New Titles Children’s May 2019 (arrived in April)

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Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, retold by Gillian Cross.
The Iliad: Homer's classic traces the rivalry between two powerful Greek leaders for the hand of a beautiful woman against the backdrop of the Trojan War.
The odyssey charts the ten year epic voyage of Odysseus as he returns from the Trojan War to his homeland of Ithaca. On his journey he encounters all manner of perils, from the man-eating Cyclops and the evil sorceress Circe, to the deadly lure of the Sirens and the wrath of the sea-god Poseidon.
Bernie the dolphin, directed by Kirk Harris.
A brother and sister befriend a badly sunburned dolphin that has been separated from its family, uncovering a secret plan that could destroy the beach, and their new friend's home.
How to train your dragon. The hidden world, written and directed by Dean DeBlois.
Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they've known, and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destines are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together-to the very ends of the Earth-to protect everything they've grown to treasure.
Mary Poppins returns, directed by Rob Marshall.
After Mary Poppins departed London, Jane and Michael Banks grew up into loving and responsible adults. When Michael becomes a single father of three children after the death of his wife, Mary Poppins revisits the Cherry Tree Lane home again to try to help Michael and his family cope and move beyond their grief. Time passes quickly for most normal mortals. Mary Poppins has never been normal. Although it's now the 1930s, she looks exactly the same. Her message to Michael, Annabel, John, George and Ellen, the family's housekeeper, about enjoying life and loved ones is also still the same.
Ralph breaks the internet, directed by Phil Johnston, Rich Moore.
Ralph and Penelope are faced with a new challenge when they begin the search for a spare part to fix a beloved videogame: how to navigate the internet. When trying to fix Sugar Rush the pair become engrossed in the World Wide Web after a router is plugged into the local arcade space, forcing them to find a wheel to replace the router with and get the arcade up and running again. Traversing through this new, technological landscape won't be easy, with the duo coming across new worlds, cultures, and characters that present difficulties along the way.
The secret exhibit, directed by Andrew Duncan.
With the grand opening of Jurassic World's new super-secret dinosaur exhibit just days away, only one thing is missing, the dinosaurs! In order to get the job done, Simon Masrani enlists his newly-hired assistant, Claire Dearing, to ensure the new attraction opens on time, or else. Unfortunately, Owen Grady, the animal behaviourist Claire hired to deliver the dinosaurs, is late. Owen's mission turns out to be far more difficult than anyone could have imagined.
The Nutcracker and the four realms, directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston.
Clara is searching for the special key to unlock a box from her late mother. Inside that box is a priceless item that her mother left for her. During her godfather's yearly holiday party, Clara almost gets the key but it disappears. She embarks on a quest into a mysterious world which has four different realms: a snowflakes realm, flowers realm, sweets realm, and the challenging realm where the key is. As she undertakes her journey she meets different characters including Phillip who is a soldier and a gang of mice. Will Clara be able to gain the key to receive her late mother's special gift?
The Grinch, directed by Scott Mosier, Yarrow Cheney.
A re-telling of the classic tale about a grumpy old creature living in a cave on Mt. Crumpet who can't stand to see his neighbours in Whoville enjoying themselves. Things are especially bad at Christmas, when the Whos kick their merriment into high gear with fantastic celebrations. This year, the Grinch decides to dress up like Santa Claus on Christmas Eve and steal all the Christmas gifts and decorations so the Whos can't enjoy the season. What he finds, however, is that Christmas in Whoville is much more than gifts and decorations, it's a time to celebrate love and friendship.
Kidz Bop. 39, Kidz Bop Kids.
The Wiggles. Big ballet day!: with the Australian Ballet, directed by Anthony Field.
We are so excited to bring you the music from The Wiggles Big Ballet Day! This DVD introduces a brand new Wiggly character, Shirley Shawn the Unicorn. The children will just love hearing about and dancing around with this scrumptious unicorn! The wide styles of music on this DVD reflect the diversity of the wonderful art form that ballet is! We hope this brand new and fun Wiggly music inspires the child listeners imagination to dress up like the characters in the songs and express themselves through their own form of ballet. We really enjoyed making this DVD and I think the joy shows through, so we hope the young and older listeners love it too!
Go Diego go! Diego's arctic rescue.,
Diego embarks on the journey of a lifetime to save the baby polar bears! Includes two more action-packed journeys.
Go Diego go! Ready, set, go!.,
Join Diego and his team in new and exciting adventures. Diego needs your help convincing Armadillo that she can win her race, help Roady Roadrunner practice for his big race, and explore lots of fun places with Chucho the Train.
Go Diego go! Safari rescue.,
A mean magician turns all the African elephants into rocks. Diego, Alicia, and Baby Jaguar join Animal Rescuer Juma to find Erin the Elephant and a hidden magic drum that can break the spell and help all the animals in Africa. Help Diego and Alicia at Rescue Ranch when they meet Panchita, a prairie dog who needs to find a nice grassy prairie for her family. Jorge, the hawk needs to migrate, but when he loses the big hawks, he needs help from Diego.
Go Diego go! The great jaguar rescue.,
Whether Diego is tracking down Baby Jaguar's missing growl, helping Papa Kinkajou on a mission to un-stick Little Kinkajou's head from a beehive, or teaming up with Alicia to find Mommy Macaw before her baby is born, adventures are everywhere!
Go Diego go! Underwater mystery.,
Diego and his friends are on their first underwater adventure in Diego's new release Go, Diego, Go! Underwater Mystery! In this release children will help Lucy the mystery fish, find out what kind of fish she is, rescue a dolphin, learn lots of fun facts about jaguars and more.
Paw patrol. Pups save Puplantis.,
The PAW Patrol is diving back in for six underwater adventures! Join Marshall, Chase, Zuma, Skye, Rubble, and Rocky as they save Puplantis, rescue a wiggly whale, and save the Sea Patroller from pirates!
Rusty Rivets. Botasaur and the Bits.,
Go nuts and bolt into 8 adventures with Rusty's hilarious robotic helpers! Whether they're getting souped up with rockets to solve a mystery or geared up as police officers to save the day, Botasaur and the Bits put the fun into any fix!
SpongeBob SquarePants. Where's Gary?,
After being neglected by SpongeBob, Gary runs away to downtown Bikini Bottom, where he is taken in by a sweet old woman ... with a very dark secret.
Thomas & friends. Here comes the steam team!,
Join Thomas and the new steam team as they embark on ALL-NEW adventures!
Skycircus, Peter Bunzl.
When a travelling skycircus arrives in Brackenbridge, Lily and Robert can't wait to step aboard... But there's something sinister about the hybrid children who appear as part of the act. And before Lily and Robert can do anything, they're captured by shadowy figures and whisked off in the mysterious flying circus to somewhere far, far away. Treachery, tight-ropes and trickery combine in this incredible third Cogheart adventure.
Against all gods, Maz Evans.
Elliot faces his darkest period yet. As well as facing up to his fears, he realises that the future of mankind - and the survival of everything he holds dear - is at stake. But can a bunch of misfit gods, a lost constellation and a mortal boy stand up to the daemon hordes?
Tilly and the bookwanderers, Anna James.
Eleven year-old Tilly has lived above her grandparents' bookshop ever since her mother disappeared shortly after she was born. Like the rest of her family, Tilly loves nothing more than to escape into the pages of her favourite stories. One day Tilly realises that classic children's characters are appearing in the shop through the magic of "book wandering" crossing over from the page into real life. With the help of Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland, Tilly is determined to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago, so she bravely steps into the unknown, unsure of what adventure lies ahead and what dangers she may face.
The inventors at No. 8, A.M. Morgen.
Twelve-year-olds George, the very unlucky third Lord of Devonshire, and his neighbor, scientist Ada Byron, join forces against a nefarious group of criminals who steal the map to a priceless family heirloom.
Katt vs. Dogg, James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein.
A Dogg family and a Katt family are spending their vacations at Western Frontier Park fighting with each other when a youngster from each family becomes lost in the dangerous forest.
A treasury of animal stories, Holly Webb.
A scuffy pup eargerly awaits a new home just in time for Christmas, a little girl discovers and adorable kitten in her garden, a dog makes an unlikely new friend, a hamster makes a daring escape and a girl tries to help a family of fluffy ducklings.

Into Reading

Cat and Rat, [Joy Cowley, illustrations by Ian Forss].
"Cat likes Rat and Rat likes Cat. Should Rat trust Cat?"--Back cover.
Do-whacky-do?, written by Joy Cowley, illustrations by Philip Webb.
Count down from ten to one, telling an amusing story about clowns who can't go to town for various reasons.
Huggles' cold, [written by Joy Cowley; illustrations by Richard Hoit].
"Huggles has a cold. What will make him better?"--Back cover.
Huggles in school, [written by Joy Cowley; illustrations by Richard Hoit].
"Huggles goes to school. But he stays a little too long!"--Back cover.
If you meet a dragon, [written by Joy Cowley; illustrations by Rita Parkinson].
Two children consider what they would do if they happen to meet a dragon.
Meanies, [written by Joy Cowley; illustrations by Deirdre Gardiner].
Describes the unpleasant habits of meanies.
Mrs Wishy-Washy, [written by Joy Cowley; illustrations by Elizabeth Fuller-Fulton].
After the cow, the pig and the duck have rolled in the mud Mrs Wishy-washy puts each in the tub and scrubs them clean.
Mrs Wishy-Washy's tub, [written by Joy Cowley; illustrations by Elizabeth Fuller-Fulton].
Mrs Wishy-Washy fills her tub with her animals and then washes them.
Sloppy Tiger washes the floor [written by Joy Cowley; illustrations by Jenny Cooper].,
Poppy's tiger wants to wash the floor but makes a terrible mess!
Sloppy Tiger's picnic, [written by Joy Cowley; illustrations by Jenny Cooper].
Poppy's tiger is very messy, so she promises him a picnic to encourage him to tidy his bedroom.
The Huggles' hug, [written by Joy Cowley; illustrations by Richard Hoit].
"Where does Huggles' hug go?"--Back cover. Includes teacher's notes.
Wishy-Washy cat, [Joy Cowley; illustrations by Philip Webb].
"Mrs Wishy-Washy has a new cat. Is the cat nice?"--Back cover.
Wishy-Washy clothes, [Joy Cowley; illustrations by Philip Webb].
"When Mrs Wishy-Washy hangs her clothes out to dry, the animals get up to mischief!"--Back cover.
Wishy-Washy corn, [Joy Cowley; illustrations by Philip Webb].
"Mr Wishy-Washy grows some corn. The animals like corn!"--Back cover.
Wishy-Washy house, [Joy Cowley; illustrations by Philip Webb].
"Where are Mrs Wishy-Washy's animals?"--Back cover.
Wishy-Washy letter, [Joy Cowley; illustrations by Philip Webb].
"Mrs Wishy-Washy writes a letter. But she needs a stamp"--Back cover.
Wishy-Washy mouse, [Joy Cowley; illustrations by Philip Webb].
"There is a mouse in the barn. What will Mrs Wishy-Washy do?"--Back cover.
Wishy-Washy music, [Joy Cowley; illustrations by Philip Webb].
"Mr Wishy-Washy wants to make music. Mrs Wishy-Washy and the animals join in"--Back cover.
Wishy-Washy pie, [Joy Cowley; illustrations by Philip Webb].
"What do the animals like to eat?"--Back cover.
Wishy-Washy sleep, [Joy Cowley; illustrations by Philip Webb].
"The animals are asleep at bathtime!"--Back cover.
Wishy-Washy tractor, [Joy Cowley; illustrations by Philip Webb].
"Mrs Wishy-Washy's tractor gets stuck in the mud. Who will help?"--Back cover.
Mr. Monkey takes a hike, Jeff Mack.
Mr. Monkey takes a break from his favourite video game to do something outside, but nothing goes as planned.
See Pip flap, David Milgrim.
With help from his friend Otto the robot, Pip the mouse tries to fly.
These are the Avengers, adapted by Alexandra West; illustrated by Derek Laufman and Dario Brizuela.
Introduces the members of The Avengers as they prepare to go out on their next mission.
This is Thor, written by Alexandra West; illustrated by Roberto DiSalvo, Simone Boufantino, and Tomasso Moscardini.
Banished to Earth to learn humility as a human, Thor proves his mettle and earns his hammer once again, but Loki still stands in his way.


On the internet: our first talk about online safety, Jillian Roberts; illustrations by Jane Heinrichs.
On the Internet: Our First Talk About Online Safety introduces children to the basics of online safety in a story-based, conversational style. Using real-world examples set within the context of a child who is using the Internet for the first time and watching an older sibling interact with social media, Dr. Roberts takes readers through several common scenarios around parental supervision, online bullying and anonymity.
An unofficial guide to coding with Minecraft, -lvaro Scrivano; illustrated by Sue Downing.
Get ready to code with this easy-to-use series full of projects and tips to get kids programming. Each book in the Ready, Steady Code! series has 4 step-by-step projects with an introduction section (Ready), project preparation section (Steady), and the coding for the project section (Code!). The programming language is introduced with clear simple explanations and illustrations, making concepts such as loops and variables easy to understand.
Coding with Hopscotch, -lvaro Scrivano; illustrated by Sue Downing.
Get ready to code with this easy-to-use series full of projects and tips to get kids programming. Each book in this series has 4 step- by-step projects with an introduction section (Ready), project preparation section (Steady), and the coding for the project section (Code!). The programming language is introduced with clear simple explanations and illustrations, making concepts such as loops and variables easy to understand.
Coding with Python, -lvaro Scrivano; illustrated by Sue Downing.
