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Books of the Month

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, from sadness to jealousy, loneliness to excitement, and examines it... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/07/2018
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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 are bored so Broccoli suggests a game of hide-and-seek. It's... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/06/2018
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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 many, brief poems cover favourite holiday experiences including the excitement... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/07/2018
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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 most inspiring figures of modern times. The text takes the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 28/06/2018
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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 in a lighthouse by the edge of the sea with... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/07/2018
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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 loss, particularly of a grandparent. Finn has vivid memories of... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/06/2018
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Other Featured Books this Month

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 must sit on gnats, much to Cat's irritation. Dog tries... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/07/2018
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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 of our story is a most diligent mouse employed in the... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/06/2018
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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 their names and the laughter from those behind them in... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/07/2018
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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 familiar indoor animals such as dogs and cats, Kate Prendergast... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/07/2018
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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 sense of calm, even though it hasn't been used for... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/06/2018
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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 a child in the country who can't sing along. Based... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2018
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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 she grows up and is already creating some amazing machines... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 23/05/2018
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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 blockbuster of all time. Julia really is a past-master of... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/06/2018
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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 as it's ever been (perhaps even more so). The selfish... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/06/2018
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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 first, but starts to grow and soon it's with her... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/07/2018
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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 but with a remarkable knack for being in the right... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2018
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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 – he doesn't have any underpants, ‘there's nothing on below'. None... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/07/2018
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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 pictures their enduring friendship as they grow from little children... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/07/2018
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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 too expensive to keep they say. It leaves Frank with... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/06/2018
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Reader ReviewedWhat 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 of What the Ladybird Heard. The Ladybird's old adversaries, Lanky... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Book | Released 12/07/2018
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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 too. Anna and Kasper's Grandma Gertie has an unusual secret... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/07/2018
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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 – and so are the teachers… It's Splash Day, a... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/07/2018
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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 a King is tricked into doing some work. The King... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/07/2018
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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 best picture books. Susie Brooks and Dawn Cooper take readers... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/06/2018
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed Dog Diaries
Steven Butler & James Patterson
June 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: It's a (very funny, very readable) dog's life Narrated at breathless speed by super-excited puppy Junior, this new series is...
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Older Not Wiser
Sophy Henn
By the always-current Sophy Henn this new series for children just starting to read on their own is to be celebrated. Jeanie, aged 7 ¾, has a special relationship with...
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Reader Reviewed The Twitches Bake a Cake
Hayley Scott
June 2018 Book of the Month | More delightful small-scale fun and big adventure in this new story starring toy rabbit family the Twitches and their owner, Stevie. Two stories...
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Daddy Long Legs
Nadine Brun-Cosme
Daddy Long Legs is a joyous book with bright, fresh and funny artwork, full of retro charm. With its warm, reassuring feel and the adorably drawn relationship between a father...
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I Want My Dad!
Tony Ross
We're used to the Little Princess behaving badly, but this new story shows a different side to her, and is surprisingly tender. She's proud of her dad, the king, but...
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Seashore Watcher
Maya Plass
This colourful, attractive information book, neatly packaged in a waterproof bag, will help you get the most out of a trip to the seaside, no matter where you are going...
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Town Is by the Sea
Joanne Schwartz
Winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 | This haunting book, beautifully illustrated in ink and watercolour, bears record to a long-gone way of life. A young boy describes...
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Mariella, Queen of the Skies
Eoin Colfer
Interest Age 5-8 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2018 | Clever Mariella, a super-inventive nine year old scientist, is never short of ideas. But she is...
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If All the World Were...
Joseph Coelho
June 2018 Debut of the Month | Joseph Coelho dedicates this lovely picture book to ‘everyone who misses someone' and it's particularly apposite for any child who has recently lost...
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Where's Wally? Games on the Go! Puzzles, Activities & Searches
Martin Handford
Wally-watchers will find lots to entertain them in this pocket-sized puzzle-packed volume. As well as search and find challenges, there are quizzes, mazes, memory games and even the odd page...
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The Day War Came
Nicola Davies
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2018 | Award-wining Nicola Davies has created a beautiful story which makes its powerful point brilliantly by focusing on the plight of...
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Eric Carle's Book of Many Things
Eric Carle
Learn over 200 words with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other favourite friends from the World of Eric Carle. From food and clothes to animals and feelings, this is the...
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How to be a Lion
Ed Vere
A thrilling new fable from the creator of the New York Times bestseller Max the Brave.
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Welcome to Our World: A Celebration of Children Everywhere!

