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Books in the series: Little Gems

Tea Party Parade

Tea Party Parade

Author: Nick Sharratt Illustrator: Nick Sharratt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2021

Today's the day - it's the tea party parade! The kids are in their costumes and the teachers are marching too. Teacups are twirling, cake slices are spinning, and the big finale is going to be the best show of all! Join in with all the fun of the parade in Nick Sharratt's beautiful new Little Gem. Bursting with lots of rhyme, rhythm and energy for little ones to enjoy, it's the perfect book for a young reader's first steps on the path to reading independence.

Nappy the Pirate Baby

Nappy the Pirate Baby

Author: Alan Macdonald Illustrator: Elissa Elwick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2020

Captain Sprat and his pirate crew love nothing more than lazing around on the deck of the Salty Herring. Until one day, a strange wailing noise shatters the peace.Shiver me timbers! There's a stowaway baby on board, and the crew decide they're going to raise him like a proper pirate! But are they really up to the task of looking after a baby? And where exactly did Nappy come from? A motley crew of pirates take to parenthood in this whimsical Little Gem from the bestselling author of the Dirty Bertie series.

Albert Johnson and the Buns of Steel

Albert Johnson and the Buns of Steel

Author: Phil Earle Illustrator: Steve May Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2020

Albert's dad needs help in the family bakery, but all his son can think about is sport. So he builds a machine like no other: the Doughmaster 5000. It seems to have solved all their problems, until one night, Dad's miracle solution turns into a rampaging disaster. It's up to Albert to fix the mess - but will his sporting skills save him now?

Captain Whiskers

Captain Whiskers

Author: Jeremy Strong Illustrator: Matt Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2020

Cats in the bath. Cats in the cupboards. A hundred cats everywhere!Everyone in Jack's class has a pet, but all Jack has is his little brother Freddie. And little brothers don'tmake very good pets. But when Jack meets The Man With The Top Hat and his lovely cat Mrs Wilson,he's about to get the pet he's always wanted - and many, many more ... A furry, funny and very cute Little Gem that's full of heart from King of Comedy Jeremy Strong!

The Bakery of Happiness

The Bakery of Happiness

Author: Ian Beck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2019

Paul du Pain's bakery is a very special place. Each day, Paul bakes the bread while Marie serves customers in the shop. Everyone who walks in the door walks back out feeling happier than before. But when Marie goes away, Paul's days become sad and grey. Without her, the bakery's magic is gone. Will Paul ever be able to win her back?A charming, heartfelt and timeless tale from an award-winning author-illustrator.

Nellie Choc-Ice and the Plastic Island

Nellie Choc-Ice and the Plastic Island

Author: Jeremy Strong Illustrator: Jamie Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2019

Nellie Choc-Ice is on her way home to the North Pole at last! But things don't go so smoothly when Captain Beardy-Beard's trusty submarine grinds to a halt in an island of plastic - and they aren't the only ones who are trapped. It's up to Nellie to untangle everyone from the mess ... But what are they going to do about all this plastic in the ocean?A touching and funny Little Gem from an author-illustrator dream team!

Little Gems Lime BookBand Pack

Little Gems Lime BookBand Pack

Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 19/09/2017

Build reading confidence for newly independent readers with the fun, colour illustrated stories in this pack. The Little Gems Lime BookBand pack offers varied, high-quality stories that are ideal to help your young readers make the all-important jump between reading scheme books and 'real' reading. All books included in the pack feature all of our dyslexia-friendly features for a more accessible read.

Little Gems White BookBand Pack

Little Gems White BookBand Pack

Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 19/09/2017

Build reading confidence for newly independent readers with the fun, colour illustrated stories in this pack. The Little Gems White BookBand pack offers varied, high-quality stories that are ideal to help your young readers make the all-important jump between reading scheme books and 'real' reading. All books included in the pack feature all of our dyslexia-friendly features for a more accessible read.

Dread Cat

Dread Cat

Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Nicola O'Byrne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

Once there was a very fierce cat. Not just fierce: totally, terrifyingly, stupendously fierce. Everyone was afraid of this cat. Her name was Dread and everyone dreaded Dread Cat. But then Dread Cat started to run out of luck catching mice. She hadn't caught any for ages. So she announced that she was giving up chasing mice and promised to never again hunt another mouse. The war was over. But was it really? Witty, lively and full of fun, this cat-and-mouse tale from a former Children's Laureate is sure to delight young readers with clever twists and the satisfying defeat of one terrifying cat. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

The Moonshine Dragon

The Moonshine Dragon

Author: Cornelia Funke Illustrator: Monica Armino Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2014

When a tiny silver dragon is chased out of Patrick's storybook by an equally tiny knight, all sorts of mayhem breaks loose! Soon moonshine magic has shrunk Patrick too, and he is forced to hole up inside his toy castle as the knight attacks the 'fire worm'. Can Patrick defeat the knight and make it to morning? High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

Mary's Hair

Mary's Hair

Author: Eoin Colfer Illustrator: Richard Watson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2013

Mary loathes her big, curly, bushy hair and so she chops it all off...and she looks fantastic! Well, at least she thinks so. But her mammy is not convinced and forbids her from ever cutting her own hair again. But she didn't say anything about anyone else...A brilliant laugh-out-loud Little Gem about a not-so-brilliant hairdresser and one very unfortunate dog! High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

The Snake Who Came To Stay

The Snake Who Came To Stay

Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Hannah Shaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2012

Comical and charming story by Children's Laureate, Julia Donaldson. Beautifully packaged and illustrated by the Hannah Shaw. In a reader friendly chunky format. Polly has set up a pets' holiday home for the summer and with a house full of greedy guinea pigs, pesky parrots and slithering snakes, mum is getting more fed up by the day! Especially when Doris the snake goes missing - Can Polly find Doris before the snake finds the guinea pigs? Particularly suitable for 6-10s with reading age of 6+.

Mr Birdsnest and the House Next Door

Mr Birdsnest and the House Next Door

Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Hannah Shaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2012

Beautifully packaged book from Children's Laureate, Julia Donaldson and illustrated by the wonderful Hannah Shaw. A tiger in the back garden! A bird-eating spider in the cupboard! Elmo and his sister love playing in the jungle house next door, that is, until mean old Mr Birdsnest moves in. But when it appears that Mr Birdsnest has kidnapped the children's grandma they must sneak back in to rescue her! A delightful and cleverly written story by the Children's Laureate, Julia Donaldson. Suitable for 5-8s with reading age of 6+.

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