Get ready to code with this easy-to-use series full of projects and tips to get kids programming. Each book in the Ready, Steady Code! series has 4 step-by-step projects with an introduction section (Ready), project preparation section (Steady), and the coding for the project section (Code!). The programming language is introduced with clear simple explanations and illustrations, making concepts such as loops and variables easy to understand.
Coding with ScratchJr, -lvaro Scrivano; illustrated by Sue Downing.
In Coding with Scratch, you can can you land on the moon, travel deep under the sea, take a trip to a magical world or have a game of basketball.
Coding for kids Python: learn to code with 50 awesome games and activities, Adrienne B. Tacke; illustrations by Amir Abou Roumie.
Learning to code is just like playing a new sport or practicing an instrument – just get started! From the basic building blocks of programming to creating your very own games, this book teaches essential Python skills to kids ages 10 and up with 50 fun and engaging activities.
General knowledge genius!, contributors, Peter Chrisp [and four others].
Children won't be able to resist the General Knowledge Genius brain-busting challenge. For every topic, pages are packed with eye-popping pictures - but do you know what they show? To help you, "Test Yourself" panels list what you're looking for. With three levels of difficulty, the challenge gets harder as you work your way from Starter, to Challenger, and finally the truly tricky Genius category. If you need it, there's a fun fact with every picture to give a helpful clue. With more than 60 topics, from across the encyclopedia, there's something for everyone. Can you name the most famous rivers worldwide? Do you know your cranium from your clavicle, or do you need to bone up on the parts of the human skeleton? Are you a demon on dinosaurs, and able to spot the difference between an archaeopteryx and an allosaurus? Perhaps you're a brain box and can do all of this standing on your head? You can! Then what are you waiting for? Open the pages of General Knowledge Genius to find out what you know, and challenge yourself to learn even more!
You are your strong, Danielle Dufayet; illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin.
A child explains how to find your "Strong," conquering fear, anger, and other emotions or emotional reactions either alone or with help. Includes note to parents and caregivers.
Let's talk about when someone dies, Molly Potter; illustrated by Sarah Jennings.
When someone dies, we can feel a whole host of different emotions and explaining them to a child isn't so easy. This book uses clear, easy-to-understand language to answer complex questions about death and how a child might feel when someone dies. It covers all manner of tricky subjects with sensitivity and honesty, from what death is to why people die. Each double page spread takes a child through how they might feel, what they might think and how they might behave. With engaging illustrations, gentle guidance and simple advice for parents and carers, Let's Talk About When Someone Dies fulfils an important but difficult need for starting conversations with children about death and bereavement, in an accessible and supportive way.
Luna's red hat: an illustrated storybook to help children cope with loss and suicide, Emmi Smid with a contribution by Riet Fiddelaers-Jaspers.
It is a beautiful spring day, and Luna is having a picnic in the park with her family, wearing her Mum's red hat. Luna's Mum died one year ago and she still finds it difficult to understand why. She feels that it may have been her fault and worries that her Dad might leave her in the same way. Her Dad talks to her to explain what happened and together they think about all the happy memories they have of Mum. This beautifully-illustrated storybook is designed as a tool to be read with children aged 6+ who have experienced the loss of a loved one by suicide.
Your mind is like the sky, Bronwen Ballard; [illustrated by] Laura Carlin.
Explains that worries and negative thoughts are normal and suggests ways for children to deal with them by practicing mindfulness techniques and remembering to look at the bigger picture.
What is consent? Why is it important? And other big questions, Louise Spilsbury & Yas Necati.
The concept of consent is easy to oversimplify; yes means yes, and no means no. Often, though, it isn't that black and white. Have you ever said 'yes' to something when, really, you wanted to say 'no'? Or have you ever tried to convince someone to do something they don't want to? This book explores how consent works, and why it matters. It explains how consent plays a part in almost every interaction or relationship we have, and how it affects almost every area of life, from healthcare to the law. The book encourages children to think about what consent means to them, and about the importance of personal boundaries; both knowing your own, and respecting other people's. It talks about how to say no, and what to do if you feel your consent has been violated.
Indescribable: 100 devotions about God & science, Louie Giglio with Tama Fortner; illustrated by Nicola Anderson.
Displays the majesty of creation with scientific findings, photography, and original illustrations. These 100 devotions encourage awe at God's creativity with an in-depth look at: Space, Galaxies, Planets, and Stars; Earth, Geology, Oceans, and Weather; Animals, from Doves to Dinosaurs; Our Minds, Bodies, and Imaginations. Each devotion features a 'Be Amazed' section with fascinating facts, hands- on activities, and a closing prayer.
What is humanism?: How do you live without a god? And other big questions for kids, Michael Rosen and Annemarie Young.
The first of its kind aimed at the new curriculum for upper primary and lower secondary school children, this book will examine how humanists respond to fundamental questions about morals and ethics, the origins of life, religion and the state.
Bob Hartman's rhyming Bible, illustrated by Mark Beech.
Internationally acclaimed storyteller and best-selling children's author Bob Hartman re-tells classic Bible stories in rhyme. Featuring popular tales from the Old and New Testaments, this is an ideal book for a parent to read with a child or for use in any storytelling setting with young children. Bob Hartman's fresh take on these well-loved stories are a joy to read aloud with any child. and also lend themselves to be used in any storytelling setting with children.
Diwali, written by Hannah Eliot; illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan.
Introduces the Hindu holiday, discussing the ways in which it is celebrated and why it is important.
1001 inventions & awesome facts from Muslim civilization.,
Traces centuries of invention and technological innovation in the Muslim world, revealing how Muslim intellectuals built elephant water clocks, drew detailed world maps, and built colossal architectural structures.
What is gender? How does it define us? And other big questions, Juno Dawson.
What's the difference between sex and gender? What does it mean to be defined by your gender? Are there only two genders? This informative book helps kids to explore these questions and more, explaining that there are differences of opinion and that answers are not always straightforward.
Kids who did: real kids who ruled, rebelled, survived and thrived, Kirsty Murray.
From the wolf girls of India to a 14-year-old Olympic champion; from Iqbal Masih, the inspirational 12-year-old human rights activist, to the Dalai Lama; from Auschwitz to outback Australia, Tough Stuff is packed with true stories that show what kids are made of. It's about children who have protested, rebelled, prayed, saved lives, earned a fortune, lost everything, become world-famous, or survived oppression and war. It's about kids making a difference in the adult world. It's about kids and courage.
Racism, Anita Ganeri; illustrated by Ximena Jeria.
This hands-on picture book is designed to help children with their questions and feelings about tricky topics that can be hard to talk about. The exquisite and approachable illustrations give a comforting story book feel, while also appealing to both younger and older children. A perfect aid to help children open up and explore how they feel and give them steps they can take to help them cope.
What is race? Who are racists? Why does skin colour matter? And other big questions, Claire Heuchan & Nikesh Shukla.
Talking about race is often discouraged, but this book aims to bring everyone into the conversation. It explores the history of race and society, giving context to how racist attitudes come into being. It looks at belonging and identity, the damaging effects of stereotyping and the benefits of positive representation. The authors talk sensitively about how to identify and challenge racism, and how to protect against and stop racist behaviour.
Racism and intolerance, Louise Spilsbury; [illustrated by] Hanane Kai.
The Children in Our World non-fiction picture book series helps children make sense of the larger issues and crises that dominate the news in a sensitive and appropriate manner. Where issues aren't appropriate to describe in words, Hanane Kai's striking and sensitive illustrations help children visualise the ways in which racism and intolerance affect people all around the world with images that are suited to their age and disposition.
The great big book of life, Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith.
Aren't humans amazing? It's incredible to think that all of us started out life as a tiny dot. Find out how we change as we grow from babies to children to teenagers to adults, and what happens when people get old.
Refugees and migrants, Ceri Roberts; [illustrations by] Hanane Kai.
The Children in Our World picture book series helps children make sense of the larger issues and crises that dominate the news in a sensitive and appropriate manner. With relatable comparisons, carefully researched text and striking illustrations, 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. Where issues aren't appropriate to describe in words, Hanane Kai's striking and sensitive illustrations help children visualise who refugees and migrants are, in images that are suited to their age and disposition. The series forms an excellent cross-curricular resource that looks at refugees, war, poverty and racism making them ideal for tying into Refugee Week and current affairs dicussions.
Who are refugees and migrants? What makes people leave their homes?: and other big questions, Michael Rosen & Annemarie Young.
Every day in the news we see and hear people described as refugees, asylum seekers and migrants leaving their homes and taking difficult, sometimes life-threatening journeys to new countries. What has made them leave, and what should the countries that receive them do about the situation? What links us all as human beings, and what happens when people are denied their human rights? In this book, we'll help you to understand migration, the movement of people, in all its forms. Our aim is to get you to think for yourselves about the big questions raised by the subject, and then use your answers to make your own list of human rights that you think all people should share. We'll hear a range of views from people who have personal experience of migration, including the campaigners Meltem Avcil and Muzoon Almellehan, the comedian and actor Omid Djalili and the poet Benjamin Zephaniah.
An undercover history of spies and secret agents, Rachel Minay.
Take a chronological look at a whole host of spies and secret agents. Blast around the world with the brave (and sometimes slightly foolish) men and women who double-crossed their governments, cracked 'unbreakable' codes, donned disguises, and more. Discover if you would have had what it takes to be a real life James Bond, be a mole who might wait years to become 'active in the field', send covert signals or try and overthrow the queen of England!
The best (& worst) jobs in ancient Rome, Clive Gifford.
What sort of work could job-hunters in Ancient Rome expect to find? They might become a soldier in the most disciplined army in the known world, or a fuller, cleaning other people's dirty laundry by trampling it in vats of urine. What were the pay and conditions like for a doctor or a cook in Ancient Rome? Which were the most dangerous jobs and which the most high status? The book is illustrated throughout with photos of artefacts from the period from the Art Archive and complemented by quirky and humorous but historically accurate illustrations.
The best (& worst) jobs in Anglo-Saxon & Viking times, Clive Gifford.
If you enjoy reading about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, especially about the grim and gory aspects of each era, this is the book for you! What sort of work could job-hunters in Anglo-Saxon and Viking Times expect to find? An Anglo-Saxon might become a monk, painstakingly copying out manuscripts by hand and fending off attacks from ferocious Viking invaders, or a nettle collector, pounding stinging nettles to release their flax-like fibres and boiling them to make a medicinal tea. What were the pay and conditions like for a cook or a charm-maker in Anglo-Saxon and Viking Times? Which were the most dangerous jobs and which the most high status?
The energy we use, Georgia Amson-Bradshaw.
What are the problems and challenges we face around the world when it comes to the energy we use? How can we make the most of renewable energy sources and find alternative forms of fuel? Interactive 'Solve It!' design challenges give readers the information they need to develop sustainable solutions to the problems discussed, and step-by-step 'Test It!' activities encourage them to explore putting principles into practice.
Biodiversity, Izzi Howell.
Earth's rich biodiversity at risk everywhere, from the icy poles to the dense rainforest, as deforestation, climate change and pollution threaten fragile ecosystems. Can we reverse the damage before it is too late? Our Earth is facing huge environmental challenges, from plastic pollution choking our oceans to critical loss of biodiversity. Ecographics aims to raise young readers' awareness of these challenges with the latest headline-grabbing facts and stats, pertinent case studies and powerful photos.
A noble history of knights, Izzi Howell.
Blast Through the Past takes a look at some of the most influential jobs (legal or otherwise!) and gets under the skin of of the most famous and infamous, the cleverest and the barmiest people who have shaped history. Take a chronological look at knights, spies, ancient warriors, explorers and more, and discover if you have what it takes to be a pirate on the high seas, an undercover agent or a fearsome gladiator.
A heroic history of gladiators and ancient warriors, Rachel Minay.
Take a chronological look at a whole host of ancient warriors. From the earliest civilisations of ancient Sumer, to the seafaring exploits of the Vikings, blast around the world visiting the fighting pharaohs, the fearless Spartans, the ruthless Romans and their love of Gladiators entertaining them in staged battles, the bloodthirsty Mayans and more. Discover if you would have had what it takes to be a legionnaire, a wild celtic warrior or even be as successful a leader as Alexander the Great!
Global conflict, Louise Spilsbury; [illustrated by] Hanane Kai.
Children can begin to understand what war and conflict are, how they affect people and how readers can help those who are affected.
Poverty and hunger, Louise Spilsbury; [illustrated by] Hanane Kai.
Children can begin to understand what poverty and hunger are, how they affect people in countries all over the world and how readers can help those affected.
The stuff we buy, Georgia Amson-Bradshaw.
What are the problems and challenges we face around the world when it comes to the stuff we buy? How can we reduce, reuse and recycle the things we own, to avoid wasting them and contributing to pollution and climate change? Interactive 'Solve It!' design challenges give readers the information they need to develop sustainable solutions to the problems discussed, and step-by-step 'Test It!' activities encourage them to explore putting principles into practice.
What a waste, Jess French.
Everything you need to know about what we're doing to our environment, good and bad, from pollution and litter to renewable energy and plastic recycling. This environmental book will teach keen young ecologists about our actions affect planet Earth. Discover shocking facts about the waste we produce and where it goes. Did you know that every single plastic toothbrush ever made still exists? Or that there's a floating mass of rubbish larger than the USA drifting around the Pacific Ocean? It's not all bad news though. As well as explaining where we're going wrong, What a Waste shows what we're doing right! Discover plans already in motion to save our seas, how countries are implementing schemes that are having a positive impact, and how your waste can be turned into something useful. Every small change helps our planet!
