Books are an enormously helpful way for young children to understand the world, how it works and how they fit in. These books use great stories and pictures to explore some of the difficulties many children will face.
S. K. Ali, Ibtihaj Muhammad, et al.£7.99 £7.43
Asiya's hijab is like the ocean and the sky, no line between them, saying hello with a loud wave. It's Faizah's first day of school, and her older sister Asiya's first day of wearing hijab - made of a beautiful blue fabric. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful. A beautifully illustrated picture book which celebrates the bond of sisters and how together they learn to be proud of their hijab, and their upbringing. Written by anOlympic medallist.
Jessica Love£7.99 £7.43
A small boy who dreams about dressing up as a mermaid. A fun picture book about a little boy who really wanted to dress up as a sparkling mermaid. And what will his Nana think about that? Fun and thoughtful.
Elena Arevalo Melville£7.99 £7.43
Clara finds a magical umbrella which can make wishes come true, but not any old wish. Winner of the Queen's Knickers Award 2020. Clara has gone to the park, but there's nobody to play with. She finds an umbrella on the ground and does a good deed by putting it on a bench. The umbrella says `thank you' and invites Clara to make a wish. So unfolds a magical chain of events where kindness and forgiveness go hand-in-hand. How does she choose her wish? And will she find friends to play with?
Natasha Anastasia Tarpley£6.99 £6.50
A joyous board book about a little girl's black curly hair.
Kate Milner£6.99 £6.50
Mum works really hard, but today there is no money left and no food in the cupboards. Forced to visit the local foodbank, Mum feels ashamed that they have to rely on the kindness of others, but her young daughter can still see all the good in her day like reading and drawing, and even the foodbank. Maybe one day things will be different but for now together they brighten up even the darkest of days. A moving insight into the sad rise and necessity of foodbanks from the perspective of society's most vulnerable, and an essential book to help develop empathy in younger readers
Laura Dockrill and Gwen Millward£9.99 £9.29
A beautifully illustrated book which tackles serious issues in a joyous way. A story about a boy with a serious brain injury is helped to regain his senses through a butterfly together they bring back memories, dreams, imagination. And the butterfly helps him to heal his grief as well. Insight about illness and recovery and grief.
Inbal Leitner£12.99 £12.08
A picture book that explores the separation and lock down of the virus,and how to reassure young children about separation. The message of love despite separation is comforting for all those grandchildren and grandparents who are now in self-isolation or social distancing due to the corona virus. Soothes anxiety caused by lock down and school closure and shows ways communication can still take place. Free resources are on publisher website.
Jordan Scott and Sydney Smith£12.99 £12.08
A beautiful picture book about stuttering What if words got stuck in the back of your mouth whenever you tried to speak?After a day of being unable to speak when asked, and of being stared at, a boy and his father go to the river for some quiet time. "It's just a bad speech day," says Dad. But the boy can't stop thinking about all the eyes watching his lips twisting and twirling. When his father points to the river bubbling, churning, whirling and crashing, the boy finds a way to think about how he speaks. Even the river stutters. Like him. "I talk like a river," he says. An incredibly moving picture book that offers understanding rather than a solution, and which will resonate with all readers, young and old. Masterfully illustrated by Sydney Smith, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal.
Barney Saltzberg£11.99 £11.15
We all make mistakes, grown-ups and children alike. But little kids sometimes have trouble dealing with their mistakes, whether it's a piece of artwork they've torn by accident, or juice they've spilled on their favorite drawing. In this book, every page begins with a 'mistake' that ultimately unravels, lifts out, or pulls up to become a surprising work of beauty.
Oliver Jeffers£14.99 £13.94
A father and daughter set about laying the foundations for their life together. Using their own special tools, they get to work; building memories to cherish, a home to keep them safe and love to keep them warm. From renowned, internationally bestselling picture-book creator and visual artist, Oliver Jeffers, comes this rare and enduring story about a parent's boundless love, life's endless opportunities and all we need to build a together future. Positive and creative.
Matt Carr£6.99 £6.50
The perfect picture book to teach children about the importance of washing their hands. There's a very special guest at the school for little animals, and her name is Doris - Doris the Doctorpus. She's here to help the animals learn to wash their hands because of something very very small called GERMS! Doris explains that washing your hands can send germs packing and she's got her very own hand-washing song too. A funny and reassuring story that's perfect for calming worried little ones while reinforcing the importance of keeping hands super-clean. Especially if you’ve got 8 hands.
Sharee Miller£6.99 £6.50
It seems that wherever Aria goes, someone wants to touch her hair. In the street, strangers reach for her fluffy curls; and even under the sea, in the jungle, and in space, she's chased by a mermaid, monkeys, and poked by aliens... until, finally, Aria has had enough!This humorous picture book will spark an important conversation on personal boundaries for children.
Sarah Maycock£7.99 £7.43
But there will always be someone bigger than me. There are lots of ways that we can feel, so many emotions big and small. Sarah Maycock explores our feelings through a collection of animal similes and poetic prose, imagined with sublime illustrations that perfectly embody each emotion. Even a big bear can feel small sometimes and even a mouse can find the inner courage to stand tall. A thought-provoking one-off picture book from an illustrator skyrocketing in popularity. Blind as a bat, hungry as a horse, timid as a mouse, big as a bear. Lots and lots of feelings.
Julia Donaldson and Sara Ogilvie£12.99 £12.08
The Hospital Dog is a big-hearted tale about a very special, very brave dog. Here is a dog, a Dalmatian called Dot. Is she quite ordinary? NO, SHE'S NOT! After their breakfast and a swim in the sea, Dot and her owner Rose jump on the bus to the hospital. Dot loves visiting the children of Wallaby Ward and they're always pleased to see her too; from a crying baby to a bored teenager - a pat, a stroke and a cuddle with Dot cheers everyone up. But the work of the hospital dog doesn't stop there and when one of her patients is in trouble, it's up to Dot to save the day!A fantastic rhyming And one day Dot might need cheering up herself.