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A beautiful story of love between a girl, her father, and her mum. And the struggles of dealing with hair that has a mind of its own. The short film version of the story won an Academy Award.
The joys of exploring nature – and nature playing with us. The joke is all in the juxtaposition of text and illustration, it is a bit like watching a pantomime, shouting ‘it’s behind you!’
Another great book which uses the contradiction of text and illustration to carry the joke. But, it also a lovely message about family and sibling bonds.
If you’re ever in bear country it might be best NOT to use this book as a guide. But, for a fun read aloud, it is perfect.
Rox loves coding, and hates tidying her room. So, what better than coding a robot to do the work for her! But, things don’t go quite to plan, and Rox has to find a solution – quickly!
I cannot say enough about this – it is full of love! Julian’s love for mermaids. Abuela’s love for Julian. It is a beautiful story about gender curiosity – or just the love of dressing up.
A young child explores the city with expected, and unexpected, encounters. It is quietly zany, like many Lane Smith books are.
A story about the creation of story – and becoming a writer, even if you don’t know how to write or spell, but you have a story inside of you.
Sophia is part of a family, and she has to make her pleas (for a giraffe) work for the various members: her mother, a judge; her father, a businessman; her uncle, a politician; and Grand-mamá.
Grandpa and Sophie spend a lot of time together – and enjoy each other’s company.
If only all days at school were like this first day!
Simple rhyming verse tells the story of two young children and their day in the park.
Lily’s cat mask is a great way for her to overcome her shyness – especially when she starts school.
Lizzie – nicknamed Little Chef – loves cooking! And really, really wants to impress Grandma, who is coming for dinner.
When your cold means you call for your dog, and you just want your mum…
A semi-allegorical tale of always being younger.
Grandpa knows just what to do when Teddy is left behind on the train.
A glorious tall tale! I love Thunder Rose!
Why is Jabari struggling with jumping off the diving board? A lovely story about overcoming fears, with the encouragement of a supportive dad.
Sulwe is darker-skinned than her sister, and struggles to see her own beauty. The text and illustrations of this luminous book show that all colours are beautiful.
Set somewhere in Africa, this is a glorious story about making fun out of what you have on hand – and a fed-up mum. The illustration style is suitably chaotic – with mixed-media and heavy paint making the images appear to be tactile.
Dreams and enthusiasm carry this book – and a big brother who, eventually, looks up.
A story of positivity and confidence – and being just the right amount of the right stuff.
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