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Stink’s spider phobia spurs his sister, Judy, and friend Webster to try some desensitization techniques—until a real-life encounter takes them by surprise—in a hilarious episode offering a bonus origami activity. Creepy! Crawly! Criminy! Everyone knows that Stink is bonkers about most scientific things. But there’s one exception: dangle a spider in front of him and he goes berserk! Stink is so freaked out by spiders that he can’t read about them. He can’t look at them. He can’t think about them. And he for-sure can’t touch them! Stink has arachnophobia (a fear of spiders), and he has it bad. But when a hairy backyard emergency arises, Stink is forced to face his fear—and eight beady eyes—head-on. Will he manage to tame the heebie-jeebies, or will he remain stuck in his web of terror?Show more
JUDY MOODY AND FRIENDS Everyone’s favorite moody third-grader is now starring in a series just right for newly independent readers. JUDY MOODY, TOOTH FAIRY: When Judy Moody and her friends overhear a fifth-grade rumor, Judy is determined to prove it wrong. All she needs is one loose tooth. Open wide, Stink! But what if the real Tooth Fairy is a no-show? Judy Moody to the rescue! Judy Moody fans will happily sink their teeth into this cavity-free caper full of surprises! NOT-SO-LUCKY LEFTY: Left-handers are creative. Left-handers are geniuses. Half of all cats are lefties. Or so says Stink. But Judy is a righty, and Judy is feeling left out. Tomorrow is Left Handers Day, and Stink and Dad, the southpaws in the Moody family, are celebrating with a trip to the pretzel factory. Judy is allowed to come along on one condition: she has to be left-handed the whole entire day. It’s on! Judy Moody fans will be cheering for this righty-to-lefty switcheroo. SEARCHING FOR STINKODON: He’s on a dig, dig, digging quest in his backyard to find a tooth from a saber-toothed cat, otherwise known as a Smilodon. Why not? Two kids in Michigan found a mastodon bone in a backyard stream, and a girl in Great Britain found a pterosaur bone. It could happen! But Judy thinks the chances of finding a saber-toothed anything in the Moody backyard are one in a gazillion million! Will Stink make a discovery before their whole yard caves in? Judy Moody fans will smile like Smilodons! PRANK YOU VERY MUCH: The Summer Science Showdown is just around the corner, and Stink is positive he has the recipe for A-plus success. Soon he’s acting like a mad scientist while visions of super tomatoes dance in his head. Judy takes one look at her busy brainiac brother and sees a situation ripe for a little mischief! As everyone knows, Judy has never met a practical joke she doesn’t like. Soon she is cooking up her own recipe for an A-plus prank. From Megan McDonald comes a Judy Moody story just right for newly independent readers — an epic match of wits! “It’s hard to imagine a mood Judy couldn’t improve.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)Show more
Books, books, books! Judy’s got books on the brain as she prepares for a totally RARE trivia competition. Has reading always been this exciting? Judy Moody is in it to win it. Win the Book Quiz Blowout, that is. Judy and her brother, Stink, are two-fifths of the Virginia Dare Bookworms, and they’ve been reading up a storm to prepare for Saturday’s face-off against second- and third-grade readers from the next town. Judy’s trying out all kinds of tactics, from hanging upside down like Pippi Longstocking to teaching herself to speed read The Princess in Black, and Stink has fashioned a cape of book trivia sticky notes to help him remember all the penguins in Mr. Popper’s Penguins. But when Judy, Stink, and their fellow teammates discover the other group has a fourth-grader (no lie!), they get a bit nervous. Are the Bookworms up to the challenge?Show more
From Megan McDonald comes a collection of Judy Moody stories just right for newly independent readers STINK MOODY IN MASTER OF DISASTER: Stink can’t wait to lay eyes on the Sherman-Holm comet. Until he hears the news that a meteorite hit Russia, that is. Who’s to say that Frog Neck Lake, Virginia, isn’t next? Enter Asteroid Boy (aka Stink), who, with Judy Moody as his copilot, bravely explores deep space. TRIPLE PET TROUBLE: Dr. Judy knows a sick pet when she sees one, and Jaws the Venus flytrap is for-sure sick. Time for some urgent care! MRS. MOODY IN THE BIRTHDAY JINX: Every year on Mrs. Moody’s birthday, something goes terribly wrong. This year things are going to be different. This year, Judy Moody (aka the “boss of birthday”) is going to make 100 percent sure that Mom’s birthday is perfect. APRIL FOOLS’, MR. TODD!: This April Fools’ Day, Judy can’t wait to play the perfect prank on her teacher, Mr. Todd. But in all the excitement over spaghetti trees and fools’ errands, Judy worries that everyone will forget the other reason she loves April first so much: it’s her birthday! “It’s hard to imagine a mood Judy couldn’t improve.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)Show more
