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The Marvellous Fluffy Squisy Itty Bitty by Beatrice Alemagna

The Marvellous Fluffy Squisy Itty Bitty

Eddie knows her mum would love a Fluffy Squishy Itty Bitty for her birthday. The only problem is that she doesn't know what a Fluffy Squishy Itty Bitty is, or where to find one! Join Eddie as she tours the whole town, trying to track down the perfect present.

(Recommended reading age: 4 - 7 years)


Slow Samson by Bethany Christou

Slow Samson

Everyone likes Samson the sloth, and he gets lots of invitations to parties. The problem is that he's far too slow to ever get there on time. When Samson finally makes it to the celebration the cake is eaten and the party games are finished. Luckily Samson's resourceful friends have a plan!

(Recommended reading age: 4 - 8 years)


Malamander by Thomas Taylor

Malamander

Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, knows that returning lost things to their rightful owners is not easy – especially when the lost thing is not a thing at all, but a girl. No one knows what happened to Violet Parma’s parents twelve years ago, and when she engages Herbie to help her find them, the pair discover that their disappearance might have something to do with the legendary sea-monster, the Malamander. Eerie-on-Sea has always been a mysteriously chilling place, where strange stories seem to wash up. And it just got stranger...

(Recommended reading age: 9 - 12 years)


Barry Loser and the Trouble with Pets by Jim Smith

Barry Loser and the Trouble with Pets

As far back as Barry can remember, he’s always wanted a sausage dog. They’re like two of his favourite things (sausages and dogs) squidged together! Who cares if they bark the whole time, do poos everywhere, need three walks every day and stop you going to the cinema with your friends? Not Barry. Until he actukeely gets a real-life sausage dog, that is . .

(Recommended reading age: 7 - 9 years)


Would you Rather... by John Burningham

Would you Rather...

Would you rather drink snail squash or eat mashed worms? Help a witch make stew? Tickle a monkey? Or maybe - if you could really be anyone or do anything in the world - would you rather just be . . . you?
 
(Recommended reading age: 5 - 7 years)


Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea

Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together. A wonderfully silly early graphic novel series featuring three short stories and a super fun ocean fact page – and joke page too! In the first, Jelly learns that Narwhal is a really good friend. Then Narwhal and Jelly form their own pod of awesomeness with their ocean friends. And finally, Narwhal and Jelly read the best book ever!

(Recommended reading age: 5 - 7 years)


In the Shadow of Heroes by Nicholas Bowling

In the Shadow of Heroes

Fourteen-year-old Cadmus has been scholar Tullus's slave since he was a baby - his master is the only family he knows. But when Tullus disappears and a taciturn slave called Tog - daughter of a British chieftain - arrives with a secret message, Cadmus's life is turned upside down. The pair follow a trail that leads to Emperor Nero himself, and his crazed determination to possess the Golden Fleece of Greek mythology. This quest will push Cadmus to the edge of the Roman Empire - and reveal unexpected truths about his past ...

(Recommended reading age: 10 - 12 years)


Spies in St. Petersburg by Katherine Woodfine

Spies in St. Petersburg

With Sophie still missing in action after their explosive mission in Paris, Lil decides to take matters into her own hands. On a new mission for the Secret Service Bureau, can Lil find Sophie in misty, mysterious St Petersburg? Can they uncover the identity of their true enemy and can they trust anyone – even the Bureau?

It's time for Sophie and Lil to put their spy skills to the test.

(Recommended reading age: 9 - 11 years)


You've Been Were-Wolfed by Tom McLaughlin

You've Been Were-Wolfed

When Tyler is sent to summer camp, she can't resist packing one of her latest science projects - the Hologramaphone 3000. Problem is, some of the phone's functions have EXTREME side-effects, the kind that can turn your best-friend into a ferocious werewolf! But when Tyler, Dylan and Ashley band together, there's no problem that they can't solve - no matter how big, hairy, and terrifying.

(Recommended reading age: 7 - 10 years)


Lily and the Rockets by Rebecca Stevens

Lily and the Rockets

It's 1918. Lily spends her days working in a munitions factory, her nights picking metal out of her hair, and her lunchtimes kicking a ball with her workmates. Together they form a football team, the Rockets, and a league soon follows. But when the war ends, the girls lose both their jobs and their football. Not Lily. If her only chance of being a goalie is to play with the men, then that's what she'll do ...

(Recommended reading age: 9 - 12 years)


Grumpycorn by Sarah McIntyre

Grumpycorn

Unicorn wants to write the most fabulous story in the world. He has a fancy notebook. A special fluffy pen. He has everything just perfect. But Unicorn has no idea what to write! When his friends try to join in, will Unicorn turn into a ... grumpycorn?

(Recommended reading age: 3 - 6 years)


Super Narwhal and Jelly Tot by Ben Clanton

Super Narwhal and Jelly Tot

Happy-go-lucky Narwhal and no-nonsense Jelly find their inner superheroes in three new under-the-sea adventures. In the first story, Narwhal reveals his superhero alter-ego and enlists Jelly to help him figure out what his superpower is. Next, Narwhal uses his superpower to help a friend find his way back home. In the third story, Jelly is feeling blue and Narwhal comes to the rescue.

(Recommended reading age: 4 - 7 years)


The Umbrella Mouse by Anna Fargher

The Umbrella Mouse

1944, and London is under attack. Young mouse Pip Hanway's safe and quiet world is turned upside down when her home, umbrella shop James Smith & Sons, is destroyed by a bomb. Orphaned and alone, she must begin a perilous quest to find a new home.

But the only way to get there is by joining Noah’s Ark, a secret gang of animals fighting the resistance in France, operating beneath the feet of the human soldiers. Danger is everywhere and as the enemy closes in, Pip must risk everything to save her new friends.

(Recommended reading age: 9 - 11 years)


Katt vs. Dogg by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Katt vs. Dogg

The most famous enemies in the animal kingdom finally meet face-to-face... and the fur is about to fly! Oscar is a rowdy pooch who loves everybody – except katts! His family of down-to-earth doggs enjoys giving those snooty katts a hard time. Molly is a pretty kitty who's destined for fame and fortune as an actress. Her family of well-bred katts thinks all doggs are dirty and disgusting! But while on family camping trips, Molly and Oscar get hopelessly lost in the dangerous woods. The only way for them to survive is for the mortal enemies to work together...

Yeah, not gonna happen!

(Recommended reading age: 9 - 12 years)


Dancing the Charleston by Jacqueline Wilson

Dancing the Charleston

In a little cottage on the edge of the grand Somerset Estate, Mona lives with her aunt - a dressmaker to the lady of the house.  Even though Mona never knew her mother and father, she knows Aunty tries to give her the best life she can. When Lady Somerset dies and a new member of the family inherits the house, life changes drastically for Mona. Suddenly she’s invited to dazzling balls, dines on delicious food and plays with wild new friends. But with these changes come secrets that Mona can’t dance away from. . .

(Recommended reading age: 9 - 12 years)


Alex Rider: Secret Weapon by Anthony Horowitz

Alex Rider: Secret Weapon

A collection of seven explosive Alex Rider stories.

Ever since MI6 recognized his potential, Alex Rider has constantly been thrust into the line of danger. From a routine visit to the dentist that turns into a chase through the streets of London, to a school trip with a deadly twist, no day has ever been ordinary for the teenage super-spy. This collection of thrilling adventures features familiar and new assailants from the best-loved world of Alex Rider and also includes three never-before-seen stories.

(Recommended reading age: 9 - 12 years)


Ada Twist and the Perilous Pantaloons by Andrea Beaty

Ada Twist and the Perilous Pantaloons

Ada Twist is full of questions. A scientist to her very core, Ada asks why again and again. One question always leads to another until she’s off on a journey of discovery! When Rosie Revere’s Uncle Ned gets a little carried away wearing his famous helium pantaloons, it’s up to Ada and friends to chase him down. As Uncle Ned floats farther and farther away, Ada starts asking lots of questions: How high can a balloon float? Is it possible for Uncle Ned to float into outer space? And what’s the best plan for getting him down?


Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid by Jeff Kinney

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid

Rowley's best friend Greg Heffley has chronicled his middle-school years in thirteen Diary of a Wimpy Kid journals. Now it's Rowley's turn to give his side of the story. But Rowley has agreed to tell Greg's story along the way, too. (After all, Greg says one day he will be rich and famous and the world will need to know how he managed it).

But Rowley's stories about Greg might not be quite what his friend had in mind . . .

(Recommended reading age: 8 - 12 years)


Accidental Trouble Magnet: Book 1 (Planet Omar) by Zanib Mian

Accidental Trouble Magnet: Book 1 (Planet Omar)

Welcome, readers, to the imaginative brain of Omar! You might not know me yet, but once you open the pages of this book you'll laugh so hard that snot will come out of your nose (plus you might meet a dragon and a zombie - what more could you want?).

My parents decided it would be a good idea to move house and move me to a new school at the same time. As if I didn't have a hard enough time staying out of trouble at home, now I've also got to try and make new friends. What's worse, the class bully seems to think I'm the perfect target. At least Eid's around the corner which means a feast (YAY) and presents (DOUBLE YAY). Well, as long as I can stay in Mum and Dad's good books long enough...

(Recommended reading age: 6 - 12 years)


The Case of the Vanishing Granny by Alexander McCall Smith

The Case of the Vanishing Granny

Billy, Fern and Joe Shortbread are the stars of their family circus, but they also have another talent ... they're experts at solving mysteries! When their circus moves into a new town they soon make friends with a young boy named Tom. But Tom can't enjoy the circus because his granny has disappeared and he's worried he'll never see her again. With the help of their astonishing circus skills can the Shortbread circus stars crack the clues and find Tom's granny?

(Recommended reading age: 7+ years)


Super Sloth by Robert Starling

Super Sloth

Super Sloth isn’t fast. He can’t fly. But he is very, very good at moving slowly and looking just like a greenish bit of tree. When his arch enemy Anteater makes off with some prize mangoes, Super Sloth vows to save the day... eventually.

(Recommended reading age: 2 - 5 years)


Lightning Mary by Anthea Simmons

Lightning Mary

One stormy night, a group of villagers are struck by lightning. The only survivor is a baby - Mary Anning. From that moment on, a spark is lit within her. Growing up poor but proud on the windswept Dorset coast, Mary follows after her father, hunting for fossils uncovered by waves and landslips: ancient creatures, turned to stone. Ignoring other people's taunts, Mary faces danger to bring back valuable treasures to help feed her family. But tragedy and despair is never far away. Mary must depend upon her unique courage and knowledge to fulfil her dream of becoming a scientist in a time when girls have no opportunities for such ambitions. What will happen when she makes her greatest discovery of all...?

(Recommended reading age: 9 - 12 years)


What a Waste: Rubbish, Recycling and Protecting Our Planet by Jess French

What a Waste

Everything you need to know about what we're doing to our environment, good and bad, from pollution and litter to renewable energy and plastic recycling.

This environmental book will teach keen young ecologists about our actions affect planet Earth. Discover shocking facts about the waste we produce and where it goes. Did you know that every single plastic toothbrush ever made still exists? Or that there's a floating mass of rubbish larger than the USA drifting around the Pacific Ocean?

It's not all bad news though. As well as explaining where we're going wrong, What a Waste shows what we're doing right! Discover plans already in motion to save our seas, how countries are implementing schemes that are having a positive impact, and how your waste can be turned into something useful. Every small change helps our planet!

(Recommended reading age: 6 - 9 years)


Dare by Lorna Gutierrez & Polly Noakes

Dare

This simple yet inspirational poem encourages children everywhere to dare to dream big, to help others and speak out for what is right, but also to take time for simple joys and to be comfortable in their own skin. With charming rhymes and energetic and inclusive illustrations, this is a book to empower every child.

(Recommended reading age: 3+ years)


Princess of Pets: the Naughty Kitten by Paula Harrison

Princess of Pets: the Naughty Kitten

Ruby Palace is no place for pets! But Princess Bea won't let royal rules stop her from helping animals in need. When Bea rescues a lost kitten, she promises to keep it safe until she can find its owner. But the adventurous kitten keeps getting into trouble! And when it goes exploring in the dark of night, Bea will need to be very brave...

(Recommended reading age: 7 - 9 years)


First Prize for the Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

First Prize for the Worst Witch

Summer term has started at Miss Cackle's Academy, and somehow the disaster-prone Mildred has made it to Year Four. Even though everyone knows her as the Worst Witch in the School, she's secretly set her sights on winning the school's highest honour. Yes, Mildred wants to be Head Girl! Can she stay out of trouble and prove to everyone that even the worst witch can turn her fortunes around? Not if her arch-enemy Ethel Hallow has anything to do with it...

(Recommended reading age: 7 - 10 years)


Mr Bunny's Chocolate Factory by Elys Dolan

Mr Bunny's Chocolate Factory

Do you want to know how chocolate eggs are made? Step insdie Mr Bunny's Chocolate Factory to find out!

(Recommended reading age: 6 - 8 years)


The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks

The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes

When Josephine leaves the shoe shop after buying some new running shoes, she hears an unusual sound – Click-click! Click-click! It's a bear with a backpack! Luckily for Josephine, her new shoes are anything but ordinary – these are magic shoes. But can they help her escape the bear when there's a mountain, a bog and even a lake in her way?

(Recommended reading age: 3 - 7 years)


Are you there little tiger? by Essi Kimpimaki

Are you there little tiger?

Little tiger is hiding! Very young children will love peeping through the holes and touching the textured pages in this beautiful hide-and-seek board book, spotting monkeys, bears and chameleons along the way.

(Recommended reading age: 1-4 years)


The Nature Girls by Aki

The Nature Girls

The bold Nature Girls are ready for whatever nature throws at them! Join them as they pack their bags and start their journey, exploring natural habitats around the world. They swim in the sea, explore the desert, discover the harsh arctic tundra and more. There's so much to discover about the natural world, when you join this bright group of girls.

(Recommended reading age: 2-6 years)


Let's Explore with Ted by Sophy Henn

Let's Explore with Ted

Which magical place will Ted explore today? A cold, snowy iceberg with lots of slippery seals? A hot, tropical jungle full of tigers and leopards? Or maybe the tippity-top of a mountain where the giddy goats live! Lift the flaps to find out where Ted's marvellous imagination will take him this time.

(Recommended reading age: baby and toddler, 3+ years)


Jump About with Ted by Sophy Henn

Jump About with Ted

Which animal friend will Ted jump about with today? Will he hop like a fluffy, snuffly bunny? Or leap like a lovely little lamb? Or maybe even spring up and down like a funny, croaky frog? Lift the flaps to find out what Ted's marvellous imagination can conjure up this time.

(Recommended reading age: baby and toddler, 3+ years)


High Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson

High Rise Mystery

Summer in London is hot, the hottest on record, and there's been a murder in The Tri: the high-rise home to resident know-it-alls, Nik and Norva. Who better to solve the case? Armed with curiosity, home-turf knowledge and unlimited time - until the end of the summer holidays anyway.

(Recommended reading age : 10+ years)


Bloom by Nicola Skinner

Bloom

Sorrel Fallowfield is growing up – in a really surprising way . . . Sorrel Fallowfield is so good at being good that teachers come to her when they need help remembering the school rules – and there are lots. Luckily, Sorrel doesn’t have any trouble following them, until the day she discovers a faded packet of Surprising Seeds buried under a tree in her backyard.

Now she’s hearing voices, seeing things, experiencing an almost unstoppable urge to plant the Seeds in some very unusual places… and completely failing to win her school’s competition to find The Most Obedient Child of the School. And all that’s before flowers start growing out of her head…

(Recommended reading age : 10+ years)


The Sea: Exploring our blue planet by Miranda Krestovnikoff and Jill Calder

The Sea: Exploring our blue planet

Explore an incredible collection of narratives, featuring fascinating facts and stories about the world's deepest seas and oceans. Written by the critically acclaimed TV and radio presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff and illustrated by the wonderful Jill Calder, this stunning book will have you diving into the deepest depths of the blue, exploring the astounding seas and oceans that cover our planet and discovering the amazing animals that populate our waters, including the largest living animal: the blue whale!

