100 of the best picture books for children

Filled with witty, uplifting stories and brilliant illustrations, these children’s picture books are sure to become storytime favourites.

Whether you’re reading to your child, or they’re learning to read by themselves, little ones will want to return to these picture books for kids again and again. Full of loveable characters, playful stories, and beautiful illustrations, these are some of the best picture books for children of all ages.

For more inspiration, don’t miss the best books for babies and our edit of the best sticker and activity books to keep little minds engaged for hours.   

Dear Zoo

by Rod Campbell

Book cover for Dear Zoo

'I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet . . .' Celebrate forty years since the first publication of Dear Zoo with this gold foiled edition of Rod Campbell's classic picture book. Young children will love lifting the flaps to discover the animals the zoo has sent – a monkey, a lion and even an elephant! But will they ever manage to send the perfect pet? A must for every child's bookshelf, and the thick card pages, chunky cased golden cover and sturdy flaps make it perfect for small hands.

Oh Dear!

by Rod Campbell

Book cover for Oh Dear!

Buster's staying with Grandma on the farm. But where will he find the eggs for breakfast? Not in the stable – oh dear! Young children will love lifting the flaps as they turn the pages and follow Buster around the farm. From the creator of Dear Zoo, this 40th anniversary special edition is a great gift for all Rod Campbell fans. 

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Dormouse Has a Cold

Julia Donaldson

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Mole's Spectacles

Julia Donaldson

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Squirrel's Snowman

Julia Donaldson

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Frog's Day Out

Julia Donaldson

Whisper, Shout: Let It Out!

by Madhvi Ramani

Book cover for Whisper, Shout: Let It Out!

An empowering and colourful picture book to help young children celebrate their voice and express themselves. Debut author Madhvi Ramani has taken voice lessons for a number of years, teaching her how to be confident in her own voice. The gorgeously bold and bright illustrations are paired with lots of ways for children to exercise their voice, building self-reliance and self-esteem. 

Odo: The Egg

by Odo

Book cover for Odo: The Egg

Odo is off on another adventure with his friends at Forest Camp! Join the little owl, based on the preschool animated series on Milkshake, as he and his friends look after the rock eggs, and get more than they bargained for! Designed to be read and discussed with young readers, Odo: The Egg has bright, engaging pictures that will help toddlers learn about the wonderful wildlife they can encounter in the forest. Fans of Odo can continue to adventures with Odo: Super Owl!

The Odd Egg

by Emily Gravett

Book cover for The Odd Egg

All the birds have eggs to hatch, except Duck. But when Duck finds an egg of his own to look after he's delighted.  But all the other birds think it's a very odd egg indeed – and everyone's in for a BIG surprise when it finally hatches. A beautifully illustrated and cleverly formatted tale with a surprise ending, toddlers will love The Odd Egg. 

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On the Night You Were Born

Nancy Tillman

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It's Time to Sleep, My Love

Nancy Tillman

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Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You

Nancy Tillman

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The Littlest Elephant

Kate Read

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

by Floella Benjamin

Book cover for We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Enjoy a family Christmas singalong with Baroness Floella Benjamin, including favourites such as 'We Wish you a Merry Christmas', 'Jingle Bells' and 'Ding Dong Merrily on High'! This stunning gift book features 15 familiar Christmas songs to enjoy and has sturdy tabs, making it easy to find your favourite. You can also learn about Floella's own Christmas memories and traditions, and join her in some festive fun with every song.


by Valerie Bloom

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This award-winning picture book for toddlers is a fun and educational counting poem from Valerie Bloom, with beautiful illustrations by David Axtell. How much fruit can one little girl eat? Count from one to ten, learning the names of different Caribbean fruits. The rhyming text helps little ones learn to count while exploring the Caribbean’s many delicious fruits.  

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Cars Cars Cars!

Donna David

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Planes Planes Planes!

Donna David

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Trains Trains Trains!

Donna David

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Trucks Trucks Trucks!

Donna David

Time for Bed, Panda

by Jo Lodge

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In Time for Bed, Panda, children will learn first words about their bedtime routine. Bold, googly eyes and a sliding mechanism bring this adorable panda to life, while children share the simple story and point at the pictures. An ideal book for babies, this title combines bright illustrations, a simple story and first words – a perfect introduction to bedtime routines.

