Reviews in Brief: Pool by JiHyeon Lee

As a child, I spent hours and hours in our family swimming pool pretending to be a mermaid, undertaking “Jacques Cousteau missions”, and embarking on deep-sea treasure hunts. Sometimes, I would hold myself still underwater and simply enjoy the quiet. Our girls can both now swim underwater on their own (a recent development) and I […]

Exploring the power of picture books with…Rob Biddulph

I don’t know how to put this, but Rob Biddulph is kind of a big deal in the picture book world. His books, Blown Away, Odd Dog Out and Sunk!, are undisputed members of the Kid Lit canon. He published four more books this month and has another coming out in a few days. Even […]

A Grown Man Writes About Fairies…by EJ Clarke

EJ Clarke’s exciting first book, Rowan Oakwing, introduced young readers to the fairy realms hidden in London’s parks. Now, our eponymous heroine is back in Rowan Oakwing Night of the Fox and the stakes have never been higher. Without giving too much away, Rowan sets out to save her mum from the evil Vulpes with […]

The Bear Who Stared by Duncan Beedie

This is probably far too meta, but — full disclosure — I’ve been trying to write this review for months now. I could not seem to find…the appropriate finesse. I know what I am about to say flies in the face of convention. So, I’m going to lay my cards on the table. I am pro-stare. […]

Exploring the power of picture books with…Marc Martin

I had never seen a picture book like it. A River was the lushest children’s book I had ever seen. It took me by surprise, dipped me, then kissed me full on the mouth. It was a little bit Conrad, a little bit Munari and had bags and bags of something uniquely, beautifully its own. […]

Exploring the power of picture books with…Benji Davies

Benji Davies’ award-winning picture books, The Storm Whale, Grandad’s Island, and The Storm Whale in Winter, are the kind of books you feel you must force on others. It is not enough just to read the book with your littles. You must then get your husband to read them. Then your friends. The lady at playgroup you know […]

Exploring the power of picture books with…Emma Yarlett

Pablo Picasso once said, “Everything you can imagine is real.” This is one of the guiding principals of award-winning author/illustrator Emma Yarlett’s work — helpful to know when you consider her stories centre around: siblings who accidentally break the moon, then replace it with glowing cheese, a boy who literally befriends the Dark, a little […]

Exploring the power of picture books with…David Litchfield

We are excited to announce that this post officially kicks off a series of interviews which will be featured jointly on Two in a Tepee and on the KidLit TV website. KidLit TV is an incredible resource for parents, carers, and educators to discover great children’s books and learn more about the people who create them through podcasts, videos, and […]

The Lines on Nana’s Face by Simona Ciraolo

  Over a lifetime we tell thousands of tales. We recount happenings. We define and refine truths. We construct ourselves out of memories. Flashes of events. Snippets of fragile celluloid clipped and taped together to create a singular work. Our story. A history of who we were, and are, and how we wish others will remember […]