Books celebrating the joy of books!

Otto the Book Bear

Who says picture books can't be meta!?

These delightful picture books celebrate the joy of books and reading, and all are damn good too.

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  • Wolves

    Author: Emily Gravett
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5+

    This is a humorous, highly imaginative and original picture book and even comes with an alternative vegetarian ending! 

  • The Incredible Book Eating Boy

    Author: Oliver Jeffers
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Henry loves books. However, his pleasure isn't derived from reading them but from eating them instead, and the more he eats, the smarter he gets.

  • Lulu Loves the Library

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw
    Publisher: Alanna Max
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    Lulu has her library card, her rucksack full of borrowed books, and a big smile on her face, because it's Tuesday – and on Tuesdays Lulu and her mummy go to the library

  • Beware of the Storybook Wolves

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Hachette
    Interest age: 4-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Lauren Child has created a truly original and hilarious story, and her lively and unique collage-style illustrations are a joy. Ideal for reassuring children who are scared of the dark.

  • A Child of Books

    Author: Oliver Jeffers Illustrator: Sam Winston
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 5-7
    Reading age: 5+

    A little girl sails across the sea of her imagination to ask a little boy to come away with her to find stories again, worried that some people in the world have forgotten them.

  • Dog Loves Books

    Author: Louise Yates
    Publisher: Red Fox / Random House Children's Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    With an engaging hero and simple, understated text animated by witty, subtly coloured illustrations, this book about the sheer pleasure of books has a refreshing jaunty elegance.

  • How to Live Forever

    Author: Colin Thompson
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 6-10
    Reading age: 6+

    At night, the book shelves come to life and the library is transformed into a bustling miniature city. But Peter discovers there is one important book missing...

  • Charlie Cook's Favourite Book

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 4-6
    Reading age: 6+

    From pirates to dragons, aliens and ghosts, this book serves as a celebration of all stories, and a reminder of how one story can lead to another!

  • Otto the Book Bear

    Author: Katie Cleminson
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape Children's Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    A charming celebration of books and reading

  • It’s a Book

    Author: Lane Smith
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 7+

    Jackass, playing on his computer, wants to know what Monkey is up to. Monkey is reading a book

  • Open Very Carefully

    Author: Nick Bromley Illustrator: Nicola O'Byrne
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    A crocodile has invaded the pages of this picture book, and is causing chaos by gobbling up words!

  • Books Always Everywhere

    Author: Jane Blatt Illustrator: Sarah Massini
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 1+
    Reading age: 4+

    Big and small, wide and tall, there are all kinds of books to enjoy in this charming celebration of reading for even the youngest children.