We're Going on a Lion Hunt

by David Axtell

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Full of David Axtell’s beautiful illustrations of magnificent animals, this picture book adventure through the African savanna is a rendition of a well-known children’s poem. Two sisters go looking for a lion that lives on the African savanna. They go through swishy swashy long grass, a splishy splashy lake and a big dark cave – but when they finally meet the lion they have to run, run, run all the way home. 

Black History

by Campbell Books

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In Black History, young children can read about the lives of inspirational Black people from around the world, from Maya Angelou to Stormzy and from Rosa Parks to Nelson Mandela. This pre-school read features push, pull and slide scenes, and punchy bright illustrations by Jayri Gómez.

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Can You Find Santa?

Axel Scheffler

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On the Farm

Axel Scheffler

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Freddy the Frog

Axel Scheffler

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Can You Find The Easter Bunny?

Axel Scheffler

Beyond the Burrow

by Jessica Meserve

Book cover for Beyond the Burrow

Take a hop, skip and a jump into the big wide world with this beautifully illustrated picture book for babies and toddlers. Telling the tale of a brave bunny who ventures out beyond his safe burrow, this is a story all about the fantastic adventures you can experience when you step out of your comfort zone. 

New In Town

by Marta Altés

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The uplifting new picture book from award-winning illustrator Marta Altés, this a story about the challenges and excitement of moving somewhere new. Starring a friendly dog who can't wait to start his life in his new town – and make lots of new friends – this is a great book to read with children ahead of a move to a new school, house or neighbourhood. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Eric Carle

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Eric Carles The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a perennial favourite with children and adults alike Its imaginative illustration and clever cutout detail charts the progress of a very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through the week.

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This Little Monster

Coral Byers

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This Little Unicorn

Coral Byers

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This Little Dinosaur

Alberta Torres

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This Little Elf

Coral Byers

Guess How Much I Love You

by Sam McBratney

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Sometimes, when you love someone very, very much, you want to find a way of describing how much you treasure them. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not always an easy thing to measure. The story of Little and Big Nutbrown Hares’ efforts to express their love for each other has become a publishing phenomenon. 

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

Book cover for We're Going on a Bear Hunt

For brave hunters and bear-lovers, the classic chant-aloud by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!

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Busy Eid

Campbell Books

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Busy Dancing

Campbell Books

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Busy Football

Jayri Gómez

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Busy Garden

Leesh Li

The Moomin ABC: An Illustrated Alphabet Book

by Macmillan Children's Books

Book cover for The Moomin ABC: An Illustrated Alphabet Book

A is for Adventure! Come on an adventure to the wonderful world of Moominvalley, introduced for the first time through the letters of the alphabet. Each letter from A to Z is represented by Using Tove Jansson's classic artwork with a bright, bold colour palette and newly-created lettering based on her archive drawings. Alongside the eye-catching artwork is easy-to-read text for little Moomin fans plus quotes from the original Moomin books, perfect for reading aloud.

Sometimes I Just WON'T

by Timothy Knapman

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Sometimes I Just WON'T is a hilarious and helpful book about the ever-changing moods of small children. Being a toddler is an emotional rollercoaster. Some days you want to put your coat on, you don’t mind sharing and you can't wait to have your bath. But some days, you just WON'T! And sometimes that’s OK. But, with a little kindness and encouragement, you might find that something you don’t want to do can become something you love to do.

Goodnight Moon

by Margaret Wise Brown

Book cover for Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown's comforting, rhythmic text accompanied by the warmth of Clement Hurd's classic mid-century illustrations make Goodnight Moon a timeless picture book, which is known and loved around the world. In a great green room a little rabbit is tucked up snugly and safely in bed and is getting ready to say goodnight to all the familiar things that surround him, one by one. 

Goodnight Buster!

by Rod Campbell

Book cover for Goodnight Buster!

Get ready for bedtime with Buster. Join his as he has a bath, puts on his pyjamas and brushes his teeth. Complete with simple, engaging text and touch-and-feel patches to engage little one's sense, this board book is a great addition the often challenging bedtime routine. As you switch out the lights, say goodnight to Buster too! 