Climate change, Izzi Howell.
Earth is now warmer than at any time in the past 650,000 years, putting it at huge risk from natural disasters from flooding to desertification. How can we reverse climate change before it is too late? Our Earth is facing huge environmental challenges, from plastic pollution choking our oceans to critical loss of biodiversity. Ecographics aims to raise young readers' awareness of these challenges with the latest headline-grabbing facts and stats, pertinent case studies and powerful photos.
Storytime STEM nursery rhymes, Immacula A. Rhodes
Children explore ways to keep Humpty Dumpty from breaking after a fall, design a system for Jack and Jill to bring water down the hill without carrying it, build a catapult to help the cow jump over the moon, and many more. Each nursery rhyme comes with three STEM activities and companion recording sheets. A joyful way to spark a love of science in little learners!
D is for dragon dance; shì wŭ lóng, Ying Chang Compestine; illustrated by Yongsheng Xuan.
See how kids greet the Chinese New Year by writing characters, getting haircuts, eating noodles, and honouring their families.
Día de los Muertos, Hannah Eliot; illustrated by Jorge Gutierrez.
At the end of October each year, it's time to celebrate an ancient tradition: Día de los Muertos! With vibrant illustrations by Mexican illustrator Jorge Gutierrez, this festive board book teaches that Día de los Muertos honors ancestors and loved ones who have passed. From sugar skulls to papel picado, this is a holiday that truly commemorates the cycle of life.
Goldilocks and the three bears: an English folk tale, retold by Joy Cowley; illustrated by Eun-shil Kim.
Recreated with 3D modeling, this is a fun and vibrant book kids will love.
The Bremen town musicians: a story, the Brothers Grimm; retold by Joy Cowley; illustrated by Sang-wu Shin.
Clever collage illustrations bring this tale of four animals that are down on their luck to life.
The gingerbread man: an English folk tale, retold by Joy Cowley; illustrated by In-gahng Jeon.
3D clay models are the perfect medium to bring this simple and fun tale to life.
The nightingale: a story, Hans Christian Andersen; retold by Joy Cowley; illustrated by Jin-kyeong Lee.
An emperor prefers the tinkling of a bejeweled mechanical bird to the song of a real nightingale, but when he is near death, the nightingale's song restores his health.
The three little pigs, a story by Joseph Jacobs; retold by Joy Cowley; illustrated by Do-yeon Kim.
A retelling of the story of three little pigs who leave home to seek their fortunes and how they deal with the big bad wolf.
The elves and the shoemaker, [illustrated by: Gail Yerrill; reading consultant, Geraldine Taylor].
A poor shoemaker wakes up to find beautiful shoes have been made during the night. But who made them? And how can the shoemaker ever repay these secret helpers? The Elves and the Shoemaker has been designed by experts for you and your child to read together before bedtime.
The gingerbread man, [illustrated by Gail Yerrill; reading consultant, Geraldine Taylor].
Follow the gingerbread man as he runs away from an old woman, an old man, a pig, a cow and a horse. No one can catch him! But will he be able to escape the crafty fox? The Gingerbread Man has been designed by experts for you and your child to read together before bedtime.
Goldilocks and the three bears, [illustrated by Gavin Scott; reading consultant Geraldine Taylor].
When Goldilocks discovers a little house in the woods, she finds a delicious bowl of porridge to eat and a nice comfy bed to sleep in. But she gets a big surprise when the owners of the house return! Goldilocks and the Three Bears has been designed by experts for you and your child to read together before bedtime.
Jack and the beanstalk, [illustrated by Gavin Scott; reading consultant, Geraldine Taylor].
When Jack trades his cow for some magic beans, an enormous beanstalk leads him to a castle hidden in the clouds. Find out what is waiting for Jack at the top of the beanstalk. Jack and the Beanstalk has been designed by experts for you and your child to read together before bedtime.
The three billy goats gruff, [illustrated by Gavin Scott; reading consultant Geraldine Taylor].
The Three Billy Goats Gruff are excited to cross the river and eat the sweet green grass on the other side. But who lives under the bridge, and will he let them pass? The Three Billy Goats Gruff has been designed by experts for you and your child to read together before bedtime.
The three little pigs, [illustrated by Mei Matsouka; reading consultant Geraldine Taylor].
When the three little pigs set off to build new houses, the first little pig chooses to make a house out of straw. The second little pig makes a house of wood and the third little pig uses bricks. But which house will keep them safe from the big bad wolf? The Three Little Pigs has been designed by experts for you and your child to read together before bedtime.
Let's learn Japanese: first words for everyone, Aurora Cacciapuoti.
Pairing words and characters with whimsical illustrations, each section features examples of word pronunciation, the three main Japanese writing systems (kanji, hiragana, and katakana), and common Japanese elements.
Hack your backyard: discover a world of outside fun with science buddies, Niki Ahrens.
All sorts of wild things are going on right outside your door! Explore the science in your own backyard with these fun Science Buddies outdoor nature projects. Step-by-step instructions and detailed photos help you learn how to tell the temperature from crickets' chirps, study the stars, find hidden colours in leaves, and more!
The school of numbers, written by Emily Hawkins; illustrated by Daniel Frost.
Hop on board the School of Numbers spaceship and to head off on an intergalactic journey that introduces young readers to key math concepts including basic arithmetic, averages, shapes, sequences and problem solving. Hop on board the spaceship School of Numbers and head off on an intergalactic mathematical journey that will introduce young readers to key concepts including arithmetic, shapes, fractions, percentages, and sequences. With 6 eccentric professors, and a gravity-free classroom, antics aplenty unfold as readers see math in action like never before.
A guide to space, Kevin Pettman.
Think you know everything there is to know about space? Think again! This fact-packed bumper book is filled with everything you ever wanted to know about space and more! Using vivid colours, graphic visuals and bold designs, this guide brings space to life on the page with a modern and engaging approach to information.
Just right: searching for the Goldilocks planet, Curtis Manley; illustrated by Jessica Lanan.
Follow a young girl as she explores questions about the wondrous search for another Goldilocks planet: a planet outside of our solar system that can support life.
Stargazer: a step-by-step guide to the southern night sky, foreword by Maggie Aderin-Pocock.
Stargazer takes you through constellations one-by-one, linking them together as you progress using easy- to-follow star routes that guide you across the celestial sphere. Adapted carefully for the southern hemisphere, this book is perfect for budding astronomers learning to navigate our expansive and fascinating universe. Complete with practice exercises, stunning colour photography of nebulas and galaxies, and amazing facts about our solar system and beyond, this book is a reliable and exciting new guide to our skies.
Awesome physics experiments for kids: 40 fun science projects & why they work!, Erica L. Colón; photography by Paige Green.
How far can you shoot a pom-pom with energy generated from rubber bands? What attracts goo to a balloon? Can you cook s'mores using energy from the sun? Show kids how cool it is to learn physics with 40 fun and engaging experiments. Created by board-certified science teacher Dr. Erica Colón, these physics experiments for kids offer a hands-on approach to learning about concepts like force, electricity, heat, and sound. Simple, step-by-step instructions let kids do their own experimentation and discover just how fun physics really is.
How big is big? How far is far? All around me, illustrated by Jun Cen.
Look up, look down, look all around. Journey through the natural world and discover animals big and small in this whimsical guide to weights, heights and distances for little learners.
A ray of light: a book of science and wonder, written and photographed by Walter Wick.
The wonder of light has fascinated readers for ages. Walter Wick's mesmerizing photographs paired with simple yet fascinating text and scientific observations help readers understand the secrets and complexity of light. You will learn what light is made of and how it fits alongside everything else in the world. Walter introduces readers into the mystery behind incandescence, light waves, the colour spectrum and iridescence as well how we perceive light in our world and beyond. Walter Wick demonstrates that science and art both offer ways to observe the world around us.
The Usborne book of planet Earth, written by Megan Cullis & Matthew Oldham; illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman; designed by Emily Barden.
Where in the world would you most like to go? You could join a stampede of wildebeest in the Serengeti, dive to the deepest parts of the ocean, climb soaring mountain peaks in the Himalayas or take a gondola ride along the canals of Venice. This spectacular picture book has it all; taking readers on a fascinating tour of our amazing planet.
Why does the earth need the moon?, Devin Dennie.
Explore the science behind more than 200 questions about our planet. DK's exciting new Earth encyclopedia answers children's biggest, and weirdest, geography questions, covering volcanoes, earthquakes, oceans, and more! Did you know that the Earth's biggest waterfall is underwater, or that mountains grow? This children's book, ideal for ages 6-8, will help inquisitive minds find out the answers to all the questions they may have, and some they hadn't thought of yet! Can you freeze in a desert? Can humans make it rain? Is there life on moss? Covering amazing landforms, deep-sea wonders, and awesome weather, Do You Know About Earth? helps children get to grips with the massive topic that is our planet. Important issues such as global warming and plastics in the ocean are introduced alongside key geography topics so that children can learn all about how nature works, and discover what we can do to keep the Earth healthy. Get your children learning with this amazing Earth book, which is packed with fantastic facts for curious minds.
Dinosaurs and other prehistoric life, written by Chris Barker and Darren Naish; consultant, Darren Naish.
Journey back in time and find out where the dinosaurs roamed. This unique children's atlas explores each continent, revealing fossil sites and stories on every map. Part of the best-selling What's Where on Earth series, this atlas is packed with maps of early Earth and more than 40 profiles of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. Stare down a T Rex in North America. Watch out for Velociraptors' slashing claws in the Gobi Desert. Trek across the Siberian tundra and discover a woolly mammoth. This stunning book makes every animal come to life using breathtaking computer-generated imagery. Using specially-commissioned maps, this dinosaur atlas shows you what the world looked like millions of years ago. A modern 3D globe next to each map helps you understand the arrangement of the continents over time and why we find fossils where we do. You can see what palaeontologists have dug up over the centuries in each continent and learn how they put together a picture of the past from a puzzle of ancient clues.
Titanosaur: discovering the world's largest dinosaur, José Luis Carballido and Diego Pol; illustrations by Florencia Gigena.
Through a combination of photographs and illustrations, this picture book will tell the story of the discovery of this new dinosaur, while weaving in exciting facts about what life was like for this brand new species that doesn't even have an official name yet! Chock-full of back matter like a glossary and a dinosaur time period chart, kids of all ages will devour this book. Additionally, it will be vetted and approved by the specialists at the museum as the ultimate, official Titanosaur book.
Dinosaurs: travel through millions of years to see the birth and death of the dinosaurs, Liz Gogerly and Rob Hunt; illustrated by øivind Hovland.
Prepare to take a chronological journey, from over 200 million years ago, when tiny Saltopus hopped around in search of food, and pterosaurs took to the skies, through to huge dinosaurs such as Brachiosaurus and Allosaurus of the late Jurassic Period. Travel right up to the mass extinction event of the Cretaceous Period, which wiped out three quarters of all life on the planet.
Lifesize dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures, Sophy Henn.
Step into the book to see how you measure up against some of the world's most incredible, ginormous, deadly dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures. This interactive non-fiction adventure features lifesize illustrations so you can try on a Utahraptor's claw, compare your nostrils with a Diplodocus, see how a Stegosaurus plate would look on your back, wear a Pteranodon's beak, and much, much more. This huge, playful book is the perfect introduction to dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures for Jurassic World fans and young dinosaur enthusiasts.
The incredible ecosystems of planet Earth, written and illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky.
Through exquisite illustrations, maps and infographics, bestselling author Rachel Ignotofsky explains how our planet works, from its incredible ecosystems and the plants and animals that live there to the importance of biodiversity, weather cycles and more. Including information on the dangers of climate change and ideas for how to protect Planet Earth, this utterly charming guide is perfect for all nature-loving readers on the planet we call home.
Would you rather be a tadpole?, Bonnie Worth; illustrated by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu.
From the top to the bottom I think that you'll see that this pond here is lively as lively can be. Join the Cat in the Hat as he introduces beginning readers to ponds.
The ultimate animal counting book, Jennifer Cossins.
Can you count one blue whale? Probably. How about 16 lions? Or 44 penguins? Or 100 fairy flies? Join CBCA Award-winner Jennifer Cossins on an expedition through the animal kingdom, counting one to 100 and collecting fascinating animal facts along the way. Discover the colour of a zebra's skin under its stripes, how a tapir uses its nose as a snorkel when it swims, and that cranes are famous for their dancing! Beautifully illustrated with full-colour pictures of animals great and small, from all over the world; from the familiar wombat and sea turtle to the unusual gerenuk and caracal, this book is an utter delight.
Animals, Libby Walden, [illustrations] Stephanie Fizer Coleman.
Learn about animals and where they live within the Hidden World. Filled with bite-sized facts, multiple flaps and sumptuous illustrations, this title is perfect for introducing young children to the worlds of the animal kingdom.
World of forests, Robert Hunter.
Explore ten diverse habitats; from the Amazon Rainforest, to Redwood National Park to the New Forest, and listen to animals in the wild with this extraordinary sound book. Simply press the page to hear the exquisite sounds of animals around the world, from the pandas of the bamboo forest of China to the bald eagles of Tongass National Park in Alaska. A stunning interactive book for young nature lovers.
Meet the minibeasts, Sarah Ridley.
Become a minibeast expert with this easy-to-understand guide to the wonderful and important creatures that live beside us. Have you ever wondered what the difference between a moth and a butterfly is? Or have you ever thought about how bees live together? This fascinating and comprehensive book for children aged 6+ is full of interesting facts and brilliant photographs. It also features guides to spotting your favourite minibeast in their natural habitats. Minibeasts covered: ants, aphids, bees, beetles, bugs, butterflies, centipedes, cicadas, crickets, damselflies, dragonflies, earwigs, flies, grasshoppers, harvestmen, millipedes, mites, moths, pond skaters, slugs, snails, spiders, termites, ticks, wasps, woodlice, worms.
