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Posted on May 26, 2023

Gold Stars and Good Picture Books

As any schoolchild will tell you, getting a gold star isn’t an easy task. It’s a rewarding experience, and when you get a gold star—or a blue one!—you should parade around your home or school or library or the Internet. So, we’re delighted to share with you these starred reviews for some of our inaugural picture books. As our books make their way to store shelves, library carts, and into your hands, we hope you will give them stars too!

When Ava finds a mysterious old suitcase, her Granny shares her own history and how she came to England on the Empire Windrush many years ago. In a heart-warming picture book from multi-award-winning author Patrice Lawrence, with warm illustrations by Camilla Sucre, readers are introduced to the struggles and achievements of a generation of African Caribbeans who traveled across the Atlantic to call a new country home. Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush— out now!

“A loving family story that pays tribute to the often unseen but no less powerful moments of courage.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

If you don’t know how to count to ONE, then Caspar Salmon and Matt Hunt have the perfect picture book for you! There’s just one rule: You must ONLY ever count to ONE. You must not even THINK about bigger numbers. You’ll be tempted to count the whales, baboons, rainbows, and pyramids . . . but DON’T. OK?! You can buy ONE (OR TWO OR THREE) copy of How to Count to ONE: (And Don’t Even Think About Bigger Numbers!) when it makes its way to bookstores and libraries in early June!

“This delightfully silly counting book is sure to leave children laughing wherever it is read aloud.” — Booklist (starred review)

“Catnip for teachers or anyone leading a storytime and sure to tickle kids.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Written in memory of her father, whose favorite bird was the kingfisher, Anna Wilson takes readers on a lyrical journey though a year in the life of a kingfisher family. Sarah Massini’s stunning illustrations bring the riverbank to life in all its glory. If you’re looking for a story about the powerful, intergenerational bond between grandparent and grandchild, as well as a positive story about life, death, and being a part of the natural world, look no further than Grandpa and the Kingfisher. Coming August 2023!

“A lovely intergenerational appreciation of nature and life.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)