Picture Books for Kids by Tate Publishing

We all love picture books. It’s how we all got started into the bookish world. Now if you are an art lover also you really are in for a treat with these stunning books from Tate Publishing. I’m pretty sure many of you have heard of the Tate art galleries. I’m lucky to live close by to the Tate down in St Ives.

Picture Books for Kids by Tate Publishing

Before we get onto the books I want to share with you a little about Tate. I don’t know about you but I love to read background stories and extra info. I do have an appreciation for art and when the girls get older I will be sharing this with them.

  • Tate is a family of four galleries and is home to the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art, which includes nearly 70,000 artworks.
  • The four galleries are: Tate St Ives – exhibits work by modern British artists with links to the St Ives area. Tate Modern, London – exhibits international modern and contemporary art. Tate Britain, London – the home of British art from 1500 to the present day. Tate Liverpool – British and international modern and contemporary art.
  • Tate Enterprises is a commercial subsidiary of Tate and includes publishing, retail and catering amongst its core activities. All profits made are returned to support Tate’s work and collection.
  • Tate Publishing shares Tate’s mission to promote public knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of British, modern and contemporary art to everyone.

Their aim is to publish commercially successful books that resonate with and extend the Tate brand and that inform, stimulate and entertain the intended audiences, both within and outside the gallery. I’m sure you will find these books stimulating and captivating just like we did.

The Lost Horse – By Mark Nicholas

“People came from far and wide to see the sculpture of the man and his horse. Legend had it that the sculpture changed position when no one was looking. It always drew a big crowd … that was until the day the horse vanished.”

The Lost Horse - By Mark Nicholas

From the winner of the 2018 Carmelite Prize comes a breathtakingly beautiful picture book about the power of friendship and imagination.

In the heart of a bustling city is a world-renowned art gallery. People come from far and wide to visit it, particularly its main attraction – a stunning sculpture of a horse. Then one day the horse simply vanishes. A wild search ensues as the panicked people try and find out what’s happened to their beloved masterpiece.

Lyra is a lonely little girl, living far from the city in a tiny village. She has no concept of what might be happening in the city, so far away. All she wants is someone to talk to. But when she hears a knock on her window she is astonished to find the lost horse looking in. He seems to want something that Lyra wants too – could it be that he is also looking for a friend?

The Lost Horse is a stunning and striking first book from Mark Nicholas. The use of sepia-esque illustrations with a pop of colour creates a beautiful simplicity and sense movement in Lyra’s world, and the unique illustration style makes this a memorable offering from a talent to watch.

Priced at £11.99

5 Years +

What we thought

A picture book by an artist. You can tell by the artistic illustrations. Very little colour, except the little burst of red throughout. Captivating. Alluring to the eye. A lovely story suitable for 5 years and up around friendship.

The Lost Property Office By Emily Rand

“We rush off the train. The doors slam shut behind us. We’re standing on the platform when I realise I don’t have Teddy.

The whistle blows. Mummy and I watch as the train leaves the station with Teddy still on it.

“Don’t worry,” says Mummy. “We’ll get Teddy back.”

The Lost Property Office By Emily Rand

One day Teddy is accidentally left on a train. His little girl is devastated but Grandpa has a plan! It means a trip to the Lost Property Office, a treasure trove of mislaid and forgotten gems … there are so many different things to look at, but will the most important thing be there?

The Lost Property Office is a visual treat from author and illustrator Emily Rand. With vibrant and varied illustrations, each spread is filled with different and unusual things to spot, making this the perfect book to read time and time again!

Priced at £11.99

3 Years +

What we thought

This is my favourite book of the four. A simple story told in a way for young children to understand about lost things. The illustrations are amazing. Wait until you get into The Lost Property Shop! I’m sure this will be a firm favourite in our house.

Two Kings By Emma Lewis

“… a strange and beautiful star with a glittering tail appeared across the skies. The people of the land were worried. This could only mean troubled times ahead. Something had to be done.”

Two Kings By Emma Lewis

“Beautifully drawn. Simply but wittily written.”

Sir Tony Robinson

When the old king dies with no heir to his throne, a fearsome rivalry surfaces as an Earl and a Duke each vie for the crown. The people are terrified of the destruction that a potential civil war might bring, but neither man will listen to their subjects, or back down. As battle rages, loyalties are split – and with a war this ferocious does anyone really win in the end?

Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, Two Kings is a poignant and moral tale from the acclaimed author and illustrator Emma Lewis. Although inspired by historical events, it still has relevance in this current climate with a strong message about the destructive power of arrogance and greed.

Priced at £11.99

5 Years +

What we thought

A gorgeous book. The story is to the point and well structured, it is a little old for younger kids but you can easily read it through with them. I was fascinated with the illustrations. Collage like it is striking to the eye. I can see why this wonderful picture book was inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry.

