Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

What a great way to introduce children to primary and secondary colours! The vibrant illustrations are accompanied with a simple storyline.  

Mouse Paint is a brilliant concept book for young children who are learning about colours and art. I’ve recently started my 13 month old on using crayons and I think this board book will come in handy to reinforce what the three primary colours are.

The text is predictable for adults but this is what young children like. It is short and simple and will definitely keep the younger ones focused. 


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen


I’ve heard so many good things about this book, therefore I had to pick it up when I saw it in the bookshop. 

A brilliant book for very young readers who love repetition. 

We can’t go over it. / We can’t go under it. / Oh no! / We’ve got to go through it.

This beautifully illustrated family of four encounters caves, mud, forests and rivers while on their journey to hunt a bear. Each time they encounter an obstacle, they overcome it with great enthusiasm and confidence. I imagine that it is a great book for storytime as there’s frequent usage of onomatopoeia which can be exaggerated if you get kids to carry out the actions too. Don’t children just love to participate at storytime too?

I particularly liked the part when they finally found the bear and had to go through all the obstacles again to get home. It felt pretty thrilling! It’s definitely an interactive book which will capture the minds of little ones. 

The Colour Thief by Gabriel Alborozo


Zot who lives in a colourless world yearns for the beautiful colours on planet Earth. So he travels in his spaceship to Earth and takes all the colours with him, even the beautiful orange from a little boy.

However, when he noticed how upset the boy was, Zot returned all the colours to Earth. In return, the boy gave Zot his orange balloon to bring back to his planet.

This is a thought provoking story which allows children to discuss topics such as what makes them happy, showing consideration towards others and sharing with others. Definitely a heartwarming story which deserves more credit.