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Books of the Month

All the Year Round
John Yeoman
December 2017 Book of the Month A series of twelve short, funny poems, one for every month of the year, written with brio by John Yeoman and illustrated by Quentin Blake with all his characteristic vitality and joie de vivre,... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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Three Little Monkeys
Quentin Blake
December 2017 Book of the Month A remarkable collaboration - that brings together giants of the picture book world - to create a funny, anarchic and utterly delightful picture book. Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Mixed media product | Released 30/11/2017
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Boogie Bear
David Walliams
December 2017 Book of the Month The fifth hilarious story from Number One bestselling picture book duo, David Walliams and Tony Ross, for children aged 3 and up. An outrageously funny picture book with an incredibly heartwarming message about celebrating... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 16/11/2017
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Other Featured Books this Month

The Star Tree
Catherine Hyde
When a little girl's nightlight goes out, she takes a magical midnight journey to the Star Tree in this beautiful bedtime read from fine artist Catherine Hyde. A little girl embarks on a magical midsummer night's journey in this beautiful... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2017
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Paddington 2: The Movie Storybook Movie Tie-in

Paddington's new big-screen adventure offers lots of excitement, action and, of course, laughs. Children (and adults too) will love it, and this full-colour storybook is both a lovely souvenir and a way for them to enjoy it all again and... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2017
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Katinka's Tail
Judith Kerr
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Fans of the adventures of Judith Kerr's Mog will adore this magical story about the best-selling author's latest very special cat Katinka.... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/10/2017
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Here We Are
Oliver Jeffers
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Inspired by the birth of his son, award-winning Oliver Jeffers has created a deeply touching introduction to the world as a physical... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/11/2017
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The Twelve Dogs of Christmas
Alison Ritchie
Who needs a partridge in a pear tree when you could have a pup under a Christmas tree? Why choose four French hens when you could have four French bulldogs? Just the thing for dog lovers, this charming picture book... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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Paddington 2: The Story of the Movie Movie Tie-in

Paddington's new adventures on the big screen have reminded everyone of just why the little bear from Darkest Peru is such a favourite in his adopted homeland. Paddington is generous, warm-hearted, an innocent who brings out the best in those... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2017
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Create Your Own Christmas
Isabel Thomas
Get ready to take control of the most important time of the year - and create your OWN Christmas! It's time to take control of your festive destiny, says the introduction to this activity book with a difference. That sets... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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Paddington 2: Sticker Scene Book Movie Tie-in

There's hours of fun for young Paddington fans to be had in this sturdy sticker book, based on the new film. Paddington and his world look very appealing in the new screen versions of his stories and are reproduced with... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/2017
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Paddington 2: Sticker Activity Book Movie Tie-in

Fans of Paddington and his new film will have great fun with this quality activity book. As well as 150 different stickers with which to decorate a variety of scenes, there are cut-out postcards, door hangers and a mask, plus... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

