Gay's the Word Shop Favourites: Children's Books

By Gay's The Word

By Gay's The Word

Beautiful books for kids that celebrate individuality and difference. 

Julian Is a Mermaid

Jessica Love

£7.99 £7.43

Capturing the simple, joyful playfulness of a gender creative young boy and his wonderful grandmother this is one of the most heart-moving and beautifully illustrated children’s picture books we’ve ever read. While riding the subway home with his Nana one day, Julian notices three women spectacularly dressed up, their outfits ending in fishtails. When Julian gets home, all he can think about is dressing up and making his own fabulous mermaid costume. But how will his Nana react? This book is a luminous carnival of joy.

I'm a Girl!

Yasmeen Ismail

£6.99 £6.50

Be yourself, there's no one better! A book for girls that encourages them to be everything and anything that they want to be! Fantastic and beautifully illustrated.

Red: A Crayon's Story

Michael Hall

£12.99 £12.08

A deliciously simple story about embracing yourself for who you are. Really fantastic!

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

£12.99 £12.08

From the powerhouse author/illustrator team of Iggy Peck, Architect comes Rosie Revere, Engineer, another charming, witty picture book about pursuing your passion

Under the Love Umbrella

Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys

£7.99 £7.43

Whatever you fear, come close my dear / You’re tucked in safe for always here / And I will never not be near / Because of our love umbrella ~~~ ‘A meditation on parental love in all its forms, brought to life by a joyful neon palette.’ - The Bookseller ~~~ ‘I love it! I didn’t like anything the best — it’s all good. I like the illustrations. They are cool. I like the page with the umbrella made out of stars.’ - Benjamin (Aged 5)

The Girls

Lauren Ace and Jenny Lovlie

£6.99 £6.50

Four little girls meet under an apple tree and form a bond that grows as they share secrets, dreams, worries and schemes. This beautifully illustrated tale charts the girls' lives as the years pass by and they become women.

Mister Seahorse

Eric Carle

£7.99 £7.43

A gorgeous picture book from the legendary Eric Carle about Mister Seahorse and other 'male mothers',

Jerome By Heart

£12.99 £12.08

A lovely picture book about the simplicity of friendship beautifully illustrated by Oliver Tallec.

It's Okay To Be Different

Todd Parr

£6.99 £6.50

Classic Todd Parr here with his trademark bold, bright colours, silly scenes and embracing message of self-acceptance.

Harriet Gets Carried Away

Jessie Sima


A wonderful book about a fantastically adventurous girl who has two dads. A great gift for Christmas

Something Else

Kathryn Cave and Chris Riddell

£6.99 £6.50

A simple story, about a small creature who does his best to join in with the others. But he's different. No matter how he tries, he just doesn't belong.

The Boys

Jenny Lovlie and Lauren Ace

£11.99 £11.15

The sequel to the gorgeous The Girls, this one will equally melt your heart.

Julian at the Wedding

Jessica Love

£12.99 £12.08

The sequel to Julian is a Mermaid where Julian attends his aunties' wedding as ring bearer.

Ada Twist, Scientist

Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

£12.99 £12.08

Ada Twist is the third in the series from Beatty and Roberts and we couldn't love her more.

Llama Glamarama

Simon James Green and Garry Parsons

£6.99 £6.50

Who doesn't love a dancing llama!? A picture book fav from hilarious and wonderful YA author Simon James Green.

Grandad's Camper

Harry Woodgate

£12.99 £12.08

A sweet story between grandad and granddaughter that remembers those lost.

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