Books to inspire little minds
Electronic devices can't hold a candle to the power of books to inspire to explore and to imagine.
The Lines on Nana’s Face, Simona Ciraolo, Flying Eye Books.
It's Nana's birthday but her granddaughter thinks she looks worried. Nana explains that the lines on her face are simply wrinkles, within which she stores her precious memories. Perfect for introducing the next generation to the richness of family history, this is a beautiful tale of aging gracefully.
The Sleepy Cicada, SA Morrissey, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
A local tale featuring noisy nocturnal New Zealand bush creatures who keep a sleepy cicada awake. Come morning time, however, it’s another story – as anyone familiar with the noisy ‘chirrup’ so quintessential to the Kiwi summer will know.
A Child of Books, Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston, Walker Books.
This stunning picture book draws readers in to follow a little girl as she sails across a sea of words, finding a friend to join her on an adventure. Recognise your favourite characters and stories in the typographical landscapes shaped from well-loved children’s books and lullabies.
Give & Take, Lucie Felix, Old Barn Books.
This tale takes interactive board books to a whole new level – each page features a shape you can press out and use on the following page to complete a new picture. Read the book backwards to reveal a new story as you put the shapes back again. Perfect for engaging young readers in the multidimensional nature of books.
King Baby, Kate Beaton, Walker Books.
New baby arriving to take centre stage is a familiar theme but this book stands out with a hilarious turn of phrase — “I will give you many blessings for King Baby is generous”— and delightful illustrations that are all too telling. King Baby’s expressions paint a thousand words and Mum and Dad’s enamoured exhaustion is evident.
Crusts, Danny Parker, Little Hare.
A wonderfully imaginative and unpredictable tale about what really happens to uneaten crusts, and why it could actually be worth storing them in a box – contrary to your parents’ advice. A resourceful hero who uses his creativity to think outside the square and help others at the same time.
AS FEATURED IN ISSUE 35 OF OHbaby! MAGAZINE. CHECK OUT OTHER ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE BELOW