Thursday 02nd April 2020,

Great new picture books for kids

kids picture books

There have been some great new picture books for kids land on my desk in the last few weeks.

The books below are imaginative and educational and will appeal to kids of all ages. What Could it Be? is written by teacher Sally Fawcett and is a wonderful book to really get kids thinking and their imagination into gear. I really love this book as it goes that step further with a complete website that offers a whole range of material, including teacher’s notes and classroom activities. What Could it Be? is a great book if you really want your kids involved in the story!

Alphaprints have a couple of new offerings – Dinoshapes and Wiggle and the Whale for the younger children. These books are lots of fun with their unique illustrations which incorporate (you guessed it) fingerprints.

More about the books….


What Could It Be?

Exploring the Imaginative World of Shapes

A new picture book from EK Books, by Sally Fawcett

What could it be

This concept book for kids is all about unleashing creativity, thinking outside the square and opening the mind to possibility! Part picture book, part artistic inspiration, What Could It Be? is an interactive adventure for pre-primary and primary school-aged children organised into paired double-page spreads. The first spread in each pair introduces a basic geometric shape (square, circle, triangle, etc.) and then opens the door for creative thinking by posing the question, ‘What else could it be?’ The following spread provides the answer, with the focus shape transformed into many objects in a glorious artwork. These pages provide a further interactive element as kids are encouraged to find specific objects and count the ‘hidden’ shapes. The reader is guided through the pages by the character of a young boy, who allows many aspects of his world to be ‘discovered’ via the detailed illustrations. The last page challenges kids to create their own illustrations inspired by a geometric shape.

This is the first picture book from WA based teacher, Sally Fawcett.

Sally Fawcett is a primary school teacher with a passion for art, creative writing and education. Drawing on her teaching background, Sally has produced a wealth of teacher’s notes and materials that can be used in lesson planning to help creative young minds think outside the square. Her three children are a constant source of inspiration for ideas, and have triggered many of her writing and illustrating adventures. Sally’s motivation for creating picture books is to engage adults and children in a shared experience that will hopefully foster a life-long love of reading, creativity and tapping into the power of the imagination.

What Could It Be? is available from  and wherever good books are sold. RRP $24.99.


Alphaprints – Wiggle and the Whale & Dinoshapes

Wiggle the Whale – A book of funny friends


A tale of 20 endearing Alphaprints characters written in engaging, rhythmic, rhyming text that is fun to read aloud and share. From Wiggle the jellyfish and his big best buddy Whale, to King Louis the crocodile and his shy friend, Chameleon, the story is a celebration of friendship in its many different forms, from the oddest couples to friends who are just made for each other. Unique and imaginative artwork style, with huge appeal to children and adults alike, taking fingerprint pictures and adding photographs of everyday things for children to spot.

Wiggle the Whale is available in paperback, RRP $12.99. To find out more visit 


Dinoshapes – Learning about shapes


Learning about shapes is roarsome fun with this Alphaprints book of Dinoshapes. From triangles to circles, rectangles to squares, each dinosaur on its illustrated, prehistoric background introduces a new shape for babies and toddlers to learn. Unique and appealing Alphaprintsillustration style, taking fingerprint pictures and adding photographs of everyday things for children to spot. With tactile, raised embossing on each fingerprint to explore, and a fun, shaped dinosaur bite die-cut across all pages in the bottom right-hand corner.

Dinoshapes is available as a boardbook, RRP $9.99. To find out more visit 

Love Mummahh


win Competition closed – Winner announced soon.

Win both Alphaprint books – Wiggle the Whale and Dinoshapes!

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To enter: Tell me below in 25 words or less why you would like to win these awesome picture books?


Competition ends midnight 17 August 2016 and full T&C’s can be found here.





  1. Amanda S August 17, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    My daughter saw these books on this page earlier and she kept scrolling back to them looking very interested.

