Children’s Book Roundup – Term 1 2022

Welcome to my first children’s book roundup for 2022. It’s been a cracking start to the year, at least with respect to literature. So grab one of the great books below and get stuck in!

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The Boy with flowers in His Hair – Jarvis

David, the boy with flowers in his hair, is sweet and gentle. He and his best friend have the best time together finding puddles, making up songs and running away from the bees. One day, David’s flowers begin to fall out. First a few petals but soon all that is left of twiggy, spiky and brittle. David doesn’t feel like playing anymore. Others start to stay away in case they get scratched by his branches. But David’s best friend never leaves his side. And through kindness and creativity, he finds a way to give David his colour back.

The Boy with flowers in His Hair is a beautiful story about being there for someone when they are at their most vulnerable. The illustrations of the bright, vibrant colours of David’s flowers are simply delightful.

You can find The Boy with flowers in His Hair on the Walker website.


Ruby’s Worry – Tom Percival

Ruby loved being Ruby. Ruby was perfectly happy until one day she discovered a worry. It wasn’t a very big worry. In fact, at first it was so small that Ruby hardly noticed it. But then the worry started to grow. Each day it would get a little bigger. It just wouldn’t leave her alone.

Luckily after some time, Ruby realised that she wasn’t the only one with a worry. Other people had them too. And then the strangest thing happened. She asked a boy what was on his mind, and as he told her, his Worry began to shrink! And when Ruby talked about her worry, it began to shrink too. Soon, both of their Worries were gone. Of course, that wasn’t the last time that she ever had a Worry (everyone gets them from time to time). But now that she knew how to get rid of them, they never hung around for too long.

You can find Ruby’s Worry on the Bloomsbury website.


Piano Fingers – Caroline Magerl

Sisters, Isla and Bea, share a love of music. Big sister Isla plays the violin. Bea is waiting for her own special music to start. Under the loving watchful eyes of Isla, and with the help of Maestro His, the cat ghost of the piano, Bea makes he spectacular debut.

Piano Fingers is about passion, courage, self-belief, persistence and the most beautiful of music.

You can find Piano Fingers on the Walker website.


The Ship of Cloud and Stars – Amy Raphael

Nico Cloud desperately wants to be an explorer, but her parents think adventures aren’t for girls. Fate intervenes when Nico chases a kitten on board a ship… and then the ship sails out to sea!

Nico is an accidental stowaway. Lucky for her, the ship belongs to a famous scientist who is on a quest for new discoveries. But clouds are brewing overhead and cunning pirates are determined to wreck the crew’s mission. Can Nico steer the ship to victory and prove her parents wrong?

The Ship of Cloud and Stars is a fabulous adventure from start to finish.

You can find The Ship of Cloud and Stars on the Hachette website.


Pearly and Pig and the Great Hairy Beast – Sue Whiting

Pearly worries about everything. Mostly she worries that her worries mean she will never become a member of the top-secret group of stealth adventures – The Adventurologists’ Guild – despite her very special talent of being able to speak animal languages. But with her parents missing, Pig pig-napped, and Pearly a stowaway on an icebreaker heading for Antarctica, now Pearly really has something to worry about.

Pearly will take you on an adventure as she faces her fears.

You can find Pearly and Pig and the Great Hairy Beast on the Walker website.


 Tractor – Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock

Two-year-old Monte just lives this series! The big illustrations of vehicles, the lyrical rhyming text, the simple story, oh my word, it is like a symphony for him. And so it was with great excitement that we welcomes this latest edition: Tractor.

There were lots of new farm vehicles to learn, a great story about the vehicles put to work on a farm, staring, of course, our versatile stalwart: the tractor.

You can find Tractor on the Walker website.


Family Tree – Josh Pyke and Ronojoy Ghosh

Get ready for National Simultaneous Storytime 2022; Family Tree has been selected this year.

“It started with a seed and that seed was me.”

A beautiful gum tree is just bringing to grow, as is a new house and indeed a new little girl to live in it. As both the tree and the girl grow and the seasons of nature and life are loved and pass on, the growth and change of both continues too.

You can find Family Tree on the Scholastic website.


Bluey: Baby Race

This episode of Bluey is watched particularly frequently by Hannah, so the arrival of the book versions was met with squeals of joy as she immediately dropped to the floor to put her emergent reading skills to beat possible use. Knowing the story line already helped with her decoding the words in the story and the storyline she loves as well as the sheer thrill of reading something she watches on tv more than kept her motivated to persist through any challenges she has with words. As she finished reading the book entirely herself, she was brimming with happiness and pride at having read a story that she loves, all by herself!

You can find Bluey: Baby Race on the Penguin website.


Go Home, Cat – Sonya Hartnett and Lucia Masciullo

While Nicholas is digging in the garden, he finds a coin. Immediately a plan forms in his mind; he will go to the shop and use his coin to buy licorice. “Stay here, cat!”, he instructs. And off Nicholas goes. But cat does not stay. No, cat comes too. And when Nicolas sees cat sitting in the middle of the road, he has a in-the-moment decision to make…

You can find Go Home, Cat on the Penguin website.

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