Today I’m starting a new series of blog posts featuring some of my favourite books of 2019. When I started compiling my top ten books list, I realised I had enjoyed so many books this year, it felt wrong not to do a longer feature, so they could all be included. So I’m running a series of posts running up to the New Year, with a final top ten at the end.
The first is the stunning The Worm and The Bird.
Deep below the earth, Worm dreams of having more space. There’s not much room down there.
Above, Bird waits, through sun and rain and wind.
As the day goes on, will they both find what they are looking for?
From the author of The Fox and the Star, this is a book about searching and hoping, and how the smallest moment can be beautiful.
Having loved the The Fox and the Star I had to buy The Worm and The Bird by Coralie Bickford-Smith. The story is beautiful and the artwork is yet again stunning. Her books are proof positive that picture books are not solely the reading matter of young children. Their simplicity and artistry are a gift to those seeking an escape from the stresses of adult life.
I’m excited for her new book The Song of the Tree which will be published on 5th March 2020.
Bird loves the towering tree that grows in the jungle, but when the season changes she must say goodbye until next year.
Then one day Bird wonders: what happens to the tree when she flies away? As she discovers the stories of the other creatures who live in the tree, Bird learns to sing a new song.
Lyrical, heart-warming and beautifully illustrated, this new fable from Coralie Bickford-Smith is a tale about growing up and finding our own way of exploring the world, and a celebration of belonging.