New Titles Children’s November 2019 (arrived in October)

Audio Visual

Casper's scare school. Season 2, vol. 3 
Calling all monsters! Scare School is back in session! It's the start of a brand new school year and Casper's adventures at Scare School have gotten a whole lot crazier, a whole lot creepier and even more fleshie-frightening than ever.
Elmo's music magic  Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Elmo turns everyone into singing sensations with Abbys wand! But what happens when everyone cant stop singing? Music Magic is bursting with 13 great songs that you and your family will love! Features One Small Voice with Elmo! Never-before-seen Cookie Monster song: Come Back Cookie! Featuring MUSICAL GUESTS Sugarland, John Legend, Adam Sandler, Diana Krall and many more!.
Barbie. Magic of the rainbow
Join Barbie as Elina in an all-new Fairytopia adventure! Elina travels with her puffball Bibble to Fairy School at the magnificent Crystal Palace. There, she meets the other fairy apprentices, chosen to learn the annual Flight of Spring and magically create the first rainbow of the season.
Back of the net, Louise Alston
After hopping on a bus to Harold Soccer Academy instead of Harold Academy Australian Semester at Sea, science fanatic, Cory Bailey has no choice but to complete a semester at the soccer academy when the boat leaves without her and she's unable to join her parents while they volunteer in remote India.
Home alone 1 & 2, Chris Columbus
Home alone: Eight year-old Kevin McCallister, who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas, has to defend his home against idiotic burglars.
Home alone2, Lost in New York: Kevin McCallister is no longer home alone, but alone in New York City, with enough cash and credit cards to turn the Big Apple into his own playground. But he won't be alone for long.
Toy story. 4, Josh Cooley
Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that's Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called 'Forky' to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.
Here comes the grump, Andres Couturier
As a child Terry spent summer vacations at his groovy Grandmothers Theme park, full of awesome rides and enchanting creatures. With his grandmother gone, the theme park is threatened with closure, but magically, Terry is given the chance to save it all. He is swept away to a marvelous land full of excitement, but must save the kingdom from the grips of the evil, nasty wizard, The Grump.
Asterix. The secret of the magic potion, 1926-1977 Goscinny
The druid Getafix nimbly clambers up and down oak trees to gather mistletoe in the forests surrounding the Village of the Indomitable Gauls. But one day the expert climber has a bad fall. And that gets him worrying! What on earth would happen if he was incapacitated and couldn't brew up his magic concoctions? With Asterix and Obelix by his side, he sets off to scour Gaul for a talented druid to pass on the secret of the Magic Potion.
Dino king. Journey to Fire Mountain., Sang-ho Han
An action-packed family adventure that combines the realism of Walking With Dinosaurs with the heart of Finding Nemo. Speckles, a ferocious tarbosaurus and his young son junior, mourning the loss of their family in an epic battle, roam the lands in search of food, adventure and peace. Under the watchful eye of his dad, Junior is growing up healthy and strong, but with an overconfidence thanks to his young age.
Barbie. A fairy secret, William Lau
When Ken is suddenly whisked away by a group of fairies Barbie's two fashion stylist friends reveal they are actually fairies and that Ken has been taken to a magical secret fairy world not far away! Barbie and her rival Raquelle take off with the fairy friends on an action-packed journey to bring him back.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Rob Letterman
The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry's former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wisecracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself.
Christmas with Tucker, Larry McClean
Struggling with the recent loss of his father, 13-year-old George is being pushed into manhood. With dad gone, it's up to George and his grandparents to keep the family farm running.
Flicka, Mary O'Hara
Katy dreams of filling her father's shoes by taking over their ranch, while her father wants better for her. When she finds and tries to tame a wild horse, she learns how alike she and this stallion truly are.
The secret life of pets. 2, Chris Renaud
Terrier Max is coping with some major life changes. His owner is now married and has a toddler, Liam. Max is so worried about protecting the boy that he develops a nervous tic. On a family trip to a farm, Max and Duke encounter many creatures who elevates Max's anxiety.
Aladdin, Guy Ritchie
A street rat frees a genie from a lamp, granting all of his wishes and transforming himself into a charming prince to marry a beautiful princess. But soon, an evil sorcerer becomes fixated on securing the lamp for his own sinister purposes.
Saving Flora, Mark Drury Taylor
Flora is a circus elephant who can no longer perform her tricks. The night before she's scheduled to be euthanized, the circus owner's fourteen-year old daughter, Dawn, sneaks Flora from the circus. All that stands between them and the safety of the elephant preserve is three hundred miles of woods, one raging river, two elephant hunters, and fear of not making it.


A most peculiar toy factory, Alex Bell
The baddest day ever, Aaron Blabey
The birthday adventure, Enid Blyton
The return of the warrior, Chris Bradford
Killer vending machines wrecked my lunch, Matt Brown
Tin boy, Stephen Cole
Return of the Temujai, John Flanagan
Mossbelly MacFearsome and the goblin army, Alex Gardiner
The haunting of Peligan City, Sophie Green
The minor third, Neil Patrick Harris
Out of sight, Jacqueline Harvey
The dragon crown, Jack Henseleit
Maddie in the middle, Julia Lawrinson
The Unwanteds, Lisa McMann
The girl, the dog and the writer in Lucerne, Katrina Nannestad
Ms. Rapscott's girls, Elise Primavera
Spylark, Danny Rurlander
Beyond the Deepwoods, Paul Stewart
Revenge of the invisible boy, R L Stine
Wings of fire: a winglets collection, the first three stories, Tui Sutherland

Graphic Novel

Mighty Jack and Zita the spacegirl, Ben Hatke
Teaming up with new friend Zita the spacegirl, Jack and Lilly confront an army of dangerous giants and screeds ready to lay siege to Earth and determined to end all human life.
Sunny rolls the dice, Jennifer L Holm
Sunny's just made it to middle school and it's making her life very confusing. All her best friend Deb wants to talk about is fashion, boys, makeup, boys, and being cool. Sunny's not against any of these things, but she also doesn't understand why suddenly everything revolves around them. She's much more comfortable when she's in her basement, playing Dungeons & Dragons with a bunch of new friends.
The adventures of Anders, Gregory Mackay
Anders, Bernie and Eden are best friends and are always on the lookout for new adventures. In these three exciting stories, discover an unknown comet, explore an extinct volcano and find your way through a castle maze.
Anders and the volcano, Gregory Mackay
Exciting and unexpected adventures are in store for Anders and his friends when they go camping near a volcano.
Anders and the comet, Gregory Mackay
Anders isn't a superhero: he's an average little kid with a big imagination who likes low-tech fun, is sometimes afraid of things, and is often klutzy and a bit difficult. He is not the fastest, the bravest or the toughest, but he is the most curious.
