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Our Favourite Picture Books

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]To celebrate the wonderful, amazing, magnificent news that we’ve been nominated for the British Book Awards Children’s Bookseller of the Year, we wanted to put together a list of some of our all-time favourite picture books. There’s a common theme throughout the list: these are innovative, gorgeously written and beautifully illustrated wonderbooks which all of us at the Golden Hare are crazy about. We’d love to hear from you too – which do you think are the best children’s books and why?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”8444″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip – Book One

We couldn’t write a list of our favourite children’s books without including Tove Jansson’s classic collection of enchanting Moomin tales. This book has everything: stunning illustrations, a quirky cast of beloved characters and subtle, complex storytelling that carries real emotional depth.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Ella Queen of Jazz by Helen Hancocks

A beautifully presented picture book about the remarkable friendship between Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe, celebrating the power of friendship, jazz music and the importance of overcoming prejudice and adversity. Contains the best first line: ‘This is Ella…and these are her fellas!’[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”8033″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”8447″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Hortense and the Shadow by Natalia and Lauren O’Hara

Set in ‘dark and wolfish woods’, this contemporary fairy tale follows Hortense’s quest to escape her shadow – only to discover that her shadow’s been protecting her all along. The Polish-inspired illustrations are an absolute joy to behold and the immersive storytelling is both empowering and delightful. It’s truly a tale to treasure.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd

One of our favourite board books, Goodnight Moon is a classic we’ll never tire of recommending for wee ones. Filled with comforting bedtime rhymes and cosy pictures, it’s guaranteed to send your toddler off to sleep with a smile on their face. This 70th anniversary edition will stir up some memories for those who were read this as children too![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”8450″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”8452″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

In the Darkness of the Night by Emily Rand

This charming story captures the feeling of being awake way past your bedtime and realising that life goes on deep into the night! The evocative illustrations let you gaze into lit-up windows and imagine the lives of those who are up and about in the small hours, at the same time as blanketing you with the familiar and reassuring sights and sounds of sleep. Another perfect lullaby of a book.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Here at Golden Hare we’re mad about animals, and this deliciously dark tale about a mouse who gets eaten by a wolf – only to find that all isn’t so bad inside the belly of the beast – is a fabulously clever and heartwarming tale that satisfies all of our cravings.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”8454″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”8456″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud by Katie Harnett

A quietly magical picture book following the grumpy, green-fingered Ivy who would like nothing more than to escape the sunshine that is making everybody else so inexplicably happy! With the help of a lonely raincloud, she grows her plants and finally finds a friend who understands her. It’ll take a heart of stone not to be moved by this beautiful little book.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales by Theresa Breslin and Kate Leiper

It’s no surprise that this is one of our bestselling gift books – the illustrations are exquisite, the writing is enthralling, and it gathers together some of Scotland’s best loved folk tales in a unique and wonderful way. Selkies, kelpies, sheepdogs and goshawks abound![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”8459″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]