Reconnect is a crowd-funding campaign raising money for the UN’s agency for refugees initiated by neuroscientist Marta Moita, illustrator Madalena Matoso and fellow Portuguese creatives.
French-Canadian picture book maker Marianne Dubuc creates a beautiful pace to this story of friendship between a lion and a bird through subtly changing illustrations and her bold use of completely blank pages.
Wonder Ponder’s playful and thought-provoking boxed sets of game cards bring the brain-bending experience of philosophical thinking into the school, playground and home.
Ruth Wivell gets lost in the exquisitely detailed world of The Little Gardener where failure and hope grow hand in hand.
A unique blend of Da Vinci and DC comics, Shinsuke Yoshitake’s approach to philosophical thinking for children is thought-provoking and entertaining in equal measure.
Graphic illustrations and transparent pages are used by George Patrick to affect one’s sense of the appropriate treatment of animals.
With such a multitude of colouring and activity books out there, it can sometimes be hard to see the wood for the trees. Here are six books we think deserve some sign-posting.
Ruth Wivell embraces the universal experience of queuing in Japanese illustrator Tomoko Ohmura’s entertaining book, Line Up, Please!
Alice Bowsher’s risograph-printed book, Curious, reflects the creative autonomy afforded to artists by independent press and design studio, Hato Press.
Ruth Wivell tackles the tricky subject of race in a reading of Dahlov Ipcar’s 1963 Black and White, a beautifully illustrated book for children inspired by the civil rights movement.
Writer and illustrator Rilla Alexander regularly shares her experience of book-making with children and teenagers. Here she describes techniques for helping others develop their ideas into fully fledged book projects, and offers tips on working within the limits of our own abilities.
Sara Rawlinson appreciates the intensely animated pages of Aino-Maija Metsola’s stylishly illustrated The Learning Garden.
JiHyeon Lee’s beautifully illustrated wordless picture book, Pool, celebrates the boundlessness of the imagination and conveys the possibility of shared imaginative experiences.
Amandine Alessandra and Rute Nieto Ferreira of Tower Block Books describe the process of creating their risograph-printed book for children, The Big Letter Hunt.