I am super excited to be sharing an interview with Robert Tregoning, debut picture book author of Out of the Blue, illustrated by Stef Murphy. This extraordinary picture book is one of my top picks for 2023!
My Ten Top Picks for 2022!
2022 seems to have gone by in a flash. As a family we have discovered so many new and wonderful children’s books that have been published this year. From twisted tales to inclusive and empowering reads. It was a tricky decision but here are our ten top picks of 2022!
22 Children’s Christmas Books for 2022
I look forward to my festive post each year, and this time I am sharing 22 Christmas books for 2022. It includes 14 new children’s books out this year and some of our family favourites published in recent years.
Ten Fantastic Children’s Books on Family Life
I am delighted to share a special feature on children’s books on “families”. Every family is unique. The ten illustrated (fiction and non-fiction) books in this post cover: new siblings, adjusting to divorce, family relocation separation anxiety, adoption, different family structures and multi-cultural families.
2022. What a year it’s been ~ Antoinette Brooks ~ Guest Post
I am delighted to be sharing a guest post by children's author and illustrator, Antoinette Brooks. When Antoinette got in touch with me, I felt so inspired by what she's achieved in just 12 short months. But I'll let her fill you in...
Where Are All The Instruments? West Africa by Nathan Holder & Charity Russell ~ Author Interview
I am delighted to be rounding off Black History Month 2022 with a fabulous interview with Nathan Holder, the author of Where Are All The Instruments? West Africa, illustrated by Charity Russell. The best-selling music educational series Why Books encourage kids to ask questions, learning about music alongside diverse characters and a diverse range of musical styles. The latest book in the series is launching in November and introduces young children to many traditional instruments from West Africa!
Brilliant Books Celebrating Black Culture
To celebrate Black History Month, I want to share six fabulous books for children published in 2022 that celebrate Black culture in one way or another, from our hair to history and the power of names.
Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush by Patrice Lawrence & Camilla Sucre ~ #Review
I am very excited to be sharing my review for Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush by Patrice Lawrence & Camilla Sucre. This stunning picture book is pure gold and one of my top picks for 2022!
A World For Me and You by Uju Asika and Jennie Poh ~ Blog Tour ~ Guest Post
It’s my stop on the blog tour for A World For Me and You by Uju Asika and Jennie Poh which celebrates the beauty and joy of living in a wonderfully diverse world. I am delighted to be sharing a very important guest post by Uju about why diversity in children’s books is so important.
The Gifts That Grow by Monika Singh Gangotra & Michaela Dias-Hayes ~ Author Interview
Today I am sharing a Q&A with Monika Singh Gangotra, author of The Gifts That Grow, illustrated by Michaela Dias-Hayes. This is the duos second picture book, and having loved Sunflower Sisters (review here), I couldn’t wait to get the chance to talk to Monika about The Gifts That Grow.
Sid’s Big Fib by Roo Parkin and Irina Avgustinovich ~ Author Interview
It’s my stop on the blog tour for Sid's Big Fib by Roo Parkin and Irina Avgustinovich and I’m delighted to be sharing an author interview with Roo.
A Mind Like Mine ~ Publication Day!
A Mind Like Mine is a gorgeously illustrated book is a stigma-busting collection of biographies of some of the great people from history who have lived with mental health conditions.
Don’t Ask the Dragon by Lemn Sissay and Greg Stobbs ~ An Interview with Greg
This is one of my most exciting and exclusive posts of the year! I am honoured to be sharing an in-depth interview and behind-the-scene early illustrations by Greg Stobbs, illustrator of the amazing Don't Ask the Dragon, written by Lemn Sissay.
Six Reimagined Fairytale Books for National Tell A Fairy Tale Day 2022 ~ GIVEAWAY!
It’s National Tell A Fairy Tale Day 2022 and I am delighted to be sharing six re-imaged fairy tale books as well as hosting an EPIC giveaway bundle.
Fabulous February Reads
For a short month, February has seen a whole heap of fabulous children’s books published. This month’s roundup includes some of our favourites new illustrated books across fiction and non-fiction.
Joyful January Reads
Children’s publishing has started 2022 with a bang! There have been some incredible books published this year already and my January round-up features some of our favourites, as well as a few books from 2021 that we read over the festive break. It includes my first top pick of 2022!
I am NOT a Prince by Rachael Davis and Beatrix Hatcher ~ #PublicationDay #Debut #PictureBook ~ @RachDavisAuthor @BeatrixHatcher @HachetteKids
Debut picture book, I am NOT a Prince by Rachael Davis and Beatrix Hatcher is an uplifting twisted fairy tale that challenges gender stereotypes and encourages children to be proud to be themselves.
Our Favourite 2021 Books Featuring Black Children ~ #RepresentationMatter ~ @FaberChildrens @PuffinBooks @MacmillanKidsUK @FarshoreBooks @lantanapub @AndersenPress @QuartoKids
I have reviewed lots of wonderful, inclusive books and I want to finish off the year by recommending 12 more outstanding picture books featuring characters of colour and/or about racism
Celebrating Difference, Overcoming Adversity and Perseverance ~ #Reviews ~ @TomPercivalsays @KidsBloomsbury @cerrieburnell @QuartoKids @Stricolo @MrSteveAntony @OtterBarryBooks
Three wonderful, illustrated books celebrate difference, overcoming adversity and perseverance.
The Queen on our Corner by Lucy Christopher and Nia Tudor ~ #PictureBook #Review ~ @LucyCAuthor @NiaTudor @lantanapub
This stunning picture book is about the power of community spirit. Told in first person, through the eyes of a little girl of colour, this is the story of a woman who lives on a street corner with her dog. My daughter was hooked from the very first spread where we first meet the little girl walking along with her mum. She is the only one who can see the woman who lives on an abandoned plot for who she really is… A warrior queen!