Jolly smashing! Could the Moodys really have royal blood? Judy brings her new look to a comical episode about the ups and downs of exploring a family tree. Judy Moody is in a royal purple-mountain-majesties mood. Make that Majesty with a capital M! With Grandma Lou’s help, Judy has dug up proof that some old-timey Moodys (aka the brave Mudeyes) lived in merry olde England. In fact, if her grandpa’s notes are right, Judy might even be related to — royal fanfare, please — the Queen herself! Should Judy start packing her purple robe for a sleepover at Buckingham Palace? But then Judy’s family tree gets a few more shakes — thanks to her nemesis, Jessica “Fink” Finch — and some more surprises come tumbling out. Crikey! These new gems are not nearly as shiny or sparkly as the crown jewels. Now Judy has some right royal family secrets she’d like to keep hidden away in a dungeon somewhere — and especially away from Jessica, the princess in pink herself!Show more
Elizabeth came from a struggling middle-class family in Oklahoma City. After a heart attack put her father out of work, she helped out by babysitting, waitressing, and sewing, all while shining as a star member of her school's debate team. Debate taught her how to fight with her words, a skill that eventually won her a state championship and a college scholarship. As a lawyer and a law professor, she learned why it was so difficult for working-class families like her own to advance economically. Today, she continues to fight (with her words) for the poor and the middle-class through her role as a senator. Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless, She Persisted emphasizes the importance of being outspoken-of using your words to fight both for yourself and for those who need your help.Show more
It's an honest-to-jeepers mystery! Agent Judy Drewdy sets out to solve the case of the missing puppy when a canine-cop-in-training vanishes into thin air. Judy Moody is in a mood. A sleuthing, Nancy Drew kind of mood. So what's a WBMS (world's best mystery solver) to do? Go find a mystery, that's what! And she doesn't have to snoop for long: when Mr. Chips, a beloved crime-dog-in-training, goes missing, Judy Drewdy and her chums, agents Dills Pickle (Frank), Spuds Houdini (Rocky), and James Madagascar (Stink) find themselves smack-dab in the middle of a reallife, scare-your-pants-off whodunit. Was Mr. Chips stolen by dirty dognappers? And why are chocolate-chip cookies disappearing all over town? Watch out for red herrings-along with clever references to classic Nancy Drew mysteries-as Eagle Eye Moody and company are hot on the case!Show more
It's spring break! But Stink's friend Webster is spending the week in Mexico, and his friend Sophie is off to a local Shakespeare camp. What's a bored kid to do without his friends, Romans, countrymen? When Sophie tells Stink there will be swordplay and colorful cursing at Shakespeare camp, he weighs his options. To be or not to be a pumpkin-pants-wearing, pool-noodle-waving, poetry-spouting Sprite, or hang out at home with his sister, Judy Moody? Tempt not a desperate man! Off to acting lessons Stink trots, only to discover that his nemesis, Riley Rottenberger, is a Sprite, too. What's worse - Stink is the only boy at camp! Hanged, be.Show more
Another wild mystery needs to be solved and it's up to the Pumpkin Falls Private Eyes to solve it in this hilarious follow up to the heartwarming middle grade mystery, Absolutely Truly. Even Truly Lovejoy has to admit that teeny-tiny Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, has its charms-like the annual maple festival, where tourists flock from all over to sample the local maple syrup, maple candy, maple coffee, and even maple soap! But when someone tries to sabotage the maple trees on her friend Franklin's family farm, Truly has to rally the Pumpkin Falls Private Eyes to investigate. Meanwhile, she uncovers another, more personal mystery under the floorboards of her very own home-a diary written centuries ago by her namesake, the original Truly Lovejoy...and it might just prove her family's ties to Pumpkin Falls run deeper than anyone ever could have imagined.Show more
Then Judy reads Grandma Lou's mysterious Bucket List. That list reads like a recipe for the most thrill-a-delic life ever: Ride an elephant. Sleep in a castle. See the pyramids of Egypt. Wow! So what's with the bucket? After Grandma Lou explains, Judy speeds off to make her own Bucket List: Master the cartwheel. Ride a horse. Visit Antarctica (the real one).... And lots more. The Queen of Lists had better move fast if she wants to check everything off...before fourth grade!Show more
The substitute teacher thinks Judy's math skills (not to mention her attitude!) need improving. So Judy has to start meeting with a math tutor. Does this mean flash cards? Does this mean baby games? Does this mean school on weekends? But when Judy meets her tutor-a crucial college student with an uber-funky sense of style-and gets a glimpse of college life, Judy's bad math-i-tude turns into a radical glad-i-tude. Say good-bye to Judy Moody, old-skool third-grader, and say hello to Ms. College. Small-tall, upside-down, backward, non-fat capp with extra whip, anybody?Show more
What looks like dog vomit, smells like a corpse flower, and stars in one of the scariest movies Stink Moody has ever seen? Is it the Blob? The Glob? The Son of Glob? No, it's...slime mold! Stink may be a super science geek, but even Dr. Stinkelstein is feeling freaked out about having a slime mold living and GROWING in his very own house, in his very own room! At Saturday Science Club, Stink learns that these one-celled organisms are smart enough to get through mazes and to gang up on food sources. So who says they aren't also smart enough to take over Stink's room, Stink's pets, Stink himself...the world? Aaaggghhh! Crawl slowly for your lives!Show more
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