Early Years (0-5yrs)

123 A Walk in the Countryside

123 A Walk in the Countryside

Ref: 14998

A counting book from 1 to 20 set in a recognisably UK countryside. 2 lively children and an endearing puppy scamper across a landscape peppered with familiar wildlife and objects, including autumnal hedgerows, squirrels, ducks, bunnies, pine cones, acorns and bobbing forest mushrooms. A National Trust endorsed, pastoral idyll! Age Birth-3, Board book, 26pp
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#Goldilocks: A Hashtag Cautionary Tale

#Goldilocks: A Hashtag Cautionary Tale

by Jeanne Willis
illustrated by Tony Ross

Ref: 16186

A child happily shares a few selfies on Instagram and then moves on to funny images of others. And, when the novelty of those dies down, she moves on to more daring material...all in a quest for Likes and More Likes, leaving an ever-muckier social media footprint. 'Captures a sense of things escalating' (Deborah, Lecturer in EY Education, LL reviewer). See also Chicken Clicking (on internet safety) and Troll Stinks (on online bullying) by the same creative team and on this website. Age 4-7, Paperback 23pp
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10 Things I Can Do to Help My World

10 Things I Can Do to Help My World

Ref: 10141

A bright and lively book highlighting some crucial but simple environmental actions we can take to help improve the world we live in. Oodles of child-appeal! Age 3-6, Paperback 37pp
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15 Things Not to Do With a Baby

15 Things Not to Do With a Baby

by Margaret McAllister
illustrated by Holly Sterling

Ref: 13922

A wonderful list of wonderfully inappropriate responses to a new sibling by an award winning illustrator/author team. Comic, upbeat, offbeat and bursting with child-centred humour. (Mixed race family). Things NOT to do with a baby include pegging them on the washing line, giving them to an octopus, swapping him for the school guinea pig. 'Great illustrations; swapping him for that lovely guinea pig is tempting!!' (Maggie, Former EY Adviser, LL reviewer). 'Funny and engaging do's and don'ts for new sisters and brothers; hints at the frustration older siblings can feel!' (Carey, Childminder, LL reviewer). Age 3-5 Paperback 24pp
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15 Things Not to Do With a Granny

15 Things Not to Do With a Granny

by Margaret McAllister
illustrated by Holly Sterling

Ref: 15752

First they told you what not to do with a baby* and now, this award-winning duo (including one of our very, most, absolute favourite illustrators) are back to tell you things to avoid doing with a granny. From not giving her squashed jelly beans on toast for breakfast to not interrupting her karate (Holly Sterling is herself something of a karate champion...) to not putting her pants on your head... some easy-to-follow rules on how to keep your granny or, indeed, both your grannies tip-top-happy! A very affectionate tribute to grandparents with not a 'granny' stereotype in sight. [Mixed race family]. Age 3-6, Paperback 26pp
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A Bear Hug at Bedtime

A Bear Hug at Bedtime

by Jana Novotny Hunter
illustrated by Kay Widdowson

Ref: 15821

Gran plays at Tiger Gran in her stripy orange jumper; Mum is a mischief-making monkey; Dad is a hungry hairy bear. A child relishes a day of imaginative play, travelling across jungles, deserts and oceans, with all her family members joining in. A warm-as-toast celebration of extended family life starring a child who just so happens to wear a hearing aid. [Mixed race family]. 'Delightful from the first page to the last! Great concept, great range of family members, colours, ages, activities. This book made me smile from page 1 to the end' (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 3-6, Paperback 30pp
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Ada Twist, Scientist

Ada Twist, Scientist

by Andrea Beaty
illustrated by David Roberts

Ref: 14325

"Why does it tick and why does it tock? Why don't we call it a granddaughter's clock?" The day she turns three, Ada begins a lifetime of asking, "WHY?" . For Ada, everything is a potential quiz, riddle and puzzle to be unravelled. Her parents are frazzled. Her teachers are frazzled. But, in the end, everyone recognises that at the core of all this chaos and testing and answering is a budding and brilliant scientist. A book guaranteed to pique children's interest in STEM subjects. Fantastic rhythms and rhymes, scrummy illustrations with fantastic detailing; this is what people mean when they talk about a perfect picture books- a flweless dialogue between text and illustration. From the creators of the much-loved Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect. But, inspired by the stories of Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, this is perhaps our favouritest so far... You can see 2 of our teen reviewers sharing their own views on Ada Twist here. Age 4-7, Hardback 30pp
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A Great Big Cuddle

A Great Big Cuddle

by Michael Rosen
illustrated by Chris Riddell

Ref: 14607

"Nippy-nappy / Nippy-nappy / Nap, nap, nap...Ippy-uppy / Ippy-uppy / Up, up, up". With such a dream team, the current and a former Children's Laureate, this was always going to be a bit of a treasure. A big bold collection of what Rosen and Riddell do best- rhymes which drum, drip and tiptoe; rhythms which lull, bounce and startle; words which rush out to tumble and play; accompanied by illustrations which fill and trip over the pages with their sweeps and strokes. A collection which deserves all those set-to-be-a-classic predictions. We could say lots about its suitability for extending vocabulary, early explorations of rhymes, patterned phrases but, for now, we just want to tell you about the lickingly lovely glorious FUN of it: "Bendy Man, Bendy Man / He's a long leggy man. / Bendy Man, Bendy Man / In a baked-bean can." "I went to Lapland / I saw a reindeer on the loose / I went to Canada / I saw a chocolate mousse." (cue Riddell's standing upright, chocolate-munching, golden, smug moose...). Joint winner (with Crossan's One) of the . Age 3-7, Paperback 73pp
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Alfie

Alfie

Ref: 15476

Subtitled, "The turtle that disappeared". From Nia's point of view, her very beloved pet turtle just ups and leaves the night before her seventh birthday...which isn't Alfie's perspective on what happened at all. Hear the turtle's side of the story. 'A perfect story book. Very touching with moments of great humour. [Extra bonus points for the info. on hibernation]' (Fen, Letterbox Library staff). 'Beautifully illustrated. Thoughtful, clever attention to detail' (Farrah, CLPE Learning Programme Leader, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, American Import Hardback 37pp
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All of Us: A Book About Families

All of Us: A Book About Families

Ref: 16282

The very simplest of boardbooks show an extended family -including Uncle and Cousin and Granny- coming together to form "Us" in a grand birthday celebration, complete with indoor bunting, balloons, paper crowns and confetti. Layered, collage illustrations. By a renown, award-winning, Edinburgh-based designer and illustrator. (Mixed race family). Age Birth to 3, Boardbook20pp
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Amazing

Amazing

Ref: 15627

Meet Zibbo, a small, yellow-spotted, pet dragon with fantastic roaring and fire-breathing skills. Ibbo is a little different to the children but he is much loved and, most importantly of all, he is one little child's best friend. Together they dance under disco balls, snack and burp, sail in pirate ships. A blast of a book which celebrates imaginative play and is narrated by a fiercely active, joyful and boisterous child who also happens to be a wheelchair user. You don't get much more upbeat and positive than this! 'Fab book. Great illustrations, great central character, great diversity in the wealth of other children too!' (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, LL reviewer). Age 3-6, Paperback 24pp
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And Tango Makes Three

And Tango Makes Three

by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
illustrated by Henry Cole

Ref: 10152

'Tango was the very first penguin in the zoo to have two daddies.' A gentle book which effortlessly normalises a same-sex family unit. 'Our children enjoyed it very much' (Pre-School Supervisor, Letterbox reviewer). Age 3-7, Paperback 31pp Themes: Lesbian and Gay, Families, Fostering and Adoption
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The Animal Boogie + Music CD

The Animal Boogie + Music CD

Ref: 10153

Swing along with the creatures of the Indian jungle as they shake, flap and slither to the sound of the Animal Boogie! An active and musical read, now with a music CD. Age 2-6, 22pp Paperback.
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Anna Hibiscus' Song

Anna Hibiscus' Song

by Atinuke
illustrated by Lauren Tobia

Ref: 12162

A delightful tale about a child who is absolutely bursting and popping with happiness. 'Very positive portrayal of extended family life (mixed race marriage)' (Children's Services Coordinator, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 32pp Click here to see the CLPE's Power of Reading Teaching Sequence to accompany this text.
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The Ant and the Big Bad Bully Goat

The Ant and the Big Bad Bully Goat

by Andrew Fusek Peters
illustrated by Anna Wadham

Ref: 10154

Badger is happy living in his neat and tidy burrow, until Big Bad Bully Goat decides to move in! A witty Iberian story with a twist. Large format, high quality production and packed with fun. Age 4-7, Paperback 31pp
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Astro Girl

Astro Girl

Ref: 15865

Dedicated to all the girls who "dream of exploring the stars." Astrid has such a dream. And she's getting the practise in: papa spins her around to mimic a spaceship's orbit; he tosses her up high to get her used to near-zero gravity; she chews on cereal bars in prep for a diet of tube food. And she learns from a role model who is surprisingly close to home... "An empowering message stitched in to just darn good storytelling" "What a great book! I love the warm relationship portrayed between the father and Astrid...very positive message throughout of Astrid's aspiration to be an astronaut" (Fen and Jayne, staff and Inclusion Manager, Letterbox Library reviewers). Comes with a double page spread at the back full of space facts including a roll call of women astronauts. Letterbox Library had the joy of being consulted on an early manuscript- and as long term fans of Ken Wilson-Max we felt like all our Christmases had arrived early. The illustrations chuckle with Wilson Max's trademark smudgy-warm palette. Age 4 to 7, Hardback 24pp
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Baby's First Words

Baby's First Words

by Stella Blackstone & Sunny Scribens
illustrated by Christiane Engel

Ref: 15058

From getting up with the first "tweet" to going to bed with a night time "hoot!", follow a toddler on their busy day and learn lots of useful first words along the way. Introductory vocabulary (incl. nouns, prepositions, adjectives) about transport, feelings, animals and household objects. Bold, bright pictures; our favourites include the sunglasses-wearing cuddly mammoth and the crocodile-mouthed wellies. Lovely boardbook with tabs- which also happes to reflect a (interracial) two-dad family. 'Lovely, busy illustrations and words to explore. Every page is of interest and I like the woolly mammoth!' (Meryl, EY Consultant/Trainer, Letterbox reviewer). 'What's not to like? A brilliant book for introducing children and their parents to the delightful diversity of family life and a lot of useful words. And does it effortlessly and with grace, wit, style and charm' (Mark, Equalities Trainer, Letterbox reviewer). Age 1-3, Boardbook 20pp
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Baby Goes to Market

Baby Goes to Market

by Atinuke
illustrated by Angela Brooksbank

Ref: 15805

Baby is very curious. So curious that they get rewarded with goods from different market sellers- oranges, chin-chin biscuits, roasted sweetcorn. Each time, Baby eats one and then puts the rest in Mama's head basket... Counts down from 6 to 1 while also demonstrating simple (minus 1) subtractions. Early mathematics skills set to the rhythms, sounds and colours of a vibrant, busy, modern West African market. Age 2-6, Paperback 29pp
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Baking With Dad

Baking With Dad

Ref: 15084

A child with wonderfully sculpted sticky-uppy red hair spends a messy but productive day baking a Super Cake with Dad. Several whisks, shakes, flour sneezes and fruit-cocktail-head-dresses later and a six-tiered mountain of baked loveliness is all ready. A grand picture book (showing Dad as primary carer) which extends to the, beautifully formatted end pages animated by all sorts of household items: loo paper, yogurt moo...spiders! Age 4-7, Paperback 27pp
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Barefoot Books Children of the World

Barefoot Books Children of the World

by Tessa Strickland & Kate DePalma
illustrated by David Dean

Ref: 14627

"Every morning, millions of children open their eyes and start another day" ...And so begins this encyclopaedic, panoramic introduction to children from around the world: their homes, their diverse families (including same-sex parented and foster families), their different languages (including sign language), clothing and costumes, favourite games, special days, different faiths. A UNICEF-endorsed celebration of our global diversity, commonality and interconnectedness, nicely summed up in the text, "Every life is a story. It's easier to understand someone when you know their story." It is impossible here to summarise all the areas of diversity covered, so do please take our word for this being one of the most inclusive books we know! For example, simply the range of disabilities 'casually' shown (eye patches, shortened limbs, children with Down's syndrome) is unusual for picture books. Fantastic back notes extend out from each double page spread with a wealth of factual information. Younger children will be engaged by the simplicity of the core text while older children can think around each topic with the detailed extra notes. 'Barefoot books are always so amazing. Very inclusive, lots to talk about' (Rosalind, Workforce Dev. Officer, LL reviewer). 'Something of interest for everyone' (Maggie, EY Advisory Teacher, LL reviewer). Age 3-8, Paperback 65pp
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A Beginner's Guide to Bearspotting

A Beginner's Guide to Bearspotting

by Michelle Robinson
illustrated by David Roberts

Ref: 14855

Balaclava. Check. Tin cup., Check. Woollen mitts. Check. Field notebook. Check. And now for your guide...An intrepid bear discoverer is guided through the behaviour and tendencies of the black bear, a.k.a Ursus Americanus, and the brown bear, a.k.a Ursus Horiblis. Includes advice on playing dead. A chatty voiceover with a text which expands and shrinks and skews and bellows with exclamations. Roberts' beautiful, trademark design-led illustrations- big grizzlies are carefully etched out on graph paper and an autumn palette of browns and oranges is suddenly splattered with the fuchsia pink of exploding bubble gum!. 'This book is so so so good. Every aspect has been well thought out. The plot is so developed and funny and simple yet complicated. Love the illustrations' (Sonia, Deputy Primary Head, LL reviewer). Age 3-6, Paperback 29pp
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Best Friends, Busy Friends

Best Friends, Busy Friends

by Susan Rollings
illustrated by Nichola Cowdery

Ref: 16321

From "running around the playground friends" to "skipping home from school friends", all kinds of friendships are streamed across the pages of this fun, rhyming and rhythmic picture book. 'Gentle book about friendships and all its different facets- furry friends and sometimes not so kind friends. Lots of very positive images of gender and disability with all children taking an equally active part' (Rosalind, Workforce Development Officer, Letterbox Library reviewer). Superbly inclusive across all identities, including the portrayal of a range of disabilities. (wheelchair user; visually impaired child who uses a cane; child with facial marker). Age 2-5, Paperback 28pp
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The Biggest Story

The Biggest Story

by Sarah Coyle
illustrated by Dan Taylor

Ref: 16362

Errol is bored. Errol wants another of mum's bestest stories. But mum is too busy fixing the pipework under the sink. So, Errol might just have to make up his own! Luckily there are plenty of ants and cats and stegosauruses and meerkats on hand, all eager to line up in the cast of characters. A tribute to children's inventive minds with a double page spread at the back to help prompt the reader's very own story creation.(Single Parent Family) Age 4-7, Paperback 26pp
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Billy and the Dragon

Billy and the Dragon

Ref: 15852

A fancy-dress party disturbed by a dastardly dragon's kidnap of a cat called Fatcat. A perilous rescue mission involving a plunge into the Deep Dark Forest. A journey across treacherous landscapes (gushing waterfalls etc.) encountering savage creatures (bucktoothed bunnies, skwalking baby dragons etc.) Follow Billy on her latest adventure which ends up being only a little bit terrifying and a lot of a Very Silly Mix Up. Endearing characterisations, hilarious dialogue, brilliant artwork blazoned across full double page spreads- finished off with an smattering of adorable little bunny rabbits. Age 4-7, Paperback 30pp
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Blankies

Blankies

Ref: 12412

Mini-ode to feeling cosy and snug. Adorable boardbook with swinging rhymes and chubby toddlers who jump off the page ('casual' disability images). Age Birth-2, Boardbook 22pp
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Blocks

Blocks

Ref: 16163

Ruby has her red blocks. Benji has his blue blocks. They both set about building. Harmoniously. Until Benji decides one of Ruby's red blocks would provide the perfect final flourish...CRASH!...Can Ruby and Benji repair the damage? This story has a delightful simplicity. 'A very uncomplicated story, with minimal text, about sharing, learning to share and cooperation through 'old-=fashioned' (and entirely non-gendered) active block play' (Fen, Letterbox Library staff). 'Friendship, gender equality and conflict is all subtle but part of this simple story' (Ann Marie, EY Safeguarding Consultant, LL reviewer). Age 1-3, Hardback 24pp
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Books Always Everywhere

Books Always Everywhere

by Jane Blatt
illustrated by Sarah Massini

Ref: 16475

"Book scary, Book funny. Book rainy, Book sunny". An enthused group of toddlers share their book obsessions- reading in any place, in all weathers and at all times of the day; finding books scattered on the duvet, balanced in tree tops...and everywhere! Fun, rhyming and decidedly bookish with, appropriately enough, many more pages than is typical for a boardbook! Age Birth-3, Boardbook 22pp
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The Boy Who Lost His Bumble

The Boy Who Lost His Bumble

Ref: 13820

A nature-loving child with a special passion for bees, logs and records each and every buzzzz. And then, suddenly one day, with the arrival of rain and frost, all of the bees disappear. Bereft and despairing, he tries all manner of things to encourage them back- from dressing up in a bee suit to creating a special beehive hotel with free wi-fi. To no avail. And then, just as suddenly, with the coming of Spring, the bees fly back! An endearing story about losing your bumble and getting it back! Follows the passing seasons and weather patterns. Excellent bumble bee back notes provide a wider context on the value of bees to our fragile eco system. Age 4-7 Paperback 28pp
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The Boy Who Loved Everyone

The Boy Who Loved Everyone

by Jane Porter
illustrated by Maisie Paradise Shearring

Ref: 16028

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2020 Dimitri has just started at his nursery and, as ever, he's keen to share his love. At story time, he tells Liam he loves him. At playtime, he tells Sophie, Stella and Sue he loves them. At lunchtime, he tells the dinner lady he loves her too. And so the day goes on, with Dimitri's heart bursting with each new encounter. But he can't help noticing that no one says they love him back. Can Mum help him understand the many different manifestations of an overflowing heart? Described by Catherine Barter on the Little Rebels Award website as "A moving and nuanced picture book exploring love, friendship and emotional expression". Age 4-7, Paperback 24pp
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The Bread Pet: a sourdough story

The Bread Pet: a sourdough story

by Kate DePalma
illustrated by Nelleke Verhoeff

Ref: 16367

Uncle JB has stopped by on his way out West. He asks Cora (and her mums) to look after something for him while he's away. Is it Poquito the pet goldfish? No! It's bread...and it's alive... it's a Bread Pet! JB leaves careful sourdough-goo-care instructions (except the part about keeping it in the fridge.... Soon, the sourdough grows and grows. In just days, there are mini bread pets bubbling all over the household. Eventually Cora, Mum and Mama not only end up having to turn bread bakers, they end up needing to distribute Bread Pet's offspring at the local community centre. A soulful story of family, community and artisan bread with a dash of multiplications and a sprinkle of science! Funny and gloopy! Obligatory Bread Pet and Bread recipes included in the back pages. (Mixed race household; protagonist wears two hearing aids). Age 4-7, Paperback 30pp
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Busy Airport

