New Titles Children’s December 2017 (arrived in November 2017)

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12 dog days till Christmas, directed by Charlie Vaughn.
After being assigned to an animal rescue shelter as part of his community service by his probation officer, a distraught teenager is forced to get into the spirit of the holidays when he is recruited to help find homes for twelve unwanted dogs before Christmas.
A doggone Hollywood, written and directed by Jim Wynorski.
Murphy is a mega-famous canine TV star, but to his owners and to the greedy Hollywood executives, he is just a 'cash machine'. They don't seem to care about him and treat him like, well, just a regular dog! When Murphy decides he isn't going to put up with being mistreated, he plots an epic escape and soon after a group of fun loving kids fall in love with him and protect him.
Casper, a spirited beginning, directed by Sean McNamara.
Casper, a spirited beginning, directed by Sean McNamara.
Casper tells the story of how he became such a good-natured ghost.
Christmas with the Andersons, directed by Michael Feifer.
It's Christmas at the Anderson's and you know what that means: parties, presents, and plenty of mingling. Everything is set up for another year of remarkable gifts until Michael gets fired from his job for being too greedy right before Christmas. Now, he and his wife Caroline will have to cancel the parties and presents for their twins Brendan and Julia. All hope for a great holiday is lost until wacky Aunt Katie randomly shows up at the house announcing she's going to spend Christmas and New Year with the family. Reluctant at first, the Anderson's give Aunt Katie a chance and she soon helps them realize they can still come together to pull off an amazing Christmas without any money. With her help, they rediscover that the most important part of the holidays is the people you're surrounded by, not the presents you receive.
Cop and a half: new recruit, directed by Jon Rosenbaum.
When an experienced detective is placed undercover at a local middle school, he must learn to work with a confident and intelligent twelve year old, on a high profile case.
Descendants. 2, directed by Kenny Ortega.
The Villain Kids are back in a high-stakes adventure that's badder than ever! When the pressure to be royally perfect becomes too much for Mal, she flees Auradon only to have Evie and the rest of the gang sneak onto the Isle to retrieve her. But there's a new, self-proclaimed queen of evil in town: Mal's archenemy Uma, daughter of Ursula. Together with her pirate crew, including Captain Hook's son Harry and Gaston's son Gil, Uma unleashes havoc on Auradon!
Help I shrunk my teacher, directed by Sven Unterwaldt.
After accidentally shrinking his teacher, 11-year-old Felix scrambles to find a way to bring her back to full size in this highly entertaining comedy. It's the first day at a new school, and Felix is nervous. He needs to succeed or his dreams of one day being a pilot will disappear into thin air. Things get off to a rocky start when he finds out his teacher is the universally disliked school principal, Dr. Schmitt-Gossenwein, who isn't sure Felix is the right fit for the school. On a dare, Felix agrees to break into a locked room in the school that is strictly off-limits. Dr. Schmitt-Gossenwein catches Felix and threatens to expel him. Suddenly, something strange happens: Felix's wish for his teacher to be little comes true, and she magically shrinks until she's only six inches tall! The problem of having a doll- sized teacher is compounded when Felix finds out the school may be closed due to low enrollment. With the help of his new friend, Ella, can Felix find a way both to save the school and to restore his teacher to her full height?
Jurassic school, directed by Mark Atkins.
Nerdy middle schooler Tommy is forced take care of a baby dinosaur after his cloned science fair project hatches early. He quickly begins to think of the creature not only as a pet, but also as a friend. But when the dino escapes on the day of the fair, Tommy must figure out a way to get the creature back before greedy grown-ups get to the dinosaur first.
Mune: the guardian of the moon, directed by Alexandre Heboyan and Benoit Philippon.
When the evil ruler of the underworld steals the sun, a small lunar faun and a girl made of wax help get it back to restore order to the universe in this epic fantasy adventure.
Tangled before ever after.,
After all the years stuck in a tower, everyone's favourite barefoot princess yearns to make up for lost time. With the help of her true love Eugene, pals Pascal and Maximus and daring new friend Cassandra, Rapunzel postpones her wedding and royal duties to defy danger and boldly explore life beyond Corona's walls.
The Smurfs. A Christmas carol.,
Grouchy Smurf learns to be less selfish and to love Christmas when Papa Smurf brews a special potion.
Up on the wooftop, written and directed by Joe Clarke.
Toby is a smaller than average dog who dreams of leading Santa's sleigh. When Santa's dog gets left behind at a home in suburban Iowa during a test sleigh flight before Christmas, he has to convince the Anderson family of his true identity so that they can help him find his way back to the North Pole before Christmas Eve! Along the way, Toby will have to help the kids deal with some growing pains, foil the evil plans of a crooked mall Santa and his elf henchmen, and most importantly, help Dad discover the true meaning of Christmas.
The little reindeer.,
Based on the illustrated book by Michael Foreman, this heartwarming and enchanting animated special for Christmas tells the story about a very special friendship between a boy and one of Santa Claus' reindeer. Accidentally delivered as a gift from Santa on Christmas Eve, the reindeer becomes the boy's secret pet. The companions go on a magical journey and learn the true value of friendship
Diary of a wimpy kid. The long haul, directed by David Bowers
A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw's 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg's newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention. This family's cross-country adventure turns into an experience the Heffleys will never forget.
Duets, the Wiggles.
Making music, Hi-5.
Nursery rhymes, the Wiggles.
We hope you enjoy this collection of nursery rhymes that Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony have selected, arranged and performed for you. Families all around the world have sung nursery rhymes to each other for many generations! Nearly everybody has a favourite nursery rhyme from when they were children. Simon tells us his favourite was, and still is, 'The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe', Emma can't go past 'Three Little Kittens', Lachy loves 'Wheels on the Bus, whilst Anthony's favourite is 'Old MacDonald Had a Farm'. Children learn best through play and we hope The Wiggles Nursery Rhymes will encourage children to sing, dance, play and tell stories inspired by these great renditions.
Trolls holiday.
Dragons under my bed: the best of Kath Bee, Kath Bee.
Kath Bee's songs are fun, catchy, even a little quirky. Even parents love them. This collection features some of her best including Shake Shake Shake; I've Got a Dinosaur in My Backyard; and Busy Busy Buzzy Bee.
Go Diego go! Diego saves Christmas!,
Help Diego save Christmas, explore Antarctica, guide Pepito the penguin to his school, find the Blue Morpho butterfly, and save the sea turtles.
Mickey and the roadster racers.,
Welcome to Hot Dog Hills, where Mickey and his pals run the coolest garage on the planet. Join them for high-octane thrills as they power up their amazing, transforming cars for races through the town, and around the world! Then, team up with Minnie and Daisy, cause when they're not zooming to victory, they're assisting friends in need at their fabulous 'Happy Helpers' headquarters.
PAW patrol. Spooky adventures.,
"It's pups versus ghosts in these 7 haunted adventures, including a double episode aboard a ghostly pirate ship. Join the PAW Patrol in a spooky cabin, a bat cave, a corn maze, and even on a mission to find out who's haunting the Lookout!"--Publisher description.
Letters from the lighthouse, Emma Carroll.
February, 1941. After months of bombing raids in London, twelve-year-old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast. The only person with two spare beds is Mr Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper. But he's not used to company and he certainly doesn't want any evacuees. Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying secret messages (as she likes to think of the letters) to the villagers. But Olive has a secret of her own. Her older sister Sukie went missing in an air raid, and she's desperate to discover what happened to her. And then she finds a strange coded note which seems to link Sukie to Devon, and to something dark and impossibly dangerous.
Just William, Richmal Crompton.
This collection of stories follows the adventures of that irrepressible and ageless schoolboy William Brown. Perpetually scruffy, mud-stained and mischievous, he is a lovable scamp whose pranks end in distaster - for his elders at least!
Maybe, written and read by Morris Gleitzman.
1946. Europe is in ruins. Millions of people dream of finding happiness somewhere else. Fourteen-year-old Felix is one of them. When he's offered a journey to somewhere far away, he seizes the opportunity. So does someone very dear to him, even though she wasn't actually invited. They have high hopes for their new land, and their dramatic arrival there makes them want to stay. But before Felix and Anya can embrace the love and friendship of their new world, they must confront the murderous urge for revenge still alive in the old. Felix knows he hasn't faced anything like this before. He may not survive, but he's hoping he will. Maybe.
How to fool your parents, Pete Johnson.
What can you do when your parents turn into SUPER-VILLAINS? I just took one tiny POWER NAP in a VERY BORING lesson and they totally over-reacted - banning me from appearing on the most awesome vlog in the universe! I tried everything I could to change their minds - even doing my HOMEWORK! - but NOTHING worked. Then my best friend Maddy told me about a SECRET way to FOOL YOUR PARENTS into doing ANYTHING you want.
The great caravan catastrophe, Mark Lowery.
Incredibly, unbelievably, Roman's cousin is marrying the cousin of Rosie Taylor (AKA The Worst Person Who Ever Lived). Roman can't believe this (as Rosie says: 'How can we be in the same family, we're barely in the same species'). Rosie's parents decide they should go along together and 'make a weekend of it'. Roman's plus one is his best friend Gamble (probably the naughtiest kid in Europe), and it's the beginning of another big, messy, catastrophic and uproarious adventure for Roman, with Winnebagos, illegal thrash metal festivals and campsite beauty contests all thrown into the mix.
Laugh out loud, James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein.
Jimmy loves reading so much that he's inspired to start a book company for kids run by kids. It's a big dream for a twelve-year-old boy, some would even say it's laugh-out-loud ridiculous! But that doesn't stop Jimmy from dreaming even bigger! His company will be as imaginative and fun as Willy Wonka's chocolate factory with a Ferris wheel instead of an elevator, a bowling alley in the break room, and a river filled with floating books! He just has to believe in himself and his idea. And maybe win the Lottery.
Epic adventure (kind of), Liz Pichon.
Having two sets of grandparents is turning out to be very good for me. The Wrinklies are keen on giving presents AND they're planning a family outing which is going to be EPIC! Even Delia wants to come. (I can always ignore her).
Wave me goodbye, Jacqueline Wilson
September, 1939. As the Second World War begins, ten-year-old Shirley is sent away on a train with her schoolmates. She doesn't know where she's going, or what's going to happen to her when she gets there. All she has been told is that she's going on 'a little holiday'. Shirley is billeted in the country, with two boys from East End London, Kevin and Archie and their experiences living in the strange, half-empty Red House, with the mysterious and reclusive Mrs Waverley, will change their lives for ever.
Marge and the great train rescue, Isla Fisher.
Whistles at the ready. Marge is off! Have you met Marge? She has rainbow hair, tells wild stories and she's the best babysitter in the whole world. Things do sometimes go off the rails when Marge is around but Jakey and Jemima don't mind that. After all, no-one else could rescue a train, help Jakey's wobbly tooth or cause chaos at the zoo!.
The 91-storey treehouse, Andy Griffiths.
Join Andy and Terry in their ridiculous 91-storey treehouse! Go for a spin in the world's most powerful whirlpool, take a ride in a submarine sandwich, get marooned on a desert island, hang out in a giant spider web, visit the fortune teller's tent to get your fortune told by Madame Know-it-all and decide whether or not to push the mysterious big red button. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!
Dragonsitter trouble, Josh Lacey.
Eddie has yet more trials by fire. This time, he's dragonsitting on his uncle's remote Scottish island home, getting some unexpected birthday party guests and taking the dragons with him on his half-term trip to London. What can possibly go wrong?
Pip and the paw of friendship; Murphy and the great surf rescue, Gill Lewis.
Pip and the paw of friendship: Pip is friendly, patient and loyal, that's why he's training to be a service dog! The only thing standing in his way is his one weakness: if a ball is thrown, he has to chase it. So when Pip the labrador puppy gets assigned to a young girl in a wheelchair will he prove himself a worthy assistance pup? Puppies to the rescue!
Murphy and the great surf rescue: Murphy the leonberger puppy faces his biggest challenge when he is sent to the beach to try for his Surf Rescue Badge. Can he be brave when it matters most?
The adventures of the Gumby gang, Pamela Oldfield.
Everyone knows that gangs have terrific fun! So Steve, Debbie and Howie decide to start their own. They invent a password to keep it really special and secret, but the only person who can remember it is Debbie's four-year-old sister Bet. And who ever heard of a gang with a baby sister? Buster, the next member to join, has four legs, a long tail and a cold wet nose! Nothing daunted, the Gumby Gang set out on a series of hilarious adventures that always seem to go a bit wrong.
Martha Mayhem and the witch from the ditch, Joanne Owen,
Martha Mayhem (real name Martha May) is always causing chaos! She just can't help it, somehow chaotic things just happen to her. Martha lives in the small village of Cherry Hillsbottom with her eccentric grandfather, Professor Gramps and her small pet hog Elvis. Life gets really exciting though when, on her way to school one day, she discovers a rather bedraggled-looking witch in a ditch. Griselda Gritch (the witch) tells a thrilled and alarmed Martha that she has accidentally let loose a ghastly ghoul that Griselda was trying to catch - and Martha is going to have to help her to get it back again! Griselda, though, is a rather grumpy and difficult accomplice. Can Martha, with the help of Gramps, Elvis and her best friend Jack (AKA Scrambled Egg Head), retrieve the ghoul and prove herself to Griselda?
Fairy rescue, Gwyneth Rees.
After a bad asthma attack Maddie spends the summer holidays at her grandparents' house. As usual, her mother is very overprotective, so Maddie is thrilled to meet Poppy, a flower fairy, out in the woods. Poppy only has one wing so she can't fly, but soon she and Maddie are having lots of fun together. When Poppy's best fairy friends Primrose and Daisy disappear, Maddie and Poppy set off into the woods to track them down. But book fairies, dream fairies and tooth fairies have mysteriously vanished too - and Maddy soon finds herself on an exciting and daring rescue mission.
The twinkling tutu, Gwyneth Rees.
Step inside Marietta's Magic Dress Shop! There are hundreds of beautiful dresses in every colour of the rainbow, sewn with magic thread. Take a look, try one on and wait for the magic to whisk you away... Ava has just discovered the enchantment of Marietta's special dressing-up shop. Now she can't wait to try on a twinkling tutu with matching ballet slippers and pirouette back to Victorian times. Once there she finds she has an important part to play in making a girl's ballerina dreams come true.
The Michael Rosen & Tony Ross collection. Volume 1.,
Burping Bertha: On an ordinary morning, in a n ordinary flat, an up-till-now perfectly ordinary Bertha does an extraorinary burp. A burp so humongously big that very soon it's causing havoc in the school canteen, the playground, not to mention her grandad's apple tree...
Bob the bursting bear: Leaving Toy School for his new home, Bob the Bear thinks he knows all there is to being loved and cuddled. But in the end it is a surprising and unusual talent that helps him most of all...
Fluff the farting fish: Elvie is desperate for a puppy that she can train to do amazing tricks. But it's not a puppy that Mum from the pet shop with, it's a fish...
