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Big Picture Press - September Publisher of the Month

Big Picture Press - September Publisher of the Month

Welcome to a new month and with it a new publisher of the month! For September we will be featuring Big Picture Press. Founded in 2013, they believe that books should be visually intelligent, surprising, and accessible to readers of all ages, abilities, and nationalities. We feature a wide range of their books, from lift the flap and pop up books for toddlers, to activity books, and large hardback non-fiction books featuring beautiful illustrations, and covering a wide range of topics.   We will be back throughout the month to share all our favourite Big Picture Press books, but in the meantime...

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Line Up Please! By Tomoko Ohmura – reviewed by Caroline Ewans, The Wimbledon Story Pot

Line Up Please! By Tomoko Ohmura – reviewed by Caroline Ewans, The Wimbledon Story Pot

Line Up Please! is a super picture book with a lovely unexpected twist. All the animals are lining up for something – but they don’t know what it is. When they eventually find out, the pages open up into a double sized spread showing what all the fuss was about. (Spoiler alert – they are all queuing up for a spectacular whale ride!) There is a lot of suspense along the way and points for discussion. There are subtle lessons about numbers, queueing properly and about relationships between species – and some sly humour. The illustrations are cleverly pitched, bring...

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Gecko Press - August Publisher of the Month

Gecko Press - August Publisher of the Month

Welcome to August and our new Publisher of the Month. Gecko Press, founded in 2005, is an independent publisher of curiously good children's books. We translate and publish books by some of the world's best writers and illustrators. We choose books that are excellent in story, illustration and design, with a strong 'heart factor'.   Gecko publish a wide range of books, covering the ages from baby and toddler right up to older reader books. We will share more over the coming month, but for now here are a few of our favourites.     Throughout August you will be able...

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Frances Lincoln - July Publisher of the Month

Frances Lincoln - July Publisher of the Month

Welcome to July and our new Publisher of the Month blog post! For July we will be featuring the wonderful Frances Lincoln books. Frances Lincoln Publishers was founded by Frances Lincoln in 1977. The company published its first books two years later, and has been creating illustrated books of the highest quality ever since. We have chosen Frances Lincoln for July as they have some great books for the summer, full of activities to try that will get you outdoors. Frances Lincoln books feature in both our Original and Educators range. They include books with stories from cultures around the world:...

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A Rainbow in My Pocket. A Book review by Laura Bland, Story Pot Customer.

A Rainbow in My Pocket. A Book review by Laura Bland, Story Pot Customer.

A Rainbow in My Pocket, a lovely book with a gentle but nonetheless powerful and thought provoking message. Beautiful words surrounded by beautiful gentle pictures that help to tell a magical story of how we can all carry a rainbow in our pocket.   For me this book encompasses the simple thoughts and desires of children and how we should encourage them to dream and allow them to express themselves. The language of the book is gentle and flowing and invites the reader in and encourages the young reader to share their own thoughts and ideas. I read this book...

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