Busy Airport

by Rebecca Finn

Ref: 12267

Rhyming action books with bits to push, pull, swing and turn! The perfect way for little hands to bring familiar environments to life. 'All the children enjoyed this in the book corner!' (Nursery Worker, LL reviewer). Age Birth-3 Boardbook 8pp
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Busy Beach

Busy Beach

Ref: 16476

The best in boadbook push, pull and slide technology! Introduces toddlers to a lively seaside world of beach balls, rock pool hunts, sandcastles and drippy ice creams-in-a-cone. Rhyming text, speech bubbles and a buzzy bee on every page. Age Birth-2, Boardbook 8pp
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Busy Bookshop

Busy Bookshop

by Rebecca Finn

Ref: 13892

"Cloth books, bath books, books with wheels. Pop-up books that make you squeal!" A rhyming celebration of a child-friendly bookshop which even stages a Three Little Piggies book reading. A lovely addition to this popular, interactive series- in this one, sturdy tabs can be pushed, pulled and spun! (Multicultural). 'Love the attention to detail. It's about BOOKS, so YES!' (Maggie, EY Advisory Teacher, Letterbox reviewer). See Busy Builders in the same series. Age 1-3, Boardbook 8pp
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Busy Builders

Busy Builders

by Rebecca Finn

Ref: 13889

"Up the ladder, bring some bricks! Time to paint and lift and fix!" A rhyming introduction to a bright and busy building site, complete with wrecking ball. Brilliantly sturdy tabs which push, pull and slide, animate this lively workplace. Women and men are both involved in heavy lifting; multicultural. 'Love this series of books' (Maggie, EY Advisory Teacher, Letterbox reviewer). See Busy Bookshop in the same series. Age 1-3, Boardbook 8pp
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Busy Day: Astronaut

Busy Day: Astronaut

by Dan Green

Ref: 16480

An action play book with some very energetic flap action! Follow one very busy astronaut as she puts on her space suit, blasts off to the space station, has a good float about, goes out on a space walk, carries out some essential engineering work and, finally, drives her moon buggy back to space HQ and her zip-down sleeping bag for a well deserved snooze. 'A lovely start to a discussion on space travel' (Carey, Childminder, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 2-5, Boardbook 12pp
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Busy Friends

Busy Friends

Ref: 16336

Sharing toys and laughter, giving kindness and comfort- a satisfying little toddler introduction to being a 'good' friend. Sturdy boardbook with push, pull and slide devices and little speech bubbles to guide a young reader through. Great to see entirely non-gendered activities amongst both the children- and the adults! Age 1-3, Boardbook 8pp
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The Camping Trip

The Camping Trip

Ref: 16376

Ernestine is off on a camping trip with her Aunt and cousin. Dad helps her pack an inconceivable amount of things and they're off to Cedar Tree Campsite...only, once they get there, Ernestine discovers pool swimming isn't quite like lake swimming (there are fish!), walking to school isn't quite like hiking (there are hills!) and dinner isn't quite dinner (there are tofu hot dogs!) But then she also discovers that there are s'mores and shooting stars and morning pancakes. A very true-to-life and humorous camping adventure with a suitably ambiguous camping newbie. Picture book/graphic novel hybrid. (Single parent/Dad; Black family). Age 4-8, Paperback 47pp
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Chicken Clicking

Chicken Clicking

by Jeanne Willis
illustrated by Tony Ross

Ref: 14701

A brilliant, much needed, early years book on internet safety, recently selected by a nursery group we work with for Child Safety Week. This picture book starts out happily enough with a chirpy little chick who stumbles on the farmer's computer. It then sounds a note of caution as chick starts to enjoy a little online shopping. Finally, loud alarm bells ring as chick posts a picture of herself online and arranges to meet a stranger offline- at which point the text ends. Willis has a real knack for exploring tough and challenging subjects with a completely appropriate lightness of touch and a directness which makes her work perfectly suited for an adult/child discussion. 'I liked this. There is wonderful humour in the rhyming text. A good starting point for opening this subject up at school' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). Age 3-6, Paperback 23pp
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Holiday & Festivals: Christmas

Holiday & Festivals: Christmas

Ref: 11870

Simple repetitive text, mini picture glossary and lively photos make this perfect for the very young. Age 4-6, Paperback 20pp
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Clean It!

Clean It!

Ref: 11692

A chatty, interactive text and merry illustrations encourage children to engage in their first 'real' tasks. Boys do housework too! Age 2-5, Paperback 23pp
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Clean Up!

Clean Up!

by Nathan Bryon
illustrated by Dapo Adeola

Ref: 16380

Rocket is back! (see Look Up!) And, she's off with brother Jamal and Mum to visit Grammy and Grampy, a tireless couple who run a whale-watching tour and animal sanctuary (when they're not surfing) in Jamaica. The beach seems full of promise until Rocket's usual glee is cut short by the sight of an itty-bitty baby turtle all tangled up in plastic. Soon it feels like she is spotting plastic everywhere. And so, she resolves on getting together a thumping clean-up crew. Can she get the crowds behind her? And, will Jamal ever look up from that phone? The details in Dapo's illustrations continue to be a master class in visual storytelling with more colour than a jar of Hundreds and Thousands cake sprinkles. Look out for the pet tortoise's food bowels, those salon high end hairstyles (Rocket's cornrow-puff balls combo; Jamal's ever-heightening flat top), Bahaman swallowtail butterflies, Rasta beachman's stretchy string vest, teeny plastic-beach-combing crabs, Gramp's grandad socks-n-sandals look, the row of giant fish recycle bins. A clear environmental message, complete with child-friendly beach-clearing tips, delivered by one of the brightest new picture book characters to come on the scene in recent years. Move over, Lola! (Single parent/mum; Black British author & illustrator). Age 4-7, Paperback 30pp
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Clive and His Art

Clive and His Art

by Jessica Spanyol

Ref: 14294

Clive loves everything about art: reading about it, visiting galleries, making his own creations. And, he really is an all-round artist with his leaf pictures, sponge prints, bead-threading, card-glittering and googly-eyed paper bag constructs. 'Sturdy book illustrating a range of art techniques' (Maggie, Former EY Adviser, LL reviewer). Part of a series about a refreshingly non-stereotyped boy and his diverse band of friends (Asif, Mina and Jeffrey). Wonderfully childlike illustrations by Spanyol, mixing up collage with pen. Clear, accessible text introducing lots of first words and prompting the odd chortle...or two! Age 1-3 Boardbook 12pp
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Clive and His Babies

Clive and His Babies

by Jessica Spanyol

Ref: 14295

Clive is a dab hand with his baby dolls. He shows his babies how to use the potty; he shows them to Moshi the cat; he tucks them in at night and he reads to them. Part of a series about a refreshingly non-stereotyped boy and his diverse band of friends (Asif, Mina and Jeffrey). Wonderfully childlike illustrations by Spanyol, mixing up collage with pen. Clear, accessible text introducing lots of first words and prompting the odd chortle...or two! Age 1-3 Boardbook 12pp
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Clive and His Bags

Clive and His Bags

by Jessica Spanyol

Ref: 14296

Clive has a very fine array of bags- and he knows how to use them! He has his book bag, of course. But then, there is also his fully equipped nurse's bag, his brilliantly pink snacked-up picnic bag and his art bag with the clever pencil pocket. 'Really good simple language and pictures. Challenges gender serotypes gently but clearly' (Meryl, EY Consultant, LL reviewer). 'Way to go Clive! What a fun book!' (Rosalind, Workforce Dev. Officer, LL reviewer). Part of a series about a refreshingly non-stereotyped boy and his diverse band of friends (Asif, Mina and Jeffrey). Wonderfully childlike illustrations by Spanyol, mixing up collage with pen. Clear, accessible text introducing lots of first words and prompting the odd chortle...or two! Age 1-3 Boardbook 12pp
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Clive and His Hats

Clive and His Hats

by Jessica Spanyol

Ref: 14297

Clive has a most excellent collection of hats, from his practical sunhat to his special dressing up big purple flowery hat; some, like his art hat, have a home-made look to them and some are shared hats such as his and Asif's special pink bunny hats! Part of a series about a refreshingly non-stereotyped boy and his diverse band of friends (Asif, Mina and Jeffrey). Wonderfully childlike illustrations by Spanyol, mixing up collage with pen. Clear, accessible text introducing lots of first words and prompting the odd chortle...or two! Age 1-3, Boardbook 12pp
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Clive is a Nurse

Clive is a Nurse

by Jessica Spanyol

Ref: 15272

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2018 Clive is very proud of his nurse's outfit and nurse's kit. He enjoys bandaging Amy, sponge washing Penguin, feeding pasta to baby and checking inside Crocodile's mouth. Meantime, Anisa is busy driving her ambulance and Wilfred is happily wrapping up his own patients in a soft, pink-hearted, blankie. The latest addition to this fresh, every-delightful, series about Clive and his friends who role play, happily free of gender stereotypes and limitations. A gentle humour, as always, courses throughout. Age 1-3, Boardbook 12pp
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Clive is a Librarian

Clive is a Librarian

by Jessica Spanyol

Ref: 15409

This second instalment in the Clive series has him trying out lots of different jobs for size. Here, all dressed up in his smart pink dungarees, he plays at being a librarian- sorting books, making library cards, reading for story time and acting out fairy tales, complete with gossamer fairy wings. As always, Clive's group of friends (plus Moshi the cat) join in enthusiastically. (Characters include Wilfrid who wears a hearing aid and Anisa who wears a leg splint). 'Lovely book celebrating libraries and reading. Lots to talk about to encourage a love of reading' (Carey, Childminder, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age Birth-3, Boardbook 12pp
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Clive is a Teacher

Clive is a Teacher

by Jessica Spanyol

Ref: 15410

This second instalment in the Clive series has him trying out lots of different jobs for size. "Today", Clive declares, "I am a teacher" and he then sets about his busy day doing the register, using the whiteboard, delivering healthy snacks and teaching about minibeasts. Lots of 'real life' activities conveyed with a chatty text and detailed illustrations- the snail slime is superb! (Characters include Wilfrid who wears a hearing aid and Anisa who wears a leg splint). 'Clever images for adults to expand upon in different ways during storytelling sessions. Positive, interesting and, most importantly, inclusive' (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, Letterbox reviewer. Age Birth-3, Boardbook 12pp
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Clive is a Waiter

Clive is a Waiter

by Jessica Spanyol

Ref: 15411

This second instalment in the Clive series has him trying out lots of different jobs for size. Clive has decided to try out as a waiter and his merry band of friends are happy to pose as customers. Clive busily takes Amy's coat and scarf and shows her the menu; he wheels out the food trolley; he finds a high chair for Asif's baby; he takes Jeffrey's order for bunny's penguin's and croc's lunches; he does lots of tidying away. His only mishap is when Wilfred complains that he didn't order a shark on a plate! As always, Clive's role play is full of realistic and relatable details and, for him and his friends, there is never a gender stereotype in sight. (Characters include Wilfrid who wears a hearing aid and Anisa who wears a leg splint). Age Birth-3, Boardbook 12pp
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The Cloud

The Cloud

Ref: 10177

Art Class is no fun for one quiet child, sat on her own, with a fuzzy black cloud hovering over her...but a patient and fun-filled little girl resolves to find a way through the fog...Multicultural, casual images of disability, a winning text and exceptionally imaginative illustrations. Age 4-8, Paperback 27pp
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Cook It!

Cook It!

Ref: 11695

'What's for dinner. Will you help me choose?' A chatty, interactive text and merry illustrations encourage children to engage in their first 'real' tasks. Age 2-5, Paperback 23pp
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The Crow's Tale

The Crow's Tale

Ref: 15342

A traditional tale about bravery and kindness, told through gently rhymes and the most exquisite artwork- lithography is fused with watercolours throwing light across the pages and drawing out each one of Crow's bold and brilliant feathers. A written version of a Pennsylvania Lenni Lenape Indian legend which has been passed down, largely orally, through generations of Lenni Lenape Indians. 'This book is fabulous! High quality text told in rhyme and lovely, lovely illustrations. What a great debut for Naomi Howarth.' (Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager, Letterbox reviewer.) Age 4-7 Paperback 26pp
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Daddy, Papa, and Me

Daddy, Papa, and Me

by Lesla Newman
illustrated by Carol Thompson

Ref: 10096

Beautifully presented, joyful, rhyming celebration of gay parents...and their bundles of joy! 'At last! Same sex families- enjoying family life together' (Early Years Adviser, LL reviewer). Age 1-3, American Import Boardbooks 18pp Themes: Lesbian and Gay, Families
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Dad's Favourite Cookie

Dad's Favourite Cookie

by Gu-mi Jeong, retold by Jo Cowley
illustrated by Soon-kyo Joo

Ref: 15432

Set in Japan. Yuka's Dad works every day of the week making the tastiest of ramen. Yuka is very proud of him, but she also misses him so very much. Spend a day with Yuka as she and her mum try to distract themselves with a rice ball picnic in Cherry Tree Park, a visit to the local market, a brief stopover at a shrine and then...finally...the journey back home to a waiting Dad! Fantastic flourishes and details of Japanese life are conveyed through bold, lithograph-style artwork and little notes which pop up here and there with snippets about Shiba Inu- Japan's national dog- wagashi sweets and a dumpling called Yomogi dango! A further, packed, six pages of back notes show a map of Japan (with stats.) and give information about Japanese hot springs, shrines and beautifully decorated lunchboxes. From a publisher who specialises in editing English editions of a selection of Korea's best children's picture books. 'Love this book. I liked the detail about Japan and also the poignant underlying theme of the girl missing her dad' (Deborah, Lecturer in EY Education, Letterbox Library reviewer). 'A universal, familiar story of a child missing a very busy parent' (Fen, Letterbox Library staff). Age 4-7, Paperback 29pp
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Dare

Dare

by Lorna Gutierrez
by Polly Noakes

Ref: 16089

"Dare to see when others don't...Dare to speak when others won't". Minimal rhyming text and bright splashes of colour encourage children to dare to try new things, to take a chance- and, also, to speak out, express themselves and their identities. A wonderfully toddler-friendly and toddler-empowering text which cements the rights to have opinions and to express those freely. The double page spread of adults and children bearing placards is a delight! (Includes a child who wears a hearing aid). 'What a great title- which follows through with such positive messages and very appealing illustrations' (Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager, LL reviewer ). 'Overall a very positive message that can help children to dare to do more...and know that they are allowed to speak up/voice their own opinions' (Nicole, teen Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 3-7, Paperback 28pp
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Dave and the Tooth Fairy

Dave and the Tooth Fairy

by Verna Wilkins
illustrated by Carl Pearce

Ref: 16372

The return of Verna Wilkins' and the Tamarind 1993 classic, now with illustrations from picture-illumination-genius, Carl Pearce. David Alexander Curtis has a wibbly wobbly tooth. Over breakfast, he sneezes it right out. The missing tooth is nowhere to be found. No tooth means no Tooth Fairy means no money means no new kite. These are desperate times. Will Dave find his tooth before night falls? The very welcome return of a very fine picture book- reintroduce yourselves to Afiya, the highly contemporary tech-expert Tooth Fairy, Grandad and his lively set of teeth, best friend Ziz and...David Alexander Curtis. (nb: Ziz is a wheelchair user). Age 4-7, Paperback 29pp
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A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

by Jill Twiss (with Marlon Bundo)
illustrated by EG Keller

Ref: 15568

This text is a real beam of loveliness whether you read it simply as a tale about a devoted bunny or whether you read it within the context of its genesis: Vice President (VP) Pence, notorious for his anti-LGBT opinions, created a children's book with his family entitled Marlon Bundo's A Day in the Life of the Vice President detailing a fictional day in the life of the Vice President's pet rabbit. Twiss' parody-released one day earlier than Pence's book- is delicious. Here, Bundo the bunny is hopping about in the VP's home grounds when he spies a bunny called Wesley. They fall instantly in love and take to hopping through the garden, inside the stuffy old VP's house and down the stuffy house's stairs making "beautiful creaky stair-music together". Such is the happiness of their hopping marathon that they decide to get married and announce this to their friends, Phil and Dennis the bugs, Pumpernickel the badger, Dill Prickle the hedgehog. But The Stink Bug, who is in charge of life in the gardens does an absolute refusal insisting that Boy Bunnies can only marry Girl Bunnies. Will Bundo and Wesley get to tie the bunny knot? An adult parody works flawlessly as an upbeat, thoroughly hoppity hop, almost painfully endearing (yet not saccharine) story about a same sex couple who want to make their vows. There are some excellent, child-friendly, points made about democracy and authority along the way too. An expert picture book. And, we haven't even had time to mention the wonderful, glowing, warm, illustrations which feel like a hug of soft fur. Age 4-7, American Import, Hardback 31pp
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The Day War Came

The Day War Came

by Nicola Davies
illustrated by Rebecca Cobb

Ref: 16306

"War took everything, war took everyone". A child's perspective on war: its sudden devastation; the loss of all she knows; the way it stalks her in her new 'home' as adults shut their doors on her and turn away...until, finally, a small child brings her a chair and a place. A devastating and brilliant picture book provoked by the UK government's refusal in 2016 to give sanctuary to 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees, inspiring a wave of quiet, powerful activism by some of our most loved children's authors and illustrators. 'Very moving in both text and images. Very necessary' (June, Parent, LL reviewer). Endorsed by Amnesty International. For more on the #3000chairs movement, visit here: https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/gallery/2016/may/03/3000chairs-empty-chairs-of-syrian-refugees Together, this article, this movement and this book provide very rich materials for schools to explore. Age 4-10, Paperback 27pp
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Dealing with Feeling...Angry

Dealing with Feeling...Angry

by Isabel Thomas
illustrated by Clare Elsom

Ref: 14085

Books in the Dealing with Feeling... series help readers to indentify their emotions, and provide tips and advice on how best to express and deal with them. This book looks at anger, including what anger feels like, safe ways of letting anger out, and how to calm down if you are feeling angry. Age 4-7, Paperback 20pp
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Dealing with Feeling...Happy

Dealing with Feeling...Happy

by Isabel Thomas
illustrated by Clare Elsom

Ref: 14086

Books in the Dealing with Feeling... series help readers to indentify their emotions, and provide tips and advice on how best to express and deal with them. This book looks at happiness, including what happiness feels like, how to turn sad feelings into happy ones, and how to make other people feel happy. Age 4-7, Paperback 20pp
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Dealing with Feeling...Jealous

