New Titles Children’s December 2018 (arrived in November)

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Against the wild. The great elephant adventure, written and directed by Richard Boddington.
When orphan, Phoenix Wilder, moves from his foster family in Michigan, to his aunt's house in Africa, it seems his life has finally changed for the better. From the moment he arrives, Phoenix falls in love with the African landscape and his aunt showers him with the love and kindness he has been missing. But when he becomes lost in the bush, he must learn to conquer his fears and survive in the beautiful yet untamed wilderness. Stumbling upon a giant bull elephant caught in a net, he sets him free and they become companions. With poachers operating in the area, Phoenix soon realises that the jungle is not the worst danger he will have to face and, with his new companion, sets out on an epic adventure in this uplifting, feel-good movie the whole family can enjoy.
Christmas Incorporated, directed by Jonathan Wright.
"In this new yuletide tale, Riley is scraping bottom when she miraculously lands a job with a wealthy New York City entrepreneur. He's a bad-boy socialite type who is poised to play Scrooge by closing one of his factories just before Christmas, which would devastate and entire town. It's left to Riley to talk him out of it and turn him into a man of virtue rather than shame. But will a case of mistaken identity ruin the whole plan?"–Container.
Kiwi Christmas, directed by Tony Simpson.
Disillusioned with the materialism of Christmas, Santa throws in his job and goes as far from the North Pole as possible– New Zealand! When his reindeerless- sleigh crashes and sinks in the waters of an idyllic holiday beach, he is found washed up by 8-year-old Sam and his 12-year-old sister Molly and their newly separated parents.The family discovers who Santa really is and must unite to rescue him from the local Coastwatch who have set out to capture him, and convince him to return to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve.
Show dogs, directed by Raja Gosnell.
After a failed attempt to recover a stolen baby panda, police dog Max reluctantly teams up with a human FBI agent named Frank. A hot tip leads Max and Frank to Las Vegas for the world's most exclusive dog show.
The greatest hits for kids.
Dora the Explorer. Best friends.
For these friend-filled adventures, Dora needs to explore with one special friend - YOU! Dora The Explorer: Best Friends is the latest release featuring 4 brand new episodes including Best Friends. On Best Friend's Day, Dora and Boots are meeting on Rainbow Rock, but they're in two different places. Help them on two separate adventures to get together again! Dora The Explorer: Best Friends also includes cool special features for you to enjoy!
Dora the Explorer. Big sister Dora.
Along with her friend Monkey Boots, Dora goes on adventures.
Dora the Explorer. Catch the stars.
Star catcher": Abuela gives Dora a Star Pocket, making her a star catcher.
"Star Mountain": Swiper swipped Dora's necklace and threw it to the top of Star Mountain.
"Louder": Dora and Boots need to help Red Rooster wake up the Sun because all their friends are still sleeping.
"Hide and go seek": Dora and her friends are great at hiding. To win Senor Tucan's trophy, Dora will need your help finding her friends in the Spooky Cave, the Squirrel Trees and the Rainforest!
Dora the Explorer. Dora's royal rescue.
Ride to the rescue and share a love of reading books along the way with Lady Knight Dora, in these two knightly adventures, featuring the legendary Don Quixote! In this double-length adventure, Lady Knight Dora and Squire Boots embark on a noble quest to help Rocinante the Horse save Don Quixote, who has been locked in Story Castle by the mean Malambruno! Help dora dance past a spider, overcome giant windmills, free some caged lions, and rescue a fellow knight.– Container.
Dora the Explorer. Super silly fiesta!
Super silly fiesta!: Big Red Chicken loses his cake, Dora and Boots need your help to save the fiesta.
Boots' special day: Help Boots do everything he loves, like read a book and see animals at a shelter.
Stuck truck: When Ice Cream Truck gets stuck in the muck, Boots and Dora lead a rescue mission.
The big potato: When Benny the Bull finds a magic wand he accidentally turns himself into a potato.
Frankie Fish and the Viking fiasco, Peter Helliar.
Just when you thought our time-travellers had everything under control, it all comes crashing down… Best friends Frankie and Drew are desperate to win this year's Halloween costume parade, and they know exactly what will give them the edge: authentic Viking costumes from olden-day Norway! The plan is simple: use their secret Sonic Suitcase to get in, get helmets, and get out. But they weren't counting on accidentally bringing back a Viking called Birger with them - plus his angry brother Brynjar, who really has it in for Frankie and Drew. Can the boys round up the Vikings, get them back home and win the costume parade before anyone discovers what they've done?
What monster?, Liz Pichon.
This book contains: Monsters, mystery, a musical festival, missing stuff, me and Marcus (Not necessarily in THAT order). AND a very strict supply teacher - but don't let that put you off!
The trials of Morrigan Crow, Jessica Townsend.
A cursed child destined to die on her eleventh birthday is rescued and whisked away to a secret realm called Nevermoor and given the chance to compete for a place in a prestigious organization called the Wundrous Society.
The magic faraway tree, Enid Blyton.
When Joe, Beth and Frannie climb up to the top of the Faraway Tree, they meet Silky, Moon-Face and the Saucepan Man. Their new friends show them an exciting secret - how to visit lots of strange and magical lands, where they have many thrilling adventures.
Marge and the secret tunnel, Isla Fisher.
Life with Marge is NEVER boring! Even shopping for new shoes turns out to be an amazing adventure, especially when the lights go out and the children are stuck in the shop! And when Jakey decides he'd like to visit Australia, Marge has the best idea ever. She and the children will dig a tunnel and visit a completely different country…
The abandoned puppy, Holly Webb.
Zoe is thrilled to be helping out at Auntie Jo's animal shelter over the Easter holidays. But she doesn't expect to come across a box on the steps of the shelter containing three tiny abandoned puppies.

Into Reading

The three little snowmen, Georgie Adams; illustrated by Emily Bolam.
Three little snowmen, Frosty, Freezy and Boots, are on a quest to find Father Christmas! Along with their pets, Poppet the Penguin, Henry the Husky and Samba the Seal, the intrepid friends go on a journey to the North Pole. But before long they get lost in a blizzard! Can the friends get to the North Pole in time to see Father Christmas?
Kick it, Mo!, David A. Adler; illustrated by Sam Ricks.
When soccer season starts, Mo, who has been working hard to improve his kicking skills, wonders if he will ever get a chance to show his team what he can do.
Cereal superfan, Julia Donaldson; illustrated by Garry Parsons.
Stephen Rice is a cereal superfan. So when his supply of Cracklewheat, Corncrunch, Toastyoats and Choc-o-not-hoops runs out, Stephen is devastated. But there's a competition to win a lifetime supply; if Stephen can build the perfect cereal.
Pinkalicious and the amazing sled run, Victoria Kann.
So much snow has fallen in Pinkville that the kids can go sledding from the rooftops, but Pinkalicious' brother Peter is too afraid to sled from such a steep height.
Sports day, Jane Lawes; illustrated by Sarah Jennings.
Emmie's school is having a big sports day and everyone has to choose an event to take part in. There are running races, long jump, an egg-and-spoon race, and even the three-legged race. But Emmie isn't sure what to choose and she is sure that she is going to come in last.
The pet quest, Jenny McLachlan; illustrated by Sarah Hoyle.
All Harvey wants is a pet, yet his dad says that their flat is too small. But surely it's big enough for a slimy slug, or a hairy spider, or even an ant called Teeny, right? Will Harvey ever find a pet small enough? This exciting and humorous story from well-loved author Jenny McLachlan is perfect for children who are learning to read by themselves and for Key Stage 1. It features engaging illustrations by Sarah Hoyle and characters young readers will find hard to resist.
Zoom to the moon, Jenny McLachlan; illustrated by Andy Rowland.
On a school trip to the space museum, Reva and Bobby climb into a real rocket named Jupiter Two. The poor rocket has never been into space so when Reva and Bobby count down and press a big red button, Jupiter Two bursts into life. Soon Reva and Bobby are on their way to the moon!
It wasn't me, Joanna Nadin; illustrated by Pauline Reeves.
If a microwave explodes or there are bubbles all over the bathroom floor, it's bound to have been because of Alfie Braithwaite. Only Alfie swears that it's all the fault of Dave, the terrible gremlin that lives in his sock drawer. But one day Dave really does appear and starts to wreak more havoc than even Alfie could have imagined! Will Alfie catch Dave? And will Alfie's parents ever believe that it really wasn't him?
The ant's pants, Lydia Ripper.
Scaredy Pants is an ant who is scared of everything. When his younger sibling gets into a dangerous situation, will Scaredy be able to drum up his courage to save her?
Horrid Henry's hike, Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross.
Henry absolutely, positively hates hiking so when his parents force him on a family hike, he'll do whatever it takes to make it miserable for everyone else too.
Fox the tiger, Corey R. Tabor.
Fox decides to become a tiger because they are fast and sneaky, and soon, his other animal friends are joining in.
Alice goes to Hollywood, Karen Wallace; illustrated by Katy Halford.
Alice the anteater has a dream; she's going to be a film star! So she finds herself a pair of high-heeled sandals, a frilly satin dress and some film-star sunglasses and sets off for Hollywood. Soon Alice is the talk of the town, but there's just one problem; will she ever get to star in a film?
Let's say hi to friends who fly!, Mo Willems.
An exuberant cat cheers on her friends as they demonstrate whether or not they can fly.


100 things to know about numbers, computers & coding, written by Alice James [and four others]; illustrated by Federico Mariani, Parko Polo and Shaw Nielsen; layout and design by Lenka Hrehova [and three others].
When was the webcam invented and why? Do imaginary numbers exist? What is fuzzy logic? Find the answers these questions about the amazing world of numbers, computers and coding, along with loads of other curious, amazing and mind-boggling facts, in this eye-catching book that is absolutely bursting with information.
Absolutely everything!: a history of Earth, dinosaurs, rulers, robots and other things too numerous to mention, Christopher Lloyd.
Embark on an entertaining journey across millennia and continents, and learn about absolutely everything including the creation of planet Earth, the age of dinosaurs, the rise of humans, the miserable medieval times, globalisation, wars, revolutions, technology, and much more. Find out the answers to many big questions about our planet, animals and the people inhabiting Earth. Engaging design, illustrations and photographs throughout bring to life the most remarkable true stories of all time.
Everything & everywhere: a fact-filled adventure for curious globe-trotters, Marc Martin.
From Hong Kong to Reykjavík, Ulaanbaatar to New York City, enjoy a lush and unexpected journey around the world to discover what makes each place unique. Sleepy sloths, colourful cows, staggering skylines, terrible traffic; countless surprises await! All you need is a good guide and a little curiosity so, what are you waiting for? Let's go! From award-winning author and illustrator Marc Martin comes a quirky, fact-filled adventure for curious globe-trotters, young and old.
Pick, spit & scratch!: the science of disgusting habits, words by Julia Garstecki; illustrations by Chris Monroe.
All kids have bad habits. But do we ever stop to think that there's a bit of science behind these habits? Each spread in Pick, Spit & Scratch! describes a specific bad habit, and provides multilayered reading opportunities in the form of weird, disgusting facts, and jokes that ratchet up the gross factor by relating bad habits to relatable concepts for kids.
Just breathe: meditation, mindfulness, movement, and more, Mallika Chopra; foreword by Deepak Chopra; illustrated by Brenna Vaughan.
A meditation guide for teens offers specific mindfulness exercises to help deal with day-to-day challenges and includes tips to lead a happier, healthier, and more connected life.
Have you filled a bucket today?: a guide to daily happiness for kids, Carol McCloud; illustrated by David Messing.
The concept of bucket filling is an effective metaphor for encouraging kind and considerate behavior and for teaching the benefits of positive relationships.
Paul writes (a letter), Chris Raschka.
Chris Raschka breathes new life into the letters of Paul the Apostle with this inviting book. Each sumptuous page distills the main themes of Paul's epistles into approachable, appealing language. Chris Raschka expertly depicts Paul's sincerity and compassion, sadness and pain, giving readers a true sense of who Paul really was.
Favorite Parables from the Bible: stories Jesus told, Nick Butterworth & Mick Inkpen.
Jesus was a wonderful storyteller. His stories helped people see new things and to understand God's love in new ways. Superbly retold and delightfully illustrated by Nick Butterworth and Nick Inkpen, this collection of eight Biblical parables invites young children to experience the simplicity, humour, and inspiration of Jesus' artful storytelling.
Home by another way: a Christmas story, Barbara Brown Taylor; illustrated by Melanie Cataldo.
In this beautiful retelling of the adventure, Taylor captures the power of one very special star and gives readers a new perspective on the three wise men and their encounters with King Herod, Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus.
All aboard the voyage of discovery, Emily Hawkins, Tom Adams; illustrated by Tom Clohosy Cole.
Welcome on deck of the Voyage of the Discovery! The year is 1927. Travelling on board with us is an illustrious collection of some of the greatest minds of their generation. From the fields of science, engineering, geography and history, our experts have come together to explain some of history's greatest inventions to improve communication, including the printing press, radio, telephones and television.
Putting peace first: 7 commitments to change the world, Eric David Dawson.
Stories of young peacemakers who have addressed problems ranging from hunger to gun violence. Explains strategies young people can use to improve their communities.
We rise, we resist, we raise our voices, Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson; foreword by Ashley Bryan.
What do we tell our children when the world seems bleak, and prejudice and racism run rampant? With 96 lavishly designed pages of original art, poetry, and prose, fifty diverse creators lend voice and comfort to young activists.
Let's investigate plastic pollution on land and in the oceans, Ruth Owen with thanks to Laura Foster.
Plastic pollution is one of the most damaging environmental issues that we face today. And no one is more passionate about solving this problem and protecting our world than kids! This new tile in the best selling Fundamental Science series gives young science enthusiasts all the information they need to investigate and do their part to help solve this problem now and for the future. Packed with facts, discussion topics, imaginative ideas for activities, experiments and investigations, this book will have Key Stage 1 students eager to use their science skills and knowledge to tackle plastic pollution head on.
Jan Brett's Christmas treasury.
This deluxe Christmas collection is the perfect holiday read! It includes seven of Jan Brett's most beloved Yuletide titles.
The nights before Christmas, illustrated by Tony Ross.
This lavishly produced book is the perfect keepsake gift to treasure. Fully illustrated in colour throughout by acclaimed illustrator Tony Ross, The Nights Before Christmas has twenty-four classic festive tales, songs and stories to read throughout Advent or keep as a family Christmas anthology.
The sleeping beauty, illustrated by Jessica Courtney Tickle; [written by Katy Flint].
A stunning retelling of the classic ballet story brought to life by music! Set to the sound of Tchaikovsky's original music, this favorite ballet story features a a musical note to press on each spread. Join the King and Queen as they throw a party for their new baby, Princess Aurora. But when a terrible guest arrives and places a curse on princess, the kingdom must find the one special person who can defeat it.
The origin of day and night, Paul Ikuutaq Rumbolt; illustrated by Lenny Lishchenko.
In this Inuit tale, the actions of a hare and a fox change the Arctic forever by creating day and night. In very early times, there was no night or day and words spoken by chance could become real. When a hare and a fox meet and express their longing for light and darkness, their words are too powerful to be denied. Passed orally from storyteller to storyteller for hundreds of years, this beautifully illustrated story weaves together elements of an origin story and a traditional animal tale, giving young readers a window into Inuit mythology.
The magical wishing fish: the classic Grimm's tale of the fisherman and his wife, Loek Koopmans.
One day a poor fisherman catches an enchanted fish and sets it free. But his wife wants the fish to grant wishes in return. As his wife's demands become more and more outrageous, the kindly fisherman wishes they could be happy again. This classic Brothers Grimm tale of being careful what you wish for is beautifully brought back to life by Loek Koopmans.
Treasury of Greek mythology: classic stories of gods, goddesses, heroes & monsters, Donna Jo Napoli; illustrations by Christina Balit.
An introduction to some of the most prominent beings in the ancient Greek pantheon.
Around the world in 80 tales, Saviour Pirotta; illustrated by Richard Johnson.
An illustrated compilation of stories retold from six continents in eight different storytelling traditions, including tales of Anansi and Brer Rabbit, selkies and fairies, pheasants, crocodiles, and turtles.
The atlas of heroes: a world of heroes from myth and legend, written by Sandra Lawrence; illustrated by Stuart Hill.
Cultures all over the world have great heroes and heroines whose exploits have made them the stuff of legend. In this wondrously illustrated atlas, explore some of the great figures of mythology and their incredible exploits. From Heracles of Greece, to Maui of the Pacific, to the Empress Jingu of Japan, The Atlas of Heroes and Heroines is full of fascinating stories of bravery and cunning.
Twinkle twinkle little star: five bedtime rhymes, [illustrated by Natalie Marshall].
This collection of five bedtime nursery rhymes includes Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, Wee Willie Winkie, Hush-a-bye, Baby, Hey Diddle Diddle and Rock-a-bye, Baby. Little hands will find stimulating pictures and interesting textures such as a a sparkly star, a glittery moon and a fleecy blanket in this bright board book. There is a fun question for each rhyme to share with your toddler.
The STEAM team: simple science explained, written by Lisa Burke; consultant Professor Robert Wilson.
The zany STEAM Team characters (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) guide the reader through the book and are always on hand with tips, fun facts, and simple explanations.
A year in nature: a carousel book of the seasons, [written by Hazel Maskell; illustrations, Eleanor Taylor; design by Evelin Kasikov].
Join the woodland animals, birds, and minibeasts on an adventure through the seasons. This charming carousel pop-up book opens to reveal a family of fox cubs as they explore their woodland home through Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Look for spotting and counting activities in every scene.
2019 nature month-by-month: a children's almanac, Anna Wilson; [illustrated by] Elly Jahnz.
Take an inspirational month-by-month journey through the seasons with The Nature Yearbook 2019: A Children's Almanac. Beautifully illustrated by Elly Jahnz and written by nature lover and wild swimmer Anna Wilson, this fantastic, fully illustrated guide to the year includes nature spotter guides, indoor and outdoor craft and activity ideas, seasonal recipes and celebrations of religious festivals and special days, such as the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. A wonderful gift to treasure and explore over the coming year, this gorgeous nature yearbook will encourage young readers to connect with nature and the world around them.