Bilal's brillian bee: Bilal is terrible at tests, but lucily he has a new friend: a talking bumble bee who can help him answer all the questions. Even ones on a popular TV quizz show...
The Michael Rosen & Tony Ross collection. Volume 2.,
Choosing Crumble: When Terri-Lee goes to the pet-shop she thinks she'll be choosing a dog - she doesn't expect the dog to be choosing her! But Crumble is no ordinary pet and he's got a few questions to ask ...
Barking for bagels: Shnipp the dog loves to play fetch with Julie and Lara in the park, but she doesn't love their annoying laughs. So one day she decides to run off!
Don't forget Tiggs!: Mr and Mrs Hurry are always rushing about. They never stop! But that means they forget some rather important things - thankfully, Tiggs the cat is around to remind them.
Sam the stolen puppy, Holly Webb.
Sam, a golden Labrador puppy, is Emily's best present ever! The two become great friends and Emily is sad to leave him at home when she starts back at school. When Sam is stolen from the garden one afternoon, Emily is desperate with worry. She is determined to get her precious puppy back - but how will she find him?

Into Reading

Monstar's messy school day, Steve Cole; illustrated by Pete Williamson.
She's green. She's fluffy. She's MONSTAR! Jen and Jon are bringing Monstar to school for the day and she's so excited! But they had better hope their teacher is ready for her as there's classroom chaos is in store for everyone.
Pete the cat and the lost tooth, James Dean.
A tooth goes missing while Pete the Cat is helping the Tooth Fairy, and he must find it before it's too late.
Katherine Johnson, Thea Feldman; illustrated by Alyssa Petersen.
Meet Katherine Johnson, a brilliant mathematician who worked at NASA in the early 1950s until retiring in 1986. Katherine's unparalleled calculations (done by hand) helped plan the trajectories for NASA's Mercury and Apollo missions (including the Apollo 11 moon landing). She is said to be one of the greatest American minds of all time.
Holly the Christmas fairy, Daisy Meadows.
The King and Queen of Fairyland are all in a fluster. Jack Frost is up to his old tricks again. Can Rachel and Kirsty save the day, with a little help from Holly the Christmas Fairy?
Pet parade, Daisy Meadows.
The Pet fairies are throwing an exciting pet parade for the king and queen. Once they've seen all the different kinds of animals that can be pets, their royal highnesses should have no problem picking one for themselves!


13 1/2 incredible things you need to know about everything.,
Open this book to reveal a brain-bursting collection of incredible information! See the world differently. Discover 13 extraordinary and esssential facts about every topic under the Sun, from Roman legionaries to diamonds and dinosaurs. Then find out whether the mysterious 13 1/2 fact is true or false!
Facts!: one for every day of the year, written by Tracey Turner; illustrated by Fatti Burke.
Explore a world of topics, from hilarious animals, to unbelievable-but-true science facts, mind-blowing space stats, to incredible human achievements. Discover a fact for everyone, everyday, in this book.
See inside world religions, Alex Frith and Barry Ablett.
An insightful look at the beliefs, history and customs of the major world religions. With over 70 flaps to lift, readers can discover key facts about each religion, differing ideas about God, worship and prayer and colourful festivals and celebrations. Includes internet links to websites with video clips that bring each religion to life.
A kiwi year: twelve months in the life of New Zealand's kids, Tania McCartney + Tina Snerling.
Presents a month-by-month account of the celebrations, traditions, and events that children in New Zealand celebrate over the course of a year.
A world of cities, [illustrations by] James Brown; [text generated by Lily Murray].
From Amsterdam, Berlin and Barcelona, to Tokyo, New York and Shanghai, visit places you have only dreamed of in this elegant celebration of cities from all over the world. Explore each one through James Brown's beautiful illustrations, unlock a miscellany of intriguing facts and bring the personality of each city to life
Refugees and migrants, Ceri Roberts, Hanane Kai.
Children can begin to understand who refugees and migrants are, why they've left their homes, where they live and what readers can do to help those in need.
The books in the Visual Explorers reference series feature page after page of incredible photographs that will engage, inspire, and enlighten young readers. Inside, kids can get up-close look at the world of aviation as they learn about jet planes, helicopters, gliders, and seaplanes. They'll discover the many jobs these vehicles are used for, how they fly, and how they have changed the way we travel. Engaging text, detailed facts, and impressive statistics give children exciting scientific insight into the world around them and the universe beyond. A glossary at the end of each book helps reinforce the information. Parents, teachers, and librarians will want to collect all of the books in this series to create a very cool first encyclopedia.
All aboard the Discovery Express, Emily Hawkins, Tom Adams; illustrated by Tom Clohosy Cole.
Welcome on board the Discovery Express! The year is 1937 and a conundrum is afoot: a professor on the verge of a brilliant discovery has disappeared. Can you help to solve the clues on this time-travelling adventure and track down the missing scientist? On your voyage, you'll travel the world, see some of the most important moments in the history of transport, meet the most brilliant engineers of all time, and ultimately unveil the design of the world's first jet engine! With clues to solve on every page, this interactive lift-flap adventure is sure to spark the imaginations of aspiring scientists and engineers everywhere, as you travel back in time to discover the history of transport.
Follow the link: a journey through transportation: from hot lava to a spy rocket..., Tom Jackson; [illustrated by] Nick Shepherd.
Find out about lava bombs, lost cities, lodestones and magnets, how the pyramids were made, who invented the coach trip, and why plumbers are called plumbers in this fantastic book jam-packed with super interesting facts and information about inventions and discoveries! Embark on a journey through a network of knowledge down the centuries and discover how we figured out the way to unlock the materials found in nature and then put them to work to transport us wherever we want to go. Did you know that cold rocks were turned into hot metals, invisible forces were picked up by carved stone, and sand and soot were used to make the toughest spacecraft ever? Explore how ideas have evolved through time with this brilliant fact-filled book.
Mythology, written by Neil Philip.
Surveys the treatment of gods, goddesses, the heavens, creation, death, and evil as expressed in various mythologies around the world.
Telling tales in Greek, Lorna Robinson; illustrated by Soham De.
Discover the tale of the Trojan War and Odysseus's long journey home: from the golden apple that sparked all the trouble, to the great duel between Hector and Achilles, and all the weird and wonderful creatures that Odysseus met along the way. Narrated by the chatty and wily Greek hero himself, who introduces readers to some of the best-loved stories from Greek mythology. Along the way, readers pick up Ancient Greece's alphabet and grammar, while exploring how Greek myths still speak to us today. Soham De's illustrations bring the stories alive for a wide range of learners.
The atlas of monsters: mythical creatures from around the world, written by Sandra Lawrence; illustrated by Stuart Hill.
One day a collection of very old maps in found in a dusty library. They show where in the world monsters from mythology and folklore can be found. According to the notes left with them they were made by Cornelius Walters, an intrepid explorer from the 15th century. But did Walters really make these elaborate maps, or is it all a hoax? The librarian who discovered them is not certain and what are the strange messages in a cryptic code that Walters records in his ship's log? Inside this wonderous atlas are trolls and dragons, minotaurs and krackens, goblins and giants and there is a puzzle to solve. Stuart Hill's spectacular illustrations evoke the beauty of a medieval map, but with a contemporary twist.
101 collective nouns, Jennifer Cossins.
A beautifully illustrated picture book featuring 101 full-colour animal illustrations, each with its very own collective noun. A tribe of kiwis? A smack of jellyfish? A wisdom of wombats? Come along an illustrated journey through the animal kingdom with Tasmanian artist Jennifer Cossins. Featuring 101 full-colour animal illustrations, each with its very own collective noun, as well as a brief history of collective nouns, this book will delight children and adults alike.
Reading in the South Pacific, written by Jill Jaques; illustrated by Deborah Hinde.
Reading is made easy with this colourful picture dictionary depicting everyday life in our Pacific Island communities. Included in the back are translations for each word in Māori, Fijian, Samoan and Tongan.
Antarctic researchers, Emily Mahoney.
Discusses Antarctic researchers, describing what they do, their training, and workplace duties.
Build it!, Caroline Alliston.
Why do things move, fly, tick, or explode? These 25 entertaining experiments help budding engineers find out! Explore the science behind construction, from how zip wires move to how marble runs work, with these hands-on experiments. Using easy-to-find objects and tools, each fun project-including a lolly bridge and a 10-second marble challenge-can be constructed at home. Every boldly illustrated experiment includes a "How It Works" explanation and a difficulty rating; budding engineers who feel confident of their skills can try the harder ones. Build It! is the perfect introduction to key STEM topics, and guaranteed to keep young hands and minds busy.
Explanatorium of nature.,
This stunning visual reference for kids explores the natural world in stunning detail and allows young readers to see nature as they never have before, through amazing close-ups and cross-sections, exploded images, X-rays, and more. From fruit to flies, from coral to clouds, from mountains to mammals, this extraordinary new encyclopedia is the perfect tool for curious minds to find out how things work and why they exist, and will keep young readers absorbed with its amazing images that depict and explain the wonders of plants, animals, and the living world around us.
Planets, written by Carole Stott.
Offers a detailed look at the heavenly bodies that make up the solar system, describing the eight planets that orbit the Sun, the moons, asteroids, and dwarf planets in the system, and the spacecrafts humans have created to explore the stars.
Earth: questions & answers, Nancy Dickmann.
Have you ever wondered where the Sun goes at night, what air is made of or how fossils form? Read this book to find out about our amazing planet and what makes it so special.Why is the sky blue? How long does a forest take to grow? Is it Mist or Fog? These are a few of the questions that are answered in the illustrated series Curious Nature. Natural phenomena are introduced as questions and answered in a simple and comprehensive way.
Dinosaurs in 30 seconds, Sean Callery; illustrated by Sam Hubbard; consultant, Jonathan Tennant.
This fresh and exciting book takes young readers on a fascinating journey from the development of the first life forms on the planet to the emergence of the dinosaurs and their eventual extinction. Thirty key topics explore these fascinating creatures, how they evolved, what they ate, their social behaviour, what they looked like, and how we have come to understand them from their fossilized remains. Each topic is presented in a neat 30-second soundbite, supported by a 3-second flash summary and a full-page colourful artwork.
Atlas of dinosaur adventures: [step into the prehistoric world for an adventure with history's most amazing dinosaurs and remarkable reptiles], [written by Emily Hawkins; illustrated by Lucy Letherland].
Take a trip back to the age of the dinosaurs, with colourful, dramatic scenes from each era and maps showing fossil finds. Travel the world's continents on a prehistoric adventure through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods to meet the dinosaurs of the day, doing what they do best - grazing, hunting and eating often each other! With map spreads showing the shifting continents through the eras, as well as fun facts, charming full-colour illustrations and dig site maps, this book is a feast for the senses!
Ultimate dinopedia: the most complete dinosaur reference ever, "Dino" Don Lessem; reviewed by paleontologist Dr. Darren Naish; illustrated by Franco Tempesta.
The new edition of the popular Ultimate Dinopedia includes all the latest species and is the most complete, up-to-date dinosaur reference available. Find favorites, like the fierce T-rex and the gentle Brontosaurus, plus audacious new finds, like the Anzu, Kosmoceratops, and Yi.
Dinosaurium, illustrated by Chris Wormell; written by Lily Murray.
Welcome to the museum that is always open to explore. Step inside the pages of this beautiful book to discover galleries of dinosaurs, expertly curated to bring you the experience of a fascinating exhibition from the comfort of your own home. Dinosaurium features a wide range of dinosaurs from the most-loved Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus Rex to lesser-known species such as Coelophysis and Tsintaosaurus.
Brachiosaurus and other long-necked dinosaurs: the need-to-know facts, Rebecca Rissman; consultant, Mathew J Wedel.
Full-colour images and simple text introduce young readers to different long-necked dinosaurs, including their physical characteristics, habitats, and diets.
Dinosaur atlas: amazing facts, fold-out maps and life-size fossils, Anne Rooney, James Gilleard.
It's time to explore lost prehistoric lands and the huge variety of dinosaurs that roamed them with Lonely Planet Kids' Dinosaur Atlas. Kids can unfold maps and lift the flaps to reveal amazing illustrations and facts about how dinosaurs lived and where they were discovered. They'll also learn about famous paleontologists and measure themselves against life-size bones, teeth and claws. From from giant sauropods and horned dinosaurs, to duckbills and ferocious theropods, kids will discover how the dinosaurs evolved, what they looked like and how they hunted. Plus, we've included the latest finds and theories.
Dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, Matt Sewell.
Matt Sewell is fascinated by dinosaurs and in this book he examines the many types of dinosaur that lived during the prehistoric periods. Packed with large illustrations and interesting information on these amazing creatures, this book also looks at up-to-date findings on dinosaur appearance, colour and habits. All done with Matt's brilliant humour and charm. A must-have book for all dinosaur fans, young and old.
Amazing animal friendships: odd couples in nature, written by Pavla Hanáčková; illustrated by Linh Dao.
Explores how different pairs of animals and living organisms work together to support one another, from whale sharks and small fish to pandas and bacteria.
Tropical lands, Clive Gifford.
Provides facts about tropical areas, discussing the wildlife found there and the explorers who trekked the dangerous landscape.
Because of an acorn, Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer; illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon.
This enchanting and informative picture book explores the vital connections between the layers of an ecosystem, relating how every tree, flower, plant, and animal connect to one another in spiraling circles of life.
Coral reefs: cities of the ocean, Maris Wicks.
This absorbing look at ocean science covers the biology of coral reefs as well as their ecological importance.
The amazing animal atlas, Dr Nick Crumpton & Gaia Bordicchia.
From the great winding Ganges river in India to the thick conifer forests of northern Europe, travel across the glbobe to discover the rich variety of animals that share our blue planet.
The animal book: over 100 incredible creatures and how we share the planet with them, Ruth Martin; consultant, Dr. Kim Dennis-Bryan; illustrated by Dawn Cooper.
Animals are all around us, but sometimes we forget just how remarkable they are. In this beautiful hardback, we take a look at some of the world's most incredible creatures, from those you can spot in your back garden, to more endangered species in jungles, deserts, and freezing oceans. We also explore our relationship with these animals and how humans are affecting their lives and habitats.
50 wacky things animals do: weird & amazing animal facts, written by Tricia Martineau Wagner; illustrated by Carles Ballesteros.
Describes fifty strange animal behaviors, including how cuckoo birds lay their eggs in other birds' nests, how male penguins offer stones to female penguins, and how electric eels defend themselves with electric shock waves. Whether incredible, funny, or just plain gross, these peculiar and fascinating animal behaviors will surprise and delight fun-fact lovers of all ages.
How animals build: lift the flaps to discover amazing animal homes, Moira Butterfield, Tim Hutchinson.
Get ready to explore the incredible world of animal architects! Lift the flaps and open gatefolds to discover amazing animal homes up high, underground, on land, and under the sea. From spider webs and rabbit warrens, to bird's nests and ant colonies, we reveal the secrets to these extraordinary structures and learn how they're built.
