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!

Congratulations to Pooja Puri and The Jungle

Many congratulations to Pooja Puri and her wonderful book The Jungle, which has been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018.

There was a story Jahir used to tell me. About how the first humans were born with wings. Can you imagine what that would be like? To fly anywhere in the world without worrying about having the right papers?

Mico has left his family, his home, his future. Setting out in search of a better life, he instead finds himself navigating one of the world’s most inhospitable environments the Jungle. For Mico, just one of many ‘unaccompanied children’, the Calais refugee camp has a wildness, a brutality all of its own.

A melting pot of characters, cultures, and stories, the Jungle often seems like its own strange world. But despite his ambitions to escape, Mico is unable to buy his way out from the ‘Ghost Men’ the dangerous men with magic who can cross borders unnoticed. Alone, desperate, and running out of options, the idea of jumping onto a speeding train to the UK begins to feel worryingly appealing.

But when Leila arrives at the camp one day, everything starts to change. Outspoken, gutsy, and fearless, she shows Mico that hope and friendship can grow in the most unusual places, and maybe, just maybe, they’ll show you the way out as well.

The Jungle is the moving and beautiful story of Leila and Mico, and is sure to be a thought-provoking read for older children, teenagers and adults alike.

You can get your own copy of The Jungle here . . .

. . . and you can stay up to date with Pooja on Twitter @poojapuriwrites