Why is that lake so blue?: a children's guide to New Zealand's natural world, Simon Pollard.
In this fun-filled, fact-rich book, award-winning science writer Simon Pollard shares the magic, secrets, mysteries and marvels of Aotearoa New Zealand's natural world.
Space kids: an introduction for young explorers, illustrated by Andrea De Santis; written by Steve Parker.
Space is all around us, but how much do we know? Where do we even begin? Space Kids is the building block upon which children can learn about our universe. Covering topics such as stars, planets, moons and rockets as well as the basics of gravity and how astronauts eat and sleep in space, Space Kids moves through complex ideas with an accessibly fresh and original style.
Light waves, David A. Adler; illustrated by Anna Raff.
An introduction to the physics of light for young readers, with an overview of photons, transparency, the electromagnetic spectrum, and the mechanics of reflection.
Look at the weather, Britta Teckentrup; translated and adapted by Shelley Tanaka.
Through four chapters; sun, rain, ice and snow, and extreme weather, this book explores different weather phenomena, from rainbows and sunsets to clouds, frost, and rainstorms. Evocative paintings convey the sheer power of weather, while lyrical text captures the richness of our natural environment. The book takes an inspiring tone rather than an exhaustive, factual one. The book explicitly makes the link between extreme weather, climate change, and human activity, and poses questions often, inviting young readers to observe and inquire about their own environment or to imagine other ones.
Mega meltdown, written and illustrated by Jack Tite.
Nearly three million years ago the Ice Age began. Oceans froze, ice sheets covered land and animals, along with humans, found ways to thrive. These prehistoric creatures were weird, wonderful and enormous. Explore the Earth continent by continent and come face to face with Ice-Age megafauna, such as North America's short-faced bear which was 3.7 metres tall, and mastodons, which weighed twice as much as a T. rex! Accompanying the images, lively text allows you imagine exactly what these mega animals were like!
Perfectly peculiar plants, Chris Thorogood; illustrated by Catell Ronca.
An exuberant celebration of the weird and wonderful world of plants, perfect for budding botanists and armchair art-lovers alike, busting with colour and providing unexpected facts. A vibrant, close-up exploration of plants, focusing on the extraordinary and unexpected. Each page or spread focuses on a different plant, from the tiny bee orchid to the mighty strangler fig. Looking at plants from across the globe, specimens featured include carnivorous and poisonous species, plants that provide us with food, materials, or medicine, those who have a special symbiotic relationship with animals or other plants, as well as especially rare or record-breaking species. Among these entries are focus spreads looking at how plants get energy and nutrients, how animals and plants work together, how plants can send out chemical messages, and finally, how to protect plants and their habitats. Bursting with colour, there's something new and unexpected to discover on every page.
Guinness world records: wild things, [editor Ben Hollingum].
Whether it's the biggest, the smallest, the fastest, the deadliest or just the downright weirdest, Guinness World Records: Wild Things turns the spotlight on the best of the beasts! From gentle giants to killer bugs, powerful predators to cunning prey, and backyard wildlife to species on the brink, the animal kingdom is crawling with record-breakers. Wild Things is your ultimate guide to nature's super-star animals. There's a special chapter all about prehistoric record- breakers, too. Unearth which ancient animals ruled over the real Jurassic world, from the tallest dinosaur and the dino with the most powerful bite to the largest flying creature ever to soar Earth's skies with a wingspan the size of an F-16 jet! You'll also hear from zoology experts and some of the biggest conservation stars including Sir David Attenborough, Dame Jane Goodall, the Irwin family and Deadly 60's Steve Backshall. They share their standout wildlife experiences and favourite record-breaking animals, as well as top tips for anyone hoping to follow in their footsteps.
Look at me!: wild animal show-offs, Jim Arnosky.
With his signature breathtaking art, plus stunning gatefolds, acclaimed naturalist Jim Arnosky introduces children to the most eye-catching creatures in the animal kingdom! Meet the show-offs! With their wacky eyebrows, beautiful patterns, and bright feathers and scales, many animals seem to be saying: "Look at ME!" That behavior certainly won't protect them from predators, so why do they do it? Jim Arnosky explores a multitude of creatures from across the globe to reveal the reasons behind their attention-grabbing behaviour. His spectacular art, including amazing gatefolds, presents brilliantly coloured poison arrow frogs of the rainforest; the breeding plumage of egrets and peacocks; the impressive antlers of deer and elk; the threatening hoods of cobras; the balloon-like displays of African bullfrogs; and the dramatic colour transformation of spawning fish.
I've got eyes!: exceptional eyes of the animal world, Julie Murphy; illustrated by Hannah Tolson.
Animals in varied habitats describe unique features of their eyes and how they are adapted for the jungle, the deep ocean, the desert, and even the dark. From bulging eyes to hiding eyes, handlebar eyes to double-decker eyes, young readers will learn about the diversity of the animal world in this nonfiction picture book.
Who eats orange?, written by Dianne White; illustrated by Robin Page.
A unique exploration of different animals' favorite foods and what colour those foods are.
Howl like a wolf!, Kathleen Yale; illustrated by Kaley McKean.
Offers information about the behaviour and special characteristics of fifteen different animals, as well as creative games and activities that allow young readers to copy the movements, sounds, and behaviours of each animal.
Saving species, Jess French, James Gilleard.
Tigers, orangutans, pangolins, polar bears, fin whales, bees; there are so many incredible animals that need saving! Join vet, conservationist and children's TV presenter Dr Jess French and take a trip around the world to meet 38 of the most extraordinary creatures on the planet. From the endangered animals we all know and love, like tigers, polar bears, orangutans and rhinos, to the less familiar pangolin, kakapo and vaquita, see these amazing creatures up close in their natural habitats. Visit jungles, mountains, rivers and coral reefs and learn about the threats to these species' survival, as well as the remarkable conservation efforts that are being undertaken to save them.
Endangered animals: a world of threatened species, Martin Jenkins; illustrated by Tom Frost.
Discover animals under threat all over the world in this beautiful gift book from conservation biologist and award- winning author Martin Jenkins. From the mighty Asian elephant to the tiny rosalia longicorn beetle, creatures all over the world are under threat like never before in human history. In this timely book, conservation biologist and award-winning author Martin Jenkins introduces just a few of the species under threat, exploring why they are in danger and how we can help them. With striking graphic stamps from printmaker Tom Frost, this is a beautiful and illuminating journey through the world of endangered animals.
The secret life of the little brown bat, Laurence Pringle; illustrated by Kate Garchinsky.
This gorgeous and lyrical nonfiction picture book continues the Secret Life series by renowned science author Laurence Pringle and illustrator Kate Garchinsky. It follows a year in the life of a little brown bat named Otis as he learns to be a hunter, escape predators, and find a mate. Stunning, realistic illustrations celebrate the beauty of these mysterious creatures as readers learn important facts through an engaging and fascinating story. The book also includes back matter with more in-depth information, a glossary, and further resources.
Do you really want to meet a weasel?, written by Cari Meister; illustrated by Daniele Fabbri.
A child goes to the nearby wilderness in North America to observe a weasel's behavior in the wild and learn about its habits as a predator.
Camp Panda: helping cubs return to the wild, Catherine Thimmesh.
Roughly a thousand years ago, an estimated 23,000 pandas roamed wild and free through their native China. But within the past forty years, more than fifty percent of the panda's already shrinking habitat has been destroyed by humans, leaving the beautiful and beloved giant panda vulnerable to extinction. Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds; poaching, habitat destruction, pollution, human overpopulation, and global climate change, the panda is making a comeback. How? By humans teaching baby pandas how to be wild and stay wild.
A world of discovery, James Brown & Richard Platt.
A stunning collection of the world's most important discoveries for all the family to enjoy. In the stylish miscellany, print-maker James Brown travels through the past and present, showing the amazing breakthroughs in science and technology that have changed our lives for ever. Discover fascinating facts and figures about space travel, the human body, time, the computer and much more with Brown's bold, bright colours and beautiful contemporary designs. Each illustration is presented alongside an engaging fact-filled explanation by celebrated author Richard Platt. Covering more than 30 diverse and fascinating topics, this is the perfect book for the whole family to enjoy.
The giant book of germs, Lorna Hendry.
How many germs live on your hand? How do germs make you sick? Do the germs in your gut really keep you healthy? Discover many more surprising facts in The Giant Book of Germs!
Garbage trucks, Wendy Strobel Dieker.
This book invites early readers to look for new vocabulary words and pictures while giving simple facts about garbage trucks and how they pick up trash in order to keep communities clean.
Tanker trucks, Wendy Strobel Dieker.
This book invites early readers to look for new vocabulary words and pictures while giving simple facts about semi trucks that haul liquid and dry bulk.
Tow trucks, Wendy Strobel Dieker.
This book invites early readers to look for new vocabulary words and pictures while giving simple facts about tow trucks and how they haul wrecked vehicles from accident scenes or other scenarios.
Adventures in space, Simon Tyler.
Put on your space suit and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Discover the planets, stars, black holes and the universe. Learn about the amazing rockets, space stations, and vehicles that humankind has designed to explore space. And see what the future might hold.
The space race: how we set our sights on the stars and conquered space, Angelina Yalda.
This book outlines the essential developments and achievements of the space race, from the Cold War competition of the USA and USSR to man's more recent co-operation in making the International Space Station such a success. In between, the development of the Space Shuttle, the unmanned exploration of the solar system and the planned colonisation of Mars are also featured. Featuring important facts, timelines and breakout stories, The Space Race also has many related activities that will inspire young readers to learn about their world and take responsibility for their own learning.
Fruit, Woody Brambles.
Take an in-depth look at these amazing foodstuffs, and how they get from farms to our tables. Fruits (and vegetables) form one of the major food groups, and they are used in a wide range of products consumed by billions of people every day!
50 wacky things pets do: weird & amazing things pets do!, written by Heidi Fiedler; illustrated by Marta Sorte.
Have you ever wondered why your dog chases its tail or how your cat manages to land on its feet every time? 50 Wacky Things Pets Do takes an up-close look at all the weird and funny things our pets do, from dogs snacking on poop and guppies jumping out of tanks, to cats meowing and ferrets dancing happily. Paired with equally wacky illustrations, 50 wild and incredible facts are presented, along with educational information about each animal's habits and personality quirks. Whether seriously strange or downright silly, these wacky facts are sure to delight kids while they learn all about pets and their peculiarities.
The room on the broom cookbook: 23 recipes from the witch's cauldron, based on the picture book by Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler.
The Room on the Broom Cookbook is jam-packed with spellbindingly delicious treats, healthy snacks and simple meals; all inspired by the bestselling picture book Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Make your own cheese wands, creepy crawly crackers, roasted dragon or even witch and chips. With twenty-three recipes specially designed for adults to use with children, easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and lots of hints and tips on what to do next, The Room on the Broom Cookbook is a great way to inspire an interest in cooking and baking. Treat your friends with homemade fruity magic potion smoothies, bake some delicious party treats and wow everyone with the showstopping horrible beast cake. Packed full of magical recipes, this cookbook is perfect for holidays, rainy days or celebrating Room on the Broom day with a Halloween party!
Business for beginners, written by Lara Bryan and Rose Hall; illustrated by Kellan Stover; business experts, Wilson Turkington and Bryony Henry.
'Business' means making and selling things or skills to anyone who wants them. But how do you come up with a business idea? And how do you make an idea work in real life? This book explores the practical world of making money, as well as explaining how businesses shape the world we live in and the way we live.
LEGO DC super heroes visual dictionary, written by Elizabeth Dowsett and Arie Kaplan.
Zoom into the world of LEGO DC Super Heroes with this visual guide to the minifigures, vehicles and sets, including the LEGO Batman Movie sets. Explore every detail of LEGO Batman's Batcave, look around Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet, examine Lex Luthor's awesome mech and find out about all the LEGO DC Super Heroes minifigures' weapons and gadgets. Find out how the awesome sets are created in the Beyond the Brick chapter, which features concept art and an interview with the LEGO DC Super Heroes creative team. LEGO DC Super Heroes: The Visual Dictionary will tell you everything there is to know about LEGO DC Super Heroes.
Art and how it works: an introduction to art for children, [written by Ann Kay].
This enticing introduction to art appreciation for children looks at art history, themes in art, and art techniques; from cave paintings to modern art. Children will learn to step back, think, and look at art in a new way. This fabulous book explores themes in art, including women in art and symbolism in art. Kids will be encouraged to look closely at a painting and understand why and how it was made. By tapping into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths), this book helps with the understanding of colour and the materials artists use. The mathematical side of art will be highlighted and kids will learn about patterns and shapes in art. The book looks at the history of art for kids; from prehistoric paintings, Impressionism, abstract art, through to the art of today. It includes biographies of major artists from Fra Angelico to David Hockney. This book cuts through the jargon that surrounds the art world and offers a fresh, new, and accessible approach for kids.
Crafty science, Jane Bull.
This hands-on crafty science book introduces inquisitive children to the wonders of science through craft projects with everyday objects. Award-winning author Jane Bull combines art, craft, and cooking activities with gentle scientific learning, showing children that science, technology, engineering, art, and maths are all around us, and in everything we make and do!
The unicorn craft book: over 25 magical projects to inspire your imagination, Isabel Urbina Gallego.
The magical realm of unicorns comes to life in this dazzling craft book, brimming with sparkles and rainbows. Let your imagination run wild in creating dozens of fun and entertaining projects to make for yourself or give as gifts, including an amazing unicorn soft toy, a glittering headband and a rainbow-coloured charm. Each project comes with a list of all the items and templates that you will need to create your unicorn-fuelled fun, along with step-by-step instructions and clear photographs to help you create something really special. Get ready to spread the magic!
The Moomin craft book: inspired by the world of Tove Jansson, [step-by-step illustrations by Jill Tytherleigh].
Get creative with The Moomin Craft Book, a stylish Scandinavian craft book featuring over twenty- six beautiful projects, all inspired by the wonderful world of Tove Jansson's Moomins. Make some Moomin mittens, learn how to crochet a Moomintroll and get creative with stylish Moomin jewellery and Moomin-themed decorations and flowers! This gift book is packed with craft techniques and activities including: sewing, knitting, crochet, paper craft, painting, jewellery-making and needle felt, all with step-by-step instructions. Beautifully designed with stunning photography throughout, The Moomin Craft Book is perfect for Moomin fans and keen creatives of all ages, featuring activities suitable for young children as well as more challenging projects for experienced adult crafters.
Toys and play with everyday materials, Sudarshan Khanna, Gita Wolf, Anushka Ravishankar, Priya Sundram.
More than ever in the past, now it is necessary to bring in the possibility of free, unstructured, and open ended play to children. We can create opportunities for other kinds of play; such as through the toys in this book, based on so-called folk toys, created by small-time artisans from all over India. A child who makes these toys needs to handle physical material intelligently; an important sense to restore in an increasingly virtual world. Along with step-by-step instructions on how to make a range of toys, the book also contains sections on the science behind some of them, tips, poems, jokes and a thought-provoking section for adults to think through issues of toys and play in today's world.
Ngā wīra o te pahi, nā Donovan Bixley ngā whakaahua; translation, Ross Calman.
Ko ngā wīra o te pahi ka taka-huri-huri huri noa i Aotearoa. Ekea te pahi, waiatatia mai!
Silent night, [Lara Hawthorne].
Celebrate the magic of Christmas with this beautifully illustrated book, based on the world's best-loved carol, 'Silent Night.' Rediscover the nativity story in all its glory; from quaking shepherds to heaven-sent angels, as the song lyrics are brought to life on every spread. A gorgeous book for all the family to share during the festive season.
Star Wars: the complete visual dictionary, written by James Luceno [and four others]; special fabrications by Robert E. Barnes [and four others]; new photography by Alex Ivanov.
Packed with more than 1,500 stunning images, it showcases major and minor characters (such as Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker), creatures, vehicles, weapons, props, and items of tech in unparalleled detail.
Star Wars alien archive, illustrated by Tim McDonagh; [written by Katrina Pallant and Natalie Clubb].
Wookiees, wampas and Weequays; Biths, banthas and bogwings; porgs, puffer pigs and Pau'ans; this is the ultimate species guide for Star Wars fans aged 7 to 70! This comprehensive collection will tell you all you need to know about the aliens of the galaxy.
Egypt magnified, [written by David Long; illustrated by Harry Bloom].
Explore ancient Egypt, from the Nile to the pyramids, and learn what life was life for pharaohs, slaves and scribes in this fascinating search-and-find adventure. Use the magnifying glass to spot over 200 things in each eye-boggling illustration. Look inside temples and houses, and discover how mummies were made and how the pyramids were built.
The nutcracker and the mouse king: a search & find book, illustrated by Federica Frenna; original story by E.T.A. Hoffman; retold by Hannah Pang.
The popular christmas tale is retold in beautifully illustrated search and find scenes where you can find the characters on the busy pages, and follow them through the story. Each page is full of characters to find and details to spot in the busy scenes, such as Marie and Fritz receiving gifts, the battle between the dolls and the mice and Marie's journey to Candyland.
The holiday season, created by Eugeniya Popova and Lilu Rami; illustrator Margarita Kukhtina.
This stunningly illustrated book combines the classic Look & Find game with a large number of questions and challenges on each page making it not only entertaining but educational as well. Children will also develop attention skills while looking at the bright colourful pictures.
Fortnite Battle Royale hacks: secrets of the island: the unoffical guide to tips and tricks that other guides won't teach you, Jason R. Rich.
If you're having trouble navigating Fortnite's map, then your're guaranteed to be eliminated. This amazing strategy guide shares the inside secrets of what to expect throughout the island, so that you can survive and be victorious!
Cleveland Cavaliers, Michael E. Goodman.
Jump into the NBA action with this high-interest account of the Cleveland Cavaliers pro basketball team, including league championships won and star players such as LeBron James.
Houston Rockets, Michael E. Goodman.
Take a courtside seat to the chronicle of the Houston Rockets pro basketball team, starting with its 1967 founding. Jump into the NBA action as you read about the Rockets' back-to-back NBA Finals wins and team legends such as Hakeem Olajuwon and James Harden.
Los Angeles Lakers, Michael E. Goodman.
