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123 Ireland!

What comes to mind when you think of Ireland? Harps, hurleys, sheep and maybe girls in Irish dancing costumes? Well, they all turn up in various numbers in Aoife Dooley’s 123 Ireland! but there are definitely zero snakes. In a welcome change from apples and boats, this lovely little counting book will introduce babies and…

Am I Yours?

When an icy wind pushes an egg from its nest, five friendly dinosaurs must get it home before dark. But who does the egg belong to and will they figure it out in time? Alex Latimer introduces young children to a range of dinosaur species as the little creature inside the egg repeatedly asks each…

Big Cat

Grandma is a cat lover, the biggest one in the neighbourhood, much to the annoyance of her neighbours who are fed up of all the strays she takes in ‘pooping in their flowerbeds and widdling in their garden sheds’. The real trouble begins when, while searching for grandma’s lost glasses in the garden, Isobel discovers…

Bim Bam Boom

Bim Bam Boom is a fun-filled book for toddlers, following the noisy adventures of a group of young birds as they create an orchestra from the contents of the kitchen cupboard. It begins with baby owl making music with wooden spoons and a pot, and soon builds to a cacophony as each character joins in,…

Double Take: A New Look At Opposites

Double Take: A New Look at Opposites plays with the concept of opposites in a new, exciting and sometimes complex way. While it begins with easy examples like yes/no stop/go, day/night, young readers are quickly invited to look and look again, examining things on a deeper level, from different perspectives and to think about the…

Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey

This book brings two of ancient literature’s classic tales together for young readers. In Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Gillian Cross retells these two enduring tales, bringing them to life with the help of Neill Packer’s vivid illustrations, in the classical style. Cross achieves the almost impossible by making these heroic and sometimes gory tales come…

I Can’t Sleep

I Can’t Sleep addresses the age-old problem of insomnia. Children whose eyes are closing at the dinner table are suddenly wide awake as their head hits the pillow. This book follows the journey of one little girl who tosses and turns and wriggles and rolls as she struggles to fall asleep. She decides to use…

Let’s All Creep Through Crocodile Creek

Mouse, Rabbit, and Shelly the tortoise are heading home when Mouse suggests they take a shortcut through the creepy, crooked creek to get home before dark. Rabbit nervously asks ‘Isn’t that where the crocodiles live?’ but Mouse is confident that he has never seen a crocodile here. The three friends set off on their journey…

Lulu’s First Day

Tomorrow is a big day for Lulu, she is starting preschool. She thinks it will be like story time at the library, but this time she will stay be herself. She has visited the school, packed her new bag, chosen her clothes and packed some extra, just in case! The day arrives and we follow…

On Sleepy Hill

On Sleepy Hill, it’s time to say goodnight. All the baby animals are returning to their homes to settle down for the night. Fox cubs, ducklings, geese and caribou are all being rounded up by their parents to settle in burrows, nests and hollows. Tumbling, bobbing and swooping, the little ones are determined to get…

Princess Swashbuckle

Once upon a time there was a princess whose parents wanted her to settle down with her prince. But Princess Swashbuckle has other ideas. When presented with a line of potential husbands she declares ‘there’s more to me than this’ and sets off on the high seas to fulfil her life’s ambition to become a…

Sounds of Nature: World of Birds

Sounds of Nature: World of Birds is a non-fiction book that introduces children to a diverse range of bird species in their natural habitats through sound, text and illustration. Ten different environ-ments as diverse as the Sonoran Desert, the Himalayas and the city are explored here through Robert Hunter’s illustrated backdrops inhabited by the species…

The Miracle of Hanukkah

The Miracle of Hanukkah traces the origins of this religious festival over two thousand years to the present day. Children are introduced to the origins of the story with similarities to Greek mythology where the traditions of Hanukkah are rooted in the campaign of Greek King Antiochus and his quest for power. When the Jewish…

The Rabbit Listened

Taylor has worked hard on building something special, an amazing structure built out of blocks. He stands back and admires it proudly when, out of nowhere, a flock of crows fly by and cause it to crash to the ground. One by one the animal friends come by offering solutions, let’s talk about it, laugh…

The Wall in The Middle of The Book

There’s a wall in the middle of this book. And it’s a good thing – the cheerful little ladder-carrying knight tells us as he arrives to repair a brick that has come loose from the wall, perhaps a signal that all is not as it seems in his world. The little knight is confident in…

Toffee

Allison has run away from home and her abusive father. Taking refuge in an abandoned house in a Cornish seaside town, she finds it is the home of Marla, an elderly woman with dementia. Marla mistakes Allison for Toffee, a childhood friend, and Allison likes the idea of a new identity and name, of being…

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