Dadaji’s Paintbrush by Rashmi Sirdeshpande & Ruchi Mhasane
Dadaji’s Paintbrush is a poignant and heartwarming picture book which sensitively explores the subject of bereavement. It’s a beautifully illustrated story of family love and loss which is intertwined with creativity and hope.
Mabel’s Topsy-Turvy Homes by Candy Wellins & Jess Rose
Mabel’s Topsy-Turvy Homes highlights the situation that many children find themselves in after a parental separation. Constantly moving between two different houses, having two different bedrooms and dealing with different schedules and routines in each house is an experience that many children will identify with.
The Gifts That Grow by Monika Singh Gangotra & Michaela Dias-Hayes
The Gifts That Grow, based on a true story, intertwines cooking and family history as Amrita learns more about a Jamun tree which was planted in the garden of her old house. It’s a fascinatingly diverse story which celebrates a family tradition that has been passed down through generations.
Me, in the Middle by Annette Demetriou & Angela Mayers
Me, in the Middle is a fabulous celebration of diversity in all forms. Focussing on a class family tree project it shows the diversity of today’s family structures and enables children from different cultures, adoptive families, single parent families, large families, small families and families with single sex parents to see themselves in a beautifully…
Story Soup by Abie Longstaff & Nila Aye
Story Soup is a fun, fast paced story in which imagination and sibling rivalry lead to an action packed, madcap adventure with a diverse range of characters. Ollie isn’t happy when sister Susie joins him to make Story Soup but when their characters get into danger they must find a way to work together to…
Home for a While by Lauren Kerstein and Natalia Moore
Home for a While is the heartwarming story of the relationship that develops after Calvin moves in with his new foster carer, Maggie. Calvin has lived in a succession of houses, but hasn’t found anywhere that he can really call home. Will things be different for him at Maggie’s house?
Coming to England by Floella Benjamin & Diane Ewen
Coming to England is ‘The true story of Dame Floella Benjamin’ who moved to England from Trinidad when she was a child. I have vivid memories of watching Floella on Play School when I was younger and it’s fascinating to read her ‘…inspiring true story celebrating the Windrush generation’.
Sona Sharma Very Best Big Sister by Chitra Soundar & Jen Khatun
Sona Sharma Very Best Big Sister is a beautifully written story that encompasses all the emotions and preparations involved in the arrival of a new baby. It oozes with warmth and love and gives a fabulous insight into family relationships, friendships and the traditions and everyday lives of an extended Indian family.
Wild by Sam Usher
A boy and his Grandad have a ‘Wild’ adventure in Sam Usher’s newest picture book. We love the relationship between these two characters who have already appeared in several picture books including Storm and Sun. Wild is the second picture book in a new series of four picture books that take Grandad and the boy out into the…
Sequin and Stitch by Laura Dockrill & Sara Ogilvie
Sequin and Stitch is the story of nine year old Sequin who lives with her Mum and baby brother, Stitch, on the twelfth floor of Primrose Mansions. Sequin has a strong, heartwarming relationship with her mother but their lives are impacted by agoraphobia, mental illness, loss and bullying. It’s a compelling, poignant read with a…