Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Three Walker Picture Books Shortlisted for the 2019 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal


We are absolutely thrilled to say that three Walker picture books have made the shortlist of the 2019 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. You can see the full selection of titles below.

Julian is a Mermaid illustrated and written by Jessica Love


The Day War Came illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, written by Nicola Davies


The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett


Good to luck to all the illustrators shortlisted! You can pick copies of all these books at your local bookshop.

PREVIOUS KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL WINS FOR WALKER BOOKS:

2018 Sydney Smith, Town Is by the Sea
2014 Jon Klassen, This is Not My Hat
2012 Jim Kay, A Monster Calls
2004 Chris Riddell, Jonathan Swift's Gulliver
2002 Bob Graham, Jethro Byrde, Fairy Child
2001 Chris Riddell, Pirate Diary
1999 Helen Oxenbury, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
1997 P J Lynch, When Jessie Came Across the Sea
1995 P J Lynch, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
1988 Barbara Firth, Can't You Sleep Little Bear?
1985 Juan Wijngaard, Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady

Thursday, 7 March 2019

WIN our March Picture Book of the Month - Circle by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen


From the dynamic, dream team of Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett comes the final instalment in the hilarious shape trilogy, Circle.

Triangle and Square are visiting Circle, who lives at the waterfall. When they play hide-and-seek, Circle tells the friends the one rule: not to go behind the falling water. But after she closes her eyes to count to ten, of course that's exactly where Triangle goes. Will Circle find Triangle? And what OTHER shapes might be lurking back there?

          


We have a fantastic prize to give away this month! One lucky reader will win a signed copy of Circle plus a framed selection of prints from Triangle, Square and Circle. Two runners up will will win a signed copy of Circle plus a limited edition Circle print. 


To enter this competition just enter your name and email address below.

Competition closes midday on Thursday 4th April 2019.   

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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

CBeebies Bedtime Stories featuring A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton

We are delighted to say that A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton was featured on Cbeebies Bedtime Stories this weekend! Read by French-Turkish actor TchĂ©ky Karyo known for his role in the British BBC drama series, The Missing. You can watch the storytime here.





The award-winning debut title from Chris Haughton, A Bit Lost is the heart-warming story of Little Owl – who must be more careful when he is sleeping... Uh-oh! He has fallen from his nest, and with a bump he lands on the ground. Where is his mummy? With the help of his new friend Squirrel, Little Owl sets off in search of her, and meets a sequence of other animals. Yet while one might have his mummy’s big eyes, and another her pointy ears, they are simply not her.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2019 Longlist Announced


The longlist has been published for the country's oldest children’s book award: the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, recognising outstanding illustration in books for children and young people. 

Walker Books are proud to have 6 fantastic books on the longlist for the Kate Greenaway Medal!

Congratulations to all these fantastic illustrators and their books! 


       Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love 

Julian is a Mermaid illustrated by Jessica Love

Animals With Tiny Cat illustrated by Viviane Schwarz

The Day the War Came illustrated by Rebecca Cobb

A Stone for Sascha illustrated by Aaron Becker

The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse illustrated by Jon Klassen


Friday, 15 February 2019

Discussing feelings with children using How Monty Found His Magic


A book for anyone who’s ever lacked confidence or been afraid of failing at something new.
Monty is a marvellous magician, but why won’t he show his tricks to other people? Zephyr and Snuffles, Monty's best friends, want everyone to see just how amazing he is and keep reminding him that – together – they can do anything! They are a magical trio!


We are delighted to welcome Lerryn Korda to Picture Book Party to discuss 
How Monty Found His Magic

I wrote How Monty Found his Magic partly as a response to child mental health issues. Having suffered from anxiety all my life, I am now aware of the need to identify my feelings and where they are in my body. I wish I had understood this as a child. This inner tracking allows a pause before I react. It’s also a good time to get the support of friends and family like Monty, who has the support of Zephyr and Snuffles.

In my own life I try not to judge emotions that arise but to acknowledge them. Feelings come and go and sometimes we can’t make them better. However, just by talking them through they often can lose their power.

I asked Special Educational Needs Coordinator Rachael Taylor, who has a wealth of experience with child mental health, how she might use How Monty Found his Magic to start a conversation and an activity about feelings.

Resources: large piece of paper, thick black pen, colouring pens, paints, glue, dried beans, pasta, rice, feathers, cotton wool  etc.


