness refusniks everywhere and is sure to become a bookshelf favourite.