New Titles Children’s July 2018 (arrived in June 2018)

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GadgetGang in Outer Space, directed and written by Ale McHaddo.
When a spaceship crashes to Earth and reveals a group of quirky little space aliens on the run for their lives, the GadgetGang kids - Gus, Phoebe, Francesco, Mitsue, Mary Ann, Banana and Tank - soon discover this won't be the boring weekend they had expected. They learn that in a point far from the galaxy, an evil warlord named Gana Golber has seized control of the Confederation of Planets and now all the planets are in danger - including Earth!
Sagu & Pagu: the great treasure, Engin Basturk.
Once upon a time, there was a forest where all the creatures lived happily together. Now the forest is in drought. The creatures in the area have suffered from thirst and starvation for a long time. They decide to take the control and start looking for ways to put an end to their misery. Under the leadership of a turtle the animals go on a quest for treasure, leading to many adventures along the way.
The secret of Kells, directed by Tom Moore, Nora Twomey.
"Adventure, action and danger await 12 year old Brendan who must conquer the Viking hordes and a Celtic serpent god to complete the legendary Book of Kells. Brendan must overcome his deepest fears on a secret quest that will take him beyond his home's walls into the enchanted forest where dangerous and mythical creatures live. Here he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious white wolf/girl, who will become his closest companion. But with the terrifying Viking hordes closing in, will Brendan succeed in his quest to illuminate the darkness and prove that enlightenment is the best fortification against barbarians?"--Container.
Anne of Green Gables: the good stars, written and directed by John Kent Harrison.
Anne Shirley is thirteen years old and finds that life in Avonlea is never simple. Torn between her free-spirited nature and her own perceived need to become sensible, Anne finds that the journey toward her goal is fraught with confusion and more than a few unfortunate yet amusing mishaps.
The Emma! & Lachy! show
The Emma & Lachy Show is a showpiece of amazing and diverse talents! Join Emma and Lachy for a range of interactive experiences like having a great cooking experience for the whole family! The joys of Gardening! Relaxing activities! Dancing with children and adults from diverse cultures! Songs and nursery rhymes from today and yesteryear! As well as many styles of dance! Emma and Lachy sign, sing, dance and educate the child viewer from start to finish! With big production numbers like "Phil the Fluter" to intimate and gentle songs like "I'll tell you my dreams", The Emma & Lachy Show is something you will want to watch over and over!
Dragons. Gift of the night fury. Book of dragons.
Gift of the Night Fury: Toothless helps Hiccup become a hero when they take flight and discover an island full of new dragons. In Book of Dragons, Hiccup, Astrid, and Gobber tell the tale of Bork and share legendary dragon mythology.
Hiccup, Astrid, Toothless and Gobber tell the legend behind the Book of dragons and reveal secrets about never-before-seen dragons.
Thomas & friends. Team up with Thomas.
It's the hottest day of the year on Sodor and the blistering heat is causing the tracks to buckle and bend. Flynn and Belle Team Up to put out a fire caused by a glass bottle and Thomas has an idea to stop the Tracks buckling. Meanwhile, James' passengers prove that no one likes a show off, strong-willed Daisy becomes star of the show and Connor slows right down. Danger blows in for Skiff during a terrible storm, the Miniature Engines get their chance to prove how "woolly" useful they are and, at the building site, there's much mucking about with Max and Monty!
The pirate's eye, Guy Bass.
Join Stitch Head, a mad professor's forgotten creation, as he steps out of the shadows into the adventure of an almost-lifetime. When Stitch Head sees his ice-blue eye for the very first time, he's convinced that it once belonged to the legendary pirate, Captain Flashpowder. Could it be that he is part-pirate? But as Stitch Head prepares for a life on the high seas, some fishy business closer to home puts a stop to his swashbuckling plan.
The Polar Bear Explorers' Club, Alex Bell.
Join Stella Starflake Pearl and her three fellow explorers as they trek across the snowy Icelands and come face-to-face with frost fairies, snow queens, outlaw hideouts, unicorns, pygmy dinosaurs and carnivorous cabbages… When Stella and three other junior explorers get separated from their expedition can they cross the frozen wilderness and live to tell the tale?
Sky chasers, Emma Carroll, from a prize-winning idea by Neal Jackson.
An encounter with a boy dangling from the sky changes pickpocket Magpie's life forever. Like her, the boy dreams of flying over the rooftops of Paris. His family, the Montgolfiers, are desperate to be first to discover the secret of flight. Together with Pierre, Magpie is soon caught up in a world of inflatable bloomers, spies and a trio of unruly animals in a race to be the first to fly a hot air balloon - in front of the King and Queen of France.
Sky dancer, Gill Lewis.
When the whole community is divided over the fate of the hen harriers that nest in the heather of the moorlands, Joe finds himself stuck right in the middle, with a choice to make, and a huge secret to keep. Joe can't do what's right for everyone. But can he find the strength to fight for what he really believes in?
Flamingo boy, Michael Morpurgo.
Set in the unique landscape of the Camargue in the South of France during WW2. There, a young autistic boy lives on his parents' farm among the salt flats, and the flamingos that live there. There are lots of things he doesn't understand: but he does know how to heal animals. He loves routine, and music too: and every week he goes to market with his mother, to ride his special horse on the town carousel. But then the Germans come, with their guns, and take the town. A soldier shoots a flamingo from the sky, and it falls to earth terribly injured. And even worse is to come: the carousel is damaged, the horses broken. For this vulnerable boy, everything is falling apart. Only there's a kind sergeant among the Germans - a man with a young boy of his own at home, a man who trained as a carpenter. Between them, perhaps boy and man can mend what has been broken - and maybe even the whole town…
Sparkling steps; &, Seaside mystery, Sue Bentley.
Sparkling steps: Olivia has not been welcomed by the other girls at the prestigious ballet school Yew Lodge, who are jealous of her dancing. Then Olivia discovers loveable blue-grey kitten Flame and suddenly, magically, things start to look up.
Seaside mystery: Rainbow Magic with whiskers! When Maisie moves to the seaside with her mum and dad she feels desperately lonely. Her best friends at home seem to have forgotten about her and her new school doesn't even start for a couple of weeks yet. Then one day on the beach, Maisie finds a tiny tabby kitten with big emerald eyes who looks just as lonely as she does, and suddenly a magical summer looks to be on the horizon…
Rarity and the curious case of Charity, G.M. Berrow.
Rarity is excited to welcome her new apprentice, Charity, to Ponyville. Rarity is sure that the two of them will become best friends, bonding over their love of fashion and glamour. But after Charity dyes her mane and tail to look more like her mentor, and begins to copy the fashionista's every move, Rarity realises this pony is a problem! Can Rarity and all her pony friends solve the curious case of Charity?
Atticus Claw goes ashore, Jennifer Gray.
Atticus is on beach-tidying duty with the kittens when he finds a message in a bottle from Fishhook Frank. Fishhook is marooned on a desert island, but he promises Atticus treasure in exchange for his rescue! Atticus sets out to rescue Fishhook Frank and find the Casket of Desires with his owners, the Cheddar family. But it's not all plain sailing and Atticus must learn to be a first-class ship's cat if they want to stay afloat!
Beards from Outer Space, Gareth P. Jones.
The Pet Defenders Code: 1. The Earth's safety is your primary goal. Defend it. 2. Protect humans from the truth. Good luck - you're going to need it! From Gareth P. Jones, winner of the Blue Peter Award and author of successful young series fiction, including Ninja Meerkats, comes a brand-new comic caper. The Secret Life of Pets meets The X Files - Pet Defenders are secret agents with a difference. There's a new mayor of Nothington-on-Sea and the bearded, sunglass-wearing politician has attracted a whole load of fans. Soon everyone in the town is sporting a beard - even the women! But these are not just any beards - the Beard King is in town and he's planning to conquer the world. Soon every single living thing on Earth will be controlled by a beard …unless the Pet Defenders can stop him in time!
Sophie's squeaky surprise; &, Marshmallow magic, Holly Webb.
When Sophie meets Josephine - a macaroon-eating, tutu-wearing guinea pig who lives with her furry friends in the centre of Paris - she discovers that living in a new place is exciting and being friends with a guinea pig is the best adventure of all. Sophie loves her new guinea-pig friend, but then she meets Josephine's sister, Angelique, who is not nearly as friendly. In fact, the other guinea pig is positively mean! Can Sophie win over Angelique and show her that being friends with a human can be fun?
Vlad, the world's worst vampire, Anna Wilson.
Vlad is the youngest member of the Impaler family, the bravest vampires that ever lived. But Vlad isn't very brave at all. He's even a little bit scared of the dark! All Vlad wants is some friends and he thinks he knows just where to find them … human school! So off Vlad goes, along with his pet bat Flit. But how will Vlad keep his true identity secret from his new friends? Not to mention keeping them hidden from his family! Life just got a lot more complicated.

Into Reading

Pumpkin pie and pavlova, text by John Carr; illustrations by Astrid Matijasevic.
Mr Watkins cares for three rescued ex-battery hens, who annoy his neighbour, Mrs Melling. However, in the end Mrs Melling is won over, and she decides she would like hens herself. Includes factual information about caring for hens.
Animal homes, Shira Evans.
Describes how different animals build their homes, from honeybees in a hive and birds in nests to bears in dens and spiders in webs.
Bugs, Shira Evans.
Information about and images of bugs, for beginner readers.
Fish are not afraid of doctors, J.E. Morris.
Maud gets nervous while sitting in the doctor's office, but when she pretends she is one of the fish in the waiting room, her checkup, and shot, are over in no time. Includes note to caregivers.
Max & Ruby: Max's half birthday, Rosemary Wells; illustrated by Andrew Grey.
After going to two friends' birthday parties, Max wants a party, too, so Grandma suggests a half birthday party, with all the half- trimmings.


Coding to create and communicate, Heather Lyons; illustrated by Alex Westgate & Dan Crisp.
From sending messages to creating music, computers are used in many ways. Through fun activities, simple graphics, and clear text, this book shows readers not only what computers are used for but how these different applications work. Readers will also be reminded about responsible and safe ways to use computers.
Programming awesome apps, Heather Lyons; illustrations by Alex Westgate & Dan Crisp.
With simple text, vibrant imagery, and fun activities, this book teaches young readers how to program their own apps. With a focus on problem-solving and helping one another, this book is a great introduction to important coding concepts.
Programming games and animation, Heather Lyons; illustrations by Alex Westgate & Dan Crisp.
Colourful graphics and simple text work together in this book to encourage readers to create their own computer games. From story to code to animation, readers will discover the creativity and technology that goes into their favorite games.
Coding in the real world, Heather Lyons; illustrated by Alex Westgate and Dan Crisp.
With simple text, graphics, and hands-on activities, this book teaches readers about the ways coding is used in the complex inner workings of common items such as traffic lights and smoke detectors.
Tallest tower, smallest star: a pictorial compendium of comparisons, illustrated by Page Tsou; [written by Kate Baker].
Have you ever wondered how a dinosaur would measure up against the Great Pyramids of Giza, if a hummingbird could outfly a jet plane, or how many atoms could fit inside a grain of sand? These are just some of the questions explored in this extraordinary book of comparisons. Detailed images drawn to scale, informative text and unexpected visual analogies will help the reader to comprehend just how fast, how strong, how small and how big things really are. With stunning Victorian-style artwork by award-winning illustrator Page Tsou, this visual feast of a compendium will surprise and delight inquisitive minds in equal measure. Peek inside and discover a beetle that is stronger than an elephant, meet the pterosaur that was bigger than a spitfire and explore the furthest reaches of the known universe.
Kingfisher children's A to Z encyclopedia.
Children's A to Z Encyclopedia covers a full range of clearly arranged alphabetical topics, from ancient history and countries of the world to wildlife, politics, technology and more. Fully updated with the very latest facts and data; clear text and more than 1000 photos and illustrations will inform and amaze. Detailed reference matter at the end of the book includes a world map, information on international organizations, mini biographies of scientists and explorers and history highlights.
Mindful me: mindfulness and meditation for kids, Whitney Stewart; pictures by Stacy Peterson.
This easily digestible guide introduces kids to mindfulness as a way to find clarity, manage stress, handle difficult emotions, and navigate personal challenges. With step-by-step instructions to over thirty breathing, relaxation, and guided meditation exercises, readers will have an entire toolkit at their disposal and writing prompts will help them process their discoveries.
Kenzie's rules for life, Mackenzie Ziegler.
Growing up is hard, but growing up in the spotlight is even harder. However, Mackenzie Ziegler is taking it all in stride, thanks to her positive attitude on life. From getting her start on Dance Moms, to her sold-out tour alongside Johnny Orlando, there's nothing that she can't do. In Kenzie's Rules for Life, the dance prodigy, singer/songwriter, actress and model offers her advice on friendship, family, fitness, style and positivity. She shares lessons drawn from her own experiences for those navigating through their tween years on how to be happy, healthy and confident in all aspects of their lives.
The world Jesus knew: a curious kid's guide to life in the first century, Marc Olson; illustrated by Jemima Maybank.
Jesus often told stories using everyday objects to help his listeners understand life with God. But for most of us, the deep imagery and meaning behind those objects has been lost to history. This book helps kids discover the world Jesus lived in through maps, charts, graphs, and other infographic elements. They'll learn about the culture Jesus lived in: his Jewish religion, the power of the ruling Roman Empire, the role of fishermen and carpenters and shepherds.
Who's who in the Bible: everyone you need to know from the Old and New Testaments, Jill Rubalcaba.
This valuable reference book features more than 100 notable people from the Old and New Testaments, offering kids a window into the biblical world and to the important men and women who shaped religious history.
A child's book of prayers and blessings: from faiths and cultures around the world, Deloris M. Jordan; artwork by Shadra Strickland.
From cultures and countries near and far, this collection of more than twenty poems and prayers selected especially to share with children affirms the wonder and beauty of all things great and small in our world. Whether it be the flowers in spring, the wind and the rain, the wide sunset sky or friends and family who we hold dear, there are many reasons to give thanks for the world we live in.
