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 […]

Waiting for High Tide by Nikki McClure

Our family holiday in France: the first few days the sun was so hot, it took your breath away to stand on the sand and look out at the sea. Later in the week, the weather turned. Greyer. Cooler. Moodier. Instead of spending afternoons baking in the heat, we started going to the beach first thing in […]

Rowan Oakwing: An Exclusive Interview with EJ Clarke​

This weekend saw the launch of first-time author EJ Clarke’s exciting book introducing young readers to the fairy realms hidden in London’s parks. Now, I must admit, Rowan Oakwing is a bit of a departure from the books we normally engage with — it is our first foray into a non-picture book and our first […]

Help support Indie Kidlit! Behind the scenes with…Keith Allen

Ever wanted to publish a book? Well here’s your chance — sort of. Keith Allen is an artist, paper- engineer and pop-up virtuoso. He is launching a 30 day Kickstarter project today (6 September), that if successful ,will see the realisation of What a Mess! A Pop-Up Misadventure. It is an undeniably stunning book, with […]

Over the Ocean by Taro Gomi

I remember, at the end of a long day at the Jersey shore, as the sun set and the temperature turned, I stood on the beach with my toes in the water. I was just a child — maybe six or seven — but I had the thought that the water my toes touched was […]

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 […]