Fiona Lumbers' Pick of the Best Picture Books

By Stoke Newington Bookshop

By Stoke Newington Bookshop

Fiona has drawn on anything and everything from an early age and always insisted she would be an artist when she grew up.

Fiona moved to London in 2000 to study for an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art. A combination of her obsession with picture books and the arrival of her first son led her down the path of illustration and she hasn't looked back since.

Nothing makes her happier than splashing watercolours and inks and conjuring up new characters - often influenced by the exploits of her two sons. Her latest book is Clem and Crab.

On A Magical Do-Nothing Day

Beatrice Alemagna

£6.99 £6.50

A sumptious celebration of enjoying everyday discoveries, beautifully realised by Alemagna

Julian at the Wedding

Jessica Love

£12.99 £12.08

A fantastic follow up to the wonderful Julian is a Mermaid. It's a beautifully illustrated story of Driendship, love, acceptance and celebration

I Want My Hat Back

Jon Klassen

£6.99 £6.50

A classic, quirky picture book that will delight you every time you read it. Full of humourand beautifully illustrated in Klassen's distinctive style.


Richard Jones

£6.99 £6.50

Jones's picture book debut as both author and illustrator tells the story of Perdu - a small dog trying to find his place called home. A beautifully illustrated tale of kindness and what it means to belong.

Shy Ones

Simona Ciraolo

£11.99 £11.15

The story of Maurice, a very shy Flapjack Octopus, is a reassuring tale of staying true to oneself whilst also stepping out of our comfort zone. Illustrated sublimely by Ciraolo.

Monsieur Roscoe on Holiday

Jim Field

£12.99 £12.08

This is a vibrantly illustrated author debut from Field. It follows Monsieur Roscoe on his summer holiday and teaches French along the way. There's lots to spot on every page. Full of warmth and humour.

You Matter

Christian Robinson

£12.99 £12.08

This is a sensitive and impactful book all about seeing the world from different points of view. A great introduction to themes of empathy and community. Illustrated in Robinson's distinctive and colourful style.

Don't Worry, Little Crab

Chris Haughton

£7.99 £7.43

This is the story about the mixed emotions liitle ones may face in a new situation. Captured with warmth and humour in Haughton's distinctive style.

The Littlest Yak: The perfect book to snuggle up with this Christmas!

LU FRASER and Kate Hindley

£6.99 £6.50

A wonderful, wintry tale about a tiny Yak called Gertie who wishes she was bigger. Kate Hindley's illustrations bring warmth and humour to every page.

New In Town

Marta Altes

£12.99 £12.08

A tale about a big, friendly dog looking for a home. It's a celebration of kindness and human connection, and is full of beautiful artwork by Altes. It's both uplifting and reassuring.

Mini Rabbit Not Lost

John Bond

£6.99 £6.50

A beautiful and vibrant story that mixes silliness with peril as we follow Mini Rabbit on his foolhardy mission to find some berries to go on his cake.

Small in the City

Sydney Smith

£7.99 £7.43

Through beautiful, painterly artwork this story follows the protagonist who knows what it's like to be small in the city. The story shows a solitary yet celebratory experience of urban life.

The Last Tree

Emily Haworth-Booth

£6.99 £6.50

A timely and inspiring parable about the volatile relationship humanity has with nature.

I'm Sticking with You

Smriti Halls and Steve Small

£6.99 £6.50

A gorgeously warm, funny and endearing tale about everything friendships can be. Exquisitely illustrated by Steve Small.

Octopus Shocktopus!

Peter Bently and Steven Lenton

£6.99 £6.50

A bright, vibrant, laugh-out-loud tale with an underlying message about welcoming newcomers hidden beneath the hilarity. With lots of details to spot in every fluoro page turn.