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Books of the Month

The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes
Julia Donaldson
September 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2018 | Best-selling duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks' new picture book is a charming adventure full of magic and friendship. When Josephine buys a... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2018
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As We Grow The journey of life...
Libby Walden
September 2018 Book of the Month | From the clever cut-outs on the cover which reveal three figures at different times of life, this will catch the eye and hold the attention of young children. A gentle rhyming text describes... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2018
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Other Featured Books this Month

The Purrfect Pawse
Avril McDonald
In The Purrfect Pawse: A little book to help children pause, stretch and be grateful, Avril McDonald returns with some of the colourful, lovable characters from her Feel Brave series to help nurture young children's physical and mental well-being through... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/08/2018
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Princess Swashbuckle
Hollie Hughes
August 2018 Book of the Month | This swashbuckling, delightfully illustrated adventure is great fun, but has some important messages for readers too. It starts in the most traditional of ways: Once upon a time… but then this tale of a frog princess... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/08/2018
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The Best Sound in the World
Cindy Wume
Beautiful debut picture book about a lion who looks for the best sound in the world and finds friendship. Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 29/08/2018
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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 of our best authors for children and each story is... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback / softback | Released 06/09/2018
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Elvis the Squirrel: A Bloomsbury Young Reader
Tony Bradman
Tony Bradman packs a great deal of adventure and humour into this little book, all presented in a way to make it ideal for new readers. Elvis is an impetuous young squirrel, and persuades his friend Chuck to leap onto... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2018
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Plastic Pollution on Land and in the Oceans Let's Investigate
Ruth Owen
Plastic pollution is one of the most damaging environmental issues that we face today. And no one is more passionate about solving this problem and protecting our world than kids! This new tile in the best selling Fundamental Science series... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/05/2018
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The Christmas Extravaganza Hotel
Tracey Corderoy
This funny, heart-warming picture book will put everyone in the right mood for Christmas. Bear's plans for a nice, simple festive season are interrupted by the arrival of Frog. Frog thinks he's come to the Christmas Extravaganza Hotel and is... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2018
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I Went Trick-or-Treating
Paul Howard
As much a game as a book, this is lots of fun to read, and lots of fun to look at too. Two little children, a boy and a girl, are all dressed up and ready to go trick or... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2018
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We Are Together
Britta Teckentrup
Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup with typically vibrant colours and eye-catching compositions, We Are Together is a beautiful book. On each page children stand in different scenes, some are there on the page, others we glimpse through carefully-placed cut-outs. More and... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2018
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The Space Train
Maudie Powell-Tuck
Jakob has found the long-lost Space Train! But it's old, battered and broken. With the help of Granny and Derek the robot chicken, can Jakob fix the train? Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2018
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Last Stop on the Reindeer Express
Maudie Powell-Tuck
There's a real feel of Christmas magic to this delightful picture book. Like many children, Mia's parents live apart and as Christmas approaches she's really missing her daddy. Then she spots a mysterious post-box – turning the knob on the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2018
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Itchy, Scritchy, Scratchy Pants
Steve Smallman
Well, here's a book that ticks some absolute favourite first reader boxes: Vikings – tick; bare bottoms – tick; knickers – tick; a bouncy rhyming text just right for reading aloud – tick; lively, action-packed illustrations – tick, tick, tick!... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Princess in Black
Shannon Hale, Dean Hale
In a nutshell: princesses can be masked avengers too! | Princess Magnolia is neat, polite and very, very sweet, but when she gets a call on her monster-alarm she changes in an instant to become the Princess in Black, more... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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The Real Boat
Marina Aromshtam
Highly Commended, 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize | There are absolutely beautiful illustrations within the book, some of them exquisitely good, and the judges are excited to see what Semyinka will do next. They particularly admire the skilful change of scale... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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Curiosity The Story of a Mars Rover
Markus Motum
Shortlisted for the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize | Motum is definitely an illustrator to watch. Though this is an information book, you feel there is a story being told, with pace and animation. His work reminded the Klaus Flugge judges... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2017
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The Night Box
Louise Greig
Shortlisted for the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize | Max has a key and a box of midnight blue. When he turns the key in the lock - WHOOSH! Day slips inside as Night sweeps out. Darkness tumbles into the air.... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/06/2017
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My Name is Not Refugee
Kate Milner
Winner of the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award June 2017 Book of the Month Simple enough for the youngest child to understand and certain to prompt feelings of empathy in readers of all... Featured in: 7+ readers | 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Santa Claus vs The Easter Bunny
Fred Blunt
Get a peek behind the scenes and find out how the holidays REALLY happen in this hilarious picture book from rising star Fred Blunt. ** Are you #TEAMSANTACLAUS or #TEAMEASTERBUNNY? Let us know on social media! Tag @AndersenPress Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2018
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Frights and Bites Fangs! Scream! Zombie!
