First up is a wonderfully vivid and squashy book for the very young. Part of our new Tiny Little Story series, Park follows Baby Boo as they spend a day of discovery at the park. With bold images and the simplest of stories, this is the perfect first book to share with a baby. Created by Lisa Jones and Edward Underwood, it comes with a velcro-fasten buggy handle and special crinkly pages!
We’re excited to publish two more additions to our Felt Flaps series this month, gorgeously illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius. Can you find the friendly animals hiding behind the bright felt flaps? There’s also a mirror on the final page! A perfect book to share with very little ones. With flexible flaps that are soft to the touch, little readers will grow in confidence as they turn the pages and discover all the hidden animals. Here’s a look at the two titles – Where’s Mr Owl and Where’s Mrs Hen?
There is a new Violet Rose book in the series out today – just in time for some (hopefully!) summery weather. School’s out for the summer and Violet Rose and her friends are going on holiday! Help them to set up camp, decorate sandcastles on the beach and go on a nature scavenger hunt. At the end, make a holiday scrapbook to remember all the fun! Beautifully illustrated by Jannie Ho, and with over 175 stickers, press outs and free printable available online, there’s plenty to make and do. Here’s a look at Violet Rose and The Summer Holiday:
It’s publication day for the latest instalment of our popular Press Out and Colour series, illustrated by Zoe Ingram! Each press-out butterfly is intricately decorated with foil and perfect for all ages to colour in. Featuring ten unique butterfly species, each with a contrasting pattern on the undersides of their wings, the press-out pieces can be easily slotted together to create cheerful hanging ornaments. From a stripy zebra longwing to a beautifully ornate blue morpho, these gorgeous butterflies look elegant in white and silver, but even better when you add colour to create a hanging kaleidoscope of butterflies! Take a look at Press Out and Colour: Butterflies:
We’re also publishing TWO new picture books today!
It’s publication day for The Treasure of Pirate Frank – a brand new picture book written by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham. A boy and his dog set sail in search of treasure, braving stormy seas . . . mountains snowy and cold . . . the forest where the monkeys swing . . . the swamp where the bullfrogs sing . . . and other challenging obstacles, before finally reaching the end of their quest. But wait – they might be in for a BIG surprise! Jez Tuya‘s illustrations are full of detail and humour, and the rhythmic lines will soon have you chanting along with the story!
Take a look inside:
And That Bear Can’t Babysit is out today, too – a new picture book full of brilliantly naughty bunnies and one very dreamy bear, written by Ruth Quayle and illustrated by Alison Friend.
When Mr and Mrs Burrow hire a babysitter, they are not expecting Bear. And Bear is NOT expecting seven little bunnies who are full of mischief. Together, the bunnies persuade Bear to read a scary book, give them sweets and chocolate spread for dinner, and go crazy with the garden hose! But when the bunnies find Bear sailing the high seas in a make-believe ship, suddenly he isn’t such a bad babysitter after all. When Mr and Mrs Burrow return, all the bunnies are peacefully tucked up in bed… Well, almost all of them. Alison Friend‘s illustrations are simultaneously sweet and mischievous as the bunnies try to push the boundaries with their new babysitter – a real delight!
Take a look inside:
And today we’re also the first paperback edition of Pip and Posy: The New Friend, by Axel Scheffler. Pip and Posy are having a lovely day at the seaside, collecting shells and digging the sand. But when Posy has a nap, Pip makes friends with a boy called Zac who has lots more toys and beach gear. A funny and dramatic story about working out that two’s company and three’s a… PARTY!
Take a peek inside the latest in the Pip and Posy series here:
This month we’re publishing not one, not two, but FIVE new titles in partnership with the British Museum.
First up, we have two books in our new British Museum: First Concepts series for little readers. Featuring amazing objects from the British Museum, this series of captivating board books encourages children to engage with early learning concepts. In 123, inquisitive toddlers will enjoy learning to count from one to twenty. In ABC, they’ll discover the alphabet from A to Z. With gorgeous photographic images on every page, and an informative index at the back (and a QR code to scan and find out even MORE!) there’s a lot to discover, whatever your age. Here’s a look at the two new books:
Get creative with a new book in the The Colouring Book of Cards and Envelopes series. Publishing this month, in partnership with The British Museum, Fabulous Flowers and Perfect Patterns is an amazingly innovative colouring book, full of beautifully designed cards and envelopes to tear out and colour. Rachel Cloyne‘s twenty-four gorgeous designs are inspired by patterns found in the British Museum and are perfect for all ages to decorate and send to family and friends. Take inspiration from the museum objects themselves or get experimental – try unusual colours and different materials to make each card truly unique! With enough blank space inside for a message, envelopes to customise and stickers to seal your card -this is the complete creative package! For the curious – there’s also an informative index at the back of the book so you can discover the historical inspiration behind the intricate designs! Here’s a look:
Discover the ancient art of Origami with the British Museum’s Origami, Poems and Pictures, and learn how to make your own, too! This stunning book features three beautiful Japanese art forms in one gorgeous gift format. For each animal or object, children will be able to read the haiku, enjoy a painting from the British Museum collection… and then make the origami figure. With fifty sheets of origami paper, you can fill your home with your very own paper creations!
Who ever said History or Museums were boring clearly hadn’t read this – Maurice the Museum Mouse’s Amazing Ancient Book of Facts and Jokes is out today, published in partnership with The British Museum. Written by Tracey Turner and wittily illustrated by Mark Beech, this joke book is full of side-splittingly hilarious jokes and fascinating facts about civilisations found in the British Museum. Full of bite-size facts about amazing ancient worlds and jokes that will have you howling, Maurice the Museum Mouse’s comical collection is just as entertaining as the British Museum’s own collection!
Take a look inside:
The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge, a Medieval Knight in Training is in shops today! This is the first in our National Trust: Secret Diary series, illustrated by Jamie Littler, and the latest book from Philip Ardagh, author of The Grunts.
John Drawbridge has moved to Widemoat Castle to learn to become a knight. And there is a LOT to learn. . . How to charge with a lance on horseback without falling off. Why the spiral staircases always go up in a clockwise direction. How to defend the castle against invading parties. Why the plates served at banquets are made of stale bread (and why you shouldn’t eat them…). And much, MUCH more. So it’s no wonder that John decides to keep a diary (even if it is only an imaginary one…) of his time at the castle. Things REALLY liven up when the castle is attacked by an invading Welsh party – but can John foil their plot before it’s too late…?
Go on! Take a look inside:
And finally – this May we’ll be publishing There’s a Werewolf in my Tent!, the exciting new instalment in the award-winning and utterly hilarious Izzy series. Another brilliantly funny longer read for the newly confident reader from the best-selling, award-winning, author-illustrator team, Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham.
Izzy and her friends are SO EXCITED about their school trip. They’re going camping and there’ll be marshmallows and no washing and everything. But then WEIRD things start happening! There are howling sounds at night, and some sausages have gone missing, and it’s nearly a full moon… But it’s when they see their new teacher’s hairy legs that they KNOW! There’s a werewolf on the school trip and they’re all DOOMED!
Take a peek inside and prepare to HOWWWWL with laughter:
Congratulations to today’s new authors and illustrators!