Dealing with Feeling...Jealous

by Isabel Thomas
illustrated by Clare Elsom

Ref: 14087

Books in the Dealing with Feeling... series help readers to indentify their emotions, and provide tips and advice on how best to express and deal with them. This book looks at being jealous, including what being jealous feels like, how to deal with jealous feelings, and how to help other people who might be feeling jealous. Age 4-7, Paperback 20pp
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Dealing with Feeling...Proud

Dealing with Feeling...Proud

by Isabel Thomas
illustrated by Clare Elsom

Ref: 14088

Books in the Dealing with Feeling... series help readers to indentify their emotions, and provide tips and advice on how best to express and deal with them. This book looks at pride, including how to feel proud, why it is important not to feel TOO proud, and how to help other people feel proud, too. Age 4-7, Paperback 20pp
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Dealing with Feeling...Worried

Dealing with Feeling...Worried

by Isabel Thomas
illustrated by Clare Elsom

Ref: 14089

Books in the Dealing with Feeling... series help readers to indentify their emotions, and provide tips and advice on how best to express and deal with them. This book looks at being worried, including what it feels like to be worried, how to stop feeling worried, and how to help other people who might be feeling worried. Age 4-7, Paperback 20pp
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Holiday & Festivals: Divali

Holiday & Festivals: Divali

Ref: 12326

Simple repetitive text, mini picture glossary and lively photos make this perfect for the very young. Age 4-6, Paperback 20pp
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The Dinner of Smells

The Dinner of Smells

by Humaira Rashid
illustrated by Jamie Lenman

Ref: 12528

Mr Saeed cooks delicious food. But when poor, hungry Ali stops outside his shop to smell the food, Mr Saeed accuses him of stealing. Can the wise man Nasruddin help, or will Ali go to prison? A greedy business man is thoroughly outwitted in this lively, Muslim folk tale. Age 4-7, Paperback 32pp
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Dinosaur Rap

Dinosaur Rap

by John Foster, sung by Mikey Henry Jr.
illustrated by Debbie Harter

Ref: 14815

"There's a Saltopus strutting, swaying to the beat / Hoping and bopping and taping his feet". With a repeated chorus to join in with- "Come on everybody, shake a claw!"- this will be a real pleasure for dinosaur fans. Strong rhythms and rhymes, bright and swishy illustrations, a CD with animations and dino sing-alongs, a brilliant 'Who's Who' of dinosaurs on the backpages and a detailed, illustrated guide to the ages of the dinosaurs, from the Triassic era right up until the current, Quarternary era. Add to this a representative group of children- including a child with a hearing aid and one with a walking (or should that be boogie?!) frame- who step up to the beat in dino-matching costumes and you have Dino Love as a complete, child-friendly, package. 'Lovely, bright illustrations, lots of movements, CD with roars to dance to, inclusive disability images. Yes!' (Maggie, Former Early Years Adviser, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 30pp
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Dogs Don't Do Ballet

Dogs Don't Do Ballet

by Anna Kemp
illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

Ref: 14411

This dog doesn't do proper dog stuff, like flea scratching or stick-chasing. This dog thinks he's a ballerina. So, when all those around him insist that doing ballet isn't a very doggy-like thing to do, he sinks into a howling depression. But with a little stealth, a comfy tutu and a quite astounding Arabesque, this dog may be about to prove everyone wrong. A fun and gentle take on smashing gendered expectations. Age 4-7, Paperback 28pp
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Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library

Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library

by Julie Gassman
illustrated by Andy Elkerton

Ref: 14796

A librarian explains to a small child why dragons don't do well in libraries: their large bottoms take up too much floor space at story time; they risk self-igniting as they get over excited by a good story; they tend to take over the aisles. A rhyming, dragon-filled tribute to libraries. (Multicultural; includes a book-hungry wheelchair user; nice to have-for a change- both female and male dragons!) 'Strong illustration style. Diverse characters and rhyming text add to the appeal' (Darren, Teacher & Higher Ed. Tutor, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 30pp
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Donovan's Big Day

Donovan's Big Day

by Lesla Neman
illustrated by Mike Dutton

Ref: 11989

A celebration of family. Its Donovans very BIG day and theres no room for error! No oversleeping, no getting the house messy, no wandering off...if hes to be a ring bearer at Mommys and Mamas wedding. Brilliantly captures the build up to and excitement of a very special day. Age 5-8, American Import Hardback 27pp
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Elephant in My Kitchen

Elephant in My Kitchen

by Smiti Halls
illustrated by Ella Okstad

Ref: 16132

With an elephant in the kitchen, a gorilla in the bedroom and a tiger on the toilet, one child's house is getting rather crowded! The final straw comes when Pink Rabbit gets squished by a tribe of hopping toads. But it turns out that those same animals are simply seeking refuge- their own homes are disappearing through careless and destructive human interventions on the natural world. A band of children are immediately empowered to take action. A resoundingly fun call to us all to take better care of our planet. Strong and delightfully silly rhymes. Charming illustrations- the knickers-on-head, badminton playing panda is a joy. Age 4-7, Paperback 26pp
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Errol's Garden

Errol's Garden

Ref: 15491

Errol has plenty of green fingers. But his flat doesn't have nearly enough space for all of his seedlings and pottings. But then, he discovers the roof at the top of his tower block and an idea begins to germinate, in every sense of the word. He just needs a little bit of help from his friends. A great, positive boost of a story as a hugely diverse community come together to create something very beautiful which then spreads across the skyline... The strawberries look delish! 'Lovely to see a creative approach to gardening in the city and the power of working together' (Rosalind, Workforce Dev. Officer, LL reviewer). 'This book's illustrations and story made my smile' (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, LL reviewer). Age 3-6, Paper27pp
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Everybody Feels Happy!

Everybody Feels Happy!

by Moira Butterfield
illustrated by Holly Sterling

Ref: 14070

Ethan has a bubbly fizzy feeling inside- he's off on holiday! Sophie loves her friends very much and wants to pass on her happiness to them...which makes them want to then pass on some of their happiness to her! Part of a lovely new series with fresh and colourful artwork which shows two children's separate stories, describes their emotions and has the two come together to interact over their feelings. Empowering and constructive feelings books with story words/glossary and suggested extension exercises for teachers/carers. Age 4-7, Hardback 21pp
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Everybody Feels Sad!

Everybody Feels Sad!

by Moira Butterfield
illustrated by Holly Sterling

Ref: 14071

Chloe is distraught to find that her little toy elephant, Beebee, has gone missing. Omar's cuddly pet, Socks the cat, has died. Can anything make them feel better? Part of a lovely new series with fresh and colourful artwork which shows two children's separate stories, describes their emotions and then has the children interact in a way which enables them to cope with and/or resolve their difficult feelings. Empowering and constructive feelings books with story words/glossary and suggested extension exercises for teachers/carers. Age 4-7, Hardback 21pp
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The Everywhere Bear

The Everywhere Bear

by Julia Donaldson
illustrated by Rebecca Cobb

Ref: 15588

Class One share a much loved toy, The Everywhere Bear, so called because every weekend he goes home with a different child. Disaster strikes when Matt, on his splashy walk to school, bends down to pet a kitten, leading Bear to tumble out of his rucksack and into a puddle! Can he get back to the classroom? By a much loved author/former Children's Laureate. (n.b.: Class One includes a wheelchair user and a child who wears a hearing aid). Age 4-7, Paperback 30pp
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The Family Book

The Family Book

Ref: 14687

From the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator. A brilliantly simple take on diverse families: some families have step mums, some adopt children, some have one parent, some have two dads, some look like their pets, some like to be noisy, some like to be messy- but they ALL like to hug each other, they ALL like to celebrate special days and they are ALL special. Clear, happy, triumphant and loud in its message- with Parr's trademark thick felt pen, primary colour, illustrations. Age 2-5, Paperback 29pp
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Farmer Falgu Goes to the Kumbh Mela

Farmer Falgu Goes to the Kumbh Mela

by Chitra Soundar
illustrated by Kanika Nair

Ref: 14754

The much-loved Farmer Falgu, is seen here making his way to the Kumbh Mela. A lovely little introduction to the Hindu 'Festival of the Pot', held once every 12 years at four sacred riverside places, drawing pilgrims from across India and the world. The upbeat, simple text is enhanced by highlighted, coloured words introducing festival essentials such as jalebis and sweet lassi and the procession of sadhus (holy men). Vibrant illustrations- the men draped in wreaths of orange blossom is especially fine. Nice backnote on the festival. 'Lovely to see such a rich culture being brought to life so vividly. Lots of info. for practitioners and parents to convey its meaning' (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 27pp
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Farmer Falgu Goes on a Trip

Farmer Falgu Goes on a Trip

by Chitra Soundar
illustrated by Kanika Nair

Ref: 13929

The clucking, the mooing and quacking of Farmer Falgu's farm is driving him to distraction...so he sets off in his bullock-drawn cart to find a little silence. Only, he hasn't accounted for the many people who'd like a lift who all bring their own particular noises with them: the phee-phee, pungi-playing snake charmer; the tap-tap-tapping dancers... A wonderfully simple story with delightful sound effects printed in coloured, slanted and curving fonts, a cumulative text and dashing illustrations. 'A tried and tested and very popular format with children; the writing and repetitions will be very popular with schools' (Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager, Letterbox reviewer). See also the review for Farmer Falgu Goes to the Market. (nb: South-Indian born British writer; Chitra is available for school workshops in the UK- see www.chitrasoundar.com) Age 4-7, Indian Import Paperback 26pp
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Farmer Falgu Goes to the Market

Farmer Falgu Goes to the Market

by Chitra Soundar
illustrated by Kanika Nair

Ref: 13930

It's market day and Farmer Falgu has a heavy cart full of chillies, coriander and all manner of eggs. But he hasn't accounted for the hazards along the route! There are the pot holes, the waddling ducks, a honking lorry. Will any of the eggs remain intact? A visual journey full of child appeal which bumps along with sound effects, an imaginative typeset, delicious language and the cumulative, anticipatory storytelling which proves so popular with very young children. See also the review for Farmer Falgu Goes on a Trip. Age 4-7, Indian Import Paperback 26pp
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Fast and Slow

Fast and Slow

Ref: 13280

Rafts and scooters, tractors and rockets, all manner of vehicles and all drivers allowed! And, with the beautiful illustrations we've come to expect from publishers, Barefoot Books. "Super boardbook. Multicultural and gender positive portrayals" (Children's Centre Manager, LL reviewer). Age 1-4, Boardbook 14pp
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Feeding Time! Just Like Me!

Feeding Time! Just Like Me!

Ref: 16286

"Mouse likes tasty oats...Me too!. Lamb likes warm milk...Me too!" Creatures and toddlers join together to share their favourite foods. A superbly robust, "heavy duty", lift-the-flap boardbook. Very toddler-friendly with an excellent bias towards healthy eating. It's lovely to see an all-too-rare image of a breastfeeding mum! Age Birth to 3, Boardbook 10pp
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Feeling Great! Just Like Me!

Feeling Great! Just Like Me!

Ref: 16472

One in a series of endearing lift-the-flap boardbooks which teaches the youngest of readers to learn about themselves by exploring the animal world alongside their own expressive toddler world! Chipmunk feels excited, Gorilla feels shy and Koala feels sleepy...And, behind each flap, is a toddler experiencing just the same feelings! (A range of ethnicities portrayed and includes a character with a hearing aid.) Age Birth-3, Boardbook 8pp
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First Time: Big Day Out

First Time: Big Day Out

Ref: 13269

A lively day out at the science museum (mixed race family). Easy, chatty, interactive text perfectly suited for describing a first experience and for opening up discussion. Ages 2-5, Card Pages 23pp
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First Time: Dentist

First Time: Dentist

Ref: 11698

How long will we have to wait? Will it hurt? What's the best way of cleaning my teeth? Conversational text provides easy prompts for discussing familiar new experiences. Effortlessly multicultural and inclusive. Age 2-5, Card Pages 23pp
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First Time: Doctor

First Time: Doctor

Ref: 11699

Will I get better soon? Who will I see? Will I have to take medicine? Conversational text provides easy prompts for discussing familiar new experiences. Effortlessly multicultural and inclusive. Age 2-5, Card Pages 23pp
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First Time: Hospital

First Time: Hospital

Ref: 11700

Will I sleep here? What is the food like? When can I go home? Conversational text provides easy prompts for discussing familiar new experiences. Effortlessly multicultural and inclusive. Age 2-5, Card Pages 23pp
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First Time: Nursery

First Time: Nursery

Ref: 11697

How will I know what to do? Will they be friendly? Will I enjoy it? Conversational text provides easy prompts for discussing familiar new experiences. Effortlessly multicultural and inclusive. Age 2-5, Card Pages 23pp
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First Time: School

First Time: School

Ref: 12293

How will I know what to do? Will they be friendly? Will I enjoy it? Conversational text provides easy prompts for discussing familiar new experiences. Effortlessly multicultural and inclusive. Age 2-5, Card Pages 23pp
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First Time: Vet

First Time: Vet

Ref: 11701

Will my dog get better? Can I stay with my cat? Why do my rabbit's teeth need trimming? Conversational text provides easy prompts for discussing familiar new experiences. Effortlessly multicultural and inclusive. Age 2-5, Card Pages 23pp
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First Words

First Words

Ref: 16432

A journey in early vocabulary, introducing things around the home, clothing items, animals, foods, playtime objects, the outside environment, transport vehicles ... and a big fold-out surprise! Single block colours provide a different background per page, so also works as an introduction to colours. 'Really like the pop up surprise at the end of the book- as did my daughter!' (Chipo & Tawana, Parent & Child, Letterbox Library reviewers). Age 1-3, Boardbook 16pp
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The 5 Misfits

The 5 Misfits

Ref: 14306

Meet The 5 Misfits, a happy band of creatures who live happily together in their snug little home. One of them is punctured, one is folded, one is feeble, one is upside down and one is simply "a bundle of oddities". They are a happy band of creatures, living snugly together in a lopsided house...until they are visited by a stranger, the Perfect One, who is appalled by their good-for-nothingness. Will he mend their ways or will they mend his? ... An incredibly beautiful book in its art work and a extraordinarily wise book in its messages about uniqueness and individuality. 'A quirky take on difference; lots of subliminal messages- positive ones' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). 'Themes of social acceptability, friendship, contentment and joy which can open up conversations about "misfits" without perpetuating stereotypes of them' (Darren, Teacher & Higher Ed. Tutor, LL reviewer). Age 4-9, Hardback 34pp
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The 5 Misfits

The 5 Misfits

Ref: 15770

Meet The 5 Misfits, a happy band of creatures who live happily together in their snug little home. One of them is punctured, one is folded, one is feeble, one is upside down and one is simply "a bundle of oddities". They are a happy band of creatures, living snugly together in a lopsided house...until they are visited by a stranger, the Perfect One, who is appalled by their good-for-nothingness. Will he mend their ways or will they mend his? ... An incredibly beautiful book in its art work and a extraordinarily wise book in its messages about uniqueness and individuality. 'A quirky take on difference; lots of subliminal messages- positive ones' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). 'Themes of social acceptability, friendship, contentment and joy which can open up conversations about "misfits" without perpetuating stereotypes of them' (Darren, Teacher & Higher Ed. Tutor, LL reviewer). Age 4-9, Paperback 34pp
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Fix It!

Fix It!

Ref: 11693

A chatty, interactive text and merry illustrations encourage children to engage in their first 'real' tasks. Girl DIY expert included! Age 2-5, Paperback 23pp
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The Flower

The Flower

by John Light
illustrated by Lisa Evans

Ref: 15660

Some time in the future... Brigg lives in a bleak, all-grey, overcast city. One day he discovers a forbidden book in the library- a book about something called "flowers" which leads him, unexpectedly to something called "seeds" in a junk shop... A lovely, modern day, environmental fable. Age 4-7, Paperback 29pp
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Football Star

Football Star

by Mina Javaherbin
illustrated by Renato Alarco

Ref: 13265

"My story is a homage to all football stars who have risen and continue to rise up from poverty" (M. Javaherbin). Set in Brazil, this stunningly illustrated story about a child's ambition to be a great footballer is also a beautifully non-didactic and thoughtful story about poverty, child labour and a challenge to gender stereotypes. We adored it. Age 4-7, Paperback 31pp
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Freddie and the Fairy

Freddie and the Fairy

by Julia Donaldson
illustrated by Karen George

Ref: 11664

Picture This Winner 2009 Fantastic disability portrayal. Bessie-Belle offers to grant Freddie's every wish. But he mumbles and she can't hear terribly well...so the wishes end up squiffy! 'Special needs integrated in the most natural way' (EY Advisory Teacher, LL reviewer). Age 3-6, Paperback 24pp
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The Girls

The Girls

by Lauren Ace
illustrated by Jenny Lvlie

Ref: 15573

"This is the story of four girls, but it is also the story of womankind. Together #WeAreTheGirls". Meet Sasha, Lottie, Alice and Leela- held together through a friendship so unbreakable it frees them to explore their separate lives. A unique picture book which shows the close friendship between four children and then the maturing of this relationship into adulthood. As the four stride out into new experiences, work, adventures, loves and independent lives, they remain held together through unassailable roots of support and kindness. A tribute to the transformative healing powers of friendship and how true intimacy between friends can be a balm for life. With words and illustrations full of heart and teaming with affirmation, children will love joining the characters on their journey and will feel buoyed by the subtle, but ever-present, message to be who they want to be. (This title also performs 'casual inclusion' at it best- a multicultural group of friends, the illustrations also show Sasha, a young black woman, setting up home with a female partner and mid-way, there is a gorgeous image of the girls leading a Pride parade which bursts with rainbow flags and multicoloured heart balloons). 'Finally, an authentic representation of female friendship which isn't all saccharine and glitter' (Fen, LL staff and reviewer). 'I liked this very much! It's beautifully told-friendships endures through a lifetime.. the gentle respect they have for one another and their allowance of difference shines through the book' (Eileen, Former Primary teacher, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 29pp
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The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head

The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head

Ref: 13794

Isabel's best friend, Simon, moves away very suddenly leaving her feeling angry and then lonely. Having decided to enjoy her isolation, she shuns company, excepting...the parrot on her head. But then Chester moves in next door and convinces her that it might be a time for a new playmate. A charmingly off-the-wall picture book which captures the zaniness of children's playtime and the worlds they create together. The narrative moves along through Isabel's changing emotions which are themselves carried by a familiar passage of the seasons from Autumn- marking Simon's departure- to Spring- announcing Chester's arrival. For more confident readers there are some real depths of emotions to explore here with Isabel literally externalising her feelings through a complex system of boxes and storage. 'Totally loved this innovative text with its superb illustrations. Very tactile paper and a great palette. Brilliant, humorous, quirky- immense!' (Kate, Children's Centre Coordinator, LL reviewer) Age 4-8, Paperback 31pp
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Grandma

