5 new and classic picture books to share with your little one

5 new and classic picture books to share with your little one
Category: Bookbug

Autumn is here, giving you the perfect opportunity to curl up indoors and discover some brand new picture books or revisit an old classic. The Bookbug team are on hand with some great recommended new releases for you to share with your little ones.

Win the books

Keep reading after our picks for a chance to win a selection of these great books!


Is There a Dog in This Book? by Viviane Schwarz
Is There a Dog in this Book?
 By Viviane SchwarzLynsey Rogers picked:

I’m a dog person so this book immediately caught my attention! Interactive books are becoming increasingly popular and it’s easy to see why. They’re a great way to encourage little ones to engage directly with a story and you won’t feel the pressure to follow pages of text from beginning to end. Little ones will love the bright, quirky illustrations and silly humour. The lift-the-flap element running throughout the book is a great way to share the excitement as you uncover hiding cats and a missing dog! This unusual book is sure to brighten up any cold autumn day.

You’re All My Favourites (10th Anniversary edition) by Sam McBratney

Sam McBratney is perhaps better known for the bestselling title Guess How Much I Love You, but You’re All My Favourites is perfect for a families to curl up and share together during the colder months. Anita Jeram’s charming autumnal coloured illustrations perfectly complement the gentle story. The question of who is the favourite will be all too familiar to many parents, but this story celebrates how unique each sibling is. This gold-embossed 10th anniversary edition would be a particularly special gift for any expectant siblings you know.  


Beth Crozier picked:

The Crocodile Under The Bed by Judith Kerr

Judith Kerr is back and this playful new story is a real treat for all her fans. When Matty is too sick to go to the party with his family it's up to a very special group of animals to make sure he doesn't miss out completely. It's a fantastic ride of the imagination, complete with beautiful illustrations, and plenty of quirky details to keep the adults as entertained as well. Plus, there are animals in party hats - need we say more?

Out and About by Shirley Hughes

Poems aren't scary - they're just a great way to play with and try out words, especially for little ones as this fun and joyful new edition of seasonal poems proves. The beautiful and expressive illustrations are full of little details to talk about so you'll soon start making up your own poems together.


The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch
 by Ronda and David Armitage
Kirsty Sinclair picked:

First published over 30 years ago, this classic book has been re-issued in a lovely new colourful version.

Every day Mr Grinling, the lighthouse keeper, tucks into a scrumptious lunch prepared for him by his wife Mrs Grinling (an excellent cook it seems). This is then sent over in a basket on some kind of pulley system. But one day, some pesky seagulls get to his lunch before he does! Mr and Mrs Grinling try everything they can to put the seagulls off, including sending their unwilling cat over in the basket. Will they find the answer? You’ll have to read it to find out.

I remember loving the notion of being a lighthouse keeper as a child  – it seemed so exotic to me. Children (and parents) will enjoy exploring all the amusing details on each page. There are several books in this classic series and I would heartily recommend them all. 


Competition: Win a set of the Lighthouse Keeper books

Thanks to Scolastic UK, we have a bundle of the Lighthouse Keeper books by Ronda and David Armitage to give away! (The Lighthouse Keeper's LunchThe Lighthouse Keeper's Picnic and The Lighthouse Keeper's Cat). Simply comment below telling us the name of the Lighthouse Keeper. 

Competition closes on Friday 7 November 2014. 

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