Picture Book Party from Walker Books Picture Book Party

Reading picture books with young children is a joy. It is also a great way to develop a love of books, to introduce new ideas and concepts, and to develop an enjoyment of books and reading from an early age. Our Picture Book Party category from Walker Books, a publisher with an unparalleled picture book heritage and a superb commitment to new talent, will help you find some of the best picture books and picture book illustrators.

Triangle
Mac Barnett
A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month March 2017 Brilliant and hilarious, award-winning Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett's Triangle is the gem of a book. Spare and sophisticated at one and the same time it tells how Triangle plays a... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 16/03/2017
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A Busy Day for Birds
Lucy Cousins
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month | February 2017 Book of the Month Best-selling Lucy Cousins‘s boldly drawn birds inspire the imagination as she illustrates the wonderful things that different kinds of birds can do. Lively, colourful birds fill each... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/02/2017
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Albert's Tree
Jenni Desmond
Funny and very entertaining this story of a surprise friendship is set in a forest, beautifully realised by Jenni Desmond. There are gorgeous scenes of trees, earth and early spring skies in rich greens, browns and blue-greens. Through the forest... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Patrick and the President
Ryan Tubridy
The heady excitement of President Kennedy's visit to Ireland in 1963 is brought vividly to life in this account by Ryan Tubridy and illustrator P J Lynch. Patrick and his parents are thrilled that ‘Himself' is coming to their home... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/03/2017
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The Dog Book
Lorenzo Clerici
Walker Books' new Minibombo range already has a reputation for stylish, contemporary picture books: in the cleverly conceived The Dog Book readers are invited to look after their very own puppy. The more interaction readers have with him, the better,... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/03/2017
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Counting with Tiny Cat
Viviane Schwarz
Quirky and inventive as ever, Viviane Schwarz brings her playful genius to the counting book. Tiny Cat goes from having no woolly red balls (‘None' says the text opposite Tiny Cat looking wonderfully wide-eyed and surprised in the centre of... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Hardback | Released 02/03/2017
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The Cat Book
Silvia Borando
Walker Books' new Minibombo range already has a reputation for stylish, contemporary picture books: in the cleverly conceived The Cat Book they could have created the nearest thing on a paper to owning a pet. First readers are invited to... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedAlphonse, That is Not Ok to Do!
Daisy Hirst
New from the creator of The Girl with the Parrot on her Head, this is another witty, eye-catching picture book that adults will enjoy as much as children. Once there was Natalie – a bright image shows a happy,... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2017
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Hilda and the Runaway Baby
Daisy Hirst
An unusual gem of a book, this is a delightfully imaginative story about a special friendship between a pig and a baby that is full of charm and humour. Hilda the pig lives in a nice home in a field.... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedDon't Call Me Choochie Pooh!
Sean Taylor
Children will totally identify with Choochie Pooh. Little he might be, but he's still irritated and frustrated when his owner won't treat him like an ordinary dog. It's a series of daily humiliations: he's called silly names, fed embarrassing mini-treats... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2017
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The Perfect Guest
Paula Metcalf
Walter is very house proud and particularly loves his sparkly new teapot, so when his friend Pansy suggests she pay him a visit he's thrilled. Pansy is certainly fun to have around, but she's accident-prone too – the chance of... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2017
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Nanette's Baguette
Mo Willems
There's a surprise twist at the end of this tale of little Nanette, entrusted by her mother to get the baguette from the baker, and no-one will see it coming. Then again everything in this book is unexpected, clever and... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedI am Bear
Ben Bailey Smith
February 2016 MEGA Debut of the Month Rapper Doc Brown's Bear cheekily bounces his way through this simple picture book that is full of surprises. This is a Bear who enjoys playing cunning tricks on his friends. He can... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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Frog and Beaver
Simon James
From the best-selling author of classics such as Dear Greenpeace and Leon and Bob, Frog and Beaver is a beautiful book about friendship, tolerance and respect. Frog is delighted when Beaver moves in nearby and immediately welcomes him as a... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/01/2017
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Also an Octopus
Maggie Tokuda-Hall
January 2017 Book of the Month An octopus playing a ukulele is just the start of this witty and unlikely story that will inspire imagination. While having a character is a good start for a story what happens next is... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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How to Find Gold
Viviane Schwarz
It has a publication date of January, yet How to Find Gold is already likely to top my list of picturebooks of 2016! Anna is a wonderful picturebook star: she's eager to find gold and when her friend Crocodile warns... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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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 shoot. ‘Ma nazoot' replies his elegant companion. They decide it's... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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Migloo's Weekend
William Bee
There's lots of search-and-find fun to be had with little dog Migloo in his latest book. Sunnytown is a busy place especially at the weekend when its residents are out and about shopping, having breakfast, driving and enjoying themselves at... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2016
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Home in the Rain
Bob Graham
Bob Graham uses a drive through pouring rain to tell a tender story, one of those little dramas that are such an important part of ordinary life. Francie and her mum are driving back home from Grandma's, Francie's baby sister... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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A First Book of Animals
Nicola Davies
What a wonderful book to give to a child. It's one which will inspire a real interest in nature and the creatures that share our planet, as well as an appreciation of art and poetry. Nicola Davies shares her delight... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Farmer Duck
Martin Waddell
A timeless classic with stunning illustrations Farmer Duck tells the story of a hard-working Duck who is saved from his life of drudgery when the animals on the farm revolt against their lazy farmer, tip him out of bed and... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Good Night Like This
Mary Murphy
As every parent knows, a good ‘night night, snuggle down' book is invaluable, and Good Night Like This is a particularly lovely take on the theme. It's night-time and the baby animals are being tucked into bed, half page flaps... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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The Seeds of Friendship
Michael Foreman
Michael Foreman's gentle story of an African boy making friends in a big city is filled with love and hope, and a sense that the power to make the world a better place is in our hands. Adam loves his... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Meltdown!
