Chris Haughton wins CBI Book of the Year Award

We are giving a mighty bualadh bos to Chris Haughton who has won both Book of the Year and the Honour Award for Illustration at the 27th CBI Book of the Year Awards for his enchanting picture book, Goodnight Everyone!

The CBI Book of the Year Awards (formerly the Bisto Awards) are the leading annual children’s book awards in Ireland, and are made annually by Children’s Books Ireland. The CBI Book of the Year Awards identify, honour and promote excellence in books for young people by Irish authors and illustrators.

Published by Walker Books, Goodnight Everyone is a sweet and dreamy story about a little bear who tries to stay up all night, even when all the other animals in the forest are sleeping.

The judges said:

Chris Haughton’s vibrant illustrations combine perfectly with deceptively simple narrative in this mesmerising bedtime tale. Chronicling a series of animal yawns, the colour palette gradually darkens as the world of the forest is painted in sunset. Haughton’s use of cut-outs is particularly effective and the star maps in the endpapers add a mystic dimension to this captivating story.

You can learn about the making of Goodnight Everyone on Chris’s Blog here

… and to find out about his other books and projects, you can visit his website or follow him on Twitter!

Chris Haughton © 2017. All Rights Reserved.

HQ Book Deal for Fitness Expert Bradley Simmonds

We are delighted to see announced the new book deal for fitness expert Bradley Simmonds with HarperCollins imprint HQ!

Get It Done will be published in December 2017, and is a healthy eating, workout and lifestyle book from the footballer-turned-trainer-to-the-stars. Featuring an adaptable programme to suit different personal goals, the book includes HIIT and bodyweight exercises, weight training, TRX workouts and 60 recipes.

Here’s what Bradley said:

Get It Done is about encouraging people to step outside of their comfort zone to reach their goals. I didn’t want to create another healthy recipe book, I wanted to write a book that highlights the importance of exercise. I guarantee everyone can find an exercise style they love. Combine this with delicious yet nourishing meals and you’re looking at an amazing new sustainable, healthy lifestyle. That’s something everyone deserves.

Click here to read the full press release in The Bookseller.

You can pre-order your own copy of Get It Done here

… and you can keep up to date with Bradley by visiting his website, or following him on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Little Red by Bethan Woollvin shortlisted for The Klaus Flugge Prize

A huge congratulations to Bethan Woollvin who has been shortlisted for The Klaus Flugge Prize for her exceptional debut picture book Little Red.

Published by Two Hoots in the UK and Peachtree in the US, Little Red is a wonderfully contemporary twist on the Little Red Riding Hood fairytale, and is told through a witty text and strikingly bold illustrations. It was named one of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016.

The shortlist was announced yesterday evening during a special event at Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road, celebrating the art of the picture book. The Klaus Flugge Prize chair of judges Julia Eccleshare was joined by award-winning illustrators Michael Foreman, Emily Gravett and Mini Grey as well as Professor Martin Salisbury Course Leader, MA Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. The panel discussed what makes great picture book illustration, and how illustrators today use pictures to move, entertain and influence their audience.

Established in 2016, The Klaus Flugge Prize is awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s book illustration, and we are delighted that Bethan and Little Red have been included in this year’s distinguished shortlist of talented illustrators. We wish everyone the best of luck!

New Oliver Jeffers Picture Book publishing November 2017

We are delighted to announce the arrival of Here We Are, the eagerly-anticipated new work from picture book superstar Oliver Jeffers.

To be published in the UK by HarperCollins Children’s Books, and in the US by Philomel, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, this exquisite and emotive new title is due to hit bookshelves in November 2017.

Inspired by the birth of Oliver’s son, Here We Are is a moving and thought-provoking book in which Oliver takes the reader on a journey through a series of heartfelt notes introducing planet Earth.  From land and sky, to people and time, the notes explore what makes the world and how we live in it, all told in Oliver’s inimitable style and accompanied by his stunning illustrations.

Here’s what Oliver had to say about this very special project: 

“This book has been a year and a half in the making and is based on the things I started saying to my newborn son the moment we took him home from the hospital. It started off as a book about the realisation that new life is a blank slate, and the responsibility of being a new parent. But over the next year, as global events started taking weird and scary turns, it felt like it became more urgent to reinforce these basic things my parents taught me about the simple principles of humanity, and that while, each one of us might feel unique and special, we are all in this together.”

 Ann-Janine Murtagh, Executive Publisher at HarperCollins Children’s Books said:

“We are immensely proud to be the original and future home of Oliver’s solo picture books. Here We Are is an extraordinarily beautiful and prescient picture book. When I first saw the art for this book I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the illustration and tender truth of the words. Oliver’s new book is visionary, and both intensely personal and universal in its theme. It is a timely book that speaks to the heart and will appeal across all ages.”

Michael Green, President and Publisher of Philomel said:

“There is always excitement about a new book from Oliver Jeffers. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say he’s become one of the most influential creators of picture books in the world today. And with Here We Are, we all get to share in the benefit of Oliver’s most personal book to date. Every word, every line, every brushstroke was made with his newborn son in mind. The results are as clever and quirky as ever, and are imbued with the kind of affection and wisdom that pours from every new parent’s heart.”

Click here to read the full UK press release in The Bookseller, and you can find out more about the US publication in Entertainment Weekly.

To find out more about Oliver Jeffers and his work, visit his website oliverjeffers.com.