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 […]

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 […]