Julia Patton is our May Author of the Month. Her creative journey began when she was very small after receiving an enormous cardboard box for her birthday overflowing with art materials from a dear aunt. She continued her creative pathway studying MA in Illustration from Edinburgh University where she discovered and fell in love with picture books, an intoxicating world where pictures and words collide.
Our April Author of the Month is a self described music-loving, star-gazing creative, who has always had a passion for design. How perfect is that description for a children’s book author and illustrator? Neil Clark was born in East Yorkshire, England. His rural upbringing fueled his playful imagination and love of storytelling. In his book, Rusty the Squeaky Robot, we meet a friendly robot that is feeling down about the way he sounds. The other robots on Planet Robotone – Belle, Twango, Hoot and Boom-Bot help show Rusty that being a little bit different is the best way to be. We hope you enjoy our interview with Neil and getting to know more about him and his wonderful book. Enjoy!
A hungry guinea pig is very funny, but our March selection, “Crunch!,” is more than that. Carolina Rabei’s picture book is a touching story with a positive message for your entire family. Crunch, a lovable guinea pig, learns the value of sharing and helping others, and this book will make a great addition to your home library.
We were extremely fortunate to interview Sean Taylor for our February Author of the Month. Sean has won numerous awards and written over 50 children’s books throughout his career. In his spare time, he visits schools helping encourage young children’s imagination. He says, “it’s now clear to me that going on adventures to wild, new, imaginary places in stories is as important as learning how to spell.” Elephant Books couldn’t agree more!
It’s January and the perfect time for children to learn about hibernation. Which animals hibernate and which don’t? Polly Noakes is our author of the month and creator of The Very Long Sleep, which is a humorous book about 4 friends that decide to live together in the forest. However, little fox is confused when his friends all go to sleep for the winter. He must be ready when they wake up. And what should he do with the packages that start to arrive for them? Ms. Noakes’s illustrations make you feel like you are in a forest with the friends. The texture of her drawings evoke the feeling of walking through the woods. The Very Long Sleep is the perfect book to read with your child during those long winter months.
In this tale of sled riding friends, Alexander Boiger, successfully captures the Olympic spirit. Max and Marla is a story about persistence in pursuing goals and sends a positive message that true olympians never give up to readers of any age. We were fortunate to speak with the author and illustrator, Alexander Boiger. Her unique background, born in Germany the youngest of 7 children and an early career working in feature animation at Warner Brother and Dreamworks, helps create two lovable characters that fearlessly go after their dream. The story is incredibly sweet and the illustrations are some of our all time favorites.