Each week our librarian Ann picks a Book of the Week to showcase a book that's newly in our library. Often the book is pertinent to the week or season too. If you are looking to be inspired by some of the best new publishing explore her recommendations below.
Sue Hardy-Dawson ranges across a variety of themes and poetic forms in her first solo collection. Shape poems are scattered throughout, their subject matter sometimes softly segueing into the surrounding stanzas.
Rainbow Class has an enjoyable day out in this picture book from a new publishing house founded to produce multicultural books that celebrate diversity in our inter-connected world.
When his father tells him he has seen a white Arctic fox down at the Seattle dockside, Sol seeks out the animal for himself. From then on the lives of boy and fox become intertwined as both need to return to their Alaskan home. As Sol and his father travel north the emotional story of their past gradually unfolds, and when he becomes reacquainted with his grandmother he discovers why he feels such an affinity with the white fox.
This magnificent treasury celebrates the work of world famous picture book creator Tomi Ungerer, winner of the 1998 Hans Christian Andersen Award. The eight books collected here show the wide range of his work.
A much needed look behind the headlines raising questions which will help young people think deeply and constructively about what is happening in the world today.
A picture book which celebrates the power of stories and imagination. Threading through it is a narrative spoken by a child who invites her friend on a journey through landscapes where all types of tales can take place, etched in a font that will be familiar to those fond of Oliver Jeffers’ previous books. The illustrations are full of words and letters, shaping extracts from well-known books into whatever environment the children are exploring, using typography in playful ways.
In a variety of ways, modern poets provide their own take on Carroll’s poems, many of which were parodies of verse from his own times. As editor and contributor Michaela Morgan says in her introduction: ‘here are Lewis Carroll’s playful responses to the poems that Victorian children read, and here are modern poets’ responses to Lewis Carroll’s poems.’ Robert Stevens has a modern young lad chide Carroll in a similar way to that in which an earlier young man mocked old Father William (a poem which in turn was modelled on one by Robert Southey). Stevens also ends the poem with a sly reference to a significant Carroll character. There are two responses to the famous nonsense poem ‘Jabberwocky’. Joseph Coelho employs made up words to create a poem that feels full of action and to which the reader can supply their own meaning, while Michaela Morgan uses the same pattern and rhyme scheme as Carroll to express the horrors of hay fever.
Stunning sculptures evoked by the dark side of the tales of the Brothers Grimm.
The importance of inference in reading a picture book is superbly demonstrated here. The written text is minimal. It begins with a lone tree and then drills down to the names of animal homes within it, while the pictures portray their occupants. Then come some new arrivals – what changes might they bring and will they be for good or ill? There’s a wonderful wordless central moment when the protagonists realise what they have done and before they are galvanised into affirmative action.