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Let’s not build walls around ourselves!

By pippa Goodhart* The subject of this blog makes me feel sad and angry and ashamed of my country.  Why? Publisher Tiny Owl, already creating English language versions of Iranian picture books, decided to embark on a new and positive venture in children’s publishing.  They chose to create books across cultures by pairing up authors and illustrators from different story and artistic traditions.  I was honoured to be asked to write the first of these…


Alive Again opens the door to understanding loss in any form

By Lindsey Jones* Just last year after my second year of college, I lost my mother to stage four pancreatic cancer.  There were so many initial thoughts that went through my mind regarding the situation, many of them being experiences I would never have with her or that she would never be able to see.  I could no longer have Downton Abbey or Sherlock marathons with her over Cadbury Eggs and English Breakfast Tea.  I no longer had my best…


Wordless picture books are imbued with quiet power!

Tiny Owl recently launched a campaign to celebrate the importance and beauty of wordless picture books. We wanted to investigate some intriguing questions – why are wordless picture books important? Do they fill a gap that books with words can’t fill? Are their messages more universal? Do they aid literacy? Or is it just that they’re so beautiful to look at? We contacted experts in all kinds of areas of the book industry, from authors and illustrators to booksellers…


An opportunity for parents to discuss themes of selflessness and kindness

Read a wonderful review of The Elephant’s Umbrella by Jane Hall for Carousel Magazine, Summer issue:   The Elephant’s Umbrella by Laleh Jafari tells the story of a very wise umbrella. Elephant is kind and generous, always sharing his umbrella whenever needed. One day though the wind whisks the umbrella away, and it is found by a delighted leopard. But when the umbrella asks, “if I become yours… where will you take me when it…

The Little Black Fish

An intrepid tale of daring to be different

  The Little Black Fish Author: Samad Behrangi Illustrator: Farshid Mesghali Ages 7+ Key stage 2 The Little Black Fish is now available in paperback! Iran’s most famous picture book for children received a string of awards, including the Hans Christian Anderson Award, after it was first published in 1968. It’s been translated into dozens of languages, but in 2015, Tiny Owl were the first to publish the story in English complete with its original…