Jump into the NBA action with this high interest account of the Los Angeles Lakers pro basketball team, including league championships won and star players such as Kobe Bryant.
Miami Heat, Michael E. Goodman.
Jump into the NBA action with this high interest account of the Miami Heat pro basketball team, including league championships won and star players.
New York Knicks, Michael E. Goodman.
Jump into the NBA action with this high-interest account of the New York Knicks pro basketball team, including league championships won and star players.
Oklahoma City Thunder, Michael E. Goodman.
Take a courtside seat to the chronicle of the Oklahoma City Thunder pro basketball team, starting with its 1967 founding. Jump into the NBA action as you read about the Thunder's 1979 NBA Finals win and team legends such as Gary Payton and Kevin Durant.
Football school. Season 3, Where football tackles the world, Alex Bellos & Ben Lyttleton; illustrated by Spike Gerrell.
This book is packed with awesome true stories, real science and fascinating facts and will make you laugh loads; and it's all about football. Learn the maths behind the coin toss, how a good night's sleep helps you perform better on the pitch, the history of trophies, the biology of the foot and about animal mascots from around the world. Illustrated throughout with hilarious cartoons and filled with laugh-out-loud gags this is the perfect book for any boy or girl who loves football.
Annabelle & Aiden in the story of life, J.R. Becker; illustrated by Max Rambaldi.
"Annabelle asks "Why do we look, the way that we do? With hands and feet, in neat sets of two? What made my eyes? And what made my nose? And the shape of my body, from my head to my toes?" A wise owl answers by taking the characters on an incredible journey through Darwinian evolution. Join our characters as they visit outer space, watch the Earth go through its earliest stages, and gaze in wonder at the earliest forms of life. Young readers will gain a basic understanding of evolution, and perhaps more importantly, what we can learn from it: to be kind to one another, as we are all related in the same family tree.
Oh, the things we believed!, J. R. Becker; illustrated by Max Rambaldi.
In this delightful illustrated book, the children gaze at a face-shaped cloud, and Aiden asks if it is real. To answer, our favorite feathered-dinosaur, the Skeptisaurus, guides the children to use their critical thinking skills when determining myth from fact. He takes the kids on an amazing journey through legends of old times, from witches to oracles, explaining how we evolved to see things that aren't always there. But when those myths vanish, they see that real scientific discovery is just as exciting, and can change the world. The children learn that 'real answers may not be magic, but they are always magical.'
In the past, David Elliott; illustrated by Matthew Trueman.
Chronically organized by epoch, a poetic introduction to the dinosaur world illuminates a host of creatures both novel and familiar, ranging from the mysterious trilobite to the famed Tyrannosaurus rex.
The night before Christmas, Clement C. Moore; illustrated by Henry Fisher.
Santa and his reindeer make their Christmas eve visit to the world's children.
A Kiwi day before Christmas, Yvonne Morrison; [Illustrated by] Deborah Hinde.
Twas the dawn before Christmas and, down at the bach, Santa was fishing… just one more he'd catch. A hilarious New Zealand version of the Clement C. Moore Christmas poem 'A night before Christmas' featuring Santa on a quad bike, EweTube and Insta_ram! Can Santa round up his sheep in time to pull the Christmas sleigh?
I'll root for you and other poems, written by Edward van de Vendel; illustrated by Wolf Erlbruch; translated by David Colmer.
Paired with winsome illustrations, these poems will encourage readers to pursue their goals, try their best, and take pride in themselves, whether they win or lose.
The little book of Pooh-isms: with help from Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, and Tigger, too!, as told to Brittany Rubiano; art by Mike Wall.
Stuffed animals though they may be, Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, and the rest have a reputation for dropping simple and timeless nuggets of wisdom and inspiration. This collection of their most celebrated and inspirational quotes is sure to make you smile.
The silk roads: a new history of the world, Peter Frankopan; illustrated by Neil Packer.
Set your sails east with this stunningly original new history of the world. Peter Frankopan, number one bestselling author and historian explores the connections made by people, trade, disease, war, religion, adventure, science and technology in this extraordinary book about how the east married the west with a remarkable voyage at its heart; the journey along the Silk Roads.
Wonders of the world, illustrated by Lucy Letherland; written by Ben Handicott.
From the team behind the best-selling Atlas of Adventures comes this awe-inspiring journey of discovery. Travel around the world to scale the Eiffel Tower, trek the Great Wall of China, and raft through the Yosemite Valley. Showcasing the globe's most impressive landscapes, iconic buildings and evocative antiquities from both the modern and ancient worlds, this is the most wonderful Atlas adventure yet!
Timelines of everything: from wooly mammoths to world wars.
Explore an illustrated history of the world through over 140 timelines for kids. From dinosaurs and Vikings to the history of cinema and espionage, discover incredible world history in this lavish collection of timelines. Jam-packed with surprising facts and amazing details, such as the most bloodthirsty pirate of all time and the first crime to be solved by studying fingerprints, Timelines of Everything will take you on a whirlwind journey through an illustrated history of time, from the Big Bang to the modern world.
The sinking of Titanic, Valerie Bodden.
A historical account; including eyewitness quotes, of the devastating 1912 sinking of the ocean liner Titanic and its effect on maritime safety regulations, ending with how the disaster is memorialized today.
Illuminatlas, Carnovsky; written by Kate Davies.
Set off on a journey around the world with this follow up to the bestselling Illuminature and Illumanatomy. Use your three-colour lens to explore the continents: use your green lens to see the landscape, the red lens to see plants and animals, and the blue lens to see cultural highlights and famous buildings. Packed with facts and stunning illustrations, this is an atlas like no other from Milan-based design duo Carnovsky.
Through the window: views of Marc Chagall's life and art, Barb Rosenstock; illustrated by Mary Grandpré.
Known for both his paintings and stained-glass windows, Marc Chagall rose from humble beginnings to become one of the world's most renowned artists. Admired for his use of colour and the powerful emotion in his work, Chagall led a career that spanned decades and continents, and he never stopped growing. This lyrical narrative shows readers, through many different windows, the pre-WWI childhood and wartime experiences that shaped Chagall's path.
Cook's cook: the cook who cooked for Captain Cook, Gavin Bishop.
Follows the 1768 journey of James Cook's H.M.S. Endeavour seen through the eyes of his ship's cook, the one-handed John Thompson. 94 crew were on this famous voyage and John Thompson tells the story of shipboard life, the places the ship travelled to on its way to the Pacific with stories of social class, hierarchy and race, of explorers and people of the land, and how he makes a friend with the famous botanist Joseph Banks. He shares his recipes - pease porridge, shark steaks, albatross stew. He has only one hand, but it's enough to stir the poridge. In an age of explorers, here's how a resourceful cook fed a shipful of hungry sailors on their grand adventure. The story of one of the world's most famous explorers told through a fresh new lens.
Charles Darwin, written by Dan Green; ilustrations by Rachel Katstaller.
Charles Darwin's ideas about evolution caused both outrage and wonder, and quickly made him one of the most famous men in history. From his five-year voyage across the high seas to 20 years of research, follow Darwin on his adventure to prove a theory that would change the world.
Nothing stopped Sophie: the story of unshakable mathematician Sophie Germain, written by Cheryl Bardoe; illustrated by Barbara McClintock.
A biography of Sophie Germain, who grew up during the French Revolution and followed her dream of studying mathematics, becoming the first woman to win a grand prize from the Royal Academy of Sciences and changing the world with her discoveries.
Carlos Santana: sound of the heart, song of the world, Gary Golio; illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez.
Presents the childhood story of Carlos Santana, from his early exposure to mariachi to his successful fusing of rock, blues, jazz, and Latin influences.
Mary and Frankenstein, written by Linda Bailey; illustrated by Júlia Sardà.
It began with a girl named Mary. She liked to daydream and imagine. And she grew up to write Frankenstein. The inspirational true story of the great writer Mary Shelley, brought to life for children in this stunning picture book by multi-award winning author Linda Bailey and with beautiful illustrations from Júlia Sardà. Mary loves stories, but the stories in her daydreams are far more thrilling than those in any book. After a troubled childhood, eighteen-year-old Mary runs away to Switzerland with the famous poet Percy Bysse Shelley, her step-sister in tow. One dark and stormy night at his house by the lake, they huddle around the fire, telling ghost stories. But Mary can imagine better than those! After learning about electricity that can make dead frogs twitch, she has a nightmare that triggers the birth of one of the greatest scary stories of all time: Frankenstein.
Young heroes, written by Lula Bridgeport; illustrated by Federica Frenna, Isabel Muñoz and Julianna Swaney.
Discover 101 extraordinary children from across the world. Featuring an inspirational selection of dedicated young people, this collection includes entertainers such as Taylor Swift and Daniel Radcliffe, sporting heroes like Pelé and Michelle Kwarn, and business entrepreneurs Tavi Gevinson and Jordan Casey. From the arts to STEM, politics to the environment, the one thing these impressive children have in common is their passion. It also includes suggestions and tips so that you, too, can be even more amazing!
Stories for kids who dare to be different: true tales of boys and girls who stood up and stood out, Ben Brooks; illustrated by Quinton Winter.
Boys will be boys and girls will be girls; or so the meaningless saying goes. Because what if you're a girl and you like cage fighting? Or you're a boy and you love ballet? And what if you've always dreamed of being a scientist but you can't see anyone who looks or sounds like you, and who has left a legacy, in the form of microscopes and Bunsen burners, for you to follow? This is the book for children who want to know about the lives of those heroes who have led the way, changing the world for the better as they go.
Resist: 35 profiles of ordinary people who rose up against tyranny and injustice, Veronica Chambers; foreword by Senator Cory Booker.
Before they were activists, they were just like you and me. From Frederick Douglass to Malala Yousafzai, Joan of Arc to John Lewis, Susan B. Anthony to Janet Mock; these thirty-five profiles of remarkable figures show us what it means to take a stand and say no to injustice. This inspiring collection profiles men and women who resisted tyranny, fought the odds, and stood up to bullies that threatened to harm their communities. Along with their portraits and most memorable quotes, their stories will inspire you, every single day, to speak out and rise up.
The A-Z of wonder women, Yvonne Lin.
Celebrate historic and contemporary Wonder Women from around the world, from Ada Lovelace to Zaha Hadid! Highlighting notable and inspiring women from across the globe and throughout time, The A-Z of Wonder Women features biographies of trailblazers and groundbreakers, including Ada Lovelace, Oprah Winfrey, Ruth Ginsberg, and Wajeha al-Huwaider. This empowering alphabet-style book celebrates a wide range of skills and masteries in the arts, politics and activism, STEM, and more, providing accessible facts about these heroic women and inspiring young readers to make the change they want to see in the world.
Oh boy: a storybook of epic NZ men, Stuart Lipshaw.
Stories about Kiwi men who followed their dreams and made the world a better place.
Maps of the United Kingdom, written by Rachel Dixon; illustrated by Livi Gosling.
Take a tour of the United Kingdom as you've never seen it before in this fully illustrated set of county maps. Travel through England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and meet the incredible people born there, learn about its proud history, and discover ancient castles, modern feats of engineering and natural highlights while you revel in the nation's curiosities, from the spectacular, to the quirky, to the downright strange! A fabulous introduction to Shakespeare's Sceptre Isle, for readers young and old.
Under the Southern Cross, Frané Lessac.
Night-time in Australia, animals are waking, people are exploring, discoveries are being made under the Southern Cross. What makes ribbons of colour swirl in the sky? What are the spooky balls of light that bounce across the outback? What animal lays eggs that look like squishy ping-pong balls? Where can you watch a movie with bats circling overhead? Discover the answers to these questions and more in this picture book tour of Australia after dark.

Older Fiction

War is over, David Almond; illustrated by David Litchfield.
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.
News from me, Lucy McGee, Mary Amato; illustrated by Jessica Meserve.
Lucy avoids her school's new Uke Club to help neighbour Scarlet create a Poetry Club, although Scarlet keeps telling her to do things that seem wrong.
Small spaces, Katherine Arden.
After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon a crazed woman at the river threatening to throw a book into the water, Ollie doesn't think, she just acts, stealing the book and running away. As she begins to read the slender volume, Ollie discovers a chilling story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who both loved her, and a peculiar deal made with "the smiling man," a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price. Ollie is captivated by the tale until her school trip the next day to Smoke Hollow, a local farm with a haunting history all its own. There she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she's been reading about. Could it be the story about the smiling man is true? Ollie doesn't have too long to think about the answer to that. On the way home, the school bus breaks down, sending their teacher back to the farm for help. But the strange bus driver has some advice for the kids left behind in his care: "Best get moving. At nightfall they'll come for the rest of you." Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending when Ollie's previously broken digital wristwatch, a keepsake reminder of better times, begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message: RUN. Only Ollie and two of her classmates heed the bus driver's warning. As the trio head out into the woods; bordered by a field of scarecrows that seem to be watching them, the bus driver has just one final piece of advice for Ollie and her friends: "Avoid large places. Keep to small." And with that, a deliciously creepy and hair-raising adventure begins.
The last kids on earth and the cosmic beyond, Max Brallier & [illustrated by] Douglas Holgate.
During the first winter after the Monster Apocalypse, Jack and his buddies prepare for a monstrous Christmas celebration, but a supervillainess steals Jack's prized monster-slaying weapon, his Louisville Slicer, and he vows to get it back.
The restless girls, Jessie Burton; illustrated by Angela Barrett.
For her twelve daughters, Queen Laurelia's death in a motor car accident is a disaster beyond losing a mother. Their father, King Alberto, cannot bear the idea of the princesses ever being in danger and decides his daughters must be kept safe at all costs. Those costs include their lessons, their possessions and, most importantly, their freedom. But the eldest, Princess Frida, will not bend to his will without a fight and she still has one possession her father can't take: the power of her imagination. And so, with little but wits and ingenuity to rely on, Frida and her sisters begin their fight to be allowed to live.
The perfect secret, Rob Buyea.
These students are in for a year of secrets, discoveries, and kid power! Gavin finally joins the football team; a dream come true!, but Coach Holmes refuses to play him for reasons that also threaten to tear Gavin's family apart. When Randi attends an elite gymnastics camp, she uncovers a startling family connection. Scott starts researching an article for the school newspaper and stumbles right into a hornet's nest of lies. With his loser older brother, Brian, out of the house, Trevor's life is loads better, until he realizes that only he can save Brian from getting into deep trouble. Natalie's top goals: (1) find out why Mrs. Woods and Mrs. Magenta no longer speak to each other; a mission shared by all the kids, and (2) teach a certain someone an important life skill without anyone knowing. It's tough keeping secrets. And tougher still to deal with the fallout when secrets spill out.
Misfits, Jen Calonita.
Forced to attend Enchantasia's Royal Academy, Devin teams up with other misfits to investigate why Olivina, the fairy godmother/headmistress, is obsessed with villains rather than teaching them to be proper princes and princesses.
The darkdeep, Ally Condie, Brendan Reichs.
Everyone in Timbers knows Still Cove is off-limits, with its creepy Beast sightings and equally terrifying legends. But when a bullying incident sends twelve-year- old Nico Holland over a cliff and into Still Cove's icy waters, friends Tyler and Emma; and even Opal Walsh, who usually runs with the popular kids, rush to his rescue and discover a mysterious island hiding in the murky, swirling mists below. Though the island appears uninhabited, the kids can't shake a feeling that something about it is definitely not right. Their suspicions grow when they stumble upon an abandoned houseboat filled with all sorts of curiosities: odd-looking weapons, unnerving portraits, maps to unknown places, and a glass jar containing something completely unidentifiable. And in its lowest depths churns a dark, deep secret. As the group delves deeper into this mysterious new clubhouse, their lives begin to intertwine in weird and dangerous ways. For something ancient has awakened and it can detect not only their wishes and dreams, but also their darkest, most terrible imaginings. Do they have what it takes to face the shadowy secrets lurking within their own hearts?
Louisiana's way home, Kate DiCamillo.
When Louisiana Elefante's granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn't overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from best friends Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home. But as Louisiana's life becomes entwined with the lives of the people of the small Georgia town in which they find themselves; including a surly motel owner, a walrus-like minister and a mysterious boy with a crow on his shoulder, she starts to worry that she is destined only for goodbyes.
The Lotterys more or less, Emma Donoghue; illustrated by Caroline Hadilaksono.
Nine-year-old Sumac Lottery considers it her job to make sure none of the Lottery celebrations are forgotten, especially now at Christmas time, and in her large, gay, and multiethnic family there are a lot of occasions for celebration in the house they all call Camelottery, but when a terrible ice storm hits Toronto, one of her dads, and her favourite brother cannot make it home from India, and it becomes increasingly difficult to hang on to the holiday spirit.
Blended, Sharon M. Draper.
Piano-prodigy Isabella, eleven, whose black father and white mother struggle to share custody, never feels whole, especially as racial tensions affect her school, her parents both become engaged, and she and her stepbrother are stopped by police.
Captain Rosalie, Timothée de Fombelle; illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault; translated by Sam Gordon.
In this astonishingly-drawn wartime story, a little girl called Rosalie is a captain on a very secret mission - a mission to learn how to read. Mother reads often to Rosalie, especially when Father sends them letters from the front line describing the forest in the distance, the churned-up soil and the soldiers hiding in holes. But as Rosalie gets further along in her mission and begins to piece together the words in her father's letters, the truth about the consequences of war are finally and irrevocably revealed.
In your shoes, Donna Gephart.
Miles is an anxious boy who loves his family's bowling center. Amy is the new girl at school, who tries to write her way to her own happily-ever-after and does not want to live above her uncles funeral home. Then Miles and Amy meetin the most unexpected way and it is the beginning of everything.
Grenade, Alan Gratz.
On April 1, 1945 with the battle of Okinawa beginning, fourteen-year-old native Okinawan Hideki, drafted into the Blood and Iron Student Corps, is handed two grenades and told to go kill American soldiers; small for his age Hideki does not really want to kill anyone, he just wants to find his family, and his struggle across the island will finally bring him face-to-face with Ray, a marine in his very first battle–and the choice he makes then will change his life forever.
The way past winter, Kiran Millwood Hargrave.
