Board books for babies
The rhyming text makes this board book a pleasure to read aloud. With delightful illustrations of toddlers at a birthday party, it’s sure to please.
Picture books for pre-school age
Oliver feels lonely after moving to the big city until he befriends a little dog called Patch. A charming gentle book about friendship and responsibility, and the illustrations are lovely.
Bear and Duck are neighbours with radically different biological clocks. Poor old Bear, looking drugged with tiredness and trying to sleep, is harassed by wide-awake Duck who wants to make cookies in the middle of the night. The illustrations are perfect, and the story is very funny.
The Little Princess behaves abominably then gets her comeuppance. So that all’s right then!
Superb picture book about doughnuts. It’s a perfect joy to look at and to read aloud, and how excellent to have another gem of a picture book to deal, without preaching, with the perennial question, “What do you say?”
Picture books for older readers
Using red thumb prints and black pen marks, Viviane Schwartz creates simple images to translate this thought-provoking tale into something that children can understand. It’s a story about a little bird who thinks for himself, demonstrates personal courage and changes attitudes; a good starting point for philosophical discussions and is nice to look at too.
Junior novels for 6 – 10 year olds
It’s by Jeremy Strong, so you’d expect it to be funny. However, you might not expect the narrator to be a raven, or to learn lots of Latin words and details of Roman life as well too. What a triumph, hilarious and good for you!
Easy to read book about the different ways we live our lives, how we eat, how we dress, and the amazing diversity of family life in Britain. “Approachable and open minded, cheery and straight forward.”
Younger teen 11 – 14 year olds
Amsterdam, 1945 – 15 year old Tygo is working as a locksmith for a German officer, helping him to loot empty houses, and hoping to rescue his sister from the Nazis. He lives in fear of his life from both the Germans and the Dutch Resistance. It’s a gripping page turner, as was Osborne’s previous novel Hitler’s angels. Brilliant.
Older teen 14+
Nick Lake is such a talented writer, and his new title is already getting rave reviews. It’s sitting on my book shelf beckoning!