How Things Work by OKIDO

Stylised Illustrations and stunning design on every page … it has a prize position on my family’s bookcase. Science and art taught though play and activities. It’s another wonderful book by people who understand what children (and adults) want. I’m a huge fan of OKIDO, this has strengthened my admiration for what they do.

If you have kids, nephews, nieces, little brothers or sisters, friends with kids, god children, friends who are teachers, graphic designers, scientists or illustrators – this is the perfect gift!

I give it the magpie seal of approval.

Published by Thames & Hudson

Publishing date April 13th 2015


TIM ALL ALONE by Edward Ardizzone

Edward Ardizzone, Illustrator of more than 170 much-loved children’s books, was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1956 and the CBE in 1971. He died in 1979.

His simple adventure stories are warmly coloured by the gentle humour of his classic pen and ink drawings.

Tim arrives home after a long holiday to find that his parents have vanished. He is determined to search, if necessary, the whole wide world, until he has found them.

- Frances Lincoln


Dreams of Freedom by Amnesty International

Dreams of Freedom is a beautiful picture book with an important message for the next generation. The book includes 17 inspiring quotations about freedom, equality and our human rights. The quotations have been hand-picked with a child-focus to ensure maximum comprehension and appreciation from its intended young audience.

The quotations are brought to life by the brilliant artwork of some of the best illustrators working in the industry today.

As well as a must-have-book on your family bookshelf, it is a fantastic teaching resource. The learning opportunities that can be achieved with this book are endless; it’s a treasure trove of inspiration.

Published by Frances Lincoln

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T Smith


A mission to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s lit.

Alex T Smith’s new picture book is a great example of how those who are championing that vision are changing the status quo. Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is a playful reinvention of the classic fairy tale, with a young black girl as the central character and a hungry lion. The story is set to the backdrop of a sun-soaked Savannah.

Little Red is on her way to visit her poorly auntie. On the way she encounters all kinds of potentially dangerous wild animals: sleeping crocodiles, great big elephants, tall giraffes, chattering monkeys… and you guessed it, a hungry lion.

Alex T Smith’s illustrations will make your face hurt from excessive grinning, a hilarious story of brains over brawn.

Publisher: Scholastic Press (7 May 2015)


The First Slodge by Jeanne Willis, Illustrated by Jenni Desmond

Big Fan of Jenni Desmond! The contrast of cute character designs against dramatic water colour backgrounds, I find irresistible.

Check out the beautiful new book she has illustrated for Jeanne Willis, published by Little Tiger Press. It’s a keeper!

Once upon a slime, there was a Slodge. The first Slodge in the universe. She saw the first moon and stars, the first fruits and flowers. “Mine, all mine!” she said. But what if there was not just one Slodge . . . but two?

A wonderfully original and witty picture book from the award-winning author, Jeanne Willis (Who’s in the Loo? and The Bog Baby). This humorous exploration of sharing and friendship carries an important message: that the world belongs to everyone. Captivating illustrations from Jenni Desmond (Red Cat, Blue Cat) will delight adults and children alike. A book to share and treasure.

- Little Tiger Press