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

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…

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!