In this beautifully illustrated book, young children can learn all about what people in other countries eat, wear and play, and how they speak and celebrate. This delightful book teaches...
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Are We Nearly There Yet?
Gill Harvey
The title of this book will bring shudders to anyone who has ever undertaken a long journey with children, the book itself could be a godsend! 96 busy, colourful pages...
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Picking Pickle
Polly Faber
June 2018 Book of the Month | Has there ever been a book with a more adorable cast of characters? Meet the dogs of the dogs' home, as introduced by...
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Something Fishy
Polly Dunbar
There's something fishy going in in this cat's house alright, but unfortunately nothing to do with the kind that ends up in a dishy. Why are the family oblivious to...
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Bob's Blue Period
Marion Deuchars
A beautiful picture book about friendship and art. Bob and Bat are best friends. They do everything together (look out for the wonderful illustration of them dancing to the radio!)...
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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...
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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...
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The Real Boat
Marina Aromshtam
Shortlisted for the 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...
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I'm the Biggest
Stephanie Blake
It's hard to be a good big brother, especially when your little brother is getting all the praise for growing more than you! Simon is the popular cheeky rabbit creation...
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More Featured Books

Where Zebras Go Poems
Sue Hardy-Dawson
Shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2018 Get ready to join in the Poetry Olympics, question a snake, talk to a toad and learn 20 ways to...
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Rose's Dress of Dreams (Little Gem)
Katherine Woodfine
Interest Age 5-8 | Rose's Dress of Dreams reads like a wonderful fairy tale; the little girl who dreams of beautiful dresses and spends her time drawing designs for fanciful frocks...
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Secrets of the Mountain
Libby Walden
In a nutshell: Dahl-esque story in defence of Unusualness Children who like their stories filled with larger-than-life characters, crazy comedy and the reassuring sense that love and goodness will win...
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A Boy Called Bat
Elana K. Arnold
The first book in a funny, heartfelt, and irresistible young middle grade series starring an unforgettable young boy on the autism spectrum, from acclaimed author Elana K. The Lovereading Comment...
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The Great Telephone Mix-Up (Little Gem)
Sally Nicholls
May 2018 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell; Communication chaos bringing a community closer | Interest Age 5-8 | The villagers in this charming story rely on...
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Square
Mac Barnett
May 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 Square builds a beautiful sculpture from the blocks in his secret cave. Square's friend...
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The Uncracked Code
Tamara Macfarlane
In a nutshell: comic-book inspired crime story | The action in this exciting crime story is set in a comic shop, and come-strip sensibilities inspire the whole adventure. The Cosmic...
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The Wildest Cowboy
Garth Jennings
May 2018 Book of the Month | Wonderful rhyme carries you through this rollicking ride through the wild west and a town they called Fear, whose scary inhabitants wear rattlesnake...
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Gaspard The Fox
Zeb Soanes
May 2018 Debut of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 A wonderfully warm-hearted animal adventure based on Zeb Soanes observation of a local urban...
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Plantopedia
Adrienne Barman
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | A stunning and original book and a useful one too. Subtitled ‘A Celebration of Nature's Greatest Show-offs' in glorious pictures it...
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Chocolate Cake
Michael Rosen
Fantastically funny and full of silly noises, this is Michael Rosen's love letter to every child's favourite treat, chocolate cake.
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Space Tortoise
Ross Montgomery
A beautiful, moving and heartwarming tale about bravery, kindness and welcoming strangers, from the team behind The Building Boy.
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There's a Dragon in Your Book
Tom Fletcher
Tom Fletcher and Greg Abbott have created a fantastically interactive sequel to their bestselling There's a Monster in Your Book. Children will love stroking, poking and flapping the book to...
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The New Football Coach
Dominique Demers
The latest instalment in Dominique Demers's popular Adventures of Miss Charlotte series, The New Football Coach, brilliantly illustrated by Tony Ross, is a marvellous tale about believing in yourself and...
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Winnie and Wilbur: Seaside Adventures
Valerie Thomas
Who better to enjoy the delights of the seaside and the high seas than Winnie the Witch and her longsuffering cat Wilbur? There are three different stories in this bumper...
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Alfie and Dad
Shirley Hughes
Alfie's dad is always there for Alfie and Annie Rose. He's there to reassure Alfie during a restless night; he's there to find Alfie's favourite toy Flumbo when he gets...
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Where's Home, Daddy Bear?
Nicola O'Byrne
Bringing Open Very Carefully creator Nicola O'Byrne to the Walker list, this tender, touching story voices all those worries a child has about change, and celebrates the loving bond between...
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I Love You Dino-Daddy
Mark Sperring
The characters may be green and dinosaur-shaped, but this is all about the special fun little children have with their daddies, and the particular love between father and child. A...
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With My Daddy
James Brown
Daddy Tiger and a tiger cub, Daddy Bear and a bear cub, Daddy dog and puppy, they all have fun playing together in the pages of this bright, lively and...
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The Match
Russell Ayto
Told in single words, and through grey pencil illustrations on an admittedly startling green background, this story encompasses anticipation, disappointment, despair, resignation … then hope, surprise and utter joy! A...
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Wonder Goal!
Michael Foreman
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | Award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman's own love of football suffuses this story which perfectly captures the thrill all footballers have of scoring...
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Reader Reviewed Alan's Big, Scary Teeth
Jarvis
Glorious illustrations tell this story that is both nicely scary and neatly resolved. Everyone knows that alligators are scary! Right? Alan comes from a long line of scary alligators and,...
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The Cave
Rob Hodgson
It's all about the timing in this wonderfully funny picture book. In a cave lives a little creature, a little creature that never leaves its home - turn the page...
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The Bad Mood and the Stick
Lemony Snicket
Lemony Snicket's simply told story offers a refreshing, thoughtful, and hilarious look at the ways in which a bad mood wreaks havoc as it moves from person to person, leaving...
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