Anna Ridley recommends a selection of well-designed books for babies that use the robust board book format purposefully and to great advantage.
Sara Rawlinson and her daughter go the distance discovering the world through Lucy Letherland’s beautifully illustrated and detail-laden Atlas of Adventures.
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 is an empowering celebration of tenacity, determination and creative intelligence, through which author Rilla Alexander sparks copious amounts of inspiration.
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.
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.
Ruth Wivell reports on Hervé Tullet’s whimsical approach to basic colour theory in his latest title for toddlers.
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.
Mélanie Rutten’s short-chaptered picture book is an exquisite and vivid portrayal of the complex emotions we experience growing up.
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.
French illustrator Florie Saint-Val reveals the inspiration behind her vibrantly creative book The Little Factory of Illustration.
Judith Carnaby considers what makes Katrin Stangl’s clever animal pairings and boldly coloured illustrations so engaging for children learning about the world.
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.