Picture Books (2020)

The Night Gardener’ by The Fan Brothers

‘The Night Gar­den­er’ by The Tan Broth­ers

One day, William dis­cov­ers that the tree out­side his win­dow has been sculpt­ed into a wise owl. In the fol­low­ing days, more top­i­aries appear, and each one is more beau­ti­ful than the last. Soon, William’s grey lit­tle town is full of colour and life. And though the mys­te­ri­ous night gar­den­er dis­ap­pears as sud­den­ly as he appeared, William – and his town – are changed for­ev­er.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucie Goose’ by Danny Baker

Lucie Goose lives all alone in a house at the edge of the woods. She has never met or spoken to another animal of any sort until... a wolf, bear and lion turn up on her doorstep and go Rraaaarrrrrr! She should start screaming. She should run away. But Lucie Goose isn't very good at being scared. What will she do?
‘Lucie Goose’ by Dan­ny Bak­er

Lucie Goose lives all alone in a house at the edge of the woods. She has nev­er met or spo­ken to anoth­er ani­mal of any sort until… a wolf, bear and lion turn up on her doorstep and go Rraaaar­rrrrr! She should start scream­ing. She should run away. But Lucie Goose isn’t very good at being scared. What will she do?

 

 

 

 

 

Drawn Together’ by Minh

‘Drawn Togeth­er’ by Minh Lê

When a young boy vis­its his grand­fa­ther, their lack of a com­mon lan­guage leads to con­fu­sion, frus­tra­tion, and silence. But as they sit down to draw togeth­er, some­thing mag­i­cal hap­pens-with a shared love of art and sto­ry­telling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerome by Heart’ by Thomas Scotto

‘Jerome by Heart’ by Thomas Scot­to

Raphael loves Jerome. I say it. It’s easy.” This sto­ry fol­lows a lit­tle boy named Raphael, whose dai­ly rhythm is steeped in his immense affec­tion for his friend Jerome. The two boys share jokes and snacks and plan future adven­tures to the Himalayas. Even when Raphael’s con­stant talk of Jerome is dri­ving his par­ents crazy, he remains stead­fast: “Raphael loves Jerome. I can say it. It’s easy.” And the truth is, when he’s with Jerome, Raphael feels hap­py, liked, and under­stood― even spe­cial. Thomas Scotto’s sim­ple, strong, and insight­ful prose and Olivi­er Tallec’s delight­ful, expres­sive illus­tra­tions give much emo­tion and imme­di­a­cy to the sto­ry.

Marwan’s Journey by Patricia de Arias

‘Marwin’s Jour­ney’ by Patri­cia de Arias

Mar­wan is a young boy on a jour­ney he nev­er intend­ed to take, bound for a place he doesn’t know. On his jour­ney, he relies on courage and mem­o­ries of his far­away home­land to buoy him. With him are hun­dreds and thou­sands of oth­er human beings, cross­ing the deserts and the seas, flee­ing war and hunger in search of safe­ty.

He must take one step after another—bringing what­ev­er he can car­ry, hold­ing on to dreams. This is the jour­ney of one boy who longs for a home, and we fol­low his path, walk­ing hand in hand with him as he looks for­ward with uncer­tain­ty and hopes for a peace­ful future.

This beau­ti­ful, heart­felt sto­ry gives a human face to the plight of refugees all over the world. Marwan’s jour­ney is everyone’s jour­ney.

Oi Dog! by Kes and Claire Gray

‘Oi Dog!’ by Kes & Claire Gray

Frog’s had enough, he’s chang­ing the sta­tus quo! Cat insists that there are rules — only mules sit on stools, no one but hares should sit on chairs and how­ev­er irri­tat­ing, dogs MUST sit on frogs.

Well, I’m chang­ing the rules,’ said the frog.
‘From now on, dogs sit on logs, not frogs!’

And every­one else is going to have to sit some­where else too. Will Cat want to sit on gnats instead of cushy mats? Will spi­ders like sit­ting on glid­ers? Will whales be hap­py to sit on nails? And, most impor­tant­ly, where is FROG going to sit?