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Diversity Now! Nicolette Jones gives her wise course of action

Tiny Owl’s campaign for more visibility for diverse books continues! Children from BAME backgrounds aren’t seeing themselves reflected in the books they read. We launched our campaign Diversity Now! to try and change this. So far we’ve had fantastic responses from author Elizabeth Laird and illustrator Jackie Morris. For our newest interview we spoke to the author and critic Nicolette Jones to get her perspective on the issue. We asked: “32% of school children are…

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Nicolette Jones: The story of Bijan & Manije spoke to me

Buy Bijan & Manije  Tiny Owl loves to publish timeless stories, those that have something to say to modern audiences, regardless of when they were written. Bijan & Manije is a story from the ancient Persian epic Shahnameh, written a thousand years ago. When we chose to publish Bijan & Manije with its stunning modern illustrations, we had to find a new way to communicate the story to an audience with no prior knowledge of the Shahnameh. Enter…

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Vibrant illustrations echoing the richness of the language

Read a wonderful review of Bijan and Manije by Pam Dowson for the English Association: This could be one of the oldest stories you have ever read! It is a retelling of a traditional, originally oral, Persian (now Iranian) tale, dating from the 10th century when this and other stories were collected into The Book of Kings. Set in a time when the kingdom of Iran was at war with its neighbour Turan, with two…

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Bijan & Manije listed for international picture book award!

More great awards news: Bijan and Manije has been listed for the first Little Hakka International Picture Book Award! The award, which received nearly 1500 entries from over 40 countries, seeks to recognise publishers and individuals from around the world dedicated to creating picture books, as well as creating more opportunities for international exchange and cooperation among publishers, picture book authors and illustrators. Bijan and Manije is featured on a list of 180 published titles,…

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A new campaign to celebrate the importance and beauty of wordless picture books

This month at Tiny Owl, we’re launching a campaign to celebrate the importance and beauty of wordless picture books. We want 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…

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