Robin's Winter Song by Suzanne Barton

Robin's Winter Song

Written by Suzanne Barton

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One of our Books of the Year 2015 - November 2015 Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month Beautifully illustrated, this buoyant and cheerful story captures Robin’s delight as the new season arrives! There’s a chill in the air and all of Robin’s friends are flying away to somewhere warmer. They make winter sound scary, greedy and cold. When Bear goes off for his long winter sleep Robin snuggles up with him so as to avoid all the bad things he has heard about. But Robin doesn’t sleep for long and soon is he out enjoying the wonderful new weather with new friends. An excellent introduction to the seasons. ~ Julia Eccleshare


Robin's Winter Song by Suzanne Barton

The forest was bustling with activity. As the red and orange leaves swirled in the wind, Robin started to worry. Something was changing. Finch was flying south, because Winter was coming. Squirrel was burying food, because Winter was coming. Even Owl was making his nest warm. Why? That's right - because Winter was coming. Robin decided he didn't like the sound of Winter one little bit. But that was before the snow ...

Suzanne Barton’s stunning debut picture book, The Dawn Chorus, was shortlisted for The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Robin’s Winter Song is her second book. It is a wonderfully heartfelt story of a little robin's first winter - destined to become a classic.



‘Beautifully illustrated and simply told – with a surprise ending – this is a charming bedtime book for the very young’ Irish Examiner

‘A sweetly encouraging fable about the importance of balancing the desire to belong with an understanding of one’s own unique talents’ Teach Primary

‘An easy-to-read and heart-warming story about doing your best and recognising your own talents that will appeal to all ages’ Practical Pre-School

‘A charming story about finding your own voice, with eye-catching mixed media illustrations in warm shades of brown and gold. A strong debut picture book’ CBI Recommended Reads

‘A delightfully whimsical tale which stands out for the charming illustrations and excellent production’ Parents in Touch

‘Suzanne's debut is colourful and wonderful, the perfect book to celebrate the clocks going forward, the buds emerging, blossom adorning the trees and of course lots and lots of birds showing us how to truly enjoy our mornings!’ Read it, Daddy!

‘Here assuredly is an artist to follow with interest; this debut book is a delight from cover to cover’ Red Reading Hub

About the Author

Suzanne Barton originally studied Psychology at University, but with a passion for illustration she later undertook a BA in Illustration and an MA in Children's Book Illustration. Suzanne had long-wanted to write and illustrate her own book for children - and when her work was spotted at a book fair, her dream became reality. Suzanne's influences include Japanese prints and illustrators she remembers from her childhood. Her artwork is a beautiful combination of collage, drawing and painting, and with a love of patterns and prints, Suzanne can often be found searching through vintage paper shops for inspiration. The Dawn Chorus is Suzanne's very first book.

A Q&A with Suzanne Barton

What are your 5 favourite books, and why? (not necessarily children’s books)

The Count of Monte Cristo

Jane Eyre

Pride and Prejudice

Lord of the Rings

Anything in the Patrick O’Brian Aubrey – Maturin series

I thought I couldn’t answer the why bit of the question, but looking at them all together, I think I must love a character going on a transformational journey!

Who are your 5 favourite authors/illustrators, and why? (not necessarily children’s authors/illustrators)

Tove Jansson, Edward Ardizzone, Isabelle Arsenault, Alexis Deacon, Maurice Sendak

What was your favourite book when you were a child?

Can I say more than one? Anything by Noel Streatfeild ( especially The Circus is Coming) and The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett , I also loved Carbonel by Barbara Sleigh.

Who is your favourite hero in a book?

Aragorn from Lord of the Rings

Who is your favourite villain in a book?

Haven’t managed to come up with one yet.

If you could be a character from a book who would you be?

Anne from Anne of Green Gables

If you could recommend just one book for everyone to read what would it be?

The Count of Monte Cristo

What book do you wish you had written?

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Who or what was your biggest influence in deciding to become a writer?

Being on the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art and wanting to do the words as well as the pictures.

What inspired you to write your latest book?

Lying in bed listening to the birds one morning.

What's the best thing you've ever written?

The Dawn Chorus (it is the only thing so far!)

When did you start writing?

2 years ago But I have come to picture books from an Illustration background which I have been working on for about 10 years.

If someone wanted to be a writer what would be your number one tip for them?

Try and write something every day and don’t be too worried about whether it’s good or not, it’s more important to write something first and then make it as good as it can be.

Is there any particular routine involved in your writing process (favourite pen, lucky charm, special jumper)?

I draw much more than I write, and I always work in a little messy room with all my books and the cat sleeps in the third drawer down of my desk.

Do you have any abandoned stories in you ‘bottom drawer’ that you would like to revisit?

Yes a picture book called Pod

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8th October 2015




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