Children's books: years | Books | The GuardianFrom tigers to tapirs, rebels to refugees, high-fantasy fiction to high-school dramas - we live in a golden age of literary choice. An epoch where no matter the content or concept of a book it can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. As an avid reader I find it a tragedy that children and families are missing out on amazing books that can spark the imagination. There are enough books here to keep even the busiest reader occupied for a while to come. It's bedtime, but Ted's not ready to go just yet - he's busy splashing with some flappy penguins in the bath, brushing his teeth with a snappy crocodile and slurping his milk with a stripy tiger. Finally, after jumping out the final fidgets, Ted yawns, and it's time to snuggle up with his cuddly friends in bed. This colourful board book has full page flaps to enable little ones to turn the pages and follow Ted's night-time routine, encouraging them to get used to all the steps needed before going to sleep.
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I could spend hours in bookstores and libraries, getting lost in the whimsical story lines and illustrations. Now that I am a mother of two young girls, I find particular joy in introducing them to my all-time favorite characters—Ferdinand, Ms. Frizzle, Amelia Bedelia—and in discovering new stories that are quickly becoming their classics. When my four-year-old think: a little Ramona Quimby had a rocky transition to preschool, one of the first tools I used to help her navigate the situation was a book— The Kissing Hand , by Audrey Penn. As a parent, I was reminded of the incredible value of books, as prescriptions for everyday problems.
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But beyond this, a rich and varied landscape of books for children and young adults is very much in evidence. In picture books, the Oi! Why such a renaissance? Fiona Noble. More of a trickle than a flood… nonetheless, as many of them stole the show, hopefully the industry will continue evolving in line with the world itself. Riding the subway home from swimming with his Nana one day, Julian, a young afro-Latin New Yorker, is entranced by a trio of ladies dressed up like colourful mermaids.
This interactive rhyming story with cartoon-like illustrations held the attention of our toddler testers. They pushed their tiny hands against moose antlers, elephant trunks, and lion paws to give the animals a high five, just as the story encouraged. But only if you have ALL day! Thoughtfully designed spreads show capitalized and lowercase versions of each letter along with clever illustrations of animals, objects, and even concepts that match. Ages 2 to 6.