The Tea Dragon Festival, Katie O'Neill
Rinn has grown up the Tea Dragons that inhabit their village, but stumbling across a real dragon turns out to be a different matter entirely! Aedhan is a young dragon who was appointed to protect the village, but fell asleep in the forest eighty years ago. With the aid of Rinn's adventuring uncle Erik and his partner Hesekiel, they investigate the mystery of his enchanted sleep...
Guts, Raina Telgemeier
Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships.
Pokémon. Battle with the ultra beast: 2 graphic adventures, Simcha Whitehill
In "An Ultra-Urgent Rescue," Ash helps his friend Lillie rescue her mother from a mysterious Ultra Beast; and in "Buzzwole Battle," Ash takes on his first assignment as an Ultra Guardian.

Into Reading

Chick and Brain. Smell my foot!, Cece Bell
Shares the interactions of the rule-following Chick and the absent-minded Brain, whose friendship is tested by miscommunications and misunderstandings about good manners.
Pumpkin power, Patricia Cleveland-Peck
You've probably heard the story of Cinderella; how her father married for the second time and how his wife was a nasty, mean woman. But did you know Cinderella had a friend called Perkin who worked in the garden?
The Little Red Hen, Fiona Patchett
In this delightful tale, the Little Red Hen finds some grains of wheat, but her three best friends are too lazy to help her plant them. She works hard growing the wheat and grinding it into flour.
Who is the Mystery Reader?, Mo Willems
As Zoom Squirrel and his friends try to identify the Mystery Reader, they learn about books, how they are written, and how to read--while sharing a-corny jokes.


Code like a girl: rad tech projects + practical tips, Miriam Peskowitz
Coding is about creativity, self-expression, and telling your story. It's solving problems and being curious, building things, making the world a better place, and creating a future. It's about you: whoever you are, wherever you're at, whatever you want. Nearly everything you encounter on a screen is made from code. You see, with code you can have an idea and put it into action: it's your voice and your vision.
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How to be a coder, Kiki Prottsman
A how-to volume filled with fun activites that can be done at home, as well as simple programs, and information about some of the most famous coders of all time.
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Coding with Scratch,  theCoderSchool
Enter Basher's colourful world of coding with Scratch. Meet some dynamic characters just itching to show you the basic concepts of programming, and to teach you how to make your very own apps. Coding from Scratch: Uses the latest version of Scratch 3.0. Introduces 20 activities with fun challenges to test your skill. Lets you build your first computer game.
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Don't read this book before dinner: revoltingly true tales of foul food, icky animals, horrible history, and more, Anna Claybourne
If you love to be grossed out, grab a seat at the table to revel in some of the most repulsive and downright disgusting true stories from around the globe. From wretched rodents and beastly bugs to putrid plants and muck-filled moats, step right in to find out more about the icky, sticky world around you.
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Cleo & Rob, Helen Brown
Sometimes hope has four paws, golden eyes and soft black fur. A kitten called Cleo steps into six-year-old Rob's life after his big brother Sam dies. Based on true events in author Helen Brown's family.
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After life: ways we think about death, Merrie-Ellen Wilcox
Why do we die? Why can't we live forever? What happens to us after death? Moving between science and culture, After Life: Ways We Think About Death takes a straightforward look at these and other questions long taboo in our society. By showing the fascinating, diverse ways in which we understand death, both today and throughout our history, the book also shines a light on what it is to be human.
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An ABC of equality, Chana Ginelle Ewing
An ABC of equality introduces complicated concepts to the youngest of children, from celebrating our differences, understanding everyone's beliefs, and treating everyone with kindness.
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Usborne money for beginners, Eddie Reynolds
A lot has been written about money. It makes the world goes round. It doesn't grow on trees. It's the root of all evil. This book cuts through the myths and misconceptions to give young readers a simple and accessible introduction to money from why it shapes the world we live in to where it comes from, and how to increase what's in your pocket. New in the series, following Politics for Beginners and Business for Beginners.
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A planet full of plastic, Neal Layton
Everything is made of stuff. Some things are made of paper, like this book. And some things are made of plastic. If you look around you, plastic is everywhere. Even in places where it's not meant to be. If it drops to the ground, it doesn't rot away - it sticks around for ever. Our world is drowning in plastic, and it's a big problem.
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Plastic sucks!: you can make a difference, Dougie Poynter
How can YOU help save our planet? This awesome and inspiring guide, written by McFly bassist and environmental activist Dougie Poynter, will show you how to get involved in the mission to cut out single-use plastic.Plastic is everywhere and it sucks. It fills up our oceans, endangers our wildlife and never goes away.
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A taste of the world: what people eat and how they celebrate around the globe, Beth Walrond
Takes children on a culinary journey around the world, teaching them about new cultures and landscapes through different foods. This illustrated non-fiction book explains facts with interesting references and stories that spark curiosity about the different history and cultures of the world. As children learn about foods, they also understand how the environment and cultural practice can shape the way we eat.
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How Māui slowed the Sun, Donovan Bixley
Retelling of a traditional legend of how Maui slowed the journey of the sun through the sky each day!.
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Te whakatautŌnga a Māui i te Rā, Donovan Bixley
Retelling of a traditional legend of how Māui slowed the journey of the sun through the sky each day!
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Pattan's pumpkin: a traditional flood story from southern India, Chitra Soundar
Pattan has an amazing pumpkin. It grows bigger than the goats, bigger than the elephants, so big that it is as tall as the mountains. Then one day, the storm clouds burst and the waters rise. Pattan, his family, and all the animals are in danger from the momentous flood. Can Pattan and his giant pumpkin save the day? Based on a traditional tale told by the Irula people of southern India.
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Red Riding Hood, Beatrix Potter
So begins Beatrix Potter's retelling of Red Riding Hood. Filled with the delicious darkness of the original classic fairy tale and some trademark Potter wit and flourishes this book is brilliantly brought to life with artwork by one of the world's greatest illustrators, Helen Oxenbury.
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The Kingfisher nature encyclopedia, David Burnie
Kingfisher's encyclopedias are award-winning, information-packed reference books for all the family.
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2020 nature month-by-month: a children's almanac, Anna Wilson
Beautifully illustrated by Elly Jahnz and written by nature lover and wild swimmer Anna Wilson, this fantastic, fully illustrated guide to the year includes nature spotter guides, indoor and outdoor craft and activity ideas, seasonal recipes and celebrations of religious festivals and special days, such as the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.
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Dots, plots, and histograms, Claire Piddock
In this fun math concept, Dots, Plots, and Histograms are featured and explained in a way that students can easily digest and understand the material presented.
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Math games for kids: 25+ fun, hands-on activities for learning with shapes, puzzles, and games, Rebecca Rapoport
Little Learning Labs: Math Games for Kids shares 25+ hands-on activities that make learning about math fun by drawing and building shapes, solving puzzles, and playing games.
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Mixed numbers, Claire Piddock
In this title, students will learn all about mixed numbers and how to better understand them with the visually enhanced text and question/answer sections.