Sensational butterflies, Ben Rothery.
Butterflies and moths are some of the most amazing creatures in nature. There are over 180,000 different kinds and they can be found on every continent except the Antarctic. The intricate beauty of butterflies spans the globe and yet also settles close to home in a child's garden, local park or window box. This large-format book brings the vibrancy and ecosystem of butterflies to life with simple text and gorgeous illustrations, covering the key butterfly and moth families and including scores of fascinating facts. Learn the unique way that butterflies see, or be amazed by the multiple double-page spreads showing wingspans in sensational detail.
Girls think of everything: stories of ingenious inventions by women, Catherine Thimmesh; illustrated by Melissa Sweet.
In kitchens and living rooms, in garages and labs and basements, even in converted chicken coops, women and girls have invented ingenious innovations that have made our lives simpler and better. What inspired these girls, and just how did they turn their ideas into realities? Retaining reader-tested favorite inventions, this updated edition of the best-selling Girls Think of Everything features seven new chapters that better represent our diverse and increasingly technological world, offering readers stories about inventions that are full of hope and vitality, empowering them to think big, especially in the face of adversity.
What's going on inside my head?: starting conversations with your child about positive mental health, Molly Potter; illustrated by Sarah Jennings.
We all know that healthy minds are really important but how do we make sure we look after our mental health from a very young age? What's Going On Inside My Head? is a book for children that explores practical ways we can keep our minds in good shape as well as our bodies. By talking about positive self-image, emotional intelligence, relationships and mindfulness, this book will help children develop healthy habits and good coping strategies from the start. Presented in a warm, child-friendly but no-nonsense way it will help establish solid foundations for every child's current and future wellbeing. Perfect for starting conversations with children about their mental and emotional health, What's Going On Inside My Head? is a must for every parent who understands the importance of keeping a healthy mind.
How big is our baby?: a 9-month guide for soon-to-be siblings, Smriti Prasadam-Halls; [illustrated by] Britta Teckentrup.
When a new baby is on the way, siblings-to-be have lots of feelings and plenty of questions. But whether they're impatient, curious or a little worried, this friendly and reassuring guide explains each step of the pregnancy journey and helps little ones feel involved and excited. With a month-by-month approach that compares the size of the growing baby to something familiar to the young reader, such as a speck of sand at the seaside or an egg, readers also find out about how Baby is developing, from when the heart might first beat to when they'll be able to feel it kick. The book also includes information about how life might change once Baby arrives, and how exciting it will be to have a new baby brother or sister.
Weapons and warfare, Jon Richards.
Have you ever wondered how guns and bullet proof jackets were invented? From spears and arrows to experiments with rocket and lasers, from chain mail to kevlar and ceramic plates, It'll Never Work: Weapons and Warfare explores the history and development of weaponry, the successes and failures that have led to the weapons of modern warfare that we know today.
Buildings, bridges and tunnels, Jon Richards.
Have you ever wondered what made human beings want to reach for the skies by building higher and higher? And how they did it? Learn all about the the history of construction in It'll Never Work: Buildings, Bridges and Tunnels, a book that explores the medieval castles, underwater hotels, tunnels under the sea and the successes and failures that have led to the building feats that we know today.
Garbage & recycling, Tedd Arnold.
Fly Guy and Buzz visit a landfill to discover where their garbage goes. They learn all about garbage trucks, trash sorting, bacteria, and how landfills can be more environmentally friendly. They also visit a recycling plant to learn about how recycling programs get started, the recycling cycle, and what happens when trash isn't properly disposed of. There are even tips for how readers can help keep our planet healthy!
Cars, trucks and trains, Jon Richards.
Have you ever wondered why and how the car was invented? From steam cars and trains to experiments with rocket powered and flying cars, It'll Never Work: Cars, Trucks and Trains explores the history and development of vehicles that have led to the comforts of modern passenger transport that we know today.
The story of flight, written by Jakob Whitfield; illustrated by Us Now.
The story of flight is a fascinating one: from the earliest balloons and airships to the latest stealth jet, each breakthrough laid the foundation for the next. Trace the extraordinary history of flight in this strikingly illustrated guide, from the Wright Flyer to cutting-edge drones. Along the way, discover how the social upheavals of the past 240 years influenced the flight path: two world wars, equality for women and the fight against climate change. Finally, explore the incredible inventions that await us in the future.
Planes and helicopters, Jon Richards.
Have you ever wondered what made human beings think they could take to the skies? Starting with Icarus and his wax and feather wings and Leonardo Da Vinci's Flying Machine and primitive helicopter know as the Aerial Screw, It'll Never Work: Planes and Helicopters explores the history of flying machines, the successes and failures that have led to the comforts of modern passenger flight that we know today.
Total tractor!, written by Joesphine Roberts.
If you like tractors, you'll love Total Tractor, get under the bonnet of these glorious, gigantic machines. From exciting vintage tractors and farming machines to the latest state-of-the-art John Deere, Total Tractor presents these mighty machines in all their glory. Travel through time with the pictures of tractors through the ages. You can discover historic steam engines in fascinating detail and follow their development right up to the present day. Total Tractor reveals essential facts and stats including pulling power, tyre size and much more. Large scale, big pictures of tractors reveal the intricate parts of the machine and a driver's-eye view puts you in the cab. You can see tractors in action ploughing, planting, building and breaking, plus step into the world of tractor competitions and find out how to win at tractor pulling.
Rockets and space travel, Jon Richards.
Have you ever wondered what made human beings think they could go to the Moon? The idea of exploring space started with fiction and science-fiction written by authors like Jules Verne and H G Wells. Little did they know that space travel would become a reality! It'll Never Work: Rockets and Space Travel explores the history of space travel and spaceships, the successes and failures that have led to the very recent Pluto flyby by the New Horizons spacecraft.
Forest, Kate Moss Gamblin; pictures by Karen Patkau.
Invites young readers to consider what they see and experience in the forest through the seasons.
We are the gardeners, Joanna Gaines and kids; illustrated by Julianna Swaney.
Joanna and the kids chronicle the adventures of starting their own family garden. From failed endeavors, obstacles (bunnies that eat everything!), and lessons learned, the Gaines family shares how they grew a happy, successful garden. As it turns out, trying something new isn't always easy, but the hardest work often yields the greatest reward.
Sunflower shoots and muddy boots: a child's guide to gardening, Katherine Halligan; [illustrated by] Grace Easton.
Packed with brilliant activities and green-fingered ideas, top tips and fascinating facts, from growing berries and flowers in old hats and welly boots, to making miniature indoor magic gardens or even growing your own secret den. The perfect first introduction to the absolute delight of growing plants.
Unusual pets, [written by 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. Adorable photos, and gentle, accessible text, makes this the perfect guide for all pet carers whether they own a pet or not!
Ponies, [written by Pat Jacobs].
Whether they already own one, or beg for one each Christmas and birthday, children love pets, and Pet Pals is the perfect title for any pet-loving child out there. 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. Adorable photos, and gentle, accessible text, makes this the perfect guide for all pet carers; whether they own a pet or not!
The everything book of horses & ponies, [author, Andrea Mills].
A must-have for every animal-loving child, this is the cutest introduction to everything kids want to know about horses and ponies. Do you dream about riding a horse and want to really get to know them? Would you like to learn how to look after a horse, what kit to use, or enter the world of equestrian sports? Discover the secrets of gorgeous horses and ponies in this fun, lively book. Packed with colourful photos, fantastic facts, and bite-sized information, The Everything Book of Horses and Ponies takes you into their fascinating world. Find out about favourite breeds from Shire horse to Shetland pony. Learn about horses and ponies from around the globe, and be amazed by their beautiful colourings and patterns. Young equine enthusiasts will be champing at the bit to read this wonderful treasury of horses and ponies.
Birds, [written by Pat Jacobs].
Whether they already own one, or beg for one each Christmas and birthday, children love pets, and Pet Pals is the perfect title for any pet-loving child out there. 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.
Superpower dogs, Taran, George, Daniel, and Dominic; photographs by Danny Wilcox Frazier.
Shares the stories of dogs from around the world that help save lives, including an urban search and rescue dog, avalanche rescue dog, and an emotional support dog.
Cats, [written by 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 cats communicate, the games they like to play and the treats they like to eat, as well as how to care for them.
Guinea pigs, [written by Pat Jacobs].
Whether they already own one, or beg for one each Christmas and birthday, children love pets, and Pet Pals: Guinea Pig is the perfect title for any animal-loving child out there. 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 guinea pigs communicate, the games they like to play and the treats they like to eat, as well as how to care for them.
Borrowing bunnies: a surprising true tale of fostering rabbits, Cynthia Lord; photographs by John Bald; illustrations by Hazel Mitchell.
From Newbery Honor author, Cynthia Lord, comes the heartwarming true story of the author's own journey in fostering two amazing bunnies, illustrated with photos and drawings.
Super simple baking for kids: learn to bake with over 55 easy recipes for cookies, muffins, cupcakes & more!, Charity Mathews; photography by Evi Abeler.
When it comes to baking, even the littlest hands are eager to start mixing up tasty treats. Super Simple Baking for Kids equips new bakers with the most fun and easiest-ever recipes to whip up. Cookies, muffins, and cakes galore are sure to leave even grown-ups asking for more. Beginning with the basics, kids ages six to eight will learn key baking skills like how to separate eggs or knead dough. When these techniques are mastered, they can cook up over 55 super yummy recipes with confidence.
In the home, Jon Richards.
Have you ever wondered how we invented the objects that make our homes comfortable, like the television, the washing machine, the toaster? Learn all about the history of the objects that we cannot do without in our homes in It'll Never Work: In the Home, a book that explores the invention of household items that have become essential to our daily life and the successes and failures that have led to the comforts and entertainment that we know today.
Cool stuff to sew, Stephanie Turnbull.
Think you could be the next big thing in sewing? Master some sewing basics and then try your hand at making your own bag, some amazing decorations and all the other crafty creations in this book.You don't need to spend a fortune on your own cool, custom-made stuff. Ingenious ways to use inexpensive materials; many of which you may already have lying around mean you can bake, sew, make and grow loads of brilliant things.
Codes: how to make them and break them!, Kjartan Poskitt; illustrated by Ian Baker.
Provides instructions on creating and cracking codes, including information on substitution codes, scrambling codes, and the history of cryptology.
The big book of crafts & activities, [editor, James Mitchem].
This book is packed with crafts, recipes, games and activities for children who want to get creative and try new things-- from growing tasty fruit and vegetables to customizing your furniture.
Cool stuff to make with paper, Stephanie Turnbull.
Fold paper to create colourful animal characters, impress your friends with perfect paper planes, master the art of paper pop-ups, make stylish party hats for any occasion, create clever collages and crazy cartoons. Cool stuff to make with paper is packed full of ideas, techniques, tips and suggestions. As well as advice and hints, it includes clear step-by-step instructions for a great range of clever paper projects.
We've got the whole world in our hands, Rafael López.
Star Wars character encyclopedia, written by Simon Beecroft, Elizabeth Dowsett and Pablo Hidalgo.
The definitive guide to more than 200 heroes, villains, aliens, and droids of the Star Wars galaxy is now packed with new characters from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Solo: A Star Wars Story. Want to know how tall Snoke is? Or learn where Maz Kanata is from? The Star Wars: Character Encyclopedia is full of fun facts and intriguing information that's guaranteed to enthrall fans of all ages. With plenty of lesser-known details, even die-hard fans will learn new facts about iconic characters.
Bear's spooky book of hidden things, Gergely Dudás.
Bear really loves Halloween! It's Halloween and Bear can't wait to go trick-or-treating! He hopes his friends will be handing out his very favourite treat: honeycomb. From a spooky pumpkin patch to a haunted house to creepy forest, Bear is in for a real adventure. Can you help him find all the hidden surprises in store on his magical night?
Where's the sloth?, illustrated by Andy Rowland; written by Katy Lennon; designed by John Bigwood and Jack Clucas.
Suzi sloth is going on holiday and taking all her friends with her. Sloths are more adventurous than you may think and they plan to travel far and wide to the busy streets of Delhi, the canals of Amsterdam and even the beaches of Sydney. Pack your passport and get ready for a globetrotting adventure to find Suzi's pals in their new urban jungles.
Elmer search and find, David McKee.
Join Elmer in a search and find adventure! Each page is jam-packed full of things to spot, questions to answer and details to discover, all from Elmer's rainbow world. Young children can search each busy scene while developing their powers of observation, visual acuity, and their number and language skills.
Spot the odd one out, [illustrated] by Genie Espinosa; [author, Lisa Regan].
Can you find the monkey in a school photo? Or the unicorn hiding in a herd of horses? This brilliant book is filled with humorous activities that reward close inspection with fun and laughter. It showcases the quirkily charming artwork style of talented children's illustrator Genie Espinosa. From schools of fish to flotillas of spaceships, can you spot the element that doesn't belong?
Usborne long ago mazes, illustrated by The Boy Fitz Hammond [and four others]; designed by Claire Thomas, Candice Whatmore and Reuben Barrance; written by Sam Smith.
From Vikings to Victorians, pyramids to pirates, discover a world full of wonders, legends and famous figures in this entertaining selection of mazes across history. Each maze is more challenging than the last, from gladiator games in Ancient Rome to exploring the Amazon rainforest, and all the answers are at the back of the book.
