Book Recommendations for International Children’s Book Day

1st April 2022

To celebrate this International Children’s Book Day we’ve put together a list of our current top five book suggestions. If you’re looking for some inspiration or want to try a new book with your little one, we’re sure you will find something from our list below.

Where’s Mr Tex?

Ingela P Arrhenius

0-3 years old

ISBN: 9781788007498

In Where’s Mrs T-Rex?, you’re on the lookout for Mr Stegasaurus, Mrs Diplodocus, Mr Triceratops and Mrs T-Rex herself! These friendly characters can be found over five spreads behind colourful felt flaps. Lift the final flap and there’s a surprise mirror – always a hit with the little ones.

Why do we like it?

Nosy Crow’s playful dinosaur book, ‘Where’s Mrs T-Rex?’, for 0-3s with beautiful and engaging illustrations by Ingela P Arrhenius’ is a staple in our collection.

It’s not always easy to know where to start when reading with very young children, but this book uses robust felt flaps and a surprise mirror at the end to stimulate sensory development in a fun way that can be enjoyed right from the very first few months. And let’s face it…you can’t really go wrong with a cute dinosaur book!

TouchThinkLearn: Numbers

Xavier Deneux

0-3 years old

ISBN: 978-1452117249

Combining scooped-out die-cuts with raised, shaped elements, two new TouchThinkLearn books offer youngest learners an irresistible opportunity to explore their universe in a hands-on, multisensory way. See the image, trace its shape, say its name: these modes of perception combine in a dynamic way to stimulate understanding of essential concepts. Experience the number 2″ both by counting a pair of raised car wheels on one side, and feeling its shape on the other. Featuring a format unlike any other, these groundbreaking books translate abstract thought into tangible knowledge.”

Why do we like it?

Xavier Deneux’s thoughtful designs make simplistic and tactile books to stimulate the first steps in a child’s education.

‘TouchThinkLearn: Numbers’, uses fun but simple illustrations with die-cut shapes for children to trace their fingers in and around, learning the shapes of the numbers as they go.

Allowing children to physically engage in the book gives them an opportunity to have an equal role in the reading experience with our volunteers, even before they have any language skills.

We’re Going to Find the Monster

Malorie Blackman and Dapo Adeola

3-6 years old

ISBN: 9780241401309

Join two intrepid adventurers as their imaginations transform their house into a wild wonderland – and their big brother becomes a mighty monster. A joy to read aloud with its cumulative refrain, and full of funny, relatable characters, this is a contemporary celebration of creativity, fantasy and family.

Why do we like it?

Powerhouse duo author Malorie Blackman and illustrator Dapo Adeola have come together to create a modern story that is a feast for the eyes in ‘We’re Going to Find a Monster’. For those children who loved ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, this book is a natural next choice. With cleverly designed text, we see bold words and phrases to help children join in as clever repetition through the book builds their confidence in word recognition.

Aalfred and Aalbert

Morag Hood

3-5 years old

ISBN: 9781509842957

Aardvarks Aalfred and Aalbert both need a pal. But Aalfred sleeps in the day, and Aalbert sleeps at night. How will they ever get the chance to meet?

Bird conjures up a series of sillier and sillier schemes to get the two aardvarks into the same place, but their paths simply refuse to cross. Until one day, when they find each other in the most unexpected way – and now Aalfred and Aalbert will never lose each other again.

Why do we like it?

Morag Hood has created a page-turner for 4-year-olds in ‘Aalfred and Aalbert’; the story of two aardvarks looking for companionship, but hampered by their opposite sleeping patterns! Humorous and heartwarming, this story can be read together but includes language that is easily recognisable for 4–5-year-olds to read independently. The illustrations are detailed enough to add a little extra to encourage comprehension and perhaps a little imagination of your own.

Leo and the Octopus

Isabelle Marinov

7+ years old

ISBN: 9781787416550

Leo struggles to make sense of the world. He doesn’t understand the other children in his class, and they don’t seem to understand him. But then one day, Leo meets Maya. Maya is an octopus, and the more Leo learns about her, the more he thinks that perhaps he isn’t alone in this world, after all.

Why do we like it?

Leo and the Octopus by Isabelle Marinov follows Leo as he goes on an unexpected journey of friendship with an octopus. With child friendly sensory descriptions though the book, we get an insight into what it is like for a child with autism.

This book creates a great story to help children discuss their feelings, and whilst we know that the main character is autistic, it also promotes a wider discussion for any child about what it is to be lonely and how embracing difference can lead to positive friendships.