Zog by Julia Donaldson

Ariba ZogZog by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is a funny and colourful book which talks about a dragon who is very fun-loving, studying in a dragon school and sharing a great bond with Pearl who happened to be the princess. I read to my Mom and Dad too and they enjoyed like they enjoyed the Gruffalo. This is my favourite as I want to be a doctor when I grow up and have Zog as my assistant.

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Mr Huff by Anna Walker

DONE Cynthia in a huffI like the way that Anna has visually depicted a bad mood, that it can grow big and hang around a child. Bill decides to look at his bad mood and takes it by the hand. When he does this, things do improve. A day can be cloudy, with a chance of sunshine and not a with chance of rain. I liked the message of this story. The only downside was that I thought the text size was a bit small and did not mix well with the illustrations.

Nominated for the 2016 Book of the Year : Early Childhood.

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Ride, Ricardo, ride! by Phil Cummings

Amy Ride Ricardo RideShort-listed for the 2016  CBCA Picture Book of the Year award. Ride, Ricardo, Ride! is the story of a young boy who loves to ride his bike until the shadows come and he has to hide his bike away. The shadows take his father, but eventually they leave and he gets his bike out and rides it again. This is a beautifully illustrated (if very brown) story about loss and hope. It’s a good book to provoke discussion as the time and setting are not specified, and the shadows aren’t named, though they are clearly soldiers. A book about war, that doesn’t mention war!

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One step at a time by Jane Jolly and Sally Heinrich

DONE One step at a time by Jane Jolly and Sally HeinrichLittle Mali is baby elephant growing up with her human friend Luk in Asia’s rainforests, a land where unexploded landmines are claiming many human and animal lives. See how humans help Mali get back up onto her feet again to look for sweet bananas again. This book measures 26x31cms giving visual power to the amazing illustrations by Sally Heinrich. Sally’s work has been done using lino prints and coloured using watercolour inks. The embellishments on each page are inspired by Buddhist design and tell even more of the story; a story of danger, survival and a child’s love. Parents and teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children, discovering together the many concepts in this story cleverly woven by both author and illustrator. A worthy contender for the Children’s Book Councils’ 2016 Book Week Picture Book of the Year Award, I highly recommend this book.

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The cow tripped over the moon by Tony Wilson

DONE Cynthia Cow tripped over the moonI love a story with a rhyming text and this does not disappoint. This would be so much fun to read to your child with repetitive text, the familiar characters from the original rhyme and quirky illustrations. It takes many failed attempts by cow to jump over the moon, but perseverance and support from friends provides success. Fantastic bedtime read!

Shortlisted for the 2016 Early Childhood Book of the Year.

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Suri’s wall by Lucy Estela

DONE Suri's Wall by Lucy Estela and Matt OttleyNominated for the 2016 Children’s Book Council’s Picture Book of the Year Award.

This story is about how one young girl’s imagination is awakened  and shared with the children around her, suffusing them with hope for a better future. A story about being different, feeling safe, imaginations and the nurturing of hope. Parents and teachers will enjoy sharing the visual smorgasbord created by illustrator Matt Ottley blended with the tantalising words of author Lucy Estela.

I hope everyone has the wonderful opportunity to experience this book. It will be so hard to pick the best out of all these fantastic books on the shortlist for the Children’s Book Councils’ Book Week Picture Book of the Year Award.

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Ollie and the wind by Ronojoy Ghosh

Ollie and the wind by Ronojoy GhoshNominee for Children’s Book Council Early Childhood Book of the Year Award during Book Week 2016 –

What an awesome book to introduce children to the power of wind… why can’t we catch it? Why doesn’t the wind take my toy truck? Read it with your child and open your own eyes to the wonder of nature. This is Ronojoy Ghosh’s first picture book and it is an amazing debut; the story is told with wonder and the images are simple yet an effective accompaniment.

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