Here are some of Minipreneur’s favourite children’s books from Andersen Press this spring. Andersen Press, founded in 1976, publishes some of the most well known and best loved names in the world of children’s books. Their collection of modern classics offer timeless tales that nurture children’s imagination to cultivate a lifelong love for reading.

Alberta: A Cautionary Tale by Margaret Sturton

Alberta: A Cautionary Tale by Margaret Sturton is a delightful twist on the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood, where the tables are turned and it’s the wolf who imparts a lesson. Alberta, the mischievous protagonist, finds herself in a sticky situation after disregarding her mother’s warnings and venturing into the dangerous woods.

Sturton’s whimsical illustrations bring the story to life, capturing Alberta’s antics and the eerie atmosphere of the forest. As Alberta encounters the wolf wearing a familiar red cape and hood, young readers are taken on a thrilling journey filled with suspense and moral complexity.

With its open-ended conclusion, Alberta: A Cautionary Tale encourages children to ponder the consequences of their actions and the importance of making wise choices. This engaging and thought-provoking book is sure to captivate young audiences and spark meaningful discussions about responsibility, empathy, and the power of redemption.

£12.99 published by Andersen Press

All the Cats by Nicola Kent

All the Cats by Nicola Kent is a delightful celebration of our feline friends, perfect for cat lovers. With charming rhymes and vibrant illustrations, Kent invites children on a whimsical journey through a world filled with cats of every shape, size, and temperament.

Young children will delight in spotting their own furry companions among the pages of this delightful picture book. From short cats to tall cats, and from itchy cats to scratchy cats, Kent’s playful depiction of our beloved pets is sure to bring smiles to young faces.

With its simple yet engaging text and humorous illustrations bursting with personality, All the Cats is a joy to read aloud with toddlers. Whether they’re cat enthusiasts or simply appreciate the charm of these whiskered wonders, this book is a purr-fect addition to any toddler’s library.

£6.99 published by Andersen Press

Hedge Lion by Robyn Wilson-Owen

Written and illustrated by by Robyn Wilson-Owen, Hedge Lion is a heartwarming tale of friendship and self-discovery that will resonate with young readers. Through the endearing characters of Ida and Hedge Lion, children will learn important lessons about courage, kindness, and embracing their true selves.

Ida’s determination to help Hedge Lion find his roar is both inspiring and touching. As she patiently guides him on his journey to confidence, young readers will be encouraged to show and support towards others who may be struggling to find their own voice.

With its gentle nod to the natural world and the importance of preserving it, Hedge Lion offers a valuable lesson about environmental stewardship. As Hedge Lion grapples with the fear of losing the flora and fauna in his mane, children will gain a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness of all living things. This book is a delightful addition to any children’s bookshelf, reminding readers of the transformative power of friendship and the beauty of embracing one’s true nature.

£7.99 published by Andersen Press

Luna Loves Gardening by Joseph Coelho & Fiona Lumbers

In Luna Loves Gardening by award-winning Children’s Poet Laureate Joseph Coelho, young readers embark on a delightful journey into the world of gardening alongside Luna, the adventurous protagonist. As Luna explores her local community garden, she discovers not only the vibrant array of plants but also the rich stories and cultural heritage behind each one. From squash to runner beans, each plant holds a tale waiting to be unearthed.

Coelho’s lyrical prose, coupled with Fiona Lumbers’ enchanting illustrations, brings Luna’s gardening adventure to life with vivid detail and warmth. Through Luna’s experiences, children will learn about the beauty of diverse cultures and the power of gardening to unite communities and foster connections.

With its celebration of cultural diversity and the joy of gardening, Luna Loves Gardening is a heartwarming addition to Coelho’s beloved series. As Luna learns to sow seeds that tell stories for the whole community, young readers will be inspired to embrace their own creativity and explore the wonders of nature around them.

£12.99 published by Andersen Press

My Brother Plato by George Myerson

In My Brother Plato by George Myerson, readers are transported back to ancient Greece to discover the untold story of Plato’s childhood, narrated through the eyes of his sister, Potone. This brilliantly researched book offers a unique perspective on the famous philosopher, shedding light on his early life and the challenges he faced growing up in a city at war with Sparta.

