Staying at home doesn’t have to be a challenge!
Feeling bored or out of ideas about how to entertain the little ones during the recently announced school closure? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered! Our authors have done a great job creating lots of free learning resources, colouring sheets and activity packs to tide you over in these uncertain times. Download them below, colour them in, discuss our books and share your ideas on social media. All you need is a printer, some colouring pencils and a group of kids hungry to learn!
MEET PAVILION CHILDREN’S AUTHORS
EMILY HAWORTH-BOOTH | EMMA LAZELL | KATIE COTTLE | LUCY FREEGARD | WILLIAM BEE | PAUL SMITH & SAM USHER |WERNER HOLZWARTH & WOLF ERLBRUCH
THE KING WHO BANNED THE DARK & THE LAST TREE
MEET A KING WHO BANNED THE DARK OR IMMERSE YOURSELF IN AN UPLIFTING ECO TALE ABOUT SAVING THE LAST REMAINING TREE ON EARTH
‘A timely and inspiring parable’ – The Guardian
‘Ultimately celebratory, and beautifully executed with soft pencil crayon drawings, including comic-strip frames, it shows how much a simple story can convey’ – The Sunday Times
‘Emily Haworth-Booth is fast becoming the queen of the cautionary tale… Stylishly delivered, The Last Tree warns of the perils of taking from the earth, endlessly and greedily and challenges those in power to make the changes that are so desperately needed right now… A thought-provoking depiction of the ripple effects of seemingly small actions.’ – The Little Literary Society
Once upon a time a group of friends were seeking a place to call home. The desert was too hot, the valley was too wet and the mountain was too windy.
Then they found the forest. It was perfect. The leaves gave shelter from the sun and rain, and a gentle breeze wound through the branches.
But the friends soon wanted to build shelters. The shelters became houses, then the houses got bigger. All too soon they wanted to control the environment and built a huge wooden wall around the community.
As they cut down the trees, the forest becomes thinner, until there is just one last tree standing.
It is down to the children to find a solution.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WATERSTONES CHILDREN’S BOOK PRIZE 2019
‘A witty picture-book with a lot of contemporary relevance, which skewers government propaganda and the misuse of power’ – Little Rebels Children’s Book Award
‘Talented writer-illustrator Emily Haworth-Booth uses just three colours to paint this powerful picture of fear and hope, and the moral of the story will stay with you long after the lights get switched back on’ – Huffington Post UK
An illuminating tale of power, rebellion, darkness and light
There was once a little boy who was afraid of the dark. There’s nothing unusual about that. Most children are afraid of the dark at one time of another. But this little boy was a Prince, and he decided that when he became King, he would do something about the dark.
He would ban it.
When the King bans the dark completely, installing an artificial sun, and enforcing “anti-dark” laws, it seems like a good idea. The citizens don’t need to worry about any of the scary things that might live in the dark.
But what happens when nobody can sleep, and the citizens revolt? Will the King face his fears and turn the lights off?
The King Who Banned the Dark is a beautiful and thought-provoking story about how we need the dark in order to enjoy the light.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emily Haworth-Booth is an award-winning author, illustrator and educator who teaches at the Royal Drawing School in London, England. Alongside her children’s picture books, Emily is currently working on a long-form graphic memoir for adults. Her short comics have previously appeared in print in the Observer and Vogue. Along with her sister, Alice Haworth-Booth, she is an activist with Extinction Rebellion.
BY EMMA LAZELL
A QUIRKY AND HEARTWARMING HOMAGE TO JUDITH KERR
‘An utterly enjoyable piece of feline fan fiction … an entertaining romp of a story’ – The Herald
‘A classic in the making!’ – LoveReading4Kids.co.uk
The brilliant debut from a rising star of the picture book world, tipped as ‘one to watch’ by The Bookseller magazine.
Isobel’s grandma has lost her glasses and she can’t see a thing without them. While Isobel and Gran are in the garden searching for the specs, they come across a cat. A very big cat. A very big and friendly cat. The big cat moves in with them, much to the disgust of all gran’s other cats. He might be good fun, but he takes up lots of space and eats every scrap of food. Eventually the new cat’s mum and dad turn up, looking for their missing son. And they just happen to have found gran’s glasses too. The tiger family are delighted to be reunited – and gran now sees that she’s been sharing her house with… a tiger!
