The World Around Us | 2 July 2015Hello from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Frances Lincoln first began to publish books for children in 1983. Like her adult list, Frances’s first children’s books reflected her keen interest in art and the great outdoors, as well as visual storytelling. Today, we are one of the world’s most respected creators of picture books and poetry that celebrate cultural diversity, as well as traditional family non-fiction. In the seasons to come, we will endeavour to do justice to our distinguished heritage by publishing beautifully crafted picture books, novelty and non-fiction for modern families. A core element of our programme in 2015/16 is… our backlist! Over the next 24 months, we are reissuing more than 50 titles from our backlist, which is itself a real treasure trove. Many of these books were childhood favourites of ours, reissued for the next generation, and are created by kid lit heroes such as Quentin Blake, Joan Aitken, Tony Bradman, Mary Hoffman, Jessica Souhami and Edward Ardizzone, amongst many others. Here are just a few of these: Tell Me a Picture by Quentin Blake Quentin Blake chose twenty-six famous paintings and drawings and then added his own drawings of a lively family whose comments help the reader notice what’s special about each work of art. The Little Tim books by Edward Ardizzone Loved by generations of children since they were published in 1936 the reissues have stunning new covers and audio recordings by Stephen Fry, bringing these classic stories to life for children today. 2016 sees the 60th anniversary of Ardizzone’s Kate Greenaway win for Tim All Alone. The Arabel and Mortimer series; Arabel’s Raven, Arabel Mortimer and the Escaped Black Mamba, Mortimer and the Sword Excalibur, The Spiral Stair by Joan Aitken, illustrated by Quentin Blake A series of hilarious adventures with Arabel and the raven Mortimer, who find their ways straight to the reader’s heart. Through my Window by Tony Bradman, Eileen Browne This special edition commemorates the 30th anniversary of this classic multicultural picture book. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, Caroline Binch The international bestseller in which Grace learns that she can be anything she wants. Remarkable Animals by Tony Meeuwissen An amazing mix-match book of 1000 extraordinary creatures with words and pictures. Old Macdonald by Jessica Souhami Old Macdonald’s farm is full of surprises! A fun, lift-the-flap variation on an old favourite. The Frances Lincoln list began as a children’s imprint that stood to represent many voices. Publisher of FLCB, Rachel Williams, has said “At a time when diversity in books is more important than ever, our frontlist will continue to seek out the big and small voices from many corners of the globe, bringing their stories to modern families in high quality gift formats.” Key thematic areas over the next couple of years will be natural history, family and social issues, as well as poetry and classic stories. Exciting new titles from FLCB that maintain the voices of equality and identity the imprint is so well know for, include: Terry Perkins and his Upside Down Frown by Felix Massie A quirky story, told in humorous rhyming verse, about learning to be happy in yourself and the value of friendship. Click on the book cover to watch the trailer! The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield When a young bear stumbles upon a piano in the forest, little does he imagine the incredible journey that awaits him. A moving tale of exploration and belonging form an exciting debut author-illustrator. Counting Lions by Katie Cotton, drawings by Stephen Walton Name and explore wildlife with stunning charcoal drawings and simple facts featuring numbers 1-10. With a foreword from actress and wildlife campaigner Virginia McKenna OBE. T-Veg – The Tale of a Carrot Crunching Dinosaur Reginald is a perfectly normal T-rex. He stomps around the jungle. He has a fierce and mighty roar. He gnashes his big, scary teeth. There’s just one thing that sets him apart… he’s a vegetarian! The Crow’s Tale Inspired by a Lenape Native American myth, this beautiful debut picture book shows how courage and kindness are what really matter. The Five Misfits The five Misfits had never amounted to much in life… When Mr Perfect comes to stay, the five misfits find themselves questioning what their purpose in life is. Can they teach him that not fitting in is more fun than trying to be perfect? A quirky, allegorical picture book from the multi award-winning creator of A Lion in Paris. Deep in the Woods Contemporary retelling of a classic Russian folk tale, in which a bear comes across a house filled with woodland creatures. Trying to get in, he climbs onto the roof, and it crashes down. Can he put everything right? Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.