Spot the difference, Genie Espinosa; [text, Paul Virr].
Eagle-eyed youngsters will find hours of fun, fascination and quirky humour in this book filled with Spot-the-Difference activities, which showcases artworks by talented children's illustrator Genie Espinosa. From pirates to penguins, robots to rockets and dinos to rhinos, no two ""identical"" pictures are ever quite the same.
Climbing shadows: poems for children, Shannon Bramer; pictures by Cindy Derby.
The poems in Climbing Shadows were inspired by a class of kindergarten children whom poet and playwright Shannon Bramer came to know over the course of a school year. She set out to write a poem for each child, sharing her love of poetry with them. This original collection reflects the children's joys and sorrows, worries and fears, moods and sense of humor.
The day the universe exploded my head: poems to take you into space and back again, Allan Wolf; illustrated by Anna Raff.
Hang on tight for a raucous bounce through the solar system and back propelled by funny, fanciful, factually sound poems and exuberant illustrations. The universe poured into me. My brain was overloaded. It smoked and glowed red-hot. And then it actually exploded.
An intrepid history of explorers, Izzi Howell.
Blast Through the Past takes a look at some of the most influential jobs (legal or otherwise!) and gets under the skin of of the most famous and infamous, the cleverest and the barmiest people who have shaped history. Take a chronological look at knights, spies, ancient warriors, explorers and more, and discover if you have what it takes to be a pirate on the high seas, an undercover agent or a fearsome gladiator.
Muhammad Ali, written by Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara; illustrated by Brosmind.
Introduces Muhammad Ali, detailing how young Cassius Clay learned how to box and became a legendary athlete, civil rights activist, and global icon.
Dancing through fields of color: the story of Helen Frankenthaler, Elizabeth Brown; illustrations by Aimee Sicuro.
They said only men could paint powerful pictures, but Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) splashed her way through the modern art world. Channeling deep emotion, Helen poured paint onto her canvas and danced with the colours to make art unlike anything anyone had ever seen. She used unique tools like mops and squeegees to push the paint around, to dazzling effects. Frankenthaler became an originator of the influential "Colour Field" style of abstract expressionist painting with her "soak stain" technique, and her artwork continues to electrify new generations of artists today. Dancing Through Fields of Color discusses Frankenthaler's early life, how she used colors to express emotion, and how she overcame the male- dominated art world of the 1950s.
Stephen Hawking, written by Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara; illustrated by Matt Hunt.
When Stephen Hawking was a little boy, he used to stare up at the stars and wonder about the universe. Although he was never top of the class, his curiosity took him to the best universities in England: Oxford and Cambridge. It also led him to make one of the biggest scientific discoveries of the 20th century: Hawking radiation. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the brilliant physicist's life.
Danza!: Amalia Hernández and el Ballet Folklórico de México, Duncan Tonatiuh.
Award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh tells the story of Amalia Hernandez, dancer and founder of El Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. Published in time for the 100th anniversary of Hernandez's birth, Danza! is the first picture book about the famous dancer and choreographer. Danza! is a celebration of Hernandez's life and of the rich history of dance in Mexico.
Martin & Mahalia: his words, her song, Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney.
Explores the intersecting lives of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and gospel singer Mahalia Jackson at the historic moment when their joined voices inspired landmark changes.
Leonardo da Vinci, [Patricia Geis].
Discover the magnificent art of Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance master, through this newest addition to the popular Meet the Artist! series. Leonardo's full range of work, from his exquisite paintings and sculptures to his brilliant inventions and codes, is included in this pop-up activity book. Flaps, cutouts, and pull tabs invite young readers and budding artists to engage in a hands-on exploration of history's most creative genius and even create their own ideal city.
Funny bones: Posada and his Day of the Dead calaveras, Duncan Tonatiuh.
Funny Bones tells the story of how the amusing calaveras; skeletons performing various everyday or festive activities, came to be. They are the creation of Mexican artist José Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852-1913). In a country that was not known for freedom of speech, he first drew political cartoons, much to the amusement of the local population but not the politicians. He continued to draw cartoons throughout much of his life, but he is best known today for his calavera drawings. They have become synonymous with Mexico's Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. Juxtaposing his own art with that of Lupe's, author Duncan Tonatiuh brings to light the remarkable life and work of a man whose art is beloved by many but whose name has remained in obscurity.
Malala's magic pencil, Malala Yousafzai; illustrated by Kerascoët.
As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.
The good guys: 50 heroes who changed the world with kindness, Rob Kemp, Paul Blow.
A life-changing book that shows kids it's cool to be kind. A gloriously illustrated celebration of heroes who have changed the world with kindness and compassion, from David Attenborough to Nelson Mandela, Oskar Schindler to Usain Bolt. What if we celebrated boys for their kindness as well their strength? For their generosity as well as their success? For their loyal friendship as well as their charm? The Good Guys introduces us to 50 heroes who have showed that changing the world doesn't require a sword or a corporate jet. Readers will find stories of extraordinary men including Muhammad Ali, Professor Green, Patrick Stewart and Lionel Messi, as well as unsung heroes such as James Harrison, who has spent fifty years donating his rare blood to save millions of babies. There's even a section celebrating ten boys who didn't let their young age stop them from helping others, such as Matthew Kaplan, who responded to his brother's bullies by setting up an anti-bullying programme for schools. The Good Guys celebrates the feats of heroes and everyday men, and will show kids that it really is cool to be kind.
More girls who rocked the world: heroines from Ada Lovelace to Misty Copeland, Michelle Roehm McCann.
From the inspiring author of Girls Who Rocked the World comes another comprehensive collection of true, inspiring profiles of successful young women throughout history who made their mark on the world before turning twenty. Young women today crave strong, independent role models to look to for motivation. In the follow-up to the bestseller Girls Who Rocked the World, More Girls Who Rocked the World offers a fun and uplifting collection of influential stories with forty-five more movers and shakers who made a difference before turning twenty. From Annie Oakley and Queen Victoria to Malala Yousafzai and Adele; each with her own incredible story of how she created life-changing opportunities for herself and the world, you'll get to know these capable queens of empires and courageous icons of entertainment. Also included are profiles of gutsy teenagers who are out there rocking the world right now and personal aspirations from today's young women.

Older Fiction

Through the untamed sky, Jennifer Lynn Alvarez.
Even though neither Rahkki nor Echofrost want to be paired as a rider and flier, they must work together to fly with the Sky Guard, free the wild herd of winged horses from the giants, and stop a plot to dethrone the queen.
Bat and the end of everything, written by Elana K. Arnold with pictures by Charles Santoso.
Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat) has been the caretaker for Thor, the best skunk kit in the world but the last day of third grade is quickly approaching, and Thor is almost ready to be released into the wild. The end of school also means that Bat has to say good-bye to his favourite teacher, and he worries about the summer care of Babycakes, their adorable class pet.
Princess before dawn: a tale of the wide-awake princess, E.D. Baker.
Princess Annie's beloved home Treecrest has become a favorite destination for all sorts of magical beings. One new set of guests are particularly strange, and they are ready to take over a new hunting ground. Annie and Liam turn to their only friends who can help, Francis and Zoe. But when Francis and Zoe arrive in Treecrest, the new hunting group is having too much fun to pack up and go home and nothing Francis or Zoe say seems to help. Can Annie, Liam and their new friends figure out a way to reclaim Treecrest before it's overrun with hunters? Or will Annie lose her one true home?
The door at the end of the world, Caroline Carlson.
What begins as a rather unremarkable Tuesday quickly turns to disaster when Lucy, the Gatekeeper's deputy, discovers that her boss has vanished and the door connecting Lucy's world to the next world over is broken, and it all might be Lucy's fault. To save the Gatekeeper and set things right, Lucy must break the rules for the first time ever and journey with an otherworldly boy, a suspiciously sneaky girl, and a crew of magical bees into the seven worlds beyond her own. But Lucy isn't the only one breaking the rules. As dangers gather around her, she learns she's up against a sinister force that's playing with the delicate fabric of time and space, no matter what the deadly costs or consequences. Lucy's never had to save the world before; and now, somehow, she's got to find a way to save eight of them.
One speck of truth, Caela Carter.
Alma has everything she needs, except answers to her questions. Her mother won't tell her why her beloved stepfather, Adam, is suddenly gone this summer. Or about life in Portugal, where her parents met. Not even about her father, who Alma cannot find, no matter how many graveyards she searches with her best friend, Julia. Then Alma's mother shocks her by moving them both to Lisbon so Alma can fall in love with the vibrant city where her father grew up. There she discovers she has more family than she could have imagined. She hopes Portugal holds the answers she's been desperately searching for, but it turns out finding the truth may be more complicated than she, or her mother, bargained for.
Finding Langston, Lesa Cline-Ransome.
It's 1946. Langston's mother has just died, and now they're leaving the rest of his family and friends. He misses everything; Grandma's Sunday suppers, the red dirt roads, and the magnolia trees his mother loved. In the city, they live in a small apartment surrounded by noise and chaos. It doesn't feel like a new start, or a better life. At home he's lonely, his father always busy at work; at school he's bullied for being a country boy. But Langston's new home has one fantastic thing. Unlike the whites-only library in Alabama, the Chicago Public Library welcomes everyone. There, hiding out after school, Langston discovers another Langston; a poet whom he learns inspired his mother enough to name her only son after him.
Trace, Pat Cummings.
Trace Carter doesn't know how to feel at ease in his new life in New York. Even though his artsy Auntie Lea is cool, her brownstone still isn't his home. Haunted by flashbacks of the accident that killed his parents, the best he can do is try to distract himself from memories of the past. But the past isn't done with him. When Trace takes a wrong turn in the New York Public Library, he finds someone else lost in the stacks with him: a crying little boy, wearing old,tattered clothes. And though at first he can't quite believe he's seen a ghost, Trace soon discovers that the boy he saw has ties to Trace's own history and that he himself may be the key to setting the dead to rest.
A circle of elephants, Eric Dinerstein.
Thirteen-year-old Nanda Singh, the youngest elephant driver in Nepal, enjoys a very special relationship with his tusker, Hira Prashad, through which he grows in understanding and compassion with all animals, including humans.
Harsu and the werestoat, Barbara Else.
Except for five godlet-drops that run in his blood, Harsu is human. His mother is Daama, the forty-first daughter of the fifty-ninth daughter of one of the wind god's nine thousand or so children. His father was human too, a warrior-physician. But now he's gone and Harsu inherited only a cloak edged with copper coins, a clay tablet and an old war-steed. This is all he has to survive what lies beyond the gate of time and place.
Samantha Spinner and the spectacular specs, Russell Ginns; illustrated by Barbara Fisinger.
Uncle Paul is still missing. And Samantha just received a new gift from him: a pair of strange purple sunglasses. Are they another powerful present? A clue to his whereabouts? Or just a bad fashion choice? Samantha and Nipper need to figure it out fast, because here comes the SUN!
The eleventh hour, Jacques Goldstyn; [translated by Anne Louise Mahoney].
Jules and Jim are best friends. They play together. They go to school together. They grow up together. Through it all, Jim is always a little ahead of Jules-a little faster, a little stronger. So, when Canada goes to war against Germany in 1914, Jim is the first to volunteer, but Jules is right behind him. They fight together. They battle the cold and the mud of the trenches together. But in the end, only one of them will see the Armistice begin at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. A poignant tale of friendship, The Eleventh Hour is also a story about life, death, and the horrors and futility of war.
Far away, Lisa Graff.
CJ's Aunt Nic is a psychic medium who tours the country speaking to spirits from Far Away, passing on messages from the dearly departed. And CJ knows firsthand how comforting those messages can be; Aunt Nic's Gift is the only way CJ can talk to her mom, who died just hours after she was born. So when CJ learns that she won't be able to speak to her mother anymore, even with Aunt Nic's help, she's determined to find a work-around. She sets off on road trip with her new friend Jax to locate the one object that she believes will tether her mother's spirit back to Earth but what she finds along the way challenges every truth she's ever known. Ultimately, CJ has to sort out the reality from the lies. National Book Award nominee Lisa Graff has written a poignant, heartfelt novel that explores the lengths we go to protect those we love and the power secrets have to change our worlds.
The Becket List: a Blackberry Farm story, Adele Griffin; pictures by LeUyen Pham.
Everything is changing for Becket Branch. From subways to sidewalks to safety rules, Becket is a city kid born and raised. Now the Branch family is trading urban bustle for big green fields and moving to Gran's farm, where Becket has to make sense of new routines from feeding animals to baling hay. And as much as Becket loves to yell "Beautiful Alert!" there's a lot about the countryside that is just plain odd. But Becket is ready to put her own spin on country life. Whether selling her mouth-puckering lemonade, feeding hostile hens, or trying to make a best friend of her new neighbor Frieda Franca, Becket is determined to use her city smarts to get a grip on farm living. Laugh and learn with Becket as she mucks through the messy, exuberant human experience of change she didn't ask for, in a story that sparkles with quirky characters and lasting connections.
The strangers, Margaret Peterson Haddix; art by Anne Lambelet.
The Greystone kids thought they knew. Chess has always been the protector over his younger siblings, Emma loves math, and Finn does what Finn does best--acting silly and being adored. They've been a happy family, just the three of them and their mom.But everything changes when reports of three kidnapped children reach the Greystone kids, and they're shocked by the startling similarities between themselves and these complete strangers. The other kids share their same first and middle names. They're the same ages. They even have identical birthdays. Who, exactly, are these strangers? Before Chess, Emma, and Finn can question their mom about it, she takes off on a sudden work trip and leaves them in the care of Ms. Morales and her daughter, Natalie. But puzzling clues left behind lead to complex codes, hidden rooms, and a dangerous secret that will turn their world upside down.
