The team at Little Island Books have been getting ready for Christmas and choosing their presents for friends and family. This year we thought we’d give you a little insight into which books we’d most recommend for the young people in your life!
Hopscotch in the Sky by Lucinda Jacob and Lauren O’Neill (age 8+)
Chosen by Siobhán Parkinson
‘Imagine a white stag on a suburban street or a mermaid in a library, a granny blowing away in the wind or a plastic bag that wants to be a balloon, the Christmas decoration that got away or the dreaming child that plays hopscotch up and down the Milky way – this beautifully illustrated hardback collection of poems is the perfect Christmas present for families and children. There are funny poems, sweet poems, quirky poems, thoughtful poems, rhyming couplets, haiku, free verse, songs. Accompanied by the free-to-download Hopscotch in the Sky Poetry Kit
, which is full to bursting with inspiration for the aspiring young poets in your life.’
Chosen by Matthew Parkinson-Bennett
‘I’ve already given this book to several children, and this Christmas I will give it to some more. In fact I might give it to some grown-ups too. Declaration of the Rights of Boys and Girls is about letting kids know that it is OK just to be who you are, not what other people expect you to be. So for girls, they can have short hair, climb trees, and want to be an astronaut when they grow up. For boys, it might be learning ballet, reading books, and looking for a hug when they feel sad. It’s equality, stupid! This a beautiful and empowering book, the language is simple and clear and the illustrations are wild and fun and free.’
‘This year has been one of women speaking out, of their stories being heard, and of reclaiming their place in the narratives that have for so long been the domain of men – and this book is no exception. A feminist retelling of 13 classic fairytales for a young adult readership, this beautiful book is the perfect gift for anyone over the age of 15. It pulls apart the stories we’ve been told since we were tiny children – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White – and makes us think about the female characters within them as mothers, daughters, sisters and real people. It’s stunningly illustrated by Karen Vaughan, an artist on the rise and one to watch out for. It also happened to win the Irish Book Awards YA Book of the Year, so that should help persuade any unsure readers!’