Read the page which describes Monty’s whizzing tummy. Ask your child to look at the picture of Monty. Describe, or ask the child to describe, what they can see. How does Monty look? Where is he looking? What are his hands doing? The way he’s standing? Now ask about his feelings. Can you see the butterflies in his tummy? Or his heart thumping? No, this is happening all inside Monty’s body. Nobody can tell this is how he is feeling.  Ask the child if s/he ever feels like Monty. What do their butterflies feel like? Are they butterflies at all? Perhaps they’re more like worms slithering through the grass? Be curious and open to whatever your child describes.

Tell your child you’re going to draw around each other to make life-size pictures of each other, and then draw, paint or collage all the different sensations which can happen inside their bodies when different feelings arise.

Once you have your outlines, start to discuss the different sensations which happen when you’re feeling nervous like Monty. Chat to your child about the colour and texture you might choose to represent the sensation, e.g. Monty describes the feeling like butterflies, which is a common way to describe the sensation. Is that the same for your child? If so, what colour are they? Do they feel like feathers? Or bits of cotton wool? Draw or stick on whatever the child chooses for each sensation. Move around the body, discussing any sensation that might arise.

Open the conversation up to discuss other emotions. What about when we start to feel angry? Repeat the above, asking questions about skin? Face? Palms of hands? Heart? Chest? Back of neck? All the time accepting what your child says and describes. Be curious.

What about happiness? Sadness? Excitement? etc. Add word cards or pictures of different emotions.

Hang your pictures where your child can add to theirs when s/he notices any new sensations.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Al Rodin wins the 2019 Sebastian Walker Award for Illustration

We are very pleased to announce that Al Rodin has been awarded the 8th annual Sebastian Walker Award for IllustrationAl’s illustration stood apart from a group of MA students’ work that was this year, once again, exceptional.

Set up in honour of Walker’s founder, Sebastian Walker, this award is dedicated to discovering and celebrating exciting new unpublished illustration talent. The Sebastian Walker Award was created in 2011 and is partnered with Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge School of Art and their MA course in Children’s Book Illustration. Walker Books have published more than 20 books by Cambridge School of Art graduates since Birgitta Sif’s Greenaway Medal shortlisted Oliver in 2012 and continue to work with many previous award winners and shortlistees.


Al Rodin said:

"I am inspired by an ever-growing gang of artists and writers including William Kentridge, Ben Shahn, Chaim Soutine and Dylan Thomas. The Bash Street Kids, Calvin and Hobbes, and Winnie-the-Pooh have also been major influences. I like to make stories that playfully explore the experience of childhood, particularly through character driven narratives that focus on relationships and feelings from the perspective of a child." 

Deirdre McDermott, Walker Picture Book Publisher and Creative Director said: 

"We were completely compelled by Al Rodin's bold and characterful artwork. His painterly style captivated us immediately because he combines highly expressive brush work with real energy to create pictures that excite and entice with their fluidity and motion. With a keen eye for movement and gesture, Al creates truly inclusive artwork that we are positive children everywhere will respond to and enjoy greatly. We look forward to seeing his first picture books and believe that he will grow into an important and original contemporary picture book maker." 

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

WIN our February Picture Book of the Month - Kiss the Crocodile


Introducing Kiss the Crocodile, our February Picture Book of the Month, a story which introduces a brand-new GAME ... a game all little monkeys, tortoises and anteaters will want to play!

Down in the jungle, three best friends – Monkey, Tortoise and Anteater – are playing silly games together. After Stick Splash, Scary Monsters and Silly Dancing, they spy Little Crocodile and his big crocodile mum in the swamp. Do they want to play a new game, Little Crocodile asks ... a DARING game. KISS THE CROCODILE! Who will be brave enough to steal a peck from the 'sleeping' croc, with his big tail, pointy teeth and sharp claws? MWAH! Brimming over with the thrill of friendship and play, this hilarious new story from Sean Taylor the author of Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise demands to be re-enacted, and is the perfect match for the animated, visually-rich artwork of Ben Mantle, illustrator of Follow the Track All the Way Back.



Are you brave enough to kiss the crocodile? Watch our fun animated trailer below. 
         

We have FIVE copies of Kiss the Crocodile to give away! To enter this competition just enter your name and email address below.

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Competition closes midday on Thursday 14th March 2019.   

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