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Covid children's booklist

Picture books that can help open conversations:

Armitage and the Big Wave, Quentin Blake ⎮ Journey, inventions, adventures

Armitage on Wheels, Quentin Blake ⎮ adventure and bike fixing

Angelica Sprockets Pockets, Quentin Blake ⎮surprised, guessing and remembering

Ada Twist Scientist, Andrea Beaty & David Roberts ⎮Curiosity, rhyming, STEM Subjects

Badger’s Parting Gifts Susan Varley ⎮Loss, grief and bereavement

Be You Peter h Reynolds ⎮Celebrating curiosity, adventurous, brave

Ben’s Magic Telescope Brian Patten Peter & Sian Bailey ⎮Beauty of the world around

Boy who bit Picasso Antony Penrose ⎮True tail of childhood friendship

Billy’s Bucket Kes Gray & Garry Parsons ⎮imaginative play with sea creatures

Bringing Down the Moon Jonathan Emett & Vanessa Cabban ⎮ lyrical story friendship

Can you catch a Mermaid Jane Ray⎮Tale about friendship, magic,  myth and mystery

Camille and the Sunflowers Laurence Anholt ⎮ A tail about Van Gough

Clare Button/the Magical Day Amy De La Haye & Emily Stutton⎮ Trip to the museum  

Cloudland John Burningham ⎮Friendship, Magic

Cockatoos Quentin Blake ⎮Animals, counting book,

Commotion in the Ocean Giles Andreae & David Wojtowycz  ⎮Poetic, sea creatures

Dot Peter H. Reynolds ⎮ Confidence in yourself, encouraging and nurturing others.

Dolls House Fairy Jane Ray ⎮Tale of friendships and caring for others

Day The Crayons Quit Oliver Jeffers ⎮colour, letter writing, fun

Day The Crayons Came Home Oliver Jeffers ⎮

Edwardo  John Burningham ⎮Family, Everyday life, early learning

Frida Kahlo Isabel Sanchez Vegara Gee Fan Eng ⎮True story

Flower John Light & Lisa Evans ⎮Transformation, growth

Girl with the Birds Nest by Sarah Dyer ⎮Adventure, asking for help

Giraffes Can’t Dance Giles Andrede &Guy Parker-Rees ⎮ Embracing own differences, 

Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein ⎮unconditional love, selfishness, friendships

Gilbert the Great Jane Clark & Charles Fuge ⎮loss, friendship and feeling angry

Goldilocks on CCTV John Agard and Satoshi Kitamura ⎮ fairy tales in modern day text

Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers,  Loss, grief

Hair Love Matthew A Cherry ⎮Relationships between father and daughter

Handa’s Surprise Eileen Browne ⎮Counting, Rhythm and Journey 

Hallibut Jackson David Lucas ⎮Feeling Shy, innovated, confidence

Happy Dreamer Peter h Reynolds ⎮Celebrating the joys the creative spirt

Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau Andrea Beaty & David Roberts⎮

Herstory Katherine Halligan & Sarah Walsh ⎮Women Who Shook Up the World

How to Catch a Star Oliver Jeffers ⎮problem solving, thought process

I am Peace A Book of Mindfulness Peter h Reynolds ⎮mindfulness and express feelings

I am Human Peter h Reynolds, ⎮Empathy, making mistakes and power of good

Ish Peter H. Reynolds⎮ attempt to answer whether beauty can be defined objectively

Its Okay to Be Different Todd Parr ⎮ being who you are, no two people exactly alike

Isaac and his amazing Asperger superpowers Melanie Walsh ⎮Siblings,

Iggy Peck Architect Andrea Beaty illustrated & David Roberts, ⎮independence, design

Just Imagine Nick Sharratt & Pippa Goodhart ⎮exploring, interactive immigration

King of the Birds, Helen Ward ⎮journey, race, nature, birds

Lonely Giraffe Peter Blight & Michael Terry ⎮Friendships, team work

Lost and Found Oliver Jeffers ⎮friendship, feelings

Lost Words Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morries ⎮

 Look Up Nathan Bryon & Dapa Adeola ⎮true story, space exploring

Lost Stars Hannh Cumming ⎮travel, feelings, expressing

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me Maya Angelou paintings & Jean Michel Basquiat⎮

Mr Big by Ed Vere ⎮friendships, playing in a band

Magic bed John Burningham magic world, sleeping, journey

Oi Get off our Train John Burmingham ⎮journey, adventure

Owl Babies Martin Waddell & Patrick Benson ⎮loss, feeling scared,

Once upon an Alphabet  Oliver Jeffers ⎮short stories

Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family Ibtihaj Muhammad & S.K. Ali ⎮

highlighting school transitions

Paper Dolls Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb ⎮loss, Journey, movement

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel BasquiatTrue story

Rainbow Bird Eric Maddern & Adrienne Kennaway, colour, emotions, folk story

Rosie Revere Engineer Andrea Beaty & David Roberts, Women land army, not giving up

Sky Colour Peter h Reynolds, Taking risks, mixing colour

Shh we have a plan Chris Haughton ⎮adventure, teamwork

Slug Needs a Hug Jeanne Willis & Tony Ross feelings, family and insets

Silly Billy Anthony Browne worries, making worry doll

Smartest Giant in Town Julia Donalson & Alex Scheffler ⎮journey, sharing

Selfish Crocodile Faustin Charles & Mchael Terry ⎮friendship, asking for help

Secret of Black Rock Joe Todd Stanton ⎮adventure, looking after our sea

Stripe Island Tupera Tupera ⎮pattens and travel

Snail and the Whale Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler ⎮journey friendship

Super Stan bMatt Robertson ⎮siblings, feeling left out

Thank you, Omu  Oge Mora ⎮Highlighting sharing, friendships and giving

Tiger Who Came to Tea Judith Kerr ⎮sharing and play

Tin Forest Helen Ward & Wayne Anderson invention, wishing, magic and jungle

Tiger Skin Rug  Gerald Rose friendships,

Tiny Seed Eric Carle changes, loss, growth, transitions

Tyrannosaurus Drip Julia Donaldson bullying, acceptance and prejudice.

Way Back Home Oliver Jeffers ⎮helping, friendship and lost

Worst Princess Anna Kemp & Sara Ogilvie empowerment, expression

What I like About Me  Miki Sakmoto & Allia Zobel-Nolan difference and expression

You Choose Nick Sharratt & Pippa Goodhart ⎮Imitative, interactive and exploring 

Young Gifted and Black Jamia Wilson  ⎮ Black Heroes from Past and Present

Very Hungry Caterpillar,  Eric Carle growth, days, changing

Zog Julia Donalson and Alex Scheffler ⎮empowerment,  transitions in primary school


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