Alan MacDonald
A Dirty Bertie collection to delight his legions of fans who revel in his revolting ways! Featuring nine stories from Fangs!, Scream! and Zombie! A review for Fangs! - Disgusting Dirty Bertie is back for a new set of mucky... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback / softback | Released 06/09/2018
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Happy: A Children's Book of Mindfulness
Nicola Edwards
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2018 | As befits its subtitle ‘A Children's Book of Mindfulness', Happy is a sensitive and calming introduction for young readers on how to engage with the beauty of the world to... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Giant Jumperee
Julia Donaldson
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2018 | Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury bring the very best of their award-winning The Gruffalo and We're Going on a Bear Hunt respectively to this glorious new picture book which will... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/09/2018
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AL's Awesome Science: Splash Down
Jane Clarke
Al's experiments have the most unexpected and messy consequences. Al is experimenting to find out what kind of covering his time machine will need to survive its Splash Down! back to Earth. Water experiments have a habit of making things... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/05/2018
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Martha Mayhem and the Barmy Birthday
Joanne Owen
Hilarity and magic on Martha's birthday in the third book in this young series by Carnegie and Branford Boase long-listed author Joanne Owen. Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/07/2018
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Once Upon a Raindrop The Story of Water
James Carter
Via simple but elegant illustrations, and a gentle sometimes playful rhyming text, this picture book passes on all sorts of information about water and its importance, while never losing the sense of the beauty of this essential element. Words and... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2018
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Fantastically Great Women Who Made History Activity Book
Kate Pankhurst
August 2018 Book of the Month | Kate Pankhurst inspires thousands of young readers with her books about the fantastically great women who made history. This book reunites us with those women, including astronaut Valentina Tereshkova, dancer Josephine Baker, and code... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/08/2018
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Last Month's Featured Books

The Skies Above My Eyes
Eve Edwards
This is a perfect book for anyone who likes gazing up into the skies above our head and wondering … A foldout, concertina poster format allows readers to soar billions...
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Anna and Otis
Maisie Paradise Shearring
Tolerance and friendship are at the heart of this picturebook which is written and illustrated by newcomer Maisie Paradise Shearing with charm and panache. Anna and Otis are best of...
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Splash Day!
Nick Sharratt
Interest Age 5-8 | What a lovely first reading book! Something exciting is happening at school – there's a paddling pool in the playground, the children are in their swimming costumes...
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Old MacDonald Heard a Parp from the Past
Olaf Falafel
Readers will learn how to create the sound of the fart of a T-Rex or a Viking in this super-silly picture book! Bored with life on the farm, Old MacDonald...
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The Garden of Hope
Isabel Otter
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month August 2018 | The Garden of Hope is a simple story with a powerful message of hope. Isabel Otter tackles themes of sadness...
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What Do You Do if Your House is a Zoo?
John Kelly
Though it all gets rather wild, families everywhere will recognise elements of themselves in this entertaining story. Oscar's parents have agreed he can have a pet, so far so familiar,...
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Where in the Wild
Poppy Bishop
Each page in this beautifully illustrated and important book takes readers into a different habitat, from across the globe. A page of lyrical text describes each setting while another verse...
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Reader Reviewed The Night Dragon
Naomi Howarth
August 2018 Book of the Month | A kind little dragon learns that she can bring beauty and joy into the world simply by finding the bravery to be herself...
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Reader Reviewed Oscar and the CATastrophe
Alan MacDonald
August 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month August 2018 | Oscar the talking dog is back for a wittily entertaining third adventure with his...
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We're Hungry Too
Sylvia Green
After breakfast at Aunt Miranda's, Ellie always feeds the birds, but today squirrels come and steal the food. Ellie shoos them off, but the squirrels explain that they're hungry too,...
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Grandpa Bert and the Ghost Snatchers
Malorie Blackman
Interest Age 5-8 | More spy caper than ghost story this is a fun adventure for young readers, and one that puts grandparents nicely in the driving seat of the action...
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The Everywhere Bear Book and CD Pack
Julia Donaldson
Special Hardback and CD Edition. Best-selling duo Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb reunite in a lovely story that begins in a Year One classroom before taking us on an exciting,...
