Great picture books for the summer holidays
The summer holidays are here, which means picnics in the park, getaways to the beach and lazing in the back garden (weather permitting). Take one or two of these books out with you; you can have a read inbetween having lunch and playing on the swings!
Author: Tom McLaughlin
Franklin was called 'The Cloudspotter' - and he didn't want to share his clouds with anyone. That's why he pops the infuriating Scruffy Dog into a hot-air balloon and lets her fly away. A charming story about a lonely little boy who finds a friend.
Author: Ruth Green
Herbert and Hilda Hedgehog have been enjoying a book about the seaside and decide to go and see it for themselves. This gentle story has a bouncy rhyme, and the tone remains sweet and upbeat throughout.
Author: Nicholas John Frith
Publisher: Scholastic/Alison Green Books
The story of Hector and Hummingbird is a lovely one for children with - sometimes irritating but always lovable - little brothers and sisters. The 1950s style and colouring of this fantastic picture book is very appealing.
Author: Andy Stanton Illustrator: Miguel Ordonez
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Dwayne is heading off with Jane to look at the volcano. But when they get there, they have a bit of a shock! This hilarious and anarchic picture book from the author of the Mr Gum series is ideal for reading aloud.
Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Sam Usher
Publisher: Picture Squirrels
Alice and Jago are playing in granny's garden one day when they find lots of toads in the long grass. Michael Morpurgo's lovely nature tale and Sam Usher's sensitive and funny illustrations bring this story hoppingly alive.
Author: John Burningham
Publisher: Red Fox
John Burningham’s simple yet sophisticated account of a trip to the seaside is both a masterly drawing of grumpy Mum and Dad and a vibrant depiction of Shirley’s magical inner world. Fantastic.
Author: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Alan the bear is having a fantastic time at the funfair until he starts dancing in that unmistakeable way and his friends have to help him find somewhere he can have a wee. But unfortunately there's nowhere to go, until Alan stumbles onto a stage and manages to win a most useful (and capacious) trophy.
Author: Nadia Shireen
Billy and her friend Fatcat are enjoying a walk in the woods when they notice that the bunnies and mice have gone missing – and a hungry Beast is collecting ingredients for a terrible soup. An empowering story, full of humour and humanity.
Author: Kevin Waldron
Young readers will love this story of hungry Harold the dog, and have a great time spotting all the original places that food has replaced normal everyday items. Kevin Waldron's artwork is bright and colourful with a quirky, modern use of collage.
Author: Sophy Henn
The little girl in this bright, happy book embraces the simple act of passing on smiles, laughs, chuckles and whoops to others.
Author: Britta Teckentrup
Publisher: Little Tiger
This bee-autiful and special book takes children on a poetic journey through the bee's day.
Author: Owen Davey
Publisher: Flying Eye
Presenting an ever-popular topic, this fantastic, high quality illustrated book is fascinating and attractive.