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Times tables, Angelika Scudamore
This vibrant and colourful book turns math learning into a fun and exciting game! Kids ages 4 and up must follow a simple rule as they explore each maze, either avoiding or seeking out particular equations.
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Adding and subtracting, Gabriele Tafuni
Kids ages 4 and up must follow a simple rule as they explore each maze, either avoiding or seeking out particular equations.
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Counting puzzles, Paul Virr
This innovative book supports a strong understanding and knowledge of counting, an important part of early elementary math curricula.
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Adding puzzles, Paul Virr
Readers follow simple and concise directions and learn to complete age-appropriate addition problems.
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Patterns, Claire Piddock
This book is all about patterns and how to understand and solve them. Easy to understand text and visuals add to students' understanding.
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All about area, Claire Piddock
In this title, students will learn all about area with visually enhanced problem solving equations and solutions.
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My first book of relativity, Sheddad Kaid-Sala Ferrón
Einstein's theory of relativity is one of the cornerstones of modern physics but it requires a total rethink of our notions of time and space. Strange things happen in a relative universe: length and time are not fixed and depend upon your frame of reference.
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Geology for kids: 26 projects to explore rocks, gems, geodes, crystals, fossils, and other wonders of the Earth's surface, Garret Romaine
Dig in and learn about the Earth under your feet.
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So you think you know about Stegosaurus?, Ben Garrod
Did you know that not all dinosaurs were green and scaly, some were ginger and feathered, or that they didn't all roar, they cooed like pigeons?
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So you think you know about Diplodocus?, Ben Garrod
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So you think you know about Triceratops?, Ben Garrod
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100 first dinosaur words, Dawn Sirett
Meet mighty Tyrannosaurus, Giganotosaurus, Triceratops, and more! More than 40 amazing dinosaurs are clearly labelled, with helpful pronunciation guides for their names, as well as other prehistoric creatures, dinosaur body parts, their eggs and babies, habitats, and skeletons.
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Breakthroughs in the search for extraterrestrial life, Karen Latchana Kenney
Through fascinating, up-to-date information about the latest technology and space exploration, readers will learn about the search for life in space.
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Rock pools: a guide for Kiwi kids, Ned Barraud
What New Zealand child is not delighted by a rock pool at low tide, with its colourful, fascinating array of creatures? Rock pools is a book designed to enhance this experience, as each page offers an intriguing glimpse of the creatures that inhabit these coastal wonderlands.
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Wildlife of Aotearoa, Gavin Bishop
Long before waka touched Aotearoa's shores, the land of the long white cloud was home to an array of creatures uniquely adapted to its environments and protected by its isolation. Encounter New Zealand's incredible wildlife in this spectacular visual exploration. Journey through ocean, sky and land to meet a marvellous range of organisms.
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Wildlives: 50 extraordinary animals that made history, Ben Lerwill
In this fascinating and touching book, children can learn about 50 courageous creatures from around the world and throughout history. This captivating collection gathers heart-warming, surprising and often emotionally powerful stories of bravery, discover and friendship.
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Bugs for kids: 20+ family-friendly activities for exploring the amazing world of beetles, butterflies, spiders, and other arthropods, John W Guyton
Prepare to cozy up with spiders, centipedes, butterflies, and bees, to name just a few!.
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Bumblebees have smelly feet, Rachel Weston
Bee amazed, bee informed, bee delighted by the super-duper, power-packed, awesome-ability bumblebee! Includes fascinating buzz facts including information on why bumblebees have whiffy feet, how their bodies work, their super power eyesight, their family life cycle and more.
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Even more lesser spotted animals: more brilliant beasts you never knew you needed to know about, Martin Brown
Profiles more unfamiliar animals, including the dingiso, the tamandua, and the yellow-throated marten.
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Stephen Biesty's more incredible cross-sections, Stephen Biesty
This illustrated book for children shows you how things work. Look inside the human body, explore the magic of Venice, and take a tour around a movie studio and much more! In this updated edition with a refreshed, contemporary style, he gives readers an exploded view of 12 objects, places, landmarks, and modes of transport.
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You smell!: and so does everything else!, Clive Gifford
Everyone smells! Find out everything you need to know about stinks, whiffs and pongs from ancient history to the present day.
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The Australia survival guide: Australia is trying to kill you - this book will save your life, George Ivanoff
Oh no! You've been bitten by an inland taipan? Don't worry, The Australia Survival Guide has the first-aid advice you need! What's that? You're lost in the bush and need to know how to collect your own water? The Australia Survival Guide has got you covered. Our amazing country has its fair share of dangers: sharks, snakes, cyclones and crocodiles can be a serious threat to your life! But don't worry.
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Ships, Mari C Schuh
See the ship floating by? It has tall sails. Tankers carry oil. Aeroplanes take off from aircraft carriers. Through delightfully simple text and bright, close-up photos, beginning readers will learn about ship parts, types and uses.
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Trains, Mari C Schuh
Choo choo! The train is here! A freight train carries coal. A commuter train carries many workers. Through delightfully simple text and bright, close-up photos, beginning readers will learn about train parts, types and uses.
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Aeroplanes, Mari C Schuh
Hear that roar? A big aeroplane is taking off! Cargo planes carry many goods that we use. Jumbo jets carry many people. Through simple text and bright, close-up photos, beginning readers will learn about aeroplane parts, types and uses.
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Helicopters, Mari C Schuh
Look up in the sky! See the helicopter? News helicopters carry cameras. Fire helicopters carry water. Whoosh! They drop the water on a big fire. Through delightfully simple text and bright, close-up photos, beginning readers will learn about helicopter parts, types and uses.
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Lorries, Mari C Schuh
Hear that loud noise? It's a big lorry going by! Tankers carry milk. Fire engines spray water to put out fires. Which ones are your favourite? Through delightfully simple text and bright, close-up photos, beginning readers will learn about lorry parts, types and uses.
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Motorbikes, Mari C Schuh
Zoom! A motorbike rider twists the throttle. She zips by. Dirt bikes race on bumpy tracks. Touring motorbikes go on long trips. Through delightfully simple text and bright, close-up photos, beginning readers will learn about motorbike parts, types and uses.
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Rabbits, Pat Jacobs
From where they sleep to what they eat, and how you can make them feel safe and at home, this book provides all the pet care advice you could possibly need. Learn how rabbits communicate, the games they like to play and the treats they like to eat, as well as how to care for them.
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The chimpanzee & me, Ben Garrod
Illustrated in full colour throughout, an uplifting and unique look at chimps past and present. Explores what we can do to protect chimps of the future and preserve this endlessly fascinating species, by evolutionary biologist and TV scientist, Dr Ben Garrod.
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Bake it
Want a baking book filled with mouth-watering recipes that you will actually want to bake? This cookbook is perfect for all teen bakers, whether you're a baking novice or you can ice cupcakes in your sleep. It is the baking book that teaches you the basics as well as challenges you to flex your bread-kneading, meringue-whipping muscles and try out a more technical bake.