Islam, Michael Ashkar.
In the sixth century of the common era, the Prophet Muhammad appeared in the Arabian Peninsula, proclaiming the message that there was only one god, called Allah, and that all people should obey Allah's requirements for their lives. Today, Islam is the second-largest religion in the world, with more than 1.6 billion Muslims adhering to this faith. However, although all Muslims do revere Islam's sacred scripture, the Quran, there are many differences in the way that the faith is practiced throughout the world. This book will discuss the origins of Islam, the major sects that follow the faith, important religious centers such as Mecca and Medina, and the elemental religious practices that unite all members of the umma, or Islamic community.
They, she, he, me: free to be!, Maya & Matthew.
Pronouns serve as a familiar starting point for kids and grown-ups to expand ideas about gender and celebrate personal expression with fun imagery that provides a place to meet and play.
How to be a big kid, [editor, Hélène Hilton].
Being little is hard work. There's so much for children to learn: tying their shoelaces, finding the right hole for each arm in a sweater, remembering to say "please" and "thank you," sharing toys with other children, and a whole bunch of other things, too. Then they're expected to go to school and learn even more. How to be a Big Kid is here to help children learn the skills they need to take care of themselves, get along with others, and be ready to go on their first day of school.
All about families, Felicity Brooks.
Families come in all shapes and sizes and from all sorts of backgrounds. They speak various languages, eat different sorts of food, live in different kinds of homes and celebrate special occasions in a variety of ways. This book lets children explore questions such as 'What is a family?', 'What different sorts of families are there?' and more.
Waves: for those who come across the sea, [text by] Donna Rawlins; [illustrations by] Heather Potter, Mark Jackson.
Every journey is perilous, every situation heartbreaking. Every refugee is a person forced by famine or war or fear to leave their home, their families, their friends and all they know. Children have travelled on the waves of migration to the shores of Australia for tens of thousands of years. This book tells some of their stories.
Back from the brink, Nancy F. Castaldo.
Back from the Brink answers these questions and more as it delves into the threats to seven species, and the scientific and political efforts to coax them back from the brink of extinction. This rich, informational look at the problem of extinction has a hopeful tone: all of these animals' numbers are now on the rise.
Rubbish & recycling, Stephanie Turnbull; designed by Andrea Slane and Michelle Lawrence; illustrated by Christyan Fox; rubbish and recycling consultant, Cecilia Davey; reading consultant, Alison Kelly.
Why do we need to recycle and what happens to our rubbish after it is taken away? Children can learn about the finite nature of natural resources, what rubbish is not recyclable and the impact it has on our planet, and how recycling is sorted, processed and turned into new products. This is a straightforward introduction to a vital subject.
My mask, Jill MacGregor; [photography, Scott MacGregor].
Quyuh needs a new face mask or khan to wear when she rides her bike to school.
The Chinese emperor's new clothes, Ying Chang Compestine; illustrated by David Roberts.
A young emperor, whose advisors have taken advantage of him, enlists the help of honest tailors to reveal their misdeeds in this retelling of the classic fairy tale. Includes historical notes and instructions for making a robe.
Cinderella, retold by Rachel Elliot; illustrated by Tim Budgen.
Cinderella dreams of dancing at the ball but instead, she is left at home. Until, that is, her fairy godmother appears and waves her magic wand.
Little Red Riding Hood, retold by Rachel Elliot; illustrated by Sophie Rohrbach.
Little Red Riding Hood thinks she is all alone as she skips through the wood to visit Grandmother. But who is that peeping through the trees?
Goldilocks and the three Bears, retold by Ronne Randall; illustrated by Tim Budgen.
The three bears go out for a walk while their porridge is cooling down. But when they arrive back home, they find they have an unexpected visitor.
Jack and the beanstalk, retold by Ronne Randall; illustrated by Sophie Rohrbach.
Poor Jack and his mother don't have any money for food. But when Jack swaps their precious cow for some magic beans, everything changes.
The three little pigs, retold by Ronne Randall; illustrated by Kasia Nowowiejska.
The three little pigs set off to build houses of their own. But will they be safe when a hungry wolf comes along?
The ugly duckling, retold by Ronne Randall; illustrated by Sophie Rohrbach.
The Ugly Duckling is pushed away beacuse he doesn't fit in. He struggles through the winter, but is friendship just around the corner?
Little Red Riding Hood, based on the story by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm; retold by Mandy Ross; illustrated by Anja Rieger.
Once there was a story: tales from around the world, perfect for sharing, Jane Yolen; illustrated by Jane Dyer.
A collection of thirty shareable fairy tales, folk tales, and fables from around the world that includes magic tales, homey tales, animal tales, and two tales by Jane Yolen.
Playtime rhymes, illustrated by Sharon Harmer.
This book of favourite nursery rhymes is perfect for any time that you feel like cuddling up with your little one with a book. Whether you are reading lots of rhymes as part of a bedtime routine, or sharing a just a few of them and doing the actions, this collection of familiar, comforting rhymes is sure to become firm family favourite.
Bedtime rhymes, illustrated by Joanne Partis.
Timeless rhymes and favourite lullabies that are perfect to sing at bedtime, or anytime. Includes favourites such as: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, Rockabye Baby and Hey Diddle Diddle.
Nganga: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander words and phrases, Aunty Fay Muir & Sue Lawson.
Nganga (ng gar na): To see and understand. Aunty, Uncle, sorry business, deadly, women's business, marngrook, dreamtime, Elders, songlines. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander words have become part of our everyday vocabulary but we may not know their true meaning of the word or where the words come from. In Nganga, Aunty Fay Muir and Sue Lawson have brought together these words, their meanings and their history. Engage with the rich and unique culture of Aboriginal Australians through this authoritative and concise collection.
Solve this!: wild and wacky challenges for the genius engineer in you, Joan Marie Galat.
From the first wheel to the International Space Station, the miracles of engineering are all around us. Think cars, bridges, skyscrapers, and yes, even bubble wrap! Engineers dream up new ideas and bring them to life while figuring out creative solutions to problems they encounter along the way. But how do they do it? Find out in Solve This!
My first book of nature, Camilla De La Bedoyere; [illustrated by] Jane Newland.
Bright, engaging and fun, this is the perfect package of inspiration to spark a little one's interest in the great outdoors. Split into four clear sections: Plants, Bugs, Birds and Animals, plus a glossary at the back, discover how seeds grow, why some bugs are stripy, how penguins live, why chameleons change colour and much more. Jane Newland's charming illustrations are accompanied by carefully written text for young readers by children's natural history author Camilla de la Bedoyere. There's a ladybird to spot in every scene for an added element of fun.
The squirrels' busy year, Martin Jenkins; illustrated by Richard Jones.
The perfect introduction to seasons and weather for young children. It's winter. It's cold! The squirrels are digging up acorns to eat. But what will they eat in the spring, when the acorns are gone? This beautiful picture book is the perfect introduction to the seasons and how the weather changes throughout the year.
This book thinks you're a math genius: experiment, imagine, create, [text by Georgia Amson-Bradshaw; illustrations by Harriet Russell; maths consultancy by Mike Goldsmith].
This fill-in book helps children to think like mathematicians by introducing key mathematical concepts in a highly visual and entertaining way. Through fun activities and illustrations, This Book Thinks You're a Math Genius encourages young readers to engage with new ideas by experimenting and investigating for themselves. This Book Thinks You're a Math Genius explores seven key areas of math: geometry, space and volume, statistics, numbers and number patterns, codes and ciphers, and the concept of infinity. Each spread centers on an open-ended question that introduces a key mathematical concept and suggests activities that engage the child in a fun way. Activities include reading minds with math, having a eureka moment, and playing mathematical guess who. The end of the book includes a section of paper-based crafts. This creative approach, along with Russell's wonderfully humorous hand-drawn illustrations, make math fun and accessible for children.
Spectacular space!, Anita Ganeri.
Spectacular Space features brilliant collections of stunning pictures of our universe. This beautifully curated book is a wonderful presentation of all the amazing things to see in space. Whether you're a designer, a lover of all things space, or just someone who likes interesting interstellar photography, Spectacular Space is a visual treat for everyone.
StarTalk: everything you ever need to know about space travel, sci-fi, the human race, the universe, and beyond, with Neil deGrasse Tyson.
For decades, beloved astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has interpreted science with a combination of brainpower and charm that resonates with fans everywhere. In 2009, he founded StarTalk, the wildly popular podcast that became an Emmy-nominated talk show on the National Geographic Channel in 2015. Tyson's pioneering book takes the greatest hits from the airwaves to the page in one smart, richly illustrated compendium for young adult readers. Featuring vivid photography, thought-provoking sidebars, enlightening facts, and fun quotes from science and entertainment luminaries like Bill Nye and Josh Groban, StarTalk reimagines science's most challenging topics; from how the brain works to the physics of comic book superheroes, in a relatable, humorous way that will attract curious young readers.
Thank you, Earth: a love letter to our planet, April Pulley Sayre.
A love letter to the Earth shares striking photographic images from around the world that introduce such concepts as nature and science. Water, air, light. Patterns, curves, shapes, colours. Things that crawl, fly, float, run, bloom, ripen. Think of everything Earth gives us. What are you most thankful for? Includes notes from the author about related activities and resources.
What makes a blizzard?, Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld; illustrated by Maddie Frost.
All blizzards are snowstorms, but not all snowstorms are blizzards! What is the difference?How much snow falls during a blizzard? How fast are the winds? How cold does it get during a blizzard?
Down comes the rain, Franklyn M. Branley; illustrated by Mary Ann Fraser.
Read and find out about the ups and downpours of the water cycle! With colorful illustrations and engaging text, Down Comes the Rain is a fascinating look into the stages of the water cycle. After rain comes down, the sun comes out and dries the puddles. But the water isn't gone. The heat from the sun has turned it into water vapor'it has evaporated. Eventually, this moisture in the air condenses to form new clouds. Soon the rain will fall again.
Droughts, Melissa Stewart; illustrated by André Ceolin.
The earth, and everything on it, needs water. But lately, it's been unusually sunny, warm, and dry. The weather anchor announces that your area is experiencing a drought! Where do droughts happen? How do we know that we are in a drought? Why is rainfall important? Do droughts just affect people? Can scientists keep track of rainfall? Read and find out! This book is full of activities, like how to measure rainfall, how to visualize how much of the world's water is freshwater, and how to create a cloud in a jar. It's also full of graphic features perfect for visual learners, like a diagram of the water cycle, and rich vocabulary bolded throughout the text, with a glossary.
Pinocchio rex and other tyrannosaurs, Melissa Stewart & Steve Brusatte; illustrated by Julius Csotonyi.
Discusses the varieties of tyrannosaurs and their characteristics, including the Qianzhousaurus Rex, or Pinocchio Rex, which was discovered in 2014 and gained its nickname due to its pointy nose.
Exploring soils: a hidden world underground, Sam Grover and Camille Heisler.
Have you ever wondered what happens in the earth underneath us? James has, and he wants to learn more about soil. In Exploring Soils: A Hidden World Underground, James discovers that soil is not just dirt for digging in. He explores how plants and animals live in soil, how soils are formed, how they differ, and the many ways that soil is essential in our lives.
A seed is the start, Melissa Stewart.
Beautiful photography and lyrical text pair with comprehensive picture captions in award-winning author Melissa Stewart's story about the surprisingly diverse world of seeds. Learn all about the plant cycle, from how seeds grow, the fascinating ways they travel, and what it takes for a seed to become a plant.
Under the canopy: trees around the world, Iris Volant & Cynthia Alonso; [text written by Harriet Birkinshaw].
This stunningly illustrated book explores the cultural significance that trees have in different societies. From the olive trees of Athens to the Eucalyptus trees of Australia, discover the place of trees in history and mythology across the world. Every climate, every nation has its tales of trees, true or legendary, that help us understand ourselves and the beauty of the natural world around us.
Animalium, illustrated by Katie Scott; written by Jenny Broom.
Welcome to Animalium. This museum is open all hours. It houses an astonishing collection of more than 160 animals for visitors of all ages. Learn how animals have evolved, see inside the dissection laboratory, and discover the amazing variety of habitats on Earth.
Alphamals A-Z, Graham Carter.
Stylishly designed, geometric animal art. Each animal is accompanied by a brief, lyrical description of its features.
Migration: incredible animal journeys, Mike Unwin, [illustrated by] Jenni Desmond.
Animals of all shapes and sizes make epic journeys across our planet, through harsh weather, avoiding hungry predators, in their efforts to survive. Travel around the globe with some of the world's most incredible animals and discover their unique migration stories. Follow the emperor penguin through snow, ice and bitter temperatures; watch as the great white shark swims 10,000 km in search of seals; track huge herds of elephants, on their yearly hunt for water and be amazed at the millions of red crabs, migrating across Christmas Island. With stunning colour illustrations, uncover the astonishing migrations of 20 creatures, in this truly inspiring narrative.
1,000 facts about insects, Nancy Honovich; foreword by Bill Lamp.
From butterflies and honey bees to cockroaches and katydids, discover all you have ever wanted to know about these amazing animals. Discover which insects are the most common; which have the most painful sting; and which have awesome talents, like "escape artist" camouflage abilities. Learn about insect senses, insect predators, quirky facts about insect fossils, and which bugs are most closely related to our other animal friends. After this deep dive into the science of entomology, you'll "bee" an expert on bugs and will dazzle your family and friends with your newfound knowledge.
Bees, bugs, & butterflies: a family guide to our garden heroes & helpers, Ben Raskin.
This buzzing collection of exciting facts and activities will give you the inside knowledge on the power of pollination. Learn why pollination is so essential to the natural world through engaging projects and zany explanations. By the end of Bees, Bugs & Butterflies you'll know how pollinators work and which creatures work with which flowers; you'll see how you can help pollinators by planting the right plants and creating safe homes for them; you'll learn about the amazing tricks plants play on insects; and you'll discover how to call nature's very own SOS team in to give our nectar-sipping buddies (and us) a helping hand.
