Beautiful books to inspire care and wellbeing for a bright future


Welcome to Storyhouse!

We are a small independent UK publisher that creates picture books for children.

As a parent of two reading children’s books everyday, I set up Storyhouse to produce books with rich and engaging content. Our stories create wonder and delight which is so important to help foster a love of reading and at the same time they gently entwine ideas to support children’s wellbeing, including ideas about friendship, collaborative play, kindness and conservation.

We hope that you enjoy reading our books as much as we loved making them.


Our Books

NEW! Sunshine at Bedtime

Clare Helen Welsh and Sally Soweol Han

‘A mini science lesson wrapped up in a cosy tale.’ The Observer Books of the Month

Curious Miki notices that the evenings are brighter in summer and wants to know why. Together Mummy and Miki discover the wonder of the Sun, just in time for bed. A beautiful, lyrical and reassuring bedtime story, with a double-page spread of non-fiction facts at the end.

3% of the printed cover price goes to the Rays of Sunshine charity. Printed in the UK on FSC paper

£7.99 275 x 250mm 32 pages

Available to order from local bookshops and online retailers including Amazon and Waterstones.


Nature’s Toy Box

Wenda Shurety and Harriet Hobday

Shortlisted for the English Association Picture Book 2022 Award

Longlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize 2022

Longlisted for the Waterstones Book Prize 2022

Read on ABC Australia’s Play School

Tilly wonders what to do when the TV is turned off. A whole new world is opened up for her when a little bird helps her discover the garden is one big toy box. Nature’s Toy Box is a sweet, uplifting picture book which shows an emotional journey from boredom to adventure and the ability of a young girl to lose herself in a world of nature and imagination. Wenda Shurety and Harriet Hobday are fabulous new talent – and Harriet’s debut picture book, is a joy.

£6.99 275 x 250mm 32 pages


The Last Seaweed Pie

Wenda Shurety and Paddy Donnelly

The Sea-ple live in the ocean and the Tree-ple live in the jungle. When the Tree-ple start to throw their waste into the sea, the two worlds collide. Then a young Tree-ple has an idea…
A heart warming story about ocean conservation and collaboration.

A donation of 3% of the cover price for titles sold in the UK goes to the Marine Conservation Society.

£6.99 275 x 250mm 32 pages


Dig! Dig! Dig!

Wenda Shurety and Andrea Stegmaier

What would it be like to live on the other side of the world? Meet Jake who wants to find the answer to this burning question. What happens when he starts digging to find the answer?

Where will the hole end?
Embracing values of determination, sharing and co-operation, Dig, Dig, Dig! is a fun story which promotes teamwork and friendship.

£6.99 275 x 250mm 32 pages


Got to Dance

Josette Reeves and Annabel Tempest

Magnus loves to dance – and loves being admired as the best dancer around. So when Betty comes to town and everyone thinks her dancing is even better, Magnus gives up altogether. Can Betty help him see that you don’t have to be the best to enjoy doing the things you love…?
A strong, positive story with easy-to-read text which encourages children to talk about how the characters are feeling helping develop empathy skills and encouraging them to talk about emotions.

£6.99 275 x 250mm 32 pages

We make a donation of 3% of the printed cover price of our books to a charity.

Our partnerships are The Marine Conservation Society (The Last Seaweed Pie), Rays of Sunshine (Sunshine at Bedtime) and TBC for upcoming release (Know It Owl)

Green Matters

The paper we use to make all of our books have the following certifications, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. This is the only wood certification endorsed by Greenpeace and WWF. Our distributor, CBS uses cardboard packaging for their deliveries and paper void fill all of which can be recycled.

We don’t print anything in our day-to-day work and keep electronic files instead and we recycle anything sent to us.

Where we can, we print locally in the UK. Our most recent title, Sunshine at Bedtime, was printed at Severn in Gloucester. When printing in the Far East, we work with trusted suppliers and have details of all materials used to make our books.

Get in touch

Please note we are taking a short break from commissioning so we are currently not accepting manuscripts.

General enquiries: rachel.lawrence@storyhousepublishing.com

Sales enquiries: chris@bangthedrumpublishing.com

We are proud to be members of the IPG