Wild: a photicular book, created by Dan Kainen; written by Kathy Wollard.
From the cover panda shown lazily munching on leaves, to an albatross swooping its magnificent wings, to a bumblebee taking a sip of water, Wild throws a spotlight on the mammals, birds, and insects that are threatened with extinction. We see gorillas at play, a rhinoceros and its baby trotting across the savanna, a pangolin skittering along the landscape. There's a romantic big cat an Amur leopard and the personable elephant bathing in a river.
Insect, written by Laurence Mound.
Explores the anatomy, behaviour, and ecological role of the world's most populous class of animals.
The toad, Elise Gravel.
Hilarious illustrated non-fiction about toads perfect for beginning readers. Humorous text and funny illustrations will leave young readers croaking for more.
Reptiles, Barbara Taylor.
Introduces incredible reptiles, including lizards, snakes, and turtles, describing their unique physical characteristics, life cycles, and survival mechanisms.
Slithering snakes, [written by Sarah Snashall].
Slithering Snakes tells you everything you want to know about snakes: how they use their senses, which is the most deadly, why snakes shed their skin, and so much more.
Big cats, Seymour Simon.
The grace and power of big cats lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs, pumas, and snow leopards are captured in full-colour photographs and a text that explores how they hunt, care for their young, and rest in their varied natural habitats.
Wild cats, [written by Sarah Snashall].
Wild Cats tells you everything you want to know about the world of wild cats. Read about the different habitats they live in and the ways they hunt for prey! Discover the amazing variety of wild cats from speedy cheetahs to the largest of wild cats, the Siberian tiger.
Illumanatomy, Carnovsky; written by Kate Davies.
Look inside the human body with the magic three-colour lens in this follow up to the internationally best-selling Illuminature. X-ray the body from head to toe and discover how your body works. Use the red lens to reveal the skeleton, look through the green lens to see how the muscles work, and X-Ray your organs with the blue lens to discover how they work day and night to keep you alive. An anatomy lesson like no other from Milan-based design duo Carnovsky.
Girl talk, Lizzie Cox; illustrations by Damien Weighill.
From puberty to relationships, social media to school, this essential guide for girls growing up covers everything you have always wanted to know but were afraid to ask. Growing up can be hard and, at times, embarrassing. This funny yet sensitive book is here to offer practical advice and helpful information to help make growing up just that little bit less scary. Covering daunting but important subject such as personal hygiene, different types of bulling, relationships and how to stay safe online, this book features case studies and questions from 'real-life' anonymous readers to explore those embarrassing questions you don't want to ask! Written by a former teen magazine editor and with funny illustrations and diagrams throughout, this is the go-to guide for any girl going through or approaching puberty.
Guy talk, Lizzie Cox; illustrated by Damien Weighill.
An essential guide for boys to growing up, which covers everything readers have always wanted to know but were afraid to ask. Friendly and funny text features case studies and questions from real-life anonymous readers to encourage the idea that different experiences are still normal. Subjects that might seem daunting to readers are covered with sensitivity and quirky humour. Puberty and personal hygiene are covered in detail, as are relationships in and out of school, including different types of bullying and how to stay safe online. The guide describes what happens when, and most importantly, why, making growing up a little less scary.
Fire engines and other rescue vehicles, David West.
Speeding to reach people in need, unleashing powerful jets of water, rushing headfirst into blazing fires, firefighters are real-life superheroes. This book gives readers an inside look at the specialized vehicles that make heroic acts possible.
Helicopters, David West.
Get to the chopper. Readers will take off on an exploration of helicopters in this enthralling book on the mechanics behind these peculiar aerial vehicles. How do helicopters take off, soar through the skies, and land? Readers will learn these engineering secrets and other key concepts.
Truck, David West.
Monster, pickup, flatbed, tank, trucks have so many important functions. This informative book gives readers an inside look at the mechanics of trucks. Detailed illustrations with clear labels and accessible language break down complex principles, systems, and parts so that readers can easily process this fascinating material.
Tractors and other farm machines, David West.
Farms are as important as ever, even in our high-tech world. Without them, we wouldn't have produce, dairy, or meats. Readers of this engaging book will see how technology and nature combine to yield delicious harvests. They'll get an inside look at the anatomy of tractors and other farm machines, learning their different parts and processes.
Into deep space, Paul Virr.
Travel into the depths of the space with this fascinating book packed with facts about the Universe. Place your tablet or smartphone near the visual trigger on the page then hold it up to see nine incredible AR sequences in action. iExplore Into Deep Space is jam-packed with incredible facts about space, and allows you to get up close to amazing constellations, supernovae and distant planets of the solar system. Get ready for takeoff!
I can grow a garden!, Ruth Owen.
In a world of technology and pollution, gardening is a therapeutic and green hobby that anyone can enjoy. This accessible guide helps readers blossom into masterful gardeners with ease! Engaging projects and gardening crafts will entice even reluctant readers to try out their green thumbs.
The big book of pets, Lorna Hendry.
Pets are truly wonderful things. These cute and cuddly animals provide us with companionship, protect our homes and can even take care of us. Its easy to see why Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. Learn all about the many different types of pets people have in The Big Book of Pets!
Finding Gobi: the true story of one little dog's big journey, Dion Leonard.
The heart-warming true story of a dog who captured the hearts of the world. In 2016, Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner, unexpectedly stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 150 mile race across the Gobi Desert. The lovable pup proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the treacherous Tian Shan Mountains, managing to keep pace with him for over 100km. As Dion witnessed the incredible determination of this small animal, he felt something change within himself. In the past, he had always focused on winning and being the best, but his goal now was simply to make sure that his new friend was safe, nourished and hydrated. This was the start of a journey neither of them would ever forget with a roller coaster ride of drama, grief, heartbreak, joy, and love that changed their lives forever.
How to mend a kea + other fabulous fix-it tales from Wildbase Hospital, Janet Hunt.
"Wildbase is a very special hospital for very special animals. Tui, kiwi, kaka, kakapo, little blue penguins, seals and many more of New Zealand's most rare and special animals come here when they are sick and injured. A Day at Wildbase gets up close to these birds and mammals and the dedicated vets and veterinary staff who look after them so they can return to the wild"--Publisher's description.
MasterChef junior cookbook: bold recipes and essential techniques to inspire young cooks, foreword by Christina Tosi.
A collection of favorite recipes from the first five seasons of the popular television competition show features such dishes as glazed lollipop wings, fish tacos with guacamole, pan-seared chicken with shoestring fries, and green tea panna cotta.
Jolly good food, Enid Blyton; recipes by Allegra McEvedy; illustrated by Mark Beech; photography by Georgia Glynn Smith.
Practical cookery with lashings of Enid Blyton's charm. The perfect way to share the pleasure of making and eating food with your child. Have you ever dreamed of having picnics with the Famous Five, midnight feasts with the Malory Towers girls or party teas with the Folk of the Faraway Tree? With this cookbook, inspired by Enid Blyton's stories, you can! Packed full of yummy recipes, beautiful artwork and extracts from Enid Blyton's writing, this cookbook will inspire children, and the whole family, to get busy in the kitchen. There are 42 new, delicious and exciting recipes designed by top chef and Junior Bake Off TV judge, Allegra McEvedy.
What's cooking?, Joshua David Stein; illustrated by Julia Rothman.
A whimsical read-aloud of delicious answers to ridiculous questions about what can and cannot be done in the kitchen!
Nadiya's bake me a festive story, Nadiya Hussain; illustrated by Clair Rossiter.
Christmas is a time when families come together. This unique combination of storybook and cookbook, with all recipes and stories devised and written by Nadiya herself, brings families into the kitchen to share this special time of year through cooking and stories. Go on an adventure to the Snow Queen's palace, then make her treacle icecream. Make and decorate cheesy-feet biscuits, then read the story about where all the odd socks go at Christmas time. Meet some very confused elves in The Elves and the Chouxmaker, then bake your own lemon choux buns. Read Nadiya's version of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, then cook a scrumptious nut roast.
The best ever baking book, Jane Bull.
Looking for a fun introduction to baking for your little ones? Then turn to Jane Bull's brilliant children's baking book. Turn your children into little bakers as they come to know their creaming from their whisking, and their batter from their dough. The Best Ever Baking Book takes children on a step-by-step baking experience, showing them how to whip up more than 10 baked treats, along with the methods, equipment and terminology used in making them.
Baking class: 50 fun recipes kids will love to bake!, Deanna F. Cook.
Following the best-selling Cooking Class comes this delightful baking companion for kids ages 8–12, featuring 50 easy-to-follow recipes. Lively step-by-step photos teach bakers-in-training how to knead dough, make biscuits, decorate cookies, and produce a perfect pie, along with essential skills like following directions and accurately measuring ingredients. They'll learn to make both sweet and savory treats and will use fresh fruits and vegetables in recipes such as Bursting with Blueberry Muffins, Zombie Zucchini Bread, and Peachy Keen Crumble. Bonus goodie bag stickers, pop-out gift tags, and bake sale signs encourage kids to share their homemade delights with pride.
Epic LEGO adventures with bricks you already have, Sarah Dees.
Build crazy worlds where aliens live on the Moon, dinosaurs walk among us, scientists battle mutant bugs and you bring their hilarious tales to life.
LEGO Ninjago, masters of spinjitzu: character encyclopedia, written by Claire Sipi.
Go on the ultimate LEGO Ninjago adventure with LEGO Ninjago Character Encyclopedia, completely updated and expanded to include the latest LEGO Ninjago minifigures! Plus there's an exclusive and fully-armed minifigure so you can put your LEGO Ninjago knowledge into practice. Meet every single LEGO Ninjago character, including Kai ZX, the Ninja of Fire; learn about their weapons, the vehicles, the dragons and the exotic locations from the Ninjago universe. With story pages taking you through the events that shape the Ninjago world, fact boxes on every page telling you the coolest facts and a Ninja file for each character, LEGO Ninjago Character Encyclopedia is a must-have for any budding Ninja.
Autumn and winter activities come rain or shine: seasonal crafts and games for children, Stefanie Pfister.
Create pine-cone gnomes, build nesting boxes for garden birds, and craft festive angels, all while learning about the natural world whatever the weather! This practical and brightly illustrated book is packed with indoor and outdoor crafts and activities, plus fun facts, to entertain and engage curious children during the colder and wetter months. All the activities encourage an exploration of nature, from leaves and feathers, to snow and stargazing. Children will love finding out about the natural world through play and creation whether at home or in the classroom. This wide-ranging book provides inspiration for parents and teachers working with children aged four and up. Most activities can be enjoyed both individually and in groups.
Crafty gifts, Jane Bull.
Stuck on gift ideas for mum, dad, grandparents, or teacher? Then turn to Jane Bull's charming new children's craft book. Packed with over 20 ideas for presents, wrapping, and cards, perfect for kids who love to craft. Crafty Gifts is full of amazing projects for children aged 7+ to make, all with clear step-by-step instructions. Jane takes you from creating lovely presents, all the way to the finishing touches of wrapping and cards. Children will love crafting delightful doodle mugs, brilliant button-art pictures, and more. Even better, each project can be customised and personalised, meaning every present really is a one off. Let Crafty Gifts show you it's better to make a gift than buy one.
Ngā āhua, written by Sharon Holt; illustrated by Josh Morgan.
Children identify shapes using song. Also includes words for some parts of the body.
Te Taiao, written by Sharon Holt; photography by Rachael Hale McKenna.
Children express their respect for the natural world in terms of respect for Pamaopatāūnuku, Ranginui and atua Māori. Children from Matapihi Kindergarten near Raglan were photographed by renowned photographer Rachael Hale McKenna to illustrate this beautiful story about playing in the natural environment. The children play hide and seek in the forest, walk along wobbly ropes, play in the mud and do much more. At the end, they sit, listen and look at the natural world all around them. This is the perfect book to inspire more adventurous nature play.
Star Wars: the visual encyclopedia, written by Tricia Barr, Adam Bray and Cole Horton.
Take a stunning visual tour of Star Wars with DK's comprehensive pictorial guide to the galaxy far, far away! From lightsabers and beasts to food and clothing, Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia is a virtual museum of a book. Explore beautiful galleries with more than 2,500 images, and discover facts about Star Wars culture, science and geography. Throwing the spotlight onto carefully curated images and beautiful photography, Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia showcases characters and objects from episodes I-VII, Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rogue One: A Story Wars. This stunning visual tour of the Star Wars galaxy celebrates everything from extreme architecture and hardworking droids, to ferocious sea creatures and decadent royal gowns.
Star Wars made easy, written by Christian Blauvelt.
Don't know your Wookiees from your Wampas? If the Star Wars saga has you stumped, we've got your back. Star Wars Made Easy gives you everything you need to get you around the galaxy. Star Wars is a global phenomenon and the Force has truly reawakened. So where to start if you have never actually gotten around to watching the movies? Or if you find yourself dating an avid Star Wars fan? Or your kids keep asking you tricky questions about the dark side? Don't worry! We have you covered. Star Wars Made Easy is aimed at Star Wars novices who want to get up to speed and make sense of the Star Wars references that permeate modern culture. This book will answer questions about the movies, the Star Wars universe, and much more!
J.K. Rowling's wizarding world movie magic. Volume 3, Amazing artifacts, Bonnie Burton.
e third title in an interactive series of books that features both Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to create the ultimate behind-the-scenes guide to the wizarding world.From wands and racing brooms to a case full of beasts, the wizarding world is full of enchanted objects and magical devices. With this interactive book, go behind the scenes of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and all eight Harry Potter films to learn how the myriad artifacts of the films were lovingly designed and crafted.Detailed profiles of everything from the Golden Snitch to Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes and Newt Scamander's magical case include blueprints, concept illustrations, unit photography and more. Jam-packed with bonus inserts throughout, including stickers, removable extras, lift-the-flaps and many other fascinating items, this book takes young readers on a thrilling tour of the magical artifacts of the wizarding world.
The LEGO Ninjago movie: the essential guide, written by Julia March.
Discover everything there is to know about The LEGO Ninjago Movie with this engrossing guide to its key events and characters.
The Ninjago movie: the making of the movie, written by Tracey Miller-Zarneke.
Go behind the scenes of The LEGO Ninjago movie with unparalleled access to filmmakers, animators and LEGO designers. Produced in collaboration with the LEGO Group and Warner Bros., this extraordinary book provides exclusive insights into every creative stage of the movie. Follow the movie's development from the page to the big screen and discover how the brick and jungle worlds of Ninjago City were brought to life.
Dragons come to life!, [author, Emily Stead].
This is the only augmented reality character guidebook to the world of DreamWorks' smash-hit TV series Dragons: Race to the Edge and the How to Train Your Dragon movies. Simply download the free iOS or Android app, point your smartphone or tablet at the pages of the book and bring your favourite dragons and riders into your world with incredible 3D augmented reality experiences. Fly Toothless, Stormfly, Hookfang, Meatlug and Barf & Belch around your bedroom, then head outside and grow them to their real size. You can take photos as you train the dragons, then share your pics with your friends and family.
