Shortlisted for Oscar’s Book Prize 2020
Shortlisted for the 2020 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
“At a time when over 65 million people are forcibly displaced around the world, this beautifully illustrated and wise, gentle tale of tolerance and kindness for fellow humans resonates deeply. I hope all parents share The Suitcase with their children.” – Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner
“A simple, powerful way to introduce the idea of kindness to strangers to young children” – Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo
“Welcome and understanding are at the heart of this children’s book by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros. Beautifully illustrated, The Suitcase explores themes of displacement and difference in a way young audiences can easily engage with. This is more important than ever now that a record number of people have been forced from their homes due to war and persecution.” – Laura Padoan, UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency
“One of the most empathetic children’s books on giving kindness to strangers ever published […] Be warned, this will make you burst into tears.” – Amanda Craig, New Statesman
“This original, striking and simple picture book about animals responding to the arrival of a strange creature . . . is a beautifully succinct and powerful lesson in empathy for outsiders.” – Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times
“The Suitcase is a beautiful picture book about kindness to strangers and not knowing what other people’s stories are. It made us feel sadder but gladder at the same time and it is so wonderful and enriching.” – Cathy Rentzenbrink
When a strange-looking animal arrives pulling a big suitcase, the other animals are curious. What on earth could be inside that suitcase? A teacup? Maybe.
A table and chair? Perhaps. A whole home and hillside with trees? This stranger must be fibbing! But when the animals break into the suitcase and discover a very special photograph, they begin to understand what the strange creature has been through, and together they create a very special welcome present . . .