Hello and welcome to Ella May, the girl who likes to do things her way. In the first of this brilliant new series all about an imaginative, strong-willed girl character with her own ideas, Ella May tries walking backwards, just to see how it feels. In her bedroom she tries reading her books backwards, and after dinner she goes backwards up to the bathroom and climbs backwards into bed. When Ella goes backwards up the slide and backwards over the castle, Ella’s mum decides to turn around and walk backwards next to Ella, to make it easier for them to talk. Pretty soon, half the town is walking backwards in a giant, backwards-walking procession. Where will it end?
A charming story for 5-7 translated from Norwegian. The author works in Norway as a journalist, TV scriptwriter, photographer and blogger. This was her debut children’s book.
Alfred is scared of red lights, thick duvets and fireworks. And of jumpers with tight necks. Preparing a class talk on the Blue Whale gives him courage and confidence.
The illustrator is also Norwegian.
Her Instagram handle is ‘showonthegreen’ https://www.instagram.com/shoeonthegreen
A book about a group of tiny people who live in trees seems set, it seems, to be the start of a picture book series.
At the edge of the woods, there is a great tree. Peep through the branches and you might just see some little people who stand as tall as your thumb and have heads the size of hazelnuts.
Although this is her first picture book, Koomen has previously collaborated with Blurn to publish a collection of zines, and already has a very large (70k) following on Instagram.
Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week, 30 June 2019
Harry in a Hurry is Timothy Knapman and Gemma Merino’s unique twist on the well-loved Aseop’s Fable, The Tortoise and the Hare. Harry the Hare is always in a hurry – he’s not even sure why! He eats fast and talks fast – and if he’s riding on his speedy scooter then you’d better watch out! But when Harry accidentally hurries his way into the local pond, and Tom the Tortoise fishes him out, Harry is forced to take a leaf out of Tom’s book and slow right down. In doing so he not only finds a new friend, but enjoys a whole new world of experiences.
Not yet published in the UK, but available online from Owlkids…
This book first came to my attention via the Oharasisiters Instagram. Gilmore is an illustrator currently based in Italy. She works in watercolour and this looks to be an exquisite title.
“Gilmore’s breezy tone keeps scariness at bay… and her illustrations are at once dreamy and believable. The conceit of a primary school–aged child who is already a seasoned medical professional provides charm from the outset, and Little Doctor’s bravery comes from wisdom and kindness.” – Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
Published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.
Welcome to the story of our Moon – a story of Moon dust and Moon rabbits, cheese and astronauts, deep thoughts and bold plans. Read, dream and wonder as you discover ancient legends about the Moon’s creation, meet the very first astronomers and learn about the Space Race.
“Energetic and with a wry, sweet take on family dynamics, it will alert readers to the mysteries of the night skies.” Imogen Russell Williams, GUARDIAN REVIEW
Serving as key indicators of biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, butterflies face threats of extinction due to climate change and habitat destruction – all vital subjects for children today.
With stunning illustrations displaying a colourful array of different butterfly species, each labeled with its scientific name, and fascinating details about their anatomy and life cycle, there is plenty for young nature lovers to spot and explore time and again.
Catell is a Swiss illustrator who graduated from the Royal College of Art in London.