If there’s one thing you can rely on, it’s that April’s weather will be unreliable. Sunny one minute, snowing the next, and that’s just a single afternoon. So if you do find yourself stuck indoors in the Easter holidays, how can you ensure that it’s only the sky beyond the windows that remains miserable?
Well, to help you keep your little ones entertained (and to give you a moment’s peace and quiet) we’ve picked out seven great new children’s books from a diverse range of authors.
Tomorrow from Syrian author Nadine Kaadan (pictured above) was written in the first year of the conflict in her home country. The illustrated book views the outbreak of war in Damascus through the eyes and concerns of young boy Yazan. No longer able to play with other children, or allowed to go outside, everything in Yazan’s world is changing, but he’s not entirely sure why. Initially published in 2012 and translated into English last year, Tomorrow is an uplifting tale about the strength of family love.
The Way Past Winter is the third novel for eight to 12 year olds from prize-winning author Kiran Millwood Hargrave. An ode to the frozen landscape of Scandinavia and the great voyages of myth and legend, The Way Past Winter follows Mila. The middle of three sisters, and brother to Oskar, Mila lives with her siblings in a small forest cabin. One night, a fur-clad stranger arrives through the snow seeking shelter. But by the next morning, he and his men have gone - taking Oskar with them. It is up to Mila to lead the search for her brother.
Is it a Mermaid? is the first picture book from Philippine-born much acclaimed children’s writer Candy Gourlay (pictured above) and is illustrated by Francesca Chessa. When Benji and Bel spot an unusual creature on the beach one morning Benji is in no doubt that it is a dugong (sea cow). The dugong however has other ideas, and explains how she is in actuality a very beautiful mermaid.
Indian-born British author and storyteller Chitra Soundar (pictured above) has published more than 30 books inspired by India’s rich heritage, including her latest offering You’re Snug With Me. With accompanying pictures inspired by traditional art, You’re Snug With Me tells the story of Mama Bear’s nurturing of her young polar bear cubs, as she teaches them valuable lessons that will resonate with small children as well as small bears.
The latest book in his Children. Music. Life. series, which explores different musical instruments from around the world, Ken Wilson-Max’s The Drum is perfect for young children. So feel the rhythm, clap your hands, stomp your feet and enjoy making music with the guidance of the award-winning picture book author and artist.
Winner of the 2017 Times Chicken House Prize, Asha & The Spirit Bird was inspired by the incredible bond author Jasminder Bilan (pictured above) had with her own grandmother. Asha lives on the family farm with her mother in rural India, whilst her father works away in the city. When the money her father sends stops and a wicked debt collector arrives, Asha and her best friend Jeevan embark on a journey to the city. Guided by a majestic bird which Asha believes to be the spirit of her grandmother, they travel to find her father and save their home.
Whatever age we may be, we all have heroes, but how do you actually get there yourself? From the author and illustrator team behind Young, Gifted and Black comes Step Into Your Power promising ‘23 lessons on how to live your best life’. Author Jamia Wilson and illustrator Andrea Pippin share lessons from their own experiences of growing up to mentor other young girls and help them emulate their heroes. A great book that shows children how to harness their own power and make their big dreams a big reality.
If you can make it out this Easter, we’ve a great range of free events for musically minded children taking place here in our Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer.
And we also have a host of other events happening across our site during the holidays, including a stage performance of the much-loved children’s book Tabby McTat.