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Step inside homes through history, Goldie Hawk
In this beautifully detailed, laser-cut book, children can travel back in time and explore homes from seven different eras: Late Middle Ages, Tudor, Georgian, Victorian, 1920s, 1960s and present day. Peek through the windows, discover the rooms inside and spot the family members.
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Art for little kids: 26 playful projects for preschoolers, Susan Schwake
Packed with 26 fun and colorful exercises geared toward 3- to 6-year-olds, this book offers parents and teachers an outstanding source of creative art activities to inspire and enrich this wide-eyed and open-hearted age group.
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Swan Lake, Katy Flint
This tale of a prince, a beautiful swan princess and an evil sorcerer begins in a woodland clearing far, far away. It is Prince Siegfried's 21st birthday. He is playing games with his friends when his mother, the Queen, arrives to tell him he needs to stop having fun and start looking after the kingdom. Prince Siegfried dreams of running away.
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Where's Santa's reindeer?, Frances Evans
There's nothing reindeer love more than Christmas, but Santa's team are normally too busy to celebrate. This year, Dasher and his friends are determined to take part in the festivities and have snuck off on a round-the-world Yuletide adventure. With the countdown to Christmas well under way, Santa and Jingle the elf set off in hot pursuit to bring the reindeer home in time to load up the sleigh.
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Where's the witch?, Gary Panton
It’s nearly Halloween, and the spooky gang have been enjoying a hair-raising festival, but they have to make it back in time for the big haunted house Halloween party. Follow the witch and her friends on their journey home.
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Math jokes: 200+ funny, and clean jokes for kids and family, Lewis Jose
The best math jokes are right here; these funny math jokes for kids, parents, teachers and anyone who enjoys mathematics. You'll find jokes about basic math, geometry, calculus, algebra and other subject areas relating to math.
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Scary tales: rhymes for brave children, Judi Billcliff
There are lots of crazy creatures living inside this book, all waiting to meet you - are you brave enough to look?
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The tempest, Georghia Ellinas
The story is told from the perspective of Ariel, in language that is true to the original play but accessible to all.
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Shakespeare for every day of the year, William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare wrote at least 37 plays, 154 sonnets and a handful of longer poems and you can discover them all here. Each page of Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year contains an extract of his genius a soliloquy, poem, quote or scene matched to the date. The introductory paragraphs serve as a window into the work, time and life of the greatest writer in the English language.
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Transform your view of history with this groundbreaking visual encyclopedia of the events of the past. From the disciplined armies of ancient Rome and the lives of ferocious samurai warriors to World War II and the rise of modern robotics, historical events are visualized in incredible detail, providing a fascinating introduction to the world through time.
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Maya Angelou, Danielle Jaeando
Maya Angelou was an African-American author, poet, playwright and civil rights activist. Never taking 'No' for an answer, Maya used her voice and her art to overcome prejudice and difficulty and to become an inspiration to those around her and to future generations.
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Nathan Nukunuku, David Riley
Reading all stars Nathan Nukunuku tells the incredible story of one of the most successful softballers the world has ever seen.
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Finding the speed of light: the 1676 discovery that dazzled the world, Mark Weston
Describes how Danish astronomer Ole Romer measured the speed of light using a crude telescope and a mechanical timepiece.
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The adventures of Tupaia, Courtney Sina Meredith
The incredible story of Tupaia, Tahitian priest navigator, who sailed on board the Endeavour with Captain Cook on his first voyage to Aotearoa. Follow Tupaia as he grows up in Ra'iatea, becoming a high-ranking 'arioi and master navigator. Join him as he meets up with Cook in Tahiti and sails as part of the crew on the Endeavour across the Pacific to Aotearoa.
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The bigger picture: women who changed the art world, Sophia Bennett
A colourful and insightful introduction to the lives of the world's most renowned and inspirational artists. This informative book invites young readers to discover the creative practices of female artists who, over their careers, broke boundaries and exceeded expectations. Each page reveals their struggles and successes, demystifying the art world, building confidence and inspiring a new generation.
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Heroes: inspirational people and the amazing jobs they do, Jonny Marx
Not all heroes wear capes. But some do have impressive costumes, amazing masks and astonishing super-human abilities. This book showcases an array of real-life superheroes. From the fearless firefighters who tackle blistering blazes to deft doctors who save lives on a daily basis, the world is crammed full of incredible people who can inspire us all.
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The history of prehistory, Mick Manning
Paddle down the river of time on an amazing prehistoric journey - all you need to bring is your imagination! Witness the fiery beginnings of our Earth, and the explosion of life on our planet.
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Stephen Biesty's cross-sections castle, Stephen Biesty
Working from plans of an actual 14th century European castle, Stephen Biesty has sliced the building into various cross-sections, each one teeming with life and detail.
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Older Fiction

Out to get you: 13 tales of weirdness and woe, Josh Allen
A collection of thirteen short stories that reveals frightening secrets lurking in everyday objects.
The butterfly circus, Francesca Armour-Chelu
This is a beautifully told adventure about two sisters and their journey to find each other again. Sisters Tansy and Belle are the stars of the grand finale of a circus show; a dazzling and perfectly timed trapeze act where they soar through the air like shimmering butterflies. One night, desperate to impress her older sister, Tansy attempts a spectacular jump and falls.
The bootlace magician, Cassie Beasley
Micah Tuttle loves living at the magical Circus Mirandus, but when a dangerous enemy from the past threatens his new home, every magician will have to be ready to fight including Micah.
The last kids on Earth and the midnight blade, Max Brallier
Surviving their first winter after the Monster Apocalypse was no easy feat, yet Jack and his buddies waste no time springing to action against some of the nastiest, most evil monsters around. When Jack discovers his Louisville Slicer has new, otherworldly powers, he's thrown into epic training to find out what kind of destruction the blade can wield.
Frank among the rancheros, Harry Castlemon
Hunter's Marjory, Margaret Bruce Clarke
Knock three times, Cressida Cowell
Wish and Xar are now outlaws on the run, hunted by Warriors, Wizards and worst of all, by witches. Can they find the ingredients for the Spell to Get Rid of Witches before the Kingwitch gets his talons on Magic-that-Works-on-Iron? Their next Quest is the most terrifying and treacherous of all.
The top secret interdimensional notes of Buttons McGinty, Rhys Darby
Buttons McGinty is back and this time he’s travelling through space and time ... in search of his parents (missing, presumed missing). Join Buttons and his friends as they enter a universe unlike any you’ve seen before. This time Buttons and the gang are solving mysteries with Morse Code and cryptic hieroglyphics!
Beverly, right here, Kate DiCamillo
Beverly Tapinski has run away from home plenty of times, but that was when she was just a kid. By now, she figures, it's not running away. It's leaving. Determined to make it on her own, Beverly finds a job and a place to live and tries to forget about her dog, Buddy, now buried underneath the orange trees back home; her friend Raymie, whom she left without a word; and her mom, Rhonda, who has never cared about anyone but herself.