One hundred things to spot, Naomi Wilkinson.
Look for Little Mouse and learn about colours, numbers, shapes and opposites as you go with this fun search-and-find book jam-packed full of activities Can you find all 100 things to spot? The perfect introduction to learning important first concepts, young children will love searching for Little Mouse and the cat (plus more!) on each page of this stylish picture book.
Abracadabra: the story of magic through the ages, HP Newquist with illustrations by Olga & Aleksey Ivanov.
In this nonfiction narrative of magic through the ages, HP Newquist explains how the world's most famous tricks were created. From the oracles of ancient Egypt and the wizards of medieval Europe on to the exploits of Houdini and modern practitioners like Criss Angel, this book unlocks the secrets behind centuries of magic and illusion. Fully illustrated and including step-by-step instructions for eight classic magic tricks, this book will have middle-grade readers spellbound.
Pokémon Alola Region handbook.,
Provides an introduction to the Pokémon of the new Alola Region and includes profiles of every character featured in the new Sun & Moon video games, including new and classic Pokémon.
101 video games to play before you grow up, Ben Bertoli; illustrated by Spencer Wilson.
Each page in this interactive handbook offers behind-the-scenes tidbits and trivia about the games that belong on your bucket list, along with parental rating guidelines, series background information, and storyline previews. Gamers can record their personal ratings of each series as they play their way through the list, making notes and critiquing the best and worst parts of each game.
Gaming record breakers: winning streaks! highest scores! most downloads!, Clive Gifford.
Collects facts about world records in the video game realm, covering such topics as the longest Minecraft marathon, the most expensive computer game ever made, and the richest gaming prizes.
Minecraft: guide to: Redstone, [written by Craig Jelley; illustrations by Ryan Marsh].
Learn the art of redstone and become a master engineer with Minecraft Guide to Redstone, and put theory into practice to construct intricate contraptions in Minecraft.Pick up the basics of the redstone components and their uses, discover how to make working circuits, and create incredibly complex builds using your new skills. With insider info and tips from the experts at Mojang, this is the definitive guide to creating in Minecraft.
Minecraft annual. 2018, [written by Stephanie Milton; illustrations by Ryan Marsh].
Contains accounts of the Mojang team's epic adventures, comic strips depicting your favourite YouTubers' adventures, and the experts at Mojang have some challenges for you to try in-game, too. This book finds survival strategy for adventurers, a feature about Adventure Mode, inspiration for adventure map builds and ideas for real-world adventures.
Minecraft: mobestiary, [written by Alex Wiltshire; additional material by Stephanie Milton and Marsh Davies; illustrated by Anton Stenvall].
Sport, Nancy Dickmann.
Sport can bring moments of joy and huge emotion. It can also bring moments of supreme weirdness! Some of sport's oddest stories are almost too strange to be believed. From lucky socks and alligators on the golf course to marathon runners who let the train take the strain, this book uncovers some of the strangest true stories in the history of sport.
Go Fiji, go, David Riley.
"In February 2016, Cyclone Winston struck the Fiji islands. It was the most powerful cyclone the country had ever experienced. Hundreds of homes and schools were destroyed. Many people lost their lives. But Fijian people are resilient. They rebuilt. They recovered. Six months later, Fiji's sevens rugby team went to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Their goal: to win Fiji's first ever Olympic gold medal ... and bring joy to their nation. "Toso Viti Toso!" became a national chant. "Go Fiji Go!" Go Fiji Go is the inspiring story behind Fiji's first Olympic gold medal ... and the incredible joy it brought to the nation." --Back cover.
Rugby league world, David Riley.
"When did rugby league start in Australia and New Zealand? How did the Kiwis get their name? Who are the best women rugby league players in history? What are the rules of wheelchair league? Rugby League World has the answers to these questions and more. Find out how rugby league spread from the fields of northern England to Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and the world. The greatest matches. The greatest players. Rugby League World tells you all you need to know about the world's greatest game!" --Back cover.
I'm just no good at rhyming and other nonsense for mischievous kids and immature grown-ups, written by Chris Harris; illustrated by Lane Smith.
Forget what you think you know about poetry, this is something totally different. Chris Harris's I'm Just No Good At Rhyming combines wit, wordplay and nonsense with visual and verbal tricks to make you look at the world in a new and wonderfully upside-down way, reminiscent of Shel Silverstein. This entirely unique collection offers a surprise around every corner, from the ongoing rivalry between the author and illustrator, to the mysteriously misnumbered pages that can only be deciphered by a certain code-cracking verse, to a poem that is 100% genuinely infinite.
The night before Christmas, Clement Clarke Moore; illustrated by Helene Magisson.
This classic Clement Clarke Moore poem is given new life with beautiful illustrations from Helene Magisson.
Seuss-isms!: a guide to life for those just starting out and those already on their way, Dr. Seuss.
The one and only Dr. Seuss dispenses invaluable advice about life in this collection of his most memorable quotes and cherished Seuss art from such classics as The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hatches the Egg, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Oh, the Places You'll Go!, and many more!
My mum's growing down, Laura Dockrill; illustrated by David Tazzyman.
She says 'I've worked so hard for years and I deserve a rest!' As she scribbles with crayons and pours custard down her dress, She's dangling from the banister with her head upside-down! Does your Mum do this? Help! My Mum's growing down! Mum is a gamer, a party animal and a free spirit making life hard work for her nine year old son. These poems are a glimpse into their parent child relationship; their antics and adventures. The poems are bold, brave, funny and some very moving.
The lost words: a spell book, Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris.
All over the country, there are words disappearing from children's lives. These are the words of the natural world Dandelion, Otter, Bramble and Acorn, all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children's minds.The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.
Fish dream of trees: and other curious verses, Axel Scheffler, Frantz Wittkamp; adapted by Roger McGough.
Axel Scheffler's delightful artwork brings to life these playful and easily accessible poems by Frantz Wittkamp, wonderfully adapted from German to English by national treasure Roger McGough. There are lions and tigers and mice galore, not to mention a whole host of other bizarre and loveable creatures in this fully colour illustrated collection of short poems. Each four-line poem conjures a new scene or concept and their short length combined with the colourful detailed artwork makes this book ideal for introducing poetry to the very young. Ranging from the curious to the witty, the touching to the joyful, and all exquisitely illustrated by award-winning Axel Scheffler, Fish Dream of Trees is the perfect book of poetry to share with children young and old. A beautiful hardback with jacket covered in shiny gold details, Fish Dream of Trees makes an excellent gift.
The world's laziest duck and other amazing records, Quentin Blake & John Yeoman.
Which fish holds the world record for most escape attempts? Which human cannonball travelled the furthest? What is the world's soppiest fairy tale? Find out these amazing record breakers and lots, lots more in this hilarious alternative to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Hung, drawn & quartered, [written by Clive Gifford; illustrated by Andrew Pinder].
From the best ways to test a witch to making a mummy in eight simple steps, and with fascinating facts about botched beheadings, greedy royals and the plague, 'Hung, Drawn and Quartered' looks at the most gruesome facts from the past.
Abel Tasman: mapping the southern lands, text, Maria Gill; illustrations, Marco Ivancic.
More than 300 years ago, a young Dutch sailor named Abel Tasman stood on the prow of a ship he and his crew had sailed across wild, uncharted waters. In the distance, through a shroud of mist, the rugged outline of steep hills rose from the ocean waves. Could this be Terra Australis - the great southern land? Abel Tasman and his crew were most likely the first Europeans the Aboriginal people of Australia and the Maori of New Zealand had ever seen. Join the journey and discover the legacy left behind.
City atlas: travel the world with 30 city maps, [written by Georgia Cherry; illustrated by Martin Haake.
Take a tour of Toronto, look around Lisbon or hot-foot it to Helsinki with this global adventure in a book! 30 best-loved cities from around the world are brought to life with illustrations by Martin Haake, which show in fabulous detail key landmarks, famous people, iconic buildings and cultural icons for all the family to enjoy. A search-and-find game on every page helps young readers to explore every city and spot the hundreds of details that makes each place unique.
The house that Jane built: a story about Jane Addams, Tanya Lee Stone; illustrated by Kathryn Brown.
Ever since she was a little girl, Jane Addams hoped to help people in need. She wanted to create a place where people could find food, work, and community. In 1889, she chose a house in a run-down Chicago neighborhood and turned it into Hull House a settlement home soon adding a playground, kindergarten, and a public bath, By 1907, Hull House included thirteen buildings. And by the early 1920s, more than nine thousand people visited Hull House each week. The dreams of a smart, caring girl had become a reality. And the lives of hundreds of thousands of people were transformed when they stepped into the house that Jane Addams built.
Silent days, silent dreams, Allen Say.
James Castle was born two months premature on September 25, 1899, on a farm in Garden Valley, Idaho. He was deaf, mute, autistic and probably dyslexic. He didn't walk until he was four; he would never learn to speak, write, read or use sign language. Yet, today Castle's artwork hangs in major museums throughout the world. The Philadelphia Museum of Art opened "James Castle: A Retrospective in 2008." The 2013 Venice Biennale included eleven works by Castle in the feature exhibition "The Encyclopedic Palace." And his reputation continues to grow. Caldecott Medal winner Allen Say, author of the acclaimed memoir Drawing from Memory, takes readers through an imagined look at Castle's childhood, allows them to experience his emergence as an artist despite the overwhelming difficulties he faced, and ultimately reveals the triumphs that he would go on to achieve.
Shark Lady: the true story of how Eugenie Clark became the ocean's most fearless scientist, written by Jess Keating; illustrations by Marta Alvarez Miguens.
At 9 years old, Eugenie Clark developed an unexpected passion for sharks after a visit to the Battery Park Aquarium in New York City. At the time, sharks were seen as mindless killing machines, but Eugenie knew better and set out to prove it. Despite many obstacles in her path, Eugenie was able to study the creatures she loved so much. From her many discoveries to the shark-related myths she dispelled, Eugenie's wide scientific contributions led to the well-earned nickname "Shark Lady."
The world is not a rectangle: a portrait of architect Zaha Hadid, Jeanette Winter.
A biography of architect Zaha Hadid, who grew up in Baghdad and went on to design buildings all over the world.
The story of Barbie and the woman who created her, Cindy Eagan; illustrated by Amy June Bates.
Beautifully illustrated biography of Ruth Handler, from childhood to adulthood, the creator of Barbie with intent to inspire little girls to use their big imaginations and big dreams about their futures.
My journey to the stars, Scott Kelly with Emily Easton; illustrations by André Ceolin.
This fascinating picture book memoir about NASA astronaut Scott Kelly takes readers on a journey through his childhood as an average student to his record-breaking year among the stars.
Leonardo da Vinci in 30 seconds, Paul Harrison; illustrated by Tom Woolley; consultant, Mari Griffith.
Children will learn about the life of the original Renaissance man, and will discover how da Vinci's influence, from his masterpiece paintings to his innovative inventions, has shaped art and culture in the modern world.
Emmeline Pankhyrst, written by Lisbeth Kaiser; illustrated by Ana Sanfelippo.
Discover the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. As a child, Emmeline Pankhurst was inspired by books about heroes who fought for others. She was shocked at the inequality of men and women that she saw all around her. When she grew up, she never stopped fighting for women to get the vote, inspiring other women to demonstrate, go on hunger strike and protest for the cause.
Imagine that!: how Dr. Seuss wrote The cat in the hat, Judy Sierra; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.
Presents an account of the early career of Ted Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss, describing how he adhered to strict literary guidelines while writing "The Cat in the Hat."
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: the case of R.B.G. vs. inequality, Jonah Winter; illustrated by Stacy Innerst.
To become the first female Jewish Supreme Court Justice, the unsinkable Ruth Bader Ginsburg had to overcome countless injustices. Growing up in Brooklyn in the 1930s and '40s, Ginsburg was discouraged from working by her father, who thought a woman's place was in the home. Regardless, she went to Cornell University, where men outnumbered women four to one. There, she met her husband, Martin Ginsburg, and found her calling as a lawyer. Despite discrimination against Jews, females, and working mothers, Ginsburg went on to become Columbia Law School's first tenured female professor, a judge for the US Court of Appeals, and finally, a Supreme Court Justice.
He māia he toa he tangata noa.,
"Ko tā Whakamīharo Mai me He Māia, He Toa, He Tangata Noa he whakamahi i ngā kaupapa me ngā momo tuhinga hei whakapoapoa i ngā kaipānui katoa. Ka kapi i ēnei tuhinga ngā kaupapa pārekareka, pēnei i ngā toa hākinakina rongonui, ngā meka whakamīharo me ngā taki tuku iho whakaawe. Ko He Māia, He Toa, He Tangata Noa mā ngā tau 9 me te 10 (Taumata 5 o Te Reo Māori)."--Publisher information.
Whakamīharo mai, nā Rangi Matamua rāua ko Hēmi Whaanga.
"Ko tā Whakamīharo Mai me He Māia, He Toa, He Tangata Noa he whakamahi i ngā kaupapa me ngā momo tuhinga hei whakapoapoa i ngā kaipānui katoa. Ka kapi i ēnei tuhinga ngā kaupapa pārekareka, pēnei i ngā toa hākinakina rongonui, ngā meka whakamīharo me ngā taki tuku iho whakaawe. Ko Whakamīharo Mai mā ngā tau 7 me te 8 (Taumata 4 o Te Reo Māori)"--Publisher information.
Kid authors: true tales of childhood from famous writers, stories by David Stabler; illustrations by Doogie Horner.
Presents stories featuring authors when they were children, including Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling, and Zora Neale Hurston.
50 things you should know about the Vikings, Philip Parker; [consultant, Dr. Shane McLeod].
For while there is no doubt that some Vikings launched bloodthirsty attacks in this period, pillaging communities and plundering treasure, many more were peaceful traders and settlers. The middle chapters deal with the Viking invasions and conquests of Anglo-Saxon lands that took place in the eighth and ninth centuries, as well as the great voyages of exploration that took these horned warriors out across the Atlantic Ocean to what are now Greenland and Canada. These chapters will also go beyond the battles and adventures to look at the everyday life of the people, to examine how and what they traded, what Viking village life was like and how they made and sailed their famous long ships. The book concludes by summing up the Viking legacy through an examination of their art, culture, literature and enduring influence on the world.
Vikings in 30 seconds, Philip Steele; illustrated by Stef Murphy; consultant, Dr. Ragnhild Ljosland.
With fast facts, mini missions, and engaging artwork, Vikings in 30 Seconds is an introduction to one of the worlds most fascinating cultures.
Explore!: Aotearoa, Bronwen Wall; illustrated by Kimberly Andrews.
Features amazing true stories of New Zealand's explorers. It follows adventurers like: Kupe, Thomas Brunner and Kehu, Freda du Faur and the Graham Brothers, Tāne Tinorau and Kieran McKay, Kelly Tarlton and Wade Doak. Journey with them over the waves, across the land, up the mountains, beneath the earth, and under the sea.