Jill Murphy
Jill Murphy, creator of the classic Five Minutes Peace here makes the worst (read most public) kind of toddler tantrum into a blissfully funny picture book. A trip to the supermarket starts well with toddler Ruby in high spirits and... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedLeafy the Pet Leaf
Philip Ardagh
This cheery group of Little Adventurers will charm young readers with the fun they are having with their pets. Finnegan has brought his puppy, Licky Dog, Floss is showing off her cat Podge, Peanut's pet is a little mouse called... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2016
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King Baby
Kate Beaton
This is a perfect book for new parents, though it will make any parent laugh, no matter the age of their offspring! King Baby is a tiny tyrant! From his cot he commands his subjects, an increasingly frazzled looking mum... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Peck Peck Peck
Lucy Cousins
Brilliant Lucy Cousins has created a fabulous new book which is full of holes! The young woodpecker is taught to peck by its father. The only trouble is…once it has learnt to peck a hole, it just can't stop! There... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 01/09/2016
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Pat-A-Cake Baby
Joyce Dunbar
It's the middle of the night, but little pat-a-cake baby wants to bake a special cake and does, with the help of three laughing, mischievous baby helpers. And what fun they have – mixing the ingredients, whisking, stirring, sieving and... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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The Lonely Giant
Sophie Ambrose
Longlisted for the 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize | This is a truly beautiful book, and big too – though there's still scarcely room for its central character, a huge, lumbering giant. He fills whole pages, dwarfing trees, animals and even... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedGood Night, Everyone
Chris Haughton
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month August 2016 Perfect for the end of every day, award-winning Chris Haughton captures the soothing time as the sun goes down and all the animals begin to fall into a deep sleep….All except Little... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/08/2016
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Shapes, Reshape! A Minibombo Book
Silvia Borando
A minibombo book: a little book buzzing with a big idea. in Shapes, Reshape! the neat and tidy shapes suddenly get mixed up and become...Buzzy things, Jumpy things, Stripy things and more. Turn the pages to discover the animals and... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/07/2016
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Shapes at Play A Minibombo Book
Silvia Borando
A minibombo book: a little book buzzing with a big idea. This delightful tri colour book provides young children with a playful introduction to shapes. Meet triangle, square and circle. Mix them together and discover what other shapes can be... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/07/2016
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The Greedy Goat
Petr Horacek
Bright and beautiful to look at, Petr Horacek's latest picture book is a visual feast, and seems to be a farmyard reworking of Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Goat is bored with grass and decides to try something different. She... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/07/2016
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Albert and Little Henry
Jez Alborough
Albert loves making up stories, and his mum and dad love listening to them. But when his baby brother Henry arrives, no-one seems to have time to listen to stories any more. With everyone fussing round Little Henry, Albert feels... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Open Up, Please!
Silvia Borando, Lorenzo Clerici
Perfectly paced, and with very few words, this stylish and wickedly funny, interactive lift-the flap book with its rather tasty twist is sure to delight the very youngest of readers. I am a minibombo book: a little book buzzing with... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/06/2016
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The Most Wonderful Thing in the World
Vivian French
Venice provides the background for this delightful fairy-tale. Its king and queen realise that their daughter needs a husband to be king when she's queen. But how to choose one? Find the young man who can show you the most... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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How to Catch a Mouse
Philippa Leathers
Little kitten Clemmie knows everything about how to catch a mouse. In fact, she's so good at it that she's never even seen one in her house – they're too scared to come in. Sharp little eyes will spot that... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus!
