Gorgeous book-themed stationery giveaway!

bookIsland_logoBook Island is one of those publishing houses I always make a point of checking out. They specialise in picture books in translation, with a focus on especially beautifully illustrated, high-quality books that can be enjoyed and treasured by both parents and children of all ages, not just the younger readers and listeners who are often deemed the typical picture book audience.

Book Island as a company is relatively young – it was founded in 2012 by Belgian-born translator Greet Pauwelijn – and whilst it started life out in New Zealand, I’m really thrilled that Book Island has now relocated to the UK, bringing their eye-catching books to a bigger readership.

Some of their books I especially love, and have reviewed on my blog, include:

  • Sammy and the Skyscraper Sandwich by Pieter Gaudesaboos and Lorraine Francis
  • Azizi and the Little Blue Bird written by Laïla Koubaa, illustrated by Mattias De Leeuw and translated by David Colmer
  • The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc, translated by Sarah Ardizzone
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    I’ve also interviewed one of the illustrators Book Island champions, Kaatje Vermeire, whose work you can see in Maia and What Matters (written by Tine Mortier, translated by award winning David Colmer) and also The Big Question (written by by Leen van den Berg and translated once more by David Colmer).

    An illustration from Maia and What Matters
    An illustration from Maia and What Matters

    To celebrate and welcome the arrival of Book Island to these shores, I’m delighted I’ve got a very pretty giveaway for you today. You could win the selection below of brand new postcards (and one greetings card) featuring several of the illustrators Book Island publish.

    These cards aren’t available anywhere to buy and are high quality prints, so you could even frame them and enjoy them on your wall.

    Just leave a comment on this blog post, and on 14 June at 6pm I’ll draw one winner to receive the bundle (picture below).

    The giveaway is open worldwide


    Again, all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post to enter, and entries are welcome from across the globe!

    On the evening of June 14 I’ll post the winner’s name on this blog post as an update, and also email them to arrange delivery.

    If you enter the giveaway, I’d really appreciate it if you could spread the word about the giveaway. For example, you could tweet something like: Easy peasy worldwide giveaway of postcards by children’s book illustrators http://www.playingbythebook.net/2016/06/07/gorgeous-book-themed-stationery-giveaway/. If you tell me you’ve shared, you can leave another comment as a second entry to the giveaway.

    Good luck! And do join me in welcoming Book Island to the UK 🙂 You can follow them on Twitter @BookIslandBooks or find them on Facebook.


    51 Responses

    1. Monika Neall

      I keep staring at these beautiful postcards. So lovely.

    2. Sarah Broadhurst

      what a beautiful giveaway selection. I have never heard of this site, but I am off now for a look!

    3. Nyala Edwards

      I would love to win this beautiful collections of postcards. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. I am sharing this with all my friends.

    4. Chantal

      Love, love, LOVE this give-away! Will tweet as well of course, as I feel everyone interested in children’s books should read your blog. Thanks for making the tweet easy with all the right links etc.

    5. Heather

      How beautiful. I haven’t heard of this publisher before but will now spread the news. Thank you.

    6. Ruth Dryden

      I love this publisher’s books – I have bought these titles for our library on your recommendation Zoe! Hope I am lucky in the draw.


    7. Susan

      What a lovely selection of beautiful illustrations! I’m off now to check out Book Island!

    8. gisele

      Oh! My God!!!
      We´d looooove to win these beautiful images! <3
      Fingers crossed!
      Love, Gisele and kids

    9. rosalyn phillips

      Zoe, I love your reviews and the creativity in your home. I have two of Book Island’s books thanks to you, and I’ll be ordering both Maia… and The Big Question. Thanks for your posts, and yes, please include me in the draw!

    10. Helen

      Gorgeous illustrations! Thank you for this – I’d love to share these beautiful postcards with friends & family.

    11. Mary Irons

      Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful books! Also, your book connected activities and music have become an essential part of my Kindergarten classroom.

      All Best, Mary

    12. Karen

      I run a holiday book club with children of students and staff at Newman University and would give some of these away as bookmarks. I would also give some away at events for The Letterpress Project. And I would keep a few for myself! I will share on project Facebook page tomorrow

    13. Melissa

      Thank you for this beautiful giveaway! I always look forward to your ideas and recommendations.

    14. Jan

      Beautiful art that deserves a wider audience – Picture Books are for all ages! And your blog encourages that idea too, well done!

    15. Jan

      I just shared this with the Hong Kong SCBWI group – lots of great Picture Books being written by our members there too!

    16. Rachelle sison

      Your blog brings me so much joy everyday. the spirit in your home inspires me. Im excited for a chance to win these, but do know how much joy this blog brings regardless 🙂

    17. Shih Huey

      Thank you for offering these in a giveaway. Such beautiful postcards!

    18. Kym Kettler-Paddock

      These are beautiful postcards! I would love to win them and let my children share them with their many friends around the world. Thank you for the opportunity!

    19. Simone Fraser

      Wow! Not surprisingly, I scrolled for a longer time than usual to reach the Comments box = D. I want to frame all of these stationery pieces rather than send them; they are utterly exquisite. Each artist featured is extraordinarily gifted.

      Thanks for another scrumptious post

    20. Swapna

      Beautiful post cards and the books sound quite interesting 🙂

    21. Crissi Blair

      I’ve been enjoying Book Island books in New Zealand since their very beginning. It’s so exciting to see them moving onward and upward, though I’m a little sad that they are leaving New Zealand, but glad I’ll still be able to see their lovely books.

    22. Maria Gonzales

      I would love to win these cards. I’m a huge collector of artworks of sorts from comics, to paintings to post cards!! Since these would not be sold anywhere this would be like a golden possession!

    23. Maria Gonzales

      I’ve tweeted the link to these! /my username is JiyowwKwonn

    24. Sally O'Connell

      Oh, what lovely illustrations! I love “The lion and the bird”, it’s a great story 🙂

    25. Rebecca

      These illustrations are beautiful. They have such a peaceful, summery feeling. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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