Antarctica and the Arctic: facts, figures, and stories, Jim Gigliotti.
This book explores the North and South Poles.
The South Pole, Todd Bluthenthal.
The South Pole is cold, but there's more to it than that! This book presents the cartography and earth science of this polar region to young readers in an engaging yet informative way. Several spreads are dedicated to the fascinating history of the brave explorers of this icy landscape, a part of history that is sure to impress all elementary readers! The colourful, easily understood maps and vivid photographs of the South Pole will expand reader's grasp on the concepts of poles, continents, climate, Earth's rotation, and so much more!
Antarctica, Dr. Diana Prince.
This is a book about the breathtaking beauty of Antarctica. In the pristine blue waters, at the bottom of the earth, this land of ice is stunning in its grandeur. This book is also about the courage of explorers who have risked their lives. And, in the impenetrable ice, there lies another world an enchanting land of creatures, unusual and beautiful, who have made this place their home.
Xiao qi e Aibota = Alberta, [Ao] Taniya Kaokesi zhu; Yaninei Daosen hui; Li Shumin yi.
Ru guo ping guo you ya chi = If Apples Had Teeth, [Mei] Mi'erdun Gelaze, Xueli Gelaze zhu; Wang Meifang yi; Gao Hongbo bian yi.
Xiao xiong Keke zou diu le, [Mei] B.G. Xuannishi wen; Qiaodi Xiongle tu; Liu Yuqing yi.
Wo xiang you yi shuang chi bang, [Ri] Yanqi Qianhui hui; [Ri] Songben Meng bian; [Ri] Yuandu Jingzi yi.
Xia yu tian, di yi ci yi ge ren zai jia, [Ri] Yanqi Qianhui wen/tu; [Ri] Wushi Bashixiong ce hua; [Ri] Yuandu Jingzi yi.
Ai tan xian de Xi'ao, [Yi] Sala Kuli wen tu; Chen Ying yi.
Xiao hai ta Papu = Sea Otter Pup, [Jia] Weiduoliya Mai'ersi zhu; [Jia] Yilishabai Jiate hui; Zhuang Yunyun yi.
In this informative picture book a sea otter pup learns from his mother and develops his independence in the North Pacific.
Drie kleine aapjes, Quentin Blake; getekend door Emma Chichester Blake.
Veel Mees Kees, Mirjam Oldenhave; met illustraties van Rick de Haas.
I love my dad: a billingual book = Ich liebe mein Papa, written by Shelley Admont; illustrated by Sonal Goyal, Sumit Sakhuja.
I love to sleep in my own bed = Ich schlafe gern in meinem eigenen Bett, written by Shelley Admont; illustrated by Sonal Goyal, Sumit Sakhuja.
Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt, Eric Carle.
Kunst mit Torte, The Tjong-Khing
Kich'a pangmulgwan: kich'a e kwanhan modŭn kŏt, kŭl Yu Su-hyŏn; kŭrim Kim Mi-jŏng.
Aik'o nae k'o, Chu Yun-hŭi kŭrimch'aek.
Sŭt'ŭroberi peri p'angp'ang: Ha Sŏn-jŏng kŭrimch'aek.,
Chulmunŭi miyongsil, Hong Yu-gyŏng kŭrim ch'aek.
Tot'ori moja, Im Si-ŭn kŭrim ch'aek.
Koyangi son ŭl pillyŏ tŭrimnida, kŭl Kim Ch'ae-wan; kŭrim Cho Wŏn-hŭi.
Appa ka tallyŏ kalge!, Kim Yŏng-jin kŭl, kŭrim.
Kangaji ttong, Kwŏn Chŏng-saeng kŭl – Chŏng Sŭng-gak kŭrim.
Nae mam taero tu sal, Minch'i kŭl – kŭrim; Ko Hyang-ok omgim.
Uri kajok k'aemp'ing yŏhaeng, Paek +n-hŭi.
Harabŏji, harabŏji!, Sŏn Mi-hwa kŭrim ch'aek.
Kamja ka mannassŏ, Kŭl – kŭrim Su Ch'o-i.
Ŏnŭ mŏtchin nal, Yun Chŏng-mi.
Uri nŭn ŏnjena tasi manna, Kŭl Yun Yŏ-rim; kŭrim Annyŏng Tal.
¿Quā podrŭa ser?, escrito por Pam Holden; adaptación de Annette Torres Elŭas.
Entre todas las estrellas, Cristina Alfonso Ibíñez.
¡Super Jaime!, Verónica Álvarez, Daniel Martŭnez de Leiva
El pedo, Laurie Cohen & Nicolas Gouny; traducción del francés: Marŭa Teresa Rivas.
¿Quā hace super Jonny cuando su mamó se enferma?, escrito por Simone Colwill; ilustrado por Jasmine Ting.
La gallinita roja ilustraciones de Auria G. Galcerán; traducción: Ignasi Roda Fàbregas.,
Animales y letras, texto: Charlie Gardner; ilustraciones: Louise Anglicas; traducción: Bérbara Fernéndez.
Animales y números, texto: Charlie Gardner; ilustraciones: Louise Anglicas; traducción: Bérbara Fernéndez.
El oso y la liebre: ¡mŭo!, Emily Gravett; traducción: Joana Delgado.
A la liebre le cuesta compartir ... Otra desternillante aventura de la galardonda Emily Gravett.
La niúa que se quitú su sombra, Rosa Modrego, Iúaki R. Dŭaz; ilustraciones de Laura Moreno.
Dos detectives y medio, Isaac Palmiola; ilustrado por Núria Aparicio.

Older Fiction

The world of Moominvalley, written by Philip Ardagh with a foreword and chapter on 'What is art for?' by Frank Cottrell-Boyce; research, Amanda Li.
A showstopping luxury gift book to cherish for years to come, The Moomins: The World of Moominvalley is the ultimate guide for any Moomin fan, old and new. Step into the magical world of Moominvalley with this beautiful one of a kind book; a fun, fascinating, behind the scenes look at the wonderful world of the Moomins and their creator, Tove Jansson. Filled with illustrated maps and family trees, facts about Moomintroll behaviour and habits, this gorgeous book contains all you could wish to know about the beloved characters from the original Moomin stories and the world in which they live. Find out all about Moomintroll's adventures, Moominmamma's handbag and Moominpappa's diary and discover all the favourite Moomin characters, including Snork Maiden, Snufkin, Sniff and Little My. Get a glimpse behind the studio door of the uniquely talented Tove Jansson. Featuring original Moomin drawings, colour studies and stunning sketches of her iconic characters, as well as family photographs and Tove's childhood drawings. With a luxuriously designed die-cut cover featuring gold foil, this breathtaking hardback is the perfect addition to the collection of any Moomin fan. Written by the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Philip Ardagh, with contributions from bestselling children's author, screenwriter and Moomin devotee, Frank Cottrell- Boyce, The Moomins: The World of Moominvalley is a highly illustrated, beautifully designed gift book for all Moomin fans to treasure.
The player king, Avi.
England, 1486. King Henry VII has recently snatched the English Crown and now sits on the throne, while young Prince Edward, who has a truer claim, has apparently disappeared. Meanwhile, a penniless kitchen boy named Lambert Simnel is slaving away at a tavern in Oxford'until a mysterious friar, Brother Simonds, buys Lambert from the tavern keeper and whisks him away in the dead of night. But this is nothing compared to the secret that the friar reveals: You, Lambert, are actually Prince Edward, the true King of England! With the aid of the deceitful Earl of Lincoln, Brother Simonds sets out to teach the boy how to become the rightful English king. Lambert has everything to gain and nothing to lose, or so he thinks. Yet in this dangerous battle for the throne, Lambert is not prepared for what's to come; or for what it really means to play at being a king.
Oz, the complete collection. Volume 4, L. Frank Baum.
Collects three stories set in the Land of Oz in which a prince sets off on an adventure that leads him to the Nome King, Dorothy searches for the lost princess Ozma, and the Tin Woodman reunites with his former love Nimmie Amee.
Dig world, Bajo + Hex; illustrated by Chris Kennett.
Rip and Mei are trapped inside a brand new video game. No one on the outside knows they're in there. If they don't play the game and find the way out, they'll be stuck; forever. They must build a shelter and find food while they battle Flametigers, sombrero-wearing spiders and lava-lizards? How will they survive? Welcome to Dig World.
Dragon land, Bajo + Hex ; illustrated by Chris Kennett.
Welcome to Level 2: Dragon Land. A game of quests, magic and epic dragon battles. Rip and Mei escaped Level 1, but theyre still trapped inside the virtual-reality game and its only getting harder to stay alive! Now known as the Dragon Riders, Rip and Mei are stuck in a land with bandit bullies, spying firebugs and warring dragon clans while being followed everywhere by a grumpy dragon who owes them a life debt! Can they survive an epic battle and complete their quest for the Etherstone?
Speed zone, Bajo & Hex; illustrated by Chris Kennett.
Welcome to Level 3: Speed Zone. A game of racing, power-ups and dodging snarling Gators! Rip and Mei find themselves driving a real car in a land where race tracks appear from nowhere! Pitched against the evil, cheating Gators, Rip and Mei have to drive to win, because if they don't get the Speed Zone Cup trophy, they'll be stuck forever.
The silver mask, Holly Black and Cassandra Clare; with illustrations by Scott Fischer.
A generation ago, Constantine Madden came close to achieving what no magician had ever achieved: the ability to bring back the dead. He didn't succeed . . . but he did find a way to keep himself alive, inside a young child named Callum Hunt. Now Call is one of the most feared and reviled students in the history of the Magisterium, thought to be responsible for a devastating death and an ever-present threat of war. As a result, Call has been imprisoned and interrogated. Everyone wants to know what Constantine was up to-and how he lives on. But Call has no idea. It is only when he's broken out of prison that the full potential of Constantine's plan is suddenly in his hands . . . and he must decide what to do with his power.
Once you know this, Emily Blejwas.
Eleven-year-old Brittany knows there has to be a better world out there. Lately, though, it sure doesn't feel like it. She and her best friend, Marisol, stick together at school, but at home Brittany's granny is sick, her cat is missing, there's never any money, and there's her little brother, Tommy, to worry about. Brittany has a hard time picturing her future as anything but a plain white sky. If her life is going to ever change, she needs a plan. And once she starts believing in herself, Brittany realizes that what has always seemed out of reach might be just around the corner.
The dreadful tale of Prosper Redding, Alexandra Bracken.
Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history; that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper's great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made-and then broke-a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, eight-hundred-year-old Alastor isn't exactly the forgiving type. The fiend has reawakened with one purpose; to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts to trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his afterlife without a side of eternal servitude, thanks. But with the help of his long-lost uncle, Barnabas, and his daughter, Nell, a witch-in-training, it seems like Prosper has at least a fighting chance of ridding himself of Alastor before the demon escapes and wreaks havoc on his family. Little does Prosper know, the malefactor's control over his body grows stronger with each passing night and there's a lot Alastor isn't telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host.
The 12 dares of Christa, Marissa Burt.
Christa is a holiday junkie. What's not to love? There's decorations! Gifts! Caroling with friends! But thanks to her parents' recent separation, Christa's favorite time of year is now filled with heartache. And when her mom announces that she's taking her on a mother-daughter trip to Europe over winter vacation, Christa knows she should be excited. She just can't imagine spending the yuletide season without her dad. However, waiting at her hotel in Italy is a special package from her father: the first of twelve dares that take Christa to landmarks in three beautiful countries and introduce her to people who will show her that hope is alive in the strangest of places.
Night of the riot, Matt Elliott.
"Did you ever try to do what you thought was the right thing, but ended up getting into big trouble? I did. It was on the night of the riot." 'Snow' Goodison works in Wanganui as an errand boy for German pork butcher, Mr Schmidt. He has a care-free life, enjoying playing football and collecting cigarette cards. But in May 1915, the passenger liner Lusitania is sunk off the coast of Ireland by a German submarine. Shocked by this horror, a group of Wanganui citizens lead a patriotic march to Mr Schmidt's shop. It is attacked and looted. Snow was seen outside the shop during the trouble and is accused of being involved in the riot. Would he do such a thing? Based on an actual event, Night of the Riot is the riveting story of a 14-year old boy learning about his place in the world and standing up for what he thinks is right.
The Doldrums and the Helmsley curse, written and illustrated by Nicholas Gannon.
Archer Helmsley's grandparents, famous explorers who went missing on an iceberg two years ago, are finally coming home. Archer is overjoyed, but he may be the only one. Rumours are flying that Archer's grandparents were never really abandoned on the iceberg; that they're making it all up. Archer knows the rumours are false. With his best friends, Oliver and Adelaide, and their new neighbor, Kana, Archer sets out during a snowstorm to restore his grandparents' reputation.
Spy school secret service: a spy school novel, Stuart Gibbs.
Thirteen-year-old Ben Ripley is assigned to protect the president from an assassination attempt in his first solo mission, but he may be in over his head.
Mr. Lemoncello's great library race, Chris Grabenstein.
Everyone's favorite game maker, Mr. Lemoncello, is testing out his new fabulous fact-finding frenzy game! If Kyle can make it through the first round, he and the other lucky finalists will go on a great race; by bicycle, bookmobile, and even Mr. Lemoncello's corporate banana jet! to find fascinating facts about famous Americans. The first to bring their facts back to the library will win spectacular prizes! But when a few surprising "facts" surface about Mr. Lemoncello, it might be go to jail and lose a turn all at once! Could Kyle's hero be a fraud? It's winner take all, so Kyle and the other kids will have to dig deep to find out the truth before the game is over for Mr. Lemoncello and his entire fantastic empire!
Dog day afterschool, Tommy Greenwald; with illustrations by Adam Stower.
No one fights crime harder than the Crimebiters gang and of course my crime-fighting dog, Abby. Together, we've fought against corruption in the world of elementary school sports and even stopped a neighborhood crime ring! But now a copy of the final math test has been stolen, AND our local animal shelter (where I found Abby!) is in danger of closing. As if that weren't enough, Daisy has introduced her new kitten, Purrkins, into the Crimebiters family and everyone knows that cats and dogs fight like, well, cats and dogs! Can four determined kids and two squabbling pets come together to save the day again?
The girl with the lost smile, Miranda Hart; with illustrations by Kate Hindley.
Chloe Long has lost her smile. She's looked everywhere for it. (Under her pillow. Under her bed. Under her nose. Obviously.) She's tried everything to bring it back. (Her favourite cake. Her favourite gran. Her favourite joke. Obviously.) But nothing seems to be working! Until one night, something utterly magical happens and Chloe finds herself on an adventure that is out of this world. The Girl With The Lost Smile takes you on an action-packed, magical journey that celebrates the power of the imagination, the wonder of true friendship and is guaranteed to make you smile.
Escape from Botany Bay, Gerald & Loretta Hausman.
In 1791, after being transported to Australia in the first shipment of convicts, Mary Bryant, her husband, two children, and seven other convicts, unable to endure the terrible conditions of the penal colony, organize a daring escape in an open boat.