The ultimate book of sharks: your guide to these fierce and fantastic fish, Brian Skerry with Elizabeth Carney and Sarah Wassner Flynn.
Join this amazing underwater adventure to track the sharks of the world, from the teeniest dogfish to the everfeared great white. This ultimate book features every species of shark on the planet, with awesome photos, fascinating facts, the latest science, and firsthand stories of real-life encounters with these incredible creatures. Learn how sharks live, how they eat, the challenges they face, and whether or not you are actually on the menu!
A world of birds, written and illustrated by Vicky Woodgate.
Discover a world of birds in Vicky Woodgate's stunning guide to the most iconic species on the globe. From the tiniest hummingbird to the mighty ostrich, and from penguins to parrots, there's something new to discover on every continent.
The great penguin rescue: saving the African penguins, Sandra Markle.
Despite South African government efforts to protect the penguin colonies and their ocean fish supply, young penguins still struggle to survive. Fuzzy chicks waiting for food in open nests may overheat in the sun or become prey. Others simply may not get enough food to survive on their own once their parents leave. Markle examines new conservation methods, including rescuing and hand-feeding vulnerable chicks, that are giving experts hope.
Snowy owl invasion!: tracking an unusual migration, Sandra Markle.
A historically large irruption of snowy owls during the winter of 2013-2014 brought them across the eastern US, and farther south than usual. Scientists used this opportunity to attach GPS tracking devices to some snowy owls to increase understanding of their winter behavior and migration.
Bouncing back: an eastern barred bandicoot story, Rohan Cleave and Coral Tulloch.
The Eastern Barred Bandicoot is one of Australia's most threatened species. When their existence came under extreme threat from habitat loss, predators and human development, Eastern Barred Bandicoots found refuge in the most unlikely of places; a rubbish tip. This captivating true story details the plight these small, nocturnal marsupials faced, and the outstanding efforts that ensured their survival. Written by Rohan Cleave and illustrated by Coral Tulloch, "Bouncing Back" shows that even on the brink of extinction, there is hope for the protection of our most vulnerable species.
The truth about hippos, Maxwell Eaton III.
Did you know that there are two types of hippo: the common hippo and the pygmy hippo (which is like a common hippo but smaller)? Did you know that all hippos live in Africa? Did you know that hippos can't actually swim?
Meerkats, James Maclaine; illustrated by Jeremy Norton, additional illustrations by Roger Simo; designed by Amy Manning; meerkat consultant, David MacDonald; reading consultant, Alison Kelly.
What's a group of meerkats called? Where do they live? What do they eat? Discover the answers to these questions and many more in this entertaining introduction to meerkats, with simple text, stunning photographs and detailed illustrations on every page. Also includes links to carefully selected websites with video clips and more information.
Walrus, Herve Paniaq; illustrated by Ben Shannon.
Animals Illustrated mixes fun-filled animal facts suitable for the youngest of readers with intricately detailed illustrations to create a unique and beautiful collection of children's non-fiction books on Arctic animals. Each volume contains first-hand accounts from authors who live in the Arctic, along with interesting facts on the behaviours and biology of each animal. In this book, kids will learn how walruses raise their babies, where they live, what they eat, and other interesting information, like how they use their tusks to break holes in the ice so that they can breathe!
It took three to make me, Jacqui Cooper; illustrations by Bill Wood.
More and more families today are being created with the assistance of IVF technologies, but the process can be confusing and intimidating - especially for children who want to know where they came from. In this charming and heartwarming picture book, follow one family's IVF journey, from meeting their doctor for the first time to welcoming their special baby into the world!
It's perfectly normal: changing bodies, growing up, sex, and sexual health, Robie H. Harris; illustrated by Michael Emberley.
When children wonder about sex, where will they go for the answers? Providing accurate, lucid, unbiased answers to nearly every conceivable question children may have about sexuality, It's Perfectly Normal is here to help. From conception and puberty to birth control and AIDS, it is a refreshingly open and thorough presentation of the facts of sex; both biological and psychological, which children need now more than ever.
Your fantastic elastic brain: stretch it, shape it, JoAnn Deak; illustrated by Sarah Ackerley.
This innovative and timely picture book teaches children that they have the ability to stretch and grow their own brains. It also delivers the crucial message that mistakes are an essential part of learning. The book introduces children to the anatomy and various functions of the brain in a fun and engaging way.
Looking after your mental health, Alice James & Louie Stowell; designed by Vickie Robinson; illustrated by Nancy Leshnikoff and Freya Harrison.
We talk about our physical health but not so much about how we're feeling. With lots of practical advice, this lively, accessible guide explains why we have emotions, and what can influence them. Covering everything from friendships, social media and bullying to divorce, depression and eating disorders, this is an essential book for young people.
Yoga for kids and their grown-ups: 100+ fun yoga and mindfulness activities to practice together, Katherine Priore Ghannam; illustrations by Tanya Emelyanova.
Yoga for Kids offers simple guidance for playful activities to help you bring the benefits of yoga and mindfulness into your child's life. Regardless of your own skill level, Yoga for Kids has practices and techniques that you and your child will be able to enjoy. With Yoga for Kids your child will learn healthy ways of playing with their bodies, and with you.
Running on sunshine: how does solar energy work?, Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano; illustrated by Giovana Medeiros.
The sun is a source of energy for living things. Energy that comes from sunshine is called solar energy. But how does solar energy work? And how can we use solar energy to not only stay on the cutting-edge of technology, but to help keep the environment healthy?
The big book of treasures: the most amazing discoveries ever made and still to be made, written by Raphael Honigstein; illustrated by Caroline Attia.
Embark on an adventure with world-famous treasure hunters and learn more about gold lost at the bottom of the sea, even a stolen football trophy. The Big Book of Treasures tells the stories of famous treasure hunters from past centuries; from the lost Aztec treasure of La Noche Triste to the recovered gold coins and bars of the SS Central America to the Padmanabhaswamy temple treasure found in India to the exploits of The Sass Brothers, adventure undoubtedly awaits.
Build your own boats, Rob Ives.
Kids will sail away with science when they make their own steam-, propeller-, and electric-powered boats. These makerspace-friendly models with step-by-step illustrations and hands-on experiments make learning fun and engaging.
Build your own rockets and planes, Rob Ives.
Build your very own planes and rockets with easy-to-find items. Find out how to make a glider, helicopter, a parachute, and more with objects like pencils, washers, and a plastic bag. Just put the pieces together to fly away!
Tricycles, Jill MacGregor; photos by Scott MacGregor.
Francis's father owns a tricycle. It's one of the 7000 fleet of tricycles in Puerto Princesa.
Build your own robots, Rob Ives.
Be your own robotics engineer and watch these clever machines come to life. Learn how to create robots with materials like paper clips, rubber bands, cork, and other everyday objects. Prepare for some super-mechanized fun and games!
Calf and Lamb Day, Jill MacGregor; photographs by Scott MacGregor.
Daniella lives on a dairy farm in South Featherston and every year she rears a calf to be judged at the Calf and Lamb Day.
Donkeys, James Maclaine; illustrated by Jeremy Norton; additional illustrations by Roger Simo; designed by Amy Manning and Sam Whibley; donkey consultant, David MacDonald; reading consultant, Alison Kelly.
How do donkeys make hee-haw noises? Why do they roll in dust? What do they eat? In this book, you'll find the answers and lots more about the fascinating lives of donkeys.
Horses and foals, [written by Sarah Snashall].
Horses and Foals tells you everything you want to know about horses, from growing up to learning about different breeds, what jobs they do, how we care for them and so much more.
Dog days of history: the incredible story of our best friends, Sarah Albee.
Kids will be swept across world history as they learn the hilarious, fascinating, and complete story of man's best friend, from the first domesticated dogs, to the massive mastiffs that came over with Christopher Columbus on his voyage to the New World, to the pampered pooches of kings and queens, to hero dogs like Sergeant Stubby. What is it we love about dogs so much? From ancient times to the present, dogs have guarded us, worked with us, marched off to war with us, and of course, just sat on the couch with us for a cuddle. Throughout the course of human history, this partnership deepened from dogs doing a service into friendship. Dogs have been by our side through it all, and this book tracks our common story from wild wolves in ancient civilizations to modern-day breeds, highlighting famous pooches of the past and present along the way. You'll chuckle through the ages as you catch up with the wonders of man's best friend.
It's a puppy's life, Seth Casteel.
Photographs of puppies with explanations of their daily routine, for young children.
The everything book of dogs & puppies, [senior editor, Carrie Love].
This is the cutest introduction to everything kids want to know about dogs and puppies. Colourful photos, fur-tastic facts, and bite-sized information about our puppy pals. My Book of Dogs and Puppies covers all their favourite dog breeds, including chihuahuas, pugs, French bulldogs, and golden retrievers. Children from ages 6 and up will love to read about dogs and puppies from across the globe, and even the biggest and smallest dogs in the world!
Dogs: from predator to protector, Andy Hirsch.
How well do you know our favorite furry companion? Did they really descend from wolves? What's the difference between a Chihuahua and a Saint Bernard? And just how smart are they? Join one friendly mutt on a journey to discover the secret origin of dogs, how genetics and evolution shape species, and where in the world his favorite ball bounced off to.
Dogs and puppies, [written by Sarah Snashall].
Dogs and Puppies tells you everything you want to know about our favourite four-legged friend. Read about how they grow from cute puppies to dogs, all the different breeds, what jobs they do, how to care for them and so much more.
Cats and kittens, [written by Sarah Snashall].
Cats and Kittens tells you everything you want to know about these domestic felines. From little kittens to curious cats, you can read about how they grow up, their super senses, different breeds, how to care for them and so much more.
Plant, cook, eat!: a children's cookbook, Joe Archer and Caroline Craig.
For beginners and green-thumbed foodies, this unusually all-inclusive garden-to-kitchen cookbook is part lesson in gardening and part collection of healthy, delicious, kid-friendly recipes. With vibrant photo-illustrations and clearly organized sections, discover how to plant seeds in patio containers, window boxes, or on an allotment; harvest fruits and vegetables; determine which plant parts are edible; spot pests in the garden; and use home-grown crops to cook everything from bean and bacon spaghetti to polenta chips to tomato, feta, and basil pizza.
Get into art, Susie Brooks.
Get into Art is a gorgeous children's activity series, now in one bumper book, that explores a wide range of artists' work while encouraging children to develop their own skills and techniques, Get into Art is perfect for active young artists of all abilities. The book features nearly 50 artworks, superbly reproduced, with information about the work and the artist. Lift the flap to reveal an art project inspired by the work. Get into Art explores a fascinating array of pictures that bring to life animals, people, places and stories. From artists as diverse as Michelangelo, Edward Munch, Leonardo da Vinci, Henri Matisse and many more! Each artwork is paired with an art activity for children to do themselves. Art projects are varied, intriguing and clearly explained and will act as a springboard for plenty of artistic experiments. Readers can combine their practical activity and creativity with discovering a wealth of fine art.
Iggy Peck's big project book for amazing architects, Andrea Beaty; illustrations by David Roberts.
Creativity meets curiosity and critical thinking in this project book from the #1 New York Times bestselling team behind Iggy Peck, Architect, Rosie Revere, Engineer, and Ada Twist, Scientist. Iggy Peck takes readers through more than 40 exciting STEM and design projects and activities, from drafting and doodling to building and blueprints. Aspiring architects and young dreamers of all kinds will get a sense of the unique mix of science, technology, and art skills used to create lasting structures. Packed with the same quirky humor and gorgeous illustration that made Iggy Peck, Architect a hit, the project book will appeal to fans who are craving more from Miss Greer's clever class.
High up in Hong Kong, Jill MacGregor; [photographer, Scott MacGregor].
Chi Wai lives on the 39th floor in Yee Mei Court, one of the largest high-rise apartment estates in Hong Kong.
'Ei for the day, Jill MacGregor; photographs by Scott MacGregor.
This delightful story from the Cook Islands shows just how beautiful the traditional lei can be, and how special the wearer can feel with one.
Lift-the-flap questions and answers about art, written by Katie Daynes; illustrated by Marie-Eve Tremblay; designed by Jodie Smith.
What's the point of art? Why do artists draw themselves? Who were the Impressionists? Discover the answers to these questions and many more in this entertaining information book, containing over 60 flaps to lift. A great introduction to art for inquisitive young children, with links to specially selected websites for more information.
If you're happy and you know it!, Jane Cabrera.
An elephant, a monkey, and a giraffe join other animals to sing different verses of this popular song that encourages everyone to express their happiness through voice and movement.
Games we play, Jill MacGregor; photographs by Scott MacGregor.
Ever wonder what children from around the Pacific do for fun? Find out in this entertaining book.
DIY circus lab for kids: a family-friendly guide for juggling, balancing, clowning and show-making, Jackie Leigh Davis.
DIY Circus Lab for Kids gives families everything they need to produce their own circus! Author Jackie Leigh Davis invites the you into the international youth circus community, then dives into the circus skill families: juggling, acrobatics, manipulation, balance, and clowning. The book opens with a do-it-yourself prop-making class, and provides enough homemade circus equipment to get you started on some fun circus basics. Rising circus stars will then move on to lessons in toss juggling, flower sticks, poi, human pyramids, and how to move on to even more tricks and skills. And best yet, kids will see how to combine skills into an act, and acts into a show. DIY Circus Lab for Kids also includes the Circademic Corner, which is full of academic and scientific factoids about circus, and Safety Check boxes whenever skill-learning requires adult supervision. Many of the skills in this book are safe enough for kids to do themselves, with a few requiring an adult "spotter" so families or classes can enjoy them together.
Solo, a Star Wars story: the official guide, written by Pablo Hidalgo.
