Grandma’s List

In 2013, Portia Dery became the first Ghanaian writer to win the Golden Baobab prize for her picture book manuscript Grandma’s List, which went on to win a Children's Africana Book Award (best books for young children category) in 2018. Initially published in English by African Bureau Stories, this picture book is due to be released by Jacana … Continue reading Grandma’s List

The Book of Bees

Bees are amazing creatures! And if you didn’t think so before, you certainly will after browsing this encyclopaedic picture book. There are 72 very large pages to enjoy on topics such as ‘Bees and Dinosaurs’, ‘Unusual Beehives’ and ‘The Giant Honey Bees of Asia’. Pride of place is given to the illustrations by renowned Polish … Continue reading The Book of Bees

The Golden Cage

Drawn in by Carll Cneut’s glorious artwork and the prospect of a ‘deliciously dark European picture book’, I backed this book on Kickstarter earlier this year. It is due for release this month. The Golden Cage is a wonderfully unique picture book. First, its size: At 340 x 260 mm, it is larger than most … Continue reading The Golden Cage

Felix After the Rain: A Forthcoming Picture Book from Slovenia

As part of my mini-series on Slovenian picture books, I invited Delaram Ghanimifard, co-founder and publisher of Tiny Owl Publishing, to tell us more about forthcoming picture book Felix After the Rain. Written and illustrated by Dunja Jogan, this title is currently being translated from the Slovenian by Olivia Hellewell.   What first attracted you … Continue reading Felix After the Rain: A Forthcoming Picture Book from Slovenia

Along the River

The river is the place to be! It bustles with energy and life as a flotilla of brightly coloured boats travels through the seasons towards the sea. Ships, boats, canoes carrying people, animals, fruits, plants, flowers, smiles and laughter. Along the River is a book with a relaxed and positive vibe. It isn’t just the peace … Continue reading Along the River

Tongan Picture Books

It is not easy to find picture books from Tonga that are available to members of the general public. As author, editor and publisher Don Long writes in this hugely informative article: ‘Most Pasifika language stories are published for the education market . . .’ Many books in Pasifika languages, or dual-language books (with English or French), … Continue reading Tongan Picture Books

Don’t Cross the Line!

  This is a sublimely quirky picture book!  Don’t Cross the Line could be mistaken for a child’s drawing book, with its bright felt-tip colours, cartoon-like drawings, and dialogue written entirely in speech bubbles. Unusually, the story starts on the title page, with a ferocious general on horseback making it clear to an unfortunate guard that he, … Continue reading Don’t Cross the Line!

Five Picture Books That Surprise and Delight

As I was editing yesterday’s post on Feather, I started to think about picture books I have recently read that have held surprises, either in their format or artwork – or both. At its simplest, the surprise can be the way a book opens: Horizontally or vertically? A magnificent example is A Lion in Paris … Continue reading Five Picture Books That Surprise and Delight

A Boy and a House

  A Boy and a House is a wordless picture book by Maja Kastelic, a Slovenian author/illustrator with a background in painting and fresco restoration. Wordless picture books can travel across borders, and offer readers of all ages the chance to explore each page and create their own stories. The illustrations in A Boy and … Continue reading A Boy and a House

Sleep Well, Siba and Saba

Siba and Saba lose things every day – sweaters, slippers, sandals, a sash, a shawl; lots of things that start with ‘s’, in fact. Thankfully, they don’t lose each other! The sisters find the things they have lost in their dreams. As the story progresses, however, so do their dreams. Siba and Saba no longer … Continue reading Sleep Well, Siba and Saba