13 Books Published by The Quarto Group on Our Site — Book Cover Mosaic

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by Jamia Wilson
Wide Eyed Editions (Jan 26, 2021)
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"There are so many things I am and can be… There’s a whole world waiting for me."

Introduce your baby to Black excellence with this lyrical board-book edition of Young, Gifted and Black. Includes a mirror at the back so young dreamers can see themselves next to their heroes.

Meet icons of color from past and present in this baby board book celebration of inspirational achievement. A collection of positive, yet simple, affirmations to encourage the next generation. Highlighting the talent of Black leaders and changemakers from around the world, young dreamers will develop confidence, self-assurance, and self-belief.

Created in the spirit of Nina Simone’s song "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black," meet figureheads, leaders and pioneers such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, as well as cultural trailblazers like Zadie Smith and athletes like Serena Williams. Jamia Wilson has carefully curated this range of Black icons and the book is stylishly brought together by Andrea Pippins’ colorful and celebratory illustrations.

All children deserve to see themselves represented positively in the books they read.

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Praise for the hardback edition
"…to be revisited again and again…The candy-colored pages and straightforward stories are hard to resist…" -The New York Times

"…diverse collection of iconic figures…vibrantly illustrated…beautifully crafted volume…" -Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"…exuberant…exquisitely designed…a launching point for more discoveries." -School Library Journal, Starred Review

"A luminous and diverse tribute to black movers and shakers across the centuries." -Publishers Weekly

For readers 9-12, check out Step Into Your Power and Big Ideas for Young Thinkers, by the same author-illustrator team.


Click for more detail about Big Ideas for Young Thinkers: 20 Questions about Life and the Universe by Jamia Wilson Big Ideas for Young Thinkers: 20 Questions about Life and the Universe

by Jamia Wilson
Wide Eyed Editions (Mar 03, 2020)
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The book for inquisitive children with big ideas and busy brains.

Studies show that children ask caregivers 300 questions a day…

This book teaches children to train their busy brains and think outside the box. Get lost for hours exploring puzzling questions that have stumped thinkers for years. More importantly, discover your truth by reading about a diverse range of thinkers. Drawing on influences from ancient Greeks right up to modern-day American writers, philosophy is re-imagined in this book.

Relate to the real-life experiences, explore big ideas from a range of thinkers, and decide where you stand on the issue at hand. For example, try to recall your earliest memory. Can you remember a lot or a little? Do memories make us who we are? Or do we pick and choose them to suit who we are? This is a multi-layered book to be explored again and again, revealing new opinions on every read.

Extra info in the book includes a manifesto for talking about difficult topics and managing disagreements, a glossary of terms, a timeline of key thinkers, and an index of themes.

Chapters are organized around questions, which include:

  • Who am I?
  • What is race?
  • What is gender?
  • What happens when we die?
  • What is right and wrong?
  • What is justice?
  • What is memory?

A world-expanding book to get lost in: either individually, or as a family.


Click for more detail about Martin Luther King Jr. by Isabel Sãnchez Vegara Martin Luther King Jr.

by Isabel Sãnchez Vegara
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (Feb 04, 2020)
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Little Martin grew up in Atlanta to a long line of preachers: his dad was a preacher, his uncle was a preacher, his grandfather was a preacher…so maybe he’d become a great preacher, too.

One day, a friend invited him to play at his house. Martin was shocked when his mother wouldn’t let him in because he was black. That day he realized there was something terribly unfair going on.

Martin believed that no-one should remain silent and accept something if it’s wrong. And he promised himself that - when he grew up - he’d fight injustice
with the most powerful weapon of all: words.

This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the inspiring activist’s life.


Click for more detail about Wilma Rudolph (Little People, BIG DREAMS) by Isabel Sãnchez Vegara Wilma Rudolph (Little People, BIG DREAMS)

by Isabel Sãnchez Vegara
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (Jun 04, 2019)
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New in the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Wilma Rudolph, the remarkable sprinter and Olympic champion.