Grandma

Ref: 13509

Oscar loves spending time with his Grandma but lately she has been getting forgetful and soon she has to go into a care home. A child-friendly exploration of what dementia is. Includes factual information to help children talk about their feelings and find new ways to enjoy the changing relationship. Ages 4-7, Paperback 28pp
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The Great Big Book of Families

The Great Big Book of Families

by Mary Hoffman
illustrated by Ros Asquith

Ref: 10350

SLA Information Book Award Under 7s 2011 Winner The most joyful and inclusive book of the year! A glorious, multicultural celebration of contemporary family life. Includes lesbian/gay parents, single parents, adopted/fostered children and people from different economic backgrounds. All wrapped up in delightful illustrations and great dollops of humour! Age 4-8, Paperback 32pp
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The Great Big Book of Feelings

The Great Big Book of Feelings

by Mary Hoffman
illustrated by Ros Asquith

Ref: 12911

Selected by Booktrust as a Best Book of 2013 The second in the series of these most joyful and inclusive books! Explore lots of different feelings with the children in this book, see if you can find feelings that match your own, or that help you understand how other people are feeling. Feelings explored with the same warmth, wit and sensitivity as in the award-winning 'The Great Big Book of Families'. Age 4-8, Paperback 32pp
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Global Babies

Global Babies

Ref: 10258

From India to Iraq to Rwanda to Spain, meet babies from 17 cultures around the world. Dazzling photographs and a simple text create a joyful global celebration. Age 0-2 American Import Boardbook 16pp
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Global Baby Bedtimes

Global Baby Bedtimes

Ref: 15827

Gorgeous photos show babies from 15 different parts of the world nodding off, snoozing, sweet-dreaming and snuggling in to different family members. A book which swoops from Panama to the Ivory Coast and from Japan to the UK. Another lovely title in the Global Fund for Children book series (see also Global Babies and Global Girls). 'Lovely images... delightful to see people of various ages, be they grandparents or siblings, all expressing love for these babies. Full of colourful illustrations that bring about the warmest of feelings' (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer Letterbox Library reviewer). Age Birth to 2, Boardbook 16pp
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Global Babies Girls

Global Babies Girls

Ref: 14922

"Wherever they are born, girls are beautiful, strong, bold and bright. Baby girls can grow up to change the world!" Published in acknowledgement of the sad reality that in many countries, girls/women still aren't accorded equal status, this is a gorgeously upbeat, huggable, book showing baby girls grinning and laughing around the world, from Benin to the USA to Liberia to India to Mali to France...15 countries in all! 'Superb, affirming photography. Very positive message. Definitely worth supporting the Global Fund for Children' (Kate, Children's Centre Coordinator, LL reviewer). 'Sturdy, great photos, optimistic' (Maggie, Former EY Adviser, LL reviewer). The publisher is donating some of the book sales to community-based organisations that provide opportunities for girls (www.globalfundsforchildren.org). Age Birth-3, Boardbook 16pp
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Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors

by Hena Khan
illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini

Ref: 14751

"Yellow is the box we fill on Eid with gifts of zakat for those in need. Green is the Quran I read with pride. Grandma explains the lessons inside". From silver fanoos to golden domes, a young Muslim girl introduces readers to her faith, including Ramadan and Eid, through the medium of rhyme and colours. An original approach, very beautifully illustrated with a useful glossary. By a Muslim author and an illustrator inspired by elements of Islamic art. 'A beautifully produced book that will undoubtedly be of use both in the home and school setting. Informative and engaging with attractive illustrations. Positive, family-orientated portrayal of Islamic faith' (Kate, Children's Centre Coordinator, LL reviewer). Age 3-6, Paperback 24pp
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Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas

by Natasha Yim
illustrated by Grace Zong

Ref: 15916

It's Chinese New Year and mum has sent Goldy to the panda family next door to wish them Kung Hei Fat Choi and to gift them some turnip cakes. But when she goes round reluctantly, she drops the cakes, finds no one at home and instead discovers... 3 bowls of congee, some rather nice comfy chairs and a cosy futon. A retelling which improves on the original and which works also as an early introduction to Chinese New Year traditions and as a tale about reaching out to new friends. 'As well as the fun retelling, the nice explanation of Chinese New Year and the appealing characters, I really liked the gentle message that if you make a mistake or get something wrong, you can put it right again! Very sweet and I'll be recommending it for stock in our nurseries' project collections' (Elena, Community Librarian, Letterbox Library reviewer). Includes some lovely back notes on Chinese New Year and a recipe for turnip cakes (which includes NO turnips!) Age 4-7, American Import Paperback 30pp
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The Great Googly Moogly

The Great Googly Moogly

Ref: 13121

Nobody has ever been able to catch The Great Googly Moogly - a giant and terrifying fish of legend. But Stella aims to do just that. Armed with fishing gear and differing baits, she sets out every day to realize her dream, whatever the weather. But what will she do if she succeeds? Courtney Dicmas's latest book features a spirited character determined to achieve her goal, but it also reflects our responsibilities to other creatures, and our place in the natural world. Age 4-7, Paperback 27pp
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Grow It!

Grow It!

by Georgie Birkett

Ref: 15325

Part of an interactive series on 'real tasks' for toddlers which has an informal, chatty, tone. This one shows a child learning all about growing plants -from sowing to weeding to munching. Munching, not mulching! A delightfully active and energetic grandparent is also on hand. Birth to 3, Paperback 23pp
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The Guru and the King

The Guru and the King

by Bali Rai
illustrated by Victoria Maderna

Ref: 12533

The wicked King has sent Guru Hargobind and fifty-two princes to prison. After a bad dream, he decides to let the Guru go - but not the others! A cruel king is thoroughly outwitted in this lively Sikh folk tale from a bestselling author. Age 4-7, Paperback 32pp
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Hands Up!

Hands Up!

by Breanna J. McDaniel
illustrated by Shane W. Evans

Ref: 16153

A toddler stretches up high, reaches far; she gets involved, speaks up, strikes a pose, flies ahead, wins...all with her hands up! This picture book re-spells affirmation with a capital 'A'. Pulses with self-determination and self-belief. Protest, praise and... basketball are all acts of strong positivity. Purposefully reclaims a charged phrase and implicitly inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. "A warm and necessary message of empowerment for black children, helping them see that raising their hands is a celebration of their humanity" (Kirkus Review Jan 2019). Age 4-8, Hardback 31pp
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Harriet Gets Carried Away

Harriet Gets Carried Away

Ref: 15557

Well now, it is true that Harriet gets carried away. Just from time to time. For example, she thinks her dino costume is everyday wear- but, then again, why not? But then, one day, in preparation for her very own dress-up birthday party, she goes with her dads to a big store dressed in her "extra-special errand-running costume": a penguin outfit complete with a smart red bow tie. And that is when she perhaps gets very carried away as she waddles off into a wild adventure starring penguins, hot air balloons, icebergs and is eventually rescued by an orca and a flock of pigeons. Luckily her dads are still shopping for party food when she lands back down safely in the supermarket... Fabulous retro, purple and orange-toned, illustrations, a contemporary urban setting and a thoroughly casual representation of a (mixed race) family headed by two dads. The final rooftop scene of Harriet's party in which the children and adults help themselves to costumes out of the dress up box is a flamboyant double page splash celebrating individuality. A comic narrative, full of charisma. 'Lots of fun. Imaginative story and lovely illustrations. Very inclusive without being self-conscious' (Kerry, LL staff and reviewer). Age 4-7 Hardback 38pp
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Help a Hamster

Help a Hamster

by Hilary Robinson
illustrated by Mandy Stanley

Ref: 14832

Alfie Tate is hamster monitor, a responsibility he takes very seriously as he sets out to find the four new teeny hamsters homes to go to. Alfie says that he was adopted when he was three so he knows all about what it is like to start over in a new home. A funny and touching narrative in which we see Alfie share his life story book with the class and in which we meet his wider adoptive family- a family which grows further as, much to Alfie's delight, Mum decided to adopt the saddest and loneliest hamster of them all... Alfonzo! Another spot-on, sensitive, gently humorous book for children from the Copper Tree series. 'Loved this book! A great story about adoption without it being an 'issues' book. Every setting should have this book' (Rosalind, Workforce Dev. Officer, LL reviewer). 'Sweet and sensitive book. Nurturing and loving class. The adoption story delicately but realistically explained. Really enjoyed this' (Ann Marie, Safeguarding Consultant, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 26pp
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Holidays & Festivals: Hanukkah

Holidays & Festivals: Hanukkah

Ref: 11868

Simple repetitive text, mini picture glossary and lively photos make this perfect for the very young. Age 4-6, Paperback 20pp
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Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau

Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau

by Andrea Beaty
illustrated by David Roberts

Ref: 13799

A quirky treat. Every one of Madame Chapeau's customers is different, so each receives a unique, bespoke hat. But while she gives so much of herself, Madame has a lonely life. And then, one night, she loses her precious birthday bonnet. A line of men queue up to offer her their hats but none will do...until a child brings her a special headpiece, knitted by her own small hands and brightly coloured with love. Like every great story book, this one lends itself to multiple interpretations. It's a story about loss and (self-) isolation, but it also ends up as a story about friendship, belonging and finding your own uniqueness. The illustrations are wonderful- a particular delight is that each hat mirrors and reveals the personality of its owner. The text lilts along with bouncing rhymes and it savours funny nonsense words- "Chez Snooty-Patoot" "Rue Tippytap". This illustrator excels in effortless inclusion- the characters are multicultural; the real star is a small, Black child (with natural hair); some of the couple scenes suggest same-sex partners in amongst the mix and indeed one of the story's joyful messages is that love and companionship takes many forms. 'I LOVE this book...a lovely story about finding what is right for you' (Ruth, Events Programmer, Discover Story Centre, LL reviewer). 'How many ways do I love this? I would have bought this for my child- I had to read it to my (nearly 15-year-old) daughter anyway. Wonderful inclusion!' (Patrice, children's author, LL reviewer) Age 4-7, Hardback 29pp
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Happy in our Skin

Happy in our Skin

by Fran Manushkin
illustrated by Lauren Tobia

Ref: 14181

"This is how we all begin: small and happy in our skin". A gorgeously inclusive book which gets giddy about skin! A rich text marvels at how skin keeps "your insides in", at how clever it is at growing, at healing and how it responds to the outside environment. Most of all, it celebrates the diversity of our skin and the importance of feeling happy in your skin. This joyful book has so many purposes: it can function very simply as an early science/biology book for the very young or it can be used as a subtle yet brilliant tool in challenging prejudice and in empowering children to feel confident in their skin and in their body. 'Lovely, evocative descriptions of colours- peaches & cream, honey/gold...What's not to like?' (Maggie, former EY Adviser, LL reviewer). 'Very positive about skin colours/purpose of skin. Joyful illustrations' (Rosalind, EY Consultant, LL reviewer). (Portrayals of different ethnicities, faiths and disabilities as well as diverse family structures). Age 3-6, Paperback 24pp
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Happy to be Me

Happy to be Me

Ref: 15623

"Thank you mouth, you smile and giggle. Thank you toes, you're great to wiggle". Follow a small (and ethnically diverse) group of children joyfully exploring their senses as they take part in a host of activities including playing dress up, cuddling lambs on a farm visit building a robot, toasting marshmallows over a camp fire. The merry band includes a wheelchair user, a child with a hearing aid and a child wearing thick-lensed glasses. Much as this is, quite simply, a very cheerful book about celebrating the senses, the disability depictions seem especially thoughtful and empowering. For e.g.: the child who uses a wheelchair folds his legs into a perfect puppy-needs-a-nap lap; the child with the hearing aid is shown in the line-up of children whispering in to each other's ears. 'Nice rhyming text about senses and body parts. Simple, bold and colourful illustrations. Lovely early years book' (June, Parent, LL reviewer). Age 2-5, Paperback 29pp
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Hats of Faith

Hats of Faith

by Medeia Cohan
illustrated by Sarah Walsh

Ref: 15244

A quite gorgeous boardbook introduction to the head coverings people of different faiths wear. Includes attractive representations of men and women wearing Turbans, Rasta Hats, Hijabs, Head Wraps and Chunnis- with useful phonetic pronunciations in brackets in each case. Ends with a lovely simple statement: "Learning about each other makes it easy to be more understanding. Being understanding helps us spread love and peace." Produced in consultation with religious experts from a range of faiths, this is the perfect vehicle for promoting mutual respect amongst very young children. 'Great introduction to similarities within faiths and why learning about 'others' is important' (Rosalind, Workforce Dev. Officer, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 2-5, Boardbook 11pp
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Have You Seen Elephant?

Have You Seen Elephant?

Ref: 14851

A very large, very fun-spirited elephant challenges a small child to a game of hide and seek. And, despite the elephant's quite terrible disguises- on full show with just its head in a lampshade, delicately clutching a skinny tree trunk in front of it- the child simply fails to spot it. Which leads, inevitably, to a tortoise challenging the same child to a game of Tag...A book which really understands the art of being a picture book with the barest of texts, decorative gatefolds and warm, smudgy illustrations in a gorgeous fuzzy summer palette, stuffed with character and great humour. A picture book lover's dream. 'Ahhh, how funny is this?! Children will love it. Made me smile all the way through' (Meryl, Early Years Consultant, LL reviewer). 'So funny- laughed out loud!' (Rosalind, Workforce Dev. Commissioning Officer, LL reviewer). Age 3-6, Paperback 30pp
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Heather Has Two Mummies

Heather Has Two Mummies

by Lesla Newman
illustrated by Laura Cornell

Ref: 13450

A new edition of a classic. Brought bang up to date by Walker Books through a new illustrator, the publisher has also created an Anglicised edition (no more 'mommies'!) This new edition has beautifully vibrant, yet softly fuzzy illustrations which make each spread somehow...huggable! So, time to meet Heather again and her two special mummies, Mama Jane and Mama Kate and Gingernut the cat and Midnight the dog. Follow Heather as she goes about the tricky business of starting school and the less tricky business of nap time, circle time and everyone-draw-a-picture-of-their-family time. Everything about this book is simply delightful. Includes a 'secondary' representation of gay dads and there are also some subtle, lovely little gender touches along the way too (Heather's firefighter costume, Mama Jane's carpentry, the gender-neutral play at school etc.) 'Fantastic! Definite must-have! Positive portrayal, inclusive, bright and affirming' (Children's Centre Coordinator, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 28pp
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Hello Hello

Hello Hello

Ref: 15674

A striking environmental tale which is also a jubilant celebration of difference. A range of black and white and then gorgeously garishly-coloured and then stripy and then spotted creatures make their way across glossy double page spreads, mirroring and taking on each other's characteristics and, always, greeting each other with a friendly "hello!" Culminates in the celebratory refrain, "A world to see / A world to know / Where to begin? / Hello Hello". A beautifully executed picture book with rhyming text and ninety-two (yes, 92!) smiling, beaming creatures who, we find out right at the very end, are all endangered: Brazilian porcupines, elephant seals, veiled chameleons, squat lobsters... Semi-cartoon-like, collage illustrations. Take the time to compare the silhouetted front end with the coloured-in back end pages. 'Really interesting. Really different. Really thought provoking. Really good! A sensitive way to discuss our similarities and our differences with children' (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, LL reviewer). 'It has an environmental message but it also has a more encompassing theme of joy in difference' (Kerry, LL staff and reviewer). Age 3-6, Hardback 38pp
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Henry Helps With Dinner

Henry Helps With Dinner

by Beth Bracken
illustrated by Ailie Busby

Ref: 15959

It's taco night round at Henry's and he's very motivated to help Dad get dinner on the table. There is cheese to be grated, lettuce leaves to rip, avocados to mash and a table to be set... all ready for Mum and Sister to join them. Bright pictures, a very healthy spread of ingredients and some good gender-stereotype- busting along the way. 'So good to see a Dad cooking and a boy helping- very positive' (Rosalind, Workforce Dev. Officer, Letterbox Library reviewer) 'My daughter liked this story and was full of examples of when she helped around the house' (Chipo, Parent, Letterbox Library reviewer) Age 2-4, Paperback 21pp
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Hey You!

Hey You!

Ref: 16454

"You share your magical melanin with countless generations of geniuses, creators, leaders and great thinkers. Your potential is infinite...You are a hero. With your own incredible superpowers." 'What might have felt different had I felt more confident and assured in my skin at a younger age- if I'd seen my story told?' Illustrator, author and recently appointed (Sep 2021) Booktrust artist-in-residence, Dapo Adeola, uses this question to inspire a glorious, collaborative picture book which celebrates Black identity and nurtures children's self-expression and uniqueness. With powerful surges of affirmation and guidance on every page and energised by a gallery of illustrations from 18 artists, many of whom are based in the UK. Other fantastic things to note: the joyful tone of history and legacy; the icons of greatness listed on the final page (Malorie Blackman! Janelle Mone!), images of disability/visible difference (a wheelchair user, character with vitiligo and a final, double page canvas of two mums-to-be. 'Really enjoyed this book. I relate to every page. Very empowering for all.' (Ann Marie, EY Safeguarding Consultant, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 4-8, paperback 42pp
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Home In The Rain

Home In The Rain

Ref: 15500

Francie and her very pregnant mum says bye bye to Grandma and settle into their little red motor for the journey home in the rain. And it rains. And rains. And rains. The windscreen wipers go Shoo-shoo-shoo! On the hillside above, a baby rabbit dives for cover. In the canal below, water runs off the ducks' backs. Classic Bob Graham- where small moments are connected to moments elsewhere and then build up to a final small moment which means something momentous to the players in the story. Here, under relentless pouring-down skies, Francie and her mum name the baby to be. Set in Sussex, specifically in the A Road traffic jams! 'Beautifully illustrated, touching and simple narrative' (Farrah, CLPE Learning Programme Leader, LL reviewer). 'Captivating pictures. Amazing colours. Great story' (Ann Marie, EY Safeguarding Consultant, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 31pp
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Honey for You Honey for Me: A First Book of Nursery Rhymes

Honey for You Honey for Me: A First Book of Nursery Rhymes

collected by Michael Rosen
illustrated by Chris Riddell

Ref: 16104

"Honey for breakfast, Honey for tea, Honey for YOU, Honey for ME". Bears who dine on three honey meals a day; toads who dine "nicely" on slugs and snails; a boy who whistles up sausages ...in to a dance! A bright new anthology of nursery rhymes where traditional ditties snuggle up comfortably to resurrected gems. Multi-award-winning Rosen joins multi-award-winning Riddell (again) to bring you a right bobby-dazzler of a collection. Positively pulses with rhythms. (nb: See also A Great Big Cuddle). Age 3-7, Hardback 75pp
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How Are You Feeling Today?