Astray in the forest; by Edward S. Ellis, Edward Sylvester Ellis
Warne's happy book for girls, Mary England
Mollie Hazeldene's schooldays, Maude S Forsey
The adventures of two brave boys: and other stories, including The heir of Langridge Towers by R.M. Freeman and King Lion, a story of strange adventures: with interesting zoological sketches, and useful and amusing miscellaneous articles, R M Freeman
A slip of a girl, Patricia Reilly Giff
Set during the Irish Land Wars (1879-1882) this novel in verse follows Anna Mallon through a series of tragedies as her mother dies, older sibling immigrate to America, and she and her father and sister with special needs are about to be evicted from their farm.
Prince of ponies, Stacy Gregg
War destroyed their worlds, now two young girls and their remarkable horses are fighting once more - this time to win. When twelve-year-old Mira stumbles across a white stallion in a forest in Berlin, she doesn't realise that this horse will take her on an incredible journey.
Remarkables, Margaret Peterson Haddix
Eleven-year-old Marin and her neighbour Charley hope that by preventing a disaster that occurred twenty years ago, they can save Charley's dad from a future of guilt and self-destructive behaviour.
Meg-all-alone: a girl guide story, Nancy M Hayes
The garden of lost secrets, A M Howell
October, 1916. Clara is sent to stay with her formidable aunt and uncle in the grounds of a country estate. Clara soon discovers that her new surroundings hold secrets: a locked room and a hidden key, and a mysterious boy who only appears in the gardens at night...
The garden of lost secrets, A M Howell
October, 1916. Clara is sent to stay with her formidable aunt and uncle in the grounds of a country estate. Clara soon discovers that her new surroundings hold secrets: a locked room and a hidden key, and a mysterious boy who only appears in the gardens at night...
One for the Murphys, Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Twelve-year-old Carley Connors can take a lot. Growing up in Las Vegas with her fun-loving mother, she's learned to be tough. But she never expected a betrayal that would land her in a foster care. When she's placed with the Murphys, a lively family with three boys, she's blindsided. Do happy families really exist? Carley knows she could never belong in their world, so she keeps her distance.
Unseen!, Paul Jennings
A different dog: The forest is dense and dark. And the trail full of unexpected perils. The dog can't move. The boy can't talk. And you won't know why. Or where you are going. You will put this story down not wanting the journey to end.
A different boy: If you've got a bad deal,' his father used to say, 'get out of it and move on.' When he finds himself in a cruel orphanage Anton does just that, and hides on an ocean liner.
The 47 people you'll meet in middle school, Kristin Mahoney
Augusta writes letters to her younger sister, Louie, about life in middle school, from tackling a new school building to meeting new people like the assistant principal, the class pet, and the renegade.
Boy giant: son of Gulliver, Michael Morpurgo
War has forced Omar and his mother to leave their home in Afghanistan and venture across the sea to Europe. When their boat sinks, and Omar finds himself alone, with no hope of rescue, it seems as if his story has come to an end. But it is only just beginning.
The good son: a story from the First World War, told in miniature, Pierre-Jacques Ober
It is Christmastime, 1914, and World War I rages. A young French soldier named Pierre had quietly left his regiment to visit his family for two days, and when he returned, he was imprisoned.
I go quiet, David Ouimet
'I Go Quiet' is the exquisite story of an introverted girl, struggling to find her place in a noisy world. Through the power of books, creativity and imagination, she begins to see possibilities for herself beyond the present, to a future where her voice will finally be heard.
Strange birds: a field guide to ruffling feathers, Celia C Pérez
After Ofelia, Aster, Cat, and Lane fail to persuade a local girls club to change an outdated tradition, they form an alternative group that shakes up their sleepy Florida town. Includes tips for beginning birders, characteristics of crystals, a cookie recipe, tips for aspiring journalists, directions for creating badges, and facts about the killing of birds for fashion.
Spectacular school trip (really...), Liz Pichon
Tom's doing everything possible to stay out of trouble but somehow he's got three sad faces on the school achievement chart! And getting another sad face means Mr Fullerman won't let him go onthe school trip! Moany Marcus Meldrew is making things worse and now Tom's annoyed his grumpy sister Delia.
Swallowdale, Arthur Ransome
The Walker family endures a shipwreck, discovers a secret cave and valley, builds a camp on the mainland, and goes hiking in the mountains.
The spinner of dreams, K A Reynolds
In order to rid herself of the curse placed upon her by the devious Fate Spinner, Annalise must enter the Labyrinth of Fate and Dreams and face the Fate Spinner, showing the world and herself what she is made of.
Little Flotsam: and other tales: a story for boys and girls, Robert Richardson
The Glimme, Emily Rodda
Lone Annie sees dragons in your future. She sees giants. She sees fire and water. She sees death. Finn's life in the village of Wichant is hard. Only his drawings of the wild coastline, with its dragon-shaped clouds and headlands that look like giants, make him happy. Then the strange housekeeper from a mysterious clifftop mansion sees his talent and buys him for a handful of gold and then reveals to him seven extraordinary paintings.
Harry Potter and the goblet of fire, J K Rowling
This stunning new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire brings more breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters to life including Cedric Diggory, Fleur Delacour and Viktor Krum. With paint, pencil and pixels, Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before.
Little Meg's children, Hesba Stretton
When her mother dies leaving Little Meg to care for her two young brothers in nineteenth-century London, they spend their days asking for God's blessings and trying to find enough food to keep them alive until father returns from sea.
Three little maids, Ethel Turner
The girl with space in her heart, Lara Williamson
Mabel Mynt knows a lot about space, but she doesn't know how to fill the space in her heart that Dad left when he walked out. And so she sets out on a mission of discovery... A heart-warming and laugh-out-loud story about learning that love is never lost and change doesn't have to be scary.
Pepe, the beach stallion, Kelly Wilson
When Vicki and her sisters discover that horses are roaming on country roads because the locals can't afford to fences contain them, their eyes are opened to a whole new world of hardship. Then Vicki meets Pepe, a prized beach-racing stallion crippled by mistreatment. The owner can't pay for a vet and, fearing the beaten horse may die, the Wilsons take Pepe in.
Dick Denver's quest, Kenyon Wynne
My life as an ice cream sandwich, Ibi Aanu Zoboi
In the summer of 1984, twelve-year-old Ebony-Grace of Huntsville, Alabama, visits her father in Harlem, where her fascination with outer space and science fiction interfere with her finding acceptance.

Picture Books

Food, Rilla Alexander
Raised words will fit into the die-cut hollow of an illustration, putting words and images in contact literally.
Animals, Rilla Alexander
The book has raised and depressed surfaces.
We love you, Mr Panda, Steve Antony
Mr Panda is offering free hugs to all his animal friends.
