To help you out, we’ve rounded up our pick of the best new releases. Covering a diverse mix of subjects and suitable for a wide range of ages, they are all beautifully illustrated by artists who have put their heart and soul into producing the most beautiful, inspiring and thought-provoking picture books to truly inflame your children. imaginary.
1. Rocket Rules! by Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola
Rocket Rules! is the latest in a series of popular picture books featuring a brave young aspiring astronaut named Rocket. This time around, she explains her ten “rocket rules” for living life, to always be curious to stand up for what you believe in. The work of the award-winning duo – writer and actor Nathan Bryon and illustrator Dapo Adeola – this inspirational mini picture book has been created especially for World Book Day 2022.
2. Change Sings by Amanda Gorman and Loren Long
Amanda Gorman is an American poet and activist who is best known for delivering her poem The Hill We Climb during President Biden’s inauguration. In this highly anticipated children’s picture book, a young girl leads a cast of characters on a musical journey. Along the way, they learn that they have the power to make changes, big and small, in the world, in their communities and, most importantly, in themselves. With lyrical text and rhythmic illustrations by renowned illustrator Loren Long, this book clarifies the message that anything is possible when our voices come together.
3. Hello Star by Stephanie VW Lucianovic and Vashti Harrison
Superbly illustrated by best-selling artist Vashti Harrison and written by Stephanie VW Lucianovic, Hello Star is an inspiring story about the love of science and the importance of empathy. It follows a young girl who learns that a bright light in the sky is coming from a dying star and promises to keep her company until the light goes out. As the years pass, the young girl learns everything she can about planets, space and the universe, inspired by her dimming friend…until she realizes she has to do something what’s more.
If mom is gone, how do you carry on? Mum’s Jumper is a simple and heartfelt picture book from Bristol-based illustrator Jayde Perkin for any child dealing with loss. It explores how a missing parent feels like a dark cloud following you or swimming towards a shore that never gets closer. But it also explains that memories are like a sweater that you can cuddle and wear. This beautiful and empathetic book is the creation of Jayde Perkin, an author and illustrator known worldwide for her comics and zines about loss.
Based on the paintings, letters and diaries of Swedish artist Berta Hansson (1910-1994), The Bird Within Me is a story of family and the pursuit of dreams that will appeal to all ages. It follows Berta, a 12-year-old girl growing up on a farm. She loves to draw and paint more than anything else. But her mother is sick and Berta is needed on the farm. So how do you make your dream of becoming an artist a reality? A beautiful children’s book, written and illustrated by award-winning writer and artist, Sara Lundberg.
A Year in Fleurville is a recipe book, a mini gardening guide and a picture book combined. It allows to meet the many Fleurvillois, to revel in their harvests, to learn their recipes and to comfort themselves in the cycle of the seasons. Written and illustrated by Felicita Sala, this glorious celebration of community is filled with recipes from around the world and simple instructions perfect for young chefs.
7. The Llama Drama by Rachel Morrisroe and Ella Okstad
Written by Rachel Morrisroe and illustrated by Ella Okstad, The Drama Llama tells the story of Alex Allen who, like many children, sometimes suffers from anxiety. But unlike many children, whenever he worries, a real llama appears! And the more Alex worries, the bigger the llama gets…which starts to get him in all sorts of trouble. A fun yet heartwarming rhyming tale that youngsters will love.
8. Fly by Brittany J. Thurman and Anna Cunha
Fly is an empowering story of joy and community centered around a young girl called Africa. Her brother laughs when she follows in her grandmother’s footsteps and enters a dance competition. But Africa has all the tools it needs: memories of its grandmother, the dance moves of its best friend Bianca, the rhythm of its friend Omar, and the timing and wheels of Mary Mack of its comrades. of class.
If your kids are stressed out about environmental issues, here’s the antidote. With a mix of infographic-style illustrations and fun news facts, it explains the weird and creative ways scientists are working to find answers to these big problems. After a day in the life of a child, we see how new green inventions could fit into everyday life, from brushing teeth with biodegradable algae to eating beetle burgers for lunch.
10. Joe Todd-Stanton’s Comet
When Nyla has to leave her country home to live in the city, all she thinks about is what she missed before. But then a comet crashes into Earth and begins to glow and grow, and Nyla can’t resist a chance to investigate. An exquisite and heartfelt picture book that brilliantly captures the disconcerting experience of moving, and the challenges and opportunities it can bring.
11. Mina by Matthew Forsythe
From the creator of Pokko and the Drum comes an emotionally resonant picture book about trust, concern and loyalty between a father and daughter. It follows Mina, who lives with her father in a hollowed-out tree stump at the edge of a forest pond. One day, her father brings home a suspicious surprise from the woods. Should Mina trust her father or listen to her own instincts?
12. Grimwood by Nadia Shireen
This memorable, distinctive and heartwarming comedy book follows fox siblings Ted and Nancy, who are on the run from the big city’s scariest street cat. They flee to Grimwood, expecting to find refuge in the peaceful countryside. Instead, they encounter thieving eagles, dramatic ducks, rioting rabbits, and a whole host of unusual characters.