An important message in the book is the effects of plastics on our planet and the ways in which scientists are making steps towards tackling this much-talked-about topic. We can all make steps in reducing our own plastic consumption and The Sea will fascinate and inspire families in their quest to understand why it has never been more important to protect our planet.

Recommended reading age : 7 - 12 years)


Lesser Spotted Animals by Martin Brown

Lesser Spotted Animals

Bison are banned and tigers are taboo! Say goodbye to the gnu, cheerio to the cheetah and poo poo to the panda. The world of Lesser Spotted Animals starts HERE! Discover the brilliant beasts you never knew you needed to know anything about - from the numbat to the zorilla and everything in between. Martin Brown's wonderfully funny and fact-tastic writing, teamed with his fabulous illustrations and tummy-tickling jokes is a winning combination.

(Recommended reading age : 7 - 10 years)


A Mouse Called Julian by Joe Todd-Stanton

A Mouse Called Julian

Julian is a mouse who is perfectly happy avoiding other animals. They seem to just get in the way, and sometimes even try to eat him! But one day, Julian has an unexpected dinner guest... When the fox tries to sneak into Julian's burrow for a tasty bite of mouse, it finds itself stuck headfirst in Julian's front door! At first alarmed and wary, they soon find themselves having a lovely dinner together, and it's not long before each realises that they have found in the other a lifelong friend.

(Recommended reading age : 3 - 5 years)


Kat Wolfe Takes the Case by Lauren St John

Kat Wolfe Takes the Case

When a landslide on the Jurassic Coast reveals a rare ‘dragon’ dinosaur, best friends Kat Wolfe and Harper Lamb are thrilled, especially when stars and scientists come flocking to sleepy Bluebell Bay. But after they begin investigating a suspicious death, events spiral quickly out of control for detectives Wolfe and Lamb. Worse still, Kat’s wild cat is in trouble. Can they solve the mystery – and save the cat's life – before it’s too late?

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 12 years)


Cat Morgan: The Pirate Cat by T.S. Eliot and Arthur Robins

Cat Morgan: The Pirate Cat

I once was a Pirate what sailed the 'igh seas-
But now I've retired as a com-mission-aire:
And that's how you find me a-takin' my ease
And keepin' the door in a Bloomsbury Square.

Join Cat Morgan, the swashbuckling pirate as he sails the Barbary Coast in this sixth picture book pairing from Arthur Robins and T. S. Eliot's Old Possum Cats.

(Recommended reading age : 4 - 7 years)


Peppa's Fairy Tale by Peppa Pig

Peppa's Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, Peppa, George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig were on a magical adventure in the fairy-tale woods . . . First they met a big (but not very bad) wolf, and then they bumped into three hungry bears! What will they find when they reach Granny and Grandpa Pig's house?

(Recommended reading age : 2 - 6 years)


Sea-ing is Believing by Steven Butler

Sea-ing is Believing

Frankie Banister and his family are preparing to celebrate Grandad Abraham’s 175th birthday – an occasion that’s going to be even more honkhumptious now that Abe’s ghost has showed up! When the unexpected spook reveals a secret underwater wing of the hotel that’s been hidden away for years, the Banisters decide there’s only one thing for it … a whopping welcome home bash in the spectacular briny ballroom. But memories aren’t the only things waiting at the bottom of the ocean. Secrets and sea monsters are lurking in the shadows, and is everything as it seems with Grandad Abraham’s ghost? Or is there something fishy going on?

(Recommended reading age : 7+ years)


Pog by Pádraig Kenny

Pog

David and Penny's strange new home is surrounded by forest. It's the childhood home of their mother, who's recently died. But other creatures live here ... magical creatures, like tiny, hairy Pog. He's one of the First Folk, protecting the boundary between the worlds. As the children explore, they discover monsters slipping through from the place on the other side of the cellar door. Meanwhile, David is drawn into the woods by something darker, which insists there's a way he can bring his mother back ...

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 12 years)


The Steves by Morag Hood

The Steves

When Steve meets Steve, neither can believe it. Surely one of them must be the first Steve, the best Steve, the Stevest Steve . . . The claims of each puffin become sillier and sillier as the argument descends into name-calling – until both Steves realize there’s really no need to fall out over a name.

(Recommended reading age : 2 - 5 years)


Speak Up! by Laura Coryton

Speak Up!

Don’t just read about inspiring women: become one!

Launching in time for International Women’s Day 2019 – Speak Up! is the must-have empowering book to inspire a whole new generation of rebel girls.

Speaking up can be difficult, but did you know just how powerful your own voice can be?

Speak Up! is a vital and timely book exploring what it means to stand up for what you believe in on both a public and personal level. Laura explores how to make sure your voice is heard as well as what happens when your voice is challenged by others. She tackles tricky subjects like feminism, consent, online bullying and self-confidence in a meaningful but accessible and entertaining way.

With a positive message about friendship, female empowerment and standing up for who you are, this is the perfect gift for girls aged 12+. Inspiring, warm and honest, this conversational and big-sisterly guide is the must-have girl power book of 2019.

(Recommended reading age : 11+ years)


The Winged Horse Race by Kallie George

The Winged Horse Race

Pippa is a foundling working in a stables in ancient Greece, until one day she catches a glimpse of an enormous silver wing in the clouds. When she wakes the next morning on Mount Olympus, Pippa discovers that she has been selected as one of the riders in Zeus's Winged Horse Race. The winner's prize is immortality.

Pippa falls instantly in love with her easily-distracted young horse, Zeph and they quickly become a fantastic team, exploring the mountain and meeting the interesting characters who live on Olympus. But as race day approaches, it's difficult for Pippa to know who her real friends are and it's a tough job to outsmart the Gods and their games.

(Recommended reading age : 7 - 9 years)


The Bolds Go Wild by Julian Clary

The Bolds Go Wild

The Bolds are very surprised to be visited by Fred's mother, Granny Imamu. She's travelled all the way from Africa, and now she's here, she does not approve of what she finds. Hyenas, living as people - whatever next! Granny Imamu starts to stir up mischief with twins Bobby and Betty, encouraging them to get in touch with their beastly side at school.

And then the twins' teacher comes to the Bolds with a rather unusual problem: her grown-up son Jeffrey just isn't like other people. He's rather hairy, doesn't much like to talk, and loves to monkey about. If animals can become people, could it happen the other way around . . . ?

(Recommended reading age : 7 - 9 years)


Tad by Benji Davies

Tad

Sometimes the biggest stories come from the smallest beginnings…

Meet Tad. She’s the smallest tadpole in a big pond, and lives there with all her tadbrothers and tadsisters. Although something else lives there too… BIG BLUB! And when everyone else starts to disappear, Tad starts to wonder if Big Blub will get her too…

Or is everyone else going somewhere else; somewhere better? And if so, will Tad ever get there too?

(Recommended reading age : 4+ years)


There's a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher

There's a Dragon in Your Book

OH LOOK, there's an EGG in your book!

But this isn't any old egg - there's a dragon in it! And pretty soon she's set your book ON FIRE. OH NO!

Can you use your imagination (and your tickling skills) to help the little dragon fly off on her own adventure out of your book?

(Recommended reading age : 3 - 5 years)


When a Dragon Comes to Stay by Caryl Hart & Rosalind Beardshaw

When a Dragon Comes to Stay

When a dragon comes to stay, will she behave herself? Why, of course she will. Obviously she knows she must share her toys, eat daintily and skip happily upstairs at bathtime. Well . . . not quite. Like all toddlers, this little dragon finds good manners a tiny bit tricky. It's lucky she has some friends to help her.

(Recommended reading age : 3+ years)


Santa Claus Vs The Easter Bunny by Fred Blunt

Santa Claus Vs The Easter Bunny

Santa has it so easy: a workforce of elves to make the presents, a team of reindeer to deliver them, even a hi-spec factory! The Easter Bunny has to make and wrap all the chocolate eggs in his garden shed, and deliver them himself on foot. No wonder you often find them thrown all over the place in your garden! Now Bunny has had enough – he hatches a genius, chocolately plan with uneggspected results...