A heartwarming and surreal romp, packed with jokes and funny details and with an underlying message of acceptance. Emma’s bright colours and brilliant characterisation gives the book the look of a classic from the 1970s or earlier, but with a very modern sense of humour and sensibility.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emma Lazell is a UK based illustrator and author. Her work is linear, expressive, and sprinkled with irony and playfulness.
In 2018 she completed the hugely prestigious MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, graduating with a distinction. In 2014 she graduated with an undergraduate degree in Illustration from The University for the Creative Arts.
THE GREEN GIANT
BY KATIE COTTLE
YOU’VE MET THE IRON GIANT, THE BIG FRIENDLY GIANT AND THE SELFISH GIANT, NOW MEET THE GREEN GIANT!
‘A striking debut picture book with a jaunty illustrative style and a gorgeous colour palette of vibrant greens, oranges and ochres. A great story to promote discussion in class or at home and perhaps to encourage a spot of guerrilla gardening’ – Books for Keeps
A young girl, Bea, and her dog, Iris, are staying with her grandad in the country. Bea is bored, but Iris’s adventures lead them to the small and rusty old greenhouse next door.
Inside the greenhouse, Bea finds… a giant. A giant made entirely of plants and greenery. Bea is scared, but the giant reassures her and explains that he has escaped from the grey city.
Bea and the giant become friends, but can they do anything to make the grey city, and the world, a greener place?
A brilliant new picture book that highlights our concern for the environment, greening our cities, guerrilla gardening and making the world a better place.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Katie Cottle is an illustrator and print-maker living and working in Bristol, UK. Her work is often informed by the marks and colours created through traditional lithography. She also works digitally, using an iPad, and occasionally paints with gouache.
Katie won the Batsford Prize for Children’s Book Illustration. She has also received the ‘Highly Commended’ accolade at the Macmillan Prize for Illustration on numerous occasions. She received a ‘One to Watch’ award at D&AD New Blood in 2017.
THE BIG STINK
A HILARIOUS CAT-AND-MOUSE CHASE, WITH A CHEESE-Y TWIST!
‘Lucy Freegard, is on her wittiest and most wonderful form in a brilliantly funny new picture book … With a gallery of colourful illustrations full of child appeal, and a story that will have parents laughing too, The Big Stink is destined to be a family favourite’ – Lancashire Evening Post
Charlie, a notorious cheese thief, is a mouse on a mission.
Ever since he was little, he had got in spots of bother with the law. He had pinched Parmesan, crept off with Camembert and robbed Roquefort!
Charlie is planning his biggest mission yet – to steal a cheesy sculpture from The Museum of Art! After a hair-raising break-in – creeping past cameras, dodging guards and avoiding gates – he reaches his stinky prize. But Officer Rita is soon on the case. Will Charlie get away with it this time?
A cat and mouse detective story with a surprising ending!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lucy has an MA in children’s book illustration from Cambridge School of Art, a degree in illustration from Cardiff School of Art & Design and did her art foundation at Falmouth University. Since graduating in 2015 Lucy has worked on a range of projects, from writing and illustrating picture books to designing soft toys and greetings cards.
Lucy uses pen and watercolours, and loves sketching from life and eavesdropping at the zoo. She is based in Bristol.
WILLIAM BEE’S WONDERFUL WORLD OF VEHICLES
BY WILLIAM BEE
PULL ON YOUR WELLIES AND JOIN WILLIAM AND HIS FRIENDS FOR VEHICLE TOURS THAT’LL MAKE FIFTH GEAR LOOK LIKE KIDS’ STUFF!
‘I love William Bee’s books – and so do children! … This is a book for children to pore over, to absorb and to delight in’ – Parents in Touch
William Bee loves his trucks.
He has lots, and if you’re lucky he’ll show you some of them and tell you all about them. There’s his tanker truck, which carries all the fuel he needs for his vehicles – in fact it holds enough fuel for 650 cars! Then there’s his coal-fired steam truck, his amphibious truck, which can swim, his truck with its very own crane and his snow-blowing truck, plus the truck that carries all of his racing cars, and not forgetting his jet-powered truck that can reach 370mph! And that’s just the beginning of his collection. Join William, his dog and his gang of unruly traffic cones on a grand tour of the world of trucks
‘It’s dynamic, quirky and original with a Ripley’s Believe It or Not quality about it. The punchy, colourful illustrations have an old-fashioned but warm appeal to them. Children will delight in finding hidden details on every page and every vehicle’ – Early Years Educator
William Bee is back and this time he’s showing us his amazing collection of trains, boats, planes and more.
