IBBY UK and UK publishers enjoying the snow in Vilnius

The perfect destination for children’s book lovers!

By Sophie Hallam* Vilnius is a beautiful city. The Old Town with its wooden painted shutters and cobbled streets transport you to a fairy-tale world with snowflakes the size of peas. The perfect destination for a gaggle of children’s book lovers! And so, it was with great delight that I joined fellow publishers Pushkin Press, Thames and Hudson, Flying Eye, Tate […]


World Book Day reinforces the idea of stories as cultural bridges

Books are meant to be cherished, their authors, illustrators, stories, and characters celebrated for the impressions they have made on the lives of their devoted readers. In commemorating the importance of books and reading, March 2nd acknowledges the exciting 20th Anniversary of World Book Day! Woohoo! Established in over 100 different countries, World Book Day […]

The Little Black Fish has got a lot of fans among adults as well as children

Pick up a picture book!

By: Alice Ahearn   I am 23 and I love picture books! Of course it’s possible that, as an intern at a children’s publisher, I may be slightly biased. But I don’t think I’m the only one. Just look at the surge in colouring books for adults, riding the tide of sheepish admissions by countless […]


Paint your own Tiny Owl!

Pictures don’t just speak a thousand words. They send the imagination running off in a thousand directions, exploring a thousand uncharted paths. Illustrations are key to all of Tiny Owl’s books; there’s something exciting or unusual about all of them, in their style, their materials or what they tell us about another culture. It feels […]

The Little Black Fish

Days Without Us!

Imagine the children’s section in a bookshop. Not just any children’s section, though; this one, if you will, must be imagined without any books by authors and illustrators who are not English. And, just to be clear, that means no Meg and Mog, no Varjak Paw, no Tiger who Came to Tea, no works of […]


Coming Alive Again!

By Alice Ahearn* Dark mornings, skeletal trees, damp chilly commutes. Winter really doesn’t have much going for it, and by last week it seemed to have been going on forever. But during this week, all of a sudden, clues have started appearing: a green shoot here, a flower bud there. I’ve seen my first snowdrop. […]

An illustration from The Orange House by Nahid Kazemi

Build Bridges, Not Walls!

By: Azita Rassi* Almost all of the pictures I have seen of the new president of the United States show him wearing a belligerent scowl. He looks aggressive and intolerant. His words do not ameliorate this image. He calls for walls, for an impenetrable stronghold, for keeping people out. He is an advocate of separation, […]

Bijan & Manije

Better than chocolate and flowers!

Love is in the air, and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. What better way to show your love than through a story? Bijan & Manije reveals the true meaning of love; showing how you feel doesn’t always mean buying chocolates or flowers. Love is putting the people you care about before yourself. Love […]