The Lost Penguin by Claire Freedman and Kate Hindley, published by Simon & Schuster
The welcome return of Oliver and Patch – this time with Ruby and a lost baby penguin too!
Everyone fell in love with these special characters in Oliver and Patch, finding their way in a big city and making new friends. In this story the three friends visit the zoo. They growl at the tigers, smile at the meerkats and laugh at the funny penguins. But when Peep, a little penguin who’s new to the zoo, goes missing, the friends must set off together to bring him home.
But it isn’t always easy to agree on a plan, and the friends have to overcome some disagreements before everything works out.
Watch the trailer for The Lost Penguin here.
Superhero Mum by Timothy Knapman and Joe Berger, published by Nosy Crow
All mums are brilliant and the mum in this story is no exception. She doesn’t wear a cape or fly to Earth from Outer Space, but she runs for the bus so fast it feels like flying, uses her super strength to carry her daughter’s boots, coat, bag AND scooter, and can make bumps and bruises better with just a kiss. This mum really does have superpowers! The perfect companion to Superhero Dad.
The First Egg Hunt by Adam and Charlotte Guillain, illustrated by Pippa Curnick, published by Egmont
This rhyming picture book is choc full of Easter fun with a brilliant message about teamwork, perfect for reading all year round.
Poor Easter Chick works so hard to make everyone’s Easter eggs but the Easter Bunny always gets all the credit. It’s time for Chick to hatch a cunning plan . . . which accidentally turns into the first ever Easter egg hunt!
Egmont are giving away a great bundle of books this month, including The First Egg Huntenter here. Find out more and .
Eric Makes a Splash by Emily MacKenzie, published by Bloomsbury
Eric is about to make a splash … Or is he?
The problem is that Eric is a worrier, and nothing worries him more than the thought of swimming. So when Eric receives an invitation to a pool party, he is sent into a worrying whirl. What if his fur gets wet? What if water goes in his eyes? What if he sinks to the bottom of the pool?
Fortunately, Eric has a brave and fearless friend who wants to help. But can she convince Eric that swimming is fun?
A positive and imaginative treatment of a very common childhood worry that is guaranteed to help allay the fears of little worriers everywhere.
Find an Eric Makes a Splash activity pack here.
Peppa Pig: I Love You, Mummy Pig, published by Ladybird
Peppa and George want to give Mummy Pig a very special day to show her how much they love her, but things don’t always go entirely to plan . . . Clever, brave and resourceful Mummy Pig comes to the rescue over and over again in this charming, sparkly picture book. Perfect for Mother’s Day and celebrating mums all year round!
Erik the Lone Wolf by Sarah Finan, published by Lincoln Children’s Books
Meet Erik, the wolf cub. Being a wolf means sticking with the pack. Everyone knows that – except for Erik. Erik dreams of setting off on his own adventure… all by himself!
But will life as a lone wolf be all that he hoped for?
SARAH FINAN worked for several years as a graphic designer before studying for an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. In June 2015 she subsequently won second prize in the Macmillan Prize for Illustration.
Win a copy of Erik the Lone Wolf and 3 other amazing books in Quarto’s book bundle competition here.
I Say Ooh You Say Ahh by John Kane, published by Templar Books
‘There’s something very important that I need you to remember. When I say Ooh, you say Aah. Let’s try it.’
Ooh the donkey has lost his pants. Can you help him find them!
In this picture book, young readers help to sell the story by responding to simple verbal or visual cues. This hilarious book is perfect for reading aloud and is fun for the whole family.
Mice in the City: London and Mice in the City: New York by Ami Shin, published by Thames Hudson
Play a game of hide-and-squeak!
Every page is teeming with surprises and invites children to play ‘hide-and-squeak’ with a black-and-white cat, a mouse in a bee costume and a mysterious wrapped gift hidden on every page. You’ll never see London or New York in the same way again!
Win copies of both books – London and New York – in our competition here.
Thomas & Friends Character Encyclopedia, published by DK
Learn all about Thomas the Tank Engine, Harold the Helicopter, Sir Topham Hatt, and all the other steam engines, diesels, vehicles, and characters from Sodor. Thomas & Friends Character Encyclopedia includes a train toy and is packed with fun facts and details about each popular character – brand-new and best-loved alike – from the toys, TV shows, and movies, as well as information about the real trains and vehicles. With stunning full-colour images and essential information about every character, the Thomas & Friends Character Encyclopedia is a must-have for fans of all ages.
© 2018 Gullane (Thomas) Limited.
There’s a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher and Greg Abbott, published by Puffin
Bestselling author of The Dinosaur that Pooped series and The Christmasaurus, Tom Fletcher, has written a brand new picture book perfect for bedtime, where a mischievous monster has invaded the pages of your child’s book! This read-aloud, interactive picture book treat invites children to make magic happen page by page, tilting, spinning and shaking the book, and then seeing the funny results when each page is turned. A fantastic celebration of all the fun that can be had with a book, with a wonderful wind-down bedtime ending!
The Everywhere Bear by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb, published by Macmillan
The Everywhere Bear has a wonderful time with the children in Class One, but one day he gets more than he bargained for when he falls unnoticed from a backpack and embarks on his own big adventure! He’s washed down a drain and whooshed out to sea, rescued by a fishing boat, loaded onto a lorry, carried off by a seagull . . . how will he ever make it back to Class One?
The Everywhere Bear is a warm and engaging story from Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb, the creators of The Paper Dolls, which has sold over 200,000 copies worldwide and was shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenway Medal.
Swapsies by Fiona Roberton, published by Hachette Children’s
Fang learns the importance of sharing in this clever and endearing story from the bestselling creator of The Tale of Two Beasts.
Fang’s favourite toy is Sock – he loves it more than anything. But when his friends bring along shiny trains and bouncy balls, Fang soon swaps his favourite toy for something more exciting. Will Sock and Fang be re-united?
Fergal is Fuming! By Robert Starling, published by Andersen
Fergal is a nice chap… but if things don’t go his way, he gets very, very, ANGRY.
When he starts to notice other animals have clever tricks to calm down, Fergal begins to win back his friends, especially as he discovers dragons can cool off in a very handy way.
That’s Not My Chick…Board book by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells, published by Usborne
A delightful addition to the best-selling That’s Not My… series. Babies and toddlers will love turning the pages, touching the feely patches and spotting the familiar little white mouse as they look for their chick. This title would make a lovely present, especially in springtime.
Win 1 of 5 copies of That’s Not My Chick…by entering our competition here.
A Busy Day for Birds Board Book by Lucy Cousins, published by Walker
Flap your wings, fly up high, open your beak and sing in this fun action rhyme story about fantastical birds by multi-award-winning author Lucy Cousins. “Can you imagine … just for one day … you’re a busy bird? Yes, a bird! Hooray!” Can you stand on one leg like a flamingo or waddle like a penguin? How about say “cock-a-doodle-doo!”, “tuwit-tuwoo” and even “tra-la-la”? What a busy day you will have! A bouncy read-aloud book to be enjoyed; beautifully illustrated with bold, bright colours and packed with all sorts of wild and wonderful birds!
Reissued as a board book.