There’s his harrier jump jet, which can take off vertically, his World War I fighter plane that can perform amazing stunts, the steam locomotive (peep peep!), the mini submarine, his speedboat (occasionally stolen by Sparky the Dog), and even his space rocket! Blast off!
The cone family are helping, or is that hindering?, with the transport, as is Sparky.
Perfect for every child fascinated by amazing vehicles that can fly, float, dive underwater, travel on tracks and blast off into outer space!
Vroom Vroom! Peep Peep! We have blast off!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
William Bee was born in London, but now lives in the English countryside. As well as writing and illustrating children’s books, he races a vintage sports car, is an international skier, and when at home tends his lawns and meadow.
THE ADVENTURES OF MOOSE & MR BROWN
BY PAUL SMITH, ILLUSTRATED BY SAM USHER
STYLISH GLOBE-TROTTING ADVENTURE FROM BRITAIN’S ICONIC FASHION DESIGNER
‘An engaging story and very strong on the fun and satisfaction that comes from designing things and from creative partnerships’ – Lovereading4kids.co.uk
‘A feast for the eyes’ – Armadillo
Sir Paul Smith’s very first children’s picture book – and the first instalment in a new and exciting series about animals, travel, design and finding inspiration in the most unlikely of places.
Inspired by toys that Paul has owned for many years, the main characters are curious, charming and characterful.
Mr Brown is an international fashion designer, who meets Moose on a plane travelling to London. Moose is distraught as he has lost his twin brother Monty – who got on the wrong plane! Mr Brown agrees to help Moose track Monty down, and in return, Moose helps bring even more inspiration to Mr Brown’s business.
They travel around the world, helping other animals with their designs (slippers for sloths, parkas for penguins, scarves for giraffes, and more) while looking for Monty.
Will Mr Brown and Moose find Monty before Mr Brown’s big catwalk show?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sir Paul Smith is an internationally renowned fashion designer. The Paul Smith fashion company has flagship stores in London, Paris, New York, Milan and Tokyo, with a total of over 200 stores worldwide. It has a presence in over 70 countries.
Sir Paul Smith has collaborated with a number of well-known brands including Manchester United Football Team, Anglepoise, Land Rover, New Balance and Penguin Classics. This is his first children’s book.
DARWIN’S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY
STEP ON-BOARD THE BEAGLE AND FOLLOW CHARLES DARWIN’S REMARKABLE JOURNEY AND MANY EXPLORATIONS
A wonderful celebration of history’s most remarkable journey; published to celebrate 160 years of Charles Darwin’s ground-breaking text on evolution: On The Origin of Species
From England to Cape Verde, Brazil to the Galapagos, Tahiti to Australia, discover the wildlife of Charles Darwin’s many journeys – giant sloths, platypus, tarantulas, fireflies and more. As well as gorgeous artwork and fascinating information on the journey, this book also features the equipment used by Darwin and cross-sections of the ship itself.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jake Williams is a Plymouth-based illustrator, designer and occasional animator. He creates shape-based vector illustration with bold and vibrant colours. Jake was awarded BDC’s New Designer of The Year 2017.
THE STORY OF THE LITTLE MOLE WHO KNEW IT WAS NONE OF HIS BUSINESS
‘The book nobody would publish that went on to be a bestseller’ – Guardian
*Was banned by the London Underground*
*Performed live at the Edinburgh Festival*
*Used for NHS campaigns about bowel problems*
*Jamie Oliver’s favourite children’s book!*
A success since its publication in 1989, The Story of the Little Mole has delighted adults and children alike to become an all-time humour classic. This hilarious picture book tells the tale of a little mole who wakes up one morning only to have one of the other animals ‘do its business’ on his head. The Little Mole then sets out to track down the culprit to exact his revenge in his own little way. This new anniversary edition is a fantastic way to introduce children to the amazing world of books.
Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch are a German Author/Illustrator team. Both are highly regarded, particularly in Germany, for their humorous and playful characters.