We have shared our picture book reviews in the hope that you will find some wonderful reads for you and your little or not so little ones! Don't underestimate the teaching value of a picture book- they can be an amazing educational tool! We have travelled, laughed, cried, shared, worked through fears, had countless discussions and just curled up and enjoyed each others company...all through picture books! Even though my children are getting older we still pull old favourites off our shelves and when we find a really good new one, we add it to our collection too! :-)

Eric Carle is one of our favourite authors. His books are beautifully written and uniquely illustrated in Eric Carle style. His books also have great educational content all wrapped up in fun and well-written stories. Here are the ones we loved the most!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This book was our introduction to Eric Carle. This was one of those books that you read, read and read again with your little ones! A little egg hatches into a little worm who munches his way right through the book- literally, as their are holes in the pages perfect for little fingers to fit through- until he is ready to complete his life cycle and become a beautiful butterfly!

childrens books, childrens book reviews, kids books, reading with children A House for Hermit Crab

A House for Hermit Crab moves along through a year of Hermit Crab's life underwater and the creatures he encounters up until the time he plucks up enough courage to take the plunge and change shells! There are lots of fun facts about ocean animals too!

'New experiences are not to be dreaded but are really wonderful opportunities.' Eric Carle

Mister Seahorse

Mister Seahorse is all about the daddies in the ocean that raise their young and the different ways that they go about their task. Beautiful colours splash the pages and their are some see through pages scattered in between bringing the concept of camouflage to life. Gorgeous!

Rooster's Off to See the World

Rooster wants to travel and sets off to see the world- a lovely and very simple introduction to numbers, addition and subtraction for a young child as rooster meets some friends who join him. But what will happen when it gets dark?

Shirley Hughes writes with an amazing understanding of young children! We have enjoyed so many of her books, but these two were voted in as the top picks.

The Big Alfie Out of Doors Storybook

My children could very much identify with the outdoor adventures of Alfie and Annie. Camping outddoors with Dad, setting up shop in the garden and spending time on a farm are just a few of the delightful situations that Shirley writes about. The pictures are just as fitting.

The Big Concrete Lorry

My little boy just loved this story! Alfie's family is getting a little cramped in their home, and it's time for an extension- just the recipe for loads of fun!

Sally's Secret

A friend from all the way across the world recommended this picture book a short while back and we so enjoyed it! Sally is very frustrated because the 'houses' she builds are always packed away...until she finds a special spot in the garden. Thanks Leigh!

Handa's Surprise

This delightful story is set in Kenya. Handa packs a basket full of fruit to take to her friend Akeyo, pops it on her head and sets off to surprise Akeyo...but on her way a few unexpected things happen- and Handa is the one who gets the biggest surprise. My children giggled all the way through this brightly illustrated picture book and we read it over and over and over again!

Handa's Hen

Another adventure with Handa and Akeyo. Mondi, Handa's hen is missing. Join them on a counting adventure through the African bush to find Mondi and the reason for her disappearance!


I think that this book rates in our top three picture books. It is based on a true story about the recollection of special childhood memories which will inspire your children to go outdoors and create their own special memories!

Watch Out, Wilf!

My son is just like Wilf! Bright as a button and full of fun! He too is full of busy but his heart is in just the right place! A lovely story to share with anyone who knows what it feels like to want to do the right thing but not always be able to follow through...and the parent who loves them regardless!

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

We were lent this picture book by an amazing lady who we worked alongside with at an Elderly Care Facility. I went out and bought a copy shortly after that! Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge lives next door to an old people's home. He befriends a special lady who has lost her memory and so sets off to help her find it. A warm, tenderly written story about dealing with dementia.

Owl Babies

Owl Babies is a sweet and simple picture book about three little owls who are not quite sure what to so when they wake up and their mother is gone. A gentle book that one could use to address separation anxiety in little ones.

My Great Aunt Arizona

A touching story about a pioneer woman who grew up in a log cabin and taught in a one-room school for generations and inspired her students to go places that she never would.

The Bee Tree

The Bee Tree is a beautiful story to inspire your children to read! Mary Ellen is tired of reading indoors, but her grandfather knows just the right thing to teach her the value of a good book.

To Mum With Love

Stanley finds himself in a bit of a dilemma- he is the only one who hasn't found a birthday present for Mum! But with a little bit of creativity, he comes up with the best present ever.

Percy the Park Keeper Treasury

A collection of stories about Percy the Park Keeper and the delightful antics of his animal friends. We laughed and giggled all the way through this picture book and I am sure you will too. Percy has to fix all sorts of problems from a bossy owl to a balloon-loving hedgehogs- beautiful illustrations and loads of fun!

Harvey the Baker

This book also came on recommendation from across the ocean. It is part of a series of books, all equally delightful, about a very industrious beaver! Harvey and Chip bake a cake and you can follow alongside the baking process from beginning to end. Great little books for young children especially as the sequence of events is detailed and beautifully written. Look for the other titles in this series as they are all lovely!


Besides the beautiful pencil illustrations in this story, it is just a gorgeous picture book! A sweet, well-written tale of a person who is just too afraid of life to even step out of his home and how all that changed!

Back to Childrens Books from Picture Book Reviews

Return to top of Picture Book Reviews





Don't worry -- your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Snapshots.
footer for Learning Activities page