Over the weekend, to celebrate the start of Independent Bookshop Week, The Guardian featured a supplement of the best new children’s books for the summer, reviewed by independent booksellers – and we were thrilled to see no less than seven Nosy Crow books included in the round-up!
Three novelty and board books are featured in the Books for Babies section. Of Animal ABC by Jannie Ho, the booksellers wrote: “This little board book provides a very first introduction for all toddlers to letter sounds and the alphabet sequence. Some of the animals to spot are a little more interesting than the usual suspects.”
Of Happy Birthday to You by Nicola Slater, booksellers wrote: “Four musician friends are travelling to a café to celebrate little otter’s birthday. Press the buttons and hear them play their different musical instruments, and join them for a rousing big band finale with a splendid light-up birthday cake ending. A perfect birthday present!”
And A Tiny Little Story: Farm, by Lisa Jones and Edward Underwood, was also featured – booksellers wrote: “A simple colour palette and a very short story (unusual, but welcome for a cloth book) help teach babies and toddlers animal sounds and early counting. Its crinkly pages and handle make it useful for the buggy as well as the cot. A beautifully illustrated baby present.”
Who’s Hiding on the River? by Katherine McEwen is featured in the Books for 3-5 year olds section – booksellers wrote: “Part of a series in collaboration with the National Trust, this informative lift-the-flap board book is just the thing for young intrepid explorers looking to learn more about the natural world this summer.”
The Rescue Princesses: The Enchanted Ruby by Paula Harrison is featured in the Books for 6-8 year olds section – booksellers wrote: “If you like the sound of adventurous princesses who rescue cute animals and throw a few ninja moves, then try this latest book in The Rescue Princesses series. Each book contains a mystery to be solved. My six-year-old loved it!” Here’s a look inside the book:
And two books are featured in the Books for 9+ year olds section! Of Herstory, written by Katherine Halligan and illustrated by Sarah Walsh, booksellers wrote: “A lush non-fiction collection with beautiful illustrations, photos and interesting facts. Herstory celebrates fearless women from all over the world, and is sure to inspire young girls and women.” Here’s a look inside the book:
And of Ella on the Outside, by Cath Howe, booksellers wrote: “A touching tale of a young girl called Ella navigating the unspoken rules of a new school, holding her secrets to herself. A well-written story about the importance of friendship and kindness.” Here’s a look inside the book:
Launched in 2006, Independent Bookshop Weeks runs from June 16 – 23, and is a celebration of independent bookshops nationwide, and the important part that indies play in their communities and the excellent, personal service they provide for customers. Hundreds of events and promotions will be taking place at independent bookshops around the country – you can find out more here, and you can find your nearest independent bookshop on the IBW website, here.