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy

by Lynley Dodd

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Hairy Maclary is off for a walk in town, and on the way he's joined by many furry friends of all shops and sizes, from Bottomley Potts to Schnitzel von Krumm. But when they suddenly find themselves face-to-face with Scarface Claw – the toughest Tom in town – it's time to run all the way back home! The brilliantly clever rhyme and vivid, engaging pictures have made this story into a children's classic.


by Nia Gould

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Join a cast of wickedly funny witches as they count down to Halloween in this delightful board book. Giggle with glee as the witches brew potions, fly their broomsticks, cast spells and more, with hilarious results! Little ones can pick their favourite witch from page to page until there's just one witch left – all building up to a pop-up pumpkin surprise! 

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The Bedtime Bear

Ian Whybrow

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The Christmas Bear

Ian Whybrow

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The Tickle Book

Ian Whybrow

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Say Hello to the Dinosaurs

Ian Whybrow

My Hair is as Long as a River

by Charlie Castle

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The boy knows he's a bit different to most of the boys in his class, but he loves his long hair. Join him as he takes you on a journey and shares how his long hair is a part of who he is, strong, fearless, wild and unique. A beautifully illustrated picture book about celebrating who you are, My Hair is as Long as a River is the perfect story to teach young children about the joy of standing out from the crowd. 

There Was a Young Bunny Who Swallowed an Egg

by Diane Ewen

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Meet the little bunny who’s so excited for the Easter Egg Hunt that she swallows a whole egg as soon as it starts, and doesn’t stop there! Next, she munches on a hot cross bun, an Easter basket, a fluffy chick, and more. This fun, colourful picture book, based on the story of the old lady who swallowed a fly, is the perfect spring story to help little ones practise their counting skills. 

Cat Nap

by Steve Antony

Book cover for Cat Nap

The little cat really needs to take a nap, but he’s so busy playing and having fun he hasn’t got time to waste on sleep! Funny, fresh and sure to have parents giggling as much as their little ones, Cat Nap is the first in an engaging and enchanting new picture book series for young readers by the best-selling creator of Please Mr Panda, Steve Antony. 

There's Nothing Cuter Than a Puppy

by Tom Nicoll

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We all know there’s nothing in the world cuter than a puppy. Or is there? Meet donkeys in dungarees, walruses in woolly waistcoats, hyenas in hoop skirts and more creatures, all dressed to impress at the The Cutest Creature Contest. Will one of them take the crown, or will the puppy out-cute them all? A hilarious new picture book from Tom Nicoll and award-winning illustrator Ross Collins, There's Nothing Cuter Than a Puppy is a riot of colour, pattern and fun! 

Wolf and Bear

by Kate Rolfe

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A heartfelt story about a playful young wolf and her best friend, Bear. Wolf and Bear is a beautiful tale of hope, kindness and love. This heartwarming book is the perfect launchpad for conversations with young children about feelings and friendship. Written and illustrated by the hugely talented Kate Rolfe, winner of the V&A Student Illustrator of the Year Award 2022.

The Penguin Who Lost His Way

by John Hay

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Inspired by the incredible true story of a lost little penguin, and the vets who saved his life, The Penguin Who Lost His Way is perfect for young animal lovers. Hoppy the emperor penguin loves swimming in the sea with his friends. But one day Hoppy swims too far, and loses his way . . . ending up on a strange beach, all alone and far from home. How will poor Hoppy get back to his family?

Grace and the Christmas Angel

by Lucinda Riley

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Grace and the Christmas Angel, created by bestselling author Lucinda Riley and her son Harry Whittaker, is a reassuring, timeless story and the first book in the Guardian Angels series. The tree is decorated, the presents are wrapped and it's a big day for Grace on Christmas Eve. She's singing in the nativity, and her fisherman father has promised to come and see her. But when a big storm appears at sea, Grace teams up with Hope, the Christmas Angel, to get him back safely for Christmas morning. 

Room on the Broom

by Julia Donaldson

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This bestselling story of a witch and her cat, and the medley of creatures that hitch a ride on her broom isn’t just for Halloween! The witch loses her hat, bow and wand which are returned by a dog, a bird and a frog, all eager for a ride on her broom. It’s the more the merrier until the broom snaps under its heavy load - and there’s a greedy dragon looking for a snack . . .