Mila and her sisters live with their brother Oskar in a small forest cabin in the snow. One night, a fur-clad stranger arrives seeking shelter for himself and his men. But by the next morning, they've gone; taking Oskar with them. Fearful for his safety, Mila and her sisters set out to bring Oskar back, even it means going north, crossing frozen wild-lands to find a way past an eternal winter.
The afterwards, A.F. Harrold; illustrated by Emily Gravett.
Fact: Ember and Ness are best friends. There's nothing more to say about it. It is what it is. It is what will always be. Ember and Ness. Then Ness dies. It is sudden and unexpected and leaves Ember completely empty. How can this be? When Ember finds a way into the Afterworld, she determines to bring Ness back. Because that's what friends do isn't it? They rescue each other. They help. They never give up. Ember and Ness. That don't change. A powerful, poignant, darkly comic and deeply moving story about friendship at its most extraordinary.
Otherwood, Pete Hautman.
"Hatred combined with lies and secrets can break the world." Grandpa Zach used to say that before he died, but Stuey never really knew what he meant. It was kind of like how he used to talk about quantum physics, or how he used to say ghosts haunted the overgrown golf course. But then one day, when Stuey and his best friend, Elly Rose, are playing in the deadfall in the middle of the woods, something totally unbelievable happens. As Stuey and Elly Rose struggle to come to grips with their lives after that moment, all the things Grandpa Zach used to say started to make sense. This is a book about memory and loss and the destructive nature of secrets, but also about the way friendship, truth, and perseverance have the ability to knit a torn-apart world back together.
Matt Millz stands up!, Harry Hill; illustrated by Steve May.
Matt did it! His performance at the T Factor has given him the fame he dreamed of. Kitty is getting more gigs booked in with a whole new stable of comedic acts. Unfortunately, Matt hasn't had time to come up with new jokes so it isn't long before he is greeted with the worst heckle for a comedian: 'heard it before!'. But when Kitty suggests he takes a break to work on his routine, Matt can't stand to go back to his normal life. So he signs up with the stylish Excalibur Agency, brushing his concerns (and Kitty) aside. A life of celebrity awaits! But it doesn't take long for the shine to wear off and when they try and force him on to his first Live At the Apollo, without any preparation and no new jokes, how can Matt save himself from the ultimate humiliation?
Very rich, Polly Horvath.
Ten-year-old Rupert Brown comes from an ordinary family. They live in a small house in the poorest section of Steelville, Ohio, and have little money or food. So when Rupert inadvertently finds himself spending Christmas at Turgid Rivers' house; the richest boy in town, he is blown away to discover a whole other world, including all the food he can eat and wonderful prizes that he wins when the family plays games, prizes he hope to take home to his family so they can have Christmas presents for the very first time. But this windfall is short-lived when Rupert loses it all in one last game and goes home empty-handed. Each member of the Rivers family feels guilty about what happened, and unbeknownst to one another tries to make it up to Rupert in their own unique way, taking him on one unlikely adventure after another.
The meltdown, Jeff Kinney.
When snow shuts down Greg Heffley's middle school, his neighbourhood transforms into a wintry battlefield. Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights. And in the crosshairs are Greg and his trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson. It's a fight for survival as Greg and Rowley navigate alliances, betrayals, and warring gangs in a neighborhood meltdown. When the snow clears, will Greg and Rowley emerge as heroes? Or will they even survive to see another day?
Counting to perfect, Suzanne LaFleur.
Julia used to be the perfect big sister: she played great games and took good care of Cassie. Now life at home revolves around Julia and her daughter, Addie. No one pays much attention to Cassie: not to her competitive swim meets, and not to what's gone wrong with her friends. When Julia confides in Cassie that she'll be leaving with Addie, without telling their parents, Cassie jumps in the car, too. As the days of lumberjack breakfasts and hotel pools start to add up, Cassie has to wonder: Could the sister who seems to be the source of all her problems also be the friend she's missed the most?
The den of forever frost, Kathryn Lasky.
Cubs Stellan and Jytte survived their treacherous trek across the Nunquivik, but their quest to rescue their mother has only begun. Svenna is imprisoned at the sinister Ice Clock; the headquarters of the Gran Patek, whose dangerous influence is spreading throughout the bear kingdom. Only one bear has ever stood up to the Grand Patek; Svern, the cubs' father, a famous warrior who's been in exile for years. And so, along with their friend, Third, the cubs set out to find Svern in the legendary Den of Forever Frost, a place some bears claim never existed at all. But time is running out. The Grand Patek has a secret weapon at his disposal; one with the power to destroy everything the creatures of Ga'Hoole hold dear.
The bottle imp of Bright House, Tom Llewellyn; illustrated by Gris Grimly.
Thirteen-year-old Gabe buys a bottle bearing an imp that will grant his every wish, but someone else will pay the price and, if he dies while owning the bottle, he will lose his soul.
Monstrous devices, Damien Love.
On a winter's day in a British town, twelve-year old Alex receives a package in the mail: an old tin robot from his grandfather. "This one is special," says the enclosed note, and when strange events start occurring around him, Alex suspects this small toy is more than special; it might be deadly. Right as things get out of hand, Alex's grandfather arrives, pulling him away from an attack, and his otherwise humdrum world of friends, bullies, and homework and into the macabre magic of an ancient family feud. Together, the duo flees across snowy Europe, unraveling the riddle of the little robot while trying to outwit relentless assassins of the human and mechanical kind.
Oracle of doom, D. J. MacHale.
Marcus is an agent of the Library, a place filled with tales that don't have an ending. Puzzles that won't be solved until Marcus and his friends step in to finish them. This time it's their own stories at stake. Theo just visited the Oracle Baz, an old amusement-park machine that spits out fortunes for the cost of a quarter. Fun, right? The only problem is, the oracle's cheap predictions have been coming true and Theo's fortune says that life as he knows it will end on his fourteenth birthday! Plus, Lu's cousin, who also went to the oracle, is missing. Marcus knows where to find help for his friends; the Library. It turns out that the Oracle Baz was a real man who died in a fire long ago. Can a glimpse into the fortune-teller's past change all their futures?
The season of Styx Malone, Kekla Magoon.
Caleb Franklin and his big brother Bobby Gene have the whole summer for adventures in the woods behind their house in Sutton, Indiana. Caleb dreams of venturing beyond their ordinary small town, but his dad likes the family to stay close to home. Then Caleb and Bobby Gene meet new neighbor Styx Malone. Styx is sixteen and oozes cool. He's been lots of different places. Styx promises Caleb and Bobby Gene that together, they can pull off the Great Escalator Trade– exchanging one small thing for something better until they achieve their wildest dream. But as the trades get bigger, the brothers soon find themselves in over their heads. It becomes clear that Styx has secrets; secrets so big they could ruin everything, and Caleb fears their whole plan might fall apart.
Tight, Torrey Maldonado.
Bryan knows what's tight for him; reading comics, drawing superheroes, and hanging out with no drama. But drama is every day where he's from, and that gets him tight, wound up. And now Bryan's friend Mike pressures him with ideas of fun that are crazy risky. At first, it's a rush following Mike, hopping turnstiles, subway surfing, and getting into all kinds of trouble. But Bryan never really feels right acting so wrong, and drama really isn't him. So which way will he go, especially when his dad tells him it's better to be hard and feared than liked? But if there's one thing Bryan's gotten from his comic heroes, it's that he has power; to stand up for what he feels.
Dear sister, Alison McGhee; illustrated by Joe Bluhm.
Brother chronicles life with his frequently-annoying Sister, from the time she is born until she is ten and he leaves for college, through a series of letters and drawings.
Clash of beasts: a going wild novel, Lisa McMann.
Project Chimera scientists try to figure out a way to give Charlie Wilde and her friends new powers from the animal kingdom to use against Dr. Gray and his followers, who are bent on transforming humanity into a monstrous new species, subservient to them.
Bluecrowne: a Greenglass House story, Kate Milford with illustrations by Nicole Wong.
Lucy Bluecrowne is beginning a new life ashore with her stepmother and half brother, though she's certain the only place she'll ever belong is with her father on a ship of war as part of the crew. She doesn't care that living in a house is safer and the proper place for a twelve-year-old girl; it's boring. But then two nefarious strangers identify her little brother as the pyrotechnical prodigy they need to enact an evil plan, and it will take all Lucy's fighting instincts to keep her family together.
Seeing Red, Sarah Mlynowski.
Abby tries to use the magic mirror to get to her friend's house, but she ends up with her brother in the tale of Little Red Riding Hood; where, having accidently knocked out the Huntsman, they set out to save Red (named Lali) and her rather unpleasant grandmother themselves, but end up having to save the wolf (who actually seems a lot nicer then Lali's grandmother), and discovering a surprising secret about their own Nana.
The slightly alarming tale of the whispering wars: a kingdoms and empires book, Jaclyn Moriarty; illustrations by Kelly Canby.
I was taken by Whisperers at 2pm, so I never pulled the lever for the laundry chute. That's what bothered me most. This is way ahead in the story, though. A lot happened before that. The town of Spindrift is frequented by pirates, Shadow Mages and charlatans. It's also home to the Orphanage School, where Finlay lives with Glim, Taya and Eli. Just outside town is the painfully posh Brathelthwaite Boarding School, home to Honey Bee, Hamish and Victor, Duke of Ainsley. When the two schools compete at the Spindrift Tournament, stakes are high, tensions are higher, and some people are out to win at any cost. Before long, the orphans and the boarding school are in an all-out war. And then Whispering Wars break out, and Spindrift is thrust onto the front lines. Children are being stolen, Witches, Sirens and a deadly magical flu invade the town, and all attempts to fight back are met with defeat. Finlay, Honey Bee and their friends must join forces to outwit the encroaching forces of darkness, rescue the stolen children, and turn the tide of the war. But how can one bickering troupe outwit the insidious power of the Whisperers? And who are the two mysterious figures watching them from the shadows?
Our Jacko, Michael Morpurgo; illustrated by David Gentleman.
"This war is a nightmare that one day I shall wake from and then forget. And if I don't wake, then you shall never know. I don't want you ever to know." No one seems to know where the scruffy tin hat came from, just that it is very old, from some war or other long ago. To young Michael and his family it has its uses today: as a child's toy, a feeding bowl for the hens, a hanging basket. Then Michael discovers that it belonged to his great-great-grandfather, "Our Jacko", who lost his life at Ypres in 1915. As the boy digs deeper, he finds the young soldier's diary and learns more about his forgotten ancestor; husband, father, poet, actor, who died so tragically young. And it becomes clear exactly how Our Jacko should be commemorated.
Wrath of the dragon king, Brandon Mull; illustrated by Brandon Dorman.
Seth and Kendra, newly appointed caretakers of Wyrmroost, soon find themselves in a fight for their lives when the dragons, led by Celebrant, rebel.
The house in Poplar Wood, K.E. Ormsbee.
The Vickery twins, Lee and Felix, live in a house in Poplar Wood, where, because of the "Agreement," their mother serves Memory, and their father assists Death, and only Lee is allowed to leave the house, except for Halloween; but when a local girl is murdered, Gretchen Whipple, daughter of the mayor, offers the boys a deal; help her solve the crime and she will help them break the Agreement, and regain their freedom.
Knights vs. dinosaurs, Matt Phelan.
Let me tell you a secret about the Knights of the Round Table: they don't have much to do. The realm is at peace and dragons are few and far between. So Merlin decides to send the knights out on a real adventure to a world filled with the most terrible lizards of all: Dinosaurs!
Lu, Jason Reynolds.
Lu was born to be cocaptain of the Defenders. Well, actually, he was born albino, but that's got nothing to do with being a track star. Lu has swagger, plus the talent to back it up, and with all that; not to mention the gold chains and diamond earrings, no one's gonna outshine him. Lu knows he can lead Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and the team to victory at the championships, but it might not be as easy as it seems. Suddenly, there are hurdles in Lu's way; literally and not-so-literally, and Lu needs to figure out, fast, what winning the gold really means.
Wakestone Hall: a Stella Montgomery intrigue, Judith Rossell.
Stella Montgomery is in disgrace and the Aunts have decided there is only one thing to be done. She is to be sent to Wakestone Hall, a grim and dreadful boarding school where the disobedient are tamed and the wilful are made meek. Life at school is lonely and miserable, and when a friend disappears, Stella is determined to find her; no matter the dangers that certainly lie ahead. Soon Stella is thrown deeper into the mysteries of Wakestone and her own past. Will Stella be able to save her friend in time? And will she discover, at long last, who she is and where she truly belongs?
The tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling; illustrated by Chris Riddell; translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger with additional notes by Professor Albus Dumbledore.
The dazzlingly brilliant Chris Riddell brings his magical illustration talents to J.K. Rowling's gloriously inventive The Tales of Beedle the Bard in a fully illustrated colour edition of this essential classic for Harry Potter fans. Translated from the runes by Hermione Granger, the volume includes `The Tale of the Three Brothers', familiar to readers of Harry Potter from the crucial role it played in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Mischievous and witty, these five rollicking tales are a deeply satisfying read in the tradition of all great fables and fairytales. Kindnesses are rewarded and selfishness shown to be the ruin of many a wizard. Burping cauldrons, hairy hearts and cackling stumps are met along the way. Each of the tales is accompanied by a deliciously subversive and insightful commentary by Professor Albus Dumbledore, all brought vividly to life with Riddell's trademark wit and elegance.
Twelve angels weeping, Dave Rudden; illustrated by Alexis Snell.
The winter festivals of Old Earth were a time to huddle together against the cold; a time to celebrate being halfway out of the darknesss. But thre are some corners of the universe that the light never touches. Who knows what lurks in the dark and the cold between the stars? Here are twelve stories to remind you that we are not alone. That we are not safe. And whatever you do, don't blink.
Once upon a dork, Rachel Renee Russell with Nikki Russell and Erin Russell.
The Queen of the Dorks is back in a brand new instalment of the internationally bestselling series, now with 13 million copies in print worldwide! After a bump on the head, Nikki has a wild dream in which she, her BFF's Chloe and Zoey, her crush Brandon, and mean girl Mackenzie all end up playing the roles of some familiar classic fairy tale characters. Will Nikki's dream turn into a nightmare?
Tales from a not-so-dorky drama queen, Rachel Renée Russell with Nikki Russell and Erin Russell.
Nikki's diary is up to the month of April, and springtime is sure to bring more wacky adventures with Nikki and her friends Chloe, Zoey, and Brandon!
Tales from a not-so-glam TV star, Rachel Renée Russell with Nikki Russell and Erin Russell.
Nikki is in the spotlight. A reality TV crew will follow her and her friends for the whole month of March as they record their hit song together. But will the excitement also cause unexpected problems, now that cameras are everywhere Nikki and her friends go?
Tales from a not-so-smart Miss Know-It-All, Rachel Renee Russell.
When Miss Know-It-All's inbox overflows with pleas for guidance, Nikki Maxwell, the school newspaper advice columnist, turns to her best friends for help.
Darkstalker, Tui T. Sutherland.
Long before the SandWing and the Dragonet Prophecy, Darkstalker, half NightWing and half IceWing, is hatched under the three moons born into a divided heritage, he is destined to become the most powerful and dangerous dragon Pyrhhia will ever know, and it will take the combined efforts of a SeaWing named Fatham and a NightWing seer named Clearsight to come up with a way to save all the kingdoms from his anger.
Escaping peril, Tui T. Sutherland.
Peril is possibly the most dangerous dragon in Pyrrhia, because she has firescales that can kill an opponent with a touch, but now she has a mission find her former queen, Scarlet, who is threatening the Jade Mountain Academy, and then stop her, and she is not sure if the persistent SeaWing, Turtle, who is accompanying her, will be a help or a hindrance.
Sticker girl and the cupcake challenge, Janet Tashjian with illustrations by Inga Wilmink.
Student council is keeping Martina busy with a bake sale and cupcake-savvy Bev is excited to help out. The girls advertise their delicious creations and are thrilled to be invited to participate in a web show baking contest. Can Martina balance school and a ruthless cupcake competition, all while keeping her stickers in check? Or is this a recipe for disaster?
The law of finders keepers, Sheila Turnage.
A rumor that Blackbeard's buried treasure is somewhere near Tupelo Landing causes pirate fever to sweep through town just as clues about Mo's Upstream Mother surface and the Desperado Detectives; aka Mo LoBeau and her best friends Dale and Harm, take on the most important case of Mo's life.
Mistress of all evil: a tale of the dark fairy, Serena Valentino.
The tale is told as if it's happening once upon a dream: the lovely maiden meets her handsome prince in the woods. The story has been told many times and in many ways. But always the maiden finds out that she is a princess; a princess who has been cursed by a dark fairy to prick her finger on a spindle and fall into an eternal sleep. Though her three good fairies try to protect her, the princess succumbs to the curse. But the power of good endures, as her true love defeats the fire-breathing dragon and awakens the princess with true love's first kiss. The two live happily ever after. And yet this is only half the story. So what of the dark fairy, Maleficent? Why does she curse the innocent princess? What led to her becoming so filled with malice, anger, and hatred? Many tales have tried to explain her motives. Here is one account, pulled down from the many passed down through the ages. It is a tale of love and betrayal, of magic and reveries. It is a tale of the Mistress of All Evil.
Poor unfortunate soul: a tale of the sea witch, Serena Valentino.
The tale of the sea king's daughter Ariel is a beloved one of losing, and then finding, one's own voice. The story has been told many times and in many ways. But always the mergirl wants more than her world can offer, and her father demands that she live within the confines of his domain. Her rebelliousness costs the little mermaid her voice and nearly her soul. But the power of good prevails, and Ariel emerges proud and unchanged.
The beast within: a tale of beauty's prince, Serena Valentino.
A cruel prince is transformed into a beast and then transformed again by a maiden's compassion and love. But why was he cursed and turned into the beast? Go beyond the traditional story of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and discover the vanity and arrogance that made the Prince into the Beast.
Property of the rebel librarian, Allison Varnes.
When twelve-year-old June Harper's parents discover what they deem an inappropriate library book, they take strict parenting to a whole new level. And everything June loves about Dogwood Middle School unravels: librarian Ms. Bradshaw is suspended, an author appearance is canceled, the library is gutted, and all books on the premises must have administrative approval. But June can't give up books and she realizes she doesn't have to when she spies a Little Free Library on her walk to school.