(Recommended reading age : 2 - 5 years)


In the Swamp by the Light of the Moon by Frann Preston-Gannon

In the Swamp by the Light of the Moon

A little frog is singing to himself in the swamp one night. His song doesn't seem complete, so he invites other animals to join in. Nothing sounds right until the littlest voice joins the song - that of a tiny firefly.

(Recommended reading age : 3+ years)


The Boy who Flew by Fleur Hitchcock

The Boy who Flew

Athan Wilde dreams of flight. When his friend, Mr Chen, is murdered, Athan must rescue the flying machine they were building together and stop it falling into the wrong hands. But keeping the machine safe puts his family in terrible danger. What will Athan choose - flight or family?

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 12 years)


Mummy Fairy and Me: Unicorn Wishes by Sophie Kinsella

Mummy Fairy and Me: Unicorn Wishes

My mummy looks normal, like any other mummy . . . but she's not. Because she can turn into a fairy. And when I grow up, I'll be a fairy too. I already know what my first spell will be. I'll wish for my very own unicorn.

(Recommended reading age : 5 - 8 years)


How High the Moon by Karyn Parsons

How High the Moon

It's 1944, and in a small, Southern, segregated town, eleven-year-old Ella spends her summers running wild with her cousins and friends. But life isn't always so sunny. The deep racial tension that simmers beneath their town's peaceful facade never quite goes away, and Ella misses her mama - a beautiful jazz singer, who lives in Boston.

So when an invitation arrives to come to Boston for a visit Ella is ecstatic - and the trip proves life-changing in more ways than one. For the first time, Ella sees what life outside of segregation is like, and begins to dream of a very different future. But her happiness is shattered when she returns home to the news that her classmate has been arrested for the murder of two white girls - and nothing will ever be the same again.

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 12 years)


Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties by Humza Arshad & Henry White

Little Badman killer aunties

I'm Humza Khan, the greatest eleven-year-old rapper Eggington has ever known; soon everyone will know my name.

Only problem is school has got really weird, man. All my teachers are disappearing and our aunties are taking over. It wasn't too bad at the start, they keep feeding us delicious snacks. Like, all the time.

But now these aunties are trying to mess with my music, so me and my best friends Umer and Wendy are going to hunt for the truth. Cos something big and bad is going on and we won't let anything mess with my music... or you know, the world.

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 12 years)


The Go-Away Bird by Julia Donaldson

The Go-Away Bird

‘The Go-Away bird sat up in her nest,
With her fine grey wings and her fine grey crest.’

One by one, the other birds fly into her tree, wanting to talk or to play, but the Go-Away bird just shakes her head and sends them all away. But then the dangerous Get-You bird comes along, and she soon realizes that she might need some friends after all . . .

(Recommended reading age : 2 - 6 years)


Poppy and Sam's Easter Egg Hunt by Sam Taplin

Poppy and Sam's Easter Egg Hunt

Poppy and Sam are searching for Easter eggs on Apple Tree Farm. Children will love looking through the peep holes in this charming book to discover the colourful eggs, following fingertrails to trace the flight of a butterfly or bee, and spotting Daisy the cow, Clucky the hen and Rusty the pig along the way.

(Recommended reading age : 3+ years)


Potkin and Stubbs by Sophie Green

Potkin and Stubbs

Lil Potkin lives in bleak Peligan City. Her mum works in City Hall and is rarely at home, so aspiring journalist Lil has all the time she needs to explore the city in her bright yellow raincoat, investigating unsolved stories.

One rainy evening Lil meets a sad-looking boy sitting by himself in the bus station and buys him a hot chocolate. That night Lil wakes to find him in her bedroom. He doesn't want to admit to being a ghost, but when he finally remembers his name (Nedly ... possibly) he explains that he needs Lil's help to find out what happened to him after he disappeared from his orphanage a year ago.

So Lil and Nedly - aka Potkin and Stubbs - team up to solve their mystery, and they call in the reluctant help of once-famous detective Abe Mandrel. He agrees to help them with the Stubbs case if they help him find the criminal who escaped justice and cost him his career.

Except - Mandrel thinks it's only Lil he's working with. And Lil realises she is the only person in the whole of Peligan City who can see Nedly. Which can come in handy when trying to solve crime...

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 12 years)


Scavengers by Darren Simpson

Scavengers

Landfill has lived his whole life as a scavenger, running with wooflers, swimming with turtles and feasting on fresh gull. Old Babagoo has always looked after him, on one condition - follow his rules. Never come looking outside. Never rise above the wall. But despite the dangers, Landfill longs to see Outside. And some rules are made to be broken.

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 12 years)


Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince by Liz Kessler

Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince

When Emily Windsnap's boyfriend Aaron is captured by pirates there's only one option - join a rival pirate crew and persuade them to help rescue him. The Pirate Prince agrees, as long as Emily assists in finding the Trident's Treasure first.

But as if boarding a pirate ship weren't dangerous enough, Emily soon discovers that pirates hate mermaids. If her true identity is revealed, her life - and Aaron's - will be at risk.

How will Emily keep her secret when the only way to win the treasure is by turning into a mermaid?

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 11 years)


The Wonder of Trees by Nicola Davies & Lorna Scobie

The Wonder of Trees

There is something to delight on every page with fascinating facts and figures. This exquisite book will encourage children to treasure the world's biodiversity and help to stop it slipping away.

With fascinating facts and figures and sections on:
- Wood, Trunks and Branches
- Leaves
- Roots Bark
- Tree Skin
- Flowers & Cones
- Seeds
- Plants on Trees
- Insects in Trees
- Reptiles & Amphibians in Trees
- Birds and Trees Mammals in Trees
- Communities of Trees
- Taiga
- Temperate Woodlands
- Dry Gum Forest
- Cloud Forest
- Tropical Rainforests
- Forest Relationships
- Gifts from Trees
- People of the Forest
- Forest Destruction
- How to Plant a Tree

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 11 years)


Superkitty by Hannah Whitty

Superkitty

Kitty is fed up of answering phones at the Sensational Superhero Agency and dreams of catching criminals with the superhero gang. But they ALWAYS leave her behind!

Then a call comes in about a stolen dinosaur bone . . . and Kitty takes matters into her own paws, following the superheroes in their pursuit of devious criminal Nefarious Norman!

Will she save the day and prove that small is MIGHTY?

Join Kitty and the gang in this energetic picture book about believing in your own abilities, not judging a book by its cover . . . and girl power!

(Recommended reading age : 3 + years)


Boss the Bestseller List like J.K. Rowling by Caroline Moss

Boss the bestseller list like J.K. Rowling

In this new series for aspiring future girl #bosses, discover the life of JK Rowling, the famous author. Be inspired by her remarkable story, and learn 10 key lessons from her life and work. Featuring inspiring quotes and mantras, this is a book for all girls wanting to forge their own career path.

(Recommended reading age : 8 - 12 years)


Matilda's How to be a Genius by Roald Dahl

Matilda's How to be a Genius

Matilda Wormwood is a genius - her brain fizzes and bubbles with brilliance. She outwits her gruesome parents, and even her terrifying head teacher, the monstrous Miss Trunchbull.

You too can baffle, bewilder and bamboozle your friends and family! Astound them with feats of calculation, scientific miracles, incredible creativity and fiendishly clever tricks, all with simple, step-by-step instructions.

(Recommended reading age : 8 - 12 years)


Find Spot at the Library by Eric Hill

Find Spot at the Library

It's fancy dress day at the library! Which book characters will Spot, Helen and Tom dress up as?

Join Spot and his friends as they explore all the different corners and books in the library. Going to the library is an exciting first experience for toddlers, and Spot is no different - he loves reading!