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More Featured Books

Mr Pegg's Post
Elena Topouzoglou
June 2018 Book of the Month | A story of kindness and the unexpected friendships that result from it, Mr Pegg's Post will charm readers young and old. Anna lives...
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Ocean Meets Sky
Terry Fan, Eric Fan
July 2018 Book of the Month | Beautifully written, beautifully illustrated, Ocean Meets Sky is a celebration of love and the imagination, and a wonderful book to prompt discussion of...
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Reader Reviewed What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday Book and CD Pack
Julia Donaldson
Award-winning duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have created a brilliant new adventure for the clever Ladybird, star...
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Baby's First Bank Heist
Jim Whalley
Baby Frank, immediately distinctive in a stripy black and white Babygro, wants a pet. In fact he really, really wants a pet. But his parents won't allow it, pets are...
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Norman the Norman and the Very Small Duchess
Philip Ardagh
Interest Age 5-8 | Norman the Norman from Normandy is rapidly becoming my favourite Philip Ardagh character (and there's a great line up to choose from). Small and accident prone...
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The Girls
Lauren Ace
July 2018 Debut of the Month | The Girls is a glorious and uplifting description of female friendship. It stars four girls and simply but beautifully describes in words and...
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Octopants
Suzy Senior
You can't go wrong with a book for children about pants and this one is particularly satisfying and giggle-inducing. The poor octopus narrator of the story has a problem –...
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Ruby's Worry
Tom Percival
Everyone could learn from Ruby. She's a perfectly happy little girl, until she discovers a worry. The worry – depicted as a scribbly yellow shape – is hardly noticeable at...
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Feelings Inside my heart and in my head...
Libby Walden
July 2018 Book of the Month | Cleverly designed and sensitively illustrated, this is a wonderful book to explore the world of feelings. Each double page takes a different emotion,...
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Grandad Mandela
Zindzi Mandela, Zazi Mandela
July 2018 Non-Fiction Book of the Month | 2018 sees the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth and this is a wonderful book to introduce children to one of the...
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A First Book of the Sea
Nicola Davies
July 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2018 | A brilliant celebration and evocation of everything to do with the sea. The...
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Oi Cat!
Kes Gray
From the team behind the hugely popular Oi Frog! and Oi Dog! comes another daft and utterly wonderful new rhyming spectacular. Frog is in charge and has decided that cats...
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The Selfish Crocodile Anniversary Edition
Faustin Charles
Published twenty years ago The Selfish Crocodile stills reads and looks as fresh as a daisy, and its message about the importance of sharing and co-operation is as important today...
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The Snail and the Whale 15th Anniversary Edition
Julia Donaldson
Special 15th Anniversary Edition. If bestsellers were decided upon by the number of prestigious awards a book had won then this one, with echoes of Edward Lear would be the...
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Supertato Veggies in the Valley of Doom
Sue Hendra, Paul Linnet
July 2018 Book of the Month | Whatever your attitude to vegetables, no-one could resist Supertato and these hilarious, heart-warming stories of supermarket aisle adventures! In this episode, the veggies...
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Ocean Emporium
Susie Brooks
Ocean Emporium is a fine example of the new wave of non-fiction books which are not just full of thoughtfully presented information but as beautiful to look at as the...
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Audrey the Amazing Inventor
Rachel Valentine
Any child who likes to ask questions, find out how things work, or just fiddle with stuff, will identify with Audrey. She knows she's going to be an inventor when...
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Yellow Submarine
The Beatles
There's something of the nursery rhyme to the lyrics of Yellow Submarine making it particularly appealing to children, and even more than 50 years after its release, there'll hardly be...
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Secret Sky Garden
Linda Sarah
This beautiful story will touch the heart of anyone who reads it. Funni spends her Saturdays on the roof of the old airport car park. She loves the view and...
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Sleep
Kate Prendergast
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2018 | Gorgeous illustrations attractively answer any curious child's question: where and how do different animals sleep? Moving quickly past the...
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You're Called What?
Kes Gray
Welcome to the Ministry of Silly Animal Names in the company of Kes Gray, one of our funniest picture book authors. A string of animals are lining up to change...
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The Cook and the King
Julia Donaldson
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2018 The best-selling author of The Gruffalo deploys a story-telling device equally full of cunning in this witty story about the way...
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The Station Mouse
Meg McLaren
The Station Mouse is a perfect bedtime read. Every page is a feast to the eye, with jokes and things to spot to keep it interesting read after read. The hero...
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