Little Red Rodent Hood, Ursula Vernon.
A little girl in a red cape asks for Princess Harriet Hamsterbone's help with a pack of weasel-wolves who want to eat her grandmother, but after meeting everyone, Harriet is not sure who to trust.
The Midnight Gang, David Walliams; illustrated by Tony Ross.
When Tom gets hit on the head by a cricket ball, he finds himself at Lord Funt Hospital, and is greeted by a terrifying-looking porter. Things go from bad to worse when he meets the wicked matron in charge of the children's ward. But Tom is about to embark on the most thrilling journey of a lifetime! The Midnight Gang tells an extraordinarily heartwarming and, of course, funny story of five children on a hospital ward; and on a quest for adventure! It is a story of friendship and magic, and of making dreams come true.
The world's worst children, David Walliams; illustrated in glorious colour by Tony Ross.
The World's Worst Children is a collection of ten short stories about five beastly boys and five gruesome girls. Meet TV super-fan, Sofia Sofa, so stuck to the sofa that she's turning into one; Dribbling Drew, a boy whose drool gets him into trouble; and Blubbering Bertha, a girl who bawls and tells terrible tales. Plus expect an appearance from everyone's favourite character: Raj! The World's Worst Children may be Walliams' most devious, mischievous and devilishly delightful book yet.
The world's worst children. 2, David Walliams; illustrated in glorious colour by Tony Ross.
As if Nigel Nitboy and Dribbling Drew weren't horrid enough, David Walliams is about to introduce a whole new raft of children so horrible they had to have their own book. That's right, make space on your bookshelf for The World's Worst Children 2!
Soof, Sarah Weeks.
All her life Aurora has heard stories about how wonderful and lucky Heidi is, and soon this paragon (now grown up and expecting a baby) will be visiting; but before she arrives part of their house is damaged in a fire, and worse, Aurora's beloved dog disappears, and while her parents have always believed in "soof" (Heidi's mom's word for love), Aurora, who has never really fit in with children her own age, will just have to find her own soof.
The collectors, Jacqueline West.
Van has always been an outsider. Most people don't notice him. But he notices them. And he notices the small trinkets they drop, or lose, or throw away; that's why his collection is full of treasures. Then one day, Van notices a girl stealing pennies from a fountain, and everything changes. He follows the girl, Pebble, and uncovers an underground world full of wishes and the people who collect them. Apparently not all wishes are good and even good wishes often have unintended consequences, and the Collectors have made it their duty to protect us. But they aren't the only ones who have their eyes on the world's wishes; and they may not be the good guys, after all.
The Brotherhood of Brimstone, Kate Wiseman.
Sir Byron's Brain, a priceless legendary diamond, has gone missing. If it leaves the school grounds, Blaggard's will be destroyed forever and the head teacher obliterated! Could the evil Brotherhood of Brimstone; an ancient secret society, have anything to do with it? Best friends Milly and Charlie embark on an adventure to find out. They discover a web of evil plots involving Gruffles, Charlie's stinky dog, and Wolfie, the robot dog turned invisible superhero.
Someone else's shoes, Ellen Wittlinger.
A road trip unites three young people in search of family and acceptance. Twelve-year-old Izzy's life just seems to get more and more complicated: she is upset by her father's new marriage, and a new baby on the way; she is expected to look out for her ten-year-old cousin, Oliver, who has moved in with her family since his mother committed suicide, because his father is depressed and having trouble coping; and now Ben, the rebellious sixteen-year-old son of Izzy's mother's boyfriend, is also living with them, but when Oliver's father disappears, the three children put aside their differences and set out to find him. As the trio travels, they find a surrogate family in each other.

Picture Books

5 wild numbers, illustrated by Bella Gomez.
Spot and count the animals, then place your finger on the sliding disc and trace each number on the page.
Every page features a bright, common vehicle with its name underneath and vehicle sounds to copy, from brrmm brrmm to zoooom!
This book is suitable for farmyard fun for young children.
Hello teddy!
Babies and toddlers will love this interactive touch-and-feel book from Ladybird's best-selling Baby Touch series.
Noisy day.
Featuring everyday noises from beep beep!, ding-dong! and miaow! to saying hello, this book lets you have fun with your baby exploring the colourful, high-contrast touch-and-feel pages of Noisy Day.
Peppa's Christmas.
Ho! Ho! Ho! It's Christmas Eve and Peppa and George are waiting for their best Christmas present ever.
The Puffin book of summer stories: eight favourite Australian picture books.
Sandy toes, soaring gulls, and splashing in the waves. What?s not to love about summer? Celebrate the freedom and joy of the long, warm holidays with The Puffin Book of Summer Stories.
The dress and the girl, words by Camille Andros; pictures by Julie Morstad.
A little girl and her favorite dress have extraordinary adventures together, but when the girl emigrates from Greece to the United States they are separated, and the dress travels the world searching for her.
Peppa's gym class, [adapted by Mandy Archer].
Exercise is fun, especially when its at Grampy Rabbit's jungle gym class! Peppa and her friends use their imaginations to explore a crocodile infested swamp and escape dinosaurs.
My town, illustrator, Ingela P. Arrhenius.
There's so much to see in town! Can you spot the people who are wandering from page to page? A stylish book for little explorers illustrated in striking graphic style by Ingela P Arrhenius.
Joy, Corrinne Averiss, Isabelle Follath.
Fern's Nanna has not been herself of late. And when Mum remarks that all the joy seems to have gone out of her life, Fern decides to fetch the joy back for her Nanna. With a net, a box and a bag to help her, she begins her search for joy.
Sorrel and the sleepover, Corrinne Averiss; Susan Varley.
Squirrels Sage and Sorrel are just the same: the like the same games, sing the same songs and say the same things at the same time. They even have the same stripe on their tails! But when Sage invites her friend for a sleepover, Sorrel discovers they aren't the same at all; while Sage has a huge family and an even bigger treehouse home, Sorrel lives with her mum in a tiny tree. Sorrel must hide how different she is, otherwise Sage won't be her friend, will she?
Faces, [illustrated by Stella Baggott].
Usborne baby's very first mix & match playbook, [illustrated by Stella Baggott].
Little children will love making funny animals in this entertaining board book. Each page is split into two parts; a head and a body, with animals to mix and match including an elephant, rabbit, koala and giraffe. With the many animal combinations and bright illustrations throughout, this charming book will entertain babies over and over again.
The pond, Graeme Base.
Wuffle the puppy, Lou the kitten and Billington the duck are playing happily in the garden. But when disaster strikes, who will save the day?
And the cars go, William Bee.
It's a Huge, very Noisy traffic jam and everyone's in a hurry to get somewhere! The racing car, off to the track, goes vrooooom; the beach buggy, on its way to the coast, goes bumble bumble; and Mr Luiggi cries "Mamma Mia! My ice creams are melting!" This title is suitable for children aged 3+… especially those who love cars.
Stanley's school, Williambee.
It is time for school and there's so much to do! Storytime, gardening, lunch and painting; all before the end of the day. Phew!
Bible animals, [written by Sally Beets].
A Bible-themed board book introduces engaging animals from the Bible, including a woolly lamb, a smooth whale, and a soft dove.
All the ways to be smart, Davina Bell & [illustrated by] Allison Colpoys.
Smart is not just ticks and crosses, smart is building boats from boxes. Painting patterns, wheeling wagons, being mermaids, riding dragons. From the award-winning creators of The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade and Under the Love Umbrella comes this joyful ode to all the unique and wonderful qualities that make children who they are.
The tall man and the small mouse, Mara Bergman; illustrated by Birgitta Sif.
All day long, the Tall Man does tall things that need doing, like picking apples and untangling swings and fixing all the broken things. But, one day, the huge town clock simply stops to tick and tock and ding! Whatever will the Tall Man do? However hard he tries, he just doesn't have a clue! Perhaps now is just the right time for the perfect little friend to come along?
Pig the elf, Aaron Blabey.
No one loves Christmas more than Pig. And the world's greediest Pug will stay up all night to get his presents!
The very hungry bear, Nick Bland.
When the Very Hungry Bear goes fishing, he ends up catching more than he bargained for a polar bear, with an armful of fish, who needs help finding a new home! Vibrant illustrations and a fun, engaging story make this book perfect for reading aloud.
The very itchy bear, Nick Bland.
The very Cranky Bear is back! This time he's cranky because of flea, who's biting high and biting low but that's just how flea says hello! Bear tries to get away, but Flea just won't leave him alone. When Bear finally gets rid of Flea, he finds that he misses him; and a new friendship is born.
The wrong book, Nick Bland.
"A young boy is trying to tell his story, but his book keeps being invaded by characters from other stories."–Provided by publisher.
Santa Claus vs the Easter Bunny, Fred Blunt.
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 unexpected results.
The snowy nap, Jan Brett.
After hearing about winter from his friends, Hedgie the hedgehog tries to stay awake to experience its wonders.
The way home for wolf, Rachel Bright, [illustrations by] Jim Field.
Wilf is as strong and independent as a wolf cub can be. He doesn't need help from his friends and family; whatever it is, he can do it all by himself. But when Wilf finds himself lost and alone in the snow and chill of an Arctic night, he discovers something important; sometimes we all need the help of a friend to keep us safe and show us the way.
Cat wishes, words by Calista Brill; pictures by Kenard Pak.
A cat who professes not to believe in wishes is granted three of them, but makes them nonetheless.
Ten little elves, Mike Brownlow, Simon Rickerty.
Ten little elves set off on a mission to rescue Christmas. But what will the little elves do when they meet a growling polar bear, a yowling yeti and a scary Ice Queen? Will the little elves save the day?
Miffy: a first lift-the-flap book, Dick Bruna.
Miffy: A First Lift-the-Flap Book is a great introduction to Miffy's world! Find out who Miffy's friends are, what mother and father bunny look like and how they spend their day together! Lots of Miffy moments to share.
Miffy at the farm, Dick Bruna.
In Miffy at the Farm, Miffy sees ducks, pigs and a sweet woolly sheep! Take a look around the farm with Miffy and discover all the different animals - how they feel and the noises they make!
More would you rather…, John Burningham.
Would you rather have breakfast with bears, lunch with a lion or dinner with ducks? Would you like to fly with the pelicans or swim with the fish? Would it be worse if an elephant made a terrible smell or you fell over in a field of cows? Ask, and answer, these questions and many more in this funny, imaginative game of a book from John Burningham.
Good morning, neighbor, Davide Cali, Maria Dek.
From a mouse's simple request for an egg to make an omelet, animal neighbours donate ingredients to make and share a delicious cake.
The very hungry caterpillar's abc, [Eric Carle].
Helps you to learn your abc. This book explores the animal alphabets. It features distinctive artwork and lots of favourite animals, big and small.
Very Hungry Caterpillar: Touch and feel playbook, Eric Carle.
The world of Eric Carle is a world of colour and discovery. In this tactile early-learning playbook, first concepts are introduced through texture, words and pictures.
Oscar the hungry unicorn, Lou Carter, [illustrated by] Nikki Dyson.
Oscar the Unicorn has eaten his stable so he needs to find somewhere else to live. Not easy if you're a unicorn who eats everything in sight. No one wants him around: not the pirates or the fairies or the dragons. Will Oscar ever find a place to call home? Well, it just so happens that Princess Oola has been searching for a unicorn for ever.
Speak to me = k?rero mai. Animals, Jenny Chapman [illustrated by Cindy Tan].
Speaking Te Reo M??ri and using sign language alongside English is a beautiful way to not only acknowledge the official languages of New Zealand, but also boost brain development. Shows basic signs and words for common animals in English and M?ori.
Speak to me = k?rero mai. Family, Jenny Chapman [illustrated by Cindy Tan].
Speaking Te Reo M??ri and using sign language alongside English is a beautiful way to not only acknowledge the official languages of New Zealand, but also boost brain development. Shows basic signs and words for " father", "mother"," more", "milk", "food","finished", "change nappy" and others.
Speak to me = k?rero mai. Home, Jenny Chapman [illustrated by Cindy Tan].
Speaking Te Reo M??ri and using sign language alongside English is a beautiful way to not only acknowledge the official languages of New Zealand, but also boost brain development. Shows basic signs and words for "home", "clothes", "drink", "car" and others.
Bendy Wendy and the fire truck, Pat Chapman; illustrated by Richard Hoit.
It's night-time in the warehouse, but little Jack can't sleep. Then he sees smoke! It's all forklifts on the job as they work together to help each other escape and call the fire brigade.
Car, car, truck, jeep, Katrina Charman, Nick Sharratt.
This book is bursting with cars, buses, planes, trains, trucks, diggers and many more things that go.
When I grow up, Julie Chen; illustrated by Diane Goode.
Will I ever grow up? I have big ideas and lots of things I want to do. I am in a hurry to be big! Do you think I will ever be big like you?
Come to school too, Blue Kangaroo!, Emma Chichester Clark.
Lily and Blue Kangaroo a friendship forever! The eighth title in this hugely popular series featuring Lily and her loveable soft toy sees the inseparable duo starting at a new school with surprising results. When Lily starts at a new school she asks Blue Kangaroo to come too. Lily thinks Blue Kangaroo is worried about going but, secretly, he can't wait to explore and try new things which is just as well, because the fun lasts even longer than he expected! A reassuring story for children starting school.
When I first met you, Blue Kangaroo!, Emma Chichester Clark.
When Lily gets a new baby brother, she soon discovers that it's not easy learning new things and helping to look after someone so small. But then Grandma brings her a very special surprise; someone who also needs to be cared for Blue Kangaroo! And from the moment that Lily and Blue Kangaroo meet it is love!
Wide big world, Maxine Beneba Clarke; illustrated by Isobel Knowles.
Difference is everywhere, just look and see. This whole-wide-big-world is wondrous-unique. A picture book about our diverse and wonderful world.
Aleph: your first book, Janik Coat.
A funky, large-format first book of pictures, Aleph is a book to share. Its instantly appealing illustrations introduce shapes, objects, and stories. Through big graphic images and contrasting colours, it takes the reader from basic shapes and familiar objects to a wider world, full of story, character, and wonder. This funny, beautiful, surprising book includes a playful index of first words, a baby dictionary!
My bed is an air balloon, Julia Copus & [illustrated by] Alison Jay.
This book has two front covers. The text can be read from front to back and vice versa. The mirror form poem meets in the middle in a stunning centerpiece image as the two children in the story (twins, one in an air balloon, the other a sailing boat) meet in the clouds!
Lucy fell down the mountain, Kevin Cornell.
Lucy is having a terrible day. She's falling down a mountain. As she passes various characters; a mountain man, a bungeeing duck, and a pile of shuffling bears, she tries to ask for help. But everyone misinterprets her requests. As Lucy gains velocity, the story grows in silliness. Ending eventually in a giant, rolling snowball that lands Lucy safely at a hot-chocolate chalet. No harm done!
Hungry babies, Fearne Cotton; illustrated by Sheena Dempsey.
Fearne Cotton's yoga-loving tots are back, and this time they're hungry! Every family's mealtimes are different. George likes messy eating, Kit is banana-mad and the twins can't agree whether their snack is yucky or yummy. From chaotic breakfasts to birthday parties, Fearne Cotton's adorable Hungry Babies love to have fun at mealtimes.
Maisy goes camping, Lucy Cousins.
Maisy goes on a sleepover, Lucy Cousins.
Join Maisy on her very first sleepover! Friends and games, yummy food and funny dancing; it's hard to feel anything but wide awake!
Maisy goes on holiday, Lucy Cousins.
In this title, Maisie enjoys packing her suitcase, then meeting Cyril at a busy station where they catch a train to the seaside. They have fun at the beach then write postcards to their friends before returning home.
Maisy goes to hospital, Lucy Cousins.
Maisy has broken her leg playing on the trampoline, and now she's in hospital for the night. At first it's a bit scary being all on her own, but she soon makes friends with Dotty in the next bed and when Cyril and Tallulah visit the next day, Maisy begins to feel much better.
Maisy goes to London, Lucy Cousins.
Explore London with this delightful children's picture book from the multi-award-winning Lucy Cousins. Maisy and her friends are visiting the big city and there is so much to see! Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, and even the Globe Theatre. It's very noisy in the city! Honk! Honk! Honk! What an exciting day!
Emily Brown and Father Christmas, written by Cressida Cowell; illustrated by Neal Layton.
Emily Brown and her side-kick rabbit, Stanley, are back! And who's that outside the window; it's Father Christmas! With an important message about cherishing traditions that children will understand, this is storytelling at its best, from an exciting creative team in children's books.
Baby's firsts, Nancy Raines Day; illustrated by Michael Emberley.
Told in rhyming text, the story traces the development of three babies from birth to their first birthday celebrations.
The epic adventures of Huggie & Stick, Drew Daywalt & David Spencer.
When a grumpy stuffed bunny and a happy-go-lucky stick fall out of their boy's backpack, they embark on an odyssey that takes them all around the world, experiencing one crazy adventure after another.
Pete the cat checks out the library, James Dean.
Join Pete the cat as he visits a library for the first time, gets a library card, takes a fun tour, and reads some cool stories that take him on a few groovy adventures.
Poe won't go, written by Kelly DiPucchio; illustrated by Zachariah OHora.
When an elephant plants himself in the road and refuses to move, the people of Persnickety try all sorts of methods to get him to go, but one thoughtful little girl works up the courage to do what no one else has done: ask him.
Counting blessings, Emma Dodd.
We're counting our blessings, one by one, How many will there be? Let's count together, just us two. And very soon we'll see. A heart-warming new concept book from Emma Dodd, combining a counting element with a celebration of what is really important in life, from a home full of love to the blue sky above.
Santa's wonderful workshop, Elys Dolan.
Step inside Santa's workshop and experience Christmas like never before. With more toys to make than ever it's going to be the busiest Christmas yet, but luckily Santa and his elves have everything under control. Well, everything except for the rampaging polar bear, a toy factory that will only make toasters, and some very pesky visitors from the South Pole! Bursting with fun and silliness, Elys Dolan picture books are great to pore over and reward multiple reading like no others.
Animalphabet, written by Julia Donaldson; illustrated by Sharon King-Chai.
