Perfect Picks for Picture Book Lovers

November is #PictureBookMonth ! We've rounded up some of our recent favourites just for you:

14/11/2018
2 minutes to read
Three picture books placed next to eachother: The Gruffalo Sound Book, A Dog with Nice Ears, and Oscar the Hungry Unicorn


Picture books can be enjoyed at any age. For younger readers looking at the pictures and hearing the words read to them develops memory and recognition skills. Older readers enjoy being able to read the story for themselves while staying entertained as they follow visual clues and action throughout their favourite story. With so many different stories, themes and styles you are sure to find a picture book that will delight and inspire your family.

Cyril and Pat

by Emily Gravett

Book cover for Cyril and Pat

Cyril and Pat is a very funny, rhyming story about friendship from everybody's favourite picture book creator and twice winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, Emily Gravett.

'Enormous fun to read aloud.' – Guardian

Cyril is the only squirrel in Lake Park, and he's very lonely. Until one day he meets Pat – Pat the big, grey . . . other squirrel. Cyril and Pat have lots of adventures and fun together and Cyril is so pleased he's made a friend. But everyone is adamant that Cyril and Pat simply cannot be friends, and they soon reveal why: Pat, as the reader has known all along, is actually a RAT!

But Cyril's life turns out to be a lot duller and quite a bit scarier without Pat by his side, and in the end the two friends learn that some things are more important than being the same, or listening to others.

The Gruffalo Sound Book

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for The Gruffalo Sound Book

Press the twelve sound buttons in the pages of the story to make Julia Donaldson's classic tale of The Gruffalo come alive!

Listen to Snake hiss and Owl hoot! Hear Mouse's tummy rumble and the Gruffalo growl in this magical, interactive story sound book. The ideal gift for all Gruffalo fans, The Gruffalo Sound Book is also the perfect introduction to this family favourite . . .

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood.

A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.

Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when a quick-witted mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake . . . and a hungry Gruffalo!

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's The Gruffalo is an undisputed modern classic and has become a bestselling phenomenon across the world. This award-winning rhyming story of a mouse and a monster has found its way into the hearts and bedtimes of an entire generation of children and will undoubtedly continue to enchant children for years and years to come.

Once Upon a Wild Wood

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The Cook and the King

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for The Cook and the King

There once was a very hungry king
Who needed a cook like anything . . .

. . . but the king is very fussy; he tries all the cooks in the kingdom, but no one is good enough. Then he spots Wobbly Bob. Maybe Bob can whip up his favourite dinner? But how will Bob be able to cook for the king when he’s scared of . . . well, everything?!

Discover how the hungry king helps Wobbly Bob face his fears on a cooking adventure across the land and sea.

The Cook and the King is a brilliantly funny story from the award-winning picture book duo Julia Donaldson and David Roberts, creators of Tyrannosaurus Drip. With fun rhyming verse and richly detailed illustrations, this is sure to become a firm favourite with children and adults alike.

Enjoy more stories from Julia Donaldson and David Roberts: The Troll, Tyrannosaurus Drip, Jack and the Flumflum Tree and The Flying Bath.

The Big Race

by David Barrow

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*Shortlisted for the Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2020 - Children's Book of the Year*

Aardvark is only small and the Big Race is long and hard. But Aardvark is going to join in and give it everything she's got!

A heart-warming, stylish and delightfully funny celebration of taking part rather than winning from Sebastian Walker Award winner David Barrow.

If you love Julia Donaldson's The Ugly Five, you will love this.

The Big Race is packed full of wonderful African animals including an aardvark, crocodile, cheetah, buffalo and African hoopoe.

Visit David at davebarrowillustration.co.uk and follow him at @DaveBarrow3.

A Dog With Nice Ears

by Lauren Child

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A brilliant new Charlie and Lola picture book from multi-award-winning author and Children's Laureate Lauren Child!

Lola wants a dog - but the qualities of her perfect pooch seem oddly like those of a ... rabbit!

Silly, surprising, thoughtful and fun, Charlie and Lola are on top form in this fantastically funny story, packed full of dogs of every shape, size and colour. Lauren Child's endlessly endearing characters and inimitable humour will be a sure-fire hit with existing and new fans - this is the perfect tale for anyone who has ever imagined what having the perfect pet would be like.

A new Charlie and Lola story is the gold standard in picture books - the perfect read-aloud that both children and parents will love.

Discover more hilarious original picture books about Charlie and Lola:
Charlie and Lola: I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato
Charlie and Lola: I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed
Charlie and Lola: I Am Too Absolutely Small for School
Charlie and Lola: Slightly Invisible
Charlie and Lola: One Thing

Animalphabet

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