Virtual Bookshelf for 3-6 years olds

Here's some ideas for great picture books from some of our favourite children's authors!

I LOVE YOU NIGHT AND DAY - SMRITI PRASADAM-HALLS

I love you wild, I love you loud. I shout it out and I feel proud. I love you night, I love you day. In every moment come what may.

A celebration of love, the pages are bursting with exuberance, warmth and humour. It's the perfect book to read to your child, offering a heartfelt and affirming message of unconditional love.

Smriti Prasadam-Halls is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author whose books for children include I Love You Night and Day which was a Publisher’s Weekly #1 bestseller and Wall Street Journal bestseller. This book is illustrated by Alison Brown, a writer and illustrator whose books have been published across the world.

ORANGE PEAR APPLE BEAR - EMILY GRAVETT

This board book is wonderfully simple and engaging. By rearranging just four words, Emily Gravett creates a series of playful images which are joyful and intensely satisfying.

Perfect for reading out loud to very young children.

Orange Pear Apple Bear is the work of acclaimed author and illustrator Emily Gravett. She has numerous awards to her name including the Macmillan Prize for Illustration and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, which she won twice.

ODD DOG OUT - ROB BIDDULPH

It's a dog's life in the big city...

But one dog doesn't quite fit in. It's lonely being the odd dog out, when all she wants to do is find her place in the world.

She's willing to travel far and wide to look for it... but it might take a different kind of journey for her to discover that maybe where she's meant to be is right back where she started...

Rob Biddulph is a multi-award winning author and illustrator and the official World Book Day illustrator for 2021. He’s recently become a lockdown sensation, producing ‘Draw with Rob’ videos which have helped to entertain thousands of children stuck at home.

LITTLE RABBIT FOO FOO - MICHAEL ROSEN

He's wild, he's wicked, he's Little Rabbit Foo Foo! In this read-aloud romp join bully-boy bunny who likes nothing better than to ride through the forest bopping everyone on the head. Wriggly worms, tigers, no one is safe. But here comes the Good Fairy - and she is not amused!

Michael Rosen is one of the best-known figures in the children’s book world, and was Children's Laureate from 2007-2009. Michael is renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. Little Rabbit Foo Foo is illustrated by Arthur Robins, a successful illustrator of many well known children's books. He also produces cartoons for magazines - and has his own comic-strip called Vera.

LUNA LOVES ART - JOSEPH COELHO

At the gallery, Luna is transfixed by the famous art, but her classmate Finn doesn't seem to want to be there at all. Finn's family doesn't look like the one in Henry Moore's 'Family Group' sculpture, but then neither does Luna's. Maybe all Finn needs is a friend. Join Luna and Finn at the Art Gallery and step inside famous works of art by Van Gogh, Damien Hirst, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol and many more! Can you spot all the art?

Joseph Coelho is a multi-award winning poet and children's author. He has also been a guest poet on CBeebies 'Rhyme Rocket' and featured in 'Teach Poetry' a 10 part BBC online series that aims to make writing poetry fun. Illustrations in this book are by Fiona Lumbers, a successful author and illustrator.

THE ONE-STOP STORY SHOP - TRACEY CORDEROY

Hey you - fearless Knight! Can't you find a dragon to fight? Then why hang about in a story that's stuck? Come to The One-Stop Story Shop!

When a fearless knight goes hunting for a dragon to slay he is dismayed to discover that his sworn enemy has gone on holiday. What can he do - his story is stuck? Best head to The One-Stop Story Shop to help finish his tale. But instead of a dragon he’s offered a fearsome ferret and he soon finds himself swept away on a most unexpected of adventure.

Tracey Corderoy is an award-winning British children's writer of over 45 books. The One Stop Story Shop is illustrated by Tony Neal, a children's book illustrator who has worked for various publishing houses and clients worldwide.

PENGUIN - POLLY DUNBAR

This is the story of Ben, who couldn't be more delighted to find a penguin friend inside his present. "Hello, Penguin!" he says. Penguin says nothing. Ben tickles Penguin, pulls his funniest face, puts on a happy hat, sings a silly song and does a dizzy dance ... but still Penguin says nothing. It isn't until a passing lion intervenes that Penguin finally speaks - and, when he does, Ben discovers that some things are worth the wait.

Polly Dunbar is an author/illustrator who has created many much loved books for children including the multi-award winning book, Penguin. Polly was also named as one of the BookTrust's Ten Best illustrators in 2009 and in 2011 she was BookTrust Writer in Residence. She is also co-founder of Long Nose Puppets, an award winning theatre company.

THE STEVES - MORAG HOOD

When Steve meets Steve, neither can believe it. Surely one of them must be the first Steve, the best Steve, the Stevest Steve . . . The claims of each puffin become sillier and sillier as the argument descends into name-calling - until both Steves realise there's really no need to fall out at all!

Morag Hood is a children’s author and illustrator from Edinburgh. Her debut picture book ‘Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea’ was a runner up in the Macmillan Prize in 2014.

