Cressida Cowell is new Children’s Laureate

Author and illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon series and the Emily Brown picture books, Cressida Cowell, has been announced as the Waterstones Children’s Laureate for 2019-2021.

Illustrator of the Month: June

July is nearly upon us, marking the beginning of summer in full swing. Before this happens though, we are proud to present our 15th edition of ‘Illustrator of the Month’:..

Mega Meltdown – review

Jack Tite’s book offers loads of information on this Ice Age time of frozen oceans and ice-sheeted land, and of the supersized animals that adapted to live over this period.

The Book of Pebbles – review

Written by Christopher Stocks and illustrated by Angie Lewin, this a publication on pebbles which engages and delights the eye and the mind.


About you My name is Ben Tallon. I’ve been working full time, freelancing in the creative industries for 10 years, primarily as an illustrator. Alongside this I art direct, write..

Judith Kerr in Varoom

In a 2009 interview from Varoom magzine we celebrate Judith Kerr, who talks Mog, her then current work and of course, The Tiger Who Came To Tea – ‘We never thought of a Tiger as something ‘bitey’.’

Step Into Your Power – review

Jamia Wilson and Andrea Pippins have produced a friendly guide to being a person in the modern world, and traversing the difficulties that can prevent us from achieving our dreams.

The Directive on Copyright is an important piece of European Union legislation designed to modernise copyright for the digital age. Now passed, it will help ensure a fairer deal for those working in the creative sector. But what happens for the UK?

Festival Folk – review

Most people across the world will have experienced a folk festival, and in many places ancient folk traditions are still lived, loved and experienced in the modern day. Rob Flowers illuminates these often fantastical events in this colour packed book.

Il Gioielli di Elsa – review

An unassuming gem of a book – the pictures in Elsa’s Jewels remix piles of cinema, literary, art references, continuously reworking ideas, turning them upside down and inside out.

A History of Pictures: for Children – Review

This Illustrated (by Rose Blake) book, previously published for adults, is directed at a new audience – taking young readers through a journey of Art History from 15,000 BCE cave drawings to present day in the company of David Hockney and Martin Gayford

Klaus Flugge Prize shortlist announced

There are six outstanding debut picture books celebrating children’s imagination and potential, family love, and freedom of expression on the shortlist for the 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize.

Ben Tallon on Mental Health

Illustrator and member Ben Tallon reflects on the topic of mental health, and shares some great insight and tips just in time for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Circle – review

Klassen uses light and dark brilliantly as a way to aid the narration and add contrast to the page spreads in this story of friends uniquely shaped playing a game of hide and seek.


Can you tell us a bit about yourself?  I’m Niki Groom (@miss_magpie_spy) and I’m an illustrator based in Bristol. I studied BA Fashion Design and was a designer for over..

Fanatical About Frogs – review

The book brings Owen Davey’s distinctive visual style to the frog world, revealing the (sometimes slightly yucky) attributes of frog species across the world.


Lizzy Stewart is an illustrator and children’s book author living in South London, most known for her books ‘There’s a Tiger in the Garden’, ‘Juniper Jupiter’ and ‘The Way to Treasure Island’. In this interview, Lizzie talks about her business, having an Agent and the importance of securing royalties.

Illustrator of the Month – May

From divine print products to striking murals Laura Callaghan is a celebrated Illustrator with a significant online following, and as guest speaker at Pictoplasma Festival she presented the perfect candidate for May’s Illustrator of the Month!