Written by Joseph Coelho
- This book was nominated for the Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration 2023
- Shortlisted for the English Association Picture Book Awards 2023
- Shortlisted for the Diverse Book Awards 2023
- Chosen for American Illustration 41 Exhibition
“Gorgeously illustrated by Richard Johnson, this picture book is a love letter to high-rise living and its connection to the ancient, natural world.”
― The Sunday Post
"Coelho drew upon his own experiences to tell this story about three children who leave their tower block and tumble into a strange world underneath a tree. There, a “tree-grown man” helps them understand the power of nature and, when they resurface, their tower block is transformed into a place of colour and light. Gorgeously illustrated by Johnson, this modern-day fable is a celebration of high-rise living..."
― The Bookseller
"The new children’s laureate has written a poem about living in a tower block and a magical journey into the forest to rediscover our connection to nature. Richard Johnson’s gentle illustrations capture the magic in this picture book for older children."
― The Sunday Times
"Fresh to the post of children’s laureate, Joseph Coelho is releasing Our Tower […] Coelho, who was inspired by his experience growing up in London, has said “I wanted to bring the magic of Narnia to the tower block” — which seems the perfect mission statement […] books can’t fill tummies but they can provide hope and escape"
― The Observer
“This glowing, poetic picture book from the new children’s laureate celebrates the joys of community in urban spaces while quietly affirming that the natural world belongs to everyone.”
― The Guardian
Written by Katya Balen
After a devastating car crash, Annie is unable to play her flute and retreats from the music she's always loved. She exists in a world of angry silence – furious with her mum and furious she can't seem to play her beloved flute any more.Then she meets Noah, who shows her the blackbirds' nest hidden in the scrubland near their flats. As their friendship grows, the blackbird's glorious song reignites Annie's passion for music. But when tragedy strikes again, will her fragile progress be put at risk?
Once Upon a Snowstorm
This book was shorlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2018, Professional Children's Books Category.
Merit Winner for the 3x3 International Picture Book Show No.15, Published Children's Books Category.
"Invokes both the intimate and the epic...and a world in which the landscapes of reality and those of a child's imagination collide... this is a book that reminds us we don’t always needs words."
―Olivia Lomenech Gill, illustrator of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
"Stunning . . . the dreamlike illustrations swept me up and took me on quite an incredible, visually enchanting journey. All in one sweep, this beautiful wordless story broke my heart. An incredibly stunning book."
―David Litchfield, author and illustrator of The Bear and the Piano
"Captivating and atmospheric, with a pitch-perfect use of color."
―Levi Pinfold, author and illustrator of Black Dog
"It's beautiful. I love the details in the snow flakes . . . and the funny close ups of the animals faces. Such a warm story, frosted with magic."
―Polly Dunbar, illustrator of Penguin
―Sarah McIntyre, author and illustrator.
"Richard's illustrations are very gentle and soft, beautiful images of forest and winter landscapes . . ."
―Tomislav Tomic, author and illustrator.
"A magical beutifully illustrated story that reminded me of Raymond Briggs' The Snowman, one of my all time favourites."
―David Tazzyman, author and illustrator.
"Stunning, wordless picture book that has a dream like quality and a captivating message...the frosty fantasy will make you yearn for an open fire and mugs of hot chocolate."
―Daily Mail - BOOKS OF THE YEAR
"Beautifully illustrated and entirely wordless, inviting more storytelling from the reader every time"
"The perfect book for cosy autumn and winter nights"
"A magical winter tale of friendship and discovery"
"A dreamy visual narrative to brighten winter evenings"
Wind in the Willows
Written by Kenneth Grahame.
Association of Illustrators: Gold Award Winner, Images 36: Children's Books.
My ambition was to try to capture some of the atmosphere, humour and the sense of place in Grahame's world, combining a partly realistic and partly stylised body of work. I tried to visualise moments of quiet tension and dramatic action from the story.This was one of my favourite scenes to illustrate, as Moley ventures deeper into the Wild Wood.