A splendidly die-cut alphabet of animals. Each cleverly cut flap draws you further into a beautifully vibrant world of huge elephants, slithery snakes and growling tigers. Sharon King-Chai's bold colours and shapes make Animalphabet a rich delight for children of all ages while Julia Donaldson's rhythmic text is a pleasure to read aloud. The cleverly written, simple text invites children to compare one animal to another, and clever hints and peep-through holes within the artwork make this a hugely entertaining guessing game as well as a gorgeous book to treasure.
Chocolate mousse for greedy Goose, written by Julia Donaldson; illustrated by Nick Sharratt.
Good manners aren't on the menu at this meal. Duck won't eat his carrots, Moth's eating the cloth, and Sheep would rather sleep than wash the dishes. Thank goodness some of the animals know how to behave!
Freddie and the fairy, Julia Donaldson, Karen George.
Goat goes to playgroup, written by Julia Donaldson; illustrated by Nick Sharratt.
Hippo has a hat, written by Julia Donaldson; illustrated by Nick Sharratt.
One mole digging a hole, written by Julia Donaldson; illustrated by Nick Sharratt.
One mole digging a hole…Can you see who else is helping out in the garden? This book features rhymes teamed with illustrations that is intended for reading aloud and encouraging children to count along.
One ted falls out of bed, Julia Donaldson; illustrated by Anna Currey.
When Ted falls out of bed, three tearaway mice whisk him off on a breathtaking adventure. They zoom around in fast cars, go on a balloon ride and climb a building-block mountain. It's all very exciting, but will Ted ever get back to his bed?
Rabbit's nap; and, Fox's socks: two lift-the-flap stories, Julia Donaldson, [illustrated by] Axel Scheffler.
Rabbit is trying to get to sleep, but everyone is being so noisy. Lift the flaps and find out who is keeping Rabbit awake. Then join Fox in a hunt for his missing socks. Are they in the kitchen or under the stairs? Are they inside the clock or hidden in a chest? Lift the flaps and find out!
The flying bath, written by Julia Donaldson; illustrated by David Roberts.
When everyone has left the house in the morning, the bath toys spring into action and head off on exciting adventures in their magical flying bath! From giving a muddy piglet a shower to putting out a fire for a frightened baboon, they have water at the ready for any emergency but they're always home for the children's bathtime at the end of the day.
The further adventures of the owl and the pussycat, Julia Donaldson; illustrated by Charlotte Voake.
The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat a beautiful new story by Julia Donaldson Gruffalo author, Julia Donaldson, revisits Edward Lear's favourite rhyme in this wonderful new story set in a nonsensical land full of adventure. When their beautiful golden ring is stolen, the Owl and the Pussy-cat must travel far from the safety of the Bong-tree glade as their search for the thief leads them across the Sea, to the Chankly Bore and beyond. Full of enchanting lyricism this new rhyme, beautifully illustrated by Charlotte Voake, promises to be as important and successful as the original.
The Gruffalo: touch and feel book, Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler.
Touch the Gruffalo's terrible tusks, feel his knobbly knees and tickle his purple prickles in this bold, eye-catching book with touch-and-feel elements on every page. Part of the exciting new "My First Gruffalo" series, this title features all your favourite characters from the "Deep Dark Wood". The nation's favourite bedtime story made perfect for small paws.
The paper dolls, Julia Donaldson; illustrated by Rebecca Cobb.
A string of paper dolls go on a fantastical adventure through the house and out into the garden. They soon escape the clutches of the toy dinosaur and the snapping jaws of the oven-glove crocodile, but then a very real pair of scissors threatens.
The scarecrows' wedding, Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler.
Written in Julia Donaldson's glorious rhyme and illustrated in glowing colour by Axel Scheffler, The scarecrows' wedding is a fabulous love story. Scarecrows Betty O'Barley and Harry O'Hay are planning the perfect wedding, but wicked Reginald Rake has other ideas. Harry must become a hero before he and Betty can have the wedding of their dreams.
Tiddler, Julia Donaldson; [illustrated by] Axel Scheffler.
Every day Tiddler is late for school, and every day he has another tall tale for his teacher. But did he really ride a seahorse? Did he really meet a mermaid? And who will believe him when he really does get captured in a net?
What the jackdaw saw, written by deaf children with Julia Donaldson; iIllustrated by Nick Sharratt.
Poor jackdaw is about to fly into trouble will he learn to read the animals' signs in time?
Zog and the Flying Doctors, Julia Donaldson & illustrated by Axel Scheffler.
Meet the Flying Doctors: Princess Pearl, Sir Gadabout and, of course, their trusty 'air ambulance', Zog the dragon, as they fly around the country, tending to a sunburnt mermaid, a distressed unicorn, and even a sneezy lion.
Midnight at the library, Ursula Dubosarsky, Ron Brooks.
In Midnight at the Library, critically-acclaimed author, Ursula Dubosarsky, and award-winning illustrator, Ron Brooks, traverse space and time, telling the story of a book throughout history. Dubosarsky and Brooks piece together the story of a book that was opened and loved, given and taken, closed and lost, found and forgotten before being discovered, uncovered and preserved at the library. Beautifully written and splendidly illustrated, this is a story about the inception, creation and preservation of books and culture. This enchanting children's book has vast educational potential and is sure to captivate the hearts of book-lovers across the nation, encouraging them to find their own book of wonder.
Is it really nearly Christmas?, Joyce Dunbar, Victoria Turnbull.
There's only one more sleep till Christmas and Lucas and Willow, the moon and the stars are all waiting. While they wait, the children remember everything they love about Christmas, but they don't notice that the magic has already begun.
Moomin and the ice festival, based on the original stories by Tove Jansson; [written by Richard Dungworth].
It's winter in Moominvalley and Moomintroll and his family are getting ready for the Long Winter Sleep. But as the first flakes of snow fall, they receive an exciting invitation to the Ice Festival. Will they be brave enough to venture out now winter is here?
Baby bedtime, Mem Fox, Emma Quay.
A gentle, heartwarming picture book to share and treasure from picture book masters Mem Fox and Emma Quay. There comes a time for sleeping, and our sleepy time is now. So fall asleep, my angel, with a kiss upon your brow. Written in gentle, rhythmic rhyme, Baby Bedtime is the perfect winding-down story to read aloud before bed.
Where is the green sheep?, Mem Fox and Judy Horacek.
A story about many different sheep, and one that seems to be missing. Suggested level: junior.
Little Brown, Marla Frazee.
Little Brown is grumpy and lonely at the dog park, until he decides to take matters into his own hands.
Cherries, Carrie Gallasch & Sara Acton.
The days are long and warm, the nights balmy, and the cherries in the orchard are growing juicy and plump. Time stretches endlessly ahead as we're transported to an idyllic summer of swinging from trees, running with kites and gazing at stars. With wistful illustrations by award-winning Sara Acton, Cherries is a story about the freedom of childhood and the magic of that first bite of summer fruit.
Cuddly animals, [text, Charlie Gardner].
Introduce your baby to cute cuddly animals with touch and feel textures. Tickle and touch the textures together with your baby and help them discover all about Cuddly Animals. Let their little hands roam to find a shaggy-haired pony, a fluffy lion cub and a fuzzy-tailed bushbaby.
Goodnight, Anne, written by Kallie George; illustrated by Genevieve Godbout.
It's time for Anne to go to bed, but not before saying goodnight to everyone and everything she loves.
The Sisters Saint-Claire and the Royal Mouse Ball, Carlie Gibson and Tamsin Ainslie.
'To all the Saint-Claires, you are hereby invited; To join me this Sunday, I'd be most delighted!; Dress in your best for a Royal Mouse Ball; I'll open the palace for mice, one and all!' Queen Julie S. Cheeser has invited the entire village to her glamorous Royal Ball, but with nothing to wear, what are the villagers to do? Luckily, the Sisters Saint-Claire have a thrifty idea or two! A delightful rhyming tale about family, friendship and five fashionable French mice, with divine illustrations bound to inspire every creative heart.
A couch for llama, Leah Gilbert.
When the Lago family's new couch accidentally falls off their car, it's found by Llama, who discovers how much fun a couch can be.
Little Boat, Taro Gomi.
When you're small and on the go, there's a lot to watch out for: big boats, waves, rain clouds, and more! But Little Boat can handle whatever comes his way, braving the elements and the unexpected with his initiative, confidence, and positive attitude.
The secret garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett; retold by Elizabeth Goodnight; illustrated by Toko Hosoya.
When Mary Lennox was uprooted from her home in India and sent to live with her mysterious uncle, Mr. Craven, at gloomy Misselthwaite Manor, a very contrary Mary assumed the worst. But after exploring the grounds, she discovered that it just takes a little bit of magic to help gardens and friendships bloom.
Happy birthday to me!, Stacy Gregg; [illustrated by] Ruth Paul.
Mini Whinny stamps her little hoof. Mini Whinny shakes her wild mane. She is being very naughty. She doesn't want to share her birthday with the big horses! Mini Whinny is a pint-sized pony with a big attitude. Whatever will her farm friends do?
Surprise!, Caroline Hadilaksono.
Bear, Raccoon, and Squirrel are good friends, and when some city folks visit their woods they plan to throw a welcome party with snacks and entertainment but when Bear returns with the party hats the humans are suddenly in a hurry to leave.
Here come the llamas: a touch-and-feel book, [illustrated by Laura Hambleton].
Here Come the Llamas is a playful touch-and-feel book, full of energy, fun and of course, lots of cute llamas! Toddlers will laugh, shout, clap their hands and join in the fun as the simple text encourages them to point, count, match and talk about the friendly, fluffy pals playing on every page. With textures to feel on every page and a matching game page at the end, everyone will want to clap hands for the llamas!
Who?: a celebration of babies, written by Robie H. Harris; illustrated by Natascha Rosenberg.
Who? A baby! That's you baby, you! That's who! Who? explores the relationships babies form with the people and things they love the most. The text is filled with a fun repetitive verse and melodic voice that will captivate babies and toddlers, drawing them into the sounds and images of the book.
Boats on the bay, words by Jeanne Walker Harvey; pictures by Grady McFerrin.
Illustrations and easy to read text portray a variety of vessels, from houseboats to dredgers, through the course of a busy day on the bay.
A very corgi Christmas, Sam Hay & [illustrated by] Loretta Schauer.
Wrap up warm and join little corgis Belle and Pip on a Christmas adventure in London! Belle loves the bustle of Christmas preparations at Buckingham Palace, but her family say she's in the way, and that Christmas is not for corgis! So Belle decides to slip out and explore London, where she's sure there will be Christmas sprit in abundance! But on the busy streets, Belle finds everything a bit too bright, a bit too noisy and far too loud! Luckily, a streetwise puppy called Pip turns up and whisks Belle off on a wonderfully romantic whirl around the sights of London. All too soon it's time to head home, but when the couple finally work out how to get back into the palace, Pip disappears. Will Belle ever see him again? Perhaps, with the help of a special royal couple, who might just bring Belle a wonderful Christmas surprise. For dog-lovers everywhere, this Lady and the Tramp-esque romp around London at Christmas is full of heart and waggy tails!
Snowball, Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet.
A lonely young snowball, stuck at the top of a mountain, decides to visit the local town for a bit of fun; but on his way he trips, falls, and starts to roll and when a snowball rolls through snow, we all know what happens! This snowball picks up not only snow, but a myriad of other crazy things on his way down; a sheep, a line of washing and even a bear on a bike. A brilliant and crazy story, written in bouncy rhyme, this is a wonderfully funny and hugely enjoyable story by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet.
1 grumpy Bruce: a counting book, Ryan T. Higgins.
Bruce the bear does not appreciate all the animals who show up ready to party in groups from one to ten.
My big book of Spot: a first book of numbers, shapes and colours, Eric Hill.
Join Spot and his friends to find out all about colours, shapes and numbers in this big, bold and beautiful collection of first words and concepts. The playful, conversational text guides the reader through the chunky board pages making early learning interactive and fun. This early learning treasury is the perfect one-stop shop for building a love of books and words in every baby and toddler!
Spot goes on holiday: a lift-the-flap book, Eric Hill.
When Spot goes to the beach he finds all sorts of fun things to do and even makes a new friend.
Spot loves his Grandma, Eric Hill.
Spot loves spending the day with his Grandma and Grandpa. Whether hes helping Grandma make lemonade, or swimming in the pool with Grandpa, its always a fun time when he visits. A follow-up to the popular Spot Loves His Mommy and Spot Loves His Daddy, these simple, colorful board books are perfect for sharing with special grandparents anytime!
Spot's favourite shapes: a chunky tab book, Eric Hill.
Learning about shapes is fun with Spot! Children can discover all the shapes and familiar objects from Spot's world.
Tiger walk, story by Dianne Hofmeyr; pictures by Jesse Hodgson.
One day Tom draws a tiger, inspired by his visit to the art gallery. That night, when Tom can't sleep, the tiger pads out of his drawing and purrs, "Let's go for a walk!" It's the beginning of a magical and life-changing adventure, as the tiger helps Tom to overcome some of his biggest fears.
Excuse me!, Dave Hughes & Holly Ife; illustrated by Philip Bunting.
Martha May has marvellous manners. She always says please and thank you and she most certainly does not fart! But what will happen on the day of the Baked Bean Bonanza?!
Pearl, Molly Idle.
When young Pearl, a mermaid, becomes caretaker of a single grain of sand, she discovers that performing even the smallest task well can transform the world.
A kiss for Akaraka, Richard Jackson; illustrated by E. B. Goodale.
When Lula begins to get tired of helping her father rake leaves, he suggests that her imaginary friend, Akaraka, might help.
This moose belongs to me, Oliver Jeffers.
An exquisite new book, featuring a boy and his moose, from internationally best-selling, multi-prize-winning picture book creator, Oliver Jeffers. An exquisite new book, featuring a boy and his moose, from internationally best-selling, multi-prize-winning picture book creator, Oliver Jeffers. "Wilfred owned a moose. He hadn't always owned a moose. The moose came to him a while ago and he knew, just KNEW, that it was meant to be his. He thought he would call him Marcel." Most of the time Marcel is very obedient, abiding by the many rules on How to Be a Good Pet. But one dark day, while deep in the woods, someone else claims the moose as their own! Is Marcel really Wilfred's pet after all? An exquisitely-illustrated, witty and thought-provoking story, exploring the concept of ownership, from international picture book sensation, Oliver Jeffers.
Once upon a snowstorm, Richard Johnson.
The story of a father and his son who live by themselves in a cosy cabin in the woods. But, one day they are separated out in the beautifully falling snow. The boy is lost and falls asleep. When he wakes up he is surrounded by blinking eyes, a rabbit, a fox, an owl and all manner of other creatures have surrounded him! But with a bear hug he and the woodland animals become best of friends! But soon he misses his dad and so the animals bring him back home. The father opens up his heart and home, and lets nature and love envelop their previously lonely existence.
Why the face?, Jean Jullien.
Jean Jullien tickles the funnybone once again with a book of facial overreactions. Faces are presented first, allowing the reader to wager predictions of what may have prompted such an expression, before the dramatic answer is revealed. Why the face? reads the text alongside an agitated boy with eyes and nose scrunched up. Pick up the full-page flap to reveal a whole mess of smelly items, from stinky socks to an oozing trash can, and the text, Whoa, that stinks. Jullien masterfully provides enough clues for the reader to piece together the narrative, including both predictable and surprising scenarios.
Tomorrow, Nadine Kaadan.
When Yazan is no longer allowed to go to the park and play outside, he learns why his parents watch the news all day and why the streets around his house in Syria are quickly changing.
Will you help me fall asleep?, written by Anna Kang; illustrated by Christopher Weyant.
Tomorrow is the annual boat race and Monty needs as much energy as possible to make sure he crosses the finish line first. He tried closing his eyes, counting sheep, and reading a book, but nothing will help him fall asleep. In this interactive follow-up to Can I Tell You a Secret?, Monty the frog asks for your help once again. This time he is struggling to go to sleep before a very big day. Both relatable and fun for children and parents, this adorable picture book is perfect for naptime, bedtime, or anytime!
A boy and a house, Maja Kastelic.
In this wordless picture book, a young boy is drawn to a large old house where he follows a trail of discarded drawings that lead him to the very top floor, and a new friend.
Potato pants!, Laurie Keller.
Potato is very excited to buy a pair of pants on sale at Lance Vance's Fancy Pants Store, but when he sees Eggplant, who pushed him the day before, he is afraid to go in.
Rhinos don't eat pancakes, Anna Kemp & Sara Ogilvie.
Wild animals. Baby touch and Feel
Jonny Lambert's animal 1 2 3
Learn first numbers and meet amazing animals along the way in this lift-the-flap book.
Colours, [illustrated by Fiona Land].
Introduce your baby to first colours in this bright, interactive touch-and-feel book.
Flip-flap book, [illustrated by Fiona Land].
A multi-sensory experience for babies, with touch-and-feels, shiny foil and flip-flap pages for mixing and matching high-contrast pictures. Simple words and phrases are repeated throughout to help develop language skills and encourage interaction between parent and baby as they explore the world together.
Digby & the duck, written and illustrated by Max Landrak.
A book about determination, discovery and a duck, or maybe it's about nothing at all! Digby can't shake the feeling he's being spied on, but by who? Curiosity and investigation will pay off, in the most unexpected way!
Noni the pony rescues a joey, Alison Lester.
Noni the Pony heads out for the day, to roam the green hills behind Waratah Bay. As she and her friends wander down a green trail, they meet someone small with a very long tail. Can they help the lost baby wallaby find the way home?
Tricky's bad day, Alison Lester.
Poor Tricky! Nothing is going right for him. Milk spills, pyjama buttons won't work, his little sister wrecks their game, and when he tries to help out, everything gets worse. Tricky's having a very bad day! Then Dad has an idea. Outside it's wild, but there's a lot to explore.
Stop that yawn!, written by Caron Levis; illustrated by LeUyen Pham.
Gabby convinces Granny to leave Sleepytown and stay up all night in a new place, but before long, a contagious yawn takes control.
A big mooncake for Little Star, Grace Lin.
Reimagines the cycles of the moon as a mother bakes a Big Moon Cake and, despite Mama's request to wait, Little Star begins nibbling at it every night.