To trap a thief, Des Hunt.
"Since the sudden death of Connor's dad in an aircraft accident two years ago, it's been just him and his Mum. Now she's got this new boyfriend, Morgan, and they want to get married. But that's not the worst of it – Morgan's parents (Denzil & Rosen) aren't keen on the idea either and have come over to make sure everyone knows it. To escape the tense situation, Denzil suggests he and Connor go for a walk to the old quarry. After a run-in with the local bad-boy on the way, who nearly runs the old man over, Denzil stops off to buy a Lotto ticket. And THAT's when life gets interesting for Connor and his mate Harvey – involving a campervan holiday in the Marlborough Sounds, with a quest to solve on the way, and fraudsters to expose!
Girl 38: finding a friend, Ewa Jozefkowicz.
Katya is a twelve-year-old girl with a big imagination. She loves art and working on her super-heroine comic Girl 38. At school, her best friend Gem is a gang leader, and a force to be reckoned with. But at home, Katya feels lonely when her parents are working at the hospital and her only company is an indifferent au pair. Even her neighbour, an elderly lady called Ania, is reclusive. Katya feels afraid of Ania, her overgrown garden and crumbling house. But when, one day, Katya sees her neighbour fall, she rushes to help and finds inside Ania's house a mysterious partly-finished portrait. As Katya and Ania's friendship blossoms, Ania reveals her childhood story in Poland, a 'walled village' far away and her friend, Mila, who was taken away by soldiers. Meanwhile, at school, Gem takes a dislike to the new boy, Julius, and embarks on a spree of bullying. With her new insights which path will Katya choose to follow? Will Ania's incredible story of friendship and endurance show Katya the way and will she unravel the mystery of the unfinished portrait?
Diary of an awesome friendly kid: Rowley Jefferson's journal, Jeff Kinney.
Rowley's best friend Greg Heffley has been chronicling his middle-school years in thirteen Diary of a Wimpy Kid journals and counting. But it's finally time for readers to hear directly from Rowley in a journal of his own. In Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, Rowley writes about his experiences and agrees to play the role of biographer for Greg along the way. (After all, one day Greg will be rich and famous, and everyone will want to know his life's story.) But Rowley is a poor choice for the job, and his "biography" of Greg is a hilarious mess. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal offers readers a new way to look at the Wimpy world; one fans won't want to miss!
Ronan Boyle and the bridge of riddles, Thomas Lennon; illustrated by John Hendrix.
Fourteen-year-old Ronan Boyle is the youngest and lowliest recruit to the secret Garda, an Irish police force that handles the misdeeds of numerous magical creatures. Ronan's parents are in jail, but Ronan is convinced that they were framed by the wee people. So, despite his small size, poor eyesight, and social awkwardness, he's determined to learn all he can in the Garda in order to prove his parents' innocence. To show he's got what it takes, he'll have to confront a fiery leprechaun, a sinister harpy, and a whole world of monsters hidden in plain sight next to real-life Ireland.
Because of the rabbit, Cynthia Lord.
On the last night of summer, Emma and her Maine game warden father rescue a small domestic rabbit stuck in a fence; the very next day Emma starts fifth grade after years of being home schooled, excited and apprehensive about making new friends, but she is paired with Jack, a hyperactive boy, who does not seem to fit in with anyone except that they share a love of animals, which draws them together, because of the rabbit.
A sprinkle of spirits, Anna Meriano.
Lenora Logroño has finally been introduced to her family's bakery bruja magic but that doesn't mean all is sugar and spice. Her special power hasn't shown up yet, her family still won't let her perform her own spells, and they now act rude every time Caroline comes by to help Leo with her magic training. She knows that the family magic should be kept secret, but Caroline is her best friend, and she's been feeling lonely ever since her mom passed away. Why should Leo have to choose between being a good bruja and a good friend? In the midst of her confusion, Leo wakes up one morning to a startling sight: her dead grandmother, standing in her room, looking as alive as she ever was. Both Leo and her abuela realize this might mean trouble; especially once they discover that Abuela isn't the only person who has been pulled back to life from the other side. Spirits are popping up all over town, causing all sorts of trouble! Is this Leo's fault? And can she reverse the spell before it's too late?
We're not from here, Geoff Rodkey.
After a year on Mars, a young boy and his family migrate to the planet Choom, but the inhabitants of Choom, the Zhuri, who look like giant mosquitoes, don't really like humans and it up to the boy and his family to change their minds if they hope to survive.
The grim grotto, Lemony Snicket; illustrations by Brett Helquist.
Still pursued by the evil Count Olaf, the Baudelaire orphans attempt to reach a very important VFD meeting, but first they must travel in a rattletrap submarine to the Gorgonian Grotto, a dangerous underwater cave, in search of the sugar bowl.
Cilla Lee-Jenkins: the epic story, Susan Tan; illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte.
Pricilla "Cilla" Lee-Jenkins has already written a "Bestseller" and a "Classic", now it's time for her to write an Epic Story. Epics are all about brave heroes overcoming Struggles to save the world, and this year, Cilla is facing her toughest struggles yet: Cilla is in fifth grade and, unlike her classmates, not at all ready to start middle school. Her beloved grandfather YeYe has had a stroke and forgotten his English, and it's up to Cilla to help him find his words again. With humour, heart, and her mighty pen Cilla Lee-Jenkins will use her powers to vanquish every foe (the mean girls in her class), help every citizen (especially Ye Ye), and save the world.
My life as a meme, Janet Tashjian with cartoons by Jake Tashjian.
Derek Fallon and his friends are back for another hilarious adventure in Book 8 of the My Life series; this time featuring epic "meme" adventures!
Galloglass, Scarlett Thomas.
Effie Truelove and her school-friends Lexy, Wolf, Maximilian and Raven must use their magical skills to defeat the Diberi, a corrupt organisation intent on destroying the worlds at Midwinter. But during a visit to the Otherworld, Effie is mistaken and imprisoned for being a galloglass; a dangerous, selfish islander. Meanwhile, Lexy is threatened by the vile professor Jupiter Peacock and Wolf embarks on a perilous journey to find his missing sister. And back at school, Neptune the cat is bored. He's used to lording it over the other stray cats, but they've all mysteriously vanished. Where could they be, and how will he find them? Can Effie and her friends reunite before total destruction is wreaked upon the universe?
The 13 clocks, James Thurber; illustrated by Marc Simont; introduction by Neil Gaiman.
In a cold, gloomy castle where all the clocks have stopped, a wicked Duke amuses himself by finding new and fiendish ways of rejecting the suitors for his niece, the good and beautiful Princess Saralinda.
Minor incidents and absolute uncertainties, Booki Vivat.
Abbie Wu thinks that she's finally getting the hang of this middle school thing. That's until her teacher announces that they'll be going to outdoor school! While Abbie's usual clique seems to adjust fine at camp, she doesn't quite fit in with anyone! If that isn't bad enough, her camp counselors are totally evil and she can't figure out what is up with the golden pig. Abbie feels all alone. Will she learn how to fit in yet stay true to herself? Or will she finally reach her breaking point? From author and professional doodler Booki Vivat, this popular series follows Abbie Wu, your favorite hilariously neurotic middle school girl, as she tries to come up with solutions to funny real-life middle school challenges.

Picture Books

My Grandpa.,
Peppa and George's Grandpa is great at all sorts of things, from building trains to reading bedtime stories.
Animal babies like to play, words by Jennifer Adams; pictures by Mary Lundquist.
Animal babies from Alligator to Zebra play, explore, and wonder in this celebration of children in all their glorious diversity.
The nature girls, Aki.
The bold Nature Girls are ready for whatever nature throws at them! Join them as they pack their bags and start their journey, exploring natural habitats around the world. They swim in the sea, explore the desert, discover the harsh arctic tundra and more. There's so much to discover about the natural world, when you join this bright group of girls.
Five more minutes, Marta Altés.
A child gives his time-starved dad some sage advice about what 'time' really means, and how to make the most of it.
William wakes up, words by Linda Ashman; pictures by Chuck Groenink.
William asks his animal friends, one after another, to awake from hibernation and prepare a celebration for a special friend who has been away all winter.
B is for baby, Atinuke; [illustrated by] Angela Brooksbank.
Baby's brother is getting ready to take a basket of bananas all the way to Baba's bungalow in the next village. He will have to go along the bumpy road, past the baobab trees, birds and butterflies, and all the way over the bridge. What he doesn't realize is that his cute, very curious baby sister is secretly coming along for the amazing bicycle ride, too!
The book in the book in the book, Julien Baer; Simon Bailly; [translated from French by Elizabeth Law]
When Thomas finds a book while on vacation, it takes him on grand adventures on the beach, in the Alps, and in outer space.
Noah builds an ark, Kate Banks; illustrated by John Rocco.
While his family readies his townhouse for an approaching storm, boarding up windows and laying in groceries, Noah heads to the back garden, where beetles are burrowing deeper into the bark and mice are stuffing their hole with moss. Quickly and efficiently, Noah sets to work building an ark for them and other backyard creatures; salamanders and toads, snakes and spiders, even brightly coloured hummingbirds. Setting out fistfuls of nuts and leaves, berries and seeds, the boy props a flashlight inside and arranges some miniature furniture for the animals to sit or sleep on. "Come," Noah whispers to his friends just as his mother calls him inside and the dark storm roars in.
I like myself!, Karen Beaumont; illustrated by David Catrow.
In rhyming text, a little girl expresses confidence and joy in her uniqueness, no matter her outward appearance.
Wide awake, written and illustrated by Rob Biddulph.
It's bedtime for these Tyrannosaurus twins, and Otto is sleepy but Winnie is not. In fact, she's wide awake! She wakes up poor Otto to help her drift off and from lullabies to counting dino-sheep, he'll try anything to help Winnie off to sleep. But will they ever get there? Meet Winnie and Otto and all the other dinosaur juniors, as they traverse life's first ups and downs; all in Rob's trademark rhyme filled with warmth and humour.
Pig the winner, Aaron Blabey.
Pig was a pug and I'm sorry to say if he didn't come first it would ruin his day. Won't he ever learn?! Pig, the world's greediest Pug, won't play fair. He'll do anything to win!
Piranhas don't eat bananas, Aaron Blabey.
'Hey there guys. Would you like a banana? What's wrong with you, Brian? Youre a Piranha.' Brian is a piranha. He is also a vegetarian. But do you think he can convince his family to join him?
Patrick, Quentin Blake.
What a cold needs, Barbara Bottner; pictures by Chris Sheban.
Explores the unavoidable stages of dealing with a cold and describes what one needs to battle it, including warm socks, chicken soup, cough syrup, and a comfortable bed.
In a minute, Mama Bear, Rachel Bright.
Mama Bear tries to hustle her cub through the day's activities and errands, but Bella Bear insists on going her own pace and showing Mama the value in taking her time.
A bear-y tale, Anthony Browne.
Bear is walking through a deep dark forest when he meets a hungry-looking wolf, a giant, a scary witch and a family of three bears. With each encounter, Bear draws his way out of danger with the help of his magic red and yellow pencil.
Rocketmole, Matt Carr.
Armstrong the star-nosed mole doesn't dig living underground. His friends think building a rocket to go to the moon, alone, is an astronomically bad idea, but Armstrong is determined to boldly go where no mole has gone before. On the moon, Armstrong bounces around in his space suit, but soon starts to miss his cautious mole mates. How can a mole with big dreams have it all: adventure and friendship?
One tree, Christopher Cheng & Bruce Whatley.
One tall tree on the mountain once marked Grandfather's farm. Now there is a busy city and Grandfather lives with us in our apartment. Once he told stories but now he stays silent. Until one day, in the city market, I find something precious, something that brings Grandfather's memories alive again.
Thanks Mum!, Matt Cosgrove.
Snuggling up for a bedtime story. Kissing a sore knee to make it better. Pushing the swing as high as the sky. There are a million different reasons to say, thanks Mum!
Little Fish and Mummy, Lucy Cousins.
Hello! I am Little Fish, swimming in the sea. I love my mummy very much, and Mummy Fish loves me. Join Little Fish and Mummy for a special day together! This heart-warming story follows Little Fish and Mummy on adventure under the sea: swimming, blowing big bubbles and saying hello to all their fishy friends.
What shall we do with the boo-hoo baby?, Cressida Cowell, [illustrated by] Ingrid Godon.
A group of worried farmyard animals attempt to soothe and entertain the boo-hoo baby. Is there anything that will calm baby down?
Little Kiwi the cool mama, written and illustrated by Bob Darroch.
"Little Kiwi doesn't like doing chores. Why should kids do all the work, while parents take it easy? But when a big storm blows through the forest, Little Kiwi finds himself in charge of some lost eggs, and discovers that a parent's job is much harder than he thought... And what's this funny little bird with a shield instead of feathers?"--Back cover.
Tad, Benji Davies
Sometimes the biggest stories come from the smallest beginnings. Meet Tad. She's the smallest tadpole in a big pond, and lives there with all her tadbrothers and tadsisters. Although something else lives there too; Big Blub! And when everyone else starts to disappear, Tad starts to wonder if Big Blub will get her too. Or is everyone else going somewhere else; somewhere better? And if so, will Tad ever get there too? A big story about a tiny tadpole; about growing up, branching out, and taking a leap into life.
Olive & Pekoe: in four short walks, Jacky Davis & [illustrated by] Giselle Potter.