Clare and her Captain
Michael Morpurgo
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - November 2015 Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month Award-winning Michael Morpurgo is always at his best when writing about the countryside and...
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How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Seuss
The ghastly Grinch refuses to be moved by the Christmas spirit in this must-have collectible slipcase edition of Dr Seuss's classic tale. With hilarious rhymes and distinctive, original illustrations, this classic...
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Storm Whale
Sarah Brennan
'Bleak was the day and the wind whipped down, when I and my sisters walked to town...' So begins the story of three sisters and their wild and magical encounter...
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Sproutzilla vs. Christmas
Tom Jamieson
A loathing of sprouts is taken to a delightfully silly extreme in this nutty Christmas picture book. Jack can imagine only one thing worse than eating sprouts: the sprouts eating...
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Socks for Mr Wolf
Tatyana Feeney
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | October 2017 Book of the Month Beautifully illustrated throughout, this stunning book by Tatyana Feeney is an absolute delight to read....
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Little Hazelnut
Anne-Florence Lemasson
November 2017 Book of the Month This beautifully presented story of a hazelnut buried beneath the snow, not noticed by any creature, will take you on a journey through the...
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Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape
Dermot O'Leary
November 2017 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: the night-time escapades of a pair of adventurous cats Inspired by his own cats, one of which is almost totally...
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The Twelve Days of Christmas
Anna Wright
The Twelve Days of Christmas is an important element of the Christmas celebrations and Anna Wright's version is beautiful, original and witty. From the gorgeous partridge gazing out at us...
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ABC Pop-Up
Courtney Watson McCarthy
A collectible Alphabet pop-up, for design connoisseurs of all ages. This beautifully presented pop-up book is a refreshing take on learning the alphabet. Spot the connections between the letters sharing...
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The Princess and the Christmas Rescue
Caryl Hart
Princess Eliza is a fairytale one-off – a princess who enjoys inventing and making useful gadgets. Her parents aren't too keen on this, finding it a bit messy, and the...
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The Snowbear
Sean Taylor
When Iggy and Martina go to bed everything is the same as usual. But in the night comes the snow and the world is transformed. First they make a snowman,...
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One Christmas Wish
Katherine Rundell
Katherine Rundell, author of Rooftoppers, Wolf Wilder and The Explorer, fills her first picturebook with the wit, verve and touches of whimsy that distinguish her novels, as well as with...
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Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle
Julia Donaldson
Perfect for newly confident readers, these three entertaining stories about the magical Princess Mirror-Belle and her friend Ellen capture all the different kinds of excitement that happen around Christmas. When...
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We Travel So Far
Laura Knowles
Some of the world's most extraordinary animal migrations are detailed in this beautiful book, in short lyrical passages of text and stylish illustrations. From garter snakes, to Emperor penguins and...
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Father Christmas Heard a Parp
Olaf Falafel
Picture books don't come much sillier than this, or much more pleasing to the young: wherever Father Christmas goes, he hears a parp – E-I-E-I-O. Whether it's from a robin...
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Egyptomania
Emma Giuliani, Carole Saturno
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 This is a book to savour as you travel back in time to the land of the Pharoahs.. Sumptuous in...
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Christmas Jokes
Macmillan Children's Books
What sort of phone has Santa got? Pay as you ho, ho, ho! What do you call a prawn that won't share its Christmas presents? Shell-fish Just a couple of...
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The Happy Christmas
Jenny Colgan
In a nutshell: gentle, heart-warming story of a little girl and her puffin Christmas is coming but Polly can't seem to get in the right mood: Neil her puffin...
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It's Christmas!
Tracey Corderoy
Little Archie is a hugely popular picture book character and deservedly so. Children will recognise themselves in him and in the way he responds to everyday situations and the stories...
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Alfie's Christmas
Shirley Hughes
Shirley Hughes and Alfie are back with this beautiful festive story with Alfie and his family celebrating Christmas. From the opening of the advent calendar, writing Christmas cards, choosing a...
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Greatest Magical Stories, chosen by Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo
Cinderella, Rumpelstilstskin, Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk: these stories are in our DNA, says Michael Morpurgo in his introduction to this gorgeous new collection. They are told by some...
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Snowboy and the Last Tree Standing
Hiawyn Oram
Glimmering with power and hope, two acclaimed picture book makers come together to tell the story of what happens when a boy is brave enough to stand up for what...
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Richard Scarry's Best Treasury Ever
Richard Scarry
A stunning hardback treasury of five of Richard Scarry's best-loved stories - the perfect gift for Scarry fans, young and old! Richard Scarry's distinctive busy scenes and characters have been...
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Pick a Pine Tree
Patricia Toht
November 2017 Picture Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Festive cheer fuels this bouncy rhyming text as it celebrates the excitement...
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Gary
Leila Rudge
Gary, a grounded racing pigeon, dreams of exploring the world - until the day he falls into an adventure of his very own. Gary is just like all the other...
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On the Night of the Shooting Star
Amy Hest
A charming picture book about loneliness and making friends from an bestselling author and illustrator. The beauty of a shooting star starts a special friendship in this lovely new picture...
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The Christmas Eve Tree
Delia Huddy
This absolutely beautiful book will really instil the true Christmas spirit in all who read it. Planted carelessly, the little fir tree has no chance to grow, so stays small...
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Don't Cross the Line!
Isabel Minhos Martins
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In Don't Cross the Line, The guard always follows the general's orders without question. This time, the order is that no one must...
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I Killed Father Christmas
Anthony McGowan
November 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age 5-8 In a nutshell: Ho, ho … oh? It's Christmas Eve and Jo-Jo's parents are arguing again. After...
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Mint Choc Chip at the Market Cafe
Jonathan Meres
Interest Age 5-8 In a nutshell: granny always knows best Priya and her grandma swap jokes, stories and memories over ice-cream at the market café. Priya's parents have...
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Paddington Pop-Up London: Movie tie-in Collector'S Edition