See the galaxy with Han Solo: street thief, soldier and scoundrel. Delve into Corellia's criminal underworld. Discover how Han first met Chewbacca. Meet the party guests on Dryden Vos' luxury star yacht. Learn about the game of sabacc; its rules and its rule breaker. Find out where Lando Calrissian stores his cape collection! Produced in collaboration with Lucasfilm and written by Star Wars expert Pablo Hidalgo, Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide explores new worlds, characters and vehicles in unparalleled detail.
I spy spectacular: a book of picture riddles, photographs by Walter Wick; riddles by Jean Marzollo.
Celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the I Spy series with classic picture riddles and information on the series' history.
Mice in the city: London, Ami Shin.
An hypnotic hide-and-seek picture book that follows mice on a very busy and detailed tour through London.
The alphabet of alphabets, Allan Sanders; [text, Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley].
Take a ride through 26 fully-illustrated alphabets, each one an A to Z of things to spot. From an A to Z of Birds (A is for Albatross, B is for Bluebird), to an A to Z of Zoo (A is for Aardvark, B is for Baboon), this is an alphabet of alphabets. Jam-packed full of funny things to spot and plenty of Where's Wally-style humour, this the best way to learn your ABCs and lots of new words as well!
Pokémon gotta catch 'em all!: deluxe essential handbook: the need-to-know stats and facts on over 700 Pokémon.
Shares facts on over seven hundred Pokémon and includes information on the new Kalos characters and the Mega Evolved Pokémon.
My first chess book, Katie Daynes; chess consultant, Sarah Hegarty; illustrated by The Boy Fitz Hammond; designed by Michael Hill.
Meet the characters that make up achess army and learn how to fight your first battle in this friendly introduction to the game. My First Chess Book is written clearly and simply, with entertaining examples, making it the perfect starting point for young children, and a handy refresher guide for parents and grandparents!
Minecrafter architect: amazing starter homes, Megan Miller.
Minecrafter Architect: Amazing Starter Homes is the first in this inspiring new series. Guided by hundreds of in-game, step-by-step photos and simple instructions, kids will learn how to build one of ten amazing homes so that they can create interesting and reliable shelter anywhere they spawn. Igloo compounds, prairie houses, and llama ranches are just some of the killer designs that await them when they follow the techniques laid out in this book. With tips for adding décor and landscaping touches to their new builds, players can have fun bringing each new home to life. Kids who want to try their hand at virtual design will love the tricks and tips inside this book! Minecrafter Architect: Amazing Starter Homes holds the valuable secrets they need to flex their in-game building skills.
Minecrafter engineer: must-have starter farms, Megan Miller.
Guided by hundreds of in-game, step-by-step photos, and simple instructions, kids will learn how to engineer one of seven spectacular farms to yield resources and goodies beyond their wildest dreams. Stacks of sugarcanes, gobs of gold, and bushels of blaze rods are the rewards that await them when they follow the techniques laid out in this book.
Filipino fishing, Jill MacGregor; photos by Scott MacGregor.
Ronel and his brother Nelskie go fishing with their father on a double-outrigger canoe, called a banca.
The watcher, written by Nikki Grimes; illustrated by Bryan Collier.
A poetic story inspired by Psalm 121. Jordan lives in fear of Tanya, the class bully. But Tanya has worries of her own, no matter how much she tries to ignore them. It seems impossible that Jordan and Tanya could be anything other than enemies, but the Lord is watching over them, guiding each of them along a path that might just help them to understand one another.
Crawly school for bugs: poems to drive you buggy, poems by David L. Harrison; illustrated by Julie Bayless.
Welcome to Crawly School for Bugs! Termites, stink bugs, gnats, and every insect in between attend this buzzy school where crickets take classes like how to be annoying in 4 easy steps. Some students struggle with the temptation to eat fellow classmates, while others deal with a mosquito nurse who always wants to draw blood, or attempt to make friends despite their own microscopic size.
Hidden city: poems of urban wildlife, written by Sarah Grace Tuttle; illustrated by Amy Schimler-Safford.
Hidden City demonstrates that nature can thrive anywhere, even in highly populated areas. In this graceful collection of poems, skyscrapers serve as perches for falcons, streetlights attract an insect buffet for hungry bats, and an overgrown urban lot offers shelter to both flora and fauna. Hidden City also includes engaging supplementary materials, which provide scientific information about the animals and plants featured in the book. Coupled with beautiful collage illustrations, the poems in Hidden City offer readers the perfect reminder to notice and care about their environment.
With my hands: poems about making things, words by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater; pictures by Lou Fancher & Steve Johnson.
Building, baking, folding, drawing, shaping: making something with your own hands is a special, personal experience. Taking an idea from your imagination and turning it into something real is satisfying and makes the maker proud.
Seeing into tomorrow: haiku, Richard Wright; biography and illustrations by Nina Crews.
From watching a sunset to finding a beetle, Richard Wright's haiku puts everyday moments into focus. Paired with the photo-collage artwork of Nina Crews, Seeing into Tomorrow celebrates the lives of contemporary African American boys.
School people, poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins; illustrated by Ellen Shi.
Welcome to school, a building of brick full of soul and heart, eager for students and staff to fill its halls with sounds. This anthology of fifteen poems celebrates the grown-up people that children encounter throughout the course of their school day: the school bus driver with her morning smile, the teacher who inspires imagination, the rarely seen, yet caring custodian, and the nurse who heals hurts, big and small.
Traveling the blue road: poems of the sea, collected by Lee Bennett Hopkins; illustrated by Bob Hansman & Jovan Hansman.
Gorgeous illustrations surround a collection of poetry written for children about the magic, beauty, and promise of sea voyages. Compiled and edited by award-winning poet Lee Bennett Hopkins, the poems describe how the sea has historically shone as a metaphor for hope and despair and served as a pathway for people searching for new life, including poems about the pilgrims coming to the New World, the Mariel boatlift, the Vietnamese boat people, a Dutch slave ship, the current migration situation in the Mediterranean, and the voyage of the St. Louis.
Lift-the-flap questions and answers about long ago, written by Katie Daynes; illustrated by Peter Donnelly; designed by Jodie Smith.
Over 60 fascinating questions reaching right back to dinosaur days. From pyramids and pirates to Aztecs and inventors, discover who, what, when, where, how and why.
The Whydah: a pirate ship feared, wrecked, and found, Martin W. Sandler.
Launched in 1716 to ply the Triangular Trade route, the Whydah was designed to be fast and to hold large amounts of cargo, both material and human. Captain Prince had completed the sale of slaves brought from Africa to the Caribbean and had turned the Whydah toward England laden with riches when his ship was overtaken by one of the most successful pirates of the time. Black Sam Bellamy sought not only fortune but a ship with a large capacity to carry it. He used the Whydah as his flagship and loaded it to the gunnels with loot from vessels plundered along the East Coast of America. But on a stormy night in 1717, the Whydah ran aground on a sandbar off Cape Cod and sank. Cape Codders salvaged what washed ashore. The governor of Massachusetts sent his best man to look for the rest, but nothing could be found. It wasn't until 1984 that marine archaeologists found the wreck and its treasure of old and priceless artifacts, as well as a wealth of historical evidence that changed much of what we thought about pirates.
Alexander Graham Bell for kids: his life & inventions, with 21 activities, Mary Kay Carson.
Alexander Graham Bell invented not only the telephone, but also early versions of the phonograph, the metal detector, airplanes, and hydrofoil boats. This Scottish immigrant was also a pioneering speech teacher and a champion of educating those with hearing impairments, work he felt was his most important contribution to society. Bell worked with famous Americans such as Helen Keller and aviators Glenn Curtiss and Samuel P. Langley, and his inventions competed directly with those of Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers. This unique biography includes a time line, a list of online resources, and 21 engaging hands-on activities to better appreciate Bell's remarkable accomplishments.
I am Gandhi, Brad Meltzer; illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos.
This book tells the story of how Gandhi used the principles of nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience to fight discrimination against Indians in South Africa and to end British rule in India. Like the series biography of Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi's story focuses on his peaceful heroism in the struggle for civil rights and social change.
Becoming Madeleine: a biography of the author of A wrinkle in time by her granddaughters, Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Léna Roy.
This elegant and insightful biography of Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007) was written by her granddaughters, Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Léna Roy. Using never-before-seen archival materials that include photographs, poems, letters, and journal entries from when Madeleine was a child until just after the publication of her classic, A Wrinkle in Time, her granddaughters weave together an in-depth and unique view of the famous writer. It is a story of overcoming obstacles; a lonely childhood, financial insecurity, and countless rejections of her writing, and eventual triumph. Becoming Madeleine will speak not only to fans of the icon's work, but also to anyone interested in writing.
The girl who drew butterflies: how Maria Merian's art changed science, Joyce Sidman.
Newbery-Honor winning author Joyce Sidman explores the extraordinary life and scientific discoveries of Maria Merian, who discovered the truth about metamorphosis and documented the science behind the mystery in this visual biography that features many original paintings by Maria herself.
Bloom: a story of fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, words by Kyo Maclear; pictures by Julie Morstad.
By the 1930s Elsa Schiaparelli had captivated the fashion world in Paris, but before that, she was a little girl in Rome who didn't feel pretty at all. Bloom: a story of fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli is the enchanting story for young readers of how a young girl used her imagination and emerged from plain to extraordinary.
JoJo's guide to the sweet life: #PeaceOutHaterz, JoJo Siwa.
Through the lens of the author's personal experience and playful voice, she digs into themes such as finding your passion, keeping strong in the face of adversity, appreciating your individualism, the importance of being loyal, and never giving up.
Free as a bird: the story of Malala, written and illustrated by Lina Maslo.
Brazen: rebel ladies who rocked the world, Pénélope Bagieu; [English translation by Montana Kane].
With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Penelope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.
Stories for boys who dare to be different: true tales of amazing boys who changed the world without killing dragons, Ben Brooks; illustrated by Quinton Winter.
Prince charming, dragon slayer, mischievous prankster. More often than not, these are the role-models boys encounter in the books they read at home and at school. As a boy, there is an assumption that you will conform to a stereotypical idea of masculinity. But what if you're the introvert kind? What if you prefer to pick up a book rather than a sword? What if you want to cry when you're feeling sad or angry? What if you like the idea of wearing a dress? There is an ongoing crisis with regards to young men and mental health, with unhelpful gender stereotypes contributing to this malaise. Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different offers a welcome alternative narrative. It is an extraordinary compilation of 100 stories of famous and not-so-famous men from the past to the present day, every single one of them a rule-breaker and innovator in his own way, and all going on to achieve amazing things. Entries include Frank Ocean, Salvador Dalí, Rimbaud, Beethoven, Barack Obama, Stormzy, Ai Weiwei and Jesse Owens; different sorts of heroes from all walks of life and from all over the world.
Herstory: 50 women and girls who shook the world, [Katherine Halligan; illustrated by Sarah Walsh].
Instead of just studying history, let's think about HerStory too! In this uplifting and inspiring book, children can learn about 50 intrepid women from around the world and throughout history. Telling the stories of their childhood, the challenges they faced and the changes they made, each gorgeously illustrated spread is a celebration of girl power in its many forms. With a range of pioneering careers; from astronauts to activists, musicians to mathematicians and many more, young readers will be inspired to follow their own dreams and to make the world a better place. Compelling, motivating and brilliantly illustrated in equal measure, this is the perfect introduction to just some of the amazing women who have shaped our world.
Guide to genealogy, T.J. Resler.
What does your family tree look like? Where do its roots lead? Are you related to royalty? Start your very own journey and find out with this activity-packed guide to genealogy! This lively guide will get you started on researching your family's past and let you in on the newest and most up-to-date technology for genealogy research. Get tips on how to interview family members, create a family tree, and much more. Fun facts, lists, and sidebars offer additional tips and bring the dusty past to vivid life!
Denmark: unpacked, Clive Gifford.
Grab your suitcase and prepare to explore Denmark: its major cities, culture, way of life, food, language, and history. Find out about Danish fashion, music, popular culture and sport, as well as quirky facts and bite-sized information on Denmark's customs and everyday life.
The Maya, Jerome Martin; illustrated by Adam Larkum; designed by Alice Reese and Poppy Pearce; Maya consultant, Lucia R. Henderson; reading consultant, Alison Kelly.
This information book provides a simple introductionto the world of the ancient Maya. It describes their bustling cities and talltemples, their religious beliefs, the customs of their kings and nobles, and their passion for cacao. Perfectly suited to beginner readers, it is full offacts, illustrations, and photographs of historical artefacts.
M is for mutiny!: history by alphabet, John Dickson; [illustrations by] Bern Emmerichs.
M is for Mutiny! History by Alphabet is a taste of the intriguing history of Australia and the man entry points for children to explore further. Why did Sir Joseph Banks hate bananas? Did anyone like William Bligh? Who's afraid of Pemulwuy?
Fun on the runway, Jill MacGregor; photographs by Scott MacGregor.
It's not every day that you get to explore an airport, but that's exactly what happens in this delightful story from the Islands of Tuvalu.
Tan wan de ren lei: xie gei hai zi de ke xue shi = History of science for children, Laoduo zhu; Guo Jing hui.
Wo cong na li lai, Keli Xi'erfuboge zhu; Fei'aona Shimisi hui; Xu Chen yi.
Xi li er jiang yi shu shi, Xilier.
Ai shang gong zhu de hua jia, Anuo Ameilasi zhu; Meiruier hui.
Chuang xia de shu pi xiao wu, Bing Bo zhu.
Feng qi yun yong = Rising storm, Ailin Hengte zhu.
Hu huan ye xing = Into the wild, Ailin Hengte zhu.
Li wan kuang lan = The darkest hour, Ailin Hengte zhu.
Xian lu jing hun = A dangerous path, Ailin Hengte zhu.
Yi yun chong chong = Forest of secrets, Ailin Hengte zhu.
Kids United: nos vies, nos histoires: le roman, raconté par Rosalind Elland-Goldsmith.