How Are You Feeling Today?

by Molly Potter
illustrated by Sarah Jennings

Ref: 14264

A great resource. The contents page immediately gets you to identity how you are feeling -worried, grumpy, bored, quiet?- so you can then turn to the appropriate page! From here, readers will find a mini-description of the emotion concerned and child-friendly strategies for coping such as curling up into a ball, having a tickle fight, huffing and puffing and rolling your eyes till you laugh! Comes with an emotional literacy guide for carers and a 'Feelings Tracker'. 'Lots of valuable opportunities for children to discuss their feelings- how to recognise them, put them into words and strategies for dealing with them' (Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager, Letterbox Library reviewer). 'Ideal for developing emotional literacy, giving permission to feelings' (Elaine, Foster Care Associates Liaison Officer, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 4-7, Hardback 29pp
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How to Find Gold

How to Find Gold

Ref: 14697

A small child and her crocodile friend think up gold-finding strategies, draw a map, elaborate with complicated sketches encompassing ship-sinking and underwater monsters- and then...finally...set out on an adventure to find gold. A few page spreads of wordless underwater magic later, a great, tumbling, treasure trove of gold is discovered. The adventurers carefully mark the spot on a new, very good, map and then leave the gold well alone. The end. Zany, fantastically strange and with a fresh, direct, dialogue which perfectly captures exactly how children would speak to their imaginary crocodiles. 'Positive portrayal of a gutsy, empowered, wee girl' (Kate, Children's Centre Coordinator, LL reviewer). 'I liked this! A black girl doing something difficult and dangerous is too rare in children's literaturethe dialogue is unusual with echoes of The Little Prince' (Darren, Teacher & Higher Ed. Tutor, LL reviewer). But a word of caution from our youngest, 8-year-old reviewer, Vuso, who complained: 'I did not like the book because it doesn't teach you to find gold.' Maybe he was just looking in all of the wrong places... Age 4-7, Paperback 29pp
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How to Heal a Broken Wing

How to Heal a Broken Wing

Ref: 10359

Kate Greenaway Medal & English Assoc. Shortlists 2009 Nobody saw the pigeon fall to the ground. Except a kind and gentle little boy. Sparse text and fantastically eloquent illustrations. 'Wow! So much you could do with this book in both KS1 & 2' (Primary Strategy Consultant, LL reviewer). Age 3-8, Paperback 36pp
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I Am Kind

I Am Kind

Ref: 14508

Sharing with friends, cheering them up and learning to say sorry: just some of the many ways this happy, bright, photographic book promotes being kind. Helpful back notes. Age 3-5, Paperback 23pp
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I Am So Brave

I Am So Brave

by Stephen Krensky
illustrated by Sara Gillingham

Ref: 13989

A wonderful celebration of overcoming typical childhood fears like big dogs, the deep end and saying goodbye to a parent at nursery. Strong rhythms, good rhymes and a great primary colour palette which ends with a lovely double pate spread of a soft play area. (Nice cuddly lion comforter too!) Age 2-4, Boardbook 12pp
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Ice in the Jungle

Ice in the Jungle

Ref: 13835

When Ice's mum tells her they will have to move because she has an exciting new job in an exciting new country, Ice isn't so sure.... The journey is long, the new country is far too hot, the new school is full of creatures who don't look like her and don't understand her- and they prefer bananas to fish! Too weird! Could a 'North Pole Party' be just the welcome that Ice needs? A very clever, deceptively simple, picture book which introduces themes of transition and migration while ever so gently subverting a few assumptions about new arrivals! 'Really nice way to explore how we feel in different/new situations for children' (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, LL reviewer). 'Can use this book to explore lots of different situations for children, including migration and refugees' (Kerry, LL staff). Age 3-6 Paperback 27pp
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If All the World Were...

If All the World Were...

by Joseph Coelho
illustrated by Allison Colpoys

Ref: 15381

A gentle exploration of bereavement through lilting, poetic text and joyful, sweeping brushstrokes of oranges, pinks, reds and yellows. A child takes her granddad's giant hand and journeys through the seasons with him exploring the first signs of spring, discovering the astrological properties of a racing track (!), capturing dreams with a rainbow pencil in a book of crinkly leaves, storytelling with snake puppet socks. When her beloved grandpa dies, she collects scattered memories from his room and then starts to write them down in the notebook he left for her, made of spring-petal paper and Indian string. A very moving story- the sadness made somehow bearable by the exquisite relationship between child and grandparents and the narrative faith in memories which gradually heal like balm. (Mixed- Asian/Black- Race Family.) Age 4-8 Paperback 28pp
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I Could Be, You Could Be

I Could Be, You Could Be

by Karen Owen
illustrated by Barroux

Ref: 12377

An adventure-fuelled girl and boy conjure up fantastic worlds, picturing themselves as dragons, astronauts and more...A magical rhyming celebration of make-believe, soaring imaginations and- being yourself. Includes mask-making tips! Age 3-5, Paperback 24pp
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I Know A Lot!

I Know A Lot!

by Stephen Krensky
illustrated by Sara Gillingham

Ref: 13895

"I know balls can bounce, and kites can fly!" A wonderful, rhythmic and rhyming ode to knowledge. Simple, clever text which, in the words of one of our reviewers, shows 'knowledge as practical and learnt from real life' (Maggie, EY Advisory Teacher). An extremely empowering book for toddlers. Great portrayal of (single?) Dad and daughter relationship too. 'Loved this sturdy book. Great illustrations and language that toddlers will relate to' (Debbie, Senior Lecturer in Education, Letterbox reviewer). Age 2-4, Boardbook 12pp
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I Like Bees, I Don't Like Honey!

I Like Bees, I Don't Like Honey!

by Sam Bishop
illustrated by Fiona Lumbers

Ref: 16295

"Everyone is different! This much is true. What you like, and what you don't, it's really up to you!" A bouncy, interactive, rhyming picture book shows child after child expressing their likes and dislikes- one likes friends but not being tickled; one likes chasing balloons and doesn't like people going away; another likes scooters but not spitting llamas. In amongst some comic and light likes/dislikes are some more serious ones which, together, combine in a truly empowering book through which children are encouraged to express their wants, their needs- and to stay safe. 'Love this. A lovely way for young children to learn about respecting each other's differences' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). 'Every child can relate to one of the bubble comments' (Nicole, young LL reviewer). (Some disability images included). Author royalties go to the NSPCC. Age 3-6, Paperback 30pp
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I'm A Girl!

I'm A Girl!

Ref: 14968

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2016 An energetic picture book which takes on gender stereotypes and smashes them to smithereens. Meet a girl who is competitive, noisy, brainy, speedy, messy and, who is consequently... repeatedly mistaken for a boy. Puts paid to all of those tiresome 'boys are...' 'girls are...' opening lines. Age 4-7, Paperback 29pp
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Insults Aren't Funny

Insults Aren't Funny

by Amanda F. Doering
illustrated by Simone Shin

Ref: 14810

Francis calls Charlie mean names on the football pitch- which make him feel sick and very sad until, finally, it makes him want to give up football altogether. But a chat with his friend and then his football coach means the bullying is tackled early on. A useful, positive book about verbal bullying. The story is accompanied by little factual notes running along the bottom of the pages; there is also a teacher note and a glossary. Age 5-8, Paperback 21pp
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Is It A Mermaid?

Is It A Mermaid?

by Candy Gourlay
illustrated by Francesca Chessa

Ref: 15504

Two children on the beach spot a Dugong -or, rather, a Sea Cow- popping its large grey snout out of the sea. But this Dugong insists she is a she, not an it. And, she declares, with both flippers on her hips, she is a gorgeous mermaid, not a Dugong. Bel is happy to go along with the Dugong's self-identity as she trills and bounces in a mermaid-ish way. But Benji is very unsure about it all, protesting, "You are a Dugong!!!" Will he ever be persuaded?... Fresh, charming, playful and utterly delightful. Luminescent blues and greens show the sweeps of the ocean interrupted by bright flashes of iridescent sea life down below. As day turns to night, the pages become soaked in rusty orange and then inky purples. The text skips along lightly, perfectly capturing children's clear and animated dialogue. And the humour is completely infectious. Who knew that a YA author could jump so effortlessly into such a young age range- more, please, Candy! [ Set in the Phillipines. Nice little backnote on the endangered Dugong. Yes, Dugongs are real]. Age 3-6, Hardback 24pp
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Is It A Mermaid?

Is It A Mermaid?

by Candy Gourlay
illustrated by Francesca Chessa

Ref: 15888

Two children on the beach spot a Dugong -or, rather, a Sea Cow- popping its large grey snout out of the sea. But this Dugong insists she is a she, not an it. And, she declares, with both flippers on her hips, she is a gorgeous mermaid, not a Dugong. Bel is happy to go along with the Dugong's self-identity as she trills and bounces in a mermaid-ish way. But Benji is very unsure about it all, protesting, "You are a Dugong!!!" Will he ever be persuaded?... Fresh, charming, playful and utterly delightful. Luminescent blues and greens show the sweeps of the ocean interrupted by bright flashes of iridescent sea life down below. As day turns to night, the pages become soaked in rusty orange and then inky purples. The text skips along lightly, perfectly capturing children's clear and animated dialogue. And the humour is completely infectious. Who knew that a YA author could jump so effortlessly into such a young age range- more, please, Candy! [ Set in the Phillipines. Nice little backnote on the endangered Dugong. Yes, Dugongs are real]. Age 3-6, Paperback 24pp
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It's My Body: A Body about Body Privacy

It's My Body: A Body about Body Privacy

by Louise Spilsbury
illustrated by Mirella Mariana

Ref: 16190

A simple, reassuring and empowering book which explains body privacy, encouraging children to both look after and protect their bodies. Covers the amazing things our bodies can do, good body health and hygiene, touching which feels safe and touching which feels uncomfortable, asserting your needs and boundaries and how to get help and support. Great notes for carers and teachers. 'Great multicultural inclusive book with consistent themes about child safety. Good to see.' (Ann Marie, EY Safeguarding Consultant, LL reviewer). 'Sensitive topic treated simply' (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 27pp
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Jack and the Flumflum Tree

Jack and the Flumflum Tree

by Julia Donaldson
illustrated by David Roberts

Ref: 12225

A riproaring tale of fabulous nonsense, led by a jolly crew: Jack & Rose & Stu. 'Even before you open it, the Julia Donaldson magic prepares you for a great adventure' (Education Liaison Officer, LL reviewer). Age 3-6, Paperback 29pp
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Jack's Worry

Jack's Worry

Ref: 14987

Jack adores his trumpet but, as concert day looms, he develops a Worry, a great big grey splodge of a worry which sits on the end of his bed from the moment he wakes up and then trails him around for the rest of the day, getting ever larger and ever splodgier. Might talking to Mum shrink the Worry back down? A simple but effective tale about articulating your fears. Age 4-7, Hardback 30pp
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The Jar of Happiness

The Jar of Happiness

Ref: 13839

A lovely feelings book in which a child invents a happiness which tastes of sunshine and smells of warm biscuits; she puts it all in a jar and carries it everywhere, sharing it with people along the way. But then one day her jar is no longer there...can her friends help her rediscover some happiness? 'Liked this. Gentle illustrations and a story of kindness and a girl as a budding scientific inventor of happiness! Yes!' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). Age 3-6 Paperback 27pp
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Journey

Journey

Ref: 14940

A bored child in a sepia world, picks up her red crayon, draws a door and takes herself out to a forest world of Chinese lanterns and fairy lights to a kingdom of turrets and golden domes to strange flying machines in a deep blue sky to a re-entry into her world and... to a brand new friend! A rich, yet entirely wordless, narrative; a song to imaginative play, outdoor adventures, intrepid girls, friendships and extraordinary journeys. 'A wonderful picture book. The possibilities for use in literacy are endless. Beautifully illustrated and lovely to see a lead female character' (Sonia, Deputy Primary Head, LL reviewer). 'A stunning book- would provide wonderful language/story ideas for young children. So much to explore in this heart-warming book' (Jayne, Primary Inclusion manager, LL reviewer). Age 4-9, Paperback 34pp
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Julian at the Wedding

Julian at the Wedding

Ref: 16099

Julian is all ready for the wedding, decked in the finery of his purple, waist-tapered, suit. There he meets the irrepressible Marigold whose fondness for rolling about in the mud is encumbered by her flouncy peachy dress. But Julian has a solution...Minimal words and the most magical of illustrations infuse this celebration of a wedding between two (Black) brides, truly "a party of love." As ever, Love also confounds all the stereotypes of 'older' people by having grandmothers who have no time for 'conventions', who look on with an all-embracing, loving wisdom- and who belly-laugh and dance bare-footed in the grass. Sometimes a book comes along -such as Julian Is A Mermaid- which is so beautiful the weight of expectation must lie heavily with the creator; can they equal that debut or even up that? Well, here's the proof. Visual storytelling at its most blissful. 'Oh joy, oh rapture, the best character in picture books for YEARS is back and even more fabulous. Everything about this is pitch perfect...As with the book's predecessor, imagination, kindness and self-determination are the order of the day' (Mark, Equalities Trainer/Consultant, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Hardback 34pp
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Julian Is a Mermaid

Julian Is a Mermaid

Ref: 15334

A young boy is obsessed by mermaids. One day, on the train with Nana, he is enthralled when they are joined by a trio of women dressed as exotic sea creatures, complete with swishy tails and flicky hair. Back at Nana's, Julian starts to use the things around him to transform himself, bit by bit, into the most glorious and glamorous of mermaids. But it is Nana who provides the final finishing touch. A break out hit of a picture book, famously endorsed by RuPaul on Twitter. A celebration of individuality, creativity, freedom of expression and intergenerational love and empathy. Wonderful artwork which soaks the pages in colour and warmth. 'Love, love, love this! Fab illustrations and a simple message effectively put over. Nice to see an older woman so open to difference and enabling of the boy. It's so great!' (Deborah, Letterbox Library reviewer, author of Gender Diversity and Inclusion in Early Years Education). Age 3-6 Paperback 32pp
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Kangaroo Kisses

Kangaroo Kisses

by Nandana Dev Sen
illustrated by Pippa Curnick

Ref: 14236

"But I must hug my pup!" "And I must tuck you up!" Mum says it's time for bed. But her daughter is far too busy kissing kangaroos, cuddling hippos, flying with geese and nuzzling whale tails. A fantastically lulling bedtime story full of all sorts of bed-delaying tactics while cleverly soothing any child to sleep with wonderfully warm illustrations and rhymes which hug like the softest blankie. "Reassuringly cosy" (Maggie, Former Early Years Adviser, Letterbox Library reviewer). (Asian family) Age 2-5, Paperback 24pp
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Karate Kids

Karate Kids

Ref: 16137

It's karate lesson day and a band of eager children are dressed in their "gi", all ready to make their moves at the local "dojo": a warm up of boingy jumps and swishy moves; block practise; the balancing challenges of "Kata" time; finally, a soothing wind down of deep breathing. How lucky we are that wonderful illustrator, Holly Sterling, has now also drawn on her martial arts expertise to create this irresistible beginner's guide to karate for children. Genuinely informative and lots of fun. Delivers a fantastic fitness message and also offers up fabulous female role models. Holly, who now teaches in her own dojos, is a former karate champion and the first female athlete to be crowned Grand Champion two years in a row at the Karate Union of Great Britain's National Championships. 'Really interesting book. The children will enjoy trying out the positions and learning new vocabulary' (Carey, Childminder, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 30pp
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Kindness: A lift-the-flap book about being kind

Kindness: A lift-the-flap book about being kind

by Mandy Archer
illustrated by Louise Forshaw

Ref: 16429

Maya decided to let her younger sibling join in with her and her friends; Yusuf gets his mates to help Mrs Taylor get on top of the school garden; Ayla helps Stefan to stop feeling scared in the dinosaur exhibition. An interactive boardbook with fun flaps designed to grow toddlers empathy & social skills through everyday scenarios. Age 2-5, Boardbook 16pp
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King and King

King and King

Ref: 12658

A merry and modern tale of living happily ever after. The queen is desperate for her son to marry. But what's a prince to do when princesses just don't turn his head? He could just marry a prince! Dazzlingly illustrated and overflowing with child appeal. Age 4-7, Hardback 28pp
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King Leonard's Teddy

King Leonard's Teddy

Ref: 16045

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2020 King Leonard is rich. Very rich. He has everything he wants. And, then also, a little bit more. And when those things stop working or get a little grubby, he simply replaces them. Single-Use-Leonard is his name. But tragedy strikes one night when the stuffing bursts out of his most beloved Teddy. Because as any child with a favourites toy knows, a thing like Teddy is completely and utterly irreplaceable. Can King Leonard make do and mend after all? On being shortlisted for the Little Rebels Award 2020, Phoebe Swan described her books as a challenge to our culture's fondeness for "over consumption and waste" while Catherine Barter on the Little Rebels Award website calls the shortlistee title, "A warm and witty picture book with a strong message about community and sustainability." Age 4-7, Paperback 36pp
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King of the Sky

King of the Sky

by Nicola Davies
illustrated by Laura Carlin

Ref: 14982

"The streets smelled of mutton soup and coal dust and no one spoke my language. All of it told me, 'This is not where you belong'". A young boy feels isolated and excluded in a small Welsh town. But there is one thing which brings him the warmth of his old home- Mr Evans' homing pigeons, who strut as proudly as the ones in St Peters Square, Rome. And so, a lovely intergenerational relationship springs up between a young boy and elderly man, leading, finally, to a new understanding of 'home'. 'Beautiful pictures, good book' (Isak, aged 7, LL reviewer). A touching story of belonging and new beginnings. Endorsed by Amnesty International UK. Age 4-9, Paperback 52pp
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The King Who Banned the Dark

The King Who Banned the Dark

Ref: 15717

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2019 A king, troubled by a lifelong fear of the dark decides to, quite simply, ban it. To get the people on side, there will need first to be some scaremongering and rumour-spreading, so much so that the citizens come up with the idea themselves to enforce a darkness ban. With a large artificial sun mounted in the sky and a troop of officious Light Inspectors in place, how will the town survive under an all-light environment? "A witty picture-book with a lot of contemporary relevance, which skewers government propaganda and the misuse of power" (Catherine Barter, reviewing for the Little Rebels Award website). Age 4-7, Paperback 29pp
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Knick Knack Paddy Whack (+ Music/Animation CD)

Knick Knack Paddy Whack (+ Music/Animation CD)

sung by Steve Songs
illustrated by Christine Engel

Ref: 11851

A bright, multicultural version of a classic, now with video animation! 'A lovely book...The children have moved, clapped, tapped and played instruments along with the CD' (Preschool Staff, LL reviewer). Age 2-5, Paperback + CD 22pp
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La La La: A Story of Hope

