Feen Rosenthal (aged 3 when this was written)
Art by Hannah Jacobs
Three-year-old Fenn Rosenthal’s viral song about love, longing, and loss has melted the hearts of tens of millions of people on Tiktok, Instagram, Spotify and even on the Jimmy Fallon Show. Now readers of all ages can enjoy Fenn’s heartfelt, poignant lyrics again and again in this irresistible, sing-aloud picture book that includes exclusive extras!
Dinosaurs eat people, dinosaurs have a party, dinosaurs eat fruit and cucumber, but dinosaurs didn’t say goodbye! This sweet and deceptively simple story features all-new illustrations from Hannah Jacobs (the animator of the viral music video) that expand on Fenn’s lyrics and illuminate tender moments from these beloved dinosaurs’ journey. Also features an interview with Fenn as well as a bonus letter from her father and singer-songwriter, Tom Rosenthal.
Dinosaurs in Love is the perfect gift to share with anyone you’ve ever fallen in love with, whether it be your friends, your family, or even a treat for yourself.
The perfect, cutest Valentine’s Day read you will ever find.
After you have read the book, watch the Youtube video for another hit of cuteness. The world needs more smiles and this provides lots of them.
Allen & Unwin
A beautifully poignant gift book exploring the relationship between man and man’s best friend, from the masterful Shaun Tan.
One day I threw my stick at you.
You brought it back.
Then we were walking side by side
as if it had always been this way.
World-renowned artist and storyteller Shaun Tan reflects on the nature of humans and animals in this exquisitely illustrated fable about owner and Dog. A perfect little gift book from an extraordinary talent.
This book clearly illustrates the power of pictures and words – this is such a simply presented yet powerfully poignant read – all dog lovers will be able to relate to this and those who have lost dogs will smile that bittersweet smile, you know the one, the one that says “yes, I get it. I understand. I miss you.” (And perhaps they will shed a silent tear in memory of their best friend, as I did).
A beautiful read.
In the Bush Book and Jigsaw Puzzle
Allen & Unwin
A fabulously entertaining book and jigsaw gift set from one of Australia’s favourite illustrators.
Wombat Flat’s the best!
We camped out near the Cascades, stayed up all night to see the sunrise, nearly got snowed in at Mt Misery … and rode across the Razorback.
And a squillion other things that you’ll find out when you come with us to Wombat Flat.
A delightful book and puzzle gift set of an Australian classic for the whole family to enjoy. The 400mm x 490mm jigsaw comprises 150 pieces.
This book and puzzle combination were something I was very excited to receive; previous to this I have only discovered one other similar combination, this is such a rare and wonderful find. Puzzles for this age group (150 pieces) are rare, it seems there are plenty of toddler age-appropriate puzzles everywhere you look; floor puzzles, wooden peg puzzles, children’s’ tv character related puzzles, puzzles of a maximum of about 20 pieces but puzzles that are suitable for the next age group – pre-schoolers are a hidden gem and I am glad I have discovered one more to add to the collection.
The puzzle component of this combination gift pack (excellent for Christmas – you still have time to order) has 150 pieces – perfect for those inquisitive minds; perhaps read the hilariously funny hardback book first then work on the puzzle together, discussing sections as you complete. This is a great resource – such a fun way to develop those comprehension, language and fine motor skills.
Pea + Nut Go For Gold
Harper Collins Australia
Meet Pea and Nut: best friends and also … best rivals!
When a chilled-out panda and a hyperactive flamingo go head to head, there can be only one winner.
Pea the panda relaxes by the pool. Nut the flamingo doesn’t do relaxing. It’s time for a race, and this time Nut is going for gold!
The second book in the hilarious bestselling series featuring two adorable oddballs by bestselling author Matt Stanton.
PRAISE FOR MATT STANTON’S BOOKS
‘humour is injected into every page’ – Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Reading Time
‘Witty, silly, and interactive … A rollicking read for children and adults alike’ – Kirkus Reviews
What more can I add than this book made my 4 year old grandson laugh out loud and that is a sound I never grow tired of hearing.
With bright colourful images and humour on every page plenty of material here to enjoy or to start conversations.
Fun, colurful and delightful.
The Unwilling Twin
THE NEW PICTURE BOOK FROM SEVEN-TIME CBCA BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER FREYA BLACKWOOD
Jules and George are the same in every way.
It is quite impossible to tell them apart.