Potone’s engaging narration brings ancient Athens to life, painting a vivid picture of the everyday struggles and triumphs of its inhabitants. As she grapples with family dynamics, the horrors of war, and the bonds of siblinghood, readers are drawn into a captivating tale of resilience, courage, and the enduring power of love.

With its rich historical detail and compelling storytelling, My Brother Plato is a must-read for young history enthusiasts and fans of adventure alike. George Myerson’s debut children’s book masterfully blends fact and fiction to create an immersive and unforgettable journey into the heart of ancient Greece.

£7.99 published by Andersen Press

The Blue Umbrella by Emily Ann Davison & Momoko Abe

In The Blue Umbrella by Emily Ann Davison, young readers are transported into a magical tale of community and kindness. When a mysterious blue umbrella unexpectedly appears on a rainy day, it becomes more than just a shield from the rain – it becomes a symbol of unity and friendship for the entire community. Through Davison’s heartwarming story, children learn that even the smallest acts of generosity can have a profound impact on those around them.

Illustrated by Momoko Abe, this picture book will captivate young readers with its charming visuals and evocative scenes. Abe’s illustrations beautifully depict the sense of togetherness and camaraderie that emerges as the community gathers under the umbrella’s shelter. With each turn of the page, children will be drawn into the enchanting world of the story, where kindness reigns supreme.

As Davison and Abe weave their tale of hope and solidarity, The Blue Umbrella serves as a poignant reminder of the transformative power of kindness. Through the lens of a simple yet magical umbrella, young readers learn valuable lessons about compassion, community, and the beauty of coming together in times of need.

£7.99 published by Andersen Press

The Mightiest Bite by Howard Calvert & Mike Moran

In The Mightiest Bite by Howard Calvert, young readers are treated to a riotous adventure filled with humour, colour, and surprising twists. As a little girl takes a bite of her apple, she unwittingly sets off a hilarious competition among animals vying for the title of the mightiest bite. From a shark with rows of teeth to a T-Rex with bone-crunching jaws, the competition heats up until a clever mosquito enters the fray. Through Calvert’s engaging storytelling, children learn the important lesson that size and strength don’t always guarantee victory.

Illustrated by Mike Moran, The Mightiest Bite bursts with vibrant illustrations that bring the whimsical world of animal antics to life. Moran’s lively artwork captures the exuberance of the competition and the unique characteristics of each animal participant. With each turn of the page, young readers will delight in following the clues to the next contender and discovering fascinating facts about their bites along the way.

Calvert and Moran’s collaboration results in a delightful blend of entertainment and education. Through the playful narrative and engaging illustrations, The Mightiest Bite not only charms children but also sparks their curiosity about the animal kingdom. As they journey through the book, children will find themselves enthralled by the story while simultaneously learning valuable lessons about competition, ingenuity, and the power of wit.

£7.99 published by Andersen Press

Trains, Boats and Planes by Michelle Robinson & Jez Tuya

Trains, Boats and Planes by Michelle Robinson and Jez Tuya takes young readers on an exhilarating journey through the bustling world of transportation. Following the success of Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry, this vibrant picture book is perfect for little ones who love all things that go. Through Robinson’s lively rhymes and Tuya’s dynamic illustrations, young children are swept away into a colourful adventure filled with trains, boats, planes, and plenty of surprises along the way.

As three types of busy transport vehicles race their doggy passengers to the Big Festival, readers are treated to a delightful romp filled with excitement and anticipation. From navigating rainstorms to encountering unexpected obstacles, the journey is packed with action and fun. Trains, Boats and Planes not only entertains but also engages the youngest of readers in interactive learning.

Encouraging children to spot and name different vehicles, the book offers a playful way to develop observational skills. With its wind-down bedtime ending, it’s the perfect choice for a cosy read before bedtime, sparking imaginations and ensuring sweet dreams of thrilling adventures in the world of transportation.

£7.99 published by Andersen Press