One of the best things to happen in publishing recently is Nosy Crow.  The independent publisher of children’s books and apps launched in January 2011 and has gone from strength to strength garnering awards every year.  The high production values and wonderful mix of authors and illustrators make the books things of great joy.

Recently Nosy Crow has worked in partnership with two venerable organisations: the National Trust and the British Museum.  Hitting the shelves later this week are a couple of non-fiction titles published in association with the former designed to get children out and about and discovering the natural world.  Go Wild in the Woods by Goldie Hawk and Rachael Saunders is described as an adventure handbook and is packed full of information about being safe and having fun.  Night Explorer is an activity backpack complete with torch, constellation map, glow-in-the-dark stickers and guidebook.  With its help you can spot nocturnal creatures, navigate the night sky and create a night garden.  Both these offerings are brightly coloured, attractively illustrated and carefully researched and written.  They’re ideal school holiday books although, this far north, Night Explorer might be better held over until October!

Children whose tastes are more artistic and creative might like Origami, Poems and Pictures, published in conjunction with the British Museum to celebrate its Hokusai exhibition.  The title describes it pretty accurately: at the front there are pages of instructions for making origami objects including a boat, a fan and a dragonfly.  Accompanying each set of instructions is a haiku about the object.  The rest of the pack is full of sheets of origami paper to enable the reader to turn the instructions into works of art.

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