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Attention authors and illustrators: our new call for submissions!

What gives you hope in a scary world? Today we’re launching a call for submissions on the theme of finding hope in a scary world. Looking into the belly of your telly can offer up some terrifying images for both adults and children. Horrible monsters building great walls, little people with neither food nor shelter, brothers and sisters fighting and animals dying… The world can sometimes seem a scary place to be. So how do we…

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A Bottle of Happiness longlisted for 2018 UKLA Book Awards!

Superb news: A Bottle of Happiness has been longlisted for the 2018 UKLA Book Awards! Featured on a longlist of just 23, Pippa Goodhart and Ehsan Abdollahi’s gorgeous picture book was selected from among over 360 entries. The shortlist will be announced in March 2018. These prestigious annual awards by the UK Literary Association honour ‘high quality illustration’ and ‘writing which offers language rich in layered meanings, imaginative expression and exciting vocabulary’. They’re the only…

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Bijan & Manije: gloriously illustrated and beautifully produced

Read a wonderful review of Bijan & Manije by Terry Potter from The Letterpress Project: This beautifully produced love story of Bijan & Manije is taken from the 10th century Persian epic poem known as the Shahnameh or Book of Kings, written originally in couplets by the renowned Iranian poet Ferdowsi. This particular tale, which is taken from that much longer work, has been adapted in prose for a younger audience by Ali Seidabadi and…

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A simple story with a clear message about the importance of sharing

We are very excited that The Elephant’s Umbrella has been longlisted for the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award! Read their wonderful review here: Elephant loves his umbrella and is only too happy to share this with anyone in need. One day, however, the wind whisks his umbrella away and passes it to the leopard. Although leopard is delighted, the umbrella doesn’t like the sound of his plans and so chases the wind, who takes it…

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Abdollahi’s ‘dandelions of happiness’ on The Bookseller front cover

Tiny Owl illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi has celebrated his recent visit to the UK by illustrating The Bookseller‘s editorial front cover for the August issue. The cover features Pim, the main character from A Bottle of Happiness and plentiful dandelions, a symbol of happiness in Persian culture. The result is a wonderful splash of colour bringing messages of hope and happiness to the publishing world. Benedicte Page, Deputy Editor of The Bookseller, wrote about Tiny Owl and the…

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