Reconnect: Help refugees find their families

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.

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The Lion and the Bird

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.

I, Person Wonder Ponder

Wonder Ponder

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.

The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes. Flying Eye Books

The Little Gardener

Ruth Wivell gets lost in the exquisitely detailed world of The Little Gardener where failure and hope grow hand in hand.

It Might Be An Apple by Shinsuke Yoshitake. Thames & Hudson

It Might Be An Apple

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.

Animal Rescue by Patrick George

Animal Rescue

Graphic illustrations and transparent pages are used by George Patrick to affect one’s sense of the appropriate treatment of animals.

An Artist Once Said by Hannah Rollings.

Summer Activity Books

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.

Line Up, Please! by Tomoko Ohmura. Gecko Press

Line Up, Please!

Ruth Wivell embraces the universal experience of queuing in Japanese illustrator Tomoko Ohmura’s entertaining book, Line Up, Please!

Curious by Alice Bowsher. Hato Press


Alice Bowsher’s risograph-printed book, Curious, reflects the creative autonomy afforded to artists by independent press and design studio, Hato Press.

Black and White by Dahlov Ipcar. Flying Eye Books.

Black and White

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.

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Rilla Alexander on How to Make a Book

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.

The Learning Garden: Counting by Aino-Maija Metsola. Wide Eyed Editions.

The Learning Garden

Sara Rawlinson appreciates the intensely animated pages of Aino-Maija Metsola’s stylishly illustrated The Learning Garden.    

Pool by JiHyeon Lee. Chronicle Books


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

In Conversation with Tower Block Books

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.