Today is the BLM Fantastic Five!

It goes to show how incredibly hardworking our gang of authors and illustrators are when we have a whopping 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 books being published today!

And each one is an absolute cracker!


N#1, we have Barry Falls’ heartfelt and wonderful IT’S YOUR WORLD NOW!

Published by Pavilion, Barry’s debut picture book is a brilliantly-illustrated, funny and thought-provoking celebration of where you might go and what you might do in life.

So go and play and live and learn. It’s your world now, this is your turn to think and ask and make and do.

The world is magic, just like you! A beautiful and funny celebration of the world and the potential of each and every child.

This is the perfect book to read out loud – helping children to appreciate the wonderful things that exist in the world, and the great things that they can do, as well as allowing them to understand some of the setbacks that may happen.

And whatever happens, the child is reassured that their parents will always love them.

N#2 is a debut from Bethany Christou’s incredibly lovable SLOW SAMSON

Published by Templar Publishing, it’s a beautifully illustrated picture book about a lovable sloth whose friends accept him as his slow self.

Everyone likes Samson the sloth, and he gets lots of invitations to parties.

The problem is that he’s far too slow to ever get there on time.

When Samson finally makes it to the celebration the cake is eaten and the party games are finished.

Luckily Samson’s resourceful friends have a plan!

N#3 is very dreamy THE NIGHT BEAR, written by Ana de Moraes and illustrated by Thiago De Moraes.

Published by Anderson Press, prize-winning husband and wife team Ana and Thiago de Moraes present the perfect bedtime story.

Sweet dreams, sleep tight, hope the Night Bear comes tonight…

After dark, the Night Bear goes on the hunt for his favourite snack: delicious nightmares.

But one night, he almost munches on a dream of unicorns and rainbows by mistake – yuck!

It might not be his up of tea, but surely there’s someone who might like it? 

N#4 you won’t be surprised to see, is SUPER DUPER YOU, from the stupendous Sophy Henn.

Published by Puffin, it celebrates all the different, extraordinary and sometimes contradictory things we are in this joyful and colourful rhyming picture book. It’s perfect to read aloud – and then read again, and again!

I’ve known you since you started.
I’ve seen a thing or two . . .
. . . or three or four or five or six!
In fact, I’ve seen a few . . .

Sometimes we are loud, sometimes we are quiet, sometimes bold and clanky, sometimes soft and cuddly. 

Adult Non-Fiction

And rounding of our Super Seven, is N#5, is beautiful and informative SYLVAN CITIES: AN URBAN TREE GUIDE by Helen Babbs.

Inviting readers on an intricately illustrated journey into the urban forest, SYLVAN CITIES is both a practical guide to identifying twenty of the most common trees standing sentry on our street corners, and a lyrical, anecdotal treasure trove of facts and history, culture and leafy lore.

We’re surrounded in cities by trees, quiet colossuses that most of us don’t know by name. Does that matter?

It’s certainly possible to appreciate a tree for its beauty, its shade and its shelter without knowing whether it’s an alder, an elder, a lime or a beech.

But look harder, and we begin to see the beauty beneath the bark – the tales of how trees are integral to medicine and art as they are furniture and firewood; the stories of why wild figs grow on the banks of Sheffield’s rivers and why the ash tree is touched with magic and mischief.

As well as being an illustrated guide that will help you identify some of the species you see around town every day, Sylvan City is also a potted-journey through our cities’ woody places and a literary hunt for where their wild things are.