Paddington's adventures in his new film stem from a book, a beautiful pop-up book of London in times gone by. Now here is a beautiful pop-up book of London for...
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Penguin Problems
Jory John
Ever thought you had problems? Try being a Penguin! There's too much snow, it's too cold, the sea has too many dangerous creatures in it, everyone looks the same. In...
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Children's Dinosaur Atlas
John Malam
The perfect book for young dinosaur lovers, this atlas contains colourful maps that reveal where dinosaurs lived during different periods of prehistory, plus vibrant scenes that describe their habitat.
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Supertato: Evil Pea Rules
Sue Hendra
November 2017 Book of the Month Another hilarious helping of bonkers supermarket superhero adventure, and possibly the best yet in this brilliant picture book series. Evil Pea is up to...
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Princess Snowbelle and the Snowstorm
Libby Frost
Friendship, snow and magic… what more could you ask for? Princess Snowbelle is the Princess of Frostovia, a beautiful, sparkling, glittery land and today she is preparing to sing at...
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The Stone Bird
Jenny McCartney
November 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Beautifully illustrated, this is a lyrical picture book celebrating the power of the...
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Safari Pug
Laura James
When pug is woken suddenly in the middle of the night by Lady Miranda shouting about lions, he begins to think they mustn't be very nice and a teeny bit...
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The Bad Mood and the Stick
Lemony Snicket
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | November 2017 Book of the Month Lemony Snicket's simply told story offers a refreshing, thoughtful, and hilarious look at the...
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Miffy Postcard Set
Dick Bruna
A gorgeous collection of 100 postcards - featuring the much-loved Miffy!
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The Untold Story of Father Christmas
Alison Battle, Mike Battle
With its beautiful watercolour illustrations and warm twist on the Father Christmas legend this has the air of a classic. It tells the story of a kindly toymaker and his...
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Jumanji
Chris Van Allsburg
Jumanji is recognised as a picture book classic, deserving of a place on every child's bookshelf, and it's great to see this new 30th anniversary edition. Judy and Peter's parents...
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The Boy from Mars
Simon James
The heart-warming story of a little boy who misses his mum from award-winning author-illustrator Simon James. Lovereading comment to follow soon.
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Barefoot Book of Children
Tessa Strickland, Kate DePalma
Innovative and inclusive, The Barefoot Book of Children empowers young readers to learn about the different lives of children around the globe. Whilst being gently encouraged to ponder their own...
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Talulla Bear Goes Exploring
Heather Roan Robbins
This is a beautiful storybook in its own right, but Heather Roan Robbins' poetic and meditative language, combined with Sarah Perkins' stunning and soothing illustrations, will transport children and parents...
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Hats of Faith
Medeia Cohan-Petrolino
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | There should be more books like this: in bright, appealing illustrations it tells children how people of different faiths cover their...
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Looking for Yesterday
Alison Jay
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | October 2017 Book of the Month Beautiful illustrations full of interest and wonder accompany Alison Jay's delightful story about a boy...
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Madeline Finn and the Library Dog
Lisa Papp
A beautiful, reassuring, story for all those struggling to read. Oh my goodness this is a heart-warming book! Just stunning and perfect to share with reluctant readers or anyone who...
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The Great Gran Plan
Elli Woollard
The story of the wolf and the little pigs is a favourite with picture book creators and lends itself to retellings; here's another highly entertaining twist on the tale. The...
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Nibbles: The Dinosaur Guide
Emma Yarlett
Nibbles the cheeky book eating little monster is back and this time wreaking havoc within the pages of a book about dinosaurs. It's a risky business: can he be caught...