Kids United is a French musical group of children. It was created in 2015 to promote UNICEF campaigns.
Constance: une histoire comme ça, Anbleizdu et Mathilde Lull.
Les couleurs de Monsieur Bear, écrit et illustré par Virginie Aracil.
La fille qui avait bu la lune, Kelly Barnhill: traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Marie de Prémonville.
Cherche et compte les véhicules, illustrations d'Oliver Latyk.
L'imagier des fonds marins des deux petits poissons, Gabriella Corcione, Ingrid Chabbert.
T'choupi a peur du noir, Thierry Courtin.
Courage, grand loup!, texte et illustrations de Jan De Kinder; traduit du néerlandais (Belgique) par Marie Hooghe.
199 dinosaures et animaux préhistoriques, illustrations, Fabiano Fiorin.
Le mystère du gang masqué, Ken Follett; traduit de l'anglais par Fabien Le Roy.
Dans le détail, Elisa Géhin.
Dans l'ensemble, Élisa Géhin.
L'oeuf, Kevin Henkes; adaptation de l'américain par Gaël Renan.
Bienvenue chez maman ours, Ryan T. Higgins.
Bizarre comme c'est bizarre, écrit et illustré par Hiroshi Ishii; traduit du japonais par Manon Debienne.
Je t'aime!, illustrations, Elisabeth Morais.
Imagier mouvementé, Véronique Joffre.
55 véhicules, illustré par Olivier Latyk.
La patience du héron, Erik L'Homme, Lorène Bihorel.
Le monstre amoureux: (une histoire d'amour), Ethan Long; traduction de l'anglais par Benjamin Kuntzer.
Shingouz looz inc., scénario, Wilfrid Lupano; dessin et couleur, Mathieu Lauffray; d'après Pierre Christin et Jean-Claude Mézières.
Mon imagier des couleurs + toucher: 20 matières, 100 mots, illustrated by Julie Mercier.
Mon premier livre d'animaux, illustrations, Anita Engelen.
Qui a vu la Coccinelle?, Rémi Noël.
Au parc, il y a…, Marta Orzel.
L'imagier de Petit Chien, Pepillo.
Cheval de courses, Aurore Petit.
Les amoureux du palais de glace, Michel Piquemal; illustrated by Cécile Becq.
Anata o suki ni natta toki, Tachimachi kuraimakkusu iinkai, Asahina Ayumu.
Asu o sagashite: nihon jidō bungakusha kyōkai nanajisshūnen kikaku, Nihon jidō bungakusha kyōkai.
Hittorā no musume, French Jackie, Sakuma Yumiko.
Manga kimitachi wa dō ikiru ka, gensaku Yoshino Genzaburō; manga Haga Shōichi.
Kotoba furu mori, Inōe Sakura.
Kurome dake no kodomo, Ishikawa Hirochika, Uguisu Sachiko.
Chikyū shōmetsu no kiki, Kurono Shin'ichi, Araki Shinji.
Merōrahime o sukue, Matsui Kana, Hino Akihiro, Reberu Faibu.
Jibun konpurekkusu, Miura Karen, Nagae Yūko.
Kamen shindorōmu, Nagae Yūko, Jinsaki Sōko.uhan.
Kaidan gofunkan no kyōfu tachiiri kinshi, Nakamura Masami.
Sayonara bokura no chiyo shōten, Nakayama Seiko.
Sono keshiki o sagashite, Nakayama Seiko.
Ohanashi suiri doriru todō fuken jiken fairu: shōgaku yon rokunen nazotoki bunshō dokkai, Gakken purasu.
Tsukamattewa ikenai sabaibaru onigokko, Ōkubo Hiraku, Kitano Eiichi.
Tsūkai tensai kizzu mitchī: fushigidō koshoten sandaime no besuto serā daisakusen, Sōda Osamu.
Esuenuesu toraburu rensa, Takahashi Motoko, Miura Karen, Enueichikē otona e noberu seisakuhan.
Ijime: kibō no uta o utaō, Takeuchi Masami, Igarashi Kaoru.
Oshiri tantei ayaushi tantei jimusho, Tororu.
Oshiri Tantei ("Butt Detective") finds his business in trouble when new detective Carrot Horse comes to town…but does Carrot Horse solve crimes a little too quickly? Includes a bonus story in which a banker worries about his daughter's mystery outings.
Nageki no dōkutsu to biggu futto, Warner Penny, Ban Yumiko, Hyōgonosuke.
Shiro no shōto shōto: furaregusuri, Yamaguchi Tao.
Bol'shie i malen'kie, Evgeniĭ Charushin; risunki avtora.
IA chto-to zabyl, i sam ne pomniu chto, Nel'son Dellis; illustrator, Kseniia Dereka; perevod s angliĭskogo Marii Torchinskoĭ.
Kak ischez direktor shkoly, Artur Givargizov; illustratsii Marty Zhuravskoĭ.
Rasmus v derevne, Karla i Vil'gel'm Khansen.
Rasmus v more, Karla i Vil'gel'm Khansen.
IA begemot, Arkadiĭ Inin; illustrator Serge' Sobin.
IA myshĭ, Sergeĭ Lukĭianenko; illustrator Elizaveta Tretĭiakova.

Older Fiction

The cure for cold feet: a novel in small moments, Beth Ain.
Hiding out in the girls' bathroom. FaceTiming one friend while group chatting two others. Forced to ballroom dance with a boy for a social studies unit. There is a lot going on in middle school. New experiences and shifting dynamics are around every turn. And it's not just her friends; Izzy's family is shifting as well. It's anxiety-inducing but also thrilling as Izzy learns to stake her claim.
The last, Katherine Applegate; illustrated by Max Kostenko.
Byx is the youngest member of her dairne pack. Believed to possess remarkable abilities, her mythical doglike species has been hunted to near extinction in the war-torn kingdom of Nedarra. After her pack is hunted down and killed, Byx fears she may be the last of her species. The Endling. So Byx sets out to find safe haven, and to see if the legends of other hidden dairnes are true. Along the way, she meets new allies, animals and humans alike, who each have their own motivations for joining her quest. And although they begin as strangers, they become their own kind of family; one that will ultimately uncover a secret that may threaten every creature in their world.
Time twins, Sally Astridge, Arne Norlin.
Eleven-year-old Astrid thinks she is imagining the quiet boy who appears in her room in the middle of the night and then vanishes as if by magic. Astrid lives in Sweden. She discovers the boy's name is Tamati and he lives in New Zealand on the other side of the world. How did he get into her bedroom? And why does he keep coming back?
Ride by moonlight, Michelle Bates; [adapted by Mary Sebag-Montefiore].
Charlie keeps saying that he won't ride again, but his friends won't believe him. After all, he has a place at racing school starting in a couple of months. OK, so he had an accident and fell off his horse; who hasn't? He wasn't even hurt, so just what is Charlie's problem?
Strangers at the stables, Michelle Bates; [adapted by Caroline Young].
A mysterious couple arrives to help at Sandy Lane but Rosie overhears something that makes her suspicious of their true intentions.
The midnight horse, Michelle Bates; [adapted by Mary Sebag-Montefiore].
Kate is determined to win the Mapletree horse show and prove herself at Sandy Lane. But then the mysterious midnight horse arrives at the stables. Unluckily, for Kate, his owner, Izzy, has entered Mapletree too, and Izzy needs to win.
The perfect pony, Michelle Bates; [adapted by Katie Daynes].
Alex is shocked to realise he's now the owner of Puzzle, a filthy, thin and abused pony. He thought he'd solve all his problems by buying a pony at a local auction. Puzzle is in such a state, she may have to be put down.
Time tracers: the stolen summers, Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White.
Taj Carter is the kind of kid who has a good time, all the time. He's the class clown. The best friend. The cool big brother. That is, until he wakes up on what's supposed to be the first day of vacation only to find that his entire summer is gone! But if that seems like a total nightmare, it's actually the least of Taj's worries. He discovers that the time didn't just fly by, it was stolen. By time thieves! And now they're after way more than just one kid's summer break. They're after all the fun on earth, and it turns out Taj is the key to getting it. He has a target on his back and not a moment more to lose. It's up to Taj to find a way to get back his summer and to save the world from falling completely off the clock.
Al Capone throws me a curve, Gennifer Choldenko.
Moose has his hands full during the summer of 1936 watching his autistic sister, Natalie, and the warden's daughter, Piper, and trying to get on a baseball team by proving he knows Al Capone.
Spirit, Sally Christie.
Matt is new, quiet and shy. Jazzy is outspoken, popular, confident. They'd never normally be friends. But things in the village of Burnham Stone aren't normal: Matt has seen something extraordinary up in Burnham Wood. And Jazzy is the only one who believes him. With the help of Matt's little dog and Jazzy's little sister, the two make surprising discoveries and unleash such a powerful force that nothing can ever be the same again. A wonderful story about friends, growing up, and the very real magic in the world around us.
The Bolds in trouble, Julian Clary; illustrated by David Roberts.
This time, Teddington's wildest family have decided to stay at home and keep their heads down; it isn't always easy hiding tails and fur under clothes, and it's important not to raise suspicion amongst their human neighbours. But trouble soon comes skulking when a very sly fox starts making a big nuisance of himself. It's up to the Bolds to try and stop him, but the solution has them foxed.
Two dogs in a trench coat go to school, Julie Falatko; illustrated by Colin Jack.
Sassy and Waldo are good dogs. Sassy and Waldo spend their day keeping the house safe. Has a squirrel ever gotten inside? No! But every day their boy, Stewart, leaves for a scary place: School! Sassy and Waldo need to save Stewart. But they don't let dogs into school. Not even the really good ones. Sassy and Waldo put on a trench coat. Now everyone at Bea Arthur Elementary thinks they are a new student. Everyone except Stewart.
Good dog, Dan Gemeinhart.
Brodie was a good dog. And good dogs go to heaven. Except Brodie can't move on. Not just yet. As wonderful as his glimpse of the afterlife is, he can't forget the boy he left behind. The boy he loved, and who loved him in return. The boy who's still in danger. So Brodie breaks the rules of heaven. He returns to Earth as a spirit. With the help of two other lost souls; lovable pitbull Tuck and surly housecat Patsy, he is determined to find his boy and to save him. Even if it costs him paradise. Even if he loses his eternal soul. Because it's what a good dog would do.
Here comes trouble, Kate Hattemer.
Soren Skaar is a notorious prankster. After his partner-in-pranking-crime moves away, Soren's ready to leave his life of causing trouble behind. But when his hipster Brooklynite cousin comes to "study abroad" with his family in small-town Minnesota, Soren's plans for reform fall by the wayside. Soon all Soren can see are opportunities to prank, and his shenanigans have done nothing to win over his cousin. It isn't long before he's in over his head, and Soren can't help but wonder who he'll be if he loses this part of himself. Can he give up his life as a jokester, or is the joke on him?
From you to me, K.A. Holt.
On the first day of eighth grade Amelia finds a letter that her older sister Clara wrote to herself before she drowned, and it contains a list of the things Clara planned to do in her own eighth grade year so Amelia, with the help of her best friend Taylor, resolves to complete the list, in the hope that it will bring some closure and ease her still raw emotions.
The science of breakable things, Tae Keller.
How do you grow a miracle? For the record, this is not the question Mr. Neely is looking for when he says everyone in class must answer an important question using the scientific process. But Natalie's botanist mother is suffering from depression, so this is The Question that's important to Natalie. When Mr. Neely suggests that she enter an egg drop competition, Natalie has hope. Eggs are breakable. Hope is not. Natalie has a secret plan for the prize money. She's going to fly her mother to see the Cobalt Blue Orchids; flowers that survive against impossible odds. The magical flowers are sure to inspire her mother to love life again. As Natalie prepares for the competition, she will discover that talking about problems is like taking a plant out of a dark cupboard and giving it light.
The fabulous flight, Robert Lawson; illustrated by the author.
Peter Pepperell abruptly stopped growing at the age of 7, after which he started getting smaller. But while his body became tinier, his mind got bigger and so did his sense of adventure. When he learns of an overseas madman who's threatening the world with a compact but powerfully destructive weapon, the 4-inch-high boy climbs on the back of a friendly seagull and heads for Europe to disarm the evil scientist; and to do a little sightseeing along the way.
Dream pony, Susannah Leigh; [adapted by Katie Daynes].
Jess can hardly believe it, but she really is the proud owner of Skylark. There's only one problem. Skylark must be kept at Rychester, a rival stables. Rychester couldn't be more different from Sandy Lane, and neither could its riders. Jess's dream is about to turn into a nightmare.
Runaway pony, Susannah Leigh; [adapted by Katie Daynes].
When the bridle-less and rider-less Palomino pony clatters into the yard, Jess doesn't flinch. Thanks top her quick reactions the beautiful pony is caught. Hot on the pony's hooves comes a man waving a head collar. But the man chasing the Palomino is not all he seems, and soon Jess is bitterly regretting her moment of heroism.
Peasprout Chen: future legend of skate and sword, Henry Lien.
Peasprout Chen dreams of becoming a legend of wu liu, the deadly and beautiful art of martial arts figure skating. As the first students from the rural country of Shin to attend Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword, Peasprout and her little brother, Cricket, have some pretty big skates to fill. They soon find themselves in a heated competition for top ranking. Tensions rise when the dazzling pearl buildings of the academy are vandalized, and outsider Peasprout is blamed for the attacks by her rivals, and even some friends. Now she must uncover the true vandal to ensure peace between Shin and Peal, all while becoming a champion.
The miscalculations of Lightning Girl, Stacy McAnulty.
A lightning strike made Lucy, twelve, a math genius but, after years of homeschooling, her grandmother enrolls her in middle school and she learns that life is more than numbers.
Gone to drift, Diana McCaulay.
12-year-old Jamaican boy, Lloyd, is searching for his beloved grandfather, a fisherman who is lost at sea. Lloyd suspects that his grandfather has witnessed an illegal capture of dolphins for the tourist trade and that he has come to harm. Interspersed with Lloyd's quest on land and sea is a second voice; of the grandfather himself. Marooned on a rock, he describes his life growing up in a rural fishing village in a long-gone era.
