We have classics, homages to all-time favourites and brilliant new books from some of the best modern-day authors. Welcome to the June 2021 Children’s Book Roundup!
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Macca the Backpacker – Matt Cosgrove
Macca the Alpaca dreams of exploring. Who doesn’t? However, unlike the rest of us, Macca is unencumbered by Covid and the tailspin it has sent travel plans into. Macca is off! He simply packs his backpack and sets off on a mountain adventure. But when the going gets tough, how will Macca make it to the top? As ever, this Macca instalment is a barrel of fun, filled with cracking bright illustrations, a catchy rhyming story and all of Macca’s mates.
You can find Macca the Backpacker here.
Never Grow Up (Inspired by the Mischief and Magic of Roald Dahl) – Quentin Blake
When it comes to the classics, it is hard to go past Roald Dahl. Quentin Blake was the illustrator who did an amazing job of bringing Dahls wonderful word play to life for millions of children around the globe. This book is inspired by Roald Dahl’s phrase “never grow up, always down”, and it does a marvellous job. The rhymes are engaging, the illustrations spot on and the pages filled full of that perfect type of humour that fills the room with laughter. Never Grow Up is naughty, rude and has at least one bum joke. I guess what I am trying to say is… it is a gem!
Paris Takes Over The World – Kyla May and Zanni Louise
Paris may have only cross the threshold into our place a few short days ago, but we have already read about her adventure twice, such is her appeal!
Paris Takes Over The World is a delightful and highly engaging early reader chapter book. It has been a huge hit at our place. Paris’ parents are famous travel bloggers that visit the most exciting and beautiful places in the world, and write about them on the internet. (What a life!) Now that Paris is ten years old, she gets to go with them. On her first day in Paris, Paris meets her guide Henri, and also Amelie, who has lost her dog, Éclair. Can Paris help Amelie retrace her steps through the land marks of Paris to find Éclair?
You can find Paris Takes Over The World here.
Klutz Sew Squishy Cubes: Book and Activity Kit
Hannah loves making things. These adorable squishy cube little critters are easy to make using guided sewing with pre-cut pieces. The pack includes everything you need including felt pieces, stuffing, fabric tape and decoration and a 24-page book of ideas and inspiration. The instructions are super clear and the squishy cubes are loads of fun. I love a bit of hands-on learning! Perfect for ages 7+.
You can find Klutz Sew Squishy Cubes: Book and Activity Kit here.
Walking in Gagudju Country (Exploring the Monsoon Forest) – Diane Lucas, Ben Tyler and Emma Long
Walking in Gagudju Country is a beautifully illustrated story that brings to life the amazing Gagudju area (also known as “Kakadu”). The story introduces young readers to the plants and animals of the Kakadu National Park in the Kundjeyhmi language, alongside pictures and the English language name. Walking in Gadudju Country explores ancient traditions, stories and a way of life that is deeply connected to understanding and respecting the natural environment.
You can find Walking in Gagudju Country (Exploring the Monsoon Forest) on the Allen & Unwin website.
Richard Scarry’s ABC Word Book
We are truly blessed that our kids live in an age of Matt Cosgrove, Jane Goodwin, Aaron Blabey and Anna Walker picture books, but sometimes it is also great to share with them the gems from the past! Most adults would be familiar with Richard Scarry’s unique, chaotic animal-filled pages. Sharing this classic with my kids certainly put a smile on my face!
There’s No Such Thing As Unicorns – Lucy Rowland and Katy Halford
What do you do when your brother tells you that there’s no such thing as unicorns? Go and find out for yourself, of course! Farms, zoos, woods and lakes are all logical places to look, but you might just leave disappointed. Perhaps there is no such thing as unicorns… Perhaps.
You can find There’s No Such Thing As Unicorns here.
The Seed – Frances Stickley and Bao Luu
The Seed is a timely book for those of us in Sydney (and other parts of Australia) as we come to terms with another outbreak and the restrictions that come with it. For young children, the ability to see people going through what they are going through in a picture book is powerful. The underlying message of hope, and the reminder of the good that can come from the adversity is uplifting!
Fairy! – Maggie Hutchings and Cheryl Orsini
Unicorn! was a favourite in this house for quite a while, so it was exciting to see this latest book in the series arrive. Fairy! Is just as delightful. Luka adores her baby sister, Daisy, but she keeps her awake all night long. How can you help a baby get to sleep? She needs to dream. That’s where the fairy comes in…
Grumble Boats – Susannah McFarlane and Tasman Ainslie
Emma wanted to go to the pirate party with her brother, but her parents said that she was too small. Instead, she was dropped at grandma’s house. Emma was grumpy. Luckily, grandma knows just what to do when the grumbles take hold. Emma and grandma head out for a walk to the beach, where they sit down and draw their grumbles. After they are done, grandma cleverly folds their grumble drawings into little paper boats – grumble boats. Perhaps Emma can let her grumbles go and watch them sail off into the distance…
The King’s Birthday Suit – Peter Bentley and Claire Powell
This funny retelling of the classic The Emperor’s New Clothes is an absolute blast! King Albert-Horatio-Otto MUST have new clothes for every occasion. He even changes outfits to go to the loo! With his birthday coming up, the king becomes obsessed with finding the very best outfit! But nothing he tries is good enough, until two men promise to make a “suit made of the finest cloth ever, which can only be seen by the wise and the clever!” You know what happens next…
How To Be Me – Cath Howe
Lucas is lonely. Since his mum died suddenly three years ago, Lucas and his dad don’t seem to understand each other at all. Although Lucas has every material possession anyone could ever want, he is missing something much more important, something everyone needs: friendship, understanding and acceptance. It is summer holidays and Lucas is dreading the Drama Club Dad signed him up for. Everybody there knows each other and are happy to be themselves. Lucas doesn’t know how to do that. But slowly Lucas starts to find his place in the group and understand himself a little better.
The Screen Thief! – Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty
When The Snaffle arrives in town one day, all she wants to do is make some new friends and have some fun. But no-one seems to notice her – everyone is too preoccupied by looking at their strange screens. The Snaffle wonders what that is all about, until she stumbles upon a screen to examine. After a look and a sniff, she gives it a little nibble.
Soon, the Snaffle is all over town, consuming every screen she can find. The people start to wonder what has happened to their precious screens, and they begin to get angry. Can the Snaffle find one friend to play with, someone who doesn’t care about the screens? And, might their friendship and play possibly inspire others to rediscover some lost way to have fun?
You can find The Screen Thief! here.
Lucy and Copper – Mandy Foot
Change can be tough for anyone to deal with, but it is especially hard when you are a little girl and it involves your best friend. Especially if that best friend is a pony that you’ve shared many amazing adventures with.
When Pa brings home Copper, Lucy doesn’t want anything to do with him. Smudge is her pony and that’s that. But slowly Lucy comes to realise that she has grown and that Smudge can’t keep up with her anymore. She is too big and he is too small. Perhaps Copper and Lucy are right for each other after all!