Friday, 26 August 2016

Edinburgh Book Festival Spotlight: Sean Taylor

We were very lucky to spend the day with Walker author 
Sean Taylor at Edinburgh Book Festival 2016.

We started off the morning with an interactive session in the Story Box Venue which was packed with poetry and hand actions and Sean read out loud from Don't Call me Choochie Pooh! and A Brave Bear. Next Sean hosted his Silly Stories before we zoomed off to the bookshop where there were lots of Sean's books ready for signing!

To end a gorgeous day, Sean spoke at Amnesty International's event, This is Exile: Diaries of Child Refugees, which drew attention to the growing refugee crisis across the world. It was an affecting reading and we were proud to be involved. 

Phew! What a busy day! Well done, Sean!

Don't worry if you missed it! Here are a few videos of Sean reading his newest books!

Bath, Book, Bed from Book Trust!

Book Trust UK have introduced an exciting (or snoozy!) new 
initiative to help sooth young children off to a sound sleep!

They have tips for newborns.

Tips for babies.

And tips for toddlers.

You can sign up for more information by clicking here!

Always in support of good bedtime routine's, we rounded-up our top bedtime reads for August.

"Dear me," says Great Big Bear, "it must be time for bed!" 
But Little Bear is certainly not sleepy - he's wide away! (For now...)

Everyone has to brush their teeth, wash their hair 
and go to bed sometime - even dinosaurs!

The eagerly-anticipated finale of Aaron Becker's worless trilogy - 
a spectacular, suspenseful and moving story that brings its adventurer home. 

A heart-warming story about a giant who, after destroying his forest 
home, must learn the true value of the natural world. 

Thursday, 18 August 2016

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen Book Trailer!

Two turtles have found a hat.

The hat looks good on both of them.

But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat...

We are delighted to share the beautiful book trailer for We Found a Hat,

the third title in Jon Klassen's acclaimed Hat series.

'Jon is [...] the master of deadpan comedy and devastating comic timing. An absolute joy.'
The Irish Independent

To celebrate the upcoming publication of We Found a Hat, Jon was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal. When asked Why Hats? ...

Jon: A hat isn’t a necessary object. It’s not money or food, where you can justify things you might do for it. It’s just about people wanting this thing they have affection for. With this third book, the hat is too big on the two characters kind of on purpose. These characters are so sweet to each other most of the time, and they have this impulse to do this [hurtful] thing to each other, but it’s almost like the thing that the hat has come to represent is too big on them. This betrayal — or whatever it is that the other creatures have been capable of in the other books — these guys can’t do it to each other. The idea of what the hat has come to mean, they try it on, and it’s almost like kids playing around with props that were meant for a more important play. And also the fact that they themselves have made this universe where as far as they’re concerned, it looks really great on them. And that’s all that matters. No one’s going to come along and tell them it’s too big on them. They think it’s the best thing they’ve ever seen.

To read the full article click here.

Hold on to your hats. We can't wait for October!

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Book of the month! Goodnight Everyone by award-winning Chris Haughton

From the multi award-winning picture book maker of A Bit Lost, Oh No, George! And Shh! We Have a Plan, comes a beautifully illustrated bedtime book, Goodnight Everyone.

“Dear me,” says Great Big Bear, “it must be time for bed!” But Little Bear is certainly not sleepy – he’s wide awake! For now…

'Beautifully executed'  

- The Observer

'Chris Haughton has woven his magic yet absolute classic bedtime read.'

- The Irish Times

'Haughton's latest makes eyelids grow heavy, with its poster-art evocation of encroaching night...and gentle progress from playfulness to somnolence among expressive, stylized funny creatures.'

- Sunday Times One to Watch

To celebrate the publication of Goodnight Everyone, we are delighted to be partnered with The Gro Company. 

The Gro Company was founded in 2000, the result of two parents battle to get their baby to sleep at night. Practically unheard of in the UK, an Austrian sister-in-law introduced them to baby sleep bags, and after the amazing 12 hour sleep as a result, Grobag was born. 
From the start the company worked closely with the safe sleep charity the Lullaby Trust, and
so safety and quality has always been important in what we do.
WIN! Enter our fantastic competition to win a glorious Gro Company bundle.
We also have five signed copies of Goodnight Everyone to give to 5 lucky runners up!

To enter email with 'Goodnight Everyone' in the subject line, and leave your name and postal address in the email. Good luck!
Closing date: 04/09/16

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Petr Horacek's Busy July!

Walker author and illustrator Petr Horacek has had an exciting month in July with the publication of his glorious new author illustrated title, A Greedy Goat

(I think we can all agree that this cover is divine!)

Petr is an incredibly talented creator and we are delighted to work with him at Walker Books. To celebrate A Greedy Goat, Petr put together a wonderful blog taking us from his inspiration, right at the start of the project, all the way through to being sent finished copies! Check it out by clicking here

A lovely review of a Greedy Goat from blogger Read It Daddy:

Charlotte's best bit: Goat's terrible turn as the awful diet takes its toll and changes her from a beautiful white goat to all the colours of the rainbow. Yikes!

Daddy's favourite bit: A thoroughly entertaining and hilarious romp with a naughty but endearing central character who gets her just desserts (and dinner)!

But Petr has also been a busy bee working with Shakespeare's Globe, teaming up to support the Shakespeare's Telling Tales Festival which has been taking place across July. 

On the 25th of July Petr Took over the Globe's Instragram feed where he showed us all how to make a gorgeous concertina book. There's a little sneak preview below but check the whole thing out here

And also a yummy interview all about Petr's inspiration and even a little look at some gorgeous artwork from The Blue Penguin, which publishes in November. Have a read by clicking here

Overall a massive congratulations to Petr on his very busy month and a huge shout out to the wonderful Telling Tales Festival. 

Get your tickets to Shakespeare's Telling Tales at The Globe!

The main events not only include former and current children’s laureates Chris Riddell, Anthony Browne and Michael Morpurgo, but also David Almond, Marcia Williams, Viv French and Petr Horacek. 

As part of the festival, the Underglobe is being turned into Bottom’s Book Market which will be an interactive space including a bookshop run by Tales on Moon Lane.  There will be a programme of short storytelling sessions from actors, authors and illustrators which include Alex Milway, Gary Northfield, Vivian French, Viviane Schwarz, Timothy Knapman, Chris Riddell, Petr Horacek, Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy.

Bottom’s Book Market also includes a multi-sensory space accessible for all story lovers with two interactive art installations featuring We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Five Minutes’ Peace  in extracts in text, braille and audio, in partnership with the RNIB.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Picture Book Partying!

We've had some wonderful events recently so we thought we'd share some pictures!

Walker Books Marketing team hosted a gorgeous evening of canapes and picture books to preview our Autumn picture book list. Wonderful Oooohs and Aaahs filled the room and we were all absolutely delighted to hear the talented Timothy Knapman and legendary Helen Oxembury talk about upcoming title, Time Now to Dream

Timothy and Helen

All ears open 

Show us your shelves! 


Celebrating the publication of Daisy Hirst's
 Alphonse That is Not OK To Do, hosted by Gosh! Comics in central London.

Alphonse thoroughly enjoyed his moment in the spotlight.


Raising a glass to Sean Taylor and Emily Hughes, author and illustrator of 
A Brave Bearat Tales on Moon Lane in Dulwich. 

Shout out to Emily's home-made tofu sushi which was fabulous!