William's Waitangi Day, David Ling; illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson.
When the teacher asks about Waitangi Day, everyone else knows what they'll be doing, but William doesn't even know what Waitangi Day means. Then, with the help of his friends he begins to understand what it's all about and has a great day too!
I'm a truck driver, Jonathan London; illustrated by David Parkins.
There are many different kinds of trucks to drive. You can dig up dirt with a power shovel, lift steel beams with a giant crane, flatten tar with a steamroller, and push away snow with a snowplow. Preschoolers will love watching the little boy and girl in the story as they sit in the driver's seat of twelve big trucks that rumble and tumble and go clinka-vroom vroom!
Little fox in the snow, Jonathan London; illustrated by Daniel Miyares.
A red fox emerges from its burrow one wintry morning, a fiery streak against stark white surroundings, driven by hunger and curiosity to investigate its world. Encountering a mouse, a hare, and a wolverine, the little fox takes on the role of both hunter and hunted before returning to the safety of its den, where, perhaps, it dreams of something more. Jonathan London's poetic text and Daniel Miyares's stunning impressionistic paintings provide an evocative portrait of a fox and its place in the natural world.
The fairytale hairdresser and Father Christmas, Abie Longstaff & Lauren Beard.
It's Christmas Eve, but someone has stolen all the presents Christmas will be ruined! Can Kittie Lacey help Father Christmas save the day and melt a certain Snow Queen's icy heart?
The fairytale hairdresser and the Sugar Plum Fairy, Abie Longstaff & Lauren Beard.
On the night of the winter ballet disaster strikes! The Prince of the Land of Sweets has gone missing! Who will help defend the realm from the terrible Mouse King and Queen? With the help of some enchanted toys and some fabulous fairytale fashion, can the Fairytale Hairdresser save the day? The Fairytale Hairdresser: a modern girl in a fairytale world!
James Mayhew presents Ella Bella ballerina and Swan Lake.
After finishing her ballet class, Ella Bella listens to music from Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan lake ballet and is magically transported into the story where the ballet takes place. She meets all the story's characters and she watches as the legendary tale unfolds before her very eyes.
Katie and the bathers, James Mayhew.
A summer's day is just too hot for Katie, so when she sees a painting of a cool river at the gallery, she can't resist diving straight in! But Katie doesn't just create a splash, she creates a flood! Can Katie stop the chaos she's caused?
Katie and the British artists, James Mayhew.
Katie just can't decide what she wants to be when she grows up. Perhaps a trip to the gallery with Grandma will help. Might the characters in five famous paintings by world-renowned British artists give her some ideas? Learn all about these favourite British artists as Katie explores five fabulous masterpieces: The Cornfield by Constable Rain, Steam and Speed by Turner Whistlejacket by Stubbs The Painter's Daughters Chasing a Butterfly by Gainsborough The Fighting Temeraire by Turner.
Katie and the Impressionists, James Mayhew.
Katie would love to give Grandma a bunch of flowers for her birthday, but just where will she find the perfect bouquet? If only she were able to gather some flowers from the beautiful paintings in the gallery. Join Katie as she steps into the most famous paintings in the world for an exciting art adventure.
Katie and the Mona Lisa, James Mayhew.
Katie and the Spanish Princess, James Mayhew.
Join Katie on her adventure inside five famous paintings, as she gets to be a real princess for a day. Includes information about the particular paintings and artists in the story.
Katie and the sunflowers, James Mayhew.
Katie leaps through the frames of five famous paintings by Van Gogh, Gauguin and Cezanne! Katie tries to pick the sunflower seeds from famous the Vincent Van Gogh painting, Sunflowers, but when the vase tips over, the flowers go everywhere. Mimi, a little girl from a painting nearby, comes to help Katie, but when Mimi's dog Zazou comes too disaster follows!
Katie and the waterlily pond: a magical journey through five Monet masterpieces, James Mayhew.
Katie in London, James Mayhew.
When Katie and her brother, Jack, visit London with Grandma, at first it seems it's full of big buses, big buildings and bigger crowds. When they stop off at Trafalgar Square, something quite unusual happens they meet a talking stone lion! The lion takes them on a wonderful tour of the city taking in such sights as The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye! It's a daytrip to London that Katie and Jack will never forget! Featuring many of the key sights of Britain's capital, this storybook has become a bestselling introduction to London, and a perfect story for children visiting the city for the first time.
Katie in Scotland, James Mayhew.
When Katie meets the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland, fun and adventure soon folllow. Katie and Nessie discover how beautiful and stunning the country is as they take in the sights, from the Highlands to the Edinburgh Festival. Features: Loch Ness, Glasgow's Kelvingrove Park and Museum, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood, The Royal Mile, The National Gallery and Portrait Gallery and Greyfriar's Bobby. A perfect first introduction to Scotland for all young children. Following on the huge success of Katie in London.
The sandcastle that Lola built, Megan Maynor; illustrated by Kate Berube.
As Lola builds a sandcastle, she is joined by Frisbee Dude, Little Guy, and Minnesota Girl in a story reminscent of "The House that Jack Built."
The most-loved bear, written by Sam McBratney; illustrated by Sam Usher.
Growly Bear and Mary Rose do everything together. Until, one day, Growly Bear is left behind on a train. He's sure that Mary Rose will come back for him. However, as the days turn to weeks and the weeks turn to months, Growly Bear's fur gets worn, his eye comes loose and his Growl starts to fade. Then, a child picks him up! But it isn't the child he was expecting. Will Growly Bear ever find his way back to Mary Rose? Or will this be the start of his biggest adventure yet?
There's a tui in our teapot = He t?? kei r? t?p?ta, Dawn McMillan; illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson; te reo M?ori by Ngaere Roberts.
There's a tui in our teapot. He's looking out at me. A tui in the teapot? Yes… he wants a cup of tea! A tui and his various friends - takahe, kea, korimako (bellbird), pukeko, hoiho (yellow-eyed penguin), tauhou, matuku, kahu putangitangi, akiaki, weka, and titi wainui invade the family kitchen, getting up to all kinds of high jinks and making a tremendous mess! What will Nan say when she sees what the hilarious gang of mischievous birds have done to her kitchen? Includes brief notes on each New Zealand bird species.
I'm tough!, Kate & Jim McMullan.
A tough pickup truck describes the features that help the truck haul three very different loads.
The nutcracker, [retold by Anna Milbourne; illustrated by Karl James Mountford].
One magical Christmas night, a little girl's Nutcracker doll comes to life! Peep through the pages to follow their adventures in this enchanting book, with delicate cutaways, flaps to lift and stunning illustrations from Karl James Mountford. A beautiful way to introduce children to the classic fairytale.
The Snow Queen, [retold by Anna Milbourne; illustrated by George Ermos].
Bring the magical story of the Snow Queen to life with this stunning peep inside book. Can Gerda save her best friend from the icy clutches of the Snow Queen? Scenes include flowery gardens, spooky forests the Snow Queen's icy palace, with delicate cutaways and holes to peep through creating a magical filigree effect.
Loretta's gift, Pat Zietlow Miller and Alea Marley.
Loretta tries hard to come up with the perfect gift for her beloved baby cousin, Gabe, but on his first birthday she learns she has already given him something special.
Awesome ambulances, Tony Mitton and [illustrated by] Ant Parker.
When the station takes a call to say that you're in need an ambulance will get to you by driving at great speed. Come to the rescue with this speedy ambulance and its busy animal crew in this action-filled picture book. Zippy wordplay, zappy art, plus a helpful picture dictionary make learning about ambulances fun!
Patrolling police cars, Tony Mitton and [illustrated by] Ant Parker.
Patrolling almost anywhere, in any neighbourhood, police cars help police keep all things steady, safe, and good. Cruise around with some law-enforcing animal officers and their patrol cars in this dazzling picture book. Zippy wordplay, zappy art, plus a helpful picture dictionary make learning about police cars fun!
The little barbarian, Renato Moriconi.
Once upon a time, there was a little barbarian who was about to embark on a very dangerous journey. The brave adventurer knew there would be many perils ahead, including one-eyed giants and venomous snakes, manticores and sea serpents. Luckily, a barbarian can always rely on the trusty steed.
Grandpa Christmas, Michael Morpurgo; illustrated by Jim Field.
Every Christmas Mia and her family read a letter which her Grandpa wrote to her. His letter is a warm, impassioned and heartfelt wish for a better world for Mia to live in. He remembers fondly the times they spent in his garden finding frogs and worms and planting seeds. But Grandpa worries that all the things they love so much are in danger. His letter is a hopeful plea to Mia (and to all of us) to continue to care for and protect our precious world.
Peek-a-who?, Elsa Mroziewicz.
Who could be hiding behind the lift-the-flaps in this uniquely-shaped board book? Brimming with colourful art that children will want to pore over, this clever book is full of hidden animals, each making a different sound. Can you figure out who each one is? Lift the triangular flaps to see who peeks out! This beautifully designed book is sure to provide a delightfully interactive experience.
We're going on an elf chase, words by Martha Mumford; illustrated by Laura Hughes.
Four bunnies set off on a jolly Christmas lift-the-flap adventure to find ten little elves hidden under the flaps. You'll have to run, run, run if you're going to catch them all! And there are lots of obstacles along the way, from clippy-cloppy reindeer to roaring polar bears and flippy-flappy penguins. Stuffed with festive frolics, this is the perfect Christmas read.
The lost horse, Mark Nicholas.
When the sculpture of a horse disappears from the gallery, everyone is panicked! The police start a countrywide search; where could he be? Has he been stolen? Did he run away? In a village outside the city, young Lyra dreams of having a friend of her very own. So when she hears a knocking at her window and sees the face of a horse peering through the glass, she cannot believe her luck! Their friendship blossoms as Lyra and the horse spend a wonderful few days together, playing games and picking flowers in the garden. But then, a figure arrives to take the horse home; back to where he belongs. And before she knows it, Lyra is whisked off on an unexpected adventure. This inspiring picture book is a celebration of friendship and reminds us all that the power of dreaming means we'll never be alone for long!
I don't want to go to sleep, written by Dev Petty; illustrated by Mike Boldt.
Frog is excited about the coming of winter, until he finds out that frogs sleep through the long cold months while they hibernate.
It all began when I said yes, Simon Philip & [illustrated by] Annabel Tempest.
Sometimes saying yes is a brilliant thing. You can meet new people, discover amazing things, and go on exciting adventures, but not always. When a gorilla named Gideon shows up at your house with lots of questions and some preeeeeetty bonkers requests, perhaps 'yes' will lead to trouble, trouble, and maybe just a touch more trouble. One thing's for sure; it definitely won't be boring!
Spots and dots, [Chez Picthall].
This delightful Baby Sees book has been specially designed to appeal to young babies. In the early stages of a baby's development it is important for them to experience big, bold, bright images, as these help the visual part of their brain to develop. Babies will find this book fascinating!
The little engine that could, retold by Watty Piper with new art by Loren Long.
Although she is not very big, the Little Blue Engine agrees to try to pull a stranded train full of toys over the mountain.
The space train, Maudie Powell-Tuck, Karl James Mountford.
Jakob has found the long-lost Space Train! But it's old, battered and broken. With the help of Granny and Derek the robot chicken, can Jakob fix the train?
My sunbeam baby, Emma Quay.
See my bouncing baby, jigging on my knee. Then snuggling for a story, just baby, book and me.
Unstinky, Andy Rash.
As a stinkbug Bud has problems: despite his best efforts he smells too sweet and flowery, but when April the bee invites him to her hive for a dance party he discovers his true talent.
Eat Pete!, Michael Rex.
Pete is excited when a monster climbs in his window. Now he has someone to play with! The monster is pretty excited, too. Excited to eat Pete! Fortunately, the monster is easily distracted and he and Pete have a blast playing cars and pirates. But unfortunately, the monster does have a one-track mind.
Christmas fairy tale mix-up, Hilary Robinson; illustrated by Jim Smith.
Oh no! Santa has got stuck down the chimney while delivering presents to The Three Little Pigs. Flip the flaps to create hundreds of mixed-up stories, featuring favourite Christmas and fairy tale characters. Includes: Santa Claus, Jack Frost, Cinderella, Snow White, The Christmas Fairy, The Three Bears and more!
Hungry bunny, Claudia Rueda.
In this interactive picture book, the reader must help Bunny as he gathers apples to eat, and uses his red scarf to climb a tree or create a rope bridge.
Supertruck, Stephen Savage.
When the city is hit by a colossal snowstorm, only one superhero can save the day. But who is this mysterious hero, and why does he disappear once his job is done?
The Christmas tree who loved trains, Annie Silvestro; illustrated by Paola Zakimi.
In this Christmastime tale, a little pine tree on a tree farm loves trains, and so does a little boy.
This is a poem that heals fish, text by Jean-Pierre Siméon; illustrations by Olivier Tallec; translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick.
After his mother, hurrying to her tuba lesson, tells him that a poem will cure his pet fish's boredom, a little boy tries to find out what a poem is by asking friends, neighbors, and other members of his family.
Animals, [text, Dawn Sirett].
Baby animals, [text, Dawn Sirett].
This work helps your baby discover all about baby animals with touch and feel textures. Stroke, tickle and touch the textures together with your baby and help them discover all about baby animals. Let their little hands roam and discover how fluffy the chicks are and how furry the seal pups feel. They'll learn as you play. It includes twinkly, bumpy, scaly, silky, sandy, sticky and shiny textures in a chunky package: perfect for encouraging tiny fingers to explore and tiny minds to develop.
Beep! Beep!, [text, Dawn Sirett].
Help your baby discover all about tractors, trucks and rockets with touch and feel textures. "Baby Touch and Feel Beep! Beep!" is full of twinkly, bumpy, scaly, silky, sandy, sticky and shiny textures in a chunky package. Encourage your baby to learn early concepts such as colours, shapes and patterns as they turn each page. See the big strong bulldozer at work, the long arm of the digger and high in the sky; it's a plane! This title is perfect for encouraging tiny fingers to explore and young minds to develop. Sturdy pages with rounded corners mean "Baby Touch and Feel Beep! Beep!" will provide years of enjoyment.
Bunny, [text, Dawn Sirett].
From velvety rabbit ears to furry bunny tails, there are all kinds of textures for baby to explore in this book.
Colours and shapes, [text, Dawn Sirett].
Tactile highlights enhance colourful pictures associated with simple words.
Farm, [written by Dawn Sirett; illustrated by Christine Battuz].
Say baaa to the sheep, cheep cheep with the chick and watch the cat sleep in Baby Sparkle Farm, the ideal first board book for your baby. Read along with your little one to introduce common farm animals and the noises they make.
Farm friends, [text, Dawn Sirett].
Get to know how farm animals feel with Baby Touch and Feel Farm Friends. Let them touch and learn about farm animals with fuzzy ducklings, wooly lambs, ponies on shiny grass and more! Encourage your baby to learn early concepts such as colours, shapes and patterns as they turn each page. The easily recognisable images and labels will encourage recognition and naming of objects while the textured format promotes sensory learning. This chunky package is perfect for encouraging tiny fingers to explore and young minds to develop. Sturdy pages with rounded corners means Baby Touch and Feel Farm Friends will provide hours of enjoyment.
Fluffy animals, [text, Dawn Sirett].
Cuddly kittens, a fluffy rabbit, a downy duckling, three winsome fuzzy owlets, and more come to life in "Baby Touch and Feel: Fluffy Animals," creating an engaging and sensory experience parents and babies will love exploring together.
Roar! Roar!, [text, Dawn Sirett].
Get to know how wild animals feel with Baby Touch and Feel Roar! Roar! Let them touch and learn about wild animal mums and babies with a hairy lion and her cubs, a gorilla with a textured face and a fuzzy baby gorilla, and a polar bear in twinkly snow with a fluffy bear cub! Encourage your baby to learn early concepts such as colours, shapes and patterns as they turn each page. The easily recognisable images and labels will encourage recognition and naming of objects while the textured format promotes sensory learning.
The little kiwi and the Treaty, Nikki Slade Robinson.
Koro tells the little kiwi and cousins about their family history, and how to share and live peacefully alongside others.
Dream, Ayla, dream, Mikyung Song; translated by Soona Song Wylie.
An ordinary little girl, Ayla lives in a small and peaceful house in a New Zealand suburb. Her days are filled with happiness and joys that she finds from her own imaginations. It is composed of six beautiful stories that will make readers, both children and adults, smile with happiness.
Sleep, sheep!, Kerry Lyn Sparrow; Guillaume Perreault.
The only thing Duncan does not like to do at bedtime is go to sleep, and he knows all the tricks for avoiding it. Until one day, his mom has had enough, and leaves Duncan in his room to figure it out on his own. Left with no other choice but to take his mother's advice, Duncan tries counting sheep to get to sleep. It all goes well for a while, but then Sheep #68 is a bit apprehensive about taking his turn. And suddenly, the tables have turned; Sheep #68 is using some very familiar delay tactics!
When I was a child, Andy Stanton & David Litchfield.
There is magic in everything. The world is a spinning star, no matter how old you are.
How to hide a lion at Christmas, Helen Stephens.
When Iris and her lion are forced to spend Christmas apart, the lion embarks on a festive, snowy adventure to find her, and almost bumps into Father Christmas!
Kitten and the night watchman, written by John Sullivan; illustrated by Taeeun Yoo.
As he makes his rounds, a night watchman hears birds calling, insects buzzing, and vehicles roaring by, while a stray kitten keeps him company.
A fall ball for all, Jamie A. Swenson; illustrated by Chiara Fedele.
The autumn wind invites all the creatures of the forest to its Windfall Ball. At the ball, they'll celebrate the end of autumn and the coming of winter with a grand feast.
Are you there little reindeer?, [written by Sam Taplin; illustrated by Essi Kimpimaki].
Little reindeer is hiding! Very young children will love peeping through the holes and touching the textured pages in this hide-and-seek board book, spotting a fox, squirrel and snowman as they search for the elusive little reindeer.
There's room for everyone, Anahita Teymorian.
