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WINNER of the Derby Children’s Picture Book Award 2023!


Junior and his elephant family are excited to visit Human Town, where they can observe humans in their own town! The novelty soon wears thin, as they notice major issues humans have caused, which are causing them to become extinct. Junior hopes that this will never happen to the elephants.

An important tale focused on environmental issues and animal preservation, as well as consumerism and conflict.


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Meet the author and illustrator

Alan Durant has written over one hundred books for children of all ages — from picture books to poetry to young adult thrillers. His picture books include the award-winning Burger Boy, Always and Forever and Dear Tooth Fairy. He regularly visits schools, libraries and festivals in the UK and abroad, giving talks and running writing workshops.

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Anna Doherty is an illustrator from sunny Scotland. She adores drawing, writing, and every single dog in the world. She owns too many pencils and she likes tiny sketch books. Her other books include Big Ideas for Curious Minds, Sticky, and The Brontës.

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Read more about Human Town:
  • Read more: Human Town WINS the Derby Children’s Picture Book Award!
  • Read more: All About Derby Book Fest!
  • Read a review: Five stars for Human Town!
  • Watch: Picture books to talk to children about extinction!
  • Read more: Read the exciting press release for Human Town’s BIG WIN!
  • Download: Primary School Teachers! Our Free Teacher Resources for Human Town are here!
  • Read more: Writer Alex considers, ‘what is normal?’ in glowing Human Town review!
  • Read more: Human Town and Stop the Clock SHORTLISTED for Derby Children’s Picture Book Award 2023!
  • Read more: Human Town and Stop the Clock longlisted!
  • Watch: Want cute animal picture books? We’ve got them!
  • Read a review: ‘Human Town is a twist on the family trip to the zoo!’ – Goodreads reviewer
  • Calling all animal lovers! Download a STUNNING free Human Town poster!
  • Watch: Read Along to Human Town with us!
  • Download: Discover fun Human Town activities!
  • Read a review: Esteemed author Pippa Goodhart reviews Human Town!
  • Read a review: The Picture Book Packs a Powerful Environmental Punch! – Goodreads Reviewer
  • Read a review: Human Town is perfect for discussions with kids about conflict & pollution!
  • Read a review: Science Reads: Animal Edition!
  • Read a review: Turkish reviewer talks ‘brilliant’ Human Town!
  • Read a review: Human Town touches your heart in a sweet way! – LuminousLibro
  • Read more: Lucky Kiddos Gifted FREE COPIES of Human Town!
  • Watch: Get Creative with Artist Anna Doherty!
  • Read more: Zimbabwean artist creates Human Town animals as sand sculptures!
  • Read a review: ‘Human Town’s ending gave me GOOSEBUMPS!’ – Instagram Reviewer
  • Read a review: Human Town brilliantly flips the script!
  • Read more: Human Town is now OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
  • Read a review: What do you think will happen to Humans in the future?! – @thekidsbookstagrammer
  • Read a review: Check out our HEARTWARMING tale about the power of FRIENDSHIP!
  • Read a review: Examine ways we can help the planet in Human Town!
  • Craft: Make Elephants from Milk Cartons with Author Alan Durant!
  • Read more: Celebrate Plastic-Free July with our book about Environment!
  • Activity: Complete a fun Human Town word search!
  • Read: Year 2 Classroom Reviews Human Town!
  • Read a review: Read our Tender Book About Animal Conservation!
  • Watch: Author Alan Durant Talks Human Town!
  • Read a review: Read our Tender Book About Animal Conservation!
  • Read more: Check Out Amazing Human Town Concept Art!
  • Read a review: Inspire rich discussion in primary classrooms with Human Town!
  • Read a review: Five stars for ‘original’ and ‘playful’ Human Town!
  • Hooray! Human Town hits the US!
  • Read: Year 2 Grills Author on New Book Human Town!
  • Read a review: Read our poignant picture book about animal conservation!
  • Watch: Learn about Elephants with Author Alan Durant!
  • Read: Author Alan Durant Celebrates Human Town Publication at Insect Hotel?!
  • Read: Kid Lit Expert Talks ‘Engaging’ & ‘Creative’ Human Town!
  • Watch: Get Kids Thinking About ANIMALS & ENVIRONMENT with Human Town!
  • Read a review: Human Town a clever, carnivalesque play on conservation & humanity – Lecturer Mathew Tobin
  • Watch: Interviewing Amazing Artist Anna Doherty About Human Town!
  • Read more: Human Town is Picture Book of the Day at Check ‘Em Out Books!
  • Read a review: Invest in Our Planet with Human Town!
  • Watch: Book Backgrounds Appreciation!
  • Download: Colour in Junior and His Elephant Family From Human Town!
  • Happy Book Birthday, Human Town!
  • Watch: The Book Trailer For HUMAN TOWN!
  • Read more: Human Town is available NOW!
  • Read: Author Alan Durant Explains Human Town Inspiration!


A book to be treasured by all readers!

– Edspire



A moving, powerful and poignant picture book about our environment, our humanity and our world.

- Inclusive Children's Books

An exciting new book which turns things around

- Sue Martin, Children's Literary Specialist


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