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The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse
Mac Barnett
October 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Award-winning duo, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen are beloved for their trade mark...
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What Was I Scared Of?
Dr. Seuss
A very special, spooky story from Dr. Seuss - with glow-in-the-dark ink! As always Dr. Seuss is an absolute joy to read aloud and What Was I Scared of? is...
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Molly Rogers, Pirate Girl
Cornelia Funke
Molly Rogers is one tough little girl. Kidnapped by pirates she stands up to Captain Firebeard and refuses to tell him her parents' names, even when the pirates set her...
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Aliens Love Underpants Anniversary Tin
Claire Freedman
A fun collection of books and activities to celebrate ten wonderful years of Aliens Love Underpants, all contained in a tin! Terrific illustrations capture the flood of jokes about pants...
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The Bear and the Piano Sound Book
David Litchfield
Hear the best-selling book The Bear and the Piano come to life with this special gift-edition sound book. A young bear cub finds a piano in the forest...
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A Mighty Bitey Creature
Ronda Armitage
Traditional in feel but bright to look at and contemporary in its approach, this highly enjoyable picture book will bear repeated reading. Something is causing trouble in the jungle, biting...
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Listen and Learn Musical Instruments
Kirsteen Robson
This ingenious book is a clever way to introduce children to the many different types of instrument there are in the world. Colour cards with bright, friendly illustrations feature nine...
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The Polar Express
Chris Van Allsburg
This beautiful, atmospheric book captures the special magic of Christmas for readers of all ages. A young boy, just beginning to wonder whether Father Christmas is real, lies in bed...
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Hack and Whack
Francesca Simon
The antics of young Viking siblings Hack and Whack would cause even Horrid Henry to blanch. Ignoring their (enormous) mother as she calls them in for bed, they run off...
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Santa Claude
Alex T. Smith
In a nutshell: jolly seasonal adventures for ever-dapper Claude Alex T Smith's stories about Claude and his friend Sir Bobblysock are absolutely delightful and with their short extent and...
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Dragons: Father and Son
Alexandre Lacroix
Little dragon Drake and his father live in a quiet valley. One day his father decides Drake is a big boy, and sends him off to burn down a few...
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La La La: A Story of Hope
Kate DiCamillo
This beautiful picture book delivers an extraordinary message of hope in a one syllable text. A little girl sings – ‘La'. When no reply comes she stomps off, then chases...
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There's a Dragon in my Stocking!
Tom Nicoll
In a nutshell: unforgettable Christmas with mini-dragons It's Christmas and Eric is going to have an exciting day: he's woken up early by Pan, the mini-dragon who lives in his...
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A Thousand Billion Things (and Some Sheep)
Loic Clement
‘I don't like going to sleep' says our narrator, all red hair, baggy shorts and attitude. Why? It's a matter of choice: across different spreads we are shown the choices...
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The T-Rex Who Lost His Specs!
Jeanne Willis
It's hard to know what will make children laugh most in this tale of a short-sighted T-Rex – will it be the description of him going out in his sister's...
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Winnie and Wilbur Meet Santa
Valerie Thomas
Winnie and Wilbur are so excited to be getting ready for Christmas! There's a lot to do. Putting up the decorations, baking biscuits, making the Christmas pudding and, most importantly...
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The Glassmaker's Daughter
Dianne Hofmeyr
Jane Ray's sparkling, jewel-like illustrations are the perfect match for Diane Hofmeyr's story, part fairytale, part history, set in 13th century Venice. Daniela is the daughter of one of Venice's...
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The Nutcracker
Jessica Courtney-Tickle
Lovely to look at and delightful to read, this is a lively, exceptionally engaging way to introduce children to one of the best loved ballets: each page features a button...
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The Storm Leopards
Holly Webb
