Diverse kids books

Levente Szabo – The Watsons Go to Birmingham

Levente Szabo‘s fabulous cover design for bestselling YA novel, ‘The Watsons Go to Birmingham’ by Christopher Paul Curtis.

When the Watson family – ten-year-old Kenny, Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron – sets out on a trip south to visit Grandma in Birmingham, Alabama, they don’t realize that they’re heading toward one of the darkest moments in America’s history. The Watsons’ journey reminds us that even in the hardest times, laughter and family can help us get through anything.

Available soon from L’ecole des loisirs.

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Quang & Lien – Girl Giant and the Monkey King

‘Girl Giant and the Monkey King’ illustrated by Quang & Lien is a fantastic tale packed with magic, adventure, and middle-school woes.

The story focuses on Thom Ngo, a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl who is in high school in America. She sets out on a journey through Vietnamese folklore and mythology while simultaneously juggling school life and her relationship with her mother.

Containing themes of racism, belonging, identity, and inter-generational differences, this captivating fantasy tale is available from Roaring Brook Press / Macmillan from November.

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Quang & Lien – The Floating Field

Quang & Lien have illustrated ‘The Floating Field’, a nonfiction picture book about a group of soccer-loving boys from a Thai fishing village built on stilts who construct their own floating field and form the Koh Panyee Football Club.

Perfect for fans of stories about sports, beating seemingly impossible odds, and places and cultures not often shown in picture books. This inspiring story is available March 2021 from Lerner/Millbrook Press.

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Anjan Sarkar – Rum Pum Pum

Stunning earth-toned illustrations by Anjan Sarkar for ‘Rum Pum Pum’, a beautiful story inspired by the Indian landscape, wildlife and culture.

Available now from Holiday House.

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Daniela Sosa – Land of the Giants

We’re HUGE fans of this utterly adorable new ‘Land of the Giants’ series by Daniela Sosa.

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Anjan Sarkar – Agent Asha

Computer code just got dangerous in this action-packed new spy adventure series illustrated by Anjan Sarkar.

Asha Joshi has the perfect excuse not to finish her homework. She’s just been recruited to join the top-secret Children’s Spy Agency. Her first mission: SAVE THE WORLD. Can she do it?

‘Agent Asha: Mission Shark Bytes’ is available in July from Walker Books. The story is a great way to engage young readers in coding, critical-thinking and STEM. It is mapped onto key National Curriculum Computing KS1 and KS2 concepts including algorithms, conditionals and debugging.

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Daniela Sosa – Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Poison Plot

Determined to be the world’s greatest detective, Zaiba is always on the lookout for a crime to solve!

Daniela has illustrated ‘Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Poison Plot’, the second book in a fun, fresh and exciting new detective series from Stripes Publishing. Available this July.

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Christiane Engel – Ready, Set, Go!: Sports of All Sorts

Come along on a lively, lyrical exploration of the world’s most beloved sports, illustrated by Christiane Engel.

‘Ready, Set, Go!: Sports of All Sorts’ features a diverse group of children who introduce the basics of eight sports popular around the world: baseball, track, football/soccer, gymnastics, hockey, karate, basketball, and swimming. Available from Barefoot Books this March.

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Ekaterina Trukhan – Indestructibles: Hanukkah Baby

It’s Hanukkah! Let’s light the candles. Spin the dreidel. Time for latkes! Donuts, too!

Ekaterina Trukhan has illustrated ‘Hanukkah Baby’, a charming new title for Workman’s ingenious Indestructible series.

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New Signing – Quang and Lien

We’re so very excited to introduce our new artist signing, Phung Nguyen Quang & Huynh Kim Lien.

From their Saigon studio, Quang and Lien work seamlessly as a duo, creating their stunning artwork using a mix of watercolour, acrylic and digital.

Inspired by the folk culture of Vietnam and Asia, these incredibly talented Vietnamese illustrators produce the most beautifully vibrant and poignant scenes.

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