The Minipreneur’s Book Club team at Preneur World Magazine brings you a carefully curated list of the best children’s books published this spring from books about global superstar Taylor Swift and a new story about beloved bunny Peter Rabbit to the latest children’s book by national treasure Pam Ayres and an uplifting picture book about celebrating your strengths. Join us as we delve into the enchanting world of storytime that allows busy parents some precious moments of bonding with their little ones.

Runaway Cone by Morag Hood

Written by Morag Hood, Runaway Cone is the delightful sequel to Dig Dig Digger that takes young readers on a rollicking adventure filled with mystery and laughter. When Digger and the cones discover that Gary the traffic cone is missing, they embark on a frantic search to find him. From high to low, they scour the surroundings, encountering unexpected twists and turns along the way.

Hood’s engaging storytelling paired with her vibrant illustrations creates a captivating reading experience for both children and adults alike. As the Digger navigates through the comical chaos, readers are treated to a laugh-out-loud journey that culminates in an unexpected twist. Runaway Cone is a delightful addition to any child’s bookshelf, leaving them eagerly anticipating more adventures with Digger and friends.

£12.99 (hardback) published by Macmillan Children’s Books

Let’s Meet Taylor by Alexandra Koken and Mariana Avila Lagunes

Written by Alexandra Koken with beautiful illustrations by Mariana Avila Lagunes, Let’s Meet Taylor is a delightful unofficial biography that invites young readers to embark on a journey through the life of the talented singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. From her humble beginnings on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania to her meteoric rise to superstardom, Taylor’s inspirational story resonates with determination, resilience, and the belief in chasing one’s dreams. Through gentle text and charming illustrations, this book captures Taylor’s essence, encouraging readers to embrace their passions and strive for their aspirations.

Taylor’s remarkable journey is brought to life with engaging storytelling and captivating visuals, making it an enjoyable read for fans of all ages. As young readers explore Taylor’s accomplishments and milestones, they’re also invited to spot hidden Easter eggs scattered throughout the pages, adding an interactive element to the experience. Whether it’s discovering Taylor’s early performances or her groundbreaking Eras tour, this book celebrates her unparalleled success and encourages children to celebrate their own dreams and ambitions.

£6.99 (paperback) published by Macmillan Children’s Books

I am Hattie the Hare by Pam Ayres and Nicola O’Byrne

I Am Hattie the Hare by the much-loved poet Pam Ayres and talented illustrator Nicola O’Byrne is a delightful exploration of the British countryside through the eyes of the titular brown hare. Following in the footsteps of the bestselling I Am Oliver the Otter, this charming tale captivates readers with its gently rhyming text and exquisite illustrations. Pam Ayres’ playful rhyme brings Hattie’s adventures to life as she frolics from meadow to farm to heath, inviting young readers to join her on her journey.

With vivid illustrations by award-winning artist Nicola O’Byrne, I Am Hattie the Hare paints a vivid picture of the hare’s habitat and habits. From grape green meadows to old-fashioned farms, readers are transported into Hattie’s world, learning about her diet, habitat, and distinguishing features along the way. Bursting with natural and historical facts seamlessly woven into the narrative, this book not only entertains but also educates, making it a perfect choice for curious young minds eager to explore the wonders of nature.

This book is a celebration of wildlife and the British countryside, beautifully depicted through Pam Ayres’ lyrical prose and Nicola O’Byrne’s stunning artwork. With an informative spread at the end offering tips on spotting hares in the wild, this book encourages children to appreciate the beauty of nature and the importance of conservation. A delightful addition to any young reader’s bookshelf, it is sure to inspire a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around us.

£12.99 (hardback) published by Macmillan Children’s Books

One Last Thing by Natalia O’Hara & Lizzy Stewart

One Last Thing written by Natalia O’Hara and illustrated by Lizzy Stewart is a whimsical bedtime tale celebrating the boundless imagination of children. As Mattie prepares for bed, she declares one last thing to say before she sleeps, unknowingly sparking a fantastical adventure with Daddy in pursuit of the elusive Great Pampoose throughout their home. O’Hara’s engaging storytelling and Stewart’s expressive artwork combine to create a captivating tale that resonates with the magic of imaginative play amid the nightly bedtime routine.