Take your pet to school day, Linda Ashman
When pets show up with their kids at Maple View Elementary, it's total chaos! These animals have no respect for school rules, and every class quickly gets out of hand. But why did they show up in the first place? Who said they could come? Could it have been the pets themselves? It turns out they just wanted in on the fun! Now, if they want to stay, they'll just have to behave.
Peek-a-who too?, Elsa Mroziewicz Bahia
This follow-up to Peek-a-who is full of hidden animals, each making different sounds.
The king of kindergarten, Derrick D Barnes
Instilled with confidence by his parents, a young boy has a great first day of kindergarten.
Just because, Mac Barnett
Why is the ocean blue? What is rain? What happened to the dinosaurs? It might be time for bed, but one child is too full of questions about the world to go to sleep just yet. Little ones and their parents will be charmed and delighted as a patient father offers up increasingly creative responses to his child's night-time wonderings.
Moonfish, Graeme Base
The fish that live in the pond beneath the dragon-moon are happy. They know the moon will keep them safe. But it was not always like this. There was a time when they looked to the skies with fear.
All of the factors of why I love tractors, Davina Bell
When Frankie McGee insists on borrowing yet another book about tractors, his mum crumbles.
The return of Thelma the unicorn, Aaron Blabey
Thelma the Unicorn didn't like being famous, so she fled the spotlight and disappeared. But the world was heartbroken! 'We miss our unicorn!' Thelma, it's time to get your sparkle back on.
The ups and downs of the castle mice, Michael Bond
The Perk family live in a doll's house in a castle. The castle is their happy home but one day a dastardly villain, Miss Price, takes charge.
Cornelia and the jungle machine, Nora Brech
What if you had to move house? What if you made a new friend? What if he had a jungle machine?
Is it Halloween yet?, Susannah Chambers
Emily loves Halloween with its spooky dress-ups, fun games and yummy things to eat. Her busy family is not so sure. Luckily, Emily has a few tricks (and treats) to get everyone in the mood.
The word pirates, Susan Cooper
When word-eating Captain Rottingbones and his crew steal from the Word Wizard while she is telling a story, her pen proves mightier than the pirates' swords.
Explorers, Matthew Cordell
When a family goes to a local museum, a boy notices a homeless man sitting outside, making brightly colored origami birds. He convinces his dad to buy a bird the man makes just for him. Once inside the museum, his little sister takes the bird and launches it into the air. Is it lost? Soon another boy helps him look, and the paper bird brings two families and two new friends together.
Sneaky Beak, Tracey Corderoy
Is your bath bubbly enough? Is your bed bouncy enough? Is your cereal crunchy enough? Don't delay call Sneaky Beak today for deals beyond your wildest dreams! Bear and Hamster are perfectly content until gadget-mad salesman, Sneaky Beak, arrives. But when they finally have it all, will Bear and Hamster really be happier? A hilarious story with an important message about the pitfalls of materialism.
The gobbledegook book: a Joy Cowley anthology, Joy Cowley
Sheep won't sleep, Judy Cox
"Baa! Baa!" Ten of the sheep Clarissa was counting to fall asleep have appeared in her bedroom. And she's still awake! "You're not trying hard enough," they tell her. "Try pairs of alpacas". But as Clarissa follows instructions and counts alpacas by twos, llamas by fives, and yaks by tens, her situation just gets more and more ridiculous.
My tooth is lost!, Drew Daywalt
Monkey is upset because he has lost a tooth, so Cake tries to make him feel better by telling him about the Tooth Fairy--but Monkey just wants his tooth named Kevin.
The Smeds and the Smoos, Julia Donaldson
The Smeds (who are red) never mix with the Smoos (who are blue). So when a young Smed and Smoo fall in love, their families strongly disapprove. But peace is restored and love conquers all in this happiest of love stories.
Moomin and the golden leaf, Richard Dungworth
onight everyone in Moominvalley will be going to the Autumn Ball and Moomintroll and Sniff are busy helping with preparations.
Robotics for babies, Chris Ferrie
Robotics for Babies is a colourful, simple introduction to the technology behind robots. It's never too early to become a scientist! Set the children in your life on a lifelong path to learning with the next installment of the Baby University board book series. Full of scientific and mathematical information from an expert, this is the perfect book to teach complex concepts in a simple, engaging way.
The sleeping giant, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
Off the coast of Ireland there lies an island. It looks just like a giant sleeping in the sea.
Sweet dreams, Zaza, Mylo Freeman
Zaza is almost ready to go to sleep. But first, she wishes all of her animal friends good night.
Whitney and Britney: chicken divas, Lucinda Gifford
Whitney and Britney are two gorgeous chooks, Fluffy and silky with stunning good looks. Dora is perplexed about where her chooks go each night.
The bookworm, Debi Gliori
Max really wants a pet. His parents aren't so sure. Puppies chew, parrots screech and sharks have too many teeth. How about a dragon? Max's parents say that dragons don't exist, so Max settles for a pet worm instead. Except this particular worm turns out to be very unusual when its back begins to turn spikey and it begins to breathe smoke. Dragons don't exist.
Tilly, Jane Godwin
In Tilly's house, she has found the perfect hiding place to keep her special treasures. No one knows about it, not even her big brothers and sister, who know everything. But one day, something happens that Tilly could never have imagined.
I believe ... in me!, Siubhan Green
When Mrs Pie invites her class to share their hopes and dreams for the future, Thomas Tippet is nervous. More than anything he wants to become a teacher, but he doesn't think he's good enough. A book about having the courage to believe in yourself.
Goody Four Shoes, Stacy Gregg
Goody Four-Shoes is the best ... at everything. She's graceful. She can jump really, really high. And her mane is too perfect. Mini Whinny doesn't like her. Not one little bit. So naughty little Mini Whinny decides to run away.
I love all of me, Lorie Ann Grover
Rhyming text and colourful illustratons remind young reader to love everything about themselves, from the top of their heads to the tips of their toes.
Christopher Pumpkin, Sue Hendra
Meet Christopher Pumpkin the Halloween pumpkin who doesn't want to be scary! A funny rhyming story from the authors of Supertato and the creators of Simon Sock.
The last tiger, Petr Horáček
Strong and proud, the tiger is lord of the jungle. But when he's captured by human hunters he realises that what really matters is not strength or power but freedom.
What's that noise?, Naomi Howarth
Magnus the Arctic seal wakes up one morning, puzzled by a strange sound. What's that noise? Hare, Owl, Fox and Bear don’t have any idea, but Walrus has a good suggestion. It's Magnus' rumbling tummy! The friends all settle down to sleep, but suddenly there’s another rumbling sound.
Mrs Blackhat and the ZoomBroom!, Chloë Inkpen
Mrs Blackhat the witch has a new broom. And it's not just any broom: it's a whizzy new ZoomBroom, with buttons and bleeps and its very own high-tech app! But when the battery on the ZoomBroom starts to run low, Mrs Blackhat discovers that while technology is great, there sometimes a place for good old-fashioned magic too.