The Wobbly Waitress By Lisa Stickley

“As Mabel came out from the bustling kitchen, she hic’d and her knees started twirling and twitching. She wobbled to the left … She wobbles to the right … She tried to keep steady with all of her might, BUT…”

The Wobbly Waitress By Lisa Stickley

Mabel the Giraffe is one of the stars of The Zoo Café, the only place to stop for a bite to eat. Whether you’re after a plate of spaghetti or a strawberry sundae, Mabel is the one to look after you and make sure you have everything you need. She’s quick, efficient and prides herself on doing a good job!

But when Mabel gets the hiccups disaster ensues – she just can’t keep her balance! There is pasta on the floor, icecream in people’s hair and Mabel is utterly mortified! Can her friends work together to try and find a cure for the poor giraffe’s hiccups and give her back her confidence?

The Wobbly Waitress is a hilarious story about the importance of friendship and working together. The laugh-out-loud rhyming text perfectly complements Lisa Stickley’s stylish illustrations to create the perfect book for sharing.

Priced at £11.99

3 Years +

What we thought

Lovely bright illustrations. The story gives you a laugh. In fact it is reminiscent of my time working with friends in a cafe when I was 18. A beautiful story of friendship.


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*I was sent these books from Tate Publishing in exchange for this post, all thoughts are my own.

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  • 37


  1. paula cheadle
    9th December 2018 / 10:40 pm

    love to read the wobbly waitress

  2. kelly wheelhouse
    9th December 2018 / 9:54 pm

    I would love to read the lost property office 🙂

  3. Stacey Turner
    9th December 2018 / 9:16 pm

    I would love to read the wobbly waitress

  4. tyree spicer
    9th December 2018 / 5:42 pm

    the wobbly waitress

  5. Laura Lee
    9th December 2018 / 3:09 pm

    Wobbly waitress looks like it could be very funny and hold my boys attention. Thanks for the chance

  6. janine atkin
    9th December 2018 / 2:42 pm

    the wobbly waitress looks like a funny one 🙂

  7. Tammy Neal
    9th December 2018 / 9:15 am

    The wobbly waitress

  8. Rachael Sexey
    9th December 2018 / 8:14 am

    The wobbly waitress sounds fab 🎑

  9. Rebecca Powell
    8th December 2018 / 7:32 pm

    The Lost Property Room

  10. Allan Fullarton
    8th December 2018 / 3:54 pm

    Wobbly waitress

  11. Hekna
    7th December 2018 / 11:48 pm

    The Wobbly Waitress looks good.

  12. Sheri Darby
    7th December 2018 / 9:08 pm

    The Wobbly Waitress – I was pretty wobbly when I was a waitress

    28th November 2018 / 7:16 pm

    The Wobbly Waitress would be a big hit with my grandchildren

  14. Sally Collingwood
    20th November 2018 / 11:22 am

    The wobbly waitress

  15. Tracy Newton
    18th November 2018 / 6:44 pm

    The kids would love the Wobbly Waitress

  16. Lorna Ledger
    17th November 2018 / 3:10 pm

    The Lost Property Room looks a lot of fun, thanks for a lovely giveaway

  17. 17th November 2018 / 2:04 pm

    They all sound great! I especially like the illustation style for The Lost Horse though.

  18. Priscilla Stubbs
    16th November 2018 / 3:59 pm

    The wobbly waitress sounds like a great read, I can imagine lots of laughter in this story.

  19. Michelle Smith
    15th November 2018 / 12:27 pm

    The wobbly waitress sounds like a fun book to read.

  20. Geri Gregg
    14th November 2018 / 6:41 pm

    My son would love me to read him the wobbly waitress

  21. Rosemary
    14th November 2018 / 3:11 pm

    Fabulous books, thanks for the review. The Wobbly Waitress goes to the top of the list and The Lost Property Office a close second.

  22. Samantha O'D
    13th November 2018 / 9:43 pm

    The wobbly waitress looks fun

  23. Ruth Harwood
    13th November 2018 / 9:20 am

    the wobbly waitress sounds like a giggle!!

  24. andrea tinkler
    12th November 2018 / 9:42 pm

    Wobbly waitress looks really good fun

  25. Margaret GALLAGHER
    12th November 2018 / 7:44 am

    Wobbly waitress sounds fun

  26. 11th November 2018 / 8:31 pm

    The Lost Property Shop as I love thinking about what you might end up finding in there! x

  27. Angela treadway
    11th November 2018 / 6:32 pm

    the wobbly waitress x

  28. 11th November 2018 / 6:20 pm

    The Wobbly Waitress looks like it could be funny

  29. Natalie Crossan
    11th November 2018 / 3:12 pm

    I’d like to read wobbly waitress too because it’d be a fun read xx

  30. Jo m welsh
    11th November 2018 / 3:05 pm

    I would like to read the lost Property room.

  31. iain maciver
    11th November 2018 / 3:00 pm

    the wobbly waitress sounds like a fun read

  32. Lynn Hughes
    11th November 2018 / 2:00 pm

    Nice prize

  33. Katie
    11th November 2018 / 1:39 pm

    I would love to read the Wobbly Waitress. It sounds such a fun story, and what a great title!

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