Congratulations to Dan Walker and Sky Thieves

Dan Walker has reached the shortlist for the Brilliant Book Award 2018 with his wonderful debut middle grade fiction, Sky Thieves.

Zoya DeLarose has no idea her life is about to change forever when a band of sky thieves ‘steal’ her away from her orphanage, landing up in the clouds, on board The Dragonfly’s deck. There, Zoya discovers a world of meteorite storms, sword fights, midnight raids, floating islands, and long lost treasure.

But with a deadly enemy closing in, will Zoya find the strength to face her fears and unlock the key to her destiny, or will she drop from the skies with no one left to break her fall?

Sky Thieves is an action-packed debut with a thrilling conclusion and beautifully constructed worldbuilding. We’re delighted to see it make the shortlist for the Brilliant Book Award 2018 – and we’ll have our fingers crossed for the announcement of the winner next March!

You can grab your own copy of Sky Thieves here . . .

. . . and stay up to date with Dan for news of events, school visits, and lots more on Twitter @sky_thieves

Here We Are – out today!

Today marks the release of Oliver Jeffers’ new book, Here We Are – and we couldn’t be more pleased and proud to see it out in the world.

Well, hello.
And welcome to this Planet.
We call it Earth.

Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you’ll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else… Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you’ve just got to be kind.

Here We Are is a touching and heartfelt exploration of the world, its quirks and how we exist alongside it for readers of all ages.

Don’t miss reading about how Oliver was inspired to write the book by his son, explaining tricky concepts of life on Earth with “trademark warmth and humour.”

You can buy your own copy of Here We Are here . . .

. . . and keep up to date with Oliver on Twitter @OliverJeffers.

Oliver Jeffers and his art, captured on film

Filmmaker Bas Berkhout has made a short film focusing on how Oliver’s art has been influenced by both his own childhood and his son.

Oliver Jeffers from Bas Berkhout on Vimeo.

It’s the perfect behind the scenes look into how Oliver creates his art before Here We Are comes out on the 14th November.

You can make sure you’ve pre-ordered your copy of Here We Are here . . .

and you can find updates from Oliver about his work on Twitter @OliverJeffers, and follow Bas on Twitter @basberkhout

Congratulations to the nominees for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018

We are delighted to see so many titles we have represented on the list of nominations for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018.

Will Mabbitt, I Can Only Draw Worms

Morag Hood, When Grandad Was A Penguin

Oliver Jeffers (illustrator) and Sam Winston (author), A Child Of Books

Nadia Shireen, The Cow Who Fell To Earth

Meg McLaren, Pigeon P.I

Kevin Waldron (illustrator) and Michael Rosen (author), Chocolate Cake

David Barrow (illustrator) and Elli Woollard (author), Troll Stroll

Bethan Woollvin, Rapunzel

 

We’re wishing the best of luck to all our authors and illustrators who’ve been nominated!