Moon babies, Karen Jameson
Illustrations and rhyming text follow baby moons as they awaken in their crescent cradles, have an outing, storytime, and more, then get kisses from Grammies as they return to sleep.
The star in the forest, Helen Kellock
One Saturday evening, sisters Pip and Maisie are sitting in the warm snug of their grandparent's cottage on the edge of a forest in Scotland. Maisie is restless and longs for adventure, but life at the cottage is always slow.
Mutt Dog!, Stephen Michael King
In the city lived a dog who belonged to no-one. He had to be brave, and fast, and smart just to survive. He ate whatever he could find. And looked for a new place to sleep every night. When a scruffy homeless dog inadvertently wanders into a halfway house, his lonely struggle to survive suddenly changes. He finds a family, is fed and scrubbed, and given a name all his own.
You can't stop the Big Bad Bogey, Timothy Knapman
Can anyone stop the Big Bad Bogey? He's bouncy. He's nasty. He's green. He keeps ruining everyone's stories. But someone's standing up to this snotty mischief-maker: The Good Little Bogey.
Roar like a dandelion, Ruth Krauss
Dance with a leaf. Jump like a raindrop. Sit in the sun and shine. Not since A Hole Is to Dig and Open House for Butterflies have we seen such electric and playful words on a page. This imaginative story from Ruth Krauss-one of the most beloved children's book authors of all time-and celebrated artist Sergio Ruzzier is a remarkable collaboration that captures the timeless spirit of Krauss's signature wit and humor.
Squeak!, Laura McGee Kvasnosky
A mouse wakes up with a squeak, and his noise sets off a chain reaction of animals waking each other up.
A little book about colors, Leo Lionni
Discover a world full of colour in this delightful board book inspired by the works of legendary children's book author and illustrator Leo Lionni.
Midnight ninja, Sam Lloyd
Everyone is tucked up in bed, except for Midnight Ninja and his sidekick Ginger. The ninja emergency bell has rung and they're off on a secret mission. There's no time for these heroes to sleep until they've solved the mystery of the missing socks.
The terribly friendly fox, Susannah Lloyd
When Gerald the fox turns up at the Annual Woodland Creatures' Ball, a few of the guests are a little concerned. After all, they've heard some rather alarming rumours about foxes and their appetites.
Look! I wrote a book! (And you can too!), Sally Lloyd-Jones
Want to write a book? Well, the spunky, know-it-all narrator of this side-splitting story can tell you just how to do it.
The Giggle Pigs, Leonie Lord
Can you go on a very serious adventure without giggling? The Giggle Pigs can't. However hard they try, they just keep bursting out laughing. But so would you if you had to canoe down a river of custard, tip-toe across the Secret Swamp of Burps, and find your way out of a Fog of Bottom Parps. Get ready for fun, silliness and lots of giggling in this hilariously imaginative piggy tale.
Josephine off the rails, Diane Miller
The old locomotive Josephine escapes from the Toitu Settlers Museum and charges down the track to help a frightened little dog find his family. The pair have a thrilling adventure on the Taieri Gorge railway, and Rail Trail.
The ANZAC Biscuit Man, Peter Millett
Rattle your dags as fast as you can. You can't dunk me, I'm the Anzac Biscuit Man. Award-winning author Peter Millett and acclaimed cartoonist Shaun Yeo reimagine this classic tale with a uniquely local flavour! One day, an old couple who love baking fresh biscuits discover a recipe for an ANZAC Biscuit Man. Later that morning they hear a cry coming from the oven, `Let me out! Let me out! It's hotter than a barbecue in here...
Resident weka in the camping ground, Jeanette Mischewski
Those darn wekas are cheeky little birds. Did you know that, and have you heard? They will steal anything and take it to the their nests. You can't help but like them, but they can be quite a pest!
The proudest blue: a story of hijab and family, Ibtihaj Muhammad
Faizah relates how she feels on the first day her sister, sixth-grader Asiya, wears a hijab to school.
Our favourite day, Joowon Oh
Charmingly detailed illustrations help tell a touching tale of the bond between grandparent and grandchild in a quiet yet powerful debut. "Thursdays are my favourite days." "Mine, too." Every morning Grandpa follows his normal routine. He drinks his tea, waters his plants, tidies up, and takes the bus into town. Grandpa enjoys his daily tasks, but there's one day each week that is extra special.
Forest: a fun lift-the-flap book, Jane Ormes
Find out the different names for mummy and daddy animals in the forest and then lift the flap to find the babies!.
Little Hector and the big idea, Ruth Paul
Little Hector's fun with his friends keeps being spoilt. When it's not by dangling, tangling fishing nets, it's by a mess of plastic trash. He wants to make his bay safe again - but how will one little dolphin tackle such a big problem?
Lionel and the lion's share, Lou Peacock
Lionel, who does not like to share, goes too far at Chloe's birthday party and eats all the cake, and must turn things around before he loses all of his friends.
Summer time, Antonia Pesenti
Summer is here. Put your school shoes away, The long, lazy days can begin. Mangoes and magpies, municipal pools. Take a deep breath and dive in.
My footprints, Bao Phi
Upset after being bullied, Thuy, a Vietnamese American, pretends she is different creatures, including an especially strong, wonderful being made up of her two mothers and herself. Includes note about the phoenix and the Sarabha.
Be more Bernard, Simon Philip
Bernard has decided that he's not going to be like all the other bunnies any more. He's not going to hop when everyone else hops, or bounce when they bounce.
Truman, Jean Reidy
He may be slow but Truman the turtle is determined to find his girl Sarah, who has boarded a city bus on her way to preschool.
Why?, Adam Rex
Would-be supervillain Doctor X-Ray swoops into the mall, threatening destruction, only to be confronted by a little girl asking "why" to his every declaration, until finally he is forced to reveal, and understand, the root of his anger and so departs in peace.
One dark bird, Elizabeth Garton Scanlon
A single starling is joined by hundreds more, and together they dance across the sky, finally settling into the trees.
Axel Scheffler's flip flap frozen: what crazy creatures will you meet today?, Axel Scheffler
What do you get if you cross a narwhal with a reindeer? It's a nardeer, of course! And how about a penguin with a beluga? Why, that's a penuga! With over 121 possible creations, silly names and strange noises to make you giggle, this new Flip Flap book is perfect for preschoolers and ideal for animal fans.
The scary monster, Axel Scheffler
As Posy is baking cupcakes one rainy day, a big furry hand taps on her window, then a growl and a knock bring her to her door, where a scary but somewhat familiar monster waits.
Everyone counts, Judy Sierra
Diverse animals, led by two rough, tough rhinos, work together to transform an old mall into a zoo--including the bugs the rhinos said were too small to count.
This book of mine, Sarah Stewart
Illustrations and easy-to-read text celebrate the connection between diverse readers of all ages and the books they enjoy.
