Friday, 25 May 2018

Top new picture books for May!

A brilliant selection of picture books out this month; there are monster siblings, bears on the move, and Alan once again looses his teeth, this time in board book format!


From the dream team of Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett comes the second instalment in the exciting new shape trilogy. 

Every day, Square brings a block out of his cave and pushes it up a steep hill. When Circle floats by, she declares Square a sculptor! “It looks just like you!”  But now she wants a sculpture of her own, a circle! Will the genius manage to create one? Even accidentally?

I Do Not Like Books Anymore

In the second title featuring favourite monster siblings, Natalie and Alphonse, Natalie is learning to read and she is so happy about it. But when she tries all by herself for the first time, the letters look like squiggles, and she isn’t so sure any more… 
With her unique humour, Daisy Hirst celebrates the joy of sharing stories, and perfectly evokes those feelings of frustration and pride that come with learning something new.

Where is Home, Daddy Bear? 

Evie Bear and Dad are moving. But as they leave their old home behind and set off on their long drive towards the new, Evie is full of questions… “What if I don’t like it there?” she worries, “How will I make new friends?”

From the bestselling author Nicola O'Byrne comes a tender story about dealing with change and with the fact that home is where your loved ones are. 

Clap Hands

Clap your hands and make some noise with this bright and cheerful board book from the best selling author Helen Oxenbury. 

The much-loved and cherished babies are back in these delightful stories to help engage toddlers and encourage a love of reading.

Say Goodnight

it's time for the sweet and cuddly babies to go to bed!

From the bestselling author Helen Oxenbury comes another title of the delightful series that encourages toddlers to read and learn new things. 


From the creator of the Large Family series comes another perfectly observed family comedy about Ruby the rabbit at the supermarket. 

Ruby likes to help her mum, but she often gets a bit overexcited: crisps are so CRUNCHY, tins of beans are fun to ROLL, and that cake in the shape of a cute pink piggy looks so yummy. That is why the shop doesn't go quite to plan! 

Alan's Big, Scary Teeth

The Winner of the 2017 V&A Best Illustrated Book Award Meet Alan, an alligator with a secret. His big teeth, which he uses to scare all the jungle animals, are... false! And he really likes to take them out after a long day of scaring. 

But when his teeth go missing, what will Alan do? Will he still be scary? A goofy comedy of self-discovery now in a board book format. 

Pick up copies of all these books at your local bookshop.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Meet award winning picture book duo Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett in the UK!

We’re delighted to be welcoming Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett to the UK as they discuss their new picture book together – Square! Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen have made four books together: Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, Extra Yarn, Triangle and this book, Square. Jon is also the creator of the much-acclaimed Hat trilogy, which includes I Want My Hat Back, the Kate Greenaway and Caldecott Medal winner This Is Not My Hat and We Found a Hat

They both live in California, USA, but for a limited period they’ll be making their way around the UK – don’t miss your chance to meet them! Check out the full listing below for all the opportunities to meet the them both.

Thursday 31st May, 11am
Moon Lane Books, 300 STANSTEAD ROAD, LONDON, SE23 1DE

Friday 1st June, 11am
Stratford Picturehouse, Salway Rd, London E15 1BX
Tickets available via Discover Children’s Story Centre

Saturday 2nd June, 10am
Hay Festival
Tickets £7, available via Hay Festival box office:

Sunday 3rd June, 2pm
Waterstones, Waterstones, 153 - 157 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow, G2 3EW
Tickets available via Waterstones:

Monday 4th June, 3:30pm onwards
The Edinburgh Bookshop, 219 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4DH
Signing only, no tickets required

Monday 4th June, 7pm
In conversation event chaired by Janet Smyth
Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX
Tickets £5 and available via Blackwells

Saturday 9th June, 11am
Blackwell's Bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BQ
Free tickets available via Blackwells

You can see Jon & Mac talk about their new book below!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

WIN our Picture Book of the Month, Square

This book is about Square. This book is also about Square's friend Circle. Square is trying to make something perfect, like Circle is. But it's really hard to make something perfect...

