Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman

  This book does what is says on the tin. But these aren’t mushy peas — these vegetables are fresh — strutting their way across the page in their skivvies without a care in the world. If you are in the process of potty training a child (or have a husband predisposed to the enjoyment of […]

A World of Your Own by Laura Carlin

Now seems to be a time when a lot of people are thinking about the kind of world they would like to live in. Many people who would normally keep themselves to themselves have felt utterly compelled to stand up and say,  “Black lives matter” or “Never Trump” or even (in rather larger numbers than, […]

The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes

The little gardener works tirelessly. He devotes his life to the care of the garden he lives in, and creatures he lives with. His garden is failing, though, and they are all at risk of being left homeless and without any food to eat. His one beacon of hope is a glorious flower which stands […]

Leo: a ghost story by Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson

Leo is the kind of ghost I like. He loves to read and draw and makes mint tea and honey toast. He’s a sensitive soul, mindful of the feelings of those around him. Most people can’t see Leo; Jane can. Jane is the best kind of girl. She’s got a brilliant imagination, is oblivious to […]

Behind the scenes with…Brooke Smart

I fell in love with Brooke Smart’s work the first time I saw her Bringing Up Baby series on Instagram (@brookesmartillustration). The 100-day series depicts the most beautiful, intimate moments between Brooke and her super-cute, three-year-old daughter. Brooke sent some sunshine our way in the form of her newest, summer-themed work from that series AND she […]

Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson

“Still I’ll rise”. These words of Dr Angelou’s (notably spoken this past Sunday by Serena Williams after the world watched her win a 22nd (!) Grand Slam title) could not be a more fitting place to begin. Born into abject poverty in an America deeply divided along racial lines “where white folk threatened colored folk, where whites […]

The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Sometimes we have to choose to pick ourselves up, go out into the world, and be. Yes, it will be hard. But in the end, that decision, in the face of loss or sadness or defeat,  plays a large part in defining who we are. “Look up beyond your ears,” a world of beauty and […]

Laika the Astronaut by Owen Davey

Moscow. 1957. A brave but lonely, stray dog is chosen to become the first animal to orbit the Earth. A few hours after her spaceship achieves its goal, something goes wrong. The screens at mission control fall black and little Laika is presumed lost to the world. Luckily, Owen Davey offers an alternative (and wholly […]

The Whale by Ethan and Vita Murrow

“GIANT WHALE – OR GIANT HOAX?” screams the headline of The Cape Chronicle. Thus begins the adventure of two pre-teens heck-bent on solving a fifty-year-old mystery and proving  that “the legendary Great Spotted Whale” exists in the waters around their little island. Pick up this near-wordless, pencil-drawn wonder and be prepared for thrills –perhaps not […]