The happenings of 2020 have led us to appreciate a good book more than ever. Simultaneously informative and transportive, the power of a book is unparalleled. These are some of our favourites for children that have been released this year – tender stories of love, friendship and adventure; each will engage the little ones and warm your heart.
Non Stop by Tomi Ungerer
Brand new, this timely story from master author and illustrator Tomi Ungerer tells of a post-apocalyptic empty Earth. All of humanity has escaped to the moon, except for protagonist Vasco and his newfound friend Poco. Their story of friendship, trust and endurance has acute relevance to everything happening in the world today.
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
The recipient of a Caldecott Medal, this poetic story pays thoughtful tribute to the African American experience. Featuring photographic illustrations by Kadir Nelson, it offers smaller children an engaging retelling of the historical figures and events that have defined life for African Americans.
The Song of the Tree by Coralie Bickford-Smith
Filled with beautiful and intricate illustrations, award-winning designer Coralie Bickford-Smith tells the touching story of Bird and the song she sings in the jungle.
The Little Wolves by Józef Wilkon and Svenja Herrmann
Revisiting the popular children's book theme of an animal mother and her babies, this story follows four wolf cubs as they venture out of their burrow whilst mum is out hunting and the adventures which ensue. The beautiful illustrations, by Józef Wilkon, pair watercolour with ink for a mesmeric effect.
No! My First Book of Protest by Julie Merberg and Molly Egan
This colourful board book shines the light on iconic historical figures that have spoken out in protest. By utilising the word no, which many children love, and telling brief stories of activism, children are introduced to these influential individuals and movements.
Long-Haired Cat-Boy Cub by Etgar Keret, Aviel Basil and Sondra Silverston
An immersive adventure tale, this Israeli story will appeal to children with its dreamy sense of escape. Left to his own devices when his father is busy with work whilst at a zoo, a young boy frees captive animals and even becomes one himself.
Animals in the Sky by Sara Gillingham
The stylish graphics in this board book will teach children six of the most recognisable animal constellations. Accompanied by practical info about stars, after reading children will be able to look at the sky with a new perspective, searching for The Great Bear and other constellations.
What We'll Build by Oliver Jeffers
This brand new release comes courtesy of international bestselling illustrator Oliver Jeffers and is a sequel to his story Here We Are. Hopeful and tender, it spotlights the endless love between parent and child and the possibilities that result when we work together.
A Story About Afiya by James Berry and Anna Cunha
An illustrated story written by celebrated poet James Berry OBE, Afiya is a little girl who loves her dress. Whilst other little girls have many dresses, she only has one, and her story of why she loves the dress is heartwarming and relatable.
A Wave of Stars by Dolores Brown
Taking place under the sea, this story is about Mimbi and Kipo, a seal and a turtle. They are happy, but when they hear about the legend of the moonbow, that could transform them into humans, they contemplate the implications of a new life.
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