If there's room in the world for all the birds in the sky and whales in the ocean, why do humans always fight for space? This young child's reflections carry a profound message of peace and tolerance. A child grows and discovers the world. As he lies awake at night, he sees there's enough room in the sky for all the stars and the moon. When he visits the ocean, he sees there is enough room for all the fish, even for the whales. As he grows up, he doesn't understand why people fight for space. Surely, if we are kinder to one another, there will always be room for everyone? This is a beautiful and profound picture book; a testament of our time and a touching allegory for war and the refugee crisis.
Mole's star, Britta Teckentrup.
Every evening, Mole comes out of his burrow to watch the twinkling stars in the sky above. How he wishes he could have them for his very own! Then one night he sees a shooting star and suddenly his wish comes true. There's just one problem: now that Mole's burrow is full of beautiful, shining stars, none of the other animals can enjoy them.
The Christmas tale of Peter Rabbit, Emma Thompson; illustrated by Eleanor Taylor.
The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit is a brand new tale from Emma Thompson. In her second Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, Emma Thompson returns Peter to his home in the Lake District. Peter and his silly cousin Benjamin are helping their friend William. He's a turkey who is in danger of becoming Mr and Mrs McGregor's Christmas dinner.
I am human: a book of empathy, Susan Verde; art by Peter H. Reynolds.
A child recognizes his own humanity, his capacity for doing harm and being harmed, his ability to feel joy and sadness, and his belief in hope and promise to keep learning.
Pacifiers are not forever, Elizabeth Verdick; illustrated by Marieka Heinlen.
Simple text and colorful illustrations designed to help a toddler give up his pacifier. Includes tips for parents and caregivers.
Why I love summer, written by Michael Wagner; illustrated by Tom Jellett.
There are four seasons in a year, and they're all awesome, but only one of them gets to be summer! Sunny days, weekends at the pool, games in the backyard, daylight until late and long, lovely holidays; that's summer, the best season ever.
David Walliams presents… The slightly annoying elephant, illustrated by Tony Ross.
Number one bestselling author David Walliams presents his first picture book, illustrated by artistic genius Tony Ross. What's big, blue, bossy, and turns up uninvited? A slightly annoying elephant, of course! Introducing a maginficently warm and funny picture book from two remarkable talents.
The first hippo on the moon: based on a true story, illustrated by the artistic genius Tony Ross.
Two big hippos. One enormous dream. Who can make it to the moon first? 3, 2, 1 Blast Off! Introducing a wonderfully charming and funny new picture book from two superstars!
Meg's Christmas, Jan Pienkowski & David Walser.
Oh no! A flood means that Christmas is looking doomed! Enter a spell, a surprise stay in a castle and a party to plan for - will Meg, Mog and Owl make it home for a very special Christmas Day?
That's not my car–, [written by Fiona Watt; illustrated by Rachel Wells].
That's not my duck, [written by Fiona Watt; illustrated by Rachel Wells].
Part of the bestselling, touchy-feely That's not my series, which has sold millions of copies worldwide. Simple, repetitive text helps children to associate the adjectives with the sensation of touching the tactile patches. Illustrated in Rachel Wells' typical, bold style.
That's not my giraffe…: its horns are too fuzzy, [written by Fiona Watt; illustrated by Rachel Wells].
Babies and toddlers will love turning the pages, touching the feely patches and spotting the familiar little white mouse as they look for their giraffe.
That's not my llama: its fur is too tufty, [written by Fiona Watt; illustrated by Rachel Wells].
Another new title in the highly successful That's not my…. series, featuring touchy-feely patches to explore and a little white mouse to look for on every page.
That's not my tiger, [written by Fiona Watt; illustrated by Rachel Wells].
This is a new title in the groundbreaking "That's not my…" series, which is an award winning series shortlisted for the British Book Industry Stora Enso Award for Design and Production. It combines bright, colourful illustrations with a variety of different textures to touch and feel on each page. It helps very young children develop important language and sensory skills. The series awarded 'Best Buy' by the readers of "Prima Baby" magazine.
How rude!, Clare Helen Welsh, Olivier Tallec.
A simple, yet hilarious, story about manners and friendship which gets more and more chaotic with every turn of the page! Just try not to laugh with every page turn of this book as Duck gets ruder and ruder and Dots tea party gets more and more chaotic. When Duck shows up at Dots tea party, Dot has no idea what is about to happen or just how rude a guest Duck will prove to be. From licking sandwich fillings and throwing away the bread to spitting tea everywhere, Duck just gets ruder and ruder! Just how will Dot react to such rude behaviour? A story with an important message and touching ending.
100 dogs, Michael Whaite.
Small dog, tall dog, playing with a ball dog, big dog, dig dog burying a bone. Can there really be 100 dogs doing 100 doggy things packed into the pages of this picture book? Follow the bouncy rhyme as it weaves its way through an array of hilarious hounds (from petted pugs to silly sausage dogs) and find out.
Frockodile, Jeanne Willis; illustrated by Stephanie Laberis.
Celebrating acceptance and being who you really are, this joyful story is about Cliff, the crocodile who wants to wear a dress. When the hyenas laugh at Cliff, he pretends he's dressing up for a play. But no play exists! Luckily his friend Freddy comes to the rescue and creates a show for Cliff to star in. But what will his dad say when he sees him? A funny story about inclusion and supporting your friends and family.
The bog baby, written by Jeanne Willis; illustrated by Gwen Millward.
Bear can't sleep, Karma Wilson; illustrations by Jane Chapman.
It's time for Bear to hibernate but he can't sleep, so his friends all band together to help.
The day you begin, Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by Rafael López.
Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.
George, the dragon and the princess, Chris Wormell.
Far, far away over the high, high mountains in an old castle wall, in a tiny, tiny hole there lives a little mouse called George. He's very small and rather timid and he can be a bit clumsy too. But when a huge and terrifying dragon attacks the castle, George springs into action.
Molly and the night monster, Christopher Wormell.
When Molly wakes up in the middle of the night, she hears the sound of a step on the stairs. It could be a crocodile creeping up to catch her. Or a giant giraffe outside on the landing. Or an enormous elephant turning the doorknob and opening the door. Or even a night monster come to gobble her up. But when Molly surprises the tiptoeing beast, she gets an even bigger surprise of her own!
The wild girl, Chris Wormell.
This is the story of a little girl and her small brown dog. They live all alone in a little cave high up on the mountainside in the middle of the great wide wilderness. Then one day in the bitter cold of winter, as they are returning to their cave, they see bear tracks in the snow.
Rosa draws, [Jordan Wray].
Rosa loves to imagine and she really loves to draw, but as her drawings grow and grow, will they get her into trouble? This fun story, told with playful text and inventive characters, will appeal to young children and its positive message and heart-warming final twist will resonate with children and parents alike.
The best sound in the world, Cindy Wume.
Roy is a lion and a sound catcher. He catches the sounds of the city and makes them into music, trying to avoid the annoying attentions of his neighbour, Jemmy. Feeling like his music isn't good enough, he goes on a journey to find the best sound in the world for inspiration. He hears the pitter-patter of the rain in the forest, the wind whistling through the desert and the hustle and bustle of the souk at sunrise, but none of it helps; he can't decide which is the best sound. Just as he's about to give up, he hears a familiar voice; can Jemmy teach him that perhaps there are lots of beautiful sounds, not just one, and that for Jemmy, Roy's music is the best of all? This gorgeous debut picture book is both a lesson in subjectivity and a tribute to the power of friendship.
Five little pumpkins came back, Dan Yaccarino.
Five little pumpkins return to town, where they play with ghosts upon a hill.
Door, JiHyeon Lee.
In this book without words, a boy opens a door and invites the reader to explore the magical world on the other side.
The universe ate my homework, David Zeltser; illustrated by Ayesha L. Rubio.
Abby hates doing homework. In fact, she'll do just about anything to get out of it. So when she discovers an amazing scientific recipe for creating a parallel universe where she'll never have to do homework again, she's ready to jump right in. There's just one small wrinkle?she might not be able to find a way back.
Felix, written by Giovanna Zoboli; illustrated by Simona Mulazzani; translated by Laura Watkinson.
One summer evening, the city cat Felix leaves his home and travels around the world in twenty-four hours, visiting his feline relatives in different countries.
A tiger called Tomás, Charlotte Zolotow, Marta -lvarez Miguéns; afterword by Crescent Dragonwagon.
Tomás is too shy to go out and meet the kids in his neighborhood, even with his mom's encouragement. Instead he just sits on his stoop, watching the world go by. On the night of Halloween, opportunity arrives in the form of a tiger costume, complete with a mask that hides his identity. He can go trick-or-treating without anyone knowing it's him. But Tomás soon discovers his costume doesn't hide him quite as well as he thinks.

Younger Fiction

Wallace and Grace and the cupcake caper, Heather Alexander; illustrated by Laura Zarrin.
When Monty the chipmunk's cupcake is stolen, owl detectives Wallace and Grace try to find "whoo-done- it."
Wallace and Grace and the lost puppy, Heather Alexander; illustrated by Laura Zarrin.
While owl detectives Wallace and Grace are on a scavenger hunt, they find a lost puppy, Jasper, and try to help him find his way home.
Wallace and Grace take the case, Heather Alexander; illustrated by Laura Zarrin.
Owl detectives Wallace and Grace solve the mystery of the spooky garden.
Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters, Andrea Beaty; illustrated by David Roberts.
Rosie Revere is no stranger to flops and fails, kerfuffles and catastrophes. After all, engineering is all about perseverance! But this time, Rosie has a really important project to tackle, one that feels much bigger than herself. Rosie's beloved Aunt Rose and her friends, the Raucous Riveters; a group of fun-loving gals who built airplanes during World War II, need help inventing something new. And Rosie is just the engineer for the job! After one flop, then another, and another, Rosie starts to lose hope. But thanks to some help from her fellow Questioneers Iggy Peck and Ada Twist, Rosie gets the job done. And, along with the Riveters, she rediscovers the meaning of home.
Treasury of bedtime stories, Enid Blyton with illustrations by Becky Cameron.
Both a gorgeous gift for fans of Enid Blyton and a striking introduction to her work for new readers, this glorious hardback contains over 300 pages of beautifully illustrated short stories to read and share at bedtime. Each short story stands alone and takes the reader on a brand-new adventure. From the pixie seamstress who makes dresses for the Fairy Queen, to the little boy who turns into a steam engine, meet a host of magic and memorable characters, brought to life by Becky Cameron's charming illustrations.
Milly-Molly-Mandy: stories, Joyce Lankester Brisley.
Milly-Molly-Mandy lives in a tiny village in the heart of the countryside. She is always busy doing things, and whether she is earning money to give a party, minding the village shop, having a picnic or going sledging, you're sure to have fun when Milly-Molly-Mandy's around! The adventures of this lively little girl and her friends, Susan and Billy Blunt, first appeared over eighty years ago and they have been delighting children ever since.
How to raise your grown-ups, Lauren Child.
The Bobton-Trent seniors certainly know how to make the most of their extravagant wealth; socialising, doing things, buying things and generally being more than a little bit, irresponsible. Luckily for them, their son Hubert Horatio is an exceptionally intelligent, talented and sensible child. Unluckily for Hubert, this tends to mean that a lot of his spare time is spent steering his rather unruly set of grown-ups out of trouble.
The dog who lost his bark, Eoin Colfer; illustrated by P. J. Lynch.
Patrick has been desperate for a dog of his own for as long as he can remember, and this summer, with his father away, he longs for a buddy more than ever. In his short doggy life, Oz has suffered at the hands of bad people. Somewhere out there, he believes, is an awesome boy - his boy. Maybe when they find each other he will learn to bark again.
Bear country: bearly a misadventure, Doreen Cronin; illustrated by Stephen Gilpin; cover by Kevin Cornell.
The Chicken Squad is on the case when their beloved human, Barbara, goes missing around the same time they hear a report of a headless bear on the loose.
Lucinda's secret, Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.
With goblins, trolls, and the house boggart all trying to get them, the Grace children turn to Great Aunt Lucinda for help.
The seeing stone, Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.
Mallory, Simon and Jared discover the fate of the missing cat. With the aid of the seeing stone the true nature of the secret world around them is revealed. It's important that the kids tell their story but the goblins will do everything they can to stop them.
Searching for Christmas, Holly Ann Gardner; illustrated by Wes Wheeler.
Denali the Christmas Cardinal's search for her holiday spirit takes her across the wintery forest where she meets Santa Claus, a talkative old fox, and a family of snowy white bunnies. Join Denali on her journey as she discovers that the true meaning of Christmas can be found in the love of the Savior and the joy that comes from serving others.
The first adventures of Princess Peony: in which she could meet a bear. But doesn't. But she still could., Nette Hilton & Lucinda Gifford.
Once upon a time there was a dear little girl called Peony. That's P.E.O.N.Y. And it's me. I live in a Castle with my Dragon whose name is Totts. That's T.O.T.T.S. And that makes me a Princess if you really want to know. Princess Peony is not really a princess, but she does have a pet dragon, which means she's kind of like a princess. In her first adventure, she must keep an evil troll (her brother) from trying to steal her dragon (dog), and avoid being eaten by a bear, which is really hard work.
Bunjitsu Bunny vs. Bunjitsu Bunny, written and illustrated by John Himmelman.
Follow Isabel, the best bunjitsu artist in her school, as she makes friends, faces her fears, and fights her toughest opponent yet; herself.
Dog dreams, Patricia MacLachlan; illustrated by Marc Boutavant.
Barkus is a large and very clever dog, and Baby is a cat, and together their adventures make life exciting for seven-year-old Nicky and her family.
Whet? Toa and the magician, Steph Matuku; illustrated by Katharine Hall.
Whet? and her mum are looking after a magician's place. In the house, things move around, giggle and quack. On the farm, the animals have tricks too. Just as Whet?'s getting used to it all, the magician's assistant disappears. Now, Whet? must step in. And she does something amazing with the magic in her fingertips.
Judy Moody and the right royal tea party, Megan McDonald; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.
When Judy learns that some of her ancestors lived in England and possibly related to the Queen, her nemesis Jessica Finch finds more surprise relatives that Judy wishes she could hide in a dungeon somewhere.
The snowman, Michael Morpurgo; a new story inspired by the original tale by Raymond Briggs; illustrated by Robin Shaw.
One December morning, James is thrilled to wake up to see snow falling. He spends the whole day making his perfect snowman; he has coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose just like the snowman from his favourite story. That night, something magical happens; the Snowman comes to life! He and James take to the skies on a magical adventure where they meet someone very special. Inspired by the timeless tale, Michael Morpurgo and Robin Shaw have created the perfect Christmas story for the whole family.
Captain Underpants and the attack of the talking toilets, the second epic novel by Dav Pilkey with color by Jose Garibaldi.
Principal Krupp once again turns into the superhero Captain Underpants in order to save the world, and Jerome Horwitz Elementary School, from the evil talking toilets and the Turbo Toilet 2000.
Captain Underpants and the preposterous plight of the purple potty people: the eighth epic novel, Dav Pilkey.
The wait is over!!! Dav Pilkey's beloved Captain Underpants returns to face his nemesis - the evil Captain Blunderpants - with the help of two new superheroes, Great-Granny Girdle and Boxer Boy.
Captain Underpants and the sensational saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot: the twelfth epic novel, Dav Pilkey.
George and Harold and their doubles, Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold, have been taking turns going to school, but when the doubles fall prey to their gym teacher, Mr. Meaner, and his method of mind control that turns students into attentive, obedient, perfect children, it is up to original George and Harold to strike back.
Captain Underpants and the tyrannical retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000: the eleventh epic novel, Dav Pilkey.
The monstrous Turbo Toilet 2000 is determined to take revenge on George, Harold, and Captain Underpants.
The adventures of Captain Underpants: now in full color: the first epic novel, Dav Pilkey with color by Jose Garibaldi.
When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen.
The invasion of the potty snatchers.
In trouble with their principal because of their comic books about poop, George and Harold decide to create a new graphic novel about an entirely different subject: pee.
Captain Underpants and the terrifying return of Tippy Tinkletrousers: the ninth epic novel, Dav Pilkey.
After being sent to jail for the rest of their lives, George and Harold are taken on a trip back in time by Tippy Tinkletrousers back to their Kindergarten days where they must deal with their bully without the help of Captain Underpants.
The little prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry with illustrations by the author; translated from the French by Michael Morpugo.
The Little Prince journeys to our planet from his home among the stars, encountering all sorts of benighted grown-ups along the way, and a fox, who teaches him how to see the important things in life. But the Prince has left behind a flower growing on his star, a rose which is his treasure and his burden, and before long he must return to it.
Pinny in fall, Joanne Schwartz; Isabelle Malenfant.
On a crisp fall day, Pinny decides to go for a walk. She packs a sweater, her rain hat, a book, a snack and her treasure pouch. Set for adventure, Pinny's day includes a windy game of tag with her friends, an exciting call for help from the lighthouse keeper and a surprising encounter with the falling autumn leaves.
Claude adventures: three stories in one, Alex T. Smith.
A treasury of Claude's very best adventures, containing three much-loved stories. Follow Claude and Sir Bobblysock as they dance and bottom-wiggle their way into the spotlight, head off in hot pursuit of a gold trophy, and stumble onto a film set to become movie stars!
How Winston delivered Christmas, Alex T. Smith.
How Winston Delivered Christmas by Alex T. Smith is a festive book written in 24 1/2 chapters one to share every day leading up to Christmas. Follow Winston the mouse as he sets out to deliver Oliver's letter to Father Christmas on Christmas Eve. He has a lot of Very Exciting Adventures on this Very Important Mission and makes some wonderful friends along the way. Like an advent calendar counting down to Christmas, each day also features festive things to make and do you can write a letter to Father Christmas and make mince pies, Christmas cards, presents and decorations. It is a heart-warming tale to share every year in the run up to Christmas, and is full of gorgeous colour illustrations and activities to do together that will become festive family traditions.
The secret of the crystal fairies, Thea Stilton; [illustrations by Giuseppe Facciotto [and four others]; translated by Anna Pizzelli].
When Will Mystery calls, the Thea Sisters answer the call because there is trouble in one of the fairy kingdoms: a dragon has been turning all the fairies' precious gems into stone, and wrecking havoc throughout the Crystal Kingdom, and it is up to the sisters to find out why the dragon is destroying this Kingdom and stop him before it is too late.