We’ve got a fantastically festive collection of new books coming out next month – wonderfully winter-y books for children of all ages, from charming Christmassy board books for the very young, to hard-boiled crime fiction for 9-12 year olds! Here are all of the new Nosy Crow books that you’ll be able to find in shops from October.
Next month we’ll be publishing Can You Say It Too? Brrr! Brrr!, illustrated by Sebastien Braun – the latest book in the fantastic Can You Say It Too? series. As all parents know, very little children love to play ‘I-Spy’, but they also adore making animal sounds. So a flap book in which they can spot a bit of an animal, lift the flap to reveal the complete creature, and then make its noise is guaranteed to be a winner! Sturdy flaps and simple texts combine with friendly artwork in these fantastic first books that are great for sharing with children who are just starting to talk.
Sing along with me! We wish you a Merry Christmas, illustrated by Yu-hsuan Huang, will be in shops next month – brimming with cheer and energy, this delightful addition to the popular Sing Along series features five slider mechanisms and both an instrumental and vocal version of We Wish You A Merry Christmas: simply scan the QR code on the first page for little ones to listen and sing along!
We’ll be publishing the latest book in the wonderful Tiny Tabs series, illustrated by Jannie Ho, next month – Roly Poly looks for Santa Claus! Help Roly Poly find Santa Claus in this chunky interactive board book – designed for the smallest of hands, these robust, colourful books will delight little readers again and again. With simple stories, repeated refrains and a host of faces to spot and name, they are the perfect books to engage and entertain the very young.
Jannie Ho’s Christmas ABC will be in shops next month – filled with cheery seasonal characters and bold images, this is a gentle introduction to letter sounds and the alphabet sequence for the very young. With a sturdy cased-board format and beautiful, graphic illustration, it makes the perfect stocking-filler for little ones.
We’ll be released a new board book edition of Snow Bunny’s Christmas Wish, illustrated by Rebecca Harry, next month – featuring a cute, kindly bunny and a flurry of foil on every page, this is an ideal Christmas gift. One snowy Christmas Eve, a small bunny goes in search of Santa to ask him to make her Christmas wish come true. On the way she mets many other animals in need of a little help, which she gladly offers, and in the offering makes her very own wish come true! Here’s a look inside the book:
And we’ll also be publishing a brand new board book edition of Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, next month. This seasonal story sees Pip and Posy enjoying the perfect snowy day, until they decide to build a snowman, when things start to go a bit pear-shaped. Pip wants a snowRABBIT, but Posy wants a snowMOUSE! Luckily they resolve their differences over a cosy craft session indoors. Another perfectly-pitched, brilliantly-observed story, this is a wonderful addition to the best-selling series. Here’s a look inside the book:
The Christmas Fairy, written by Anne Booth and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw, is out next month – a wonderful Christmas story from the pair behind The Fairiest Fairy. Clara knows exactly what she wants to be when she grows up – a Christmas fairy! But she’s so excited and full of beans, she can’t possibly be still and quiet like a fairy should… Whether you’re a bouncy chatterbox like Clara, or a bit of a quiet fairy, this beautifully-illustrated story has an uplifting message about being true to yourself – there’s more than one way to be a Christmas fairy! Here’s a look inside the book:
The Winter Fox, written by Timothy Knapman and illustrated by Rebecca Harry, will be in shops in October – a heartwarming tale about friendship and sharing. Fox loves to play, but his friends are worried about him. It’s time he started getting ready for winter, and he just won’t listen their advice! When winter comes, Fox finds himself cold, hungry and all alone. But what’s that? As Fox wishes that he had listened to his friends, a box of treats falls from the stars and he knows EXACTLY what to do with them! Here’s a look inside the book:
Next month we’re enormously pleased to be publishing a wonderful new addition to the fantastic Princess and the… picture book series, written by Caryl Hart and illustrated by Sarah Warburton – The Princess and the Christmas Rescue. Princess Eliza is AWFULLY lonely in her beautiful snow palace. Stuck inside all day with no-one to play, she’s becoming brilliant at building her own toys. Eliza can make anything with a few bits of wood and some string! Anything, that is, except the one thing she wants most… a friend. As she sets off to find one, Eliza stumbles across a wintry grotto full of elves – but OH DEAR! Santa is poorly and there are still so many presents to make! Could Princess Eliza be the person to save Christmas? This is a FABULOUSLY festive rhyming picture book, celebrating the joy of giving (and making!) gifts at Christmas time. Here’s a look inside the book:
We are proud to be publishing the first paperback edition of Refuge, written by Anne Booth and illustrated by Sam Usher, next month. We published this extraordinary book for the first time last year, with just seven weeks from receiving a manuscript to putting the book in shops, and we’re incredibly pleased to be able to publish a new, larger-format paperback of the book this Christmas, with £1 from the sale of every book going to the charity War Child. Here’s our publication day blog post for Refuge, and here’s the story behind this amazing book – and here are some of the amazing reviews Refuge received when it was first published. You can take a look inside the book below:
And Sam will be the subject of the next Nosy Crow Illustrator Salon, taking place next month – you can find out more here, and buy your ticket for the salon at this page, or with the form below:
We are incredibly pleased to be publishing A Piglet Called Truffle next month – the first book in a FANTASTIC new series for younger readers, written by Helen Peters, author of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted The Secret Hen House Theatre and The Farm Beneath the Water, and illustrated by Ellie Snowdon. Jasmine’s dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and trying to keep them out of trouble. Unfortunately, this often means getting herself out of difficulty, too…
In A Piglet Called Truffle, Jasmine rescues a tiny piglet from certain death. But Jasmine’s parents don’t believe in farm animals being pets and insist that Truffle must be sold as soon as she’s big enough. So Jasmine begins a campaign to keep her – one that doesn’t seem to be going very well as Truffle gets older and ever-closer to market… In the end, it takes two lost guinea pigs and one cold, frosty night-time adventure to save the mini piglet from disaster… Here’s a look inside the book:
Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock will be in shops next month– atmospheric, hard-boiled crime for 9-12 year olds. When Maya takes a photo from the top of a bus, she has no idea of the trouble it will bring. The bright shop window is gorgeous but the couple arguing in front of it look as if they want to kill each other. And when her flash goes off, they look as if they want to kill her too… Then a body turns up. The police suggest that Maya should go away for a while – somewhere remote, somewhere safe. Her aunt’s farm in the Welsh mountains is the perfect place to hide, and soon it’s snowing hard enough to cut them off completely. No one can get in and no one can get out. But does that mean there’s nothing to fear? A tense, snowy drama that keeps you guessing until the very last page, this is thrilling, gripping middle-grade reading. Here’s a look inside the book:
And finally, next month we’re enormously happy to be publishing The Colouring Book of Beautiful Gift Boxes: Christmas, the beautiful first book in a fantastically clever and innovative new activity format, illustrated by Sarah Walsh. Each page of this brilliant book is actually a box! Simply tear along the dotted lines and fold along the scored lines to create a gift box perfect for storing all kinds of Christmas treats. The 24 boxes are ornately decorated with black and white festive designs, which can be customised with pens or pencils. This fantastic book of boxes is a fuss-free and effective way to make truly special Christmas gifts. Here’s our animated trailer for the book: