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Best books 2014

The Storm Whale

Below are the dozen books for readers ages 0-5 that were selected to appear in the Book Trust Best Book Guide 2014. We hope you like them as much as we do!

  • This is Not My Hat

    Author: Jon Klassen
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A little fish has stolen an equally small bowler hat from a much bigger fish. Hiding himself in the weedsm, he is confident he won't be discovered - but the big fish is on his trail...

  • The Dark

    Author: Lemony Snicket Illustrator: Jon Klassen
    Publisher: Orchard Book

    One night, the night-light goes out, and the dark calls Laszlo down into the basement to meet it.

  • The Day the Crayons Quit

    Author: Drew Daywalt Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Award-winning illustrator and artist Oliver Jeffers has teamed up with film writer and director Drew Daywalt to create this gorgeously colourful picture book.

  • Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo!

    Author: Amy Sparkes Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Can our young hero take on a Monster Zoo full of naughty creatures - and survive to tell the tale?

  • The Snatchabook

    Author: Helen Docherty Illustrator: Thomas Docherty
    Publisher: Alison Green Books

    This delightful picture book from husband-and-wife team Helen and Thomas Docherty is a real treat.

  • Monkey Nut

    Author: Simon Rickerty
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Two little spiders find a monkey nut, and shouting 'it's mine!', each tries to snatch it.

  • Aunt Amelia

    Author: Rebecca Cobb
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    'We were in a bad mood. Aunt Amelia was coming to look after us. We didn't know who Aunt Amelia was and we didn't want looking after.'

  • Peck Peck Peck

    Author: Lucy Cousins
    Publisher: Walker Books

    The new picture book from Lucy Cousins introduces readers to an enthusiastic and eager woodpecker who is being taught to peck by its dad.

  • The Storm Whale

    Author: Benji Davies
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books

    Noi finds a baby whale washed up on the beach after a storm and decides to take it home to care for it.

  • Macavity

    Author: T. S. Eliot Illustrator: Arthur Robins
    Publisher: Faber Children's Books

    Escaped from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, Macavity is now the star of his own picture book. With new illustrations from Arthur Robins, this timeless rhyme will charm a new generation.

  • Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Emily Sutton
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This is an original, special and memorable book that sets the bar high for illustrated children's non-fiction.

  • Mouse is Small

    Author: Mary Murphy
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A colourful picture book about animal sizes