I Love Me!

by Diane Ewen

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Each morning we take a look in the mirror with Daddy, and say words together to make us feel proud and strong. Full of positivity and good feelings, I Love Me! is an engaging and powerful book for young children, with affirmations, uplifting statements for each day of the week, and enjoyable routines to help with nursery and school. There's also a fold-out section at the end with additional tips for carers and parents.

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What the Ladybird Heard

Julia Donaldson

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What the Ladybird Heard Next

Julia Donaldson

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What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday

Julia Donaldson

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What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside

Julia Donaldson

The Ogre Who Wasn't

by Michael Morpurgo

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The fresh and funny story of a little princess who hates the stuffy palace, but loves the creatures she meets in the garden. Clara is a princess who loves collecting creepy-crawlies and making them her friends. When Clara discovers that an ogre she keeps in her shoe under her bed isn’t an ogre at all, he offers her a way out of her predicament. There’s only one thing she needs to do . . .

Victor the Wolf with Worries

by Catherine Rayner

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A beautifully illustrated story with a gentle and encouraging message to help children deal with their worries. Victor the wolf has lots of worries. He worries that he isn't brave enough, he isn't big enough and he isn't fierce enough. In fact, Victor feels anxious about almost everything. But when Victor shares his concerns with his best friend Pablo, he starts to feel a bit better. Victor, The Wolf With Worries is a reassuring tale that is especially helpful for little ones who have trouble talking about their feelings.

Robin Robin

by Daniel Ojari

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The heart-warming story of Robin Robin and her adopted family of mice is the perfect Christmas read from the creators of the Robin Robin film, created by Aardman for Netflix. Meet the mouse family and their newest addition, Robin. Keen to fit in, Robin tries her best at sneaking crumbs for the family without disturbing the dreaded house cat and generally trying not to be a noisy, clumsy bird. This picture book version of the story, beautifully illustrated by Briony May Smith, is perfect for sharing with young children.

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The Gruffalo

Julia Donaldson

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The Snail and the Whale

Julia Donaldson

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The Smartest Giant in Town

Julia Donaldson

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Sharing a Shell 20th Anniversary Edition

Julia Donaldson

Five Bears

by Catherine Rayner

Book cover for Five Bears

Bear is walking through the forest, minding his own business when he comes across another bear. The Other bear is different. The two bears wander along, thinking different thoughts, and looking in different directions. Soon the two bears come across another bear and then another bear and eventually find a bear stuck in a tree. The bears realise that perhaps they aren't that different after all and perhaps they could be friends?

Coming to England

by Floella Benjamin

Book cover for Coming to England

Baroness Floella Benjamin travelled from Trinidad to London with her older sister and two younger brothers when she was just ten years old, as part of the Windrush generation. This is her inspiring true story. Arriving in England to be reunited with the rest of her family, cold and unfriendly London wasn’t quite what Floella expected. This beautifully illustrated and powerful true story about overcoming adversity is full of Floella’s trademark optimism and joy.

Colours, Colours Everywhere

by Julia Donaldson

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Follow a little girl as she paints her own adventure with her bright blue tree frog companion. With luscious green trees to climb and red hot air balloons to sail away in, children will delight in the rhyming text, vibrant artwork, flaps to lift and holes to peep through. Written by Julia Donaldson, the bestselling author of The Gruffalo, and illustrated by Sharon King-Chai, Colours, Colours Everywhere will keep little ones entranced.

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Whatever Next!

Jill Murphy

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Just One of Those Days

Jill Murphy

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Peace at Last

Jill Murphy

The Little War Cat

by Hiba Noor Khan

Book cover for The Little War Cat

This beautifully illustrated picture book was inspired by a true story. A little grey cat is caught amongst the bangs and crashes of the humans in boots who have changed the city of Aleppo into one she struggles to recognise. But then an unlikely friend appears and shows her that there is still plenty of kindness in the world. And soon the little grey cat realises how she can make a difference too. 

Counting Creatures

by Julia Donaldson

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This stunning picture book is a fun, interactive counting book with peep-through pages, fold-out flaps and bright, beautiful artwork. From a leopard with her cubs, to a frog and its tadpoles, young readers will love comparing the creatures, exploring their habitats and learning the proper names for all the baby animals. Perfect for gifting, this book was included in The Telegraph's Best Children's Books of the Year. 

