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2020 Top Five Picture Books

This posts seemed so straight forward in theory, but it took a very long time to narrow down my choices! We have read so many brilliant picture books this year and my top five is made up of the ones my children have asked me to read the most. So these are the picture books I've read more times that I can count, but still make my children giggle as though they're reading them for the first time.

I Really, Really Need a Wee!

Written by Karl Newson and illustrated by Duncan Beedie

When a little bushbaby realises too late that he needs the toilet, there isn't an empty one to be found. He's jiggly-wiggly desperate enough to brave bears and impossibly long queues, hopping up and down as his luck grows worse and worse.

I Really, Really Need a Wee is hilarious from beginning to end (and I think the end is my children's favourite). It's light-hearted and silly, and a story you can read again and again.

Poo in the Zoo: The Great Poo Mystery

Written by Sam Smallman and illustrated by Ada Grey

Bob McGrew's zoo is kept clean and tidy by Robbie the Robot, who whizzes around cleaning up after all the animals. But one morning, Bob wakes up to find Robbie gone and his zoo covered in poo. Arabella Slater, Poo Investigator, arrives to save the day. Can she find Robbie and work out what's going on in Bob's zoo?

Steve Smallman is the author of many of our funniest picture books, and young children will find this story very, very funny. The rhyming scheme makes it fun to read aloud too, and Ada Grey's artwork is sweet and cute, despite the less-than-adorable subject matter!

Bake a Rainbow Cake

Written by Amirah Kassem and illustrated by Elisa Chavarri

Bake A Rainbow Cake is a wonderful interactive board book. Every page has tabs to pull or spin, allowing young readers to pour, colour and cut as they go through the stages of creating a sprinkle-filled rainbow cake.

The interactive elements make this story lots of fun and the artwork is so bold and cheerful that you can't help but smile as you read.

Don't Call me Grumpycorn!

by Sarah McIntyre

Unicorn is off to space in search of the universe's most fabulous planet. He flies swiftly (and grumpily!) past planets of alien mermaids, narwhals and jellyfish, only landing when he finds one that is sparkly and purple. But Unicorn's fabulous discovery is already inhabited by other unicorns. Will he decide to live on a planet of others just like him? Or will he realise the most fabulous planet is with the friends he loves before they blast away forever?

Don't Call me Grumpycorn is a brilliant picture book about friendship and adventure, which for unicorn-enthusiasts and space fans everywhere will love.

Unicorn Club

Written by Suzy Senior and illustrated by Liere Martin

Amy's Unicorn Club begins this Saturday in her treehouse, but when none of her friends arrive Amy is devastated. Until she finds some new friends waiting in her treehouse that is...

This story will appeal to unicorn fans everywhere. The rhyming scheme makes it lots of fun to read aloud and it's impossible to read this story without sounding as excited as Amy!


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