With its heartwarming portrayal of the bedtime ritual and the power of a child’s imagination, One Last Thing is a delightful read-aloud tale for families. This enchanting book invites young readers to join Mattie and Daddy on their playful escapade, making it a cherished addition to bedtime story collections of children of all ages.

£7.99 published by Puffin Books

Storm-Cat by Magenta Fox

Storm-Cat by Magenta Fox is a comforting and beautifully illustrated picture book that follows the journey of Arwel, a plucky cat facing a trying day with wit and reassurance. As Arwel navigates the challenges of being alone while his sister is away at school and grapples with a looming storm cloud above him, readers are drawn into his world with empathy and understanding.

Fox’s debut book explores themes of resilience and courage in the face of big feelings, reminding young readers that they have the power to choose their response to life’s uncertainties. Through Arwel’s journey from apprehension to bravery, children are gently encouraged to find strength in difficult situations and to embrace the comforting calm that follows even the fiercest storms. With its whimsical storytelling and enchanting illustrations, Storm-Cat is sure to become a cherished addition to bedtime routines and storytime sessions, offering both reassurance and hope to young readers.

£7.99 published by Puffin Books

Peter Rabbit: Up and Away by Rachel Bright & Nicola Kinnear

Written by Rachel Bright with illustrations by Nicola Kinnear, Peter Rabbit: Up and Away invites young readers to join Beatrix Potter’s beloved character, Peter Rabbit, on an exciting new adventure in this delightful picture book series. As Peter takes on the responsibility of looking after Jemima Puddle-duck’s eggs, readers are transported to a sunny spring day filled with anticipation and mischief.

With its charming storyline and engaging illustrations, Peter Rabbit: Up and Away captures the essence of Peter’s mischievous yet lovable personality as he attempts to teach the little ducklings how to fly. Through Peter’s inventive antics and determination, children learn valuable lessons about patience, perseverance, and the importance of embracing individual differences.

Celebrating Peter Rabbit’s timeless appeal and adventurous spirit, Rachel Bright and Nicola Kinnear’s modern take on this classic character is sure to captivate young audiences and delight fans of all ages. This book is a heartwarming addition to the Peter Rabbit series, offering a fresh and enchanting perspective on one of literature’s most beloved rabbits.

£7.99 published by Puffin Books

Strong Like Me Kelechi Okafor & Michaela Dias-Hayes

Illustrated by Michaela Dias-Hayes, Strong Like Me is a timely picture-book debut by writer, social commentator and podcast host, Kelechi Okafor. It is an empowering picture-book that celebrates individual strength and resilience. Through the story of Kamara, young readers are taken on a journey of self-discovery as she navigates the challenges of negative words from classmates and doubts about her own strength. As Sport’s Day approaches, Kamara learns valuable lessons about self-acceptance and the true meaning of strength.

With its heartfelt narrative and vibrant illustrations, Strong Like Me encourages children to embrace their unique abilities and champion themselves. This debut picture book by Okafor sparks important conversations around ability, intersectionality, race, and identity, making it a valuable addition to any library or classroom.

Filled with heartwarming moments and powerful messages, the book inspires young readers to be unapologetically secure in who they are and to discover the strength within themselves. This inspirational story empowers children to find their own definition of strength and celebrate their individuality with confidence.

£7.99 published by Puffin Books

The Neverending Story (45th Anniversary Edition) by Michael Ende

This 45th Anniversary edition of The Neverending Story by Michael Ende invites a new generation of children into a timeless tale of adventure, magic, and self-discovery. Bastian, an unlikely hero, embarks on an extraordinary journey through the pages of an ancient book, where he encounters a world filled with dragons, monsters, witches, and giants. As he delves deeper into this enchanting realm, Bastian must confront formidable foes and uncover the courage within himself to save the magical world from imminent doom.

This highly anticipated anniversary edition of The Neverending Story is a stunning collectable gift, presented as part of Puffin’s exquisite Clothbound Classics range. Michael Ende’s captivating narrative weaves a spellbinding adventure that captivates older children reading this story for the first time, transporting them to a realm where imagination knows no bounds and where the power of storytelling reigns supreme.

With its universal themes of bravery, friendship, and the power of imagination, The Neverending Story continues to enthrall children and grown-ups forty-five years after its original publication. This beautifully bound edition serves as a tribute to Ende’s enduring legacy and a celebration of the timeless magic found within the pages of this beloved classic.

£16.99 published by Puffin Books