Like all twins, Jules and George do everything together. But after a long, hot day at the beach, even twins sometimes disagree …
From multi-award-winning picture book creator Freya Blackwood comes a cheeky and charming story about the ups and downs of sibling love.
This is a fun, silly and entertaining read that all pre -schoolers are bound to love. I like the sense of humour here, the simple yet elegant illustrations that capture the emotions and the day; the feel of the breeze on the twins faces, the chaos of the beach…simple yet very effective verbal and visual storytelling, this is a great read. There is plenty of good material here for “re telling” (one of the early stages of learning to read is where you first read the book to the child then the child looks for visual clues, uses memory, comprehension skills and their imagination, when they “re tell” the story back to you). This is a great read that has many opportunities for your pre -schooler develop their language and comprehension skills when they talk to you about the story.
A fun and educational read.
Rudie Nudie Christmas
Harper Collins Publishers
A delightful Rudie Nudie celebration of the joy of Christmas from award-winning creator Emma Quay.
Yoo-hoo, Rudie Nudie.
Rudie Nudie, where are you?
It is very nearly Christmas Day
for Rudie one and two.
It’s Christmas Eve and two little rudie nudies are on the run again!
From bestselling author-illustrator Emma Quay comes the perfect book to share this holiday season.
This is another joy filled book of innocence from award winning writer and illustrator Emma Quay. If you are thinking of buying a child you know a book for Christmas (or even before then – it such a cute read), get yourself a copy of Rudie Nudie Christmas.
“Rudie Nudie up in lights,
Wishing Santa would appear
The sooner we’re asleep,
then the sooner he’ll be here.”
Illustrated by Evie Barrow
When big feelings come, do you ever feel like howling at the moon? Maggie does. Howl is an empowering story of a young girl’s self-expression.
Maggie has had a very bad day.
First of all, the sun was the wrong shape, in a sky that was too blue. The spaghetti was too long, and her pyjamas were the wrong kind of pyjama.
Then Maggie begins to have wolfish thoughts …
***Howl is the perfect book to start discussions about big feelings, days when even the spaghetti is too long 🙂 Days of the full moon when all you want to do is howl (believe me that moon affects me the same way each month, perhaps I am a little bit wolf too) 🙂 Today I have one copy of this fantastic children’s book up for grabs. (Australian residents only)< in the comments list another character you associate with Kat Patrick – he is one of our favourites**
Entries close 23/10/020, a winner will be randomly selected. Good luck.
**Thanks to Scribe Publications for this giveaway.**
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This is perfect holiday inspiration for the kids- we love the Lego challenge in our house 🙂 and there are great video’s by LEGO Masters Series 2 Winners – Jackson & Alex! on the website. Thanks Scribblers festival 2020.
Aleksandra Szmidt (illustrator)
Hachette Children’s’ Books
Hazel Spratt was an agreeable child. Never impatient, unruly or wild. But when Hazel turns three-and-a-half, her parents notice a change. She is no longer their polite and pleasant daughter, Hazel, she is now Grumbelina, ‘a grumpy child, so disgruntled yet small, with a list of complaints that could cover a wall.’ Settle down and relax for a moment, this humorous and delightfully illustrated picture book takes a tongue-in-cheek look at tantrums – perfect for every home.
Grumbelina is a book that anyone who cares for young children, actually let’s reframe that – anyone who cares for any child/toddler, pre-schooler/teen will relate to this book😊
This book is a tongue in cheek look at the multiple personalities that make a complete child; happy, sad, engaging, enchanting… grumbly. Those incredulous moments – when the peas touched the carrots on the plate, the cup was the wrong colour, you didn’t mind read the situation correctly, you should have known…you know the list 😊
Delightfully illustrated, a humorous exploration of childhood, this book is sure to put a smile on your and your toddlers face.
What Do You Call Your Grandpa
Illustrated by Martina Heiduezek
An inclusive picture book for grandparents everywhere.
In every country around the world are grandpas short and tall.
Though they go by different names, we love them one and all.
From brilliant new talents Ashleigh Barton and Martina Heiduczek, comes a charming and heart-warming book that celebrates the many different ways we say grandpa.
What Do You Call Your Grandpa? is a love letter to grandfathers and families from every corner of the globe.
A celebration of all names for grandpa – with images of traditional elements of the culture being explored in each page, this book is a delight to read with your pre-schooler. Caregivers, pre-schoolers and teachers alike will find this a useful resource when discussing inclusivity in the global community of contemporary Australia. And a great gift idea for the upcoming (grand) fathers’ days 😊