It’s here! Our October publication day is here, and there’s a bumper haul of beautiful Nosy Crow books (including some wonderfully Christmassy reads!) available now from all good bookshops – with brand new fiction, picture books, novelty and activity books, there’s something for everyone. Which ones have you got your eye on?
First up, we’re thrilled to publish the latest book in the Can You Say It Too? series, illustrated by Sebastien Braun. Little ones love to play ‘I Spy’ but they also adore making animals sounds, too! In Can You Say it Too? Stomp Stomp, you can spot where the dinosaur is hiding, lift the flap, and then join in with the a big dinosaur ROAR! With sturdy, easy-to-grab board flaps, and a surprise double flap on the last page, it’s perfect for little readers who are just starting to talk.
The latest in the Listen To The… series, Listen To The Christmas Songs, is out now! Illustrated by Marion Billet and featuring six well-known Christmas songs, little ones will love to join in with these festive tunes. Press the sound button on every spread to trigger the music and, when you’ve finished singing along, you can flip the switch at the back of the book to turn off the sound for a silent night.
As of today, you can also get your hands on the board book edition of Snow Bunny’s Christmas Gift. With beautiful illustrations by Rebecca Harry, every page is made extra wintery with a dusting of shimmery silver foil. Little Snow Bunny loves nothing better than playing with her friends in the wintry forest. But one particularly cold day, no one wants to play and Snow Bunny is left all alone – but with a little luck and a lot of imagination, she makes cosy winter gifts for all her friends, just in time for Christmas Eve! This is a heart-warming tale about a little bunny with a big heart, and the true gift of friendship.
We’re so excited to publish Oliver Elephant, a heartwarming story with a funny surprise ending. Filled with beautifully detailed festive illustrations by award-winning illustrator Helen Stephens, author and illustrator of How to Hide a Lion, and written by Lou Peacock, this is a wonderfully Christmassy picture book and the perfect present for any child, especially for the child who has that one special toy…
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Out now in paperback (complete with Stories Aloud audiobook), we have The Princess and the Christmas Rescue, written by Caryl Hart and illustrated by Sarah Warburton, and the festive fourth title in the hilarious Princess series. Princess Eliza is brilliant at making toys and gadgets, but her mum wants her to start making friends instead. Using her super inventing skills, can Eliza saves Christmas with her marvellous machines, and makes some unexpected friends along the way?
Next up, we have published FOUR new activity books for you to make, colour and create! First up is Make and Play: Nativity, the latest in a series of innovative activity board books full of press-out pieces, prefect for inventive playtimes. With stunning artwork from the hugely talented Joey Chou, these simple die-cut shapes are easy to press out and slot together to build a beautiful nativity scene. The book also includes songs, fun activities, recipes and lots of things to make and do. This is sure to keep little ones busy for hours!
Next we have two new books in our creative Press Out series, Press Out and Colour: Christmas Decorations and Press Out and Decorate: Unicorns, both illustrated by the marvellous Kate McLelland and available to buy in a few weeks time! You can make your own beautiful 3D decorations with these beautiful board books of press-out ornaments and figures. Each press-out design is intricately decorated with foil and perfect for all ages to colour in. The press-out pieces can be slotted together easily to create bright and unique ornaments or garlands – perfect for hanging on the Christmas tree, or anywhere else for that matter…
To round off this month’s activity books, Gift Boxes to Colour and Make: A Year of Celebrations is out now! This is the latest in our Gift Boxes series of innovative books for fans of colouring and craft who are looking to test their creative skills on something new! Each page of this brilliant book is actually a box! Simply tear along the dotted lines and fold along the scored edges to create a gift box perfect for storing and gifting all kinds of treats for special occasions all year round. The 24 boxes are all intricately designed by Eilidh Muldoon, with black and white designs ready for colouring fans of all ages to customise to their hearts content!
Next, two wonderfully festive fiction books have their book-birthdays today! First up, Shifty McGifty and Slipper Sam: Jingle Bells!, the third illustrated chapter book in the series, and perfectly pitched for early readers who are growing in confidence. Get ready for three brand new and hilarious stories from Tracey Corderoy, with fantastic illustrations by Steven Lenton, all beautifully printed in two colour. It’s Christmas Eve and Shifty and Sam are delighted to be asked to bake a cake for Santa! After delivering it safely to Santa at the North Pole, they discover that SOMEONE has stolen all the Christmas presents from Santa’s sleigh and a certain red panda is behind it! Can the boys stop Red Rocket before he STEALS Christmas?!
We can’t wait for you to read the latest book in the Jasmine Green series, A Kitten Called Holly, out now! Written by Waterstones Children’s Book Prize shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black and white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon, this is a fantastic animal-centric story for younger readers. Jasmine and Tom find three shivering abandoned kittens and Tom is desperate to keep one, Holly, for himself. But someone else wants to take Holly for their horrible animal-hating daughter! Can the little kitten be given the best ever Christmas present – a loving home? Beautifully written and with great heart, A Kitten Called Holly is not just for Christmas.
Congratulations and great big ‘Happy Publication Day!’ to all out marvellous authors and illustrators!