Thursday, 17 January 2019

Top picture book picks this January!

A new year brings with it brand new picture books! We've selected our top new picks for January and you can find out all about them here.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt 30th Anniversary Edition


Celebrate 30 wonderful years of We're Going on a Bear Hunt in this special anniversary edition of the much-loved family favourite. This new anniversary board book brings the story to life for a whole new generation of young readers. Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river, squelch through the mud and brave their way through the swirling, whirling snowstorm in search of a bear.



Tooth


Ouch! Baby’s mouth feels funny. Something is happening, and it’s not just that a puddle of drool keeps escaping. There it is – a new tooth! From discovering what’s good to bite (and what’s not) to mastering the art of the toothbrush, Baby’s dental adventure is sure to give little teething buddies something to chew on.



Beware of the Crocodile



A witty Nature Storybook about crocodiles. The main thing about crocodiles is they’re really scary – or at least the big ones are. They’ve got an awful lot of teeth and they’re not at all fussy about what they eat, as long as it’s got a bit of meat on it.  But you might be surprised to hear that there's more to crocodiles than just their appetites.....




Home in the Rain



Francie and her mum, who is expecting a baby girl, are driving home from Grandma’s in the heavy rain when they stop for a picnic. As the car steams up, Francie presses her little finger on the window, spelling out "Daddy" and "Mummy" and leaving one space free, ready and waiting for the name of her soon-to-be sister... A beautifully observed celebration of the way inspiration can, and often does happen in the most ordinary and unlikely of places.



Flat Cat


A wild, read-aloud celebration of breaking the rules, taking a chance, and having the most brilliant of adventures. Jimi the cat longs to explore the bright and bustling world outside the flat. Where will he go and who will he meet on those wild and exciting streets? Children and parents alike will rejoice in this funny, stylish and heart-warming celebration of freedom, adventure, friendship and love.





Animals with Tiny Cat


From the ever original and wonderfully playful Viviane Schwarz comes a laugh-out-loud, theatrical first animal board book for the very youngest of readers. Tiny Cat is playing dressing-up! She rolls up in a rug to become a snake – hiss! And with booties on her paws, she’s a horse – neigh! In fact, with oodles of imagination, Tiny Cat can be any animal she wants to be! 



Isle of You



Some days are harder to get through than others. Whenever you’re sad, or lonely, or angry, there’s one place you can always go: the Isle of You. Take a moment to shake off your worries, then set sail to a land where your dreams can come true. Soar on the back of an eagle, hunt for treasure, watch dancing polar bears on roller skates – anything you can imagine is yours...





Dreamland

Bedtime surroundings mingle with stunning dream imagery as a little girl drifts into peaceful slumber... From illustrator and Pixar designer Noah Klocek comes a breathtaking depiction of a half-asleep landscape sure to lure readers into a dreamland of their own. 



Thursday, 10 January 2019

Celebrate 30 Years of We're Going on a Bear Hunt with our competition!


For thirty years families everywhere have loved to join in the refrain...

We're going on a bear hunt.
We're going to catch a big one.
What a beautiful day! 
We're not scared.

Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury's much-loved interpretation of this familiar join-in story has made We're Going on a Bear Hunt a genuine modern classic. Their sparkling retelling has had readers swishy-swashing and splash-sploshing through the pages and has captured the imaginations of children and their parents since it was first published to great critical acclaim in 1989.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary we have FIVE copies of the We're Going on a Bear Hunt 30th Anniversary Edition paperback with a poster and a bear plush toy to give away!




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

Competition closes midday on Monday 18th February 2019.   

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Monday, 7 January 2019

Picture books we're looking forward to in 2019!

Another year and another packed schedule of exciting picture books to publish! We have lots of new picture books on offer this year and below we've picked out just some of our favourites but you can expect much more throughout the year.

Stay tuned to Picture Book Party this year for more information on all the books below and many more! 

Kiss the Crocodile by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Ben Mantle
February


Down in the jungle, three best friends – Monkey, Tortoise and Anteater – are playing silly games together. Monkey is feeling especially cheeky and, with a twinkly glint in his eye, invents a new game ... a DARING game. KISS THE CROCODILE. Who is brave enough to steal a peck from the 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 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.


Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
February


Mesmerizing and full of heart, this is a picture book about self-confidence and love, and a radiant celebration of individuality.

While riding the subway home with his Nana one day, Julian notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train carriage. When Julian gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies and making his own fabulous mermaid costume. But what will Nana think about the mess he makes – and even more importantly – what will she think about how Julian sees himself?