(Recommended reading age : 3 - 5 years)


Girl 38 by Ewa Jozefkowicz

Girl 38

Kat is a 12-year-old girl who loves working on her super-heroine comic, Girl 38 – the girl she longs to be like. But she's not brave, or fearless. At school, Gem is no longer her 'best friend'. And at home Kat is lonely while her parents are busy working long hours. She's even a bit afraid of her elderly neighbour, Ania. But when Ania has an accident Kat surprises herself by rushing to the rescue – just like Girl 38. Their unlikely friendship blossoms, and with it Kat's determination, as Ania reveals the haunting story behind the portrait of a girl she's left unfinished.

Inspired by Ania – her daring leap to freedom and her search for her lost friend, Mila, who was taken away by soldiers to a 'walled village' at the outbreak of WWII – Kat unravels the mystery of the girl in the painting and finds a happy ending for Girl 38.

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 12 years)


The Dentist of Darkness by David O'Connell

The Dentist of Darkness

Archie McBudge's lazy summer has just turned into a magical meltdown! The second adventure in this madcap magical mystery series is perfect for fans of How to Train Your Dragon, amateur detectives and anyone who loves SWEETS!

Archie McBudge was planning a sweet summer at Honeystone Hall. Picnics by the loch, watching the honeydragons flying around the hillsides, chasing ghosts through the shadowy castle hallways, and of course, testing out all the new sweets from the McBudge Confectionery Factory. But now the Wyrdie Tree, source of all the magic in the town of Dundoodle, is dying, and the guardian must save it before Dundoodle's magic is gone for good. And who's the guardian, you ask? That's right, Archie McBudge. With enemies on every side, puzzles to solve and secrets to uncover - not to mention a very scary dentist to avoid - Archie's summer's looking less like a strawberry marshmallow dream and more like a super-sour sherbet lemon with exploding bits that make your mouth go numb for a week!

(Recommended reading age : 7 - 9 years)


Amelia Fang and the Half-Moon Holiday by Laura Ellen Anderson

Amelia Fang and the Half-Moon Holiday

It’s the half-moon holiday in gloomy Nocturnia which means no school for Amelia and her friends! Instead they are going to spend it with their Rainbow Rangers troop, (led by unicorns Ricky and Graham) earning badges on Sugarplum Island.

But whilst exploring, Amelia and the gang stumble upon an ancient curse – and are shrunk to the size of bugs! How will they make the bloodcurdlingly BIG journey to break the curse when they are all so very TINY?

(Recommended reading age : 7 - 9 years)


A Witch Come True by James Nicol

A Witch Come True

The war is over and Arianwyn has discovered the secret of the quiet glyphs, but her troubles are far from over. When her grandmother is abducted, Arianwyn faces her greatest challenge yet. What really makes a witch come true? Arianywn is about to find out ...

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 12 years)


The Great Animal Escapade by Jane Kerr

The Great Animal Escapade

Danny works at Belle Vue Zoo, where - alongside training the famous elephant Maharajah - he helps out with the day-to-day tasks of caring for the animals. But when animals start escaping, Danny is the prime suspect: after all, he was a former street urchin and pickpocket. When a man turns up claiming to be his father, the plot thickens. Can Danny untangle the mystery of the animal escapade - and find out where he really belongs - in order to clear his name?

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 12 years)


Fing by David Walliams

Fing

Meet the Meeks!

Myrtle Meek has everything she could possibly want. But everything isn’t enough. She wants more, more, MORE! When Myrtle declares she wants a FING, there’s only one problem… What is a FING?

Mr and Mrs Meek will do anything to keep their darling daughter happy, even visit the spooky library vaults to delve into the dusty pages of the mysterious Monsterpedia. Their desperate quest leads to the depths of the jungliest jungle where the rarest creatures can be found. But will they ever find a FING?

(Recommended reading age : 7 - 9 years)


Lightning Girl 3: Secret Supervillain by Alesha Dixon & Katy Birchall

Secret Supervillain

Aurora Beam is a super annoyed superhero.

She's desperate to help her mum and grandma track down the stolen precious stone that holds the key to her family's powers, but they're insisting she sit this one out. There's a dangerous supervillain on the loose and not even Lightning Girl and the Bright Sparks may be a match for him or her.

Worried that whoever has the stone will destroy it and flick the switch off on her powers for ever, Aurora refuses to hide at home and stay safe. What can she discover about master-of-disguise the Blackout Burglar? And about his boss, the secret supervillain with a deep-seated desire for revenge...

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 12 years)


She Wolf by Dan Smith

She Wolf

Northumbria, 866. Washed ashore on a frozen English beach, Ylva's survived. She will not cry. She's meant to be strong. She's a Viking.

But when her mother dies at the hand of a three-fingered man, and the wolves of the forest circle closer, Ylva will need more than the memory of her mother's stories to stay alive. Can she shape her own legend? Will it end in revenge - or is there another way?

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 12 years)


Roald Dahl's Rotsome & Repulsant Words by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl's Rotsome & Repulsant Words

Illustrated by the razztwizzler Quentin Blake, this is the perfect introduction to the naughtiest words and phrases created by the world's No 1 Storyteller, from the bestselling Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary. It is the perfect introduction to get children making up their own words and learning how language works - having fun and being bold with words starts here.

(Recommended reading age : 7 - 9 years)


Isadora Moon Has a Sleepover by Harriet Muncaster

Isadora moon has a sleepover

Isadora Moon is special because she's different. Her mum is a fairy and her dad is a vampire and she's a bit of both.


When Isadora is invited to stay at her friend Zoe's house she's so excited - she hasn't been to a sleepover before! There will be midnight feasts, and staying up all night, it's going to be so much fun!
And while she's there, Isadora and Zoe are going to work on their cake for a baking competition at school. But will they be able to resist adding a sprinkling of magic to their creation. . . ?

(Recommended reading age : 7+)


Laura Norder: Sheriff of Butts Canyon by Guy Bass

Laura Norder: Sheriff of Butts Canyon

Laura Norder lives her life by the Golden Rules and so should everybody else. But being Sheriff of Butts Canyon at the age of ten is a big job to handle, and when a no-good rule-breaking bandit causes chaos in the town, enough is enough! It's time for Laura to step up to the plate and catch the masked mischief-maker before he breaks any more of her rules! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

(Recommended reading age : struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+ years)


When We Were Warriors by Emma Carroll

When We Were Warriors

A body washed up on the beach...
Evacuation to an old house with forbidden rooms and dark secrets...
An animal rescue service...

Three thrilling stories about three different children, who find adventure, courage, untrainable dogs and an impossibly tall American GI where they least expect it.

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 12 years)


On the Origin of Species by Sabina Radeva

On the Origin of Species

On The Origin of Species has been the definitive explanation of the theory of evolution since it was first published in 1859. Now molecular biologist and illustrator Sabina Radeva unites her two passions to create a 64-page retelling of this seminal text.

This accessible work brings evolution to the younger generation through stylish illustrations and a simple, easy-to-understand text.

Pulling together Charles Darwin's observations from his travels around the world and his groundbreaking - and controversial - explanation of how species form, develop and change over hundreds of thousands of years, On The Origin of Species is as relevant and important now as it ever was.

(Recommended reading age : 5 - 17 years)


The Sea Book by Charlotte Milner

The Sea Book

Featuring fascinating fishy facts accompanied by bright, bold, and beautiful illustrations, this book takes children on a journey through the sea and all its zones. Touching on mammals, fish, invertebrates, and reptiles, The Sea Book explores a wealth of incredible marine animals and their habitats, from up on the ice, down to colourful coral reefs, underwater forests, and right down to the deepest darkest depths where the weird and wonderful lurk.

(Recommended reading age : 5 - 8 years)


Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment

Max Einstein is a typical 12-year-old. She…

Goes to college every day
Plays speed chess in the park
Builds inventions that help the homeless
And talks to Albert Einstein

All normal stuff, right?

Until one day when Max is recruited by a mysterious organisation! Their mission: solve some of the world’s toughest problems using science. She’s helped by a diverse group of young geniuses from around the globe as they invent new ways to power the farthest reaches of the planet.

