My favourite five: author and illustrator Jane Foster

In a world of boring baby books, Jane Foster stands out from the crowd. We’re huge fans of her stylish and bold, 1960s-influenced first books – and so is Baby Bookworm.

He loves to flick through the pages and tell us what the pictures are, from the helicopter in Things That Go to the bowler hat in London.

Jane recently published her first cloth book called Animals – a perfect new baby gift – and next week the first edition is a season-themed range comes out.

Springtime is just as vibrant and cheery as we’d expect, filled with bumblebees, blossom and bunnies.

But what children’s books inspire Jane? Here’s her favourite five…

Dogger by Shirley Hughes. £7.99, Penguin 

“A story about a child’s worst nightmare when the main character loses his favourite toy but is later reunited with it. Fabulous illustrations.”

Read our review of Dogger

The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr. £6.99 (paperback), HarperCollins Children’s 

“I was born in 1970 and my mum read this to me – and I later read this to my own daughter. When I used to teach music in schools, we used percussion to add our own sound track to this and the children loved it. I adore her illustrations and even have yellow and white cupboards similar to those in the book!”

Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats. £5.37, Viking Press

“I adore the artwork and still think the images are as powerful today as I did when I was a child. Really bold use of colour and design.”


Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. £7.99 (paperback), Puffin

“I read this every Christmas as a child and never got bored of it. I loved the details and the humour. I loved the fact that he was a bit grumpy and not like you’d imagine.”

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Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. £6.99 (paperback), Red Fox

“Again, another favourite of mine from my childhood – quite captivating illustrations that sent me into another world completely. I think I was a bit scared of it too but learnt to love it.”

Jane Foster’s Springtime is out on 1 March. £6.99 (board book), Templar. Find out more about Jane’s work and buy her books at

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