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Inspiring Young Readers


posted on 22 Jan 2018

This is a strangely compelling story which, at first, I found quite difficult to tune into.

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The Night Gardener

posted on 09 Jan 2018

I was first attracted to this strangely haunting picture book by the cover which shows a young boy looking up at a tree ....

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Lucky Button

posted on 05 Jan 2018

I am always delighted to find another collaboration between one of the best modern storytellers, Michael Morpurgo and one of my favourite illustrators..

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Mrs Noah’s Pockets

posted on 03 Jan 2018

Normally when I sit down to write a review of a Jackie Morris book I’m trying to think of new superlatives to describe her beautiful and striking artwork

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Children’s Book Covers

posted on 27 Dec 2017

Alan Powers has pretty much cornered the market on these large format, colourful and informative books about books.

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Jemmy Button

posted on 23 Dec 2017

Told with the minimum amount of words, this book is an unusual collaboration between two illustrators who met online.

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Ilias’ Mountain

posted on 12 Dec 2017

Ilias is a very ordinary boy living in a pretty ordinary town who is getting close to his twelfth birthday...

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Game of Stones

posted on 10 Dec 2017

The cheeky title with its reference to a more famous fantasy novel sequence and television series gives you a hint ....

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Here We Are

posted on 09 Dec 2017

How can you possibly explain what it’s like to find yourself living on this extraordinary and complicated planet?

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ABC Pop-Up

posted on 29 Nov 2017

I collect alphabet books, I also can’t resist a book in a box and I'm a big fan of pop ups - so this little beauty is a perfect combination.

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Little Hazelnut

posted on 23 Nov 2017

I have quite a big collection of pop books, some of which are astounding because of their engineering complexity.

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The Lost Words

posted on 05 Nov 2017

This has to be a contender for the lost beautiful and thoughtful book of 2017.

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Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans

posted on 29 Oct 2017

This bold and colourful book for younger children tells the tale, in rhyming couplets, of the fashion-conscious Rooster and his new pair of skinny jeans.

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The White Fox

posted on 26 Oct 2017

This seemingly simple story isn’t lengthy but it’s packed with complex emotions and full of searching questions about loss...

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I Killed Father Christmas

posted on 23 Oct 2017

It’s coming on Christmas, they’re cutting down trees, they’re putting up reindeer and singing songs of joy and peace

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Daddy and I

posted on 15 Oct 2017

This is a poignant picture book with a cover showing a little girl riding high on her daddy's shoulders

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You Choose in Space

posted on 04 Oct 2017

I was the kind of child who would spend ages poring over details of illustrations in books ....

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Horrible Bear!

posted on 19 Sep 2017

All of us get angry sometimes. When that happens we can be irrational and unfair....

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How To Find Gold

posted on 30 Aug 2017

Crocodiles often appear as characters in picture books, but I have never seen one that looks quite so soft, happy and friendly ...

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Bijan & Manije

posted on 26 Aug 2017

This beautifully produced love story of Bijan & Manije is taken from the 10th century Persian epic poem known as the Shahnameh or Book of Kings

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The Magical Tree

posted on 19 Aug 2017

This lovely volume describes itself as ‘A children’s book inspired by Gustav Klimt’ ...

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Tahmineh’s Beautiful Bird

posted on 17 Aug 2017

One of the magical things that children’s picture books can do is to introduce younger readers to diverse cultures...

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Storm Whale

posted on 10 Aug 2017

This book originally published earlier in the year in Australia and now by Old Barn Books here in the UK...

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Looking for Yesterday

posted on 08 Aug 2017

What could be more inviting than a picture book cover that shows a boy with his granddad sitting on a flying book ...

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A Child's Garden of Verses

posted on 30 Jul 2017

Since it was first published in 1885, Stevenson’s collection of what are sometimes quite dark and controversial poems for children ...

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Bee & Me

posted on 16 Jul 2017

This beautifully illustrated wordless picture book manages to convey so many strong messages ...

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Ella, Queen of Jazz

posted on 02 Jul 2017

How did the friendship begin between two great artists – the brilliant jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald and the film star Marilyn Monroe?

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Stars and Primroses

posted on 30 Jun 2017

This highly unusual book of illustrated poetry for children was first published in 1945 ......

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Wild Animals of the North

posted on 22 Jun 2017

German-born artist Dieter Braun’s guide to some of the most magnificent animals in the Northern hemisphere is a truly beautiful book.

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The Barefoot Book of Children

posted on 02 May 2017

It is no surprise that this splendidly satisfying big picture book is designed with strict attention to the Barefoot Books mantra:

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Red Riding Hood

posted on 01 May 2017

  I have several pop up book versions of this well known traditional story but this one is probably my favourite ....

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Silver Buttons

posted on 20 Mar 2017

This prolific prize winning author -illustrator is one of my all time favourites with his distinctive gentle cartoon like drawings ...

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The Bear Who Stared

posted on 26 Feb 2017

Duncan Beedie’s early career was as an animator in children's TV and he then branched into design, illustration and animation for websites ...

