‘A Swift Return’ is the third picture book from author Fiona Barker and illustrator Howard Gray and a spiritual successorto their critically acclaimed picture book ‘Setsuko and the Song of the Sea’ (2021). ‘A Swift Return’ is set to be published on February 22nd 2024. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fiona Barker and Howard Gray have once …
‘My Favourite Children’s Books’ is a series that asks Tiny Tree authors, illustrators, and staff to discuss their favourite children’s book or series. This week author Fiona Barker (Setsuko and the Song of the Sea, Danny and the Dream Dog) writes about her love of ‘That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown’ by Cressida Cowell and …
Fiona Barker’s dedication to going plastic-free and preserving the environment shines through not only in her lifestyle but also in her work. The children’s author’s second picture book, ‘Setsuko and the Song of the Sea.’ Inspired by her passion for sustainability, and keeping our oceans free of plastic pollution. Fiona has embarked on a personal journey to reduce plastic waste and has written this blog post to help others understand how easy it is to make the change.
Howard Gray is the illustrator of Setsuko and the Song of the Sea, but did you know that he spent 10 years studying whales and dolphins in the wild? Well, Fiona Barker did!
Having met Howard and created Danny and the Dream Dog together, Fiona wrote a brand new book all about whales, our oceans and the importance of keeping them clean and safe. This undersea adventure became Setsuko and the Song of the Sea — a book specifically for Howard to illustrate. How amazing is that?!
With that in mind, we wanted Howard to tell us more about the wonderful whales that he has spent so much time studying and that have inspired his and Fiona’s work in their forthcoming picture book.