Wilma was born into a family with 22 brothers and sisters, in the segregated South. She contracted polio in her early years and her doctors said she would never walk again. But Wilma persisted with treatment, and she recovered her strength by the age of 12. At school, Wilma showed a talent for basketball and sprinting, earning the nickname "Skeeter" (mosquito) as she ran so fast. Wilma was in college when she went to the 1960 Olympics. She not only won gold in sprint events, but also broke world records with her sprinting skill. She had beaten polio to become an Olympic champion. She is a huge inspiration to many women in sports around the world. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the athlete’s life.

Little People, BIG DREAMS is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.

This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardcover versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games, and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children.

Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!


Click for more detail about Step Into Your Power: 23 Lessons on How to Live Your Best Life by Jamia Wilson Step Into Your Power: 23 Lessons on How to Live Your Best Life

by Jamia Wilson
Wide Eyed Editions (Mar 05, 2019)
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Discover your own inner strength and learn mental resilience; learn how to harness your own power

"You are not alone, even if it feels that way sometimes." - Jamia Wilson

Listen up! You’ve heard about heroes and read about the greats, but maybe you’re not feeling so great yourself right now? Learn from the lived experience of author Jamia Wilson and illustrator Andrea Pippins as they mentor you through growing up in the modern world, and teach you how to Step Into Your Power.

In this friendly guide, learn how to look after yourself, ’organise, don’t agonise’, make good choices, get out of ruts, branch out, shake up your mindset and ask for help. How do you overcome a setback? How do you cope when you or a family member gets sick? How do you change your mindset when you can’t change your situation? There’s self-care advice and activities on every page you can take and make your very own.

Take this time to explore what it means to know and trust your insights and capabilities with stories, images, activities, resources and action prompts that you can interact with on your own time and, most importantly, on your terms.

A warm and friendly growing-up guide, crucial for the time we are living in right now.


Click for more detail about Muhammad Ali (Little People, BIG DREAMS) by Isabel Sãnchez Vegara Muhammad Ali (Little People, BIG DREAMS)

by Isabel Sãnchez Vegara
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (Feb 05, 2019)
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New in the Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the incredible life of Muhammad Ali, "the greatest" boxer of all time.

When he was little, Muhammad Ali had his bicycle stolen. He wanted to fight the thief, but a policeman told him him to learn how to box first. After training hard in the gym, Muhammad developed a strong jab and an even stronger work ethic. His smart thinking and talking earned him the greatest title in boxing: Heavyweight Champion of the World. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of "The Greatest’s" life.

Little People, BIG DREAMS is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.

This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardcover versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games, and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children.

Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!


Click for more detail about Josephine Baker (Little People, Big Dreams) by Isabel Sãnchez Vegara Josephine Baker (Little People, Big Dreams)

by Isabel Sãnchez Vegara
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (Jul 31, 2018)
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New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the incredible life of Josephine Baker, the world-famous entertainer, activist and French Resistance agent in this true story of her life. Little Josephine grew up in St Louis, Missouri, during segregation. But Josephine loved to dance and perform and dreamed of being on stage. When she grew up, Josephine defied expectations and left for Paris, where audiences fell in love with her. She fought against segregation her whole life and kept going withstyle, whatever was thrown in her way.

With stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world. From designers and artists to scientists, all of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. These books make the lives of these role models accessible for children, providing a powerful message to inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world!


Click for more detail about Grandad Mandela by Zazi, Ziwelene, and Zindzi Mandela Grandad Mandela

by Zazi, Ziwelene, and Zindzi Mandela
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (Jun 28, 2018)
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"…profoundly moving…" -Publishers Weekly

Nelson Mandela’s two great-grandchildren ask their grandmother, Mandela’s youngest daughter, 15 questions about their grandad – the global icon of peace and forgiveness who spent 27 years in prison. They learn that he was a freedom fighter who put down his weapons for the sake of peace, and who then became the President of South Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize-winner, and realise that they can continue his legacy in the world today. Seen through a child’s perspective, and authored jointly by Nelson Mandela’s great-grandchildren and daughter, this amazing story is told as never before to celebrate what would have been Nelson’s Mandela 100th birthday.


