January Picture Book Roundup

You know we love books in the Blog of Dad house! That’s why I’m thrilled to bring you a roundup of some great titles from top publishers that we have been reading throughout January. Welcome to the January Picture Book Roundup.

The Very Noisy Baby – Alison Lester




The Very Noisy Baby is a cute story about a baby who, funnily enough, makes lots of interesting noises. As a parent of a noisy baby, I found it easy to relate! One of the really lovely things about this book is the intergenerational partnership between Alison Lester, her daughter and her granddaughter.

You can find The Very Noisy Baby and other great children’s books on the Affirm Press website.


Mum at School – Éric Veillé, Illustrated by Pauline Martin



Hannah is a few years away from starting school, but she did recently start day care. Mum at School is a humorous look at the fears and anxieties that young children can face at this time. It is ultimately a gentle reassurance for your child that starting school may be tough, but it would be a whole lot tougher if your parents stuck around! Just imagine how embarrassing it would be if mum snored during nap time…

The pictures are beautiful and engaging for young children, and the message of the book will only become more important in our household as Hannah continues to enter new education settings over the next few years.

You can find Mum at School and other great children’s books on the Affirm Press website.


Not Just a Book… – Jeanne Willis, Illustrated by Tony Ross


Not Just a Book - January picture book roundup


We have had an advance copy of Not Just a Book... For a few weeks. It’s safe to say that I adore this book! I have never seen an idea as unique as the premise behind this picture book. The story is a wonderful provoker of imagination, based around all the different ways one could use the very book they are reading. Because after all, anyone with kids will know that a book is never just a book

A book could be a hat… or a building block… or a flower press. It could be any number of great things!

The illustrations are particularly clever. On each page, the main character uses the very same book that you are reading to come up with all kinds of imaginative play. If that doesn’t blow little toddler minds, I don’t know what will!

Not Just a Book… is a brand new title from Affirm Press. It was published on the 30th of January, 2018. Head on over to the Affirm Press website and find out more.


The Lion in our Living Room – Emma Middleton, Illustrated by Briony Stewart




Emma Middleton is a new Australian author. Her book, The Lion in our Living Room is a wonderful celebration of play and imagination between children and their fathers. The book is beautifully illustrated, with plenty of little things for children to spot on each new read.

This is a fun book to read aloud with little ones. It has a wonderful rhythm! A great start from an excellent author, I’m looking forward to seeing much more from Emma Middleton.

You can find The Lion in our Living Room on the Affirm Press website.


Lola Dutch is a Little Bit Much – Kenneth Wright, Illustrated by Sarah-Jane Wright


Lola Dutch


The wonderful Lola Dutch is a Little Bit Much was just released today (1st February, 2018), but we were lucky enough to have a sneak peek. Lola Dutch is a little girl who is bursting with energy and ideas. She doesn’t do things by halves, much to the concern of Bear, who consistently worries that her ideas may be a little too much. He does, however, concede that her ideas are also amazing!

You can find Lola Dutch is a Little Bit Much on the Bloomsbury website from today.


Daddy and Me – Tiya Hall, Illustrated by Sydney Hanson


Daddy and Me


Daddy and Me is a bonding book for dads and their young children. It celebrates the most special relationship that dads have with their kids. The rhymes are engaging for young readers and the colourful pictures full of animals hold their attention.

Daddy and Me is a lovely tactile experience for little hands, as the cover is soft and squishy, and the thick cardboard makes turning pages easy. One to enjoy reading together.

You can find Daddy and Me on the Parragon website.


As you can see, we have some great books in our January picture book roundup! As for February… we already have a few excellent books that I can’t wait to tell you about. Stay tuned…


Disclosure – these books were provided to Blog of Dad free of charge. For further information, please visit my disclosure statement.


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