I know from watching my own kids growing up that there are definitely books for different occasions.
There are books full of fun and action to start the day and there are books that are more mellow, that leave small readers feeling warm and snuggly and ready for sleep – the perfect bedtime stories.
Written by Karen Collum and illustrated by Serena Geddes
Published by New Frontier publishing
Samuel loves going shopping but he notices that the people around him don’t share his happiness and sense of fun.
He decides to brighten up their lives by blowing them kisses.
This is a beautiful book depicting how a small child can find a simple solution to adult grumpiness.
There is movement and a gentle rhythm in this story as the kisses find their way around all sorts of obstacles to reach their mark.
Serena Geddes expressive and colourful illustrations show the affection and happiness that surrounds little Samuel and how he makes such a positive difference to the world around him.
This uplifting story is full of light-hearted fun but has a strong message and a satisfying ending for the reader.
Written by Nick Bland and illustrated by Freya Blackwood
Published by Scholastic
This book is a collaboration between two of Australia’s favourite picture book creators, Nick Bland and Freya Blackwood.
‘Mummy’, said Lucy. ‘Can I have a hug before I go to bed? I promise I’ll give it back.’
As Lucy discovers, a hug can go a very long way. It can be shared with Mummy and Daddy, it can be shared with the twins, it can even be shared with Annie the dog. The secret to sharing a hug is for it to be given back.
This hug seems to go especially far and along the way it becomes softer, sleepier, bigger and even peanut-buttery.
But when the hug runs away, Lucy doesn’t know what to do. How will she keep her promise to Mummy?
the Runaway Hug is a gentle, charming story with a perfect ending for bedtime reading.
Freya Blackwood’s beautiful illustrations are full of action and the sort of telling detail that young readers love.