In a nutshell: warm, inspiring animal story When Isabelle comes face to face with a beautiful snow leopard in her local zoo an amazing adventure begins. She goes to bed...
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A World Full of Animal Stories
Angela Mcallister
Following up the excellent A Year Full of Stories, Angela McAllister has travelled the world again to collect together wonderful folktales, this time with an animal theme. There are...
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Horrid Henry's Halloween Horrors
Francesca Simon
A day devoted to stuffing your face with sweets and playing horrid tricks: Horrid Henry and Hallowe'en are made for one another! There are six stories in this collection, each...
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The Tale of Kitty In Boots
Beatrix Potter
There was great excitement in the literary world earlier this year at the news that an unpublished Beatrix Potter story had been discovered. The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots is out now...
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Du Iz Tak?
Carson Ellis
You need a working knowledge of bug to understand this story, but don't worry, it's an easy language to pick up. ‘Du iz tak?' asks a dragonfly, studying a green...
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Willy and the Cloud
Anthony Browne
A new story about Willy the chimp is always exciting. Willy is off to the park when he notices a cloud following him. No matter how hard he tries he...
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The Adventures of Egg Box Dragon
Richard Adams
Best-selling author Richard Adams's spins a delightful and magical story of a toy dragon who comes to life and brings all kinds of surprises when he does so. Although only...
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A Dog With Nice Ears
Lauren Child
A brilliant new Charlie and Lola picture book from multi-award-winning author and Children's Laureate Lauren Child. Silly, surprising, thoughtful and fun, Charlie and Lola are on top form in this...
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Spider!
Alison Steadman
'I hate spiders!' says Rafael. At least, he thinks so. But when he really gets to know the BIG, HAIRY, SCARY SPIDER he finds a new, eight-legged friend. This hilarious,...
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Martha Mayhem and the Witch from the Ditch
Joanne Owen
A deliciously, wonderful read that highlights how courage, team work and a little bit of sparkle can help you overcome any difficulties. One day one her way to school Martha...
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First Day at Skeleton School
Sam Lloyd
Do you dare look round Skeleton School? There are monsters and witches, not to mention ghouls ... Huge fun from the bestselling author/illustrator of Calm Down, Boris, Mr Pusskins and...
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Winnie and Wilbur: The Spooky Collection
Valerie Thomas
A wonderful boxed set of six of the spookiest Winnie and WIlbur stories and two special edition CDs. Includes the following Winnie and Wilbur titles: The Midnight Dragon, The Haunted...
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Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: Jingle Bells!
Tracey Corderoy
In a nutshell: lively, funny, well-told stories starring everyone's favourite baker dogs Friends Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam are complete opposites, not just in looks but in their characters...
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The Wildest Cowboy
Garth Jennings
Wonderful rhyme carries you through this rollicking ride through the wild west and a town they called Fear, whose scary inhabitants wear rattlesnake socks, chew rocks and and soon leave...
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Dinosaurs : and Other Prehistoric Creatures
Matt Sewell
Opinions on what dinosaurs looked like have changed a lot recently, and instead of imagining them as big lizards with muddy-brown or green scales, palaeontologists now think that they may...
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My Pictures After the Storm

Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award A gust of wind, an elephant, a dive bomb, a spell: this funky “before and after” book will have you chuckling!What happens...
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The Wolf Who Cried Boy!
James O'Neill
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award The villagers and the wolves are terrified of each other - and none more so than our two unlikely heroes, a little boy...
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Bottle of Happiness, A
Pippa Goodhart
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award A new fable that goes full circle as it explores the value of possessions against values of friendship and fun. This story offers...
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