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New Picture Books to Snuggle Up With in July

xpetunia-paris-s-parrot.jpg.pagespeed.ic.sX-AywQ1blIf you’re after a new picture book to cosy up with this month look no further- here are some of our favourites! If you’re in need of a new novel for older readers, we have you covered too – check out our list here.

It’s a lot of fun to say (and read) – it’s Petunia Paris’s Parrot by Katie Haworth and Jo Williamson! Petunia Paris has everything a little girl could want, so when her parents ask for a gift idea she lands on a parrot. But her beautiful new macaw doesn’t do (or say) what she expects… it’s a sweet story with fabulous illustrations that made us chuckle!

Next up is The Journey by Francesca Sanna, a new picture book that was brought to our attention by author Jessica Walton in her recent book list (check it out here). The Journey is a stunning and very moving story about a family are forced to leave their home to escape a war. This one will stay with you.

Then there’s another tale about a trip, but for a celebration – as Steve the gorilla explores Rio in Steve Goes to Carnival by Joshua Button and Robyn Wells! Steve decides to put on his hat and leave the zoo to find his friend Antonio and wander the colourful and exciting streets of Carnival. A bright and beautiful book.

In The Truth According to Arthur by Tim Hopgood and David Tazzyman, young Arthur has had a bit of a falling out – with The Truth. He knows he’s done the wrong thing, but will he resist the urge to tell a little white lie to cover his tracks? A cute tale with a serious lesson.

Bee and Me shows how sad the world would be without bees in it. This is the first book with words and illustrations by Alison Jay, and helps to remind children about all the wonderful things bees do for us, as a little girl and a bee become best friends. i-love-cake-

Who doesn’t love cake? Rabbit, Porcupine and Moose certainly do in this adorable new book I Love Cake by Tammi Sauer and Angie Rozelaar. It’s Rabbit’s birthday, so he has planned the perfect party, complete with an excellent cake, naturally. But things don’t go quite as planned…

We can never have too many picture books about cakes. In Grumbug! by Adam Stower, Oliver and his best friend troll run a cake store in the woods, and it’s going very well (it’s always good to encourage trolls to eat things other than children). But then Oliver’s sister Dolly disappears, and they have to venture all the way up Munch Mountain to find her… lots of silly fun to be had here.

If you need some fun activities for the school holidays, the classic Play School Useful Book has been updated and rereleased! There are recipes to bake, craft projects to make and songs to share, complete with new illustrations by Jedda Robaard and an introduction by Justine Clarke.

Click on the covers to learn more, and let us know what picture books your family are loving this month in the comments!


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