Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Darcey is Spreading Kindness!

Say hello to the cutest winner of one of our comps so far! This is Darcey getting her first glimpse of her hero Richard Merritt's new books! Darcey and her mummy will be taking these to their local library so that other toddlers can enjoy them too - so kind! ❤️

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Chris Shares his Story!

As the National Federation of Children's Book Groups' fabulous 'Share a Story Month' continues, here is the wonderful Chris Davidson, his daughter Amelie & friend Teah outside their property reading his own illustrated book 'One Cool Kiwi' as they take a break from rollerblading! 

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Bee-autiful News!

Have you heard the amazing news? A total ban on bee-killing pesticides in all 28 EU countries!!! This means that use of the world’s most common insecticides will no longer be legal pressing industry to develop a whole new model of non-toxic agriculture! As you can tell, we are simply buzzing about it and think that this gorgeous pic from Alison Jay's 'Bee and Me' perfectly sums up our feelings!!!!


Bouncing and Books!

To kick off the National Federation of Children's Book Groups' fabulous 'Share a Story Month', here is Ella Okstad Illustrator's son Peder and his friend Agnes reading 'Squishy McFluff The Invisible Cat' and 'Sophie Johnson Unicorn Expert' whilst bouncing on the trampoline in Ella's garden! I think you will have to agree this takes some serious skill - hats off to this lovely pair! 

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Happy Anniversary Chantelle and Burgen!

Happy 18th Wedding Anniversary to our gorgeous artists Chantelle & Burgen Thorne! Here they are at their fabulous 'out of Africa' themed wedding back in 2000 - they were even mucking around on the Tugela river in white-water rafts that morning! We love this crazy pair!!!! 

A Quick Zip to the Zoo!

Out this month is yet another dazzling and dynamic illustrated 100-piece jigsaw from Usborne’s hugely popular ‘Book and Jigsaw’ series featuring Gareth Lucas' vivid and vibrant work! This zany zoo puzzle complete with cheeky inhabitants also includes a 24-page activity book packed with things to spot and talk about - Can you spot a tiger wearing pyjamas, three donkeys and the zookeeper's keys? Available here.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Richard Rocks and Rows!

Hot on the 8 hairy heels of last month’s ‘Incy Wincy Spider’, Richard Merritt’s latest terrific technicolour toddler title for Pat-a-Cake’s popular Peek and Play series sees intrepid elephant and monkey encountering all sorts of beautiful and exotic wildlife as they navigate the wacky waterways! From pyramids to palm trees and snakes to swamps, there is never a dull moment in this latest gorgeous board book collaboration! So lift the flaps and sing along - Row Row Row Your Boat will be making a splash in a bookshop near you on the 4th May! Get your copy here.

It's Goodnight from Gareth!

Poor Zebra just wants to go to sleep! But with tap dancing tigers in tuxedos and piano-playing porcupines in party hats hiding behind every flap, will Zebra ever find some peace and quiet? The latest in the hugely successful Peekaboo series from Little Tiger Press to be illustrated by the sensational Gareth Lucas, Peekaboo Night Night is his most ambitious yet - with so many hilarious scenarios unfolding throughout poor sleep deprived Zebra’s house, you won’t know whether to laugh or cry!

Packed to bursting with bold and beautiful peekaboo fun, this 4th lift-the-flap board book from award-winning Gareth is out 3rd May! Available here!

Welcome to New Artist Marina Perez Luque!

This month we welcome a new recruit to The Organisation... the lovely Marina Pérez Luque!

Marina is an illustrator from Granada, Spain, where she studied a degree in Fine Arts and where she lives and works at present. Since then she's been focusing on children's illustration. She has worked with publishers focused on the children's sector such as Storytime Magazine (UK), Oxford University Press (UK) and Editorial SM (Spain). Her work is inspired by many themes, especially the relationship between the human being and nature and believes it important to convey values of respect and solidarity.

Check out her fabulous portfolio here!