Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Winter Wheels!

Oh, what fun it is to ride … all the winter machines! Climb aboard snow plough, rail ploughs, salt trucks, the iconic Zamboni and many more in this bright, action-packed, ride-along adventure for children!
There is a decided nip in the air and drawing in of the evenings at this time of year that reminds us that winter is on its way but fear not! Beautifully illustrated by Carmen Mok, Ride the Big Machines in Winter will make you fall in love all over again with the snow and ice as the big, powerful winter machines go about their daily work in the freezing towns, cities, lakes and seas! Out today from HarperCollins!

Monday, 26 September 2016

David Dean: The Barefoot Book of Children

Stunning new work from David Dean!
Empower tomorrow's global citizens to grasp today's critical social issues with The Barefoot Book of Children. Hand-painted illustrations and straightforward text directly engage the reader, inviting children to ask themselves: How do other children live? How are we different? And most importantly: How are we alike? The Barefoot Book of Children is a playful, powerful and thought-provoking celebration of both the big ideas and the everyday moments that reveal our common humanity and tie us all together.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Livia's Festival Flags!

The amazing Livia Coloji has been very busy recently preparing artwork for posters, t-shirts, entry bracelets, banners and activity booklets for the wonderful PLAI Festival in Romania! PLAI is an international world music and art festival that takes place every year in the second weekend of September at the Banat Village Museum, Timisoara Romania and this year Livia was tasked with creating all of the promotional items for this unique event!

The idea for PLAI was born on a summer day in June, after a visit to the Banat Village Museum. The location continues to be very important for the festival, an event that celebrates Romania's diversity and multicultural heritage. An event for people of all ages, full of activities designed to spark passions and music from all around the world, diversity, in all its forms, has a special place here. 

Here are some of Livia's beautiful artworks for the festival - we think she did an amazing job!

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Wonder Women!

Maria Merian discovered the truth about metamorphosis through studying caterpillars and documented her findings in gorgeous paintings of the life cycles of insects. More than a century later, the intrepid and patient Mary Anning discovered fossils that would change people’s vision of the past. Across the ocean, Maria Mitchell explored the starry sky through a telescope and longed to discover a new comet and after years of studying the night sky, finally did.

This gorgeously written novel in verse about three girls in three different time periods who grew up to become groundbreaking scientists is the wonderful Victoria Assanelli's  latest collaboration. Told in vibrant, evocative poems, this stunning novel celebrates the joy of discovery and finding wonder in the world around us. 

Learn how three fearless and remarkable girls became three celebrated scientists whose innovations influenced modern science and changed perceptions about the role of women! Available now and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

An Autumnal Ark!

Children can join in with the story of Noah and his journey with the animals as they lift the flaps on every page to see what is hiding beneath in this gorgeous little book Illustrated by Livia Coloji! This latest collaboration with Lois Rock and Lion Children's Books sees Livia's endearing animal 'pairs' being loaded onto, and living in, the ark before finally being set free in their new home after the flood. 12 fun-packed pages allow children to discover Noah's tale and discover hidden parts of the story on every page! A great read for rainy Autumn days!

A Novel Nativity!

Did you know there are only 97 days left until Christmas?! In light of this frightening news, here is a sneak peek at the festive delights that the amazing Livia Coloji has been hard at work on for the last few months! A beautiful collaboration with Lois Rock and Lion Children's Books, the 'Look Inside - Nativity' board book, is a celebration of the Christmas story like no other. In this little gem of a book, Livia's rich illustrations with flaps to lift and discover what's hiding beneath, will transport children to Bethlehem as they join Mary and Joseph on their journey to the little manger where their child will be born.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Bistra Masseva shortlisted for Cheltenham illustration Award 2016

We are proud to announce that Bistra Masseva will be part of the 38 exhibitors displayed for The Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2016 - Tales of Nonsense exhibition! She beat over 1000 entries to be part of the shortlist, which will be exhibited at The Wilson art gallery and museum, Cheltenham from the 24th September - 15th January 2017. Congratulations to her!

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Twelve Dancing Princesses!

Dazzlingly illustrated by Alison Jay and published by little bee books, the enchanting Twelve Dancing Princesses is a retelling of an intriguing classic fairytale! Although they are locked in their room each night, every morning the princesses wake up with their slippers worn through, as if they had been dancing all night long! Who will solve the mystery of the tattered shoes and claim one of the princesses as their bride? Out now!

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Have a simply peachy birthday Roald Dahl!

Who else could pull off writing a story about a humungous fruit!? Happy Roald Dahl Day from The Organisation! This beautiful brand new illustration is courtesy of the marvellous Alison Jay and available NOW in her Etsy shop! Inspired by Roald Dahl's "James and the Giant Peach" this is what would have happened if the giant peach had not been flown to New York by seagulls and if it hadn't gone rotten but grew into a tree for all the insects to live in. An entomologists dream! To see all of her marvellous work click here!

Monday, 12 September 2016

Barbara Bongini: Fairy Gardens Magic Painting!

Check out the brand new book featuring Barbara Bongini's wonderful illustrations published by Usborne - Fairy Gardens Magic Painting!
Brush the pages of this book with water and see the fairies and flowers in the enchanted garden burst into beautiful colour! Each page has intricate, black and white illustrations of a fairy garden covered in snow, a lake of lily pads, a fairy fruit patch and lots more.

Carmen Mok rides the big machines in winter with Harper Collins!

We are excited to share with you the brand new work from Carmen Mok! She has been busy illustrating 'Ride the Big Machines at Winter for Harper Collins!Climb aboard snowplows, rail plows, salt trucks, the iconic Zamboni and many more snow and ice vehicles in this bright, action-packed, ride-along adventure for the very young.

Aliona Bereghici wins Latino Book Award!

We are thrilled to announce that 'Sky Painter', illustrated by Aliona Bereghici, and published by Two Lions, has just won the 2016 International Latino Book Award for Best Educational Children’s Picture Book in English!The International Latino Book Awards recognise the best achievements in Spanish or Portuguese literature each year. They are produced by Latino Literacy Now, an organisation co-founded by Edward James Olmos and Kirk Whisler and Reforma, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos. Congratulations to Aliona on a gorgeous book!

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

The Countdown Begins!

The countdown begins to Roald Dahl Day next week! 5 days, 12 hours and 32 minutes to be precise, until the 100th anniversary of Dahl's birth! Get the party started in good time by downloading one of these free Party Packs at http://www.roalddahl.com/…/roald-da…/party-pack-registration
"Tremendous things are in store for you, many wonderful surprises await you!" - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Playing Peekaboo with Gareth Lucas!

Gareth Lucas' bold and beautiful colour illustrations lift to reveal hidden surprises and will keep youngsters engaged as they learn. This great addition to the Silver Dolphin Books 'Peekaboo Pals' series is available now. 

'Who is flying high one moment, only to come down low the next? 
Who is quiet with anticipation of a loud celebration?'

In 'Peekaboo Pals Opposites', children will lift the flaps and be delighted by the amusing antics of the illustrated animals while learning about opposites!