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8 New Picture Books to Read This April

This month there’s a mix of brand new picture books – some quirky, some sad, some sweet.

From Hervé Tullet, the author of bestsellers Press Here! and Mix it Up! comes Let’s Play!, another interactive and imaginative book perfect for inquisitive young ones. Beck and Matt Stanton, the husband-and-wife team behind This is a Ball, have Did you take the B from my Ook?  This one is great to read aloud, as you have to hilariously omit all the letter ‘B’s. It’s challenging and fun!

For animal lovers, try My Family is a Zoo by K.A. Gerrard and Emma Dodd, where every relative comes with an unusual animal. Then there’s Goodnight Tiger by Timothy Knapman and Laura Hughes. Goodnight Tiger is about Emily, who is trying to get to sleep but the animals in her wallpaper are keeping her awake! This book is a great choice before bed as it helps reinforce night time routines. Or perhaps you’re after a story about a  bunny, in glasses, who has recently purchased a whole of lot of costumes – meet Percy and the Amazing Box of Disguises by Sally Anne Garland!

I Just Couldn’t Wait to Meet You is the debut book from Australian actress Kate Ritchie, who was inspired by the excitement she felt waiting for the birth of her first daughter, Mae. With illustrations by Hannah Sommerville, this one will make a lovely gift for a newborn.

Also released this month are two new beautiful and powerful Australian picture books about war. From Libby Hathorn and Phil Lesnie, A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy is a tender story about friendship set in the battle of the Somme, told completely through dialogue and with stunning illustrations. Reflection is about remembrance, and author Rebecka Sharpe Shelberg and illustrator Robin Cowcher have created a moving tribute to those who served.

Click on the covers below for more information, and be sure to let us know what you and your child will be reading this April in the comments!


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