WIN STUFF: A fab book bag from Walker Books

Good news! Competition time is upon us again and we have teamed up with our friends at Walker Books for your chance to win some brilliant books. 

We are very excited by our first book, the much anticipated A CHILD OF BOOKS, by picture book giant Oliver Jeffers and typographic artist Sam Winston. It is an inspiring tale, in which a young boy and girl sail "across a sea of words" to discover the joys of books and reading. A really wonderful and beautifully illustrated story, it is sure to be a favourite! 

Our Second book, A First Book Of Animals, is a delightful read from author and nature buff Nicola Davies and illustrator Petr Horáček. From sea turtles to bumble bea bats the lovely poems and wonderfully detailed illustrations introduce kids to wild animals all over the world.

"We found a hat. We found it together. But there is only one hat. And there are two of us." We Found a Hat is the final tale in Jon Klasse's bestselling hat trilogy, and the third book in our giveaway! In the book two hilarious turtles fight over a hat, and learn about friendship on the way. A very funny and rather moving read!



Just leave your answers in the comments box below, or answer it via our Instagram or Facebook feeds.  We will then pick FIVE lucky winners at random on 12th Novembber 2016 who will each receive one of these fabulous book bags. Good luck and thank you!

PS - Don't panic if your comments don't instantly appear below. They need to be moderated first so it may take a couple of hours.

Please read this blurb before taking part:

*This competition will also appear on our Instagram feed. You can participate in any of these. We will only pick 5 winners overall, 1 x Instagram, and 4 x from our blog. 

*All entries to reach us by 12th November midnight GMT.

*Anyone can enter this competition but if you are under 12, please check with your parents/guardians beforehand.

*If you win a competition, we will notify you by email, or social media if you entered the competition on a social media platform, within 48 working hours of the closing date. if you do not respond within 48 hours of being notified, you will forfeit your prize and we reserve the right to choose another winner. The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into. *We will not share your details with any 3rd party and will not spam you!

*No purchase necessary.

*The prize will not be transferable to another person.

*No part of a prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize.

*If an advertised prize is not available, we reserve the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.

*Incorrectly completed entries will be disqualified.

*We will endeavour to send prizes within two weeks of the competition end date but cannot guarantee this delivery time. The prizes will be sent 2nd Class/Airmail Royal Mail.


OLD STUFF: Fiep Westendorp jubilee


This month, our vintage Queen, Saskia Ericson sends a report from her native Netherlands on the amazing Dutch illustrator Fiep Westendorp.


"Howdy Anorak friends! You probably already knew that it’s Anorak’s 10th birthday, but did you know this year also marks the 100th anniversary of Fiep Westendorp’s birthday? Born in the Netherlands, Sophia Maria ‘Fiep’ Westendorp (17/12/1916 – 3/2/2004) created literally thousands of illustrations during her 60-year art career and her work is adored by three generations of Dutchies, myself included.

Fiep’s jubilee year is being celebrated all over the Netherlands, right up to December 2017; with workshops, exhibitions, a festival and even a travelling double-decker ‘Fiepbus’!

At Meermanno (a beautiful museum devoted to books) in The Hague, you can check out some of Fiep’s book covers, art, posters and advertising work. Run! This exhibition finishes on Sunday October 23rd! These are some photos I snapped last week.

Gelukkige verjaardag (happy birthday) Fiep! ♥"


by Saskia Ericson

Our birthday edition is here!

As you probably will know by now, we are celebrating our 10th anniversary this year. We can't stop talking about it, because, frankly, it is unbelievable that we have lasted that long and that it is actually 10 whole years since we launched the Happy Mag for Kids! Some days it feels like we started 100 years ago but most days it feels like 10 days ago!

Cover by Studio Tipi

Cover by Studio Tipi

We have been working on a super special anniversary edition for months and it has now just come back from  the printers, hooray! Its theme is PARTY (obviously!) and it is available to pre-order here. This issue celebrates weird and wonderful birthday traditions and fun festivals from around the world. 

But that's not all. Our PLAY IS FUN section now lives in a fancy pants gatefold and we have commissioned three of our favourite artists to draw a cover each! 

Cover by Anouk Ricard

Cover by Anouk Ricard

Anouk Ricard, maker of Anna & Froga, and artist Adam Graff have created two fun Limited Edition covers available from our online shop only.

Cover by Adam Graff. 

Cover by Adam Graff. 

 Studio Tipi have drawn a magnificent dancing lion, which will be available to buy from our Happy Stockists and will be sent out to our beloved subscribers. Buy one, buy the other or buy the three of them, we'll leave that up to you! :) 

We will post more fun pictures and news as soon as the issues come back from the printers next week, so stay tuned. 

We hope you enjoy this extra special issue and thank you HUGELY for your wonderful support! 

The Forest

The perfect 4 o'clock pause, this lovely GIF by the GIF Team. Grab a cuppa, click here, stare and lose yourself. 



The Drawing Imaginarium is back!

We are proud to announce that The Drawing Imaginarium, our festival of silly fun and creativity, is BACK! 

First launched to celebrate our 10th anniversary in the Spring at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, it is now becoming a travelling festival as the next edition is held on the 8th and 9th October at Dalston Square (London). Kindly supported by Hackney Council, it is entirely FREE. Yeepee!

So what can you expect for this Autumn/Winter edition? All the following and more!

We will have a special life drawing class, made of a giant birthday by Chi He and a friendly Yeti by George Northcott.  We will welcome Arty & Owl, two adventurous puppets created by the brilliant Katie Moore. Together, you will create felt friends to accompany them in their adventures.

Mr Folded will show you how to make the world's greatest origamis and our Queen of Make Julia Staite will run a Jolly Jellyfish workshop. We will turn Dalston Square into a heavenly paper world with a paper garden, complete with flowers and bugs, a paper ice cream parlour and Anorak's Happy Paper Band will provide background music with pan pipes and maracas. 

Old favourites Pam & Tom and Arnold the ideas generator will be back as they were SUPER popular during our Spring edition. Last but NOT LEAST, the brilliant travelling bookshop How Brave is the Wren will be present with their beautiful selection of kids books and will host a specially 'Drawing Imaginarium' curated pop-up!

How Brave is the Wren travelling bookshop. 

How Brave is the Wren travelling bookshop. 

We will be releasing more news as things get built and made, so do check our social networks for more info. Twitter here. Instagram here. Facebook here

Are you coming then? We hope so. Let us know if you are by registering your interest here. See you then!