But that’s only if the sinister outfit known as The Corporation doesn’t get to her first…

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 11 years)


The Unicorn Quest: Secret in the Stone by Kamilla Benko

The Unicorn Quest: Secret in the Stone

Claire Martinson and her sister Sophie are fighting to save Arden, the magical land they discovered by climbing up a chimney in their late aunt's house. They are the last descendants of Prince Martin of Arden, and only a prince or princess - with magic in their blood - can awaken the lost unicorns.

As Claire struggles with her magical training, Sophie uncovers dangerous truths about the people they thought were their friends. Will Claire be able to prove she is the heir who was prophesied and unlock the magic of the unicorns - before it's too late?

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 12 years)


Little Bear's Spring by Elli Woollard & Briony May Smith

Little Bear's Spring

Little Bear has just woken up from his long winter sleep. But when he pokes his head out of the den, the world around him is vast, white and silent. The only thing he sees is a smooth little stone, just as alone in the snowy wilderness as he is. He nestles it in tight to his fur and off they go in search of friends.

(Recommended reading age : 2 - 4 years)


The Cook and the King by Julia Donaldson & David Roberts

The Cook and the King

There once was a very hungry king
Who needed a cook like anything . . .

. . . but the king is very fussy; he tries all the cooks in the kingdom, but no one is good enough. Then he spots Wobbly Bob. Maybe Bob can whip up his favourite dinner? But how will Bob be able to cook for the king when he’s scared of . . . well, everything?!

Discover how the hungry king helps Wobbly Bob face his fears on a cooking adventure across the land and sea.

(Recommended reading age : 3 - 7 years)


Sounds of Nature: World of Forests by Robert Hunter

Sounds of Nature: World of Forests

Explore ten diverse habitats—from the Amazon Rainforest, to Redwood National Park to the New Forest—and listen to animals in the wild with this extraordinary sound book. Simply press the page to hear the exquisite sounds of animals around the world, from the pandas of the bamboo forest of China to the bald eagles of Tongass National Park in Alaska. A stunning interactive book for young nature lovers.

(Recommended reading age : 5 - 7 years)


Ten Fat Sausages by Michelle Robinson & Tor Freeman

Ten Fat Sausages

Ten fat sausages sizzling in the pan… decide to escape, if they can!

Come on a great escape through the kitchen as we follow each sausage that decides to make a run for it. Will they succeed or will the cat, blender, plug hole or fan prove their downfall?

(Recommended reading age : 2 - 5 years)


Charlie Changes into a Chicken by Sam Copeland

Charlie Changes into a Chicken

Charlie McGuffin tries to be an optimist, but in reality he's a bit of a worrier.

Some of the things Charlie is worried about:

· His brother (who is in hospital)

· Their very panicked parents

· Unwanted attention from the school bully

· The fact that he's started turning into animals!

Even though every kid wants a superhero power, Charlie isn't keen on turning into a pigeon in the middle of the school play.

But what happens if he does? Will he get sent away for Science to deal with? Will his parents crack under the extra stress?

With the help of his three best friends, Charlie needs to find a way of dealing with his crazy new power - and fast!

(Recommended reading age : 8 - 12 years)


A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison

A Pinch of Magic

Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse.

Three magical objects with the power to change their fate.

Will they be enough to break the curse?

Or will they lead the sisters even deeper into danger? ...

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 12 years)


Are you there little unicorn? by Sam Taplin & Sarah Allen

Are you there little unicorn?

Little unicorn is hiding! Very young children will love peeping through the holes and touching the textured pages in this magical hide-and-seek board book, spotting mermaids, fairies and dragons along the way. Part of a gorgeous series for babies and toddlers, perfect for fans of That's not my...

(Recommended reading age : 0 - 5 years)


The Midnight Hour by Benjamin Read & Laura Trinder

The Midnight Hour

Emily's parents have vanished into the secret world of the Midnight Hour - a Victorian London frozen in time - home to magic and monsters. Emily must find them in the city of the Night Folk, armed only with a packed lunch, a stowaway hedgehog and her infamously big mouth.

With bloodthirsty creatures on her tail, Emily has to discover the truth to rescue her parents. What family secret connects her to the Midnight Hour? And can she save both worlds before she runs out of sandwiches?

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 12 years)


The Unicorn Prince by Saviour Pirotta & Jane Ray

The Unicorn Prince

Annis and her grandmother live in a cold, draughty castle on top of a hill, which they share with their chickens and their cow. They may be poor, but Annis's heart is full of kindness. Offering a home to an injured unicorn and a family of fairies one day, her kindness is magically rewarded. But will her good fortune bring her happiness and love?

(Recommended reading age : 3 - 6 years)


The Last Life of Prince Alastor by Alexandra Bracken

The Last Life of Prince Alastor

The second book in the PROSPER REDDING series.

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his remarkable family. So, when he discovers that an 800-year-old demon called Alastor is responsible for their luck - and that this demon is currently living inside him - he's more than a little surprised.

Worse luck, now Prosper needs a favour from him.

Prosper's sister Prue has fallen into the clutches of evil queen Pyra, and only Prince Alastor can help him get her back. His demonic malefactor agrees to be Prosper's guide through the demon realm under one condition - Prosper must enter into a contract of eternal servitude in the afterlife.

With Prue in mortal danger, Prosper has no choice but to agree.

Will Prosper ever make it out again, and if he does, will his afterlife be damned for all eternity?

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 12 years)


A Little Bit Brave by Nicola Kinnear

A Little Bit Brave

Logan is a stay-at-home bunny - but he's about to discover how brave he really is. It's time for his first adventure, and he doesn't want to go. But there's an amazing world outside, if he can just pluck up courage to look.

(Recommended reading age : 2 - 6 years)


Fantastically Great Women who Worked Wonders by Kate Pankhurst

Fantastically Great Women

Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, is back with a brand new wildly brilliant and accessible book about incredible women in the world of work.

What do you want to be when you grow up? It's a BIG question that everyone is asked from an early age. Discover eye-opening facts about a collection of go-getting women who have pioneered careers in a kaleidoscope of different industries. Join scientists, doctors, athletes, hot-air balloonists and more, journey back in time with these brave, bold and brilliant women and discover that anything is possible when you make the most of YOUR talents.

Prepare yourself for a celebration of women who opened doors and made it possible for more women to achieve amazing things today. Overflowing with beautiful illustrations and astounding facts, Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders is the perfect introduction to just a few of the most incredible women who helped shaped the world we live in.

List of women featured: Junko Tabei, Sophie Blanchard, Maria Merian, Elizabeth Magie, the London Matchgirls, Rosa May Billinghurst, Katherine Johnson, Annette Kellerman, Katia Krafft, Rosalind Franklin, James Barry, Madam C.J. Walker, Lotte Reiniger.

(Recommended reading age : 7+)


Nibbles Numbers by Emma Yarlett

Nibbles Numbers

Look out! Nibbles the book monster has munched his way into this book of numbers! Count along with him as he chomps his way from one to ten... But wherever will he go next?!

(Recommended reading age : 1 - 3 years)


The Star-spun Web by Sinéad O'Hart

The Star-spun Web

With her passion for scientific experimentation and her pet tarantula Violet, Tess de Sousa is no ordinary orphan. When a stranger shows up at Ackerbee’s Home for Lost and Foundlings, claiming to be a distant relative come to adopt her, Tess hopes to find some answers to her mysterious origins. But as she adjusts to her new life at Roedeer Lodge, it becomes clear that Norton F. Cleat knows more about Tess – and the strange device left with her when she was abandoned as a baby – than he’s letting on. And when Tess discovers that the Starspinner is the gateway between her world and a parallel world in which war rages, she realizes she may be the key to a terrible plan. A plan she must stop at all costs...

(Recommended reading age : 8 - 12 years)


Against All Gods by Maz Evans

Against All Gods

In the series finale of Maz Evans' bestselling Who Let the Gods Out? series, Elliot faces his darkest period yet. As well as facing up to his fears, he realises that the future of mankind - and the survival of everything he holds dear - is at stake. But can a bunch of misfit gods, a lost constellation and a mortal boy stand up to the daemon hordes?

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 12 years)


The Extraordinary Life of Michelle Obama (Extraordinary Lives) by Sheila Kanani

Michelle Obama

A Lawyer
A Writer
An Activist
A First Lady of the United States of America.