Click for more detail about Harriet Tubman (Little People, Big Dreams) by Isabel Sãnchez Vegara Harriet Tubman (Little People, Big Dreams)

by Isabel Sãnchez Vegara
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (Jun 05, 2018)
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New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the incredible life of Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad conductor who "never lost a single passenger" in this true story of her life. Little Harriet was born into slavery in Maryland and labored in the fields from the age of 12. But as an adult, she escaped, freeing herself before returning back to lead hundreds of enslaved African Americans to freedom with great bravery and courage. Harriet sacrificed so much of her life for others, eventually working for the army in the Civil War and then promoting women’s voting rights until she retired in Auburn, New York. 

With stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world. From designers and artists to scientists, all of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. These books make the lives of these role models accessible for children, providing a powerful message to inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world!


Click for more detail about Ella Fitzgerald (Little People, Big Dreams) by Isabel Sãnchez Vegara Ella Fitzgerald (Little People, Big Dreams)

by Isabel Sãnchez Vegara
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (Mar 01, 2018)
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Meet Ella Fitzgerald, one of the most influential jazz singers of all time! New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, this inspiring and informative little biography follows the inspirational life of the First Lady of Song, from her early singing days on the streets of Harlem, to her success as a jazz legend, with the message: ’It’s not where you come from, but where you’re going that counts.’ With stylish and quirky illustrations and a facts and photo section at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world. From designers and artists to scientists, all of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. These books make the lives of these role models accessible for children, providing a powerful message to inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world!


Click for more detail about Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present by Jamia Wilson Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present

by Jamia Wilson
Wide Eyed Editions (Feb 01, 2018)
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exhuberant…exquisitely designed…a launching point for more discoveries” —SLJ* starred review

…belongs in any home library, to be revisited again and again” —NY Times

All children deserve to see themselves represented positively in stories… a worthwhile goal exquisitely executed.” —Kirkus* starred review

A luminous and diverse tribute to black movers and shakers across the centuries.” —Publishers Weekly

Meet 52 icons of colour from the past and present in this celebration of inspirational achievement – from figureheads, leaders and pioneers such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks, to cultural trailblazers and sporting heroes, including Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams. Strong, courageous, talented and diverse, these extraordinary men and women’s achievements will inspire a new generation to chase their dream… whatever it may be.


Click for more detail about Rosa Parks (Little People, Big Dreams) by Lisbeth Kaiser Rosa Parks (Little People, Big Dreams)

by Lisbeth Kaiser
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (Sep 07, 2017)
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New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the incredible life of Rosa Parks, ’ The Mother of the Freedom Movement’, in this inspiring story. In this true story of an inspiring civil rights activist, Rosa Parks grew up during segregation in Alabama, but she was taught to respect herself and stand up for her rights. In 1955, Rosa refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Her decision had a huge impact on civil rights, eventually leading to the end of segregation on public transport. With stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts  at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world. From designers and artists to scientists, all of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. These books make the lives of these role models accessible for children, providing a powerful message to inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world!


Click for more detail about Maya Angelou (Little People, Big Dreams) by Lisbeth Kaiser Maya Angelou (Little People, Big Dreams)

by Lisbeth Kaiser
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (Aug 09, 2016)
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In the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the lives of outstanding people from designers and artists to scientists. All of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream.

The book follows Maya Angelou, from her early traumatic childhood to her time as a singer, actress, civil rights campaigner and, eventually, one of America’s most beloved writers of poetry, memoirs, and essays. This inspiring and informative little biography comes with extra facts about Maya’s life at the back.