La La La: A Story of Hope

by Kate DiCamillo
illustrated by Jamie Kim

Ref: 16127

A small, lonely child with a single note to share: "La"...A note which cannot find an echo anywhere. Not in the sunbeams, nor the leaves, nor the grasses, nor the pond. But then finally...there is a reply of "Las"! A gorgeous, single word, picture book about finding your song, and staying resilient, energetic and optimistic in that quest. Open to multiple readings and interpretations. 'Like the best picture books, this would work with a wide age range and could be constantly revisited and mined as the basis for many a classroom discussion or as a simple bedtime comforter.. .It is a terrific starting point for discussions about loneliness, difference, empathy, feeling excluded etc.' (Mark Jennett, Equalities Trainer/Consultant, LL reviewer). Beautiful format: a square shape; mixed-media illustrations; simple crossover hues of autumnal oranges/greens with a luxuriously deep purple. Easily attractive enough to deserve the longer-than-usual number of pages for a picture books. East Asian protagonist. Age 1-6, Hardback 68pp
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Let's Celebrate: Special Days Around the World

Let's Celebrate: Special Days Around the World

by Kate DePalma
illustrated by Martina Peluso

Ref: 16447

13 festivals from around the world including both the familiar and the unfamiliar! From Kodomo no Hi in Japan to Carnaval in Brazil to Diwali in India. Rhyming text, pronunciation italics, luxurious-almost-tactile-illustrations. Amidst some more expected inclusions are the addition of Maori, Igbo and Persian festivals as well as a mixed race family shown celebrating Passover in N.America. Typical of Barefoot Books publishers, some superb backnotes includes a calendar of special days and full notes on each festival. 'Lovely introduction to a variety of festivals' (Rosalind, Workforce Development Officer, Letterbox Library reviewer). 'Interesting book introducing lots of lovely celebrations from around the world with notes. Lovely illustrations and diversity of families/people on each page' (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 37pp
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Let's Eat Breakfast

Let's Eat Breakfast

Ref: 14734

Bananas on toast, cooked meats and cheeses, juicy fruits, frothy lattes, chapatis and congee rice porridge. A wonderful range of breakfast foods which are very delicious on the eye. Lively photographs, open-ended questions, sound effects, speech bubbles, teacher notes with reading together tips and extension activities all join together to create a very full resource. Watch out for the muesli recipe at the back. (Multicultural) Age 4-6, Paperback 21pp
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Let's Eat Dinner

Let's Eat Dinner

Ref: 14740

When do you eat diner? How do you help get dinner ready? Which veg do you prefer? And would you opt for sizzling wok noodles or a tasty fish stew? Even has a recipe for a child-friendly, healthy, raita dip- perfect with curry and naan. Yum. Lively photographs, open-ended questions, sound effects, speech bubbles, teacher notes with reading together tips and extension activities all join together to create a very full resource. (Multicultural) Age 4-6, Paperback 21pp
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Let's Eat Lunch

Let's Eat Lunch

Ref: 14737

Where do you eat lunch? At school with your friends or at home with your family? What do you enjoy- sausage sandwiches, crunchy salads or, maybe, Chinese dumplings? Hot food or cold food? Who knew one meal could be examined in such detail! Even includes a recipe for a delicious-looking Greek salad. Lively photographs, open-ended questions, sound effects, speech bubbles, teacher notes with reading together tips and extension activities all join together to create a very full resource. (Multicultural. Includes a child with Down's syndrome.) Age 4-6, Paperback 21pp
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Let's go to Bed

Let's go to Bed

Ref: 14213

Four joyful children go about everyday activities in familiar outdoor and indoor environments. Rhyming, bouncing, rhythmic text. Bright, fresh watercolours full of charming details. Perfect for 'Understanding the World' topics - toddlers will see their lives reflected and will be thoroughly tickled by the energy and smiles of Mimi, Max, Ete and Renai. There is something very snug and comforting about this series." "A wonderful series of 4 books featuring 2 girls and 2 boys as these lovely children go about their everyday activities. Simple often rhyming language and beautiful illustrations throughout that all children will identify with. Beautiful books that young children will enjoy repeatedly as they become more familiar with each retelling." (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, LL reviewer). Ages 0-3, 14pp Board book.
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Let's feed the Ducks

Let's feed the Ducks

Ref: 14214

Four joyful children go about everyday activities in familiar outdoor and indoor environments. Rhyming, bouncing, rhythmic text. Bright, fresh watercolours full of charming details. Perfect for 'Understanding the World' topics - toddlers will see their lives reflected and will be thoroughly tickled by the energy and smiles of Mimi, Max, Ete and Renai. There is something very snug and comforting about this series." "A wonderful series of 4 books featuring 2 girls and 2 boys as these lovely children go about their everyday activities. Simple often rhyming language and beautiful illustrations throughout that all children will identify with. Beautiful books that young children will enjoy repeatedly as they become more familiar with each retelling." (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, LL reviewer). Ages 0-3, 14pp Board book.
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Let's have fun

Let's have fun

Ref: 14215

Four joyful children go about everyday activities in familiar outdoor and indoor environments. Rhyming, bouncing, rhythmic text. Bright, fresh watercolours full of charming details. Perfect for 'Understanding the World' topics - toddlers will see their lives reflected and will be thoroughly tickled by the energy and smiles of Mimi, Max, Ete and Renai. There is something very snug and comforting about this series." "A wonderful series of 4 books featuring 2 girls and 2 boys as these lovely children go about their everyday activities. Simple often rhyming language and beautiful illustrations throughout that all children will identify with. Beautiful books that young children will enjoy repeatedly as they become more familiar with each retelling." (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, LL reviewer). Ages 0-3, 14pp Board book.
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Let's go to Playgroup

Let's go to Playgroup

Ref: 14216

Four joyful children go about everyday activities in familiar outdoor and indoor environments. Rhyming, bouncing, rhythmic text. Bright, fresh watercolours full of charming details. Perfect for 'Understanding the World' topics - toddlers will see their lives reflected and will be thoroughly tickled by the energy and smiles of Mimi, Max, Ete and Renai. There is something very snug and comforting about this series." "A wonderful series of 4 books featuring 2 girls and 2 boys as these lovely children go about their everyday activities. Simple often rhyming language and beautiful illustrations throughout that all children will identify with. Beautiful books that young children will enjoy repeatedly as they become more familiar with each retelling." (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, LL reviewer). Ages 0-3, 14pp Board book.
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Let's Go to the Seaside!

Let's Go to the Seaside!

by Caryl Hart
illustrated by Lauren Tobia

Ref: 15829

Bee and Billy get kitted out in their stripy onesies and sun protection for a day on the beach. Watch them jump over foamy sploshy waves, enjoy a crunchy picnic and make shell-decorated sandcastles- leaving plenty of time for an ice cream too, of course. Chatty, toddler-friendly dialogue, evocative playful language and almost-tactile illustrations which make you want to dip your toes. One in a great new first experiences series from Walker Books. 'A day out together with lots of fun playing together, sharing and caring' (Rosalind, Workforce Dev. Officer, Letterbox Library reviewer). 'Lots of fun at the seaside- can feel the movement of the sea in the illustrations' (Maggie, EY Advisory teacher, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 1-3, Paperback/Card Pages 26pp
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The Little Island

The Little Island

by Smriti Prasadam-Halls
illustrated by Robert Starling

Ref: 16034

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2020 There was once a farm where all the animals lived and worked in a mutually supportive democracy. But, one day, the geese (and ducks) decide that they simply do not have enough room for the other animals. Surely, they muse, life was pleasanter and greener and rosier before their patch got quite so... busy? And so the ducks, under the instructions of the geese, bring down the footbridge which links their island to the mainland. But, as time passes and labour is meager and 'community' even thinner, their lives become all the poorer and their patch of land becomes vulnerable and exposed. Can the bridge be built back up? A modern parable fusing Animal Far with Brexit! Both author and illustrator have described this book as one they hoped would counter the messages of hatred so prevalent post-Referendum. Age 4-7, Paperback 29pp Click here to access the teaching sequence of activities for this book from Andersen Press, designed in partnership with CLPE.
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Little Mouse and the Red Wall

Little Mouse and the Red Wall

Ref: 15669

The Big Red Wall had always been there. No one knew where it started. Nor where it ended. And, mostly, nobody cared. Except Little Mouse who started to ask questions of the other animals: why was the wall built?; what is behind it? Will Little Mouse ever discover the world beyond? With discussion rife about freedom of movement, erecting walls and fractured communities, this book feels rich with philosophical potential; the author's own dedication reads, "To the fearless- and a world without walls". Deceptive in its simplicity, with densely textured illustrations from a fine artist who blends handmade and digital techniques. 'Wonderful book! You can read this on lots of levels but it is primarily about keeping an open mind. It challenges the idea of barriers, both physical and mental' (Kerry, LL staff and reviewer). 'Great story. Introduces curiosity and adventure to a child's mind' (Anne Marie, EY Safeguarding Consultant, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 29pp
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Little Red

Little Red

Ref: 14663

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2017 A bold, stark and subversive retelling of Red Riding Hood. Little Red is hooded and booted, alert and on guard, strategic and cunning, brutal when needed and utterly fearless. Includes a perfect refrain for children to join in with: "Which might have scared some little girls. But not this little girl." A simple palette of monochrome, cut across by dashing red, this is by a very talented new artist who won the 2015 Macmillan Prize for Illustration. 'Brilliant, modern day, twist to a classic fairy tale. Everything about this book is strong- a fearsome hero for all children who hear this tale' (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, LL reviewer). Age 3-6, Paperback 24pp
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Living with Mum and Living with Dad

Living with Mum and Living with Dad

Ref: 13993

An affirming, child-centred, book for the very young about parental separation- with lift the flaps! Told from the child's point of view as she shows us her different bedrooms in each of her homes, events in which her parents still come together (e.g. the school play!) and her warm, extended (mixed race) family of cousins, aunties and uncles. 'Deals gently and effectively with a child whose parents live apart. The 'two homes' scenario is positively portrayed and offers a balanced/resolved separation where both parents care for their daughter and play a significant role in her upbringing' (Kate, Children's Centre Leader, Letterbox reviewer). 'A great starter for discussions about feelings. Well made and illustrated' (Debbie, Lecturer in EY Education, Letterbox reviewer). Age 3-6, Paperback 22pp
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Looking for Lord Ganesh

Looking for Lord Ganesh

by Mahtab Narsimhan
illustrated by Sonja Wimmer

Ref: 14636

"Anika missed Mumbai so much it was like having a constant toothache". Anika is restless in her new home. She misses her Granny, her friend Hadiya is being left out of her classmates' football team and then, it seems like it's her turn to be left out...In an effort to turn things around, Anika decides to turn to Lord Ganesh for guidance, emailing the god on her ipad. But, as it turns out, Anika may have reserves of untapped wisdom herself... 'A really brilliant and original moral tale brining Lord Ganesh bang up to date for a modern audience. Very cool book this!' (ReadItDaddy blog). A gentle look at friendships and exclusion, standing up for your own values as well as a rather nice introduction to the Hindu elephant god! (As an aside, a great representation of a girl footballer...or two...and there is a wheelchair-user on the same team.) Warm, sweeping illustrations which have the appearance of flittered sunlight! Age 4-7, Paperback 27pp
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Look Up!

Look Up!

by Nathan Bryon
illustrated by Dapo Adeola

Ref: 16007

"All I know is that one day I'm going to be the greatest astronaut, star-catcher, space traveller who has ever lived." Meet Rocket- a budding astronaut who is getting all of her prep in right now: catching exotic species, spaceship-building, reading up on the dustiness of meteors, victory dancing.... In a world where everyone is looking down- at their phones, their newspapers, the floor- Rocket is pitched firmly upwards. Can she get everyone to join her in looking up for the amazing Phoenix Meteor Shower? Will brother Jamal finally put his phone away? Everything about this picture book soars: the ambition of its sparky protagonist, the nod to superstar Mae Jemison, the individuals who come together in a shared moment of outer-worldy wonder. The child-friendly illustrations resemble a near-edible spread of treats: Mum's daisy-patterned leggings, Rocket's gleaming orange astrosuit matched only by the kitten's, the child in pink tutu and lurid spotted green wellies, the dancing supermarket fruit. As for the hairstyles...! Mum has really excelled herself with Rocket's expert cornrow-puff combo. On every level this is a winner. (nb: single parent household) Paperback 29pp, Age 4-7
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The Lost Property Office

The Lost Property Office

Ref: 15488

A child goes on the train to Grandpa's house. There is sooo much to see- and, in the middle of all those distractions, Teddy gets lost on the train! That night, at Grandpa's, she dreams of the most magical place- an entire room of lost things. Which sparks an idea... A warm story about a calamity familiar to so many children- the loss of a favourite toy. The illustrations are fantastic (as you would expect from a Tate publication); every surface is strewn with the multiple things people discard, lose and leave behind. Children will enjoy decoding these additional visual layers of narrative. Age 4-7, Paperback 30pp
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The Lost Stars

The Lost Stars

Ref: 11651

Bold and expressive illustrations illuminate this wonderfully imaginative story about the endangered magic of the night sky. Brilliant! Age 4-8, Paperback 27pp
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Lubna and Pebble

Lubna and Pebble

by Wendy Meddour
illustrated by Daniel Egnus

Ref: 16122

Lubna leaves her old world and awakes to find herself in a World of Tents. Luckily she has Pebble, clutched snugly in her hand. Pebble listens and smiles back at her. When it gets cold, Daddy makes sure Pebble is well protected in a shoebox. And then, one day, along comes another child, Amir. A child in need of a friend and, quite possibly, also, a Pebble. A sensitive, astute and original narrative about a child's arrival and survival in a refugee camp. Brilliantly captures a child's point of view on a potentially traumatic environment. We witness Lubna 'managing' her surroundings and nurturing herself through a controlled, episodic, introspection, a self-hug which she then slowly moves out of to offer comfort and friendship to a peer. Age 4-7, Paperback 27pp
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Lulu's First Day

Lulu's First Day

by Anna McQuinn
illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Ref: 15781

Lulu has practised story time; she has her water bottle; she has laid her clothes out neatly... all ready for the big day. Unusually for starting school books, this one stars a child who is full of excitement about her first day, showing a level of confidence which will boost child readers about to make their transition to Big School. Wonderful. Age 3-6, Hardback 24pp
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Lulu Loves Flowers

Lulu Loves Flowers

by Anna McQuinn
illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Ref: 14268

"Lulu, Lulu, extraordinary / How does your garden grow?" Lulu never fails to delight, enchant and tickle our Letterbox Library reviewers. Here, inspired by Mary Mary, Lulu decides she wants her own flower garden. As ever, everything she needs to know can be found in a book- from planting the flower seeds to nurturing them, to making the necessary accompanying cupcakes for the flower garden party she holds! 'Lovely colourful illustrations telling the story of Lulu and her garden' (Carey, Childminder, LL reviewer).'Engaging and positive characters...Great storyline linking to outdoor play, poems & rhymes & reading, healthy eating, creativity and sharing. I like the links to the website for extension resources. Delightful illustrations and a proper story!' (Kate, Children's Centre Coordinator, LL reviewer). Age 3-6 Paperback 24pp
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Lulu Loves the Library (+ Multi-Language CD)

Lulu Loves the Library (+ Multi-Language CD)

by Anna McQuinn
illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Ref: 10380

Follow Lulu on her special weekly library trip. A gorgeous new edition, now with a unique story CD read by the author's library group- in 19 different languages! 'I love this book and I want all library staff to have one!!' (Early Years Librarian). Age 2-5, Paperback + CD 22pp
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Lulu Loves Stories (+ Multi-Language CD)

Lulu Loves Stories (+ Multi-Language CD)

by Anna McQuinn
illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Ref: 10381

The irrepressible Lulu returns in another book-loving story, superbly illustrated by the superb Beardshaw. There is plenty here- Dad as primary carer and a girl who can switch between fairy and DIY expert effortlessly! Age 2-5, Paperback + CD 21pp
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Lulu Reads to Zeki

Lulu Reads to Zeki

by Anna McQuinn
illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Ref: 12157

All the mayhem, comfort, fun- and NOISE created by a new sibling, as experienced by our favourite pint-sized, book-loving character, Lulu.(Mum & dad share every baby 'job' in this loving family). Age 3-5, Paperback 23pp
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Luna Loves Art

Luna Loves Art

by Joseph Coelho
illustrated by Fiona Lumbers

Ref: 16390

From the dynamic duo who brought you 'Luna Loves Library Day', sprightly, bouncy Luna is back and this time she's on a school trip to an art gallery. Dad packs her up with her backpack, lunch box and instant Camera and she's off! The gallery is ablaze with excited visitors, so why is classmate Finn acting up so much? Parent helper, Luna's Mum, suggests perhaps all he needs is a friend. Can Luna lift his mood with the Art Bug? A careful and sensitive story about different family backgrounds (Luna's parents are separated; Finn is experiencing an unspecified family breakdown). Absolutely splendiferous emulations of 'real art' by Coelho -Warhol's Campbell Soup! Matisse's Snail! Kusama's Pumpkin!- with a full list of works included at the front of the book. "Love the setting and story! A school trip to an art gallery with real art!" (Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager, Letterbox Library reviewer). (A host of diverse background characters, including a wheelchair user and a child who wears a hearing aid). Age 4-7, Paperback 27pp
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Luna Loves Library Day

Luna Loves Library Day

by Joseph Coelho
illustrated by Fiona Lumbers

Ref: 15636

Luna enjoys her special weekly visit to the library. Mum drops her off and Dad is always already there, waiting, with his head in a book. Together they explore the stretchy Big Book section, the bug books area and a history book which describes the island dad grew up on. And then, together, they read a fairy tale -a genius addition of a book enclosed within this book- about a troll king and a mermaid queen who argue so much they decide to separate. An expansive book which manages to wrap up a story of family separation within a wider celebration of books, reading and libraries. A gorgeous ode to libraries and parental love (mixed race family). 'The whole thing is really beautiful and to be honest I did cry a bit...a beautiful book about a normal experience many children go through yet many people feel too awkward to explore or do so in a way that's too straightforward' (Josephine, teen reviewer for LL). Age 4-7, Paperback 22pp
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Luna's Red Hat

Luna's Red Hat

Ref: 14163

A very important book. It is the start of Spring. But, Luna insists, today is not a day for smiling. Because today is the anniversary of her mum's death or, rather, her mum's suicide. Luna rages at her dad, "People you love don't get to stop living and leave you behind!" An extraordinarily difficult subject is given an honest and, nevertheless, soothing and reassuring treatment by a picture book for the very young. Luna's Dad allows her to express both her grief and her fury; he answers every question she has; he explains her Mum's illness; he banishes Luna's irrational guilt at her mum's death. Complete with a guide for carers by a bereavement specialist. 'A lovely, sensitive story' (Carey, Childminder, Letterbox Library reviewer). 'Book allows Luna to express strong feelings, ask painful questions and, with support form her dad, to have a future that includes happy memories of her mum' (Maggie, Former Early Years Adviser, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 5-8, Hardback 24pp
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Made by Raffi

