Children’s Books

Children are our future. Spark imagination in young minds that create the future of humanity.


The BOCCHI & POCCHI series

The ‘Bocchi and Pocchi’ series has been published in the UK and translated into six languages:
Spanish, Catalan, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese.


Author and illustrator Noriko Matsubara reading her picture book "Bocchi and Pocchi: A Tale of Two Socks"

I love to spark imagination in young minds, nurture their potential, and connect children with their caregivers through heartwarming stories. 

Bocchi and Pocchi : A Tale of Two Socks is my first picture book. The inspiration for the story came from my childhood as I would watch her grandma regularly darning socks and wondering what might happen to them. Bocchi and Pocchi and the Bird and Bocchi and Pocchi’s Big Surprise are the sequels.

When I began creating children’s books, it was simply to make me feel happy. When I was doing my master’s degree in Fine Art, my work focused on issues surrounding nuclear power (see my Nuclear Project). I’m from an area in Japan where a nuclear waste reprocessing plant was being built and its landscapes were rapidly changing. I felt compelled to face the nuclear issues through my art. But this nuclear theme started weighing heavy on my mind and made me feel depressed and powerless. I felt I needed to shift from it and create something lighter and simpler I can feel at peace with. So I began writing and illustrating children’s book – a tale of two socks. 

As I was writing this story, I came across an anecdote about Mother Teresa. When she was asked what could be done to achieve world peace, she replied, “Go home and love your family.” That’s such a simple and powerful idea, and it inspired me to share my book with others, hoping to help children and their parents bond together.

Through my books and creative projects, I hope to bring joy to families around the world. As a mother of two children, I believe the power of children’s books. Reading to my children at bedtime helps us unwind and deepen our bond. I hope my books will offer toddlers and young children the experience of kindness and warmth and foster awareness of caring for the world.

I enjoy visiting schools and libraries to read and talk about my picture books and work with children. To learn more about my author visits, click here.
You can also find various children’s activities and teaching resources

Children's book author and illustrator Noriko Matsubara's author visit at Bishops Stortford Library, Hertfordshire, UK.


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