The bone magician, F. E. Higgins.
The Silver Apple Killer preys on the people of Urbs Umida, a rotten and wretched city. Two things connect the victims they all had a small silver apple in their pocket, and they had all recently visited a notorious inn to see one of two acts: the hideous Gluttonous Beast and the astonishing Bone Magician.
The night garden, Polly Horvath.
It is World War II, and Franny and her parents, Sina and Old Tom, enjoy a quiet life on a farm on Vancouver Island. Franny writes, Sina sculpts, and Old Tom tends to their many gardens; including the ancient, mysterious night garden. Their peaceful life is interrupted when their neighbor, Crying Alice, begs Sina to watch her children while she goes to visit her husband at the military base because she suspects he's up to no good. Soon after the children move in, letters arrive from their father that suggest he's about to do something to change their lives; and appearances from a stubborn young cook, UFOs, hermits, and ghosts only make life stranger. Can the forbidden night garden that supposedly grants everyone one wish help them all out of trouble? And if so, at what cost?
Falcon wild, Terry Lynn Johnson.
Thirteen-year-old Karma is desperate to become a certified falconer. At her dad's bird education center, she helps give demonstrations to guests and can fly the birds. But when her favorite rescued falcon, Stark, hurts Karma, her parents insist that they return the bird to its previous owner in Canada. On the way to bring Stark back, a car accident in the middle of nowhere leaves Karma's dad trapped, and it's up to Karma to find a way to rescue him and her younger brother. When Karma loses her way trying to get help, she crosses paths with Cooper, a troubled teenaged boy. Lost for three days, the two figure out how to survive, and Karma teaches Stark to hunt like an actual bird of prey. Karma may be closer than she thinks to becoming a real falconer and having a real friend.
The getaway, Jeff Kinney.
Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town. With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family. But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Sunburn, stomach troubles, and venomous critters all threaten to ruin the family's vacation. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster?
Hilary McKay's fairy tales, illustrated by Sarah Gibb.
Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales is a classic fairy-tale collection to treasure. Featuring Hilary McKay's imaginative retellings of key favourites, this ten-story collection includes the much-loved tales of Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Princess and the Pea, Rumpelstiltskin, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, The Swan Brothers, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Red Riding Hood, The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Hansel and Gretel. This gorgeous collection features black-and-white line and tone illustrations throughout from the talented Sarah Gibb.
The whiz mob and the grenadine kid, Colin Meloy; illustrations by Carson Ellis.
After witnessing a troupe of pickpockets pull off an incredible robbery in a busy Marseille square, Charlie Fisher agrees to protect one of the thieves if they teach him their ways, leading him into a world of adventure with global stakes.
Zack and the turkey attack!, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor; illustrations by Vivienne To.
While helping on his grandparents' farm, Zach, his best friend Matthew, and neighbor Josie outsmart a tormenting turkey and, in the process, solve a mystery of missing jewelry.
The bone thief, Alyson Noël; [illustrations, Vincent Chong].
Compared to other more ordinary towns, Quiver Hollows is a very strange, very curious place. It is also home to longtime friends Grimsly, Ollie, Ming, and Penelope. In a town where everyone is spectacularly abnormal, Grimsly feels bad about being terribly, unforgivably normal, as the town's pet funeral director. So when a series of strange and disturbing mundane occurrences begins plaguing Quiver Hollows, well, Grimsly fears his growing celebrity just might be to blame since everyone knows that the things you focus on the most have an uncanny way of shaping your world. The group of friends also learn that the bones in the pet cemetery are thought to be the source of the strange magic that binds the town of Quiver Hollows. With the bones now gone, the town's magic is quickly dissipating. Will it ultimately become as common and ordinary as everywhere else?
The notion potion, Chris O'Dowd & Nick V. Murphy; illustrated by Walter Giampaglia.
Martin Moone is about to finish primary school and feels he hasn't achieved very much. He's desperate to get his picture on the school's Winners' Wall and decides that entering the Invention Convention science competition will definitely earn him everlasting respect. But Martin along with his teammates Trevor, Padraic and the ever terrifying Declan Mannion is having trouble coming up with a winning idea. Martin's imaginary friend, Sean, comes to the rescue, and together they concoct a plan to beat the snooty kids from the posh school in town. If they can get their hands on some Notion Potion, a mythical brain-boosting beverage, then Martin will have all the ideas he needs. And so the gang embarks on a dangerous (imaginary) journey in their quest to become 'Boyle's first Junior Genius'.
The notations of Cooper Cameron, Jane O'Reilly.
Eleven-year-old Cooper Cameron likes things to be in order. When he eats, he chews every bite three times on each side. Sometimes he washes his hands in the air with invisible water. He invented these rituals after the death of his beloved grandfather, to protect others he loves from terrible harm. But when Cooper's strange behaviour drives a wedge between his parents, and his relationship with his older sister, Caddie, begins to fray, his mother's only solution is to take Cooper and Caddie to the family cabin for the summer. Armed with a collection of rocks, his pet frog, and his notebook, Cooper vows to cure himself and bring his damaged family back together.
The first rule of punk, Celia C. Pérez.
There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school; you can't fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Malú (Marŭa Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School's queen bee, violates the school's dress code with her punk rock look, and disappoints her college-professor mom in the process. Her dad, who now lives a thousand miles away, says things will get better as long as she remembers the first rule of punk: be yourself. The real Malú loves rock music, skateboarding, zines, and Soyrizo (hold the cilantro, please). And when she assembles a group of like-minded misfits at school and starts a band, Malú finally begins to feel at home. She'll do anything to preserve this, which includes standing up to an anti-punk school administration to fight for her right to express herself!
Jacky Ha-Ha: my life is a joke, James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein; illustrated by Kerascoët.
Jacky Hart has found a hidden talent in the performing arts, and she's a triple threat onstage! She wants nothing more than to act and sing all summer but her parents have other plans for her.
No way out, Dan Poblocki.
Four of the orphans who were lured to Larkspur House have made it out of the shadow house alive, but Poppy, Dash, Azumi, and Dylan are still on the grounds of the estate and far from safety and unless they solve the mystery of what it is that the house wants from them they may never escape.
Father Christmas's fake beard, Terry Pratchett; illustrated by Mark Beech.
A collection of Christmas stories from the fantastically funny Terry Pratchett. Have you ever wanted Christmas to be different? Turkey and carols, presents and crackers, they all start to feel a bit samey. How about a huge exploding mince pie, a pet abominable snowman, or a very helpful partridge in a pear tree? What if Father Christmas went to work at a zoo, or caused chaos in a toy store, or was even arrested for burglary!? Dive into the fantastically funny world of Terry Pratchett, for a festive treat like no other. These ten stories will have you laughing, gasping and crying (with laughter); you'll never see Christmas in the same way again.
Patina, Jason Reynolds.
Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team; a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves. Patina, or Patty, runs like a flash. She runs for many reasons; to escape the taunts from the kids at the fancy- schmancy new school she's been sent to since she and her little sister had to stop living with their mom. She runs from the reason WHY she's not able to live with her "real" mom any more: her mom has The Sugar, and Patty is terrified that the disease that took her mom's legs will one day take her away forever. So Patty's also running for her mom, who can't. But can you ever really run away from any of this? As the stress builds up, it's building up a pretty bad attitude as well. Coach won't tolerate bad attitude. No day, no way. And now he wants Patty to run relay where you have to depend on other people? How's she going to do THAT?
Goth girl and the sinister symphony, Chris Riddell.
Lord Goth is throwing a music festival at Ghastly-Gorm Hall, with performances from the finest composers in the land. Ada can't wait, but it's quite distracting when her grandmother is trying to find her father a fashionable new wife, there's a faun living in her wardrobe and Maltravers is up to his old tricks. Ada must make sure everything goes to plan, and luckily help is at hand from a very interesting house guest.
The ship of the dead, Rick Riordan.
Loki the trickster god is free from his chains. Now he's readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, armed with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Norse gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok. It's up to Magnus Chase and his friends to stop Loki's plans, but to do so they will have to sail across the oceans of Midgard, Jotunheim and Niflheim in a desperate race to reach Naglfar before it's ready to sail on Midsummer's Day. Along the way, they will face angry sea gods, hostile giants, and an evil fire-breathing dragon who happens to be a former acquaintance. But Magnus's biggest challenge will be facing his own inner demons. To defeat Loki, Magnus will need to use words, not force. This will require finding a magical elixir so deadly that it will either make Magnus Chase powerful enough to out-talk the silver-tongued Loki, or destroy Magnus utterly.
Crush catastrophe, Rachel Renee Russell with Nikki Russell and Erin Russell.
The drama continues as Nikki tries to figure out how she's going to spend her summer. Things get even more complicated when she starts to hang out with a cute guy who's a visiting student. Will this new friendship ruin her relationship with her BFFs, Chloe and Zoey, and her crush, Brandon?!
The Guggenheim mystery, Robin Stevens; based on an idea and characters by Siobhan Dowd.
My name is Ted Spark. I am 12 years and 281 days old. I have seven friends. Three months ago, I solved the mystery of how my cousin Salim disappeared from a pod on the London Eye. This is the story of my second mystery. This summer, I went on holiday to New York, to visit Aunt Gloria and Salim. While I was there, a painting was stolen from the Guggenheim Museum, where Aunt Gloria works. Everyone was very worried and upset. I did not see what the problem was. I do not see the point of paintings, even if they are worth 9.8 million. Perhaps that's because of my very unusual brain, which works on a different operating system to everyone else's. But then Aunt Gloria was blamed for the theft, and Aunt Gloria is family. And I realised just how important it was to find the painting, and discover who really had taken it.
Click'd, Tamara Ireland Stone.
Allie Navarro can't wait to show her best friends the app she built at CodeGirls summer camp. Click'd pairs users based on common interests and sends them on a fun (and occasionally rule-breaking) scavenger hunt to find each other. And it's a hit. By the second day of school, everyone is talking about Click'd. Watching her app go viral is amazing. Leaderboards are filling up! Everyone's making new friends. And with all the data Allie is collecting, she has an even better shot at beating her archenemy, Nathan, at the upcoming youth coding competition. But when Allie discovers a glitch that threatens to expose everyone's secrets, she has to figure out how to make things right, even if that means sharing the computer lab with Nathan. Can Allie fix her app, stop it from doing any more damage, and win back the friends it hurt all before she steps on stage to present Click'd to the judges?
Deadly wish: a ninja's journey, Sarah L. Thomson.
Kata is one of the best employees of a master thief until he sells her to Madame Chiyome, the woman who trained Kata as a ninja. It turns out that Madame Chiyome has been hired by Kata's enemy, Saiko, to capture Kata and the magical pearl she possesses. But while escaping her enemies, Kata puts her trusted group of friends in danger. Should Kata stay loyal to her mission, as a true ninja would, or to her friends? Can Kata trust the fellow thief who says he is in love with her and wants to help her? The themes of trust versus independence underlie each of Kata's decisions as she tries to get the pearl out of Japan to weaken the demon within it. As Kata faces one obstacle after another, including a wide range of supernatural creatures, she is tempted to make a wish to save herself, even though could it be the last wish, the one that frees the demon and lets him take her soul. Will her sense of duty and honor prevail against all odds?
The princess imposter, Vivian Vande Velde.
Princess Gabriella is accustomed to a certain kind of castle life. So when she wakes up one morning in a crowded hut, surrounded by squabbling fairy siblings, it takes all her princess training to maintain her poise and good manners. Meanwhile, across the kingdom, Fairy Phleg revels in Gabriella's luxurious lifestyle. As long as she can fool the castle into believing she's the real princess-with a little help from her magical disguise-then she's set to enjoy three glorious days of sweets and comfort. The mischievous fairies have placed a bet, and Gabriella is caught in the middle of it. Can she survive her time in the chaotic fairy household without failing the ultimate princess test and losing her temper? Phleg turns the castle upside down as she poses as Gabriella, but when an important guest arrives, will her antics unwittingly send the kingdom into war?
Bones of the Sun God, Peter Vegas.
Sam heads to Belize to continue his investigation into his parents' mysterious disappearance and to learn more about secret of the pyramids. But after being kidnapped by crocodile cultists, will he ever be able to find the answers he's looking for?
Frazzled: ordinary mishaps and inevitable catastrophes, Booki Vivat.
Things are looking up for Abbie Wu: this year she'll run for class president and get a brand-new shiny locker. Until, she doesn't. Not only does she discover that her locker has been hijacked by a complete stranger, but it turns out the culprit also happens to be her new science partner. To make matters worse, there's an addition to the Wu family; a diabolical cat she's convinced is out to get her. Now Abbie has to figure out a way to make it all work before her life becomes a total catastrophe!
Two catch a thief, Tom Watson.
Much to Edith's delight, she and Stick Cat are enjoying a lazy day at his apartment. But not for long. Soon, strange and threatening sounds come from the ceiling. What could it be? An elephant? Santa? It's a man; a masked man! Stick Cat suspects the man is up to no good, while Edith only hopes the man has snacks. When treasures are stolen from their homes, Stick Cat must come up with a plan to stop the burglar. There's a thief on the loose. He is big, determined, and sneaky. Will Stick Cat convince a hungry Edith to help him catch the thief?
Beanstalker and other hilarious scary tales, Kiersten White; [illustrations by Karl Kwasny].
Once upon a time a girl skipped into the forest and became a zombie. Hold on a minute! That's not right, is it? Hmmm. This collection of updated, interconnected fairy tales is twisted, a tiny bit icky, and delightfully spooky exactly what fairy tales were meant to be. Snow White is a vampire, Little Red Riding Hood is a zombie, and Cinderella is an arsonist so get ready for a wickedly fun ride!

Picture Books

The adventures of Egg Box Dragon, Richard Adams; illustrated by Alex T. Smith.
Whatever you've lost, Egg Box Dragon will find it. He's retrieved missing footballs, glasses and watches aplenty. He's so expert at cracking mysteries that the Queen herself requests his services. Will Egg Box Dragon find the missing diamond from the Queen's crown?
On a magical do-nothing day, Beatrice Alemagna; [translation by Jill Davis].
Sent outside by their mother on a rainy day, a child is dismayed when their handheld game falls into the pond before they encounter giant snails, wet mushrooms, and other elements that awaken them to the sensory aspects of nature.
I love my dinosaur, Giles Andreae & [illustrated by] Emma Dodd.
There are many different types of families but none so unusual as this one; it includes a dinosaur! It's not every day that a dinosaur takes up residence! Of course, it's lots of fun because dinosaur loves to join in. He loves to bake and paint, he adores singing and skipping and he thinks school is really great. But dinosaurs are different, for one thing they are very big and sometimes very clumsy, so wherever dinosaur goes chaos is always sure to follow.
Peppa visits the Great Barrier Reef, adapted by Mandy Archer.
