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New Picture Books on the Shelves this June

There’s a great mix of titles that we’re looking forward to sharing this month!xintroducing-teddy.jpg.pagespeed.ic.MiKYHMmqAp

First is Introducing Teddy, a story about friendship, bravery and acceptance that also helps younger readers think about gender identity. Thomas the teddy is worried Errol might not understand that he would rather be called Tilly, and doesn’t want to lose his friendship! It’s heart-warming and engaging, with words by Jessica Walton and illustrations by Dougal MacPherson.

Another newbie from Gruffalo extraordinare Julie Donaldson! In The Detective Dog, Nell uses her nose to solve all kinds of mysteries, but is she up to the task when the class’ precious books go missing? This is a fun, rhyming tale with bright and cheerful illustrations by Sarah Ogilvie.

Jeannie Baker is known for creating beautiful picture books with touching stories and her new release, Circle, is no different. It focuses on the incredible, ancient migration paths of the bartailed-godwit, who flies from Australia to the Arctic and back again. This is an important book, and the stunningly detailed images will take your breath away.

From birds in flight to cats in baskets – a new board book had us chuckling this month. Basket Cat is, quite simply, a cat who loves baskets. A new title from illustrator Katie Abey, who says her work  ‘features puns and crazy animals from my brain’. Works for us!

basket-catAnother story of friendship (this time with dragons) in Marmaduke the Very Popular Dragon by Rachel Valentine and Ed Eaves. Marmaduke and Meg have always been best friends, but when the rest of the kingdom decide they want to play with Marmaduke too, Meg starts to feel left out. A sweet story with a great message, and extra sparkly pages.

Hanako Clulow has created a beautiful and informative book in Above and Below, which shows children different ecosystems, both macro and micro. Young readers can lift the flaps and explore above and below each surface!

In Guess Who? Who’s Next? pre-schoolers can turn the page and guess which animals might appear, and which ones might not. It’s a simple and educational activity, with cute pictures to boot!

Cook Me A Story is the mash-up of fairy tales and recipes we didn’t realise we totally wanted! Not only can parents and children revisit beloved fairy tales, but they can then head to the kitchen together to whip up some inspired dishes. Great fun for young cooks.


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