From the multi-award-winning, New York Times bestselling team of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen (creator of I Want My Hat Backcomes the second instalment in the exciting new shape trilogy.

Take a sneak peek inside the book…

WIN Square treats

To celebrate the launch of Square, we’ve got five goody bags full of Square treats to give away, each including a copy of the book, a limited edition print and a poster! 

To enter just email with 'Square' in the subject line before 18th May 2018. Terms and conditions apply.

You can pick up a copy of Square, and the first book in the series Triangleat your local bookshop. Check out Mac & Jon talking about the series in the video below!


Thursday, 19 April 2018

WIN A Lion is a Lion and a Grosnug from The Gro Company!

We’ve teamed up with baby sleep experts The Gro Company to celebrate the joy of a book at bedtime.

April sees the latest instalment of our Bedtime Book Club; so get tucked in with a fantastic picture book plus a Grosnug from The Gro Company!


We’ve got three packed Bedtime Book Club goody bags to give away this month, each including a copy of A Lion is a Lion and a Lions and Tigers Grosnug, plus a selection of picture book posters, stickers and limited edition prints.

To enter, just email your name and address to with ‘Lion Bedtime Book Club' in the subject line for your chance to win.

Competition closes on 20th May 2018. Terms and conditions apply.

A Lion is a Lion by Polly Dunbar 

All lions are fierce, right? Well, maybe, just maybe, this Lion – so well dressed and polite and charming – isn't too fierce for you...

From Polly Dunbar comes a wicked, rollicking read-aloud which asks the question: Is a lion still a lion if he … wears a hat? And carries an umbrella? What about when he licks his lips and says, “Oh yes, lunch would be lovely, thank you...” Is a lion still a lion then?

Lions and Tigers Grosnug

Newborns will have a rip roaring night’s sleep and wake up feeling great! Reassuringly snug on top and a hip healthy leg space on the bottom, your little one will stay safe and secure all night just like when they were in Mummy’s tummy. Poppers on the armholes allow for swaddling with arms in or choose arms out for the freedom of a newborn Grobag. The Grosnug is the first stage to providing your baby with a safer, comfortable, and content night’s sleep

Pick up a copy of A Lion is a Lion at your local bookshop, and browse The Gro Company’s sleep products on their website.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Top new picture books for April!

A brilliant selection of picture books out this month; there are hiding fish, fruit-stealing elephants, and Nancy once again explores London, this time in paperback!

Where is Little Fish?

Little Fish is playing hide-and-seek with his fishy friends. Can you find him? Babies and toddlers will love searching for Little Fish behind the coral, beneath the shell and inside a treasure chest. 

This gorgeous lift-the-flap book features the vibrant artwork of Lucy Cousins, multi-award-winning creator of Maisy.

Count with Little Fish

Join Little Fish on an underwater journey, and count from 1 to 10 along the way. Little readers will love Lucy Cousin’s bright, bold characters and will delight at the final page, teeming with colourful fish of all shapes and sizes. 

Inspired by Hooray for Fish!, this charming counting book features the spotty Little Fish and his fishy friends! Perfect for babies and toddlers and fans of Lucy Cousins.

No, Nancy, No!

From Alice Tait, illustrator of the iconic London Range, comes a stylish, action-packed lift-the-flap book – the perfect introduction to the capital city for first-time sightseers! 

Blending her joyful London scapes with the story of a mischievous little girl, Nancy, and her long-suffering dachshund, Roger, Alice creates a wild and calamitous chase by boat, bus and bike across all of London's most famous and best sights – from Buckingham Palace to the Tower of London…

Ruby in the Ruins

Ruby and Mum have lived through the terrifying London Blitz and are waiting for Dad to come home from the war. Ruby hardly recognizes the tall man who steps off the train, but when she falls in the ruins nearby, there’s only one person who she wants to rescue her. 

A classic picture book about family love, set in post-war London, from the much-loved and award-winning Shirley Hughes.

That Fruit Is Mine!

One day, deep in the jungle, five elephants discover a new tree – a tall tree – and, atop that tree, the most mouth-wateringly delicious fruit any of them had ever seen. “MINE!” each elephant cries. “Mine, mine, mine, mine, MINE!” But who will get there first? And will the elephants spot the five tiny mice, planning and plotting, slowly approaching that tip-top branch? 

