Vanilla Icecream Nov Bob Graham
Silver Buttons Bob Graham Nov BCB CH


2 picture books by Bob Graham

Author Bob Graham

Illustrator Bob Graham

Publisher Walker Books

Genre Picture book

Two delightful picture books by award-winning author and illustrator, Bob Graham


In this beautifully illustrated story, Bob Graham shows how all the creatures and the people of the world can be connected to each other in the most surprising ways.

A wild, young sparrow rises from the dust outside an Indian food stall surrounded by swaying palms. The sparrow flies off just where he pleases, following the food … He journeys south through the lush rice paddies and across the rough sea and all the way into a bright new day where, just for a moment, the wild sparrow’s world collides with little Edie’s. So it is that little Edie discovers the taste of vanilla ice cream in the most curious way!

This is the story of a traveller free to go where he pleases, of a journey, and of how life can take wild and curious paths.

Vanilla Ice Cream is classic Bob Graham storytelling – warm and tender and wise – and is sure to spark the imaginations of young readers (and old) and inspire lots of interesting discussion.

  • Age range: 0+
  • Picture book
  • Paperback, 212 x 307mm, 40pp


Silver Buttons captures a world vision in one solitary moment.

At 9.59 on Thursday morning, Jodie draws a duck. Just as she is about to add one final silver button to the duck’s boots, her little brother takes his first step. At this exact same moment, a man buys bread, a soldier leaves home, a baby is being born … Here is a book, a story, a philosophy so simply told and yet – in true and inimitable Bob Graham style – so rich with emotion and meaning. It is in the smallest details that we sense the greatest significance and can see the big picture. From his glorious urban skyscapes to the tender portrayal of a falling feather or the tying of a shoelace or a dog’s joy in scratching his back, Bob lets us in on a world view conveyed with humanity, compassion and affection.

The idea that we are all alone, and yet all as one in the world, is drawn with huge sensitivity and poetry.

  • Age range: 0+
  • Picture book
  • Paperback, 256 x 295mm, 32pp
  • Silver Buttons Bob Graham Nov BCB CH


Bob Graham‘s books are multi-award winning and have sold over two million copies worldwide!

Bob has written and illustrated many acclaimed children’s picture books, including How to Heal a Broken Wing; Max, which won the 2000 Smarties Gold Medal; Jethro Byrde, Fairy Child, which won the Kate Greenaway Prize in 2002; and, April Underhill, Tooth Fairy, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award in 2011; A Bus Called Heaven, which is endorsed by Amnesty International UK, was the winner of the 2012 Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award – a prize Bob has won an unprecedented six times. He lives in Melbourne.


Read Bob Graham’s letter to BCB Clubhouse members