M is for Melanin

by Tiffany Rose

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This joyful and empowering alphabet book teaches children their ABC and celebrates Black children, encouraging all kids to love the skin they’re in. Each letter of the alphabet contains affirming, positive messages, from E is for Empowerment, to L is for Lead to W is for Worthy.

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The Grumpus

Alex T. Smith

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How Winston Came Home for Christmas

Alex T. Smith

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The Nutcracker

Alex T. Smith

My Dad Is A Grizzly Bear

by Swapna Haddow

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Could Dad be a grizzly bear? He has fuzzy fur, big paws and he loves the outdoors. He sleeps a lot, and he ate all the honey. What else could he be? Sometimes, when it's scary at night, there's nothing better than a big bear hug.

Kiki and Jax

by Marie Kondo

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Kiki and Jax is a charming picture book story from tidying superstar Marie Kondo about how tidying up can spark joy in the lives of young children. Kiki and Jax are best friends – Jax enjoys sorting, but Kiki enjoys collecting and gathers lots of stuff. When Kiki’s home becomes too full of things for the friends to play in, Jax teaches Kiki how to sort everything, and to only keep those things that spark joy!

I Am Perfectly Designed

by Karamo Brown

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This empowering picture book about loving who you are comes from Karamo Brown, star of the hit Netflix series Queer Eye, and his son Jason. Follow a boy and his father as they spend the day in the city together, talking about all the ways they are perfectly designed for each other.

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A Squash and a Squeeze

Julia Donaldson

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The Bowerbird

Julia Donaldson

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Tyrannosaurus Drip 15th Anniversary Edition

Julia Donaldson

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The Hospital Dog

Julia Donaldson


by Sharon King-Chai

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Starbird is an original fable about freedom and love, stunningly illustrated by Sharon King-Chai. Starbird’s songs delight all who hear them, but when the Moon King traps Starbird in a cage as a gift for his daughter, all the colour and life in his voice begins to drain away. With beautiful illustrations and shiny silver foil throughout, this stunning picture book is an exquisite gift for any child or adult.

The Rhyming Rabbit

Book cover for The Rhyming Rabbit

This special edition of the witty rhyming picture book from the bestselling partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks includes previously unseen artwork, a special letter from Julia and a shiny foil cover. The Rhyming Rabbit loves to make up poems, but the other rabbits don’t appreciate his talent. Will he ever find someone who wants to share his poems? 

I'm Actually Really Grown-Up Now

by Maisie Paradise Shearring

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Meena wants to join in when the adults have a party, but only grown-ups get to stay up late. So the next day Meena decides, “I’m actually really grown-up now!” She has lots of fun planning her own grown-up party, going to work and experimenting with fashion, but she soon finds out being a grown-up isn’t as easy as it seems.

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The Duck with No Luck

Gemma Merino

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The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water

Gemma Merino

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The Dragon Who Didn't Like Fire

Gemma Merino

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The Sheep Who Hatched an Egg

Gemma Merino

Winnie-the-Pooh and Me

by Jeanne Willis

Book cover for Winnie-the-Pooh and Me

Someone has come along to join Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin on their adventure, but who could it be? It can't be Kanga and Roo – they're sailing a boat – and it can't be Owl, because he's at home. Could it be Heffalumps who want to eat Pooh's beloved honey? Or perhaps Pooh and Christopher Robin are accompanied by a pair of friends who are never far away on a sunny day. Winnie-the-Pooh and Me is a brand-new Winnie-the-Pooh story, featuring the best-loved characters from the Hundred Acre Wood.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

by Judith Kerr

Book cover for The Tiger Who Came to Tea

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger! This warm and funny picture book story is perfect for reading aloud, or for small children to read to themselves time and again. First published in 1968 and never out of print, it has become a timeless classic enjoyed and beloved by generations of children and parents. 

Where the Wild Things Are

by Maurice Sendak

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One night Max puts on his wolf suit so his mother calls him 'Wild Thing' and sends him to bed without his supper. That night a forest begins to grow in Max's room, and an ocean rushes by with a boat to take Max to the place where the wild things are. Max tames the wild things and crowns himself as their king! But when Max has sent the monsters to bed, and everything is quiet, he starts to feel lonely. He realises it is time to sail home to the place where someone loves him best of all.

Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, retold by Elli Woollard

by Elli Woollard

Book cover for Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, retold by Elli Woollard

Discover how the rhino got its wrinkly skin, how the elephant got its trunk, how the camel got its hump and more in these creative, witty stories by Rudyard Kipling. With reimagined rhyming text by Eli Woodward, and detailed contemporary illustrations by award-winning Marta Altés, this new edition of the classic Just So Stories would make a wonderful gift for young readers. 

The Jeweller's Apprentice

by Axel Scheffler

Book cover for The Jeweller's Apprentice

When jeweller Mr Peacock receives a once-in-a-lifetime job from the Lion Prince, he’s grateful for the help from his new apprentice, a shy chicken. That is until he discovers a startling robbery and that his apprentice has disappeared! A heartwarming new animal fairy tale from Axel Scheffler, The Jeweller’s Apprentice is a story about forgiveness and learning from your mistakes.

Aziza's Secret Fairy Door and the Mermaid's Treasure

by Lola Morayo

Book cover for Aziza's Secret Fairy Door and the Mermaid's Treasure

Aziza is excitedly packing her suitcase ready to go on holiday when she finds sand and seashells from the fairy door all over her room! Before long, she is stepping through the door and out onto Shimmerton’s beach, where naughty fairies are causing havoc by accidentally awakening an ancient shell-walker who has been asleep for many years under the sand. Inspired by creatures from world mythology, Aziza's Secret Fairy Door and the Mermaid's Treasure is the fourth title in the magical adventure series from Lola Morayo, illustrated throughout in black-and-white.

Black and British: An Illustrated History

by David Olusoga

Book cover for Black and British: An Illustrated History

From award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga comes this stunning visual journey through Black British history for young readers. Offering answers to thought-provoking questions such as: when did Africans first come to Britain? And who are the well-dressed Black children in Georgian paintings? Black and British: An Illustrated History is an introduction to 1800 years of Black British history, from the Roman Africans who guarded Hadrian’s Wall, all the way to present day.

Journey to the River Sea: Illustrated Edition

by Eva Ibbotson

Book cover for Journey to the River Sea: Illustrated Edition

Rediscover Eva Ibbotson's award-winning, bestselling classic adventure with this gorgeous gift edition. Maia, an orphan, can't wait to reach her distant relatives a thousand miles up the Amazon. She imagines a huge, loving family with whom she will share great adventures. Instead, she finds two spiteful cousins who see the jungle as the enemy and refuse to step foot outdoors. But the secrets of the rainforest more than make up for the horrible twins in this joyous Amazon adventure . . . 

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

by Lewis Carroll

Book cover for Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

This beautiful edition presents Costa Award and Kate Greenaway Medal winner Chris Riddell's gorgeous new visual interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s classic story. Featuring a foiled jacket, head and tail bands and a ribbon marker, and with lavish colour illustrations throughout, this gorgeous hardback will be treasured for years to come. This is a picture book every Alice fan should have on their bookshelves.

One Day in Wonderland

by Kathleen Krull

Book cover for One Day in Wonderland

This joyful celebration of Lewis Carroll’s love of language is a wonderful introduction to his life and the origin of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Award-winning author Katherine Krull uses many of Carroll’s own words, from brillig and uglification to frumious and chortle, to tell the story of a man who’s legacy continues to delight children today. One Day in Wonderland is strikingly illustrated by Júlia Sardà, making this a book to treasure.

A Treasury of Ballet Stories

by Caryl Hart

Book cover for A Treasury of Ballet Stories

Step into the magical world of ballet with this timeless collection of four stories, each one based on a beloved classical ballet. Delight in dancing swans, fantastical firebirds, sleeping princesses and sugar plum fairies in this fresh, dynamic and magical collection that will delight all ages from five and up. With its gold foil cover, jewel-like colours and striking design, this is the ultimate gift for all fans of ballet and fairy tale and a glorious celebration of story, dance and theatre. 

Long Walk to Freedom

by Chris Van Wyk

Book cover for Long Walk to Freedom

Long Walk to Freedom is the amazing story of a true hero. Mandela's famous biography has been specially adapted for children in a beautifully illustrated picture book. Discover how a little boy whose father called him "troublemaker" grew up to fight apartheid, become South Africa's first black president and campaign for freedom and justice throughout the world.