  2. Anna August 17, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    “PLEASE” visit our home!
    My “Autistic” son refuses to roam,
    “Books” his “Speech Therapist”; highly-recommended,
    Learning in the comfort of our home would be splendid!

  3. julie bennett August 17, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    love to read them to my little man who is starting prep next year to get him interested in stories and learning he adores dinosaurs.

  4. Erika Collis August 17, 2016 at 8:55 am

    I am starting a library for my soon to be born grandson. I believe reading to a child encourages bonding, releases their imagination and is the corner stone to their education

  5. Katherine Fenerty August 17, 2016 at 8:27 am

    With a 4.5 yr old that is intensely curious about the world, especially reading and a 15 month old that copies her big brother at every turn, books are incredibly important to us. It’s family time, discovery, fun and experiences all in one package!

  6. Laura Scriven August 17, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Bedtime stories is Daddy time,
    And a new book would be divine.
    Sounds for each character he has,
    His Dinosaurs would be fab!

  7. Tia Kaluder August 16, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    My 4 year old daughter would LOVE these books. They make her so happy, she enjoys pretending to read, and making up stories based on pictures. Our reading time is my most favourite time of the day. Cuddles and catch ups and the sweetest way to drift off to sleep.

  8. Becky S August 16, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    They are beautifully illustrated and those bright colours will command my sons attention!

  9. Margaret Hollis August 16, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Picture books like these mean children can make up their own stories and use their imagination

  10. Elisabeth Martins August 16, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    I would love to win this because picture books give children the inspiration to make up their own stories. It allows them to use their imagination.

  11. Kelly Ryan August 16, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Picture books like these make their own story in the absence of words.

  12. Renee Ballantyne August 16, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    This looks like a fun and educational way to spend some quality time with my kids

  13. Tina August 16, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    I’m teaching the student I work with the important of caring for animals and the environment and these would be a great collection for the library at the school, so other students can benefit from them as well.

  14. Stav Mataia August 16, 2016 at 11:49 am

    I love the simple illustration and imaginative art work style Compiled in these lovely books. My girls will be so thrilled to learn more about the characters and developmental knowledge of each book.

  15. Leanne white August 16, 2016 at 8:13 am

    As an education assistant these would be a valuable tool for the kindy classroom, many of our children are ESL.

  16. sapna August 16, 2016 at 6:11 am

    These books would be wonderful for my little one’s “1000 books before school ” challenge – colourful, fun and educational.

  17. Chrissy Roberts August 15, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Wonderful selection of books. Perfect for a 3 year old and 5 year old. (Especially a 5 year old who is fascinated with dinosaurs). We’d love to win these please.

  18. Lauren Dean August 15, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    We love to explore new books, reading is our special time together at the end of the day and these books would be throughly enjoyed.

  19. Jacoba Evans August 15, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    These books look like so much fun.
    I can imagine reading these if I won.
    My children would squeal with delight.
    The illustrations are cheerfully bright.

  20. Stacey Gladman August 15, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Whether they go moo or roar like a dinosaur my son loves anything animals, these would be perfect for drawing out his verbal skills.

  21. Tamara Lamb August 13, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    What a fabulous book for little one’s! Would love to win to donate to my boy’s school. They would love these!

  22. Ashley Beech August 13, 2016 at 9:42 am

    My son loves dinosaurs;
    this pair of books would
    be a great help
    in encouraging him to
    learn how to improve
    his reading.

  23. Robert Gordon August 13, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Trying to encourage
    the young fella to read
    These books would be great
    thanks Alphaprint.

  24. sarah August 12, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I love adding new books to our bookshelves, especially books I know the kids will just devour. Anything with animals is a big hit at the moment.

  25. Stacey Shailer August 11, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    My youngest is just starting to get interested in books, and with her 2nd birthday fast approaching, the gorgeous illustrations and colours in these books would certainly be fun to read together!

  26. Elisabetta August 11, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    My daughter loves reading stories at bedtime.