The orphan band of Springdale, Anne Nesbet.
It's 1941, and tensions are rising in the United States as the Second World War rages in Europe. Eleven-year-old Gusta's life, like the world around her, is about to change. Her father, a foreign-born labour organizer, has had to flee the country, and Gusta has been sent to live in an orphanage run by her grandmother. Nearsighted, snaggletoothed Gusta arrives in Springdale, Maine, lugging her one precious possession: a beloved old French horn, her sole memento of her father. But in a family that's long on troubles and short on money, how can a girl hang on to something so valuable and yet so useless when Gusta's mill-worker uncle needs surgery to fix his mangled hand, with no union to help him pay?
The nerdiest, wimpiest, dorkiest I funny ever, James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein; illustrated by Jomike Tejido and Laura Park.
Comedian Jamie Grimm can't help feeling like he's reached the top; he has his own smash hit TV show and he's won a national funny-kid competition. But now he's taking his fame and fortune to international levels by competing in the upcoming world kid comic contest! Will Jamie prove that he's the funniest kid on earth or does he stand (or sit!) to lose his crown?
Secret sisters of the salty sea, Lynne Rae Perkins.
The sea is salty and stretches for miles. The waves keep waving. The sand is hot. The gulls are diving. The dolphins are jumping. And the sisters; little sister, big sister, true sisters, secret sisters, are ready for summer.
The burning maze, Rick Riordan.
The Greek god Apollo is still in the persona of ungifted human teenager Lester Papadopoulos. Now Lester and his demigod friends must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor, and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles, somewhere in the American Southwest. But the longer he stays mortal, the weaker he grows and the less confident that he will be able to regain his place on Mount Olympus.
Rosetown, Cynthia Rylant.
For nine-year-old Flora Smallwood, Rosetown, Indiana, is full of surprises, many of the best of which happen at the Wing and a Chair Used Book Shop, where she loves to read vintage children's books after school in the faded purple chair by the window. But lately, those surprises haven't been so good. Her dear old dog, Laurence, recently passed away. Not long after, her parents decided to take a breather from their marriage, and now Flora has to move back and forth between their two houses. Plus, she's just begun fourth grade, and it is so much different than third. Luckily Flora has two wonderful friends'one old and one new. And with them around to share thoughts and laughs and adventures big and small, life in Rosetown still has many sweet moments and even some very happy surprises!
The key to every thing, Pat Schmatz.
Tash doesn't want to go to camp, doesn't want to spend the summer with a bunch of strangers, doesn't want to be separated from the only two people she has ever been able to count on: her uncle Kevin, who saved her from foster care, and Cap'n Jackie, who lives next door. Camp turns out to be pretty fun, actually, but when Tash returns home, Cap'n Jackie is gone. And Tash needs her; the made-up stories of dolphin-dragons, the warm cookies that make everything all right after a fight, the key Cap'n Jackie insists has magic in it. The Captain has always said that all Tash has to do is hold it tight and the magic will come. Is it true? And can the key bring Cap'n Jackie back?
Ebb & flow, Heather Smith.
After "rotten bad year" on the mainland, eleven-year-old Jett returns to Newfoundland to spend the summer with his sprightly Grandma Jo (whose hair is dyed cotton candy blue to match her house), bringing along a shameful secret involving the betrayal of a friend. As summer unfolds, Grandma Jo nurtures in Jett his sense of caring for others while giving him space to breathe. Jett finds himself examining memories of his past like bits of sea glass-arranging them in a way he can make sense of as he struggles to come to terms with past mistakes. A powerful and engaging narrative, composed of artfully wrought vignettes, Ebb & Flow washes over the reader, pulling them into the mystery of what happened to Jett on the mainland, and into his journey to redemption.
Cody and the heart of a champion, Tricia Springstubb; illustrated by Eliza Wheeler.
In Cody's experience, some people keep you on your toes, just like Mother Nature, who is warm one day and snowy the next. Cody's brother, Wyatt, is wearing collared shirts because his girlfriend likes them. Pearl has joined the soccer team, and it's all she can talk about. Spencer is creating a mysterious museum under GG's porch and is never around to play. And Spencer's mom is going to have a baby! Everything around Cody, from seasons to friendships, is changing, but if she can navigate it with her trademark enthusiasm and charm, maybe the most important things will stay the same.
The moon is up, Mariko Tamaki; illustrated by Brooklyn Allen.
Welcome to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. The five scouts of Roanoke cabin; Jo, April, Molly, Mal, and Ripley, love their summers at camp. They get to hang out with their best friends, earn Lumberjane scout badges, annoy their no-nonsense counselor Jen and go on supernatural adventures. That last one? A pretty normal occurrence at Miss Qiunzella's, where the woods contain endless mysteries. As the camp gears up for the big Galaxy Wars competition, Jo and the gang get some help from an unexpected visitor; a Moon Pirate! Book Two will focus on Jo, the ingenious inventor of the group who also happens to be trans.
Rose Rivers, Jacqueline Wilson; illustrated by Nick Sharratt.
Rose Rivers lives in a beautiful big London house with her artist father, querulous mother, six siblings and seven servants; and finds her life stifling. She loves to study and longs to go to boarding school like her twin brother, but Victorian young ladies are supposed to be content staying at home. She misses her brother very much. But then she makes two new friends, though neither are considered suitable: the new nursery maid, Clover Moon, and her father's bohemian protégé, Paris Walker. Rose suddenly finds her life turned upside down.
Casper, the spirited Arabian, Kelly Wilson.
"When Vicki hears about a difficult Arabian that no one wants, she will stop at nothing to save him. Years of misunderstanding have left Casper wayward and mistrustful, but Vicki senses a gentle soul beneath the pony's rough exterior. Vicki must learn the importance of patience and compromise to have any chance of winning over the high-strung gelding. Will Casper ever trust humans again? And will Vicki be able to uncover the potential she sees in the spirited Arabian?"-- Publisher information.
Front desk, Kelly Yang.
Mia Tang has a lot of secrets. Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests. Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they've been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed. Number 3: She wants to be a writer. But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to math because English is not her first language? It will take all of Mia's courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?

Picture Books

Contrary dogs, élo.
Lift the flaps to learn about opposites from the lovable dogs in this humorous board book. A small green dog runs across the page but a lift of the accordion flap stretches him out into a long, lanky pup. Dogs of all shapes and sizes transform into surprising new forms in this vibrant, interactive play on opposites.
We wear pants, Katie Abey.
Pandas wearing pants? Surely not! And what about wombats wearing wellies, sloths in socks, or even giraffes wearing scarves? Whatever you do today, don't forget to get dressed! Parents and children will be giggling together as they find their favourite animals wearing funny things. We Wear Pants invites children to choose their favourite things across 12 spreads, packed with animals wearing pants, socks, pyjamas, glasses, shoes, shirts, wellies and more. With interactive speech bubbles and hilarious shout outs. Splashing around in puddles, driving buses and even riding on roller coasters; What will you wear today?
Sometimes you fly, Katherine Applegate; illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt.
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text remind the reader that any achievement may be preceded by mistakes, and learning from them makes accomplishments sweeter. Beginning with a first birthday, the scenes travel through childhood triumphs and milestones, coming full circle to graduation. A magical blend of succinct text and beautiful watercolors renders each moment with tenderness and humor and encourages readers to "remember then, with every try, sometimes you fail… sometimes you fly."
Pop-up ocean, Ingela P Arrhenius; [paper engineering, David Hawcock].
On the beach, on the waves and under the sea; find lots of ocean things in this colourful pop-up book. With 15 pop-ups and beautifully stylish illustrations by Ingela P Arrhenius, this is a first pop-up book to treasure.
Rumble grumble … hush, written by Kate Banks; illustrated by Simone Shin.
In a spare, lyrical text, young listeners and readers will follow a little boy through his day, from early morning till bedtime, and watch as what fills his active imagination becomes real. Toys grow to life size: a tin monkey plays a real drum and fiddle, rat-a-tat, toot!; a stuffed lion roars, rumble, grumble; and a dump truck empties its load, BANG! But when quiet time comes, and a "hush" settles over his bedroom, animals nap, and the boy becomes absorbed in other activities, like books and crayons.
Lots more animals should definitely not wear clothing, written by Judi Barrett and drawn by Ron Barrett.
Everyone knows that snakes and billy goats and walruses should definitely not wear clothing, but there are actually lots more animals that should definitely not wear clothing. Because a frog might jump out of it, Because a crab might tear it up, And because a penguin is already formally dressed! Judi and Ron Barrett, the team behind the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs series, remind us once again why animals are better off just the way they are.
Steven the vegan, written by Dan Bodenstein; illustrated by Ron Robrahn.
On a school trip to a local farm, Steven explains his dietary lifestyle. He tells his classmates where their food comes from and why he thinks animals are his friends and not his food.
Paddington at St Paul's, Michael Bond; illustrated by R. W. Alley.
When Mr Gruber takes Paddington on a special outing to St Paul's Cathedral, there is one surprise after another. But the biggest of all comes when Paddington is mistaken for a choir bear and suddenly finds himself joining the choir for a most unusual rehearsal!
The extraordinary gardener, Sam Boughton.
Joe lives in a very grey world. Nothing special ever happens to him, but he does have a wild and wondrous imagination. Then, one day, Joe has the seed of an idea that will take his world from ordinary to extraordinary!
Snowbright and the frozen waste: an eco fairy tale, Geradine Brophy; illustrations by Hannah McKenzie Doornebosch & the students of Pomare School, Taitā.
"Snowbright and the Frozen Waste is a work of entertainment designed to carry the eco-awareness message to children and their families. Written by Geraldine Brophy for 4-9-year-olds, this eco fairy tale is set in Taita, a suburb of Lower Hutt. It's a story about Prince Farming, who has the smallest farm in the world that gets buried by rubbish thrown out of cars by the WhoCares. Prince Farming gets caught up in the rubbish and is helped by ME, the human bean and his friends SnowBright the professional genius and Red Finding Hood, the up-cyclist. This adventure is a fun tale with a serious message to young and old about the impact careless tossing of rubbish has on our environment. Sprinkled throughout with te reo, children will enjoy the fantasy, the rhyme and the message as they are taken on a journey of eco-enlightenment!" --
ABC: a rhyming alphabet book, Rod Campbell.
ABC is a first alphabet book that introduces your child to letters and sounds. There are chunky, tabbed pages to turn as they learn about the alphabet with the help of a gently rhyming story and a collection of farm and zoo animals.
On the farm: a point-and-say book, Rod Campbell.
On the Farm is a first words book that introduces your child to favourite farm animals and objects. There are clear, bright pictures of all kinds of familiar farmyard friends, perfect for encouraging recognition and speech development. The carefully-selected photographs are specially chosen to show what objects really look like, helping your child link words to objects and expand their vocabulary.
What's that?: a first words book, Rod Campbell.
This early starter introduces your child to words for familiar objects and animals at home and outdoors. There's a helpful rhyming text and colour matching too!
You can't let an elephant drive a digger, Patricia Cleveland-Peck; illustrated by David Tazzyman.
Elephants driving diggers? Gorillas on scooters? A shark in the bath? A kangaroo on the loo? Join in with the fun as an array of improbable creatures tries to be helpful (with hilarious consequences) in this laugh-out-loud picture book.
If all the world were…, Joseph Coelho & [illustrated by] Allison Colpoys.
A moving, poetic picture book about the love between a grandfather and child. An ideal book for children who have lost a grandparent. This powerful and ultimately uplifting text is the ideal way to introduce children to the concept of death and dying, particularly children who have lost a grandparent.
Get that ball, Judy Corbalis, [illustrated by] Korky Paul.
Tom and his gran are playing penalty shoot-out when things go wrong and the ball escapes. Now, wherever it leads them, from the park to the highstreet and beyond to the depths of the ocean and way up high in the sky, Tom and Gran must "Get that ball!"
Wish, Matthew Cordell.
When an elephant couple decides it is time to have a child, unexpected challenges arise but, at last, the pair's deepest wish comes true.
I don't want to clean my teeth, written and illustrated by David Cornish.
Every morning and every evening, Rollo would cry, 'I don't want to clean my teeth!' Rollo's family are on track with mealtimes and going to bed,but now Rollo doesn't want to clean his teeth. From talented author-illustrator David (D.M.) Cornish comesthe perfect book for parents who might need to brush up on their children'steeth cleaning.
Maisy goes to a wedding, Lucy Cousins.
Maisy and her friends are attending a very special wedding. See the ceremony and exchange of rings, then join in for the dancing, food and wedding cake!
Freight train, Donald Crews.
Red guard's van at the back. Orange petrol tanker next. Yellow grain hopper…A perfect book for introducing very young children to different colours and the concept of colour merging. The freight train moves along through tunnels, past cities, over bridges, in darkness and in daylight with its assorted multi-coloured cargo. As the train goes faster and faster the colours of the different trucks merge, until finally the whole train disappears.
Can I be your dog?, Troy Cummings.
Arfy is a hound on a mission! Bound and determined to find a home, Arfy writes letters to everyone on Butternut Street. Honestly, he's the best dog you could ever want. He's obedient! He's housebroken! He even has his own squeaky bone! Who will adopt Arfy in the end? You'll never guess!
Dinosaur zoom!, Penny Dale.
Join the dinosaurs as they rev, roar and race cross country to a secret meeting place in the woods! As they start setting up tables and hanging up balloons it becomes clear that there is a surprise party in the offing but who is it for? A delightful and unashamedly boysy book with a delicious surprise ending!
Grains of sand, Sibylle Delacroix; [translated by Karen Li].
A young girl, depressed that her beach vacation is over, takes the sand from her shoes and plants it, imagining that is will sprout such scenes as a field of beach umbrellas and a crop of lemon ice cream.