THE BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD - PETR HORACEK

"Do you think this is the best place in the world?" Hare asks his friends, Rabbit, Bear, Duck and Owl. Certain there must be somewhere better out there, Hare sets out on an adventure that takes him to mountains higher than the clouds, sun-kissed beaches and starlit deserts. But even the most beautiful place isn't perfect without friends to share it with, and perhaps the best place in the world is actually closer than Hare thinks.

Petr Horacek is an author and illustrator of books including Strawberries are Red and What is Black and White? He is a recipient of the Books for Children Newcomer Award 2001.

WOULD YOU LIKE A BANANA - YASMEEN ISMAIL

Gorilla is hungry but there is absolutely no way he's going to eat a banana. Not even a teeny taste. Not with some bread or standing on his head. Even if you eat one too, which is something you might do.

This brilliant and hilarious picture book will have everyone laughing at this all-too familiar family situation!

Yasmeen Ismail is an award-winning illustrator and animator. Her debut picture book Time for Bed, Fred! won The New York Times' Best Illustrated Book Award and the V&A Best Illustrated Book Award, and was longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

BE MORE BERNARD - SIMON PHILIP

When the other bunnies bounced, I bounced. When they hopped, I hopped. Like them, I dreamed. But MY dreams weren't the same. They were less . . . rabbity.

Bernard has decided that he's not going to be like all the other bunnies any more. While the others might dream of carrots, Bernard's dreams are altogether more...disco!

He starts small, but when he finally gets to groove and jive with joy at Bertie and Brenda's Bunny Ball, Bernard shows the world that being yourself is the very best thing a bunny can be.

Simon Philip is an author and former teacher whose books including the award-winning You Must Bring a Hat. Be More Bernard is illustrated by Kate Hindley, the much-loved illustrator of both picture books and fiction as well as the author-illustrator of new board book series, Treacle Street.

TEN FAT SAUSAGES - MICHELLE ROBINSON

Ten fat sausages sizzling in the pan... decide to escape, if they can!

Come on a great escape through the kitchen as we follow each sausage as it decides to make a run for it. Will they succeed or will the cat, blender, plug hole or fan prove their downfall?

Michelle Robinson's many picture books include international bestseller, The World Made a Rainbow. Ten Fat Sausages was the winner of the Laugh Out Loud Book Awards and is illustrated by Tor Freeman, a writer and illustrator whose picture books are published in several countries.

BILLY AND THE BEAST - NADIA SHIREEN

Whilst on a lovely walk in the woods, Billy and her trusty sidekick Fatcat hear a terrible rumble... a terrible rumble coming from a Terrible Beast...

He's making a Terrible Soup out of all of Billy and Fatcat's friends!

Luckily, our brave heroine Billy has a trick or two up her sleeve (or in her hair)...

Nadia Shireen's debut book Good Little Wolf received a mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Opera Prima Award and won the UKLA Book Award. Nadia has also been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.

ARMADILLO AND HARE - JEREMY STRONG

Armadillo and Hare live with their friends in the Big Forest. Hare loves dancing. Armadillo loves cheese sandwiches. Hare loves playing the tuba. Armadillo loves cheese sandwiches. Hare loves his best friend, Armadillo. Armadillo loves Hare - AND cheese sandwiches! Join them for fun and adventures with a whole cast of friends including a know-it-all lobster, a hungry jaguar, and (let's not forget) the invisible stick insect.

Jeremy Strong is an award-winning author of over a hundred books including the hugely popular, The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog which won the Children's Book Award. Armadillo and Hare is illustrated by Rebecca Bagley who has illustrated for many different people and places including Penguin Random House, Faber and Faber and The Museum of London.

HOW TO BE A LION - ED VERE

You don't have to ROAR to be heard...

Meet Leonard - a lion like no other.

Leonard's best friend is Marianne, a duck. But lions chomp ducks, don't they?

What will the pair do when their way of life is threatened?

Ed Vere is an award winning and New York Times bestselling writer & illustrator of picture books including Max the Brave. How to be a Lion won the Oscar's Book Prize 2019.

ASTRO GIRL - KEN WILSON-MAX

Astrid has always loved the stars and space. "I want to be an astronaut!" she says. While Mama is away, Papa and Astrid have fun acting out the challenges an astronaut faces on a space mission - eating food from a tube, doing science experiments, living and sleeping in near-zero gravity. Astrid can do it all! Then it's time to meet Mama at the airbase. But where has Mama been?

Ken Wilson-Max worked as a designer in both London and Zimbabwe. He currently works as a freelance designer and is the creator of several award-winning books.

YOU CHOOSE FAIRY TALES - PIPPA GOODHART

Make up your very own fairy tale adventure where YOU CHOOSE what happens next!

Which fairy tale hero would you like to be today? Where will you go on your fairy tale quest? And what fairy tale baddy would you least like to meet?

The possibilities are infinite in this captivating creative toolkit which will inspire children to make their own stories again and again.

Pippa Goodhart is an award winning author who has written over 100 books including the popular You Choose series which encourages children to use their imagination. You Choose Fairy Tales is illustrated by Nick Sharratt, an award winning author and illustrator of many books for children including Shark in the Park and You Choose and illustrator of Jacqueline Wilson's books.

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