Atinuke
Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus is double the fun for readers! Anna's mum has just given birth to twins and Anna is going to have to share her family with her baby brothers. She immediately starts thinking of them as... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Ace Dragon Ltd
Russell Hoban
Quentin Blake's wonderfully airy and energetic illustrations perfectly match this quirky fantasy by that other master, Russell Hoban. A little boy called John accidentally finds a dragon beneath a manhole cover in a busy street. The passers-by take no notice... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedHome
Carson Ellis
June 2016 Book of the Month Home – it could be a house in the country, a flat, a wigwam, or even an old boot. This beautiful book has fun with the notion of home and each page illustrates a... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Mouse Who Reached the Sky
Petr Horacek
May 2016 Book of the Month Little Mouse has spotted something red and shiny hanging from a branch, and decides it's a marble. She can't reach it by herself so fetches first Mole – who thinks it's a balloon –... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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The Tree
Neal Layton
A tree stands on a hillside in the sun. It's tall and strong, but ominously next to it a sign reads ‘land sold'. A close-up shows a nest up in the branches, the next page reveals a drey with squirrel... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/05/2016
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A Spot of Bother
Jonathan Emmett
Poor Pig, he likes to keep himself perfectly clean so when a squashed cherry leaves a bright red spot on his side, he's distraught. His friends try to help but only success in making things worse: goat's been eating beetroot... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedMigloo's Day
William Bee
From the company that launched Where's Wally comes this super new search-and-find storybook. Little dog Migloo leads readers through Sunnytown, and very bright and busy it is too. He visits the town square, the fire station, the garage and the... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedA Brave Bear
Sean Taylor
April 2016 Book of the Month The characters may be bears, but the parent/child relationship depicted in this lovely picture book will be familiar to all readers. It's hot so a little bear suggests to his dad that they should... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedFrida and Bear
Anthony Browne, Hanne Bartholin
In his time as Children's Laureate, Anthony Browne introduced the Shape Game. Invented when he was child and played it with his brother, the Shape Game is a feast of imagination as one person draws a shape and another turns... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Skip to the Loo, My Darling! A Potty Book
Sally Lloyd-Jones
Never has using the potty seemed a more tempting option than in this exuberant picture book! After a scrumptious picnic with cakes and fruit and lots of juice to drink, Bunny has his legs crossed – what should he do?... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/03/2016
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Dear Greenpeace
Simon James
Dear Greenpeace is 25 years old this year and it's still as fresh and touching as on its first publication and perhaps even more important. A little girl writes letters to Greenpeace asking how best to care for the blue... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Five Minutes' Peace
Jill Murphy
Celebrate thirty years of the Large family in this stunning anniversary edition of a modern picture book classic. There can't be a mum in the country who doesn't identify with Mrs Large, wrapped in her comfortable dressing gown, doing her... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2016
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The Bus is for Us!
Michael Rosen
Former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen will delight all readers with this hugely enjoyable and easy to chant rhyming picture book. Riding a bike, going far in a car or, when it starts to rain going in the train are all... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2016
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The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head
Daisy Hirst
Shortlisted for the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize, an important new illustration prize for children's books. Inventive and witty, this is a story that is full of ideas and imagining rather than neatly tying up loose ends. Told more through the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2016
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Owl Bat Bat Owl
Marie Louise Fitzpatrick
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016 Full of wit and warmth, this is a joyful wordless picture book. Owls are owls and bats are bats and they are... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Return
Aaron Becker
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month August 2016 A triumphant final story in Aaron Becker's superbly imaginative award-winning trilogy of wordless picture books. Ignored by her father, a lonely girl draws... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/08/2016
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Blue Penguin
Petr Horacek
November 2016 Book of the Month There are some breathtakingly beautiful illustrations in Petr Horacek's new picture book, and a story to bring a lump to the throat. Blue Penguin does the same things that the other penguins do but,... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2016
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Time Now to Dream
Timothy Knapman
One of our Books of the Year 2016 There's a dreamlike quality to this beautiful picture book. Two young children, painted by Helen Oxenbury with typical sensitivity, leave the safety of their garden to explore the forest when they hear... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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We Found a Hat
Jon Klassen
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month October 2016 Award-winning Jon Klassen is as witty, engaging and subtle as ever in this delightful story with a very big theme but told... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 11/10/2016
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Reader ReviewedHoot Owl, Master of Disguise
Sean Taylor
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Shortlisted for the Laugh-Out-Loud Book Awards 2016 -Picture Book Category Hoot Owl flies through the midnight air quick as a shooting star, wingtip pointing like some kind of avian superhero. When he... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Reader ReviewedAlan's Big, Scary Teeth
Jarvis
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month, February 2016 Glorious illustrations tell this story that is both nicely scary and neatly resolved. Everyone knows that alligators are scary! Right? Alan comes from... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/02/2016
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The Christmas Eve Tree
Delia Huddy
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! 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 and stunted. No wonder... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2016
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Snowflake in My Pocket
Rachel Bright
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! This charming story of a little squirrel's first adventure in the snow is also a gentle reflection on the things we should really treasure. Little Squirrel lives in an oak tree with wise old... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2016
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Reader ReviewedA Child of Books
Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016 Award-winning storyteller and artist Oliver Jeffers and typographic fine artist Sam Winston have created an extraordinarily adventurous and original picture book which, through words and pictures, takes children on a journey of... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats
Alicia Potter
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | July 2016 Book of the Month The story of the scaredy cat finding unexpected resources of courage to save the day is given a lovely – and literal – twist in... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedI am Henry Finch
Alexis Deacon, Viviane Schwarz
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Winner of the English Association 4-11 Picture Book Awards 2016 - Fiction 4-7 category | Winner of Little Rebels 2016 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 3... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2016
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