Christmas Gift Guide: Books

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We’re a family of bookworms here at BG and we’re suckers for beautiful, well-designed children’s books. Here’s our pick of gift books for various ages – most of them are too gorgeous to be tucked away on a shelf! Check out last year’s finds as well.   Animalium by Jenny Broom (Templar, RRP £20) Inside […]

Book now: Oliver Jeffers’ Up and Down


Everyone at BG is a fan of Oliver Jeffers (and his fabulous books for children), so the prospect of a theatre adaptation of Up and Down was a real thrill. The multi-sensory show, from the Gaga Theatre Company, will feature a combination of live theatre, music, lighting and projections and is (refreshingly) suitable for children […]

BG kids’ favourite reads for World Book Day

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If you’ve spent one or more evenings this week frantically scrabbling around for a costume for your child then you’ll be all too familiar with World Book Day, the annual celebration of all things literary for children. One aim of the day is to encourage more parents to read with their children, so we thought […]

Picture Books for Talking About Death With Children


  My father died when I was a child which means my children have never known their grandfather. It’s not something I wanted to brush under the carpet and we talk about their grandpa (known as Grandpa-who-died) regularly. Of course talking to children about someone who died means that the concept of death is out […]

Oliver Jeffers – This Moose Belongs to Me

Oliver Jeffers - This Moose Belongs to Me

When I became a parent one of the things which excited me the most was passing on the favourite books of my childhood. I imagine that when my children become parents themselves I imagine that Oliver Jeffers will be one of the treasured authors they pass down. Oliver Jeffers latest book This Moose Belongs to […]

The Hueys in: The New Jumper by Oliver Jeffers


Oliver Jeffers is back with the first book in a hot new series: The Hueys. The first book, The Hueys in: The New Jumper (Harper Collins RRP£10.99), introduces you to The Hueys, a group of people who all look the same, think the same and act the same that is until Rupert decides to knit […]

The Illustrated Alphabet Project


Just in time for some seasonal (self) gifting I spotted this superb affordable art project. The Small Print asked twenty-six illustrators to create one letter and a print based on that letter. The result is a series of fifty-two prints called The Illustrated Alphabet Project. I definitely have my favourites but, as Candepop point out, not […]

Lost And Found Pop-Up Book by Oliver Jeffers


Just when I thought I couldn’t love this book any more they go and bring out a beautifully engineered pop-up edition. Lost and Found Pop-up (Harper-Collins RRP £14.99) has all the subtlety of the original with an extra layer of perspective and movement in the story.   From the pop-up house on the first page […]

Latest Oliver Jeffers out today! And other brilliant new books


  We’re complete book fiends here, so I’ve always got my eye on publishing catalogues for the latest releases – and the summer months have brought a host of fantastic new titles to our bookshelves. Firstly, boy was I excited to see that one of BG’s favourite authors, Oliver Jeffers, has a new tome out today, Stuck (HarperCollins, […]

Children’s Theatre Review: Oliver Jeffers’ The Way Back Home

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There are some stories I dread coming out of the bottom of the bookcase at bedtime, not so anything by Oliver Jeffers. Best known for his ‘Once there was a boy …’ series, the tales are gentle, accompanied by beautiful illustrations and perfect for getting Torin and Cora ready for bed. We recently went to […]

The Heart and The Bottle for iPad

I had wondered how having books on an iPad could enhance the experience. Then I saw this trailer for the iPad version of Oliver Jeffers’ The Heart and The Bottle and am utterly convinced by the concept. Somewhere between book, game, animation and audio book this release looks magical. The book is voiced by Helena […]

Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers


Oliver Jeffers is one of our favourite authors. His stunning paintings and simple tales of friendship and love never fail to inspire the imagination. His latest release is the fourth book featuring The Boy and a welcome return of his friend the penguin from Lost and Found. Up and Down is the story of the […]