Playful puppy Pekoe and his good friend, Olive, an old dog with short legs, have different approaches as they enjoy a visit to the park, get caught in a thunderstorm, meet a chipmunk, and face a bully.
This is my fort!, written by Drew Daywalt; illustrated by Olivier Tallec.
Monkey and Cake are normally good friends, but today Cake is building a no-Monkey fort until Monkey teaches him a lesson about being alone and he realizes that forts (and other things) are much better when they are shared.
What is inside this box?, written by Drew Daywalt; illustrated by Olivier Tallec.
Monkey has a big box, which he tells Cake has a cat inside, but only when the box is closed; Cake suggest that maybe it is a dinosaur instead, and the two friends puzzle over how they can solve the problem of finding out what is in the box, if it is always empty when opened.
We're stuck!, Sue deGennaro.
Turtle needs to get to the shop. It is important that he isn't late. When he races into the lift of Building 24 with all the busy people, there is a nod and a blink and a step to the side. A grunt and a sigh and a lean to the right. But what happens when the lift stops moving? Crocodile has a meeting to get to. And Giraffe has a doctor's appointment. And Turtle really, really needs to get to the shop.
Say hello to the Gruffalo, based on the favourite picture book by Julia Donaldson and [illustrator] Axel Scheffler.
Perfect for tiny Gruffalo fans, Say Hello to the Gruffalo is part of a charming range of books specially created for babies featuring Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's iconic creation, the Gruffalo. Designed to appeal to even the youngest child, simple patterns and bright colours combine with Axel Scheffler's instantly recognizable artwork to keep babies entertained for hours.
Cat Morgan: the pirate cat, written by T. S. Eliot; illustrated by Arthur Robins.
Join Cat Morgan, the swashbuckling pirate as he sails the Barbary Coast in this picture book pairing from Arthur Robins and T. S. Eliot's Old Possum Cats.
A cat called Trim, Corinne Fenton; illustrated by Craig Smith.
Trim was a cat born for adventure. This is the true story of a courageous, mischievous and fearless cat called Trim, who sailed with Matthew Flinders on his voyages to map the coastline of Australia and beyond. From best-selling creators Corinne Fenton and Craig Smith, this charming picture book brings Trim's story to life.
Aliens love dinopants, Claire Freedman; illustrated by Ben Cort.
When a group of aliens crash-lands in the jungle, they stumble across the biggest stash of underpants ever, but the oversized owners of the underwear won't let them go without a fight.
Ducktective Quack and the cake crime wave, written by Claire Freedman; illustrated by Mike Byrne.
There's a crime wave in the town and Ducktective Quack needs your help to solve the mystery. Follow the clues in the pictures and see if you can work out who-done-it! Someone has been helping themselves to all the cakes and sweet treats and it's down to Ducktective Quack and her sidekick, Constable Crackling, to catch the culprit. A hilarious and engaging story full of clues to spot and a delicious crime to solve. Written by Claire Freedman, the award winning and bestselling author of the Aliens Love Underpants series, and illustrated with wit and humour by Mike Byrne.
Hello, I'm here!, poem by Helen Frost; photographs by Rick Lieder.
A poetic text and wonderfully intimate photographs follow a newborn sandhill crane as it takes its first steps into the world. Will my legs hold me? What if I fall? Peek in as a sandhill crane hatchling makes its first wobbly stand and takes its first steps alongside its brother. With their parents close by, they flap their wings and dance before enjoying a buggy treat. Someday they will fly with the majestic cranes overhead, but for now, Mama's soft feathers beckon.
Eddie's garden and how to make things grow, Sarah Garland.
What makes Eddie's garden grow? Earth, rain, sun and all sorts of creatures, of course! Eddie's garden is magnificent, from his stringy bean house to his tall sunflowers. How Eddie's garden grows and develops is clearly told in this gentle story with lively characters and colourful illustrations.
This is the firefighter, Laura Godwin; pictures by Julian Hector.
In short, rhyming sentences tells the story of firefighters responding to a fire in a building from the time the alarm rings and the firefighters leave the station until they declare "all clear" and return.
Oi frog!: mix & match book, Kes Gray & Jim Field.
A hilarious mix and match edition of the bestselling Oi Frog! The laughter never ends with Oi Frog and friends; according to Frog.
Kind, written by Alison Green with a foreword by Axel Scheffler; [illustrated by Axel Scheffler [and thirty-seven others]].
Imagine a world where everyone was kind; how can we make that come true? With gorgeous pictures by a host of top illustrators, KIND is a timely, inspiring picture book about the many ways children can be kind, from sharing their toys and games to helping those from other countries feel welcome.
Everything is connected, Jason Gruhl & [illustrated by] Ignasi Font.
Highlights the many ways we are all linked to the world around us.
There's a hedgehog in my pants, [author, Amy Harrop; illustrator Ross Kinnaird].
"In this outrageously funny, far-fetched and ultimately kind-hearted story about a hedgehog who has moved in, uninvited, to a cosy new home, a boy gets more than he bargained for during a family camping holiday"--Publisher information.
When a dragon comes to stay, Caryl Hart, [illustrated by] Rosalind Beardshaw.
When a dragon comes to stay, will she behave herself? Why, of course she will. Obviously she knows she must share her toys, eat daintily and skip happily upstairs at bathtime. Well, not quite. Like all toddlers, this little dragon finds good manners a tiny bit tricky. It's lucky she has some friends to help her.
Hugs and kisses, Sam Hay & [illustrated by] Emma Dodd.
Big Blue Whale is feeling small. Everyone has someone to hug except from him! On his journey to find the perfect hug he meets lots of sea creatures who want to hug him including a kind clown fish and a sea horse with a very swirly, whirly tail. But he's just too big for them to hug! On the other side of the ocean, Octopus is playing bubble ball with her friends. But when she bangs her head (ouch!) she really needs a kiss better. She meets lots of friendly creatures who offer to give her a kiss, but her tentacles are just too tangly and she begins to think she will never get a kiss better.
Jump about with Ted, Sophy Henn.
Which animal friend will Ted jump about with today? Will he hop like a fluffy, snuffly bunny? Or leap like a lovely little lamb? Or maybe even spring up and down like a funny, croaky frog? Lift the flaps to find out what Ted's marvellous imagination can conjure up this time.
Let's explore with Ted, Sophy Henn.
Which magical place will Ted explore today? A cold, snowy iceberg with lots of slippery seals? A hot, tropical jungle full of tigers and leopards? Or maybe the tippity- top of a mountain where the giddy goats live! Lift the flaps to find out where Ted's marvellous imagination will take him this time.
Find Spot at the library: a lift-the-flap book, Eric Hill.
It's fancy dress day at the library! Which book characters will Spot, Helen and Tom dress up as? Join Spot and his friends as they explore all the different corners and books in the library. Going to the library is an exciting first experience for toddlers, and Spot is no different; he loves reading!
The woods, Rob Hodgson.
Here are the woods. The woods are home to three foxes on a hunt for rabbits. Three foxes that don't realise someone might be following them. From the author of The Cave, this is a fantastically funny cat-and-mouse (or fox-and-rabbit) story with a not-so-fluffy twist. The foxes follow some helpful signs over the tallest trees, under the carrot fields and through the pumpkin patch, but there's no sign of any rabbits. What on earth has happened to them? And why are there strange eyes following them from the trees?
Matisse's magical trail, Tim Hopgood; [illustrated by] Sam Boughton.
A beautiful, colourful and bold picture book that encourages children to notice the small things, think big, and express themselves! Matisse is a young snail who loves to create beautiful drawings with his trail. The trouble is most of the time people are far too busy to even notice them. It's only when a child notices Matisse's beautiful trails that his art is finally celebrated and they inspire a whole class of children to get creative too!
Puddle, Richard Jackson; illustrated by Chris Raschka.
A puddle sits despairingly as she is trampled on by humans and animals alike until something miraculous happens that makes her feel worthwhile.
My Grandma and me, Mina Javaherbin; illustrated by Lindsey Yankey.
In a tale of a young girl in Iran and her grandmother, this beautiful ode to family celebrates small moments of love that become lifelong memories.
Tea with the Queen, Pip Jones; [illustrations] Ella Okstad.
A day out with Squishy could never be boring! When Squishy and Ava go on a trip to London, they can't resist the chance to explore the palace, but when they accidentally find the Queen, will she be able to see how wonderful Squishy is?
The baby beast, Chris Judge.
When an egg arrives on his doorstep, Beast doesn't quite know what to do. Feed it? Take it for a nice long walk? Drop it? Doctor Yoko tells him he must keep it warm and just wait, but exactly what he's waiting for is a mystery to the Beast.
The little rabbit, Nicola Killen.
Ollie and her favorite friend bunny have been waiting for the rain to stop and spring to come, and at long last the sun arrives. Ollie puts on her rain boots, wraps bunny in a warm scarf, and the two set off for exploring. Then a sudden breeze whispers past and bunny's nose twitches and their magical adventure begins
The chilly penguin, Constanze von Kitzing; translated by Lisa Rosinsky.
How can a chilly little penguin get warm? Themes of perseverance, problem-solving and friendship give caregivers and children lots to talk about, while the penguins amusing antics and the storys sweet ending make for a fun storytime for toddlers.
Wings, written by Cheryl B. Klein; illustrated by Tomie dePaola.
With a cleverly simple rhyme and playful, vibrant artwork, Cheryl B. Klein and Tomie dePaola lovingly paint the picture of a baby bird's first flight – overcoming stings and dings along the way to soar triumphantly.
There was an old dragon who swallowed a knight, Penny Parker Klostermann; illustrated by Ben Mantle.
In this variation on the traditional cumulative rhyme, a greedy, hungry dragon eventually learns moderation.
Captain Sparklebeard, Timothy Knapman & [illustrated by] Sam Lloyd.
ARRRRR you ready for this unmissable girl power adventure? Join Captain Sparklebeard as she sets sail against the seas and dares to be different! Peg dreams of adventure and has big ambitions, but when she asks to join the pirates crew they won't let her join because she's too small and she doesn't even have a beard! But can Peg prove, against all odds, that she's the greatest pirate there ever was?
The perfect sofa, Fifi Kuo.
Penguin and Panda set out to find the perfect sofa, but none of the options match the comfort of the one they already have.
The biggest puddle in the world, written by Mark Lee; illustrated by Nathalie Dion.
When Sarah and Charlie go to stay with their grandparents, it rains for days. At first, they have fun exploring inside the big, old house, but eventually they want to explore outside, too. "Where does the rain come from?" Sarah asks her grandfather, Big T. He promises to show her once it stops raining. When the storm passes, Sarah, Big T., Charlie and Keeper the dog go exploring. They jump in puddles, draw a puddle map and finally find the biggest puddle in the world!
Robot repairs: (technology), written by Jonathan Litton; illustrated by Magalí Mansilla.
Robbie the robot has had an accident! With the help of Miss Eureka, Suzy and Max learn about circuits, tools, and batteries. Will their technology know-how rescue Robbie?
Mum for sale, Zanni Louise & Philip Bunting.
Errol's mum won't get off the phone. So there's only one thing for Errol to do. Mum for sale. Make an offer.
Bird watch, Christie Matheson.
Count backward from ten as you search for hidden birds (and insects and animals) in this seek-and-find picture book.
Who's hiding at the seaside?, Katharine McEwen.
There are lots of animals at the seaside. Where are they hiding and what are they doing? In this innovative lift-the-flap book, little ones can pore over the beautiful collaged pages and explore under rocks, shells and seaweed to find out lots of interesting facts about seaside wildlife. This is the perfect introduction to the outdoors.
Who's hiding in the woods?, Katharine McEwen.
There are lots of animals in the woods. Where are they hiding and what are they doing? In this innovative lift-the-flap book, little ones can pore over the beautiful collaged pages and explore under leaves, logs and tree trunks to find out lots of interesting facts about woodland wildlife. This is the perfect introduction to the outdoors
Elmer and the flood, David McKee.
Rain or no rain, Elmer is going for a walk. After being cooped up in a cave with his herd, he longs for a bit of fresh air and some peace and quiet. But peace and quiet is going to have to wait when Elmer goes outside, he discovers the rain has caused a flood. Can brave Elmer work out a way to save a stranded young elephant?
I am just right, David McPhail.
A boy who is too big for his crib, his tricycle, and being picked up by his grandfather is just the right size for his bed, bicycle, and Grandpa's hugs.
Lubna and Pebble, Wendy Meddour; [illustrated by] Daniel Egnéus.
Lubna's best friend is a pebble. Pebble always listens to her stories. Pebble always smiles when she feels scared. But when a lost little boy arrives in the World of Tents, Lubna realizes that he needs Pebble even more than she does.
Peep inside animal homes, illustrated by Simona Dimitri; [written by Anna Milbourne].
Peep into nests and inside burrows to see baby animals and where they live in this flap book for young children.
All about Keith, based on the Alex T. Smith Claude stories; devised for television by Sixteen South; [storybook text written by Davey Moore].
Claude and Sir Bobblysock are happily taking a stroll in sunny Pawhaven when they hear an extremely loud wail! A poor little duckling is lost! Can the two friends keep him happy and find his mummy?!
Fear the bunny, Richard T. Morris and Priscilla Burris.
In a forest where everyone fears rabbits, a fierce tiger tries to persuade the animals that they should fear him, instead.
We're going on an elf chase, words by Martha Mumford; illustrated by Laura Hughes.
Four bunnies set off on a jolly Christmas lift-the-flap adventure to find ten little elves hidden under the flaps. You'll have to run, run, run if you're going to catch them all! And there are lots of obstacles along the way, from clippy-cloppy reindeer to roaring polar bears and flippy-flappy penguins. Stuffed with festive frolics, this is the perfect Christmas read.