  27. nicole larsen August 11, 2016 at 8:40 am

    yes please what a great book for my child

  28. Deb K August 10, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    For a special little niece
    Who loves her storytime!

  29. sonya August 10, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Because I have an awesome little boy who is turning 5 at the end of September and these would be a great birthday present for him!

  30. Karina Lee August 10, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    These books are interesting to read and touch. Makes reading time that much more interesting for both Mum and baby!

  31. Cathy B August 10, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Terrific to have new books to read,
    planting an imaginative, educational seed,
    within my sleepy little heads,
    as they’re nestled in their beds.

  32. Melissa K August 9, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Picture books are so much fun, they loved to be read by everyone.

  33. Cassidy August 8, 2016 at 11:39 am

    My son loves reading to my youngest daughter. I think these would make a lovely bonding time for them. Something very special that they can share.

  34. Teresa Clark August 8, 2016 at 8:58 am

    My son is learning to read, these look like great beginners books, love the touch aspect, to keep him engaged in the book.

  35. Judy August 7, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    I have a 4-yr-old who I’m trying to teach to read and he wants new stories to do it with!

  36. ashna August 7, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    I would like to win these great books so that I can entertain my little ones with some new and exciting stories.

  37. Shannon Wotton August 7, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I love the gorgeous fingerprint pictures in these cute books which would be perfect for my little one. She’d love Wiggle the Whale and his funny friends and learning about shapes in Dinoshapes!

  38. Sharon Markwell August 7, 2016 at 7:02 am

    They are bright, informative, educational and look like a lot of fun. Books create real quality time in our household of bookaholics.

  39. Kirsten W August 6, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Because unlike dreaded technology, books will never crash on you!

  40. Rosemarie De Bari August 6, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    For my littlest one, who deserves some nice new books instead of chewed on hand me downs!

  41. Kylie M August 3, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    I’d love to give these to my newborn son as a beginning to his book collection 🙂

  42. Amanda August 3, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Bedtimes are made easy with a picture book story!

  43. Lucia Saal August 1, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    I love reading to my grandson. These books look fun with great illustrations!

  44. Peta Butler August 1, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    We’re dino crazy and what better way to assist my little boys in learning shapes than with a fun loving book. I’m sure both books will get shared around with cousins (get to learn about friendship and sharing with the whale book)

  45. Justine Drake August 1, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Reading to my little one,
    is our time,
    just her and mum.

  46. paula August 1, 2016 at 6:44 am

    I’d love to win these for my 2 year old grandson, Ben who loves whales

  47. jessica July 31, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Id love to gift these to a friend who loves to read to her children as well as keep them informed about the environment and the creatures of our world.

  48. AmberB July 31, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    I’d love to win these for my two young nieces. I’ll be spending Christmas with them and they absolutely love having books read to them.

  49. Mikaela C July 31, 2016 at 9:45 am

    My kids would love reading these books!

  50. jody buhagiar July 30, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    My nephew is jrecognising pictures, and listening to stories. These delightful books will keep him on the road to developing that great imagination!!

  51. Maree Wood July 30, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    My little niece & nephew would absolutely LOVE them 🙂

  52. Polly July 30, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Nothing can beat the time we share when reading books together. It’s learning and fun rolled into one. Would love some new exciting reads.

  53. Cassie July 30, 2016 at 11:58 am

    I think these books are perfect for my 18 month old who has begun an interest in books. He would love them.

  54. Lara Daebritz (aka Miss D) July 29, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    As a teacher-librarian at a multi-cultural school, I’m always looking for new, thought-provoking books that will appeal to students with limited English!

  55. Jess July 29, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    My little man loves both dinosaurs and waa waas (whales!!). He is so curious about everything at the moment, helping him to learn with things he loves is perfect!

  56. KYLIE EMBURY July 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    My little guy is loving all kinds of books at the moment and these look like lots of fun 🙂

  57. Melissa July 29, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I’m teaching my children the important to care for animals and the environment and these fun books would be great to way to do that.