Possibly one for the Christmas list of mothers of little girls rather than little girls themselves. With lines like “Good little girls always show marked deference for the aged. You ought never to ‘sass’ old people unless they ‘sass’ you first” this illustrated version of Mark Twain’s 1865 short story is a wonderful incitement for little girls to think for themselves. Find out more about this inspired reissue from Maria Popova here.
We always welcome a new book by Oliver Jeffers and Once Upon An Alphabet does not look like it will disappoint. Featuring a short story for each of the letters this will bring the alphabet to life in a whole new way. With the usual beautiful Jeffers illustration style and something of an Edward Gorey feel to it, I am sure this will be a hugely popular book with kids and parents alike.
Fourteen year old Emma Brade from Lancashire should be feeling pretty happy right about now. Winner of the Beyond the Stars writing contest her story will be included in a collection of twelve stories along side Irish writers Roddy Doyle, John Boyne, Niamh Sharkey, Derek Landy and more. Twelve stories of winter and wonder and the profits all going to creative writing mentoring charity, Fighting Words, how could you not put this book onto anyone’s wish list. Available from October 9th.