Many of us picture book fanatics look for those extra messages that will convey positivity, environmentalism and kindness. These new delights will do all those and more.
At This Very Moment by Matthew Hodson,
Published by Cicada Books
A moment in time captured in book form! A lovely calming book taking a glimpse into moments of time around the globe. This would make for a wonderful bedtime story as we slow down, get cosy and ponder over events of the day. As I always have my school assembly hat on, this would be fantastic to read aloud and have children realise and understand that events are happening all over the world at the moment they are listening to the story. Told with simplicity and styled with muted colours and a variety of landscapes, this is an enchanting story. A overriding message of being present in the moment and appreciating our world. Pip & Egg
by Alex Latimer and David Litchfield, Published by Scholastic
This is beauty in a book, from the enchanting tale to the glorious illustrations. Pip and Egg meet, becomes best friends and have the best adventures together. When Pip forms roots, then a shoot and then branches, Egg watches in amazement. When Egg makes some changes, the pair find new ways to stay together and remain friends. Time passes and the pair do their own things and follow their own paths but time and fate certainly have a way of bringing things full circle. Egg and Pip, though older, have found their way back together to enjoy life together. Beautifully written and full of Litchfield’s iconic illustrations, this is one for the permanent collection. Setsuko and the Song of
the Sea by Fiona Barker and Howard Gray, Published by Tiny Tree Books
If we ever needed reminding of how beautiful and wondrous the oceans are, this book certainly does that! Setsuko swims and loves the sea yet as we turn the pages, plastic and rubbish begin to appear and we can see the impact of them on creatures and environment. When Setsuko and a whale create a bond, they spend their days happily diving, exploring and being at one with the ocean. Needing to find other whales, the pair say goodbye but not before the whale sings a haunting yet beautiful song that fills the sea and Setsuko’s heart. Absolutely stunning illustrations fill each page and allow the reader to feel immersed in the sea, and to aspire to clean up or make a difference. A Song of Gladness by Michael Morpurgo and Emily Gravett,
Published by Two Hoots
Written and Illustrated by two of the best loved in children’s publishing, this book is an important and wonderful story. Our connection and understanding of the natural world was altered with the global pandemic. Animals and habitats were left to grow and flourish while humans were forced to stay home. This story travels the globe as animals share a musical message of hope and care for the world around us. Serving as a vital reminder of the awesomeness of nature and interconnectedness of humans and animals, the illustrations are wonderful and help us to see the message travel and our place in caring for the planet. Ernest the Elephant by Anthony Browne, Published by Walker Books
Anthony Browne needs no introduction at all- his books remain hugely popular with children and adults alike! Ernest is a happy young elephant, traipsing after his herd, eating, walking, talking until he sees the colours of the alluring jungle. Though warned against entering the jungle, Ernest continues to explore until he gets lost! Asking help from some large and familiar jungle creatures, Ernest is told no time after time. Feeling despondent, he fears the worst until a small voice offers some help, reminding us that small voices should still be heard. As expected, this book is a joy to read and pore over. Browne’s style leaps off every page and is a visual feast for the eyes!