CLASSIC PICTURE BOOKS

Reading picture books together is a perfect way to spend time and develop a habit for and love of reading.  There is such a wide range of books out there to suit all ages and interests.  Here are a few of our favourite classics, some you may recognise from when you were a child!


Dogger by Shirley Hughes

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Dogger has to be my all time favourite picture book.  As a child I wanted it read again and again and it has been the same with my older two girls.  There are so many wonderful themes including sibling love and kindness. The illustrations are lovely and will appeal to adults as well.

Synopsis:  When Dave loses his favourite toy, Dogger, he is desolate. But then Dogger turns up at the school summer fair, and everything seems all right – until someone else buys him before Dave can get the money!


How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens

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Such a lovey tale about a little girl and a friendly Lion.  The message here is not to judge people because of how others perceive them and shows that everyone might just have a good side hidden away.  The illustrations are beautifully old fashioned engaging for adults and children.

Synopsis: How does a very small girl hide a very large lion? It’s not easy, but Iris has to do her best, because mums and dads can be funny about having a lion in the house. But Iris can’t hide her lion forever, and when her mum discovers him, he has to run away and hide all on his own. When the lion sees three robbers stealing from the town hall, it’s his chance to show everyone that he is, after all, a kind (and very brave) lion – just like Iris always said.



The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

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The Rainbow fish is such a favourite at home and at school.  The illustrations are so engaging and include beautiful shimmering scales.  The story is one that helps children to understand what it means to be a good friend and how sharing can make us happier.

Synopsis: The most beautiful fish in the entire ocean discovers the real value of personal beauty and friendship.


Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

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Such a beautifully told story about 3 baby owls who worry about whether their mother is going to come home.  It is a story about sticking together, supporting each other and staying positive.

Synopsis: Sarah, Percy and Bill the baby owls wake one night to find their mother gone. And as the darkness gathers and they perch patiently on their branch waiting for her return, oh how they worry!


How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

 
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A beautifully told story that supports children to understand the concept of loss.

Synopsis: There once was a boy who loved stars so much that he wished he had one of his very own. Every night he watched the stars in the sky from his bedroom window and dreamed of how he could be their friend and how they could play hide-and-go-seek together.

So, one day, he decided to set about catching a star of his very own...


Oh the Way Home by Jill Murphy

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A beautifully told, colourful and beautifully illustrated story about imagination, creativity and story telling.  This is a book we have used at my school for many years and the children always love it.  It always leads to some fantastic creativity and story telling of their own

Synopsis: Claire has hurt her knee so she sets off home to tell her mum all about it. On the way she meets her friends and tells them how the fall happened. But just how did it happen . . .? Was she dropped by a wolf, a slithering snake, an enormous dragon or a hairy gorilla?!


Man on the Moon: a day in the life of Bob

by Simon Bartrum

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We love this book in our house.  Such engaging illustrations with so muck to discover, point out and talk about.  We love the humour and discussing what would really like to visit the moon.  My daughter especially likes looking  out for the aliens!

Synopsis: Bob is everyone’s favourite man on the moon; follow him on his daily adventures. Bob has a special job – looking after the moon. He keeps it clean and entertains passing space tourists as well as giving guided tours. He knows everything about the moon and that there is definitely no such thing as aliens!


The Day the Crayons Quit

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Such a funny story about how fed up crayons get. Fantastic opportunities to make predictions about why they might and also remedies. What could you draw with each crayon, what would happen if you mixed them? What could you draw with all the crayons? Why do people get fed up, jealous, tired?

Synopsis: Poor Duncan just wants to colour in. But when he opens his box of crayons, he only finds letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!

Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown, Blue needs a break from colouring in all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.

The battle lines have been drawn. What is Duncan to do?


Whatever Next by Jill Murphy

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I have loved this book since I was a child and I read it to my younger brothers.  A simple story about everyday imaginative play that appeals to all children from the very young. How would you get to space? What could you do with a cardboard box? What would you take for a picnic on the moon and who might you meet on the way?

Synopsis:  The moon and back before bath time? Whatever next!  Join Baby Bear as he finds a rocket, makes friends with an owl and has a picnic on the moon.