Bob's blue period, written and illustrated by Marion Deuchars.
Bob the bird loves to paint pictures with his best friend Bat, but one day Bat goes away and Bob becomes so sad that everything he paints is blue. Can his friends help him to find his bright colours again?
ABCs of biology, Chris Ferrie and Cara Florance.
From anatomy to zoology, the ABCs of Biology is a colorfully simple introduction for babies'and grownups'to a new biology concept for every letter of the alphabet.
ABCs of space, Chris Ferrie and Julia Kregenow.
Colourful and simple introduction for babies and grownups to a new astronomical concept for every letter of the alphabet. Each page features multiple levels of text so the book grows along with your little astronomer.
Evolution for babies, Chris Ferrie and Cara Florance.
A colourfully simple introduction to evolutionary biology. Babies (and grownups!) will learn how organisms mutate, evolve, and survive.
Nuclear physics for babies, Chris Ferrie and Cara Florance.
Offers a simple illustrated introduction to nuclear physics, describing how an unstable nucleus will release energy to become stable, resulting in radioactive decay.
Organic chemistry for babies, Chris Ferrie and Cara Florance.
Offers a simple illustrated introduction to organic chemistry, describing how carbin, oxygen, and hydrogen atoms react differently to one another to create many unique molecue structures.
Monsters, Anna Fienberg; illustrated by Kim Gamble and Stephen Axelsen.
Tildy can see monsters that no one else can see and she sleeps with one eye open, until a new friend at school helps her overcome her fear.
There's a dragon in your book, written by Tom Fletcher; illustrated by Greg Abbott.
Oh look, there's an egg in your book! But this isn't any old egg; there's a dragon in it. And pretty soon she has set your book on fire, oh no! Can you help Little Dragon find a way to stop the fire and fly off on her own adventure?
Mary had a little lab, Sue Fliess; pictures by Petros Bouloubasis.
Hoping for a friend, Mary invents a way to make a sheep, but when she starts making sheep for her new friends, chaos abounds.
A house that once was, written by Julie Fogliano; illustrated by Lane Smith.
Deep in the woods is a house, just a house, that once was, but now isn't, a home. Who lived in that house? Who walked down its hallways? Why did they leave it, and where did they go?
These seas count!, Alison Formento; illustrated by Sarah Snow.
When Mr. Tate's class helps out on Beach Clean-Up Day, Captain Ned teaches the children the importance of the sea and the impact of not keeping it clean.
This tree counts!, Alison Formento; illustrated by Sarah Snow.
Before they begin planting new trees, Mr. Tate tells his students to listen closely as the lone tree behind their school counts out ten ways it serves the needs of different animals.
Natalie's hair was wild!, Laura Freeman.
Natalie's hair is really wild and she likes it that way! A host of friendly animals agree, and they move right in. At first it's just butterflies and birds that take up residence atop Natalie's head, but soon there are zebras, elephants, even a tiger! With all the roaring and squawking and snorting and burping, poor Natalie can hardly sleep. She needs to find someone to help coax those critters out, but who?
I got a chicken for my birthday, Laura Gehl; illustrated by Sarah Horne.
A girl is disappointed when she receives a chicken as a birthday gift from her abuela, until she realizes the chicken is planning a bigger present for her special day.
Baby bird, Andrew Gibbs; Zosienka.
`All birds are born to fly,' thinks Baby Bird, watching the other hatchlings leave the nest. `I suppose it's now or never' But one of Baby's wings is twisted and shrunken and not at all like the other one. Instead of flying, Baby plummets to the ground. There, Baby makes a new friend, and learns that sometimes you have to find unexpected ways to achieve your dreams. A moving story about the power of friendship and the importance of accepting yourself just the way you are.
Try and say abracadabra!, Maria Loretta Giraldo; [illustrated by] Nicoletta Bertelle.
The Little birds are learning to fly. All but one: Little Owl just doesn't seem to get it! But he must keep trying and trying. An original and beautiful picture book about never giving up.
A Hebridean alphabet, Debi Gliori.
This is a picture book that describes and illustrates all kinds of things you might see over the course of a single day in the Hebrides. Inspired by the landscape, seascape, weather, animals and birds, this is not simply an exquisite alphabet book, but also a wonderful celebration of some of the most magnificent scenery in Britain.
The trouble with dragons, Debi Gliori.
When dragons cut down too many trees, blow out too much hot air, and do other environmental damage, the future looks grim, but other animals advise them on how to mend their ways and save the planet.
What's the time, Mr Wolf?, Debi Gliori.
Readers get to know the real Mr. Wolf when they accompany him as he goes about his daily routine from breakfast to bedtime.
An extraordinary ordinary moth, Karlin Gray & illustrated by Steliyana Doneva.
Feeling quite ordinary, a plain gray moth sadly compares itself to its more exotic kin, such as the Luna Moth, the Spider Moth, and the Hummingbird Moth. And the little moth feels even worse when a young girl sees it and says "Eww!" But things change when her brother explains that this particular type of moth is his favorite kind of insect. Maybe an ordinary moth is really extraordinary after all.
The last wolf, Mini Grey.
Can Little Red help her new friends in need and recover the wild days of the past?
Farmyard friends, illustrated by Gwé.
Talking to babies is absolutely vital from the day they are born. These books are specially created to help bathe babies in language - the key to later speech development. In Farmyard Friends, babies will squeal with happiness when they see the funny animals in this book. From adorable ducklings to bouncy sheep, there are lots of friendly animal characters and the pages have large textured areas to touch and explore. This title also introduces some environmental sounds like mooing, baaing and neighing. The charming art and lots to talk about on every page mean that this book is sure to become a firm favourite.
Go, car, go!, illustrated by Gwé.
Talking to babies is absolutely vital from the day they are born. These books are specially created to help bathe babies in language - the key to later speech development. In Go, Car, Go, babies will squeal with happiness when they see and touch all the whizzy things that go in this book. From fast cars to gently drifting balloons, there are lots of vehicles to spot and drivers to wave to, and the pages have large textured areas to touch and explore. This title also introduces some environmental sounds like beeping, zooming and whooshing. The charming art and lots to talk about on every page mean that this book is sure to become a firm favourite.
My grandfather's war, Glyn Harper & Jenny Cooper.
"A poignant story about a Vietnam veteran and his relationship with his granddaughter. The young girl senses her grandfather's pain and is curious to find out the cause. She discovers her grandfather's sadness is a legacy of the Vietnam War and his experiences there. This is a sensitive exploration of the cost of war on those who serve"--Publisher information.
Crash! Boom!: a maths tale, Robie H. Harris; illustrated by Chris Chatterton.
Elephant wants to build something tall. Something as tall as Elephant. But will it stay up? Crash boom! Boom! No, not this time. Hmmm. Build it again? 1 block. 2 blocks? 4 blocks? It's still not as tall as Elephant. More blocks! Now will it stay up? Now will it be as tall as Elephant? Build, balance and count; question, estimate, measure; predict, crash, and build again with Elephant and a bucket full of blocks.
Spot plays football, Eric Hill.
It's a lovely day and Spot and his friends are ready to play football together. Spot and Helen are captains of the red and blue teams, but who will score the most goals? Join the group of animal friends and the much-loved Spot as they learn it's the taking part that counts; and, most importantly, have fun!
First star: a Bear and Mole story, Will Hillenbrand.
While camping, Bear tells Mole the story of how the First Bears created the moon and the stars.
Of course you can! = Ka taea tonu e koe!, Karen Hinge; nā Ngaere Roberts I whakamāori; illustrated by Nicky Sievert.
Jeremy is staring at a new school. He's not too sure about how he will fit in. But the other students make him welcome and every time he thinks he can't do something they say "off course you can!". That is until the day they go to the swimming pool.
Whale in a fishbowl, Troy Howell & Richard Jones.
Wednesday is a whale who lives in a fishbowl smack dab in the middle of a city; it's the only home she's ever known. Cars whizz around her and people hurry past; even the sun and moon circle above. But if she leaps high enough out of her bowl, Wednesday can see it: a calm bit of blue off in the distance. When a girl in a paisley dress tells Wednesday "You belong in the sea," the whale starts to wonder, what is the sea? Readers will cheer when, one day, Wednesday leaps higher than ever before and sets in motion a breathtaking chain of events that will carry her to her rightful home. Touching, and ultimately uplifting, here is a story about a lonely creature longing to be free and longing to find someone just like her.
Valdermar's peas, Maria J+nsson; [translation, Julia Marshall].
Peas? No way! Valdemar may be a little wolf, but he knows what he likes. Valdemar swallows his fish fingers whole, one, two, three. Yum! But Papa says he has to eat his peas before he's allowed ice cream. Unfair! Then Valdemar has an idea. He knows how to get ice cream without eating even one little pea…
Can somebody please scratch my back?, written by Jory John; illustrated by Liz Climo.
Elephant has a massive itch that no one can scratch, so Elephant is forced to help himself; or so he thinks.
My first Mog 123, Judith Kerr.
Join everyone's favourite pet, and learn to count with MOG! Mog is the forgetful cat that everybody loves, and now you can learn to count with her in this brand new book for very young readers. This delightful book is the perfect introduction to counting and with its gorgeous illustrations and Mog's unique humour it's sure to remain a favourite for years to come.
Crescent moons and pointed minarets: a Muslim book of shapes, Hena Khan; illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini.
From a crescent moon to a square garden to an octagonal fountain, this breathtaking picture book celebrates the shapes-and traditions-of the Muslim world.
Saffron ice cream, Rashin Kheiriyeh.
Rashin is an Iranian immigrant girl living in New York, excited by her first trip to Coney Island, and fascinated by the differences in the beach customs between her native Iran and her new home, but she misses the saffron flavored ice cream that she used to eat.
Pig in a wig, Chrissie Krebs.
The pig was feeling pretty good, even better than a piggy should. His skin was pink. His eyes were big, and he was wearing a glorious wig! When a wig lands on a pig, expect the unexpected in this hilarious tale of mistaken identity!
Errol!, Zanni Louise & [illustrated by] Philip Bunting.
Errol refuses to follow his mum. Even when she counts to three. Find out what happens when cheeky Errol stays right where he is.
Wash on!, Michèle Marineau; illustrations by Manon Gauthier; translated by Erin Woods.
One day when Mrs. Gillis is giving her daughter a bath, Petronilla cries, "Wash on!" "Wash off, dear," Mrs. Gillis corrects her. But Petronilla's words seem to have power. The blue of the washcloth has stained the girl's cheek. And that is only the beginning. Colors start transferring between every object Petronilla touches. And every person. And every person who touches an object that has been touched. Before long, the entire world is a spreading mess of colours, and only Petronilla can stop it. But will she?
Big digger ABC: [an awesome A to Z of vehicle verse], Margaret Mayo, Alex Ayliffe.
Explore the amazing A to Z of vehicles in this ultimate book of things that go. This bright and busy picture book is packed with all the vehicles little ones love, from diggers and fire engines to spaceships and underwater robots. Margaret Mayo's lively, rhythmic text is perfect for reading aloud, while Alex Ayliffe's bold and colourful illustrations bring each mega machine to life in glorious detail. With one vehicle for every letter from A to Z, this is an exciting introduction to the alphabet and the perfect picture book for machine-mad little ones.
Zoom, rocket, zoom!, Margaret Mayo & Alex Ayliffe.
Come on a fantastic adventure to the moon and deep into space! This inviting book is full of amazing astronauts and super space vehicles, including moon buggies, lunar modules, robot spacecraft and lots more! From the creators of the bestselling Dig Dig Digging.
Zoo house, Heath McKenzie.
One morning young Oscar jumped up, wide awake, he headed for breakfast, but stepped on a snake! What will Oscar do when he wakes up to find his house is a zoo!
The penguins are coming!, Meg McKinlay, [illustrated by] Mark Jackson.
The penguins are coming and there is great excitement at the zoo. But what's a penguin? The animals don't quite know what to expect but they all have an opinion, each more outlandish than the last. When the truth about penguins is finally revealed, everyone is in for a surprise!
Flit the Fantail and the flying flop, Kat Merewether.
Flit's first flight is a flippy, floppy fail. But Flit's friends have a clever plan! Can they get him safely back to his nest?
Ko Flit, te Tirairaka Te Rerenga i Hē, nā Kat Merewether; nā Ngaere Roberts i whakamāori.
Flit's first flight is a flippy, floppy fail. But Flit's friends have a clever plan! Can they get him safely back to his nest?
Peep inside the zoo, illustrated by Simona Dimitri; [written by Anna Milbourne].
Peep Inside is the very young children's lift-the-flap information book series, the younger cousin of the Look Inside series which is, in turn, the younger relative of the bestselling See Inside series. With flaps and holes to peep underneath and through, life at the zoo is revealed. Snippets of information are combined with intriguing and stylish pictures.
Be kind, Pat Zietlow Miller; illustrated by Jen Hill.
When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind. From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving and thoughtful story explores what a child can do to be kind, and how each act, big or small, can make a difference or at least help a friend.
Benny Bungarra's big bush clean-up, Sally Morgan; illustrated by Ambelin Kwaymullina.
Benny Bungarra comes to the rescue when Olive Python's head is stuck in a plastic bottle, Colin Crow's beak is entangled in a fishing line, and Kathy Kangaroo's paw has glass in it! Benny Bungarra's Big Bush Clean-Up is an environmental tale for Early Childhood and Lower Primary readers showing how animals are affected by rubbish left in their habitat by humans. Ambelin Kwaymullina's illustrations are an explosion of colour and cleverly show the perils faced by our native animals. When the animals work as a team to come up with ways to look after the bush, they decide to ask the humans to Reduce, Recycle and use Rubbish Bins. But it is Benny Bungarra who has the bright idea of a Big Bush Clean-Up so the animals can also help look after the bush.
Bigger! Bigger!, Leslie Patricelli.
Putting on her construction hat, a young girl uses her imagination as she builds a doghouse, a bridge, and a skyscraper.