She is a role model and feminist icon. Born and raised in Chicago, she studied and worked hard to become a lawyer, and then took to the international stage as First Lady.

(Recommended reading age : 7 - 12 years)


Asha & the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan

Asha & the Spirit Bird

Asha lives in the foothills of the Himalayas. Money is tight and she misses her papa who works in the city. When he suddenly stops sending his wages, a ruthless moneylender ransacks their home and her mother talks of leaving.

From her den in the mango tree, Asha makes a pact with her best friend, Jeevan, to find her father and make things right. But the journey is dangerous: they must cross the world's highest mountains and face hunger, tiredness - even snow leopards.

And yet, Asha has the unshakeable sense that the spirit bird of her grandmother - her nanijee - will be watching over her.

 

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 12 years)


The Mystery of the Colour Thief by Ewa Jozefkowicz

The Mystery of the Colour Thief

After a frightening car accident, Izzy's mum is in a coma. Her family is in pieces. Her best friend at school has dumped her. And her nightmares are haunted by a shadowy man stealing all the colours from her world. She's trying so hard to be brave, but Izzy thinks everything is her fault. Then she meets her new neighbour, Toby, paralyzed after a skateboarding accident, and together they find a nest of cygnets who need rescuing. Particularly the odd one out, called Spike. Will saving Spike save Izzy? Will she and Toby solve the mystery of the colour thief and bring hope and happiness back to Izzy's life?

(Recommended reading age : 9 - 11 years)


Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of the Dark by Katie & Kevin Tsang

Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of the Dark

Sam Wu is NOT afraid of anything. Except for quite a lot of things. Like ghosts. Sharks too. And also THE DARK! And so when Sam goes camping in the woods with his friends and cousin Stanley, who knows what scary kind of things they’ll face . . .?

(Recommended reading age : 6 - 9 years)


The Dog Who Saved the World by Ross Welford

Dog Who Saved the World

When eleven-year-old Georgie befriends an eccentric retired scientist, she becomes the test subject for a thrilling new experiment: a virtual-reality 3D version of the future. But then a deadly disease threatens the life of every dog in the country and Georgie’s beloved dog, Mr Mash, gets sick. And that’s only the start of her troubles. Soon, Georgie and Mr Mash must embark on a desperate quest: to save every dog on earth, and maybe even all of humanity … without actually leaving the room.


That's not my puppy by Fiona Watt and illustrated by Rachel Wells

That's not my puppy

A sparkly special edition of the very first That's not my… book to celebrate 20 years of That's not my… books! Babies and toddlers will love touching the textured patches as they meet puppies with fluffy tails, shaggy ears and bumpy paws. The bright pictures and textures to stroke are designed to help develop sensory and language awareness.


The Darkdeep by Brendan Reichs and Ally Condie

Darkdeep

When a bullying incident sends twelve year-old Nico Holland over the edge of a cliff into the icy waters of Still Cove, where no one ever goes, friends Tyler and Ella – and even 'cool kid' Opal – rush to his rescue . . . only to discover an island hidden in the swirling mists below. Shrouded by dense trees and murky tides, the island appears uninhabited, although the kids can't quite shake the feeling that something about it is off. Their suspicions grow when they stumble upon an abandoned houseboat with an array of curiosities inside: odd-looking weapons, unnerving portraits, maps to places they've never heard of, and a glass jar containing something completely unidentifiable. As the group delves deeper into the unknown, their discoveries – and their lives – begin to intertwine in weird and spooky ways. Something ancient has awakened and it knows their wishes and dreams – and their deepest secrets. Do they have what it takes to face the shadowy things that lurk within their own hearts?


Amazing by Steve Antony

Amazing

A little boy and his pet dragon are the very best of friends. They laugh, they sing, they dance, they snooze. They are both amazing - just like everyone else! A celebration of friendship and being yourself with a positive message about celebrating diversity. The perfect platform to start conversations about the importance of understanding and acceptance.


The Girls by Lauren Ace and illustrated by Jenny Løvlie

Girls

Four little girls meet under an apple tree and form a bond that grows as they share secrets, dreams, worries and schemes. This beautifully illustrated tale charts the girls' lives through ups and downs and laughter and tears. Find out how their friendship flourishes as the years pass by and the girls become women.


The Perfect Kitten (Holly Webb Animal Stories) by Holly Webb and illustrated by Sophy Williams

Perfect Kitten

Abi has always wanted a kitten of her own, but when her family contact the local animal shelter to enquire about adopting one, she’s devastated to find out that the busy road they live on would make it too dangerous. Then the shelter rescues a deaf white kitten that needs to be kept inside. She’s the perfect kitten for Abi’s family! But how will they adapt to looking after an indoor kitten? And what will happen when the kitten gets bored of staying inside?


Tales from Acorn Wood: Opposites by Julia Donaldson

Opposites

Tales from Acorn Wood is a bestselling preschool series by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of the modern classic, The Gruffalo. Opposites is an early learning book featuring the animals from Acorn Wood. Who is big and who is small? Who is feeling sad and who is feeling happy? Who is awake and who is asleep? Who is being loud and who is being quiet?


The Extraordinary Life of Malala Yousafzai (Extraordinary Lives) by Hiba Noor Khan

Malala Yousafzai

A student 
A campaigner 
An inspiration


Billy and the Minpins (Colour Edition) by Roald Dahl

Billy and the Minpins

Billy's mum says he must never go out through the garden gate and explore the dark forest beyond. So, one day, that's exactly what he does! There he meets the Minpins, tiny tree-dwelling people whose children are the size of matchsticks. They live in fear of the terrible, galloping GRUNCHER. Will it gobble Billy too - or can he find a way to defeat the hungry beast?


The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods by Samuel J. Halpin and illustrated by Hannah Peck

The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods

This is the story of a sleepy town called Suds. A place where stories fill the air of children who keep turning grey and disappearing without a trace…
Poppy and Erasmus are certain there's something peculiar going on in Suds, and they're determined to unravel its secrets. But when they discover the answers might lie in the dark and twisting woods, can they find the courage to creep inside and solve this riddling mystery?


Ellie and the Cat by Malorie Blackman and illustrated by Matt Robertson

Ellie and the Cat

Ellie is the rudest, most spoilt child her grandma has ever met and it's time that she learnt a lesson! So with a little bit of magic and some help from Jolly the cat, Grandma's going to make sure that Ellie changes her ways. Can Ellie work hard to prove that she can be good? Or is she destined to spend the rest of her days trapped in the body of a mean old cat? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+.


The Demon Headmaster: Mortal Danger by Gillian Cross

Mortal Danger

When Lizzie's school gets a new head teacher everything seems great. The pupils are encouraged to do the things they really love, experts are brought in to inspire them; there's even a competition to win an adventure trip of a lifetime. Lizzie and her friends can't believe their luck! 
But then Lizzie hears a voice. A voice strange but familiar. A voice that says, 'I will obey all your instructions.' And that's when things start to get dangerous. . . 


The Girl with the Shark's Teeth by Cerrie Burnell

The Girl with the Shark's Teeth

Minnow is different from the other girls in her town and there's plenty to set her apart: the blossom of pale scars which lie beneath Minnow's delicate ears, the fact that she has an affinity with the water which leaves people speechless, and that once - she is sure - in deep, deep water, her body began to glow like a sunken star. 
When her mum gets into trouble and is taken from their boat in the dead of night, Minnow is alone with one instruction: sail to Reykjavik to find your grandmother, she will keep you safe. Minnow has never sailed on her own before, but the call of the deep is a call she's been waiting to answer her whole young life. Perhaps a girl who is lost on land can be found in the Wild Deep. 


Grandma Dangerous and the Egg of Glory: Book 2 by Kita Mitchell and illustrated by Nathan Reed

Grandma Dangerous and the Egg of Glory

A priceless artefact has been stolen in Russia - and Grandma Dangerous wants to find it. Nothing will stand in her way - not even some poisoned caviar, a prison break or a spot of contemporary dance. Can Ollie and Grandma return the treasure and get back home, before being caught by the politsiya? Or - worse - before Mum finds out?


