Next week will be our mid-year picture of the month blog! In celebration, we thought we’d share the best pictures we’ve had so far this year.

January 

Alison Durham's daughter Grace loves Hedgehogs so was thrilled to receive Hedgehugs for Christmas. Alison found all of Grace's hedgehogs preparing for hugs dressed in socks one morning!

Alison Durham’s daughter Grace loves Hedgehogs so was thrilled to receive Hedgehugs for Christmas. Alison found all of Grace’s hedgehogs preparing for hugs dressed in socks one morning!

Alison Durham submitted this picture of her daughter’s bed one morning and what she discovered there…

Alison’s daughter Grace has high functioning autism and one of her greatest loves is hedgehogs. When Alison saw Hedgehugs in the lead up to Christmas, she knew it would be the perfect addition to her daughter’s stocking on Christmas Day morning. She was right and Grace loves Hedgehugs. At the beginning of the year Alison went into Grace’s room and pulled back the covers on her bed to find a pile of socks! On closer inspection, she realised that inside each sock was a little hedgehog and that Grace was reenacting the story and preparing her little hedgehogs for their very own hedgehugs!

February 

Anneka Cadwallader's son Teddy adores Horace and Hattie and calls all hedgehogs hedgehugs! Anneka just finished this beautiful picture for his playroom.

Anneka Cadwallader’s son Teddy adores Horace and Hattie and calls all hedgehogs hedgehugs! Anneka just finished this beautiful picture for his playroom.

Anneka submitted this picture of her own artwork for her children’s playroom.

Anneka is clearly a very talented painter and we love that she chose Hedgehugs to decorate her children’s playroom.

Her children are 2 years old and 10 months old. Her eldest, Teddy, absolutely adores Horace and Hattie and calls all hedgehogs Hedgehugs!

March 

Hedgehugs painting by Araminta-Lily Cane

Hedgehugs painting by Araminta-Lily Cane

Araminta-Lily sent this picture in to us through Facebook. She’s made this painting for her two children, Oliver and Sophie, so that they can have their very own Hedgehugs wall!

April

Lucy and Steve National Trust

Here is an honorary best picture of the month from Hedgehugs authors Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper who spotted their book on one of their trips to the National Trust.

And they even left a little message:

Hedgehugs National Ttrust

 

May

Photo Oscar's First Book Prize

This month we’re cheating slightly and sharing one of our own pictures, but it is a very special picture!

May was awards season for Hedgehugs and we’re sad to say that unfortunately we did win any. We are, however, honoured by the recognition of three awards that we were shortlisted for:

Oscar’s First Book Prize 

 

The Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award 

 

and The People’s Book Prize 

June

Toppsta winner

Terrence sent this photo in to Toppsta and us after she won her own copy of Hedgehugs. She also wrote this great review:

“We received this book today and could not wait to read it. What a beautiful book! My son was genuinely so sad that the hedgehogs could not hug. He was equally so happy when they found the perfect way to hug, and told me what a “nice book” it was. He also hugged me loads throughout the book and said “We’re lucky to have nice hugs”. A truly gentle, heart warming, feel good book and I’m certain this will become one of our favourites for bed time from now on. Would recommend this book to anyone with young children who love hugs as much as my little Hedgehug does”  

So that’s Hedgehugs’ year so far in pictures! Check out next week’s best picture blog for a very special announcement…

 

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