Strong mums and brave spirits: the Guardian reviews recent picture books for children.

If writers can’t offend, it’s the end of books, argues the Evening Standard.

On the latest Guardian Books podcast, Claire, Sian and Richard discuss which books they’re excited to read and discover on the Man Booker International prize for translated fiction and the Women’s prize for fiction (previously known as the Baileys prize).

Not everyone is happy about the recent Tracy Beaker news. The Guardian’s Claire Armitstead pleads with the plucky heroine never to grow up, and wonders why we can’t let kids’ books be kids’ books.

Food writer and historian Angela Clutton has won the 2018 Jane Grigson Trust Award for her “fascinating and unique” book The Vinegar Cupboard.