Our Castle by the Sea by Lucy Strange

Our Castle by the Sea

England is at war. Growing up in a lighthouse, Pet's world has been one of storms, secret tunnels and stories about sea monsters. But now the clifftops are a terrifying battleground, and her family is torn apart. This is the story of a girl who is small, afraid and unnoticed. A girl who freezes with fear at the enemy planes ripping through the skies overhead. A girl who is somehow destined to become part of the strange, ancient legend of the Daughters of Stone ...


The Extraordinary Life of Stephen Hawking (Extraordinary Lives) by Kate Scott

Stephen Hawking

A physicist 
A cosmologist 
An author 
One of the cleverest people who ever lived. 


Larklight by Philip Reeve

Larklight

Art Mumby is just a normal boy living in space, but all that changes when an ancient race of gigantic white spiders called the First Ones arrive to seize his family home, Larklight.

Forced to flee, Art and his annoying sister Myrtle are chased across the galaxy, from the fiery rivers of Mars to the distant rings of Saturn. But the First Ones have trouble on their hands. They don't bank on Art falling in with Jack Havock and a motley crew of notorious space pirates .


The Day I Was Erased by Lisa Thompson

The Day I Was Erased

Maxwell is always in trouble. He's a total menace to his teachers and big sister, but has a soft side, too: he rescued his dog, Monster, from being run over and checks on his elderly neighbour after school.

One day, while looking through a mysterious cabinet of curiosities, Maxwell finds himself erased from his life: it's as if he's never been born. At first, being able to walk around without being yelled at is great, but Maxwell starts to miss his old life. And, if he'd never existed, then he wouldn't have swooped Monsterout of the path of that car...


We Eat Bananas by Katie Abey

We Eat Bananas

Is that a flamingo munching on a banana? What about that hippo flipping pancakes? And why is that llama dressed as a lemon? There's even a shark slurping a fruit smoothie. All the animals are eating their favourite foods in their own hilarious way. So whatever you're eating today ... tell us how it should be done? We Eat Bananas invites children to choose their favourite foods and how they like to eat them across 12 spreads, packed with animals eating bananas, soup, sandwiches, sausages, ice cream, vegetables, spaghetti and more. With interactive speech bubbles and hilarious shout outs. Gobble up this book!

For any parent who has ever struggled to get their kids to eat up, this hilarious book is for YOU! No more fussy eating.


Little Bird Flies by Karen McCombie

Little Bird Flies

Bridie lives on the remote Scottish island of Tornish, the youngest of three sisters. Although she loves her island, with its wild seas and big skies, she guiltily nurses a secret dream of flight - to America and the freedom of the New World. But her family are struggling under the spiteful oppression of the new Laird, and it seems that even some of the Laird's own household are desperate to leave. When the Laird's full cruelty becomes apparent, there's no more time for daydreams as Bridie needs to help the people she loves escape to safety. 
The first in a gripping, dramatic new series from much-loved author, Karen McCombie.


Grandma Dangerous and the Dog of Destiny by Kita Mitchell and illustrated by Nathan Reed

Grandma Dangerous and the Dog of Destiny

WARNING: DO NOT GIVE THIS BOOK TO YOUR OWN GRANDMA. SHE MIGHT GET IDEAS...

Ollie's dad is missing - but Grandma Dangerous is on the case! She has a hot-air balloon, thirty packets of biscuits and a pooch with magical powers (she says). But as they sail through the skies, Ollie realises they're not just on a rescue mission...

Grandma's on the run!


Dog Man 4: Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey

Dog Man 4

Hot diggity dog! Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of Captain Underpants, is back and this time he's not alone. The heroic hound with a real nose for justice now has a sidekick in the form of a super-cute kitten, and together they have a mysterious caper to sniff out! When a new kitty sitter arrives and a glamorous movie starlet goes missing, it's up to Dog Man and Cat Kid to save the day! Will these heroes stay hot on the trail, or will they be thrown off the scent and start barking up the wrong tree?


Florence and the Mischievous Kitten by Megan Rix

Florence and the Mischievous Kitten

Summer 1888: In a fancy house in London, a kitten called Scamp escapes through an open window and finds himself lost in the middle of the city. Across Hyde Park, a young girl called Beth is marching with thousands of other girls to protest the working conditions in the Bryant and May match factories.

When Beth stumbles across the tiny kitten she finds that he belongs to none other than Miss Florence Nightingale, who is now indebted to Beth for returning her beloved pet. So begins an unlikely friendship between the great lady, her mischievous kitten, and Beth the penniless orphan.

But when Beth's sister Iris is struck down with illness in one of the poorest parts of London, can Beth, Scamp and Miss Nightingale find a way to save her before it's too late?


RHS How Does a Butterfly Grow? by Royal Horticultural Society

RHS How Does a Butterfly Grow?

From egg to hungry caterpillar, to beautiful, fluttery butterfly, this picture book with exciting flaps tells the amazing story of a butterfly's life. With friendly, read-aloud text, sturdy board book pages, and surprise flaps to lift, it's the perfect life cycle book for young children, and follows on from the award-winning title, RHS I Can Grow a Sunflower.


Diary Detectives (Cass and the Bubble Street Gang) by Erika McGann and illustrated by Vince Reid

Diary Detectives

Cass, Lex and Nicholas investigate crimes, solve mysteries and have brilliant adventures. They’ve even got their own secret clubhouse. 

Cass is not impressed with the new Residents' Association programme -- suddenly everyone's in Neighbourhood Watch and thinks they're a genius detective. And that’s Cass’s job!! Worse still, there are so many new rules that the kids can't even play on the street anymore. No one stops Cass and the gang from playing games - something will HAVE to be done about the Residents' Association...

But there's also a mystery afoot for the Bubble Street Gang: while helping with a car boot sale, Cass finds a very old diary. The name inside the cover has worn away, but it must belong to somebody in Berbel Street. The diary talks about picking on the drama kids on the bus, and finally about a horrible prank played on them during their end-of-year show. Who does this diary belong to? Can the Bubble Street Gang unmask the wicked writer?


The First Christmas Jumper and the Sheep Who Changed Everything by Ryan Tubridy and illustrated by Chris Judge

First Christmas Jumper and the Sheep Who Changed Everything

There are two things you need to know about Hillary the sheep. One – Unlike her typical white or brown friends, Hillary’s wool is all the colours of the rainbow. Two – she loves Christmas. She loves everythingabout it, especially Santa. When news gets out that Mr Claus himself is travelling across all of Ireland, looking for the perfect sheep’s wool to make a brand new jumper, Hillary’s head begins to spin… Could her wool-dest dreams come true?

With back-chatting sheep, a jelly baby-obsessed farmer and a choir of Elvish Presley singing elves, this is a truly wild, laugh out loud adventure all about the creation of the very FIRST Christmas jumper.


War is Over by David Almond and illustrated by David Litchfield

War is Over

It's 1918, and war is everywhere. John's dad is fighting in the trenches far away in France. His mum works in the munitions factory just along the road. His teacher says that John is fighting, too, that he is at war with enemy children in Germany.

One day, in the wild woods outside town, John has an impossible moment: a meeting with a German boy named Jan. John catches a glimpse of a better world, in which children like Jan and himself can come together, and scatter the seeds of peace.


Isadora Moon Makes Winter Magic by Harriet Muncaster

Isadora Moon Makes Winter Magic

Isadora Moon is special because she's different. Her mum is a fairy and her dad is a vampire and she's a bit of both. Isadora loves playing in the snow, especially when her creations come to life! 
But snow magic can't last forever. Will she be able to save her new friends before they melt away? 
And that's not all! This beautiful gift edition is also bursting with magical activities and things to make and do, providing hours of fun with Isadora and Pink Rabbit! 
With irresistible pink and black artwork throughout by author/illustrator Harriet Muncaster and a totally unique heroine with an out-of-this-world family, this is a beautiful, charming, and funny series of first chapter books. Perfect for fans of Claude, Dixie O'Day, and Squishy McFluff, Isadora Moon is the ideal choice for readers who want their magic and sparkle with a bit of bite!