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Four and Twenty Toilers

posted on 19 Feb 2017

This large landscape folio book for children provides us with a genuinely fascinating look at the class structure of Edwardian England.

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The City

posted on 12 Feb 2017

I love the work of this Swiss born Australian illustrator.

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posted on 05 Feb 2017

Sometimes when you stumble over an old and interesting book – this one dates from 1945 .....

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The Journey

posted on 12 Jan 2017

It is always pleasing to find another book for children about the subject of being a refugee ...

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posted on 03 Jan 2017

Maurice Sendak is a legend in the world of children’s book illustration.

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Michael Rosen’s Sad Book

posted on 27 Nov 2016

When you look at Michael Rosen’s fantastic books for children of all ages, and, if you’re fortunate enough to hear him talk about his books..

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Ten, Nine, Eight

posted on 25 Nov 2016

  I'm guilty of losing track of which books are where in my house as the shelves groan with more and more.

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The Elephant Wish

posted on 13 Nov 2016

I’m an absolute sucker for big, bold children’s books where the author and the illustrator are gleefully in cahoots

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A Apple Pie

posted on 03 Nov 2016

Books introducing young children to the alphabet are some of the most common you will find in any selection of books for younger readers

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I Will Make Miracles

posted on 26 Oct 2016

This is a big, imposing book produced in an impressive landscape format with colours that sock you in the eye

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What Is A Child

posted on 23 Sep 2016

Last year we featured Alemagna’s wonderful A Lion In Paris on our site and so we just had to showcase this one too.

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It's A Book

posted on 07 Sep 2016

There really is nothing more satisfying than a beautiful picture book that works with an idea that’s so simple it’s positively sublime.

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Baker Cat

posted on 22 Aug 2016

For many years I only knew Posy Simmonds as a cartoonist in The Guardian where she gently – and sometimes not so gently – satirised....

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A Christmas Carol

posted on 03 Jul 2016

It must be a daunting experience to find yourself commissioned to illustrate a classic Dickens tale like A Christmas Carol

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The Jungle Book

posted on 18 Jun 2016

How do you go about rethinking the illustrations for a classic like The Jungle Book?

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Donald and Benoit

posted on 08 Jun 2016

John Byrne is a fabulous painter and playwright from Paisley in Scotland and a key part of the cultural scene in Scotland.

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The Space Story Omnibus

posted on 22 May 2016

When The Space Story Omnibus was published for boys ( and, yes, it was almost certainly for boys) in 1955, the real adventure in space had hardly begun.  

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The Once and Future King

posted on 10 May 2016

Published in 1958, White’s re-imagining of the King Arthur legend takes plenty of liberties with the original source

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Big Bad Bun

posted on 24 Apr 2016

What do you do if you get a school report that's going to go down like a lead balloon with your parents?

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Hurray For Peregrine Pig

posted on 25 Mar 2016

What is it about anthropomorphic pigs? There's something fundamentally delightful about the way the porcine can be constructed as virtually human

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The Secret Garden

posted on 15 Mar 2016

It must be a great honour and, at the same time, an incredible challenge to be asked to design and illustrate a new edition of a great classic like The Sec

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The Tiger Who Came To Tea

posted on 27 Feb 2016

It is quite difficult to write a review of what is undisputedly a classic picture book which is also now a recognisable brand

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Through my Window

posted on 15 Feb 2016

I have such fond memories of discovering this book when I was a nursery teacher in inner city Birmingham...

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Treasure Island

posted on 18 Jan 2016

I have to admit that I didn't read Treasure Island when I was a boy...

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Movable Books

posted on 10 Jan 2016

We have become quite accustomed to seeing interactive books aimed at children of all ages.

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posted on 30 Dec 2015

This book has already been subject to much acclaim from organisations like The Alzheimer’s Society because of its unusual..

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Bill In A China Shop

posted on 22 Dec 2015

OK, so Bill is a bull - an Edwardian bull at that - oh, and yes, he's literally in a china shop.

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Wild Swans

posted on 29 Oct 2015

It is a very long time since I read this story, originally told by Hans Christian Anderson and I had forgotten...

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posted on 04 Oct 2015

 I have a big collection of alphabet books and this is one that is probably aimed at adults rather than children...

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A Lion in Paris

posted on 26 Sep 2015

The physical dimensions of this visually stunning book are unconventionally huge for a children's book...

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In the Land of Oz

posted on 12 Aug 2015

Most people know the classic tale of the Wizard of Oz and in most bookshops you will find at least one reprint of the L Frank Baum original version and

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The Dwindling Party

posted on 11 Aug 2015

Can anyone resist a pop-up book? Not me. Especially when the pop-up illustrates a slight verse from the twisted imagination of Edward Gorey,

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

posted on 28 Jul 2015

I would imagine that there are more people familiar with Martin Scorsese's movie, Hugo, than they are with the original book...

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The Sleeping Beauty

posted on 28 Jul 2015

  It may be a case of false memory but when I first started buying second-hand books....

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