Kevin Iwi: how a chance discovery changed a life forever, Brian Thompson
Follow the journey of a special Stewart Island (Rakiura) brown kiwi called Kevin Iwi to see how he overcame his fear of the dark with the help of his father.
Albat Ross: a tale of bravery and determination, Brian Thompson
Follow the journey of a special Taiaroa Head albatross called Albat Ross to see how he overcame his fear of heights with the help of his parents.
If I built a school, Chris Van Dusen
Imaginative Jack describes the kind of school he would build one full of animals, with tubes to transport students directly to their classrooms, and library books that come alive.
Goodnight, little tough guy, Michael Wagner
The lion tamers are lazily lounging. The superheroes are settling down. The firefighters are fitting in forty fabulous winks. And the astronauts are already asleep. After a long, hard day of being very strong and powerful, it's time for the tough guys to settle down for a peaceful night's sleep.
'Twas the fart before Christmas, Adam Wallace
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Even though that mouse was curled up, fast asleep The pong from its butt made everyone weep.
A very quacky Christmas, Frances Watts
Samantha Duck is getting ready for Christmas. 'I'm going to give presents to animals all over the world!' Her friend Sebastian tells her not to bother. 'Christmas is not for animals,' he says. But with the help of her farmyard friends, Samantha sets out to prove that Christmas is for everyone.
My body for Kiwi babies, Matthew Williamson
All baby's first words for the body in English and Māori.
Owl moon, Jane Yolen
On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.
Seek and count, Yusuke Yonezu
Count the colourful images, lift the flap and then count some more.
The night is yours, Abdul-Razak Zachariah
From a vantage point high in their apartment, a parent narrates as Amani plays hide-and-seek at night with her friends in the neighbourhood.

Younger Fiction

Top-secret smackdown, Mac Barnett
There is a legend that if the ravens at the Tower of London ever leave then Britain will fall, so when somebody steals the birds, the Queen calls for Mac B. to find the thief and retrieve them a mission that takes him to Iceland, where he encounters secret submarines, hungry polar bears, and his arch-nemesis from the KGB.
River, Elisha Cooper
A woman in a canoe takes the reader on a journey down the Hudson River, from its source, a lake in the Adirondack Mountains, to the point where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean at New York City. Includes a note on the history of the Hudson River.
Madame Badobedah, Sophie Dahl
Mabel lives with her parents in The Mermaid Hotel, by the sea. Mabel likes to keep an eye on the comings and goings of all the guests. Then one day a particularly in-ter-est-ing old lady comes to stay. There is something very suspicious about her, with her growly voice and her heavy trunks and her beady-eyed tortoise.
Ask Hercules Quick, Ursula Dubosarsky
'How much money do I have in my piggy bank?' asked Hercules. 'Actually,' said Aunt Alligator, 'I don't think you have a piggy bank, Hercules.' Hercules sighed. No piggy bank, no money. I need a job, he thought. That's what I need. He got out his paints, his paintbrush and a big piece of plain paper. On the paper, he painted some words.
Deep dive!, Nick Eliopulos
The adventures continue as Ash, Morgan, and three of their fellow Minecraft players, who can actually enter the game, take a deep dive into the Aquatic biome where they find a world filled with beauty and wonder. A treasure map promises adventure and the opportunity to explore, but it could also be a trap set by the mysterious Evoker King.
The spy who loved ice cream, Sam Hay
Jackson, code-named Secret Agent 00Zero, and his inventor-friend, Quigley, both penguins, must prove Uncle Bryn is innocent of robbery before the Frosty Bureau of Investigation locks him away forever.
Angel on the roof, Shirley Hughes
In this heartwarming Christmas story, by celebrated author Shirley Hughes, a young boy called Lewis Brown is looking out of a window and wishing that someone might notice him. Then he spots a single golden feather floating down from the heavens and discovers an angel on the roof.
The fate of Fausto: a painted fable, Oliver Jeffers
There was once a man who believed he owned everything and set out to survey what was his. You are mine, Fausto said to the flower, the sheep and the mountain, and they bowed before him. But they were not enough for Fausto, so he conquered a boat and set off to claim the sea.
Intersection allies: we make room for all, Chelsea Johnson
A handy book about intersectionality that depicts the nuances of identity and embraces difference as a source of community.
Alice's adventures at the castle, Diane Miller
'I've always wanted to live in a castle, ' whispered Alice. But she is alarmed to find herself in another time, and another place - which seems to be at the bottom of the world! Desperate to find her way home, Alice rediscovers some of the original characters from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in Larnach Castle and its wonderful gardens.
Stars of Orion, Diane Miller
When Gabriel Read lifted his shovel and saw gold, shining like the stars in Orion on a dark frosty night, he sparked off New Zealand's first gold rush in 1861. Young Robbie in Dunedin was determined to find his father at the Tuapeka goldfield. With no roads or signposts, not even a map to guide him in a newly-settled land, he set off on foot across the rugged hills to the shanty town of Wetherstons.
The cat's meow, Herman Parish
Are Amelia Bedelia and her friends barking up the wrong tree? Recess just got super exciting. Amelia Bedelia and her friends are on the playground when they hear a strange noise coming from a nearby tree.
Beat the clock, Herman Parish
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Amelia Bedelia's school, the whole town throws a party and a secret time capsule that was buried an entire century before will finally be dug up and opened.
Mum's jumper, Jayde Perkin
If Mum has gone, how do you carry on? Missing her feels like a dark cloud that follows you around,or like swimming to a shore that never comes any nearer. But memories are like a jumper that you can cuddle and wear. And Mum's jumper might be a way to keep her close. A simple, heartfelt and ultimately uplifting bookfor anyone coping with loss.
Between us and Abuela: a family story from the border, Mitali Perkins
When Maria, Juan, and their mother go to the border between California and Mexico to visit their grandmother at Christmas, Maria must devise a way to get Juan's gift over the fence.
The phone booth in Mr. Hirota's garden, Heather Smith
This gorgeously illustrated picture book tells the story of a young Japanese boy who loses his dad in a tsunami.
A Christmas carol, Gerónimo Stilton
Ebenezer Scrooge is a cranky old mouse who is only concerned with his business and making money. Scrooge thinks Christmas is just a waste of time. But on the night of Christmas Eve, he is visited by three ghosts who take him on a journey through his past, present, and future.
The great book for children, Herbert Strang
The great book for tinies, Herbert Strang
The corner of my eye, Colin Thompson
A book about a special relationship between a grandfather and his granddaughter who tries to see life through his eyes. When you are very, very young or very, very old, you can see things out of the corner of your eye. In between, all you can see is all you can see. Unless you are very, very lucky. Then the corner of your eye stays awake forever. The story of an ageing man who has lost something.
The adventures of Swashbuckle Lil, Elli Woollard
The secret pirate: While other children are at home after school, eating fish fingers or watching TV, Lil is sailing the high seas, battling monsters, fishing for her supper and thwarting the plans of the villainous pirate Stinkbeard!