Rhyme cordial, Antonia Pesenti.
From alarm croc to cheepy head, you'll enjoy Rhyme Cordial all day long! A fun, new take on wordplay from bestselling illustrator Antonia Pesenti. Open the pages to reveal unexpected rhymes and bold, bright illustrations.
Summer supper, Rubin Pfeffer; pictures by Mike Austin.
Follow the creation of a family meal from the farm to the picnic table on a warm sunny day. Told entirely in words beginning with S, this lively book will help children appreciate where their food comes from.
It's hard to love a tiger, Anna Pignataro.
A tiger of my own to love; a tiger just like you. A funny rhyming story about a little girl and a troublesome (but lovable) tiger.
Seeking an aurora, Elizabeth Pulford; illustrated by Anne Bannock.
A small boy and his Dad brave the cold for a special adventure.
New shoes, Chris Raschka.
When a young child discovers a hole in a sneaker, mother and child embark on a big childhood adventure; a trip to the store to pick out new shoes. From having feet measured and making a selection to finally showing off the new shoes to a friend, this momentous child moment is treated with respect, excitement, and page-turning energy in a wonderfully age-appropriate picture book.
Ciao, Baby!: in the park, Carole Lexa Schaefer; illustrated by Lauren Tobia.
Baby and Nonna spend the day in the park, and what do they see? A squirrel, a grasshopper, and a pigeon!
Me and my dad, Robin Shaw.
Snapping crocodiles, stomping dinosaurs and sleeping princesses are just some of the delightful discoveries this little girl makes on her walk with dad.
Unicorn thinks he's pretty great, Bob Shea.
Envy turns to admiration and finally to friendship for Goat and Unicorn.
The great dictionary caper, written by Judy Sierra; illustrated by Eric Comstock.
When the words in the dictionary get bored and leave to attend a convention in Hollyword, it is up to Noah Webster to restore (alphabetical) order.
Lulu and the flying babies, Posy Simmonds.
All because of baby Willy, Lulu had to go to the museum when she would rather be playing in the snow. But, before she knew it, she was swept off by two cherubs and taken on a flying tour of the museum, where she and her new friends had lots of adventures.
My dad's the coolest, Rosie Smith & Bruce Whatley.
Beautifully illustrated with delightful animals, My Dad's the Coolest captures the fun-loving bond between father and child from a feathery tickle and playing in the mud, to dancing with the coolest polar bear. Whether big or small, feathered or furry, dads always know how to make us laugh!
Gaspard the fox, Zeb Soanes & James Mayhew.
Meet Gaspard the Fox as he sets out one summer evening in search of adventure and something to eat. On his travels he meets Peter the cat and Finty the dog, who help him navigate the local canals, boats and people in his hunt for supper.
The all new must have Orange 430, Michael Speechley.
Harvey owned a heap of stuff, but could always use more. The Orange 430 was the latest and the greatest. Harvey wasn't sure what it did, but he had to have it! A cheeky picture book for anyone who's bought a thingy or whatsit and doesn't quite know why. In his debut picture book, Michael Speechley explores our obsession with stuff in a fun and edifying way.
I love you, Dino-Daddy, Mark Sperring; illustrated by Sam Lloyd.
It's not easy being a dino-daddy, but it's definitely a lot of fun! And whether it's a trip to the park or playing games at home, Dino-Daddy always has time for his two roaring little dinos. Morning, noon and night, Dino-Daddy is the best, and life in the dino family is just as fun (and chaotic) as ever.
All the animals where I live, Philip C. Stead.
The author used to live in the busy city where there were buses and trains, and people waiting for buses and trains. Now he lives in the country and jubilantly takes us on a tour of his home, pointing out all the animals that share his space.
Rabbit and Hedgehog treasury, [text by Paul Stewart; illustrated by Chris Riddell].
From birthdays to remembering games, from hibernation to wishes come true, Rabbit and Hedgehog's wonderful adventures have been brought together for the very first time in this exquisitely bound treasury. Filled with true friendship and adventure, these are tales to be enjoyed again or for the very first time.
Nobody's duck, words and pictures by Mary Sullivan.
When a duck mysteriously arrives on an alligator's lawn, they set off to discover just who the duck belongs to. From the library to skydiving, from exasperation to laughter, the two make an unexpected discovery about friendship.
In-between things, Priscilla Tey
Look over there; the cat is between a table and a chair with a tear. But now look again: the cat is on top of the dog, who's between the floor and the cat (and not too happy about that!). As you wander through the delightfully detailed illustrations, the more you look, the more you'll see including colours made from a mix of two others, hybrid implements such as a spork, warm nooks that are neither too cold nor too hot, even a cross of a zebra and cow that makes a zebrow?
Some girls, Nelly Thomas; illustrations by Sarah Dunk.
Some Girls is a story about how everyone is different and special in their own way. It's about knowing that you can do, and be, anything you want. Whether your girl is rough, tough, gentle or pretty, this book is for her.
The short and incredibly happy life of Riley, Colin Thompson, Amy Lissiat.
The wardrobe monster, Bryony Thomson.
What's that knocking sound coming from the wardrobe? Every night, it makes Dora and her toy friends afraid to go to bed and every morning they are grumpy through lack of sleep. Eventually, they summon up the courage to face their fear together and open the wardrobe door…what falls out provides a humorous and reassuring story for all children who imagine monsters in the darkness.
Lois looks for Bob at the museum, Gerry Turley.
All little readers will love helping Lois search for her friend Bob behind the big, bold flaps, and meeting their friends along the way.
Lois looks for Bob at the seaside, Gerry Turley.
All little readers will love helping Lois search for her friend Bob behind the big, bold flaps, and meeting their friends along the way.
Audrey the amazing inventor, written by Rachel Valentine; illustrated by Katie Weymouth.
Audrey wants to be an inventor, but her inventions are not entirely successful: the egg collectors and jam dispenser are a bit messy, and her faithful pet, Happy Cat, is still recovering from the mishap with the cat washer! Its enough for Audrey to lose heart and give up altogether, but with some encouraging words she gives inventing one last try. Hilarious, heartfelt and utterly bonkers, Audrey the Inventor is a new heroine with plenty to say and do.
Baby's first bank heist, written by Jim Whalley; illustrated by Stephen Collins.
Move over, Bonnie and Clyde, because there's a new criminal mastermind in town; Baby Frank! Baby Frank's parents say that he can't have a pet; `Pets are for older kids', `Be happy with your teddy', `They cost too much to keep', which leaves Baby Frank with a big problem because he really wants a pet. What's a baby to do? Rob a bank, of course! But will money buy Baby Frank the fluffy pet he so desperately wants?
Let's go!, Sarah Williamson.
Beep! beep! Colours and sounds collide as Tuski the elephant gets ready for adventure. And there's room for everyone in Tuski's red taxi.
Piggy Pie Po: 3 little stories, written by Audrey Wood; pictures drawn by Audrey Wood and painted by Don Wood.
Presents the rhyming adventures of Piggie Pie Po.
Hansel & Gretel, Bethan Woollvin.
A brilliantly funny twist on a favourite fairy tale. Naughty little Hansel and Gretel ransack Willow the good witch's gingerbread cottage and play havoc with her spells, driving the poor witch to her wit's end with magical mischief and mayhem. They gobble all her yummy food, smash her potion bottles and even conjure the cat to the size of a house! Can Willow ever put a stop to the chaos?
Pip & Pup, Eugene Yelchin.
Across the barnyard, Pip the chick spots a new friend to play with; Pup! What will these pals get up to?
Thimble, [written by Rebecca Young; illustrated by Tull Suwannakit].
When her grandmothers time comes, Mabel finds something left behind. A beautiful story about how a tiny thimble and an unfinished blanket can help mend a heart.
Saturday is swimming day, Hyewon Yum.
"Swimming lessons are on Saturdays, and every Saturday one little girl has a stomachache. When she gets to the pool it's loud, the floor is wet and slippery, and her swim cap is too tight. Her swimming instructor, Mary, says it's OK to sit by the edge if she doesn't want to get in the water this week. The next Saturday the girl has a stomachache again, but with Mary's gentle encouragement, she eventually manages to make it into the pool to practice her kicks. Little by little, the girl's confidence grows, until one Saturday comes around when she has no stomachache at all! In a charming and relatable story about trying something new, author-illustrator Hyewon Yum shows that sometimes a little bravery and a lot of patience are all you need to face your fear.

Younger Fiction

The racehorse who disappeared, Clare Balding; illustrated by Tony Ross.
Life is slowly getting back to normal for Charlie after her reluctant racehorse, Noble Warrior, won the Derby and saved her family from financial ruin. But drama soon returns to Folly Farm when thieves break into the farmyard in the dead of night and kidnap Noble Warrior! With the police baffled and no trace of the prize-winning thoroughbred to be found, Charlie launches her own investigation.
The extra button, [Jules Blundell; illustrations by Fefe].
The author uses a the story of a gingerbread couple, who want children and cannot have their own, as a metaphor to help explain the difficult concept of donor conception to young children.
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.
Huka-piata me ngā para pātiotio: he paki-tiaki-whenua, nā Geradine Brophy ngā kupu nā Bea Joblin i whakamāori; nā Hannah McKenzie Doornebosch rātou ko ngā tauira o the Kura Tuatahi o Pōmare ngā whakaahua.
"Ko Huka-Piata me te Para-Pātiotio he auaha-whakangahau, ko tāna e takune ai ka kawea te kaupapa o te kaitiakitanga ki ngā tamariki me o rātou whānau. Kua tuhia e Geraldine Brophy mā ngā tamaiti 4-9 te tau. Kua tūria te paki-tiaki-whenua ki Taitā, he takiwā ki Te Awa Kairangi. He paki nei e pā ana ki a Maru-Ariki. Ka noho ia i runga i te ngakinga tino iti o te ao, ka rumakina ai e te rāpihi i whiua i ngā waka o Ngāti Hei-Aha. Kua mau a Maru-Ariki i roto i te rāpihi, ka āwhinatia e AU, he kano-tangata me ōna hoa, ko Huka-Piata te tohunga mātanga rāua ko Hinekura-Kimikimi te pūkenga mahi hangarua. Ahakoa he paki pārekareka tēnei, he kōrero taimaha hoki mō te mahi o te parapara ka ākiritia ai ki te tinana o Papatūānuku. Ka manarū ngā tamaiti i te kōrero tairitenga nei, i te ia o ngā kupu me ngā kiripuaki ātahu!" --
The day war came, Nicola Davies; illustrated by Rebecca Cobb.
A powerful and necessary picture book; the journey of a child forced to become a refugee when war destroys everything she has ever known. Imagine if, on an ordinary day, war came. Imagine it turned your town to rubble. Imagine going on a long and difficult journey, all alone. Imagine finding no welcome at the end of it. Then imagine a child who gives you something small but very, very precious. When the government refused to allow 3000 child refugees to enter Great Britain in 2016, Nicola Davies was so angry she wrote a poem. It started a campaign for which artists contributed drawings of chairs, symbolising a seat in a classroom, education, kindness, the hope of a future. The poem has become this book, movingly illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, which should prove a powerful aid for explaining the ongoing refugee crisis to younger readers.
Super, spectacular Pearlie: seven sparkling stories, Wendy Harmer; illustrated by Gypsy Taylor.
Twirly-whirly! Queen Emerald has invited Pearlie to visit all the Park Fairies of the world. From ice-skating in New York to a fashion show in Paris and a glittering New Year party in Beijing, there is so much for Pearlie to see and so many new friends to meet.
Uncle Shawn and Bill and the pajimminy-crimminy unusual adventure, A.L. Kennedy; illustrated by Gemma Correll.
Badger Bill loves his best friend Uncle Shawn. But he has started to notice that Uncle Shawn is a bit unusual. Dr P'Klawz hates Uncle Shawn. He has also noticed that Uncle Shawn is a bit unusual - pajimminy crimminy unusual, in fact. It looks like Badger Bill is going to need a plan, or Uncle Shawn might be sent to the Maximum Security Institute of Unusualness for ever. But all Bill has to help him are four bickering llamas, one pirate boy and one invisible girl. What could possibly go wrong?
Stink: Hamlet and cheese, Megan McDonald; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.
It's spring break, and Stink is faced with a difficult choice: hang out at home with his sister, Judy, or become a Shakespeare Sprite with his friend Sophie of the Elves. Hanged be! When Sophie tells Stink that there will be swordplay and cursing at Shakespeare camp, his choice is made. But wait! How now? The eager young thespian hadn't counted on Riley Rottenberger being a Sprite, too. And he positively had not counted on being the only boy! Fie upon't!
Roxie and the hooligans at Buzzard's Roost, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor with illustrations by Alexandra Boiger.
The Hooligans sneak along when Roxie Warbler goes on a beach vacation with her beloved Uncle Dangerfoot, and soon they uncover the secret invention he has been hiding from his nemesis, Alfred Applejack.
My fangtastically evil vampire pet, Mo O'Hara; illustrated by Marek Jagucki.
Welcome to Camp Mwhaaa-haa-ha-a-watha! This summer is going to be epic. Epically evil, that is. 'Cause I'm going to Evil Scientist Summer Camp! No annoying little brothers. No annoying zombie goldfish. Just me, my best friend Sanj, our notebook of evil plans, and my truly evil (and totally forbidden) vampire kitten Fang. We've got it all planned out. Okay, so maybe I didn't expect for the totally not-evil Geeky Girl to show up, or for Sanj to find a new partner to work with, but there's no way I'm going to let them ruin my summer. Evil Emperor of the Camp, here I come! Signed, The Great and Powerful Mark.
Alfred's war, Rachel Bin Salleh; illustrated by Samantha Fry.
Alfred's War is a powerful story that unmasks the lack of recognition given to Australian Indigenous servicemen who returned from WWI. Alfred was just a young man when he was injured and shipped home from France. He was not honoured as a returned soldier or offered the government support afforded to non-Indigenous servicemen.