Picture Books


The imagination provides a convenient means of transportation

Jennifer Minicus | 12 May 2015
Delightful picture books for children ages 4-8.

No pet is more loyal than a dog

Jennifer Minicus | 22 April 2015
Two picture books sure to please canine lovers.

The man behind the award

Jennifer Minicus | 26 March 2015
Randolph Caldecott's illustrations have provided inspiration for hundreds of children's picture books.

The verdict is in on this year’s Caldecott winners

Jennifer Minicus | 24 February 2015
Worth a trip to the library, but probably not the bookstore.

Friendship does not always require words

Jennifer Minicus | 13 February 2015
This author says it all with pictures.

Children learn patience in large families

Jane Fagan | 30 January 2015
Christopher learns to appreciate what others enjoy doing.

Children’s travel log

Jennifer Minicus | 03 November 2014
The first in a series of geography based books

The amazing kookaburra

Jane Fagan | 22 September 2014
"For all the birds that I tried to save as a child."

Eric Carle gets personal

Jennifer Minicus | 01 September 2014
A story based on his childhood experience.

The joys of a simple life

Jennifer Minicus | 30 June 2014
A city boy discovers happiness at a country home.

Grandfather inspires courage in young girl

Jane Fagan | 03 June 2014
An Irish family immigrates to America.

A good read-aloud

Jane Fagan | 27 May 2014
A short bedtime story.

Simplicity is hard to find

Jane Fagan | 02 May 2014
A simple bedtime book

Books make bedtime easier

Jennifer Minicus | 15 April 2014
Another of Jerry Pinkney's delightful picture books.

How much do you value books?

Jane Fagan | 21 February 2014
An award-winning author; a "rising star" illustrator

Overscheduled children and overtired parents

Jane Fagan | 25 January 2014
A picture book that highlights family time.

Why do boys love trucks so much?

Jane Fagan | 24 January 2014
A bestselling picture book for nearly three years.

Do children still use their imagination?

Jane Fagan | 16 December 2013
An Australian Children's Book Council winner.

A message of goodwill and bonding

Jane Fagan | 06 December 2013
The Australian outback floods.

Why children are wiser (and happier) than adults

Clare Cannon | 20 August 2013
I think G. K. Chesterton would have liked this Caldecott Honor book.

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