So Much by Trish Cooke and Helen Oxenbury – Book Review

So Much is one of those books that just makes me happy. And while it is a relatively simple story, about a very young child, Trish Cooke’s gentle humour and Helen Oxenbury’s charming illustrations make it a book that still appeals to my children even now that they are the grand old ages of five and nine.

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My Mum is a Supermum – Book Review

Children's picture book 'My Mum is a Supermum'
All mums are super, but could some mums actual be Supermums?

In my search for picture books with diverse characters, I struggled to find a superhero-themed picture book that featured a BAME boy in the staring role. Then I came across this witty gem from Angela McAllister and Alex T. Smith. It DOES feature a black boy as the main character, but the superhero is actually (maybe) his mum!

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The Extraordinary Gardener – Book Review

There’s something magical about growing things with children, and that’s the idea at the heart of this book. A whimsical tale of an inner city boy who transforms his urban landscape with plants, The Extraordinary Gardner is also a story about reaching out to the people around you, sharing ideas and friendship and building a community that’s as beautiful as the flowers they grow. Read on to take a look inside!

Children's picture book The Extraordinary Gardener by Sam Boughton
The Extraordinary Gardener by Sam Boughton
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Tomorrow, Most Likely by Dave Eggers and Lane Smith – Book Review

While he may be better known for his adult fiction, writer Dave Eggers has also produced some wonderful children’s books. With the help of talented illustrators like Lane Smith, Eggers’ ‘Tomorrow Most Likely’ is magical journey through the possibilities a day may hold. Read on to take a peek!

Children's picture book 'Tomorrow Most Likely' by Dave Eggers and Lane Smith.
‘Tomorrow Most Likely’ by Dave Eggers and Lane Smith.
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Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow – Book Review

We just adore ‘Have You Seen Elephant?’ Perfectly ridiculous and utterly beautiful, it’s the charmingly silly tale of a boy playing hide and seek with an elephant. ‘I must warn you though, ’ says Elephant at the beginning of the book, ‘I’m VERY good.’

The front and back cover of Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow.
Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow
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The New Small Person by Lauren Child – Book Review

My children and I are long-term fans of Lauren Child, and we have a great number of her books on our bookshelves. This particular title is full of her trademark style – collages of pattern and texture combined with bold, colourful drawings that are deceptively simple in style but convey a whole world of emotion in those simple strokes.

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Windows by Julia Denos and E.B. Goodale – Book Review

Not so much a story, as the chronicling of a journey, Windows is an absolutely gorgeous picture book by Julia Denos and E.B. Goodale. The book follows a young boy as he takes his dog on an evening walk, past the brightly-lit windows of his neighbourhood. Each of these windows tells a different story, as do the streets themselves, all backlit by beautiful sunset.

Windows is such a bewitchingly lovely book that we had to include on our list of our 23 favourite picture books staring BAME boys. Read on to take a peak inside and find out why we love it.

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