 With fresh vision, hilarious characterization and beautifully textured art, Anuska Allepuz tells a tale of teamwork and sharing; a comedy and fable with a contemporary edge.

King of the Sky
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Starting a new life in a new country, a young boy feels lost and alone – until he meets an old man who keeps racing pigeons. Together they pin their hopes on a race across Europe and the special bird they believe can win it: King of the Sky. Nicola Davies’ beautiful story – an immigrant’s tale with a powerful resonance in our troubled times – is illustrated by an artist who makes the world anew with every picture.

The Pencil: 10th Anniversary Edition

A special 10th anniversary edition of a modern classic, The Pencil is a playful, witty, wonderfully quirky story about the power of imagination. Say hi to Banjo! Once a pencil draws him, there's no telling what will come next – a dog, a cat, a chase (of course), and a paintbrush to colour in an ever-expanding group of family and friends. But it's not long before the complaints begin – "This hat looks silly!" "My ears are too big!" – until the poor pencil has no choice but to draw … a rubber. Oh no!  With gorgeous golden foil on the cover and spine, this edition is one to share and treasure.

Pick up copies of all these books at your local bookshop.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Little Fish

Hello, I am Little Fish!

Today is a very special day for me: Walker Books has published TWO new books about me and my friends!
Making books is SO much fun. It takes a long time and lots of hard work, though! I’ve made a special photo montage of all the best bits – come and have a look.

Here are the Design and Editorial team talking through the story. They help decide how the book will look and what it will say! Can you spot me listening in?

Here I am with Mummy Fish in the sparkly PR and Marketing department! They help people hear all about the brilliant books that Walker makes.

I got flown all the way to Italy for the Bologna Book Fair! I still prefer swimming to flying, but it was so much fun.

The book fair is where publishers display all the fantastic books they’re making for the next year.

Even little fish like me need a break. Lucky for me, Walker Books is right by Vauxhall City Farm, so I got to visit all sorts of animals and make new friends like this flip-flap fantastic goat! No fish, though…

Wow! Look at these splish-splashing books. These are called “advance copies”. They’re copies of the new books that come into the office before they hit the shops so that everyone can read through one more time to be sure they’re absolutely perfect.  


You can pick up copies of my new books Where is Little Fish? and Count with Little Fish in your local bookshop, but we also have five sets to giveaway to some lucky readers! To enter, just email your name and address to with ‘Little Fish' in the subject line for your chance to win.

Competition closes on 7th May 2018. Terms and conditions apply.

Win our Picture Book of the Month - No, Nancy, No!

Nancy and her sausage dog Roger are ready for a day out in London! But is London ready for naughty Nancy?

From Alice Tait, illustrator of the iconic London Range, comes a stylish, action-packed lift-the-flap book! Blending her joyful London scapes with the story of a mischievous little girl, Nancy, and her long-suffering dachshund, Roger, Alice creates a wild and calamitous chase by boat, bus and bike across all of London's most famous and best sights – from Buckingham Palace to the Tower of London…

With over fifteen flaps throughout, an incredible pop-up Nelson's column and a fold-out map, young readers will delight in this interactive adventure, and will love joining in with Roger's catchy refrain: “No, Nancy, No!


We have five copies of No, Nancy, No! with posters to give away! To enter, just email your name and address to with ‘No Nancy No' in the subject line for your chance to win. 

Competition closes on 7th May 2018. Terms and conditions apply.

Pick up a copy of No, Nancy, No! in your local bookshop.

Alice Tait is a British illustrator and designer whose artwork has been commissioned by Waitrose, British Vogue and renowned fashion houses, Carolina Ferrara and Chanel. Her prints and London-themed merchandise have also been sold in Habitat, John Lewis, Foyles, WH Smiths, and even the Royal Palaces. 

Alice has also created cover art for Nigel Slater’s cookbooks and Sue Townsend’s modern classic, Adrian Mole. No, Nancy, No! is her authorial debut. Find her online at and on Instagram.