Off to the Park illustrated by Stephen Cheetham

Board Books for Babies

Anna Ridley recommends a selection of well-designed books for babies that use the robust board book format purposefully and to great advantage.

Atlas of Adventures by Lucy Leatherland: Northern Patagonia

Atlas of Adventures

Sara Rawlinson and her daughter go the distance discovering the world through Lucy Letherland’s beautifully illustrated and detail-laden Atlas of Adventures.

The King and the Sea by Heinz Janisch and Wolf Erlbruch: 'The King And The Cloud'

The King and the Sea

Ruth Wivell appreciates Heinz Janisch’s short philosophical reflections illustrated by Wolf Erlbruch in this profound book by the award-winning German duo.

Her Idea by Rilla Alexander: 'Sozi had an idea.'

Her Idea

Her Idea is an empowering celebration of tenacity, determination and creative intelligence, through which author Rilla Alexander sparks copious amounts of inspiration.

The Messy Monster Book by Rachel Ortas. Tate Publishing

Philosophy for Children

Philosophical picture books that allow children to ask questions and explore a variety of answers are a great way to encourage intellectual inquiry from an early age.

The Day No One Was Angry by Toon Tellegen, illustrated by Marc Boutavant. Gecko Press.

The Day No One Was Angry

Toon Tellegen’s philosophical tales for children portray the complexity of human emotions through a cast of surprisingly human animal characters illustrated by Marc Boutavant.

Mix It Up by Hervé Tullet

Mix It Up

Ruth Wivell reports on Hervé Tullet’s whimsical approach to basic colour theory in his latest title for toddlers.

The Big Letter Hunt by Amandine Alessandra and Rute Nieto Ferreira. Tower Block Books.

The Big Letter Hunt

Amandine Alessandra and Rute Nieto Ferreira’s risograph-printed book is at once a game, an A to Z, and lesson in how to look.

The Rabbit and the Shadow by Melanie Rutten

The Rabbit and the Shadow

Mélanie Rutten’s short-chaptered picture book is an exquisite and vivid portrayal of the complex emotions we experience growing up.

Follow the Firefly / Run Rabbit Run by Bernard Carvalho. Book Island.

Round Up: Dogs in Books

In these picture books, dogs living in a human world prompt us to empathise with those more vulnerable than ourselves, and reveal the powerful role silent characters can play.

Stark Wie Ein Bär by Katrin Stang

Stark Wie Ein Bär / Strong As A Bear

Judith Carnaby considers what makes Katrin Stangl’s clever animal pairings and boldly coloured illustrations so engaging for children learning about the world.

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Spooky Stories for Halloween

Halloween is the perfect excuse to wrap up warm and enjoy being terrified by a really good book. Here’s our pick of the best illustrated spook stories.