Art and creativity

Book Cover - I am the Wind: Irish Poems for Children Everywhere

I am the Wind: Irish Poems for Children Everywhere

This outstanding book of poetry whisks you away into a world oh so familiar it feels like a warm hug. Its stunningly soft and soothing illustrations complement the feeling of home which resonates throughout the poems selected.

Cover Reading Matters Reading Guide

Reading Matters reading guide

Published in September 2023, 'Reading Matters' sees the return of the 'best of the year' format to our annual reading guide. 

Book Cover - A Whale of A Time

A Whale of a Time

This cloth-bound collection of 366 funny poems, one for every day of the year, opens with a thoughtful love letter to the joy of reading. The exuberant energy echoes through the selection which includes poems by Margaret Mahy, Valerie Bloom, Wendy Cope, Ogden Nash, Christina Rosetti and Benjamin Zephaniah, amongst others.

Book Cover - Secrets of a Rebel Rock Star

Secrets of a Rebel Rock Star

This rockin’ book takes us into the town of Watterson, where Mac seems destined for a career in rock music. While he loves playing the guitar in a school band, Mac is also a secret musical lover. He keeps this to himself, however, as his mother is a rocker and wants to see him become a guitar legend. But when Mac discovers an underground musical society in his town and when his school is threatened with cuts to their music and arts programmes, he and his new friend Flynn decide to put on a musical of their very own!

Book Cover - The Dream Book

The Dream Book

Nina loves bedtime. At bedtime Nina can disappear into her dreams and discover fantastical creatures and places. She is regularly disappointed when she awakes to find that she cannot remember the details of her dreams. Nina mostly snoozes the night away happily but, after one particularly scary nightmare, Nina realises the power of drawing her dreams when she wakes up. It helps her to remember all that she encounters while she is sleeping. These drawings turn into her very own Dream Book where she can keep her dreams close by for a little while longer.

Book Cover - Chews Your Own Tasty Adventure

Chews Your Own Tasty Adventure

The punny title reflects this cookery book’s gamebook influenced format. From the starting point of flour as the base ingredient, the reader is presented with a series of choices, firstly between savoury and sweet, and more options afterwards. Each of the ingredients is introduced with a rhyming riddle and food facts sidebar. All of the choices conclude with the key ingredients needed for a different dish. There is an array of delicious options, including fairlings, jalebi, trofie, and a boxty inspired potato bread.

Book Cover - The Repair Shop Craft Book

The Repair Shop Craft Book: Over 30 Creative Crafts for Children

Whether it's a cute teddy, a homemade bird feeder, or a beautiful card on some handmade marbled paper, there is a project to suit any group or adventurous solo crafter. The projects chosen by the Repair Shop experts have clever tips and extra ideas that will add creativity and imaginative flair to your crafting sessions.

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Peanut Jones and the Twelve Portals

The second book in Biddulph's clever, creative and delightfully funny Peanut Jones series, The Twelve Portals continues Peanut's adventures in the magical world of Chroma alongside her genius little sister and science-minded best friend Rockwell. When colour begins vanishing from the city that inspires all the world's creativity, Peanut and her pals are determined to find out why ¬¬- and to ensure Chroma's increasing monochromaticity doesn't cross over into their world.

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All My Rage

Noor and Sal live in the desert town of Juniper, California. As part of the tiny Muslim community, they are treated as outsiders in school. Their lives have been filled with trouble and tragedy, but they have grown up almost as brother and sister under the loving eye of Sal’s mother Misbah. It is the voices of these three complex and wonderfully-developed characters that narrate this engrossing YA title.

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Mia and the Lightcasters

Mia lives in Nubis, a city plunged into a forever night by the menacing Reaper King. After a scary encounter with a wild umbra, a shadow creature, in the Nightmare Plains, Mia decides she no longer wants to follow her dream of being an umbra tamer.