The Little Green Hen, Alison Murray.
Who will help Little Green Hen take care of her beautiful apple tree? Dog, Squirrel and Sparrow will - but not Peacock, Cat or Fox. They are far too busy! What will it take to turn them as green as the Little Green Hen?
Our little inventor, Sher Rill Ng.
A gorgeous and inspiring picture book about a young girl, Nell, who invents a machine to fix the pollution that is choking the city. It's done! said Nell. My invention is finished! I must show it to the people in the Big City as soon as I can. Far from Nell's home in the countryside, the Big City is growing more polluted every day and Nell has a brilliant mind and an ingenious invention. She sets off on the long journey, only to find that the problem is far worse than she'd imagined. But Nell is determined to succeed.
Owls are good at keeping secrets: an unusual alphabet, words by Sara O'Leary; pictures by Jacob Grant.
Did you know that chipmunks love to stay up past their bedtime? Or that dragons cry at happy endings? I bet you'd never have guessed that iguanas sometimes get homesick at sleepovers. Sara O'Leary pulls back the curtain on the animal world and gives us an absolutely charming little one-line "fact" about one animal for each letter of the alphabet. Kids will love to see their own quirks reflected in these adorably rendered creatures, and perhaps will be comforted to know that, just like them, narwhals can be perfectly happy all on their own and quail also get tired of being told to be quiet. This is more than just an alphabet book. It's a charming, hilarious, and touching look at the diversity of personalities in the world.
Gondra's treasure, Linda Sue Park; illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt.
Gondra, a little dragon, celebrates her uniqueness while talking with her parents about differences between her father's homeland in the East, and her mother's in the West.
In the swamp by the light of the moon, Frann Preston-Gannon.
A little frog is singing to himself in the swamp one night. His song doesn't seem complete, so he invites other animals to join in. Nothing sounds right until the littlest voice joins the song; that of a tiny firefly. A wonderfully illustrated picture book with the important message that small voices need to be heard too.
I am so clever, Mario Ramos; translated by Linda Burgess; edited by Penelope Todd.
The big bad wolf is hungry and on today's menu is Grandma, with Red Riding Hood for dessert. But no one is home at Grandma's house, only a nightdress lying on the bed. The wolf puts on the nightie and sets off to see what he can catch dressed as Grandma. Here comes Red Riding Hood. She looks clever, but the wolf knows who is smartest... Yet this little girl is not so easily duped. And the wolf finds unexpected hazards in wearing a frilly petticoat in the deep dark woods.
Nobody owns the Moon, Tohby Riddle.
Me and my sister, Rose Robbins.
This appealing brother and sister duo spend a lot of their day together, eating meals, going to school and playing. But life with an autistic sibling is not always easy. Through the eyes of the brother, we find out how they are both very different, but also very similar in other ways, and come what may they have lots of fun together and love each other just the same. This is a touching book that will strike a chord with every family with siblings, especially where one is differently abled.
I want a bunny!, Tony Ross.
Little Princess visits a friend who has a rabbit, and comes home obsessed with getting one herself. She's given a stick-insect, a goldfish and a few other low-maintenance pets, but she still wants a bunny. Sometimes getting exactly what you want is a lesson in itself.
Good boy, Sergio Ruzzier.
Illustrations and simple text follow a boy and a dog on an out-of-this-world adventure.
The Anzac billy, Claire Saxby; [illustrated by] Mark Jackson and Heather Potter.
Mira's curly hair, Maryam al Serkal, [illustrated by] Rebeca Luciani.
Mira doesn't like her hair. It curls at the front. It curls at the back. It curls everywhere! She wants it to be straight and smooth, just like her Mama's. But then something unpredictable happens and Mira will never look at her mama's hair the same way again!
Bee calm: the buzz on yoga, Frank J. Sileo; illustrated by Claire Keay.
Bentley Bee loves to fly around and visit his friends in the garden. One day, he notices all of them in unusual poses. What could it bee?
Saying goodbye to Barkley, Devon Sillet, [illustrated by] Nicky Johnston.
Olivia and her dog Barkley are inseparable. He's her sidekick, her partner in crime-fighting; they're the perfect pair. But then, Barkley dies and Olivia is heartbroken. Gradually, however, she realizes that Barkley wouldn't want her to be unhappy for the rest of her life. So she thinks of a way that she can not only get her own happiness back, but also give happiness to another animal, by adopting a new dog from an animal shelter. And so Spud joins the family.
Hello farm, Nicola Slater.
Ludo's come to play on the farm today! Help him knock on the doors to the barn, the henhouse and the sheep-shed to see who he can find and, finally, tickle piglet's tummy to wake him up so everyone can join in with the paddling pool fun!
Swarm of bees, Lemony Snicket; art by Rilla Alexander.
A horde of bees and a young boy race around town wreaking havoc on the townspeople.
The astro naughty naughty baddies, Mark Sperring; [illustrated by] David Tazzyman.
The Naughty Naughty Baddies are wickedly wicked, awfully awful and diabolically dreadful, and they have just come up with a mischievous plan to blast off to the moon and to stitch up the President. But will our fiendish fraudsters come undone? Aliens, badmobiles, rockets, Mwa-ha-ha! Be part of the intergalactic impishness in this astronomically funny adventure. It's out of this world!
Tiny T. Rex and the impossible hug, Jonathan Stutzman; illustrated by Jay Fleck.
Tiny T. Rex wants to cheer up his friend, Pointy, with a hug, but he is frustrated because even as he gets bigger, his arms remain too small for proper hugging but he is determined to practice, even when he gets into trouble.
Are you there little tiger?, [written by Sam Taplin]; illustrated by Essi Kimpimaki.
Little tiger is hiding! Very young children will love peeping through the holes and touching the textured pages in this beautiful hide-and-seek board book, spotting monkeys, bears and chameleons along the way.
Poppy and Sam's Easter egg hunt, [illustrated by Simon Taylor-Kielty; based on illustrations by Stephen Cartwright; written by Sam Taplin].
Poppy and Sam are searching for Easter eggs on Apple Tree Farm. Children will love looking through the peep holes in this charming book to discover the colourful eggs, following fingertrails to trace the flight of a butterfly or bee, and spotting Daisy the cow, Clucky the hen and Rusty the pig along the way.
Felipe and Claudette, Mark Teague.
Long time residents of Mrs. Barrett's adoption shelter, Felipe (a grumpy cat) and Claudette (a hyperactive dog) seem like they will never find a forever home, and Felipe is convinced that it is all Claudette's fault; but when the dog is finally adopted, Felipe is so depressed that he hides on adoption day, and it turns out that Claudette also misses her friend.
From tree to sea, words by Shelley Moore Thomas; art by Christopher Silas Neal.
From the edge of the sea to a high mountain top, everything has its place in the world and all living things are connected. The world around us has a lot to tell us if we take the time to look and listen. This tender and comforting picture book celebrates the wisdom in many of the things great and small that make up our wonderful world.
Crab cake: turning the tide together, Andrea Tsurumi.
Under the sea, a crab follows its heart and its calling, bringing everyone together in the wake of a disaster.
Press here, Hervé Tullet.
Press here. That's right. Just press the yellow dot...and turn the page. This irresistible picture book is ideal for sharing with children and has created a sensation worldwide.
Chomp goes the alligator, Matthew Van Fleet.
A hungry little alligator feasts his way from one to ten.
I love my grandma, Anna Walker.
In I Love My Grandma, Ollie spends the day with Grandma, having a picnic, painting, playing and singing.
Little tigers, Jo Weaver.
Mother tiger is worried that her family's home is not longer safe. Together they journey through the deepest parts of the jungle, exploring its secret places, in search of somewhere warm and dry to lay their heads. A safe place. A new home.
Say hello to the dinosaurs!, Ian Whybrow; [illustrated by] Tim Warnes.
Join the baby tyrannosaurus rex as he meets lots of other dinosaurs in this prehistoric adventure. From the hungry diplodocus to the powerful triceratops, toddlers will love saying hello to all their favourite dinosaurs and joining in with the noises.
Pigs in a blanket, Hans Wilhelm; illustrated by Erica Salcedo.
Open the book's "blanket" cover flaps, and watch three little piglets wake up and embark on their wacky antics, as they jump, prance, and dance throughout their day.
Giant Tess, Dan Yaccarino.
Being the only giant around, Tess wants more than anything to be like everyone else, but when she and Smokey, her dragon best friend, use their height to help save the big parade, Tess suddenly realizes that she is just the right size.
Sweety, Andrea Zuill.
Sweety is awkward, even for a naked mole rat, but with encouragement from her Aunt Ruth, she begins to see that being herself is the best way to find a friend.

Younger Fiction

Hazel and the snails, Nan Blanchard; illustrations by Giselle Clarkson.
Six-year-old Hazel tends her colony of shoebox snails while observing, with varying degrees of understanding, her father's illness and final decline. Nan Blanchard's assured eye is a rare quality in a new writer; seldom has the world of a young child been so delicately or acutely observed. Impending loss forms the heart of this story, but it's charming and funny, too. Richly rewarding and cleverly layered, adults will be as drawn to it as children.
Mercy Watson fights crime, Kate DiCamillo; illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.
Mercy the pig's love of buttered toast leads to the capture of a small thief who would rather be a cowboy.
Mercy Watson thinks like a pig, Kate DiCamillo; illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.
After Mercy Watson follows the delightful scent and delicious taste of the pansies her thoughtful neighbours plant to beautify their yard, animal control officer Francine Poulet is called out to handle the case, which brings unexpected results.
The killer cat's birthday bash, Anne Fine; illustrated by Steve Cox.
It was my birthday. How was I supposed to know it wouldn't be the only party around town on that dark and dreary Halloween night? So things ended up in a bit of a mess. Well, more than a mess, really. A complete disaster. But it was not my fault so don't blame me...Another laugh-out-loud Killer Cat adventure, by the award-winning and celebrated Anne Fine. Perfect for readers of 7+.
The return of the killer cat, Anne Fine; illustrated by Steve Cox.
Tuffy can't wait for Ellie and the family to go away on holiday. A week of freedom lies ahead - if only he can get away from the catsitter. But everything goes wrong when Tuffy is catapulted into the arms of horrid, sweet-as-pie Melanie.
Zeke Meeks vs the big blah-rific birthday, D.L. Green; illustrated by Josh Alves.
Zeke Meeks will be nine soon, but he is not looking forward to a party that his sisters want to take over and nobody but his closest friends want to attend but the alternative is going to Grace Chang's party on the same day, and she is really scary.
Zeke Meeks vs the no-fun fund-raiser, D.L. Green; illustrated by Josh Alves.
Zeke's school is having a fund-raiser and the student who sell the most cake mix will get four tickets to Thrillsville Amusement Park, but Zeke is not having much luck until his great-grandmother gives him a lesson in salesmanship and he takes his little sister with him.
Zeke Meeks vs the super stressful talent show, D.L. Green; illustrated by Josh Alves.
Zeke's class is having a talent show, and Brassy Glass, from America's Next Superstar, will be coming to the show as the judge but Zeke cannot figure out what talent he actually has and, as usual, his sisters are no help at all.
A squirrelly situation, Jacqueline Kelly, with illustrations by Jennifer L. Meyer.
When Callie's little brother Travis brings home an abandoned baby squirrel and names him Fluffy, Mother isn't so sure that Fluffy will make a good family pet, and neither is Thud, the cat. Can Fluffy find a home in the Tate household?
This book is spineless: (yes, yes, I am), Lindsay Leslie; illustrated by Alice Brereton.
A wary and unadventurous book uses its different parts, such as the jacket, gutters, and endpapers, to try and get a sense of what kind of story might be on its pages. By navigating the book's contents together, the reader and the book become friends and the book becomes braver.
Searching for Stinkodon, Megan McDonald; illustrated by Erwin Madrid.
Surprises are in store as Stink excavates his backyard in search of a relic from an extinct beast and Judy lends him a little sleight of hand. Mega-chomp! Stink wants to make the find of the century. He's on a dig, dig, digging quest in his backyard to find a tooth from a saber-toothed cat, otherwise known as a Smilodon. Why not? Two kids in Michigan found a mastodon bone in a backyard stream, and a girl in Great Britain found a pterosaur bone. It could happen! But Judy thinks the chances of finding a saber-toothed anything in the Moody backyard are one in a gazillion million. Will Stink make a discovery before their whole backyard caves in?
Along the road to Gundagai, song lyrics by Jack O'Hagan; illustrations by Andrew McLean.
"Theres a track winding back, to an old fashioned shack, along the road to Gundagai." The words are familiar, but the story they tell may not be. Andrew McLeans illustrations bring to life the story of the men who went to the Great War, many of them never to return home.
Reflection: remembering those who serve in war, Rebecka Sharpe Shelberg & Robin Cowcher.
Left! Left! Left! Right! Left! We make our way in the dark. A family journeys through the early morning darkness. A group of young men huddle in a cold muddy trench. Reflection is a powerful tribute to those who have served their country.
George and the great bum stampede, Cal Wilson; illustrations by Sarah Davis.
Hi, I'm George Pepperton. I love being a Pepperton, I love adventures and I love making lists. How to tell if you are a Pepperton: 1. Your mum is an incredible inventor. 2. You have three older sisters, and a brother the size of a LEMON. 3. You already know how your family caused CHAOS at school... 4. And a HUMUNGOUS BUM STAMPEDE! If you are not a Pepperton and you don't know what happened...READ THIS BOOK TO FIND OUT!