About the author

Bob Graham 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 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, Australia.

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About the book

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.

Book cover. Silver Buttons by Bob Graham

Walker Books (UK)

Judges' Comments

Silver Buttons is a distillation of Graham's extraordinary sense for the things that matter in the child's world. One moment in a child's life opens onto a whole world in this stunning book.

The 'silver buttons' of the title are found in a child's drawing: a picture of a duck with a top hat, cane and 'boots of the softest leather'. And with that drawing begins a series of interconnected moments in a family's daily life.

Silver Buttons effortlessly connects the reader to a moment of life—from children playing in a room to a family, a neighbourhood, a city and beyond.