Made by Raffi

by Craig Pomranz
illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain

Ref: 13582

Raffi is a shy boy who doesnt like noisy games and is often teased at school. But when he gets the idea of making a scarf for his dads birthday he is full of enthusiasm, even though the other children think it is girly to knit. Then the day draws near for the school pageant, and there is one big problem - no costume for the prince. And thats when Raffi has his most brilliant idea of all - to make a princes cape. On the day of the pageant, Raffis cape is the star of the show. Age 4-7, Paperback 40pp
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Making Tracks: Farm

Making Tracks: Farm

Ref: 16236

Now there's a smart, little boardbook series! Thick die cut tracks encourage toddlers to run a podgy finger along the grooves, try and guess who made the tracks and then lift the flap to reveal the culprit! Here, on a busy farm, hoof prints lead to ... Camilla the Cow; tyre tracks lead to...Daima driving her tractor! An Ingenious design ideal for developing observation and prediction skills. (Includes image of a disabled pony rider with an adapted saddle). Age Birth-2. Boardbook 10pp
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Making Tracks: Park

Making Tracks: Park

Ref: 16237

Now there's a smart, little boardbook series! Thick die cut tracks encourage toddlers to run a podgy finger along the grooves, try and guess who made the tracks and then lift the flap to reveal the culprit! Here, in a very British park, swirly lines lead to Su-Yin on her skateboard; little claw prints lead to Sia the Squirrel; double parallel tracks lead to Duli and his guide dog on a nature trail! An Ingenious design, ideal for developing observation and prediction skills. Plus, a rewarding guessing game! Age Birth-2, Boardbook 10pp
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Mary Had a Little Lamb (BB)

Mary Had a Little Lamb (BB)

Ref: 12791

A traditional rhyme, extended out and with some counting (1-7) to boot! Lovely little die-cut holes, subtle disability images, multicultural and with a mixed race protagonist. Age 2-5, Boardbook 15pp
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Max The Champion

Max The Champion

by Sean Stockdale and Alexandra Strick
illustrated by Ros Asquith

Ref: 12726

It's a great day for sport-loving Max as his school wins the fun tournament. Expressive, multicultural illustrations enhance this effortlessly inclusive book. Age 3-7, Paperback 24pp
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Me and My Sister

Me and My Sister

Ref: 15631

Written by one of Inclusive Minds' very own Ambassadors (http://www.inclusiveminds.com/inclusion-ambassadors.php), this tells the lovely story of two siblings. This brother and sister have their differences- she doesn't use words a lot, she is sometimes rude to nanna, she likes to play with (live!) frogs, she doesn't always like hugs. But she also makes her brother laugh and they do lots of things together- listening and bopping to music, getting muddy outdoors and finishing their food at the exact same time. A gentle and clever story about having an autistic sibling. Age 3-7 Hardback 29pp
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Meesha Makes Friends

Meesha Makes Friends

Ref: 16397

Meesha loves making things. Lots and lots of things. But the thing she finds very hard to make is friends. She stumbles for the right words, she can't find the best way to join in. She can, however, make cut out chums with glue and buttons and string and Choco Crunch and Moo's Milk boxes. And, it turns out it is her making things which helps her make a new friend! A really original approach to children's friendship in its recognition that some children really struggle to develop the skills needed to reach out to others. Percivals's trademark reduced palette. Here, monochrome shot through with red, blue and pink. South Asian protagonist. Age 4-7, Paperback 28pp
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The Memory Tree

The Memory Tree

Ref: 15387

Fox has lived a long and happy life- and now, finally, he is tired. He walks off to a clearing in the forest, lies down, falls asleep and never wakes up. One by one, Fox's woodland friends come to sit near him. And, one by one, they begin to share memories of their own special times with Fox. As they do so, a tiny seed buds into a sapling and then grows into a tree which climbs higher and higher, preserving their memories and lightening their hearts. Beautifully textured illustrations with all the tones of autumn by an internationally renowned artist. 'Always room for gentle stories like this portraying loss/memories of happy times. I really like it.' (Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager, LL reviewer). 'The illustrations are beautiful and the text just right' (Eileen, Former Teacher, LL reviewer). Age 4-7 Paperback 26pp
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Mirror

Mirror

Ref: 11586

English Assoc. 4-11 Book Awards 2011 Two cultures, two stories. This ingeniously designed, wordless book reveals two children's stories simultaneously and their parallel, yet connected, lives in Morocco and Australia. Stunning portrayal of our global family. Age 4-10, Hardback 34pp
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Missing Mummy

Missing Mummy

Ref: 12263

Simple text and evocative artwork combine to gently explore a child's fears and feelings after the death of a parent. Honest but reassuring. Excellent! Age 3-6, Paperback 24pp
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Momo and Snap are NOT Friends

Momo and Snap are NOT Friends

Ref: 13323

"La la la!", trills Momo the monkey; "Tum ti tum", hums Snap the croc...and then, on meeting, respectively: "Eek!" "Ack!" A series of actions and just a few sounds conjure up a lovely, funny story of competitiveness giving way, finally, to cooperation. An engaging story for a wide range of ages and reading abilities. Age 3-7, Paperback 31pp
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Mr Bunny's Chocolate Factory

Mr Bunny's Chocolate Factory

Ref: 15303

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2018 A fun, anarchic picture book about a fat cat, or rather Mr Bunny, and his chocolate egg factory run by chickens and a quality control unicorn. When ever-greedy Mr Bunny decides production must go up and up and up, the machines are stretched to breaking point, the choc-egg-laying chickens are overfed to the point of sickness, bad eggs begin to turn up in the production line and customers start to complain...all of which merely prompts Mr Bunny to cancel all employee holidays. The tired and poorly chickens finally go on strike, leaving Mr Bunny with a dilemma. Will the Big Chick Protest win the day? Unchecked capitalism, workers conditions, ethical and cooperative working practises all made immediately accessible through a highly comic narrative which never minimises the issues at play. Reminiscent of the protesting moo-cows of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (2000). Age 4-7, Paperback 30pp
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Mum and Dad Glue

Mum and Dad Glue

by Kes Gray
illustrated by Lee Wildish

Ref: 10393

"My mum and dad have come undone. I need to find some glue". Fantastically soothing rhymes and dynamic artwork compliment a heartfelt story of parental separation. Age 4-7, Paperback 30pp
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My Best Friend

My Best Friend

by Nicola Call and Sally Featherstone
by Jane Massey

Ref: 14167

Molly and Sunita are playgroup friends who spend time together every day, playing, talking, and learning about getting on with each other. Their relationship is generally good but even the best of friends sometimes fall out or feel grumpy! Molly is learning that Sunita has moods and feelings, but these will not get in the way of true friendship.The Dealing with Feelings series teaches positive behaviour and promotes personal, social, emotional skills. Developed and written by experts and supported by research, each book includes additional notes and tips to help teachers, practitioners and parents reinforce the lessons children are learning through the simple stories. Age 2-5, Paperback 18pp
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First Explorers: My Body

First Explorers: My Body

Ref: 16333

A brief but clever, Science-Museum-endorsed, introduction to the body with diagrams, facts/questions highlights (with special symbols) and push, pull and slide tabs. Introduces body parts, our squidgy brains, pumping hearts, good nutrition and hygine and includes a great basic diagram of a body with and without the skin! (A sliding tab reveals a skeletal frame). Age 2-5, Boardbook 8pp
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My Dad is a Grizzly Bear

My Dad is a Grizzly Bear

by Swapna Haddow
illustrated by Dapo Adeola

Ref: 16434

Dad has scratchy-scritchy fur, he eats up all of the honey, he naps and he grumbles; he also growls out the loudest karaoke renditions; he likes to pitch up in the woods; he gives the bestest bear hugs. A great spoonful of Dad-love, served up with Adeola's supremely expressive illustrations. Watch out for the double page spread showing a cinema audience, bathed with light effects and filled with our full range of humanity, from an Edwardian monocled man to a nose-pierced, blue-puffball-styled woman. 'I found myself smiling throughout reading this book.' (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, Letterbox Library reviewer). Mixed race family. British South Asian author and British Black illustrator. Age 4-7, Paperback 26pp
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My First Animal Signs

My First Animal Signs

Ref: 10313

'A good book to share with all children' (Preschool Supervisor, Letterbox reviewer). A first BSL signing guide with jolly babies and toddlers (some are disabled) demonstrating signs for all sorts of beasties. Age 8-36 months Boardbook 12pp
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My First Lift and Learn: First Words

My First Lift and Learn: First Words

Ref: 15899

From ball to duck to teddy bear- ten first words for toddlers in an interactive photographic book which encourages readers to guess words before lifting a strong peekaboo flap. Promotes language development, enhances coordination and encourages active recall. Age Birth-3, Boardbook 10pp
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My First Signs

My First Signs

Ref: 10314

'A good book to share with all children' (Preschool Supervisor, Letterbox reviewer). A first BSL signing guide with jolly babies and toddlers demonstrating signs for over 50 key words. Age 8-36 months, Boardbook 10pp
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My Footprints

My Footprints

by Bao Phi
illustrated by Basia Tran

Ref: 16070

In this affirming story, Thuy finds the might she needs to rise above her peers' prejudices by stomping out a snowy path, her two Mums foot-printing close beside her. An affirming tale of bullying overcome. 'I love this book, the writing is very poetic and the story is charming with an independent heroine...the continuing ideas of footsteps is one that small children can relate to' (Deborah, Lecturer in EY Education, LL reviewer). (Asian-American and Vietnamese-Polish author and illustrator). Age 4-7, Paperback 26pp
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My Friend Amy

My Friend Amy

by Anna McQuinn
photos by Irvin Cheung

Ref: 10398

Amy and Monifa were both born in the UK- but Amy is Chinese. They have similarities and differences. They are best friends. Superb explorations of friendships across cultures. Enchanting! Age 4-7, Hardback 30pp
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My Friend Jamal

My Friend Jamal

by Anna McQuinn
illustrated by Ben Frey

Ref: 10399

Jamal and Joseph were born in the same UK hospital but Jamal is Somali. They have similarities and differences. They are best friends. A superb exploration of friendship across cultures. Age 4-7, Hardback 30pp
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My Grandma and Me

My Grandma and Me

by Mina Javaherbin
illustrated by Lindsey Yankey

Ref: 15878

"In this universe full of many moons, I have travelled and seen many wonders, but I've never loved anything or anyone the way I loved my grandma". The author reflects on her life in Iran growing up with her Grandma. Full of shared intimacies, it's a wonderfully warm hug-of-a-life. Even when Mina is with best friend, Annette, her grandma is nearby, knitting blankets with Annette's, donating them to their respective mosque and church. Illustrations incorporating Persian designs, evoke a rich, contemporary Iranian setting, smoothly blending the traditional with the contemporary. 'Beautifully captures the heart of their special relationship. Thoughtful, touching and honest. The cultural references feel authentic. Lovely!' (Farrah, CLPE Learning Programme Leader, LL reviewer). 'Loving kindness is at the heart of this story which is told and illustrated with a delicate touch' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). Age 4 to 7, Hardback 30pp
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My Mum is a Fire Fighter

My Mum is a Fire Fighter

Ref: 12275

Fantastic, real photo book starring mum the fire fighter. Spiral bound with plastic outer covers. 'Super format; great photos with minimal text; positive portrayal(s)' (Children's Centre Head, LL reviewer). Age 2-5, Card Pages 20pp
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My Mummy Is Magic

My Mummy Is Magic

by Dawn Richards
illustrated by Jane Massey

Ref: 13572

A day in the life of a toddler and their parent, jam-packed with the special charm that only Magic Mum can conjure up. Gentle rhymes. "Lovely illustrations that depict mixed ethnicity...simple, charming story." (Parent, LL reviewer) (Mixed race family). Age 3-5, Boardbook 16pp
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My Nanny Tracey

My Nanny Tracey

Ref: 0131

Fantastic, real photo book starring grandma the crane operator. Spiral bound with plastic outer covers. 'Super format; great photos with minimal text; positive portrayal(s)' (Children's Centre Head, LL reviewer). Age 2-5, Card Pages 20pp
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My Two Grannies

My Two Grannies

by Floella Banjamin
illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain

Ref: 10403

Granny Vero was born in Trinidad. Granny Rose was born in Yorkshire. Alvina adores them both. But the grannies don't always agree...can Alvina soothe the squabbles? 'A lovely story with a good dual heritage theme' (Pre-School Leader, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 26pp
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My World, Your World

My World, Your World

Ref: 10404

Kavita wears a sari, Jacob wears a warm jacket - but they both wear trainers for gym. Bold and brilliant illustrations and simple text explore the diversity of children from around the world while also stressing their commonality. Striking and effective. Age 2-6 Paperback 30pp.
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Nen and the Lonely Fisherman

Nen and the Lonely Fisherman

by Ian Eagleton
illustrated by James Mayhew

Ref: 16411

Nen the Merman yearns for...something...and every night he leaves his underwater kingdom to go a-seeking. Ernest the fisherman also aches for...something...and spends his evenings gazing out on to a moonlit sea. A tender song over the waves brings the two together, bathing them in hope and happiness. But Palagios, ruler of the underwater kingdom, is about to exact his anger on the ocean polluters above...Can Nen and Ernest survive the ensuing storm? The last time we had such a lyrical evocation of an intimate relationship between men was surely back in the days of 'Hello Sailor' (2003 UK; 2000 the Netherlands). How wonderful to now have something home-grown, from a UK author/illustrator team, and one which equivocates far less and, instead, joyfully celebrates romantic love between two men. An absolute treat. (Also a brilliant take on The Little Mermaid and an excellent environmental subtext.) Age 4-8, Paperback 26pp
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Never Ever

Never Ever

Ref: 12406

"Nothing exciting never ever happens to me! Humph..." Or, does it? A cumulative, rib-tickler of a story told mostly through astonishingly lovely illustrations. Adored by our reviewers. Age 2-5, Paperback 26pp
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The New Neighbours

The New Neighbours

Ref: 15702

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2019 There is a family of rats newly arrived in the tower block. The bunnies are hoppingly-excited. But the other residents have their concerns. Vern the sheep thinks they will be dirty; Matilda the pig thinks they will smell; Astrid the polar bear knows about their 'reputation' for stealing. It might be wise to knock on the new neighbours' door and find out what's what... "An irresistibly smart and funny picture-book which satirizes contemporary fears and preconceptions about 'newcomers'" (Little Rebels Award website). Age 4-7, Paperback 31pp
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The New Small Person

The New Small Person

Ref: 14395

An author who needs no introduction. Here, Child introduces the ever-endearing Elmore Green, a once happy child whose bliss is disturbed by the arrival of a new small person. "The new person was small and didn't do much at all but still people picked it up and smiled at it and gave it things to chew..." As ever, Child perfectly captures an unmediated child's voice and point of view as Elmore very slowly starts to grasp some of the benefits of a new sibling...such as bedtime huggles and someone who understands the importance of lining up toys neatly. Age 4-7, Paperback 30pp
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Number Fun: Making Numbers with Your Body

Number Fun: Making Numbers with Your Body

Ref: 13906

A rich photographic resource which shows children making number shapes with their bodies from 1 all the way up to 20. With familiar objects to count along the way, teachers' notes, suggested number games (number charades, anyone?) a picture body glossary and clear photos of children stretching, curving and working in pairs, this book encourages numeracy fitness! Written by a Reading Recovery tutor. See also Alphabet Fun in the same series Age 3-5, Paperback 30pp
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Off to Market (PB)

Off to Market (PB)

by Elizabeth Dale
illustrated by Erika Paul

Ref: 12819

"Here is the bus off to market today, Shiny and bright as it starts on its way, With Joe, the young driver, smiling with pride, When everyone stops him to get on and ride." Joe's bus is full of people going to market- too full! How can they lighten the load? Warm and humorous rhyming text and gorgeous, colourful artwork make this story a joy. Age 4-7, Paperback 24pp
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Oliver's Vegetables

Oliver's Vegetables

by Vivian French
illustrated by Alison Bartlett

Ref: 15247

Oliver only wants chips. Grandpa sets a challenge: Oliver must eat whatever he digs up in the vegetable patch until he finds the potato plants. Oliver happily binges on fresh fruit and veg...ending with a bowl of fresh-from-the-garden chips! Age 4-7, Paperback 24pp
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One, Two, Three...Jump!

One, Two, Three...Jump!

Ref: 13566

A joyful celebration of the things that toddlers love to do. Everbody loves to jump! Big or little, alone or with friends. Age Birth-3, Boardbook 10pp Themes: Disability
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One, Two, Three...Run!

One, Two, Three...Run!

Ref: 12730

A joyful celebration of the things that toddlers love to do. everbody loves to run! Fast or slow, up or down, alone or with friends. Age Birth-3, Boardbook 10pp
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On Sudden Hill

On Sudden Hill

by Linda Sarah
illustrated by Benji Davies

Ref: 14491

Every day, Birt and Etho take their cardboard boxes all the way up Sudden Hill to play for hours and hours, enjoying their special, "two-by-two rhythm". But then, one Monday, a small child called Shu appears with his own box, wanting to join in...Can their friendship take a new addition? A new, three-by-three rhythm? A superb celebration of imaginative and creative outdoor play. It is also a gentle story which will resonate with lots of children as a group of boys negotiate a new friendship group with thought, empathy, mutual respect, care and real kindness. How good to see a bunch of boys allowed to express emotional intelligence. Age 4-7, Paperback 30pp
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On The Go! Just Like Me!

On The Go! Just Like Me!