Peppa and her family are on holiday in Australia, staying with Kylie Kangaroo. Mrs Kangaroo is a marine biologist and takes them on an amazing adventure under the sea in her submarine to see the Great Barrier Reef! Age 3+
LMNO pea-quel, Keith Baker.
Busy little peas introduce more of their favorite occupations and activities, from actor to zipper on a zip line.
Pup and bear, Kate Banks; illustrated by Naoko Stoop.
A stranded wolf cub is rescued and raised by a loving polar bear, and years later when he is grown into a wolf and on his own, he comes upon a lost polar bear cub, and the cycle begins again.
Time out!, Ale Barba.
A young boy gets sent to time out, but it's not really a punishment when he as a vivid imagination. He's got a spaceship to board!
The wolf, the duck & the mouse, written by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Jon Klassen.
This is a story about a duck and mouse who get swallowed by a wolf, and then decide to live in his belly. Early one morning a mouse met a wolfand was quickly gobbled up. When a woeful mouse is swallowed by a wolf, he quickly learns he is not alone: a duck has already set up digs, and, boy, has that duck got it figured out! Turns out it's pretty nice in there, with delicious food and elegant table settings, courtesy of the wolf's unchecked gluttony. And there's something even better: no more fear of being eaten by a wolf! In fact, life is pretty good, until a hunter shows up.
The amazing monster detectoscope, Graeme Base.
When our hero uses his Amazing Monster DetectoScope he finds that the house is infested with monsters! Can he find the courage to face his fears? This whimsical take on facing childhood fears features intricate paper engineering and a whole host of hilariously hideous beasties lying in wait beyond the DetectoScope viewfinder.
Santa selfie, Peter Bently & Anna Chernyshova.
Santa is taking a break from Christmas and going on holiday instead. But it's not easy to relax when you're one of the most famous people in the world. From Paris and Sydney to the Great Wall of China, people recognise Santa wherever he goes. And all they want is to take photographs with him, whether he's in the gym, having a swim or even eating his lunch. It might not be as fun on holiday as Santa thought.
The hundred and one dalmatians, Dodie Smith; adapted by Peter Bently; illustrated by Steven Lenton.
When Missis and Pongo's darling Dalmatian puppies are stolen, they know just who to suspect: the evil Cruella de Vil! She's enough to scare the spots off a pup and she would love nothing more than to turn them into a spotty fur coat! With the help of some fearless furry friends, the parents set off on a brave rescue attempt. But can the Dalmatian parents rescue their precious pups in time?
The mystery of the missing cake, Claudia Boldt.
Donkey has invited Harold to his party, but all is not what it seems when the birthday cake disappears! Everyone is a prime suspect in The Mystery of the Missing Cake! But can Harold piece together the clues to solve the case and save the party?
The longest breakfast, written by Jenny Bornholdt; illustrated by Sarah Wilkins.
The baby wants breakfast so Malcolm gets out of bed to get started. Then in comes Toby. And Una and Toto, then Alice'they're hungry too. And Conrad from next door and his sister Ruby! Everyone has a request for breakfast. But who is taking notice of the baby? A rambunctious story about the best meal of the day. Breakfast and families.
Little Pookie, Sandra Boynton.
Pookie's mom lists ten things she knows about Pookie.
The mermaid, Jan Brett.
Set in the ocean off Japan, this retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears stars Kiniro, a mermaid, who finds a baby octopus's breakfast, chair, and bed just right.
Monkey: not ready for bedtime, Marc Brown.
Every night, Monkey has trouble falling asleep and every day he is sleepy at school, until his big brother comes up with a great idea.
Mouse house, John Burningham.
In the house there lives a family- a mum, a dad, a girl and a boy. But they are not alone; a secret mouse family is living there too, who only come out when everyone else is asleep.One day they are spotted and the mouse catcher is called. Will they escape in time?
The tallest truck gets stuck, Pat Chapman; illustrated by Richard Hoit.
The warehouse is busy and there's lots for the forklifts to do, but the Turret Truck's wheels come off his track. He's stuck! However, Bendy Wendy and Little Pallet Jack are quick to the rescue! A delightful rhyming story for children aged 2 to 6.
A dog with nice ears: featuring Charlie and Lola, Lauren Child.
Sometimes Lola pretends to be a dog. Sometimes she pretends we have a dog. Mostly we both talk about what sort of dog she would choose if Mum and Dad didn't always say: absolutely no dogs!
Luna loves library day, Joseph Coelho, [illustrated by] Fiona Lumbers.
Luna loves library day: that's the day she spends with her dad. Exploring the shelves they find magic, mystery and even start to mend their own history.
Deep in the woods: a folk tale, Christopher Corr.
A retelling of the traditional Russian folk tale in which a little mouse makes a perfect home in the woods. One by one other animals are welcomed to share the home until the little house is full. All the animals live happily together until the day a bear wants to squeeze in too.
There was an old lady who swallowed a fossil, P. Crumble; [illustrations,] Louis Shea.
There was an old lady who swallowed a fossil. I dont know why she swallowed a fossil, thats colossal! The old ladys made an amazing discovery! Now shes on the hunt for more prehistoric snacks and not even the biggest dinosaur can stomp out her giant appetite. Surely she will explode!
10, 9, 8... owls up late!: a countdown to bedtime, Georgiana Deutsch, Ekaterina Trukhan.
Ten cheeky, bouncy, noisy owls are playing in a tree. It's bedtime, but they're having far too much fun to go to sleep! Uh-oh. Will Mummy Owl ever convince all her little owlets to fly down to the nest? Learn to count from 1 to 10 in this hilarious new counting book!
The not very merry pout-pout fish, Deborah Diesen; pictures by Dan Hanna.
Mr. Fish is having a hard time finding the right presents for his friends, until he learns that the best gifts come from the heart.
The pout-pout fish and the bully-bully shark, Deborah Diesen; pictures by Dan Hanna.
Mr. Fish finds the courage to speak up for his friends when a shark comes to the park and bullies them.
Dog & friends opposites, illustrated by Emma Dodd.
Dog and other animals demonstrate five pairs of words with opposing meanings.
Sing, don't cry, Angela Dominguez.
Presents a loving Abuelo who brings his guitar and memories on visits spent singing with his grandchildren in the face of good and bad times.
What makes me a me?, Ben Faulks; illustrated by David Tazzyman.
Who am I? I ask myself. What makes me a me? I think hard with all my might, And look around to see. What makes you a you? Are you like a sports car - lightning fast? Or maybe you're like a tree. Do your arms stick out like branches? No? Then perhaps you're like a snail very slow (especially when it's time for school!). A funny and thought-provoking look at what makes us us. Guaranteed to feed the imagination, this celebration of being who we are is perfect for inquisitive (and inventive!) little minds.
This & that, Mem Fox + Judy Horacek.
The brilliant team that brought you the best-selling Where is the Green Sheep? have a new story to tell. A story of this, and a story of that.
Scary hairy party!, Claire Freedman; illustrated by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet.
You're invited to a party. What fun! Hip, hip, hooray! So come along to Monster's house at 3 o'clock today. Raymond the hairdresser is scarily busy. Everyone wants to look their best for Monster's party. But a series of disasters at Raymond's hair salon oops, too much hair gel, oops, the dyes have been muddled leave his customers disappointed until they discover Monster's party has a very special theme! A very silly, slightly spooky story that is perfect for youngsters at Halloween!
Molly Rogers: pirate girl, Cornelia Funke; [illustrated by] Kasia Matyjaszek.
Ferocious Captain Firebeard and the crew of the Horrible Haddock rule the high seas. But the dastardly pirates meet their match when they kidnap a small, feisty girl called Molly as she sails to visit her granny. But Molly refuses to cower in fear. She knows something the pirates don't; the real pirate to fear is none other than Molly's own mum, and she won't be pleased to find her daughter kidnapped!
The littlest train, Chris Gall.
When a toy train falls off a train table, he gets lost in the outside world, but after meeting many different trains who help him along the way, he is finally able to return home.
Pug & Pig trick-or-treat, written by Sue Lowell Gallion; illustrated by Joyce Wan.
Pig is excited about Halloween but Pug loses his holiday spirit because of his uncomfortable costume.
All the way home, Debi Gliori.
Daddy Penguin has to look after the egg while Mummy is finding fish. But he wanders away from the Dad Huddle and he and the egg are whisked up into the air by a gust of wind, landing in the Arctic. Brave Daddy must find out where he is and how to get home. But the Arctic creatures aren't that friendly and he stumbles along in the cold, lost until he bumps into a reindeer, who takes them to breakfast with the Special Air Navigation Transport Authority. Can brave Daddy Penguin and his new little one get all the way home before Mummy returns? If only penguins could fly.
Bumpety, dunkety, thumpety-thump, written by K. L. Going; illustrated by Simone Shin.
Illustrations and onomatopoeic text capture a busy day in the life of two young siblings as they pick berries, help make a pie, and "thumpety-thump" their way to bed.
Wee Sister Strange, poem by Holly Grant; pictures by K. G. Campbell.
A wild, nameless girl the townspeople call Wee Sister Strange roams through forests and marshes and bogs in search of a bedtime story.
Traction Man and the beach odyssey, Mini Grey.
It's the troll!, Sally Grindle, Peter Utton.
There is no grass left and the goats are starving! On the other side of the river the fields are bursting with fresh green grass but they need your help to get past the nasty troll!
The snow lion, Jim Helmore and Richard Jones.
When Caro and her mum move to a new house, Caro becomes lonely. There's only so much exploring she can do by herself! It's not long though before she makes a new friend The Snow Lion. He's as white as snow, and together they have fun playing hide and seek, chasing and sliding. However, it's soon time for Caro to venture out on her own.
In the middle of fall, Kevin Henkes; illustrated by Laura Dronzek.
Everything is yellow, red, orange. Everything is chilly, frisky, gusty. Everything is changing, turning. It's the middle of Fall. Can you see it? Can you taste it? Can you smell it? Can you imagine it?
Spot goes to the fire station, Eric Hill.
Spot and Grandpa love the fire station! Spot thinks he's ready to be a fireman, but Grandpa isn't quite so sure.
Wow! It's night-time, Tim Hopgood.
The curious little owl is back, and this time she's ready to discover the wonders of night-time, from the big, bright moon to the bats in the sky and the foxes deep in the forest. But where are all the other owls? When the wind blows the leaves from her tree, you'll soon see.
Flora and the ostrich: an opposites book, Molly Idle.
In this book with minimal text Flora, a young dancer, learns about opposites with her new bird friend, an ostrich.
The boy from Mars, Simon James.
The day that Stanley's mum had to go away, he decided to go to Mars. In his place, a not-very-well-behaved Martian arrived. He looked just like Stanley, but he wouldn't eat his vegetables, he wouldn't clean his teeth and he certainly didn't play nicely in the playground. Dad's not sure what Mum will think when she gets back. Will the martian still be there, or will the real Stanley get back in time?
Class One farmyard fun, Julia Jarman; illustrated by Lynne Chapman.
Join Class One as they visit a farm. They see all sorts of animal antics, but they don't notice the bull, knocking the gate down and charging after them. But don't worry, Class One have a plan to contain him, armed only with a large pair of red knickers.
The wildest cowboy, written by Garth Jennings; illustrated by Sara Ogilvie.
Way out in the West there's a town they call Fear And only the roughest and toughest live here. When cheerful salesman, Bingo B Brown, rolls his wagon full of Wild West goodies into town, he's met with a stony silence. This is clearly no place for novelty bow ties and elastic lassos. Not even Bingo's dancing dog can raise a smile! But this town is not just joyless, it's dangerous. And as Bingo soon discovers, the people of the town are not just scary, they're also scared. It isn't long before Bingo and his dog discover why, as they come face to face with the Wildest Cowboy in the West!
Izzy Gizmo, Pip Jones and Sara Ogilvie.
Izzy Gizmo loves to invent but gets frustrated when her inventions fail to work properly, so when she finds a crow with a broken wing her grandfather urges her to persist until she finds a way to help.
Monster trucks, Joy Keller; illustrations by Misa Saburi.
From one Halloween to the next, ogres, mummies, and other monsters stay busy driving monster trucks as they pave roads, plow snow, and haul muck.
Katinka's tail, Judith Kerr.
Come on a wondrous journey with Katinka, a perfectly ordinary pussycat, with a not-quite-so-ordinary tail.
7 ate 9: the untold story, written by Tara Lazar; illustrated by Ross MacDonald.
When 7 is accused of eating 9, worried 6 hires a detective to investigate.
Lines, Suzy Lee.
In this wordless picture book, each image starts with a single line, whether made by a pencil or the blade of a skate, and the magic flows from there.
Imagine, John Lennon, Jean Jullien.
Join one litlle pigeon as she sets out on a global journey to spread a message of peace and friendship among birds from around the world, of all shapes and sizes.
The pink pen, Rocel Valeroso Leoncio; [illustrations by Edwin Morales].
The Pink Pen will tell you that each one possesses a very special gift. However, not everyone gets to keep it.
The very noisy baby, Alison Lester.
Here is the story of a very noisy baby. She could bellow like a buffalo. And roar like a lion. And howl like a wolf for a very long time. The baby loves to make all kinds of sounds. She's really very loud. But when some animals in the town go missing, can the very noisy baby help?
Trucks to the rescue!, William Low.
In this board book, favorite trucks from Machines Go to Work and Machines Go to Work in the City are back-and they're here to save the day!
100 animal words, [illustrated by Dawn Machell].
100 First Animals is the first of two titles in an exciting set of illustrated board books introducing new words and concepts.
100 first words, [illustrated by Dawn Machell].
A first word and picture book for young children. Bright pictures and labels encourage children to look, point, and learn.
Building site zoo, Sophie Masson; illustrated by Laura Wood.
Every morning on our walk we see an amazing zoo, full of astonishing animals. Come and see them too! With a little imagination, a building site can come to life, bringing all kinds of animals into the busy town.
The bum book, Kate Mayes, Andrew Joyner.
Wobbly bum. Cute bum. thunder bum. Skinny bum. Can't get through the door bum. Hairy bum. Potty bum. Flat bum. Runaway bum. tickety-boo, princess bum. Horsey bum. Saddle bum. Mum's bum. Dad's bum Grandpa's bum Granny's bum. Naughty little boy's bum. A hilarious picture book which celebrates bottoms of all types, shapes and sizes!
James Mayhew presents Ella Bella Ballerina and the magic toyshop, James Mayhew.
Everyone's favourite little dancer, Ella Bella Ballerina, steps into an enchanted toyshop in this magical ballet adventure. Discover a world of fairytale toymakers and dancing dolls in in this beautiful introduction to the classic ballet, La Boutique Fantasque.
Merry everything!, Tania McCartney + Jess Rackyleft.
It's Christmas Eve and the world is buzzing with busy. With baubles to hang, shimmer to drape and scrumptious treats to prepare, enjoy this peek inside the festive homes of animals all over the world. From deer baking gingerbread to elephants gobbling candy canes and ducks snapping crackers, join these adorable creatures as they celebrate the togetherness that is Christmas.
