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Leafy the Pet Leaf
Philip Ardagh
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month September 2016 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... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2016
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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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A 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: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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King Baby
Kate Beaton
The second hilarious title from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hark! A Vagrant and The Princess and the Pony. Lovereading Review to follow... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Meltdown!
Jill Murphy
From the creator of the Large Family series comes another perfectly observed family comedy about a baby bunny rabbit and her mum on the supermarket shop ... a shop which doesn't go quite to plan! Lovereading Review to follow... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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The Seeds of Friendship
Michael Foreman
A powerful fable about friendship transforming the world from the award-winning and internationally best-selling illustrator Michael Foreman. Lovereading Review to follow... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Good 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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The Lonely Giant
Sophie Ambrose
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 mountain sides. Despite his size and strength though,... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/08/2016
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Return
Aaron Becker
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 her way out of her own world. Armed only... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/08/2016
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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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Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats
Alicia Potter
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 this delightful picturebook. Miss Hazeltine takes in all shy... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Footpath Flowers
JonArno Lawson
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016. Words would be completely superfluous to this beautiful and poignant picture book. A little girl in a red coat walks though the city hand and hand with her father. As he shops,... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | 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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Soon
Timothy Knapman
Patrick Benson's superb illustrations bring to life this touching adventure for a baby elephant. Early one morning the little elephant Raju sets off with his mother. On their way they see off a snappy crocodile and then both a slithering... Featured in: 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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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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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 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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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: Hardback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedHoot Owl, Master of Disguise
Sean Taylor
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 spots a tasty rabbit he prepares to gobble... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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For the best children’s books, look for the bear! Picture Book Party book montage________________________

As parents we know there is no joy more complete than watching the rapt faces of your children when you read a picture book together. Picture books have lots of other benefits as well such as stimulating language because children have a natural responsiveness to pictures. They are also perfect for settling children at bedtime.

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‘As publishers Walker has made a hugely creative contribution to helping children to learn how to look, not only as an adjunct to learning to read but as a lifelong pleasure in itself, a springboard into all kinds of future delights.' – Shirley Hughes ________________________

This special section is full of all our favourite Walker picture books, both new this year and published previously. No childhood should be without many of these beautifully crafted titles and they will stay with your children (and hopefully their children’s children) for the rest of their lives!

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