More and more talented writers release amazing books for kids to feed their vivid imagination. Check out a selection of 5 great books you might check out for your kids.
Packed with “scientists who in the face of ‘No’ said, ‘Try and stop me”, it will inspire inventors, artists and anyone who has ever been told “Girls can’t”
Curated from: The Guardian
As the weather turns balmier, welcome in the spring; wander in a maze, ride on a truck, and get lost in a story. Picture-book lovers will find much to like in Triangle (Walker), the latest collaboration between Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, and the first in their new trilogy. Klassen’s spattered mint-green, bark-brown and rust-pink shapes impart depth and humour to this story of friends Triangle and Square’s practical joke feud – and Square’s valiant attempt at styling it out when things backfire.
For readers of five to eight or so, Labyrinth (Wide-Eyed) by Théo Guignard must be seen to be believed. A successively more challenging series of digitally designed mazes, with search-and-find elements on every page, it’s filled with dragons’ lairs, watery darkness, townscapes and twisting geometry. With seductively colourful and madcap graphics inviting fingers to trace routes along the page, this is a perfect bridge between book and video game.
3. Women in Science
From author-illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky comes the wonderful Women in Science – 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World (Wren & Rook), a guide to luminaries from Mary Anning to Maryam Mirzakhani. The right-hand pages boast intriguing facts, the left portraits picked out in vivid colour. Packed with “scientists who in the face of ‘No’ said, ‘Try and stop me”, it will inspire inventors, artists and anyone who has ever been told “Girls can’t”.
4. Dory Fantasmagory
Put-upon youngest siblings, make-believe masters and lovers of pencil drawing will enjoy Abby Hanlon’s Dory Fantasmagory (Faber), a US import with a universal feel. When six-year-old Dory asks her brother and sister one too many questions (“Why do we have armpits?”), they invent the fearsome Mrs Gobble Gracker, who kidnaps babyish children. Full of silly joy, tantrums and cunning, its heroine will have young readers grinning.
5. Evie’s Magic Bracelet: The Silver Unicorn
From Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill, with illustrations by Erica-Jane Waters, comes the first in a gentle, inclusive fantasy series, Evie’s Magic Bracelet: The Silver Unicorn (Hodder), featuring new school nerves and a grandmother’s magical gift. While the storyline feels slightly overstuffed – with animal communication, friendship issues, spiteful sprites and budding athleticism – it’s refreshing to see a mixed-race British heroine with a solid Yorkshire vocabulary, in a book that is clearly a labour of love.