Circle by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
March


This book is about Circle. This book is also about Circle’s friends, Triangle and Square. Also it is about a rule that Circle makes, and how she has to rescue Triangle when he breaks that rule. With their usual pitch-perfect pacing and subtle, sharp wit, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen come full circle in the third and final chapter of their clever shapes trilogy.


Little Frida by Anthony Browne
April


The artwork of Frida Kahlo inspires former Children's Laureate and twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal Anthony Browne in this beautiful and surreal picture book. Telling the story of a lonely young girl who discovers the power of the imagination to set you free. A tribute to an iconic artist exploring themes of belonging, creativity and hope, this is an exquisite and touching picture book.

Hummingbird by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Jane Ray
May


From Nicola Davies and from Jane Ray comes an exquisite Nature Storybook about … hummingbirds! 

A hummingbird is smaller than your thumb and weighs less than a 20 pence piece – however you measure it, it’s tiny. But every spring, hummingbirds that have spent the winter in Mexico fly north to make the most of the warmer weather. They nest as far north as Canada and Alaska; a 2,000 mile trip! This is the story of one spring migration: of a tiny bird, its amazing journey and the people it meets along the way.


Tooth Fairy in Training by Michelle Robinson, illustrated by Briony May Smith
June


Tate’s big sister May is taking her out on her very first tooth-collecting mission, and it’s going to be a little … well, dangerous. It will involve trekking through the deep, dark jungle, plunging into the murky ocean, and facing the ice of the Arctic. Because it’s not just sweet, slumbering little children that lose their pearly whites, oh no... All kinds of toothy predators lose their gnashers, too! Can Tate collect missing teeth from crocs, sharks and anacondas ... and all without waking up a single creature?


This Little Piggy by Jarvis
August


Count from one to ten while wiggling your toes in this goofy twist on the classic nursery rhyme!

From award-winning bookmaker Jarvis, the creator of Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth comes a fresh, very funny first number book – perfect for sharing whilst wriggling tiny toes! With bright, beautiful graphics, read-aloud rhymes, and a stylish, sturdy feel, this board book is the perfect gift for a new arrival, and a fantastic addition to a toddler’s first library.


The Child of Dreams by Irena Brignull, illustrated by Richard Jones
September


A little girl wants to know where she came from and why she doesn’t have a father. When her mother cannot tell her, the girl decides to find out for herself. Her journey leads her on a quest through the woods, tracing her own story back to its source with the help of the animals she meets, until she discovers what truly matters in making a family.


Pick a Pumpkin by Patrica Toht, illustrated by Jarvis
September


It’s Halloween! Which means it's time to dangle cobwebs and bats from the windows, put on costumes, and – most important of all – visit the pumpkin patch and pick out that perfect pumpkin! Then cart it home, scoop out the insides, carve a scary face, and finally light a candle inside, transforming it into a one-of-a-kind, glowing jack-o’-lantern...

With warm, autumnal art, and a rhythmic read-aloud text that captures all the excitement and familial feeling of Halloween, this is the perfect book to share by flickering candlelight on the spookiest night of the year.


Thursday, 3 January 2019

WIN our January Picture Book of the Month - Flat Cat

From Hiawyn Oram and Gwen Millward comes Flat Cat - a wild, read-aloud celebration of breaking the rules, taking a chance, and having the most brilliant of adventures.
Sophie absolutely adores Jimi and smothers him with treats. She thinks he has everything a cat could possibly desire. And Jimi does... but secretly Jimi longs to explore the bright and bustling world outside. So when Sophie rushes out one day forgetting her keys, there’s only one thing for it: Jimi slips on his coat and skedaddles out of there, too! Where will he go and who will he meet on those wild and exciting streets? And what on earth will Sophie say?


Children and parents alike will rejoice in this funny, stylish and heart-warming celebration of freedom, adventure, friendship and love.

We have FIVE copies of Flat Cat to give away. To enter the competition just enter your name and email address below.  

Competition closes midday on Monday 4th February 2019.  
Are you under 13? If so please do NOT provide your details. Please ask your parent or guardian to enter using their email address.

By entering this competition you confirm that you accept our terms and conditions of entry.


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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Bookshops have fallen in love with Snow in the Garden!



Bookshops nationwide have fallen in love with our Snow in the Garden and our Christmas window displays! Snow in the Garden is classic collection of festive poems, stories recipes and craft ideas by Kate Greenaway-winning author, Shirley Hughes.

A beautiful Christmas anthology packed full of winter adventures, seasonal poems, festive recipes and easy-to-make craft activities as well as Shirley Hughes' trademark warm and classic illustrations. Whether reading stories and poems to little ones or encouraging them to make beautiful crafts and Christmas treats, this book is the perfect introduction to this very special time of year.

Here is a snapshot of some of the displays we have seen.

Blandfords

Burway Books

Far from the Madding Crowd

Regency

Ebb and Flo

Griffin Books

Monday, 10 December 2018

Picture Book Christmas Gift Guide 2018

At Walker HQ we believe that books make the perfect Christmas gift, so we've put together a list of some of our favourite picture books from this year to give you some gift buying inspiration. We have something for everyone from modern classics in new formats to brand new picture book talent. 

I Want My Hat Back

Jon Klassen for the smallest hands! The very first HAT book in board book form.

“The funniest book ever written” - Guardian
The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no, some more elaborately than others. 

But just as the bear begins to despond, a deer comes by and asks a simple question that sparks the bear’s memory and renews his search with a vengeance...         



A First Book of the Sea

From Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton comes a stunning anthology that blends poetry and information about the sea.
Discover a spellbinding collection of poems about the oceans of the world and their shores. With this book, children can swim alongside dolphins and flying fish, pore over rockpools and sail from pole to pole and back, learning about everything from phosphorescence and plankton to manta rays and puffins – all in the comfort of their bedroom!


Dragon Post

A fiery story about friendship and asking for help from award-winning author-illustrator Emma Yarlett.
One day Alex finds a dragon living under his stairs. He isn't sure what to do - but luckily he knows just who to ask for help. Open the envelopes and read the hilarious letters Alex receives from the fire brigade, the butcher and more as he tries to take care of his new friend. Who would have thought having a dragon for a pet would be so tricky?


From the dynamic, 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. This is his work. When Circle floats by, she declares Square a genius, a sculptor! “This is a wonderful statue,” she says. “It looks just like you!” But now Circle wants a sculpture of her own, a circle! Will the genius manage to create one? Even accidentally?


A Lion is a Lion

'“A rousing read-aloud delight, with a trust your instincts message.”Metro
All lions are fierce, right? Well, maybe, just maybe, this Lion – so well dressed and polite and charming – isn't too fierce for you...
A wicked, rollicking read-aloud which asks the question: Is a lion still a lion if he … wears a hat? And carries an umbrella?

Splish, Splash, Ducky!

Splash in puddles, dance with raindrops and join in with Ducky Duckling on a lovely, rainy day. 
Ducky Duckling loves playing outside in the rain. He hops with frog, squirms with wriggly worm and splashes with the fishes. But when the rain stops, Ducky feels sad. Can Daddy help cheer him up? 
With bright, bold illustrations and a rhythmic text from multi-award-winning Lucy Cousins, this book shows younger readers the joys of a rainy day.

Tropical Terry

Terry feels dull. And although he is the best at playing "Hide A Fish", he can't help but wonder: Just what would it feel like to be part of that dashing, flashing crew? 
So, with the help of his friends, he fashions a flashy costume and is ready to impress... “Hello-o-o everybody! Just call me TROPICAL Terry!” But will life as a tropical fish be everything he always dreamed of?




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…

Angry Cookie

What happens when a little cookie gets up on the wrong side of bed? 
Prepare to fall absolutely in love with this irresistible cookie, crumbly chocolate chips and all. OH NO! Barbra the cactus won’t stop playing her recorder, the yummy strawberry toothpaste has run out, and now – to top it all off – Cookie has to have his hair cut! Which all makes for one VERY ANGRY little cookie... 

This wildly inventive, interactive, laugh-out-loud tale brings Laura Dockrill's one-of-a-kind voice to a beautiful picture book.

Helen Oxenbury Giveaway!


We have a fantastic Helen Oxenbury book bundle to be won! One lucky winner will be selected to win a signed copy of Helen Oxenbury A Life in Illustration plus a selection of classic Helen Oxenbury picture books: Tickle, Tickle, All Fall Down, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, We're Going on a Bear Hunt and So Much! Plus three runners up will win a signed copy of Helen Oxenbury A Life in Illustration

You have one week to enter! Competition closes midday on Monday 17th December 2018.

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

Are you under 13? If so please do NOT provide your details. Please ask your parent or guardian to enter using their email address.


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