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ABZZZ…A Bedtime Alphabet

This Bedtime Alphabet was originally published by Planeta Tangerina, a Portuguese publishing house whose aim is to produce books where text and image combine to create a unique outcome. This idea of harmony and balance through interconnection resonates throughout this picturebook. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a different mediation on the idea…

Cannonball Coralie and the Lion

Coralie lives alone in the forest where she runs and jumps and swings from trees – not to mention juggling anything that she can find! Her skills are wonderful, and so is she – but there is no one else in the woods to see her. So when a circus comes by, Coralie decides to…

Don’t Leap, Larry!

Larry Lemming is a lemming just like any other – except he’s not. Larry is very much his own lemming, and he does his own thing even when his friends can’t seem to understand why. He goes sledging with the puffins because he wants to, he wears a top hat because he knows he looks…

Football School: Where Football Rules the World

Football School is exactly what soccer fans of the Horrible Histories series have been waiting for – a book dedicated to the most widely played sport in the world, containing the answers to every possible football-related question. These include (but are no means limited to), when do footballers poo and can you play football on…

Genesis

In this, the follow-up to the acclaimed Oasis, Eilis Barrett continues to push boundaries and break new ground in dystopian YA fiction. Captured, incarcerated and now classified as a major security risk, heroine Quincy Emerson longs for freedom from Oasis and its entire value system – and craves revenge against those who have destroyed what…

Harold Snipperpot’s Best Disaster Ever

Harold Phillip – to give him his full title – Snipperpot is about to turn seven years old and he isn’t looking forward to his birthday. Harold’s parents are extremely unhappy – they never laugh together or hug each other or smile. And they don’t believe in birthday parties. But this year, they notice how…

I Will Not Wear Pink

Plunkett the Pig receives an invitation to his friend Priscilla’s party. The only problem is the theme of the party – pink! And Plunkett has decided that he simply will not wear pink. ‘Nothing or no one will make me wear pink!’ he declares – and so begins a philosophical adventure of sorts as Plunkett…

If All the World Were…

A little girl speaks about her granddad, her memories of him and how he influenced her childhood in this gorgeous new picturebook that gently teaches children about the connections between loving someone and losing them. Exploring her Indian heritage, the little girl takes the reader on a journey into her personal stories of her granddad,…

London Belongs to Us

At seventeen, Sunny has always been a little bit of a pushover – and she knows it. But when she sees a picture of her boyfriend kissing another girl, she knows that for once, she’s got to do something. In the twelve-hour dash around her beloved home city that follows, she is befriended, helped, and…

Love Hurts

Love Hurts is a collection of excerpts and short stories, chosen and introduced by the resident UK Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman. The book brings together the best and the brightest of the YA genre, offering readers the perfect chance to broaden their literary horizons and to discover some new favourites.  The collection’s theme is one…

Lydia: The Wild Girl of Pride & Prejudice

Everyone knows the story of Pride & Prejudice, which is, of course, the story of Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. Jane Austen’s romantic tale has been capturing readers’ hearts for centuries. But what of the youngest and wildest Bennett daughter Lydia, the one who really tried her poor mother’s nerves? Dismissed as the flighty one…

Mindfully Me Series

The Mindfully Me Series is a collection of three books that advocate positive mental health and well-being for children. Each book focuses on encouraging positive self-image and self-esteem for children aged four and upwards. Book 1 is called It’s Always There and focuses on the use of mindful breathing as a practical method that children…

Molly and the Stormy Sea

Molly wakes up one morning to find her house completely empty. Her father is out on a fishing trip on stormy seas and now her mother is nowhere to be seen. That can only mean one thing – that her father is missing. And so, over the course of the night, Molly will offer the…

Mucking About

John Chambers’ latest book chronicles the mad-cap adventures of Manchán, a young boy who loves mucking around in medieval Ireland. Truly horrified at the idea that his mother wants him to become a monk, Manchán would much rather spend his time getting into scrapes with Muck his pig and his best friend Pagan-of-the-Six-Toes. Though Chambers’…

Pandora

A little fox named Pandora lives alone in a world of broken things. She spends her time gathering and mending what she can, never seeing anyone else in this strange and ruined landscape. But one day, when a bird falls from the sky, another living thing in need of her help, her world slowly begins…

Queen of Seagulls

Renata isn’t exactly the neighbour of your dreams. She complains about everyone in the neighbourhood, she hates music – and she steals food that’s been left out for the birds! But there’s more to Renata than her strange behaviour. What are the seagulls trying to tell her? And what does the accordionist’s mysterious song really…

Rabbit and Bear: Attack of the Snack

This is the third instalment in Julian Gough and Jim Field’s series about an unlikely and hilariously unpredictable friendship between a rabbit and a bear, and just as before, these creatures are the stars of a wonderful story. Rabbit is, at best, a trifle hot-headed. He jumps to conclusions and is very fond of the…

Tales from the Hidden Valley: Under the Water

Having brought his readers through autumn, winter and spring in the Hidden Valley, illustrator and writer Carles Porta now presents us with a story about summer, as all our old friends return for another instalment in this inventive and charming series of modern-day folktales. Told with a distinctive style that resonates within the idea of…

The Confidence Code for Girls

The Confidence Code for Girls is based on the idea that girls can do anything – all they need is confidence. But confidence can be hard to come by, especially in a world that still has very fixed opinions on what girls can and cannot, should and should not do. This is where the Code…

The Dress and the Girl

Author Camille Andros and illustrator Julie Morstad present the seemingly simple story of a little girl and her favourite dress. Living on a beautiful Greek island, they both dream of a world beyond the horizon they know, as each day, however ordinary, with its chores and tasks, is infused with hope and a desire to…

The Lost Library Book

Inspired by a true story, The Lost Library Book is just that – the story of a book that was lost for over a hundred years, only to be found again in the most unlikely of places. Amanda Bell’s story provides a window into one of Dublin’s most secret places – Marsh’s Library, established in…

The Magic Hour

Ian Beck’s latest picturebook is the first in a new series of titles from Tate Publishing inspired by classic paintings. Based on the John Singer Sargent painting Carnation, Lily, Lily Rose, Beck’s book takes the reader on a journey into a Victorian summer’s evening. Lily and Rose are playing in the garden of a country…

The Yark

The Yark loves children. That much is indisputable. But the Yark loves children to eat. This is because the Yark is a monster. But the Yark is not just any monster – he’s a monster with a problem. Good children are delicious to eat. But good children are harder and harder to find these days.…

Valdemar’s Peas

It’s dinnertime in Valdemar’s house and his father is serving peas. Valdemar may not be a very big wolf, but he knows exactly what he wants. Or rather, what he doesn’t want – and Valdemar does not want peas. But his father is adamant; Valdemar must eat his peas, just like his little sister, or…

Wed Wabbit

Fidge, the almost-eleven-year-old heroine of Lissa Evans’ latest book, has a lot on her plate – not least the fact that her real name is Iphigenia. Two years after her father’s death, she, her mother, and her little sister Minnie are still struggling to cope, albeit in very different ways. But it’s only when a…

Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow is the story of how Annabelle *** learned how to lie. She has lived in Wolf Hollow all her life – the quietest of places, scarred by the trauma of two world wars. Annabelle understands her life and the way her world turns – until the arrival of Betty Glengarry. Betty is cruel…


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