Merry Christmas, Hugless Douglas, David Melling.
Hugless Douglas knows what Christmas is all about; it's excitement, snowing sheep, finding a tree, sledging and and being with friends. And one more thing of course, Christmas hugs!
Te tou pīataata o Kuwi, nā Kat Merewether i tuhi; nā Pānia Papa i whakamāori.
With the soft jingle of bells, a mysterious gift falls from the sky. Kuwi knows just what to do and sets off to give lovely gifts to all her friends so they too can join in her happiness. But things don't go to plan when her friends forget to say "thank you".
Moo and Moo and can you guess who?, story by Jane Millton; illustrated by Deborah Hinde.
"The Kaikoura earthquake cows are back! What have they been up to since they were rescued after the huge earthquake in Kaikoura? Nine months on from that tumultuous time, Moo and Moo are about to embark on yet another remarkable adventure"--Publisher information.
When I grow up, Tim Minchin; illustrated by Steve Antony.
This hugely exciting picture book collaboration by internationally celebrated musician-comedian Tim Minchin and award-winning illustrator Steve Antony is a an absolute treat for all ages. Inspired by Tim Minchin's hit song When I Grow Up from Matilda the Musical, the book takes a humorous yet moving look at adult life from a child's perspective.
The way home in the night, Akiko Miyakoshi.
A mother rabbit and her young bunny are on their way home in the dark night. The young bunny ponders the activities of his neighbors in their homes, he wonders about the sights, smells, and sounds coming from the neighbors going about their evening. When they reach home, the father rabbit tucks the bunny into bed as he enjoys the comforts of nighttime in the city.
123, William Morris with illustrations by Liz Catchpole.
Count from 1 tree to 10 butterflies with simple and stylish book.
ABC, William Morris with illustrations by Liz Catchpole.
With this beautifully illustrated board book, learn your first words with William Morris and his lovely designs. Starting with a for apple and ending with z for zebra, this is the perfect introduction to first words for very young children.
Dino Duckling, Alison Murray.
Dino Duckling can swim and dive and fish, just like his duckling brothers and sisters. But with his family preparing to fly south for the winter can Dino Duckling ever truly belong?
Hortense and the shadow, Natalia and Lauren O'Hara.
A haunting, original fairy tale from two dazzling debut picture book talents, in the spirit of Neil Gaiman and Carson Ellis. Hortense is a kind and brave girl, but she is sad even angry that her shadow follows her everywhere she goes. She hates her shadow, and thinks her shadow must hate her too. But one cold, dark night, when bandits surprise her in the woods, Hortense discovers that her shadow is the very thing she needs most. This stunningly illustrated story stirs the soul with its compelling, subtle exploration of self-esteem, self-identity, and finding inner strength.
A kiwi sleeps standing up, written by Michelle Osment; illustrated by Michelle Osment and Brendan Osment.
A delightful rhyming story about sleeping.
Oliver Elephant, written by Lou Peacock; illustrated by Helen Stephens.
When Noah goes Christmas shopping with his mum and baby sister, he has a brilliant time with his toy elephant, Oliver, playing peekaboo, hiding in a doll's house and dancing Oliver on tables. But suddenly disaster strikes, Oliver goes missing! And, oh dear, the department store is very big. Will Noah ever find his favourite toy again?
Cat learns to listen at Moonlight School, Simon Puttock; illustrated by Ali Pye.
Miss Moon is taking her class on a magical moonlit nature walk to see what interesting things they can find. Mouse finds a special starry leaf, Bat finds a swirly snail and Owl finds a swirly stone that looks like a snail. But then Cat follows a flittery firefly and suddenly... she's lost! Luckily, she has left behind lots of clues for her friends to follow, and they soon find a very relieved little Cat, who wished she had listened in the first place! Then they all go back to Moonlight School together to talk about their eventful excursion.
In the darkness of the night, Emily Rand.
In the Darkness of the Night takes readers through the sounds that a young child hears while curled up in bed waiting to fall asleep, from the familiar, reassuring noises of the family and the home, including muffled voices and humming pipes, to sounds from outdoors, like the snuffling and screeching of foxes. And then suddenly, what's that? Zoom! A car speeds by and a distant siren sounds. As the illustrations expand to the city beyond the house, we see people who work throughout the night, such as sanitation workers or nurses. And finally, as the sun rises, early morning sounds begin with birdsong and the clatter of trash cans as the city wakes up again. Emily Rand takes you on a gentle journey through the night, looking at all the sounds and activity that happen while you're tucked up warm in your bed!
Creepy pair of underwear!, words, Aaron Reynolds; pictures, Peter Brown.
A young rabbit is frightened by his underwear.
Chocolate cake, Michael Rosen; [illustrated by] Kevin Waldron.
When I was a boy, I had a favourite treat. It was when my mum made chocolate cake! Ohhh! I loved chocolate cake. Fantastically funny and full of silly noises, this is Michael Rosen's love letter to every child's favourite treat, chocolate cake.
Henny, Penny, Lenny, Denny, and Mike, written by Cynthia Rylant; illustrated by Mike Austin.
Five guppies love their life in a little girl's fish tank until some new additions shake things up.
Herbert's first Halloween, Cynthia Rylant; illustrated by Steven Henry.
Herbert and his father prepare for his first Halloween by making a tiger costume and practicing a big roar.
Hark, it's me, Ruby Lee!, Lisa Shanahan & Binny.
Ruby Lee is a little girl with a very big imagination. Every week Ruby Lee's teacher Mrs Majestic-Jones asks special people to do special jobs in her class. Ruby Lee would do anything to be the messenger as she's the best in her class at announcing. But will her wild imagination get in the way?
Robinson, Peter Sŭs.
Robin and his friends are planning to dress up as pirates for their school's annual costume party, but instead his mother creates a Robinson Crusoe costume for him, and while the adults love it, his friends are less welcoming.
Toad has talent, Richard Smythe.
Every year when Moonlight Pond freezes over, a talent contest takes place deep in the woods. Ducks dance, mice perform. But there is one animal that never competes. Toad watches the talent show from behind his rock, careful to keep himself hidden. Because Toad doesn't have a special talent or so he thinks! When Toad is finally discovered, he slips on the icy pond and realises he does have an incredible talent ice-skating! This hilarious, heart-warming, story shows the reader that you never know what you can do unless you try.
Wolfy, Grégoire Solotareff; translated by Daniel Hahn.
About a young wolf who chooses to become friends with, of all animals, a rabbit.
Dogosaurus Rex, Anna Staniszewski; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.
Ben selects from the shelter a most unusual "dog" that wreaks havoc in town until she has a chance to prove her worth.
Fergal is fuming!, Robert Starling.
A dragon with a short temper is not a good combination, as Fergal's family and friends soon find out. He burns the dinner (literally), reduces the football goal to ashes and absolutely cannot play a nice, quiet board game. It is only when he starts to notice other animals have clever tricks to calm down that Fergal begins to win back his friends, especially when he discovers dragons can cool off in a very handy way.
The snowy special, [written by Emily Stead]; illustrations by Robin Davies; based on the Railway series by the Rev. W. Awdry.
This is a story about Henry, who thought he couldn't manage without his lucky trucks. One snowy day, when The Fat Controller asked him to pull the Snowy Special a train full of presents for the children Henry thought his luck would run out. But as we all know, Really Useful Engines don't need trucks to be lucky.
The snowy surprise, [written by Emily Stead]; illustrations by Robin Davies; based on the Railway series by the Rev. W. Awdry.
It's Christmas time on the Island of Sodor. But when a huge wintry snowstorm leaves one mountain town stranded, can Thomas and Percy team up to bring a happy Christmas to everyone in the village? With a fun, festive text and an eye-catching foil cover, this is the perfect stocking filler for all Thomas fans.
Opposites, Britta Teckentrup.
Gentle rhyming text combined with a fun spotting activity to present early concepts in a fun new way.
It's my egg: (and you can't have it!), written by Kennedy Warne; illustrated by Heather Hunt.
The secret life of a tiger, Przemyslaw Wechterowicz; [illustrated by] Emilia Dziubak; [translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones].
Tiger says he is a cat with simple pleasures. He likes to spend his days wandering about, chatting with friends and having a little snack. And despite the gossip concerning his ferocious appetite, he's a modest creature. It's only at night that his surprising, and heart-warming, hobbies come to light.
The great gran plan, written by Elli Woollard; illustrated by Steven Lenton.
The pig lives in a house in the middle of the wild wood. But inside the wild wood there's a bad wolf - and this hungry wolf wants a little pig for dinner! But a house made of bricks is hard to blow down, so instead of gobbling Pig, Wolf moves to plan B: gobbling Red Riding Hood's poor defenceless grandma! But his despicable plan is soon uncovered and Pig decides to rescue Gran! Will this plucky pig make it in time?
Nibbles: the dinosaur guide, Emma Yarlett.
Nibbles the book monster is back! He's finished with fairy tales and has found his way into a book of dinosaurs! Soon he's chomping through the Triceratops chapter and causing chaos among the Velociraptors. Uh oh has Nibbles bitten off more than he can chew?
Still stuck, Shinsuke Yoshitake.
At bath time, a boy who believes he is ready to dress and undress himself gets stuck in his clothes, then imagines what life will be like if he remains that way forever.

Younger Fiction

Good night sleep tight: eleven-and-a-half good night stories with Fox and Rabbit, written and illustrated by Kristina Andres, translated by Sally-Ann Spencer.
Fox and Rabbit live quite far away in a bright little house beyond the molehills. In each of these 11 1/2 stories, they try new ways to go to sleep and say good night, And sometimes they swing from the ceiling...
Most wanted, Donovan Bixley.
Flying furballs, a hilarious action-packed adventure series, captures the romance and excitement of the era at the dawn of aviation - set in a world of cats verses dogs. Our hero is Claude D'Bonair, a young pilot in the cat air corp, keen to prove his worth to the older pilots and live up to the memory of his father. Will cats and dogs ever live in harmony again? Will Claude survive with his nine lives intact?
Wordplay: a Toon Book, Ivan Brunetti.
In this introduction to compound words by a famed cartoonist, a young student named Annemarie learns how to have fun with language.
The happy Christmas, Jenny Colgan; [illustrated by Thomas Docherty].
Polly and her puffin friend Neil have wrapped presents, practised for the village nativity and written their lists for Santa. But Christmas is taking a very long time to arrive. And Polly isn't enjoying the wait. What's worse, Neil is busy helping to keep an egg warm, so he hasn't got much time to play. Will it ever be Christmas? And will a tiny little puffling hatch in time for the big day?
Ninas phantom friend, written and illustrated by Andy Conlan.
A young lonely girl called Nina writes these words after her pet cat, Masaccio, disappears. When he comes back to her as a ghost, she finds out that he needs her help. His remains are lost in a very strange place, so she must follow the ghost on a journey to bring him home. This is a beautifully illustrated, touching, but spooky and fun, tale about the enduring bond between us and our animal friends.
The Wildwood Bakery, Rebecca Elliott.
Macy's little sister has wings that are too small, so Eva's class decides to raise money to buy her a flying chair, and half the class opens a bakery, and the other half opens a candy store but soon competition between the two stores becomes more important than their goal, and Eva needs to convince the other owls that they will collect more money if everyone works as a team.
Super Rabbit racers!, Thomas Flintham.
Super Rabbit Boy is racing in the Super Grand Prix car race but among the other racers is King Viking and his team of cheaters, and they will do anything to win.
I want a cat, Ben Hubbard and Jason Chapman.
Would you really love a cat but don't know the first thing about how it will affect you and your family? This book gives young children aged 6+ all information they and their families need to see if they could take on this big responsibilty. The information is given through the story of Holly who is is desperate to get a cat, but the rest of his family don't think it's a good idea. So Holly decides to start a scrapbook to discover what a cat needs. She looks around his home and wonders where the cat will live. She collects photos of different cat breeds and adds labels with their temperaments, how to care for them etc. Holly's family see her enthusiasm and begin to get on board with the idea. Together they visit a kitten from a local family but they also visit a rescue centre and decide to get an adult cat from there.
Tintinnabula, Margo Lanagan; illustrated by Rovina Cai.
In wild times and in wartime, in times of fear and illness, I go to Tintinnabula, where soft rains fall. Tintinnabula is a story about moving from discomfort to peace, from violence and uncertainty to a still, sure place. It reminds us that our best friend in hard times can often be ourselves.
Sonia Delaunay: a life of color, Cara Manes; illustrated by Fatinha Ramos.
Sonia Delaunay, painter and textile, theatre, and fashion designer, made enormous contributions to the development of abstraction in the early 1910s, partly because of her son, Charles. In this new book, Delaunay and six-year-old Charles have a fantastical adventure in a world of colour and form, a magical road trip in their car, modeled after her 1925 design for a Citroen convertible. They glide into a landscape of colours and shapes drawn from Delaunay s early abstract compositions it's as if they ve driven into one of her paintings. Mother and son also explore the artist's gorgeous, colourful designs for fabrics and clothing. Throughout, Delaunay helps Charles understand her artistic process and that of her husband, artist Robert Delaunay, by asking him what shapes and colours he recognizes along the way. They end up back in the real world, and Charles realizes that his mother s thoughts about art permeate every aspect of their life.
Story treasury, Daisy Meadows.
Join Lily and Jess on some of their best-loved adventures in Friendship Forest in this full-colour treasury.
Witchfairy, written by Brigitte Minne; illustrated by Carll Cneut; translated by Laura Watkinson.
Rosemary is bored of being a fairy. She'd much rather be a witch. Much to the disapproval of her mother she takes off to spend time with the witches in the dark wood. Rosemary thoroughly enjoys her new life as a witch but eventually decides to take the best of both worlds and becomes a witchfairy.
Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy, Laurel Snyder; illustrated by Emily Hughes.
Brothers Charlie and Mouse enjoy a special visit from Grumpy.
The dragon of fortune: an epic Kingdom of Fantasy adventure, Geronimo Stilton; [illustrations by Silvia Bigolin [and 4 others]; translated by Julia Heim].
The enchanted Winged Ring which Queen Blossom gave to Geronimo is missing, apparently stolen by the dark fairy Wither and her dark crow allies, and whoever possesses it gains enormous power and can travel between the Kingdom of Fantasy and the real world--now nightmares are starting to affect Mouse Island, the entire Kingdom is furious with Geronimo, and it is up to one mouse to set things straight and recover the ring.
The Land of Flowers, Thea Stilton; [illustrations by Giuseppe Facciotto (layout), Chiara Balleello and Barbara Pellizzari (pencils and inks), and Alessandro Muscillo (color); translated by Emily Clement].
The Seven Roses, magical flowers which bloom forever and which are linked to the health of the Land of Flowers, are dying, and the Thea sisters together with Will Mystery must travel to that land to discover the reason; a journey where every flower seems determined to hinder their passage.
A drink of water: and other stories, John Yeoman; illustrated by Quentin Blake.
This is a collection of seven charming animal fables.