Ref: 15802

"Duck is waddling...just like me! Bear is stretching...just like me!" Creatures and toddlers crawl and jump across the pages of this lift-the-flap boardbook. 'Lovely simple book with repetitive text. Perfect for little ones. Nice sturdy flaps too' (Carey, Childminder, Letterbox Library reviewer). [One child wears a wrist splint]. Age Birth to 3, Boardbook 10pp
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Ossiri and the Bala Mengro

Ossiri and the Bala Mengro

by Richard O'Neill & Katherine Quarmby
illustrated by Hannah Tolson

Ref: 14640

Ossiri is a Traveller girl, one of the Tattin Folki who toil day in and day out, recycling, renewing and selling on all manner of goods. When Ossiri discovers her inner musician, she decides to craft herself a special instrument out of scraps. Music to her own ears, her family aren't quite so convinced by her melodies...But then, when the family move on to Lancashire, Ossiri takes her music up on to the peaks where she is greeted enthusiastically by a great big yawning ogre, the Bala Mengro. Indeed this beastie seems to be able to turn her music into gold! The very talented Richard O'Neill, a Romani storyteller, gets this traditional Traveller tale in print and in doing so, not only offers a perfectly formed read aloud but also a casual insight into Travelling culture. "Has all the component of a stompingly good fairytale with its hairy ogre, its pint-sized hero and its journey towards good fortune. I'm a fan! (Now where can I find my own pair of very shiny leather boots!' (Fen, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 28pp
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Our Grandparents

Our Grandparents

Ref: 12118

Babushka, Bubbe, Dadi and Grann! A gloriously global and vibrant photographic album celebrating our grandparents. Age 3-7, American Import Paperback 30pp
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Outdoor Opposites

Outdoor Opposites

by Brenda Williams
illustrated by Rachel Oldfield, sung by The Flannery Brothers

Ref: 13859

Standing/sitting, smiling/frowning, high/low, whisper/shout, shrink/grow! A fun collection of opposites are explored, including some less obvious candidates. All are demonstrated by a happy band of children enjoying the great outdoors. Activities include picnicking, tree climbing, tadpole catching, camping and fireside sausage sizzling. By the by, these outdoor adventurers include, unusually for picture book representations, a (S.E.Asian) child with a shortened arm. Comes with the addition of publisher Barefoot's trademark 'watch and sing-along' CD with video animations, simple lyrics and a catchy tune. Age 2-5 Paperback + CD/Video 31pp
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Pattan's Pumpkin: An Indian Flood Story

Pattan's Pumpkin: An Indian Flood Story

by Chitra Soudnar
illustrated by Fran Lessac

Ref: 15030

Farmers Pattan and Kanni replant and nurture an ailing pumpkin which then grows and grows...by the time the rains descend and a storm threatens to wash them all away, the pumpkin is huge enough to act as a perfect escape vehicle for them, along with the local flora and fauna. Today, some of Pattan's descendents live in the same valley (the foothills of the Sahyadri mountains), nurturing and tending to their environment, which includes growing... pumpkins! A delightful story which originated amongst the Irular tribe from Kerala, Southern India and has been cleverly adapted here by Chitra Soundar. Complemented by Lessac's trademark bright palette and childlike block pictures. 'Lovely illustrations, brilliant storyline' (Nike, Social Worker, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 24pp
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Pearl Power and the Toy Problem

Pearl Power and the Toy Problem

Ref: 14935

Pearl Power is back and this time, she and her new bestie, Sebastian, take on the marketing forces which target toys to children according to their gender. Provoked by newcomer, Jerome, who tells Pearl she can't play with his dinosaur because, "THIS is a dinosaur, YOU are a girl!", the children decide to challenge the advertising industry who spread those pernicious messages about boys' toys and girls' toys in the first place. And so, they pen a letter to the "TV Boss" in their very neatest handwriting, prompting a surprising and welcome reply. 'I enjoyed reading this book that clearly shows that girls are the same as boys. Many people don't realise that there is no written rules to say that girls can't play with boys' toys and boys can't play with girls' toys' (Nicole, aged 11, LL reviewer). A clear, uncompromising message in a good, strong, rhyming story. 'Would lead to a lot of discussion and talking' (Deborah, Ed. Lecturer, LL review). And if the gendered marketing of toys or books raises your hackles, get yourself over to the brilliant, joy-filled, campaigning group, Let Toys be Toys (http://lettoysbetoys.org.uk/) Age 4-7, Paperback 34pp
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Pirate Baby

Pirate Baby

by Mary Hoffman
illustrated by Ros Asquith

Ref: 15857

When pirate ship Ramshackle comes across a bawling, floating baby, the crew are stumped. When they discover it's a girl baby they are doubly flummoxed. But soon, the rhythms of the days at sea circle around Baby Isla as this band of pirates adapts and caters to her needs- Spoons the Cook sews her a stack of nappies, Red Bart the Bosom creates a toy squid for her, Jolly Roger the Captain simply...adores her! Have the pirates lost their pirating mettle? Or have their numbers simply got stronger? A gentle challenge to gender stereotypes, given extra pizzazz and spark by Ros Asquith's trademark illustrations in which humour simmers and bubbles in the tiniest details (the on-ship tins of jellied babies, the pirate knitting patters by "Hook & Aye", The Wicked Wench ship of fearsome women, Plunderpuss the cat...) Oh- also, there are pirates. Age 4-7, Paperback 26pp
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A Planet Full of Plastic  (And How You Can Help)

A Planet Full of Plastic (And How You Can Help)

Ref: 16177

The purpose of plastic, its original discovery, its revolution in manufacturing, its overuse and, now, its appearance...everywhere with all the environmental dangers it threatens. In Neal Layton's hands, the catastrophe of excess plastic becomes lucid, and the possible solutions to the problem become accessible. With a chatty text, detailed pictures, labels and diagrams, mixed fonts, glossary and mini bios of young climate activists, this is non-fiction at its most energetic and galvanising! 'Written in a non judgemental way, this book is helpful in saying what the problem is and how everyone can help to solve it whilst giving space for the reader to come up with solutions' (Rosalind, Workforce Dev. Officer, LL reviewer). 'It's one of the best books I've seen on this subject' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). Age 4-8, Paperback 30pp
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Play Time, Puppy!

Play Time, Puppy!

Ref: 15894

Tunes in perfectly to toddlers' love of chatting to their toys! Children can manipulate the (sturdily) attached finger puppy puppet while interacting with a rhyming, conversational text and a mini-journey with trucks and trains and building blocks. 'Another fun Child's Play book with plenty of opportunity to talk about what's happening and have fun with the finger puppet' (Carey, Childminder, Letterbox Library reviewer). Great fun (we loved the Black doll' passenger' too). [East Asian protagonist]. Age Birth to 2, Boardbook (+ attached puppet) 8pp
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Polonius the Pit Pony

Polonius the Pit Pony

by Richard O'Neill
illustrated by Feronia Parker Thomas

Ref: 16303

Polonius the Pit Pony envies the freedom of the Traveller family ponies. So, one day, he breaks out...and catches up with them! Grandad isn't convinced he'll adapt but Lucretia adopts him in a heart beat and when Daddo's new truck won't manage the journey to carry their goods to the docks, Polonius is the only pony skilled enough to brave the fog. A gentle tale of determination and (a gentle) courage, highlighting Traveller values of hard work and initiative. Based on a fascinating history (supplied in a backnote) of the use of pit ponies in British mines. By famed Romani storyteller, O'Neill. Age 4-7, Paperback 30pp
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The Prince of Pants

The Prince of Pants

by Alan MacDonald
illustrated by Sarah McIntyre

Ref: 15594

Bumptious bountiful fun. Prince Pip has every kind of pairs of pants imaginable: starry, dotty, leopard-spotty. So, on his birthday, he wants to choose his pants very carefully. But when he opens his treasured pants drawer, they've all gone! Prince Pip rushes round the palace asking after his pants, growing more and more anxious. Can anything save the day? 'Good fun illustrations and a story that will amuse young children throughout. Fast and furious with an appealing central character of colour' (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, Letterbox reviewer ) 'Yes this has child appeal! A book about pants! I love the queen's corgis!' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer) Age 4-7, Paperback 26pp
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The Princess and the Castle

The Princess and the Castle

Ref: 14238

Genevieve hates the sea. One day her dad went out to sea and never came home... So, while her imaginative play takes her on exciting journeys, she can only dream of going to the castle far away across the bay. And then along comes Cedric- is he an ogre? Or a cuddly bear? He certainly makes mum smile...And one day, he persuades Genevieve that perhaps, just perhaps, she might visit that castle after all. A hugely positive books about grief, transition and healing told, skilfully and convincingly, from a child's point of view. Binch's brilliantly realistic illustrations simply sweep across the page. This is 'real' storytelling, told with such honesty, heart and soul. 'Stunning illustrations. Powerful storytelling with emotions that can be felt throughout' (Meryl, Early Years Consultant, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 26pp
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The Princess and the Pony

The Princess and the Pony

Ref: 14311

Debut picture book by a much-loved Canadian webcomic artist. In a land of warriors, tiny warrior princess, Princess Pinecone, is growing tired of the comfy cutesy sweaters she receives each and every birthday. This year she begs for a great strong horse. She ends up with...a tiny pony. Worse- a tiny, farting, pony. On the day of the Great Battle, Pinecone fears they won't stand a chance. But perhaps a tiny pony has disarming powers all of its own. A charming tale full of warriors of all genders and ethnicities with a more-than-endearing mixed race lead. Age 4-7, Paperback 32pp
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Pretend Friends

Pretend Friends

by Alice Hoyle
illustrated by Lauren Reis

Ref: 14160

6-year-old Little Bea has a special pretend friend, Nye Nye, who has green wings and who is great for making mud pies and carpet-flying with. On the days Bea doesn't want to play with Nye Nye, she simply waves Bye Bye and Nye Nye disappears. Big Jay has very different pretend friends. These ones stick around whether Jay wants them to or not- and they make him feel sad and scared. A fantastically clever book which explains hallucinations caused by schizophrenia and other mental health illnesses to very young children and which also helps children think about ways adults with these hallucinations can be meaningfully supported. Very child-friendly and child-appropriate. "I love the idea of this book as I love books that tackle issues that some people will be lazy and pass off as 'it's too difficult to explain to a child'" (Josephine, teen reviewer for Letterbox Library). "An amazing book that tackles a difficult topic" (Elaine, Educational Psychologist, Letterbox Library reviewer). Comes with lots of supportive back notes. The author is an Advisory Teacher for the PSHE Association and is a member of Rethink Mental Health. Age 4-8, Hardback 36pp
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Prince Henry

Prince Henry

Ref: 14548

Henry is a happy-go-lucky prince, always cheerful, happiest of all when he is with his servant, Thomas. But the time comes when every prince has to get married and, well, Thomas wasn't exactly who the King and Queen had in mind... in this kingdom, royalty can only marry royalty. Can Henry convince his parents that love really does conquer all? 'I like it! Like that the emphasis is on class and not gender' (Deb, EY Education Lecturer). 'A modern fairytale- love the once upon a time start' (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer). 'Finally another book that picks up the King & King/Tango Makes Three ball where sexuality isn't an issue' (Mark Jennett, Equalities Trainer). (All Letterbox Library reviewers). Age 4-7, Paperback 44pp Please click here for further resources from Pop N Olly
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The Princess and the Fog

The Princess and the Fog

Ref: 14165

By an author who lives with depression, this is a beautiful picture book exploring a complex issue through the 'comfort' of a fairytale format. The story first introduces us to a princess who is happy at school, at play and at home- until, very gradually, a big swirly black fog comes into her life, slowly enveloping her, leaving her tired and sad and unable to accomplish even the easiest of tasks. Her parents try everything; they even try to erase the angry scrawl above her head with an enormous pencil rubber. It takes a special friend who is persistent in his visits and who finally gets her to talk for the fog to start to dissipate. The story ends with a series of supportive strategies suggested by friends, family and professionals. A thoughtful and empowering book for young children who are living with depression. Comes with a guide for carers. 'Very helpful for children to identify with and to understand and support others who are depressed' (June, Parent, Letterbox Library reviewer). 'Wow. Supportive, empathetic and great illustrations. Helpful to all' (Rosalind, Workforce Dev. Commissioning Officer, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 4-7, Hardback 38pp
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Princess Arabella's Birthday

Princess Arabella's Birthday

Ref: 15037

It is Arabella's birthday but what do you get a princess who already has everything? Well, according to Arabella, you get her an elephant! But, the trouble with elephants is that they don't necessarily do what they're told...particularly when they're missing their home environment. What will Princess Arabella do with a mournful, weeping elephant? A delightful story with gorgeously fresh, bright and 'smudgy' illustrations, complete with nellyphant end pages! 'Fantastic illustrations, charming storyline' (Nike, Social Worker, LL reviewer). We can't get enough of this publisher, Cassava Republic. Dedicated to "changing the way we all think about African writing" they recently expanded their office base from Abuja, Nigeria to...London! Age 3-6, Paperback 26pp
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Princess Arabella's Mixes Colours

Princess Arabella's Mixes Colours

Ref: 15040

Single-minded, restless, Princess Arabella is back, this time in a story which is also perfect for introducing colour mixing. Bored with the dcor of her room, Arabella explores some other options by lavishly mixing up different colours. Lovely illustrations; the pages shine with splodges and platters and dollops of raspberry-ice-cream-pink and carrot-soup-orange. Children will enjoy joining in the repeated refrain, "I know what I'll do! I'll mix some (red), and some (white) in this pot. Stir it all up, and look what I've got!" 'Read this to my nieces who loved it and said, "we learnt about colour mixing in a fun story"' (Rosalind, Workforce Dev. Officer, LL reviewer). We can't get enough of this publisher, Cassava Republic. Dedicated to "changing the way we all think about African writing" they recently expanded their office base from Abuja, Nigeria to...London! Age 3-6, Paperback 26pp
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The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family

by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S. K. Ali
illustrated by Hatem Aly

Ref: 16264

"The first day of wearing hijab is important, Mama had said. It means being strong". It's the "first-day hijab" for Asiya. Little sister, Faizah, is very excited for her and approves of her choice of an ocean-coloured, sunny-skied blue. To Faizah's bafflement, some school children point, ask questions and throw insults. But, with great pride and love, she witnesses Asiya rises above the stares and words, with the echo of her mother's supportive voice buoying her up. (Co-) Written by an American-Muslim Olympic medallist fencer, the text is flushed through with (Egyptian-born Canadian) illustrator, Aly's luxurious, brightly coloured, ink washes. 'I had a smile on my face throughout the reading of this wonderful book. Fab storytelling, illustrations, relationships and imagery. Yes, yes, yes!!!' (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, LL reviewer). A wonderful book about hijab and family. Age 4 to 7, Paperback 33pp Click here to access the teaching sequence of activities for this book from Andersen Press, designed in partnership with CLPE.
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Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat

Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat

Ref: 10315

A traditional rhyme, made bright and dashing. We loved the bespectacled queen! Age Birth-2, Boardbook 10pp
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Questions and Feelings About...Bullying

Questions and Feelings About...Bullying

by Louise Spilsbury
illustrated by Ximena Jeria

Ref: 16274

A useful account of different types of bullying, from name calling to cyberbullying as well as explanations of what is -and what isn't bullying- and what to do if you are being bullied. 'Good definitions of bullying throughout, the impact of it, why people may bully and what to do' (Rosalind, Workforce Development Officer, LL reviewer). 'The rhetorical questions are great as it helps children to know what to do in a similar situation' (Hannah, Social Worker, LL reviewer). Includes parent/teacher notes, ideas for classroom/group activities and further sources of information. Age 4-7, Paperback 30pp
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Quiet!

Quiet!

Ref: 14501

A bright, bustling, book showing a child's evening and bedtime routine through auditory landmarks- the pinging of the microwave, the babbling of the TV, the rustling of (Braille) book pages turning, the splish splash of the bath, the deep quiet voice of a father singing a lullaby. Dad as primary (and possibly also the single) carer and a toddler who experiences their environment through sounds. Very inclusive and especially relatable to those who may be blind/partially sighted. (Mixed Race family) Age 3-5, Paperback 27pp
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Quill Soup

Quill Soup

by Alan Durant
illustrated by Dale Blankenaar

Ref: 16468

A retelling of the famous Stone Soup folktale, starring Noko the travelling porcupine and featuring a host of interesting creatures: Monkey, Meerkat, Aardvark, Warthog and Pangolin. Dedicated by the publisher to endangered animals and illustrated by a South African artist drawing on influences from Tanzinian and West African art. Age 4-7, Paperback 30pp
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The Rabbit Listened

The Rabbit Listened

Ref: 16167

A small child builds something. It comes crashing down. He sits hunched up on the floor, forlorn and low. Creatures rush in to 'help'. The chicken suggests chatting; the bear suggests a good roar; the ostrich suggests burying their heads in the sand... all to no avail. And then, along comes a rabbit, a quiet rabbit who simply...listens! Soon Taylor is talking, laughing, shouting and, finally rebuilding. We have seen a flurry of books recently on kindness and empathy but this one really is exquisite. Celebrates the emotional art of 'active' listening and how to adopt patience and silence in the face of someone's loss or pain. An Empathy Lab choice 2020. Age 3-7, Paperback 32pp
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Rabbityness

Rabbityness

Ref: 12188

Absolutely beautiful, wonderfully original story about loss & recovery which no review can do justice to. 'Refreshingly superb' (Children's Centre Coordinator, LL reviewer) Age 3-8, Paperback 26pp
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Rain

Rain

Ref: 13981

One child and their cuddly bunny taste the rain and splish and sploosh in puddles! Nice little plip plop sound effects and a joyful tribute to outdoor imaginative play. A delightful, multicultural series. See also Wind, Sow and Sun. Age 1-3, Boardbook 10pp
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Holiday & Festivals: Ramadan & Id-ul-Fitr

Holiday & Festivals: Ramadan & Id-ul-Fitr

Ref: 12328

Simple repetitive text, mini picture glossary and lively photos make this perfect for the very young. Age 4-6, Paperback 20pp
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Ready Steady Mo

Ready Steady Mo

Ref: 14694

"Run in your slippers, Run in your vest, Run in your onesie, Run and get dressed". An ode to running- dressed any old how, anywhere, anytime, any place...expect perhaps not in class! Rhyming text and poppingly bright pages full of children sprinting about the place, led by Little Mo and with a universal MOBOT on the final double page spread. We defy any child not to want to get active after reading this! 'Fab book that made me smile on every single page. Great rhyming, great illustrations, great ideas to get children running/exercising and enjoying books!' (Meryl, Early Years Consultant, LL reviewer). Age 3-5, Paperback 28pp
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The Recess Queen

The Recess Queen

by Alexis O'Neill
illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith

Ref: 10425

Mean Jean rules with a push and a lollapaloosh...until the teeny but exuberant Katie Sue crosses her path. Hugely attractive and positive. 'YES, YES- loved this! Great vocabulary, strong illustrations and a good story!' (Primary Strategy Consultant, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, American Import Hardback 29pp
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Helping Hands: Recycling!

Helping Hands: Recycling!

Ref: 15786

Part of a series focusing on 'real tasks', this uses conversational text as two lively children ask their parents how to sort items of recycling, which seeds to plant and the price of second hand objects. Age 2-5, Card Pages 23pp
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The Journey Home

The Journey Home

Ref: 14977

Winner Sendak Fellowship By the UK's first ever recipient of the Sendak Fellowship. A mournful looking polar bear looks out onto his seascape and wonders where all of his ice has gone. He decides to embark on an ice hunt, setting off in a tiny boat. En route, he picks up other animals whose natural habitats are under threat: a panda, an orang-utan and an elephant...until, finally, they land on an island inhabited by a Dodo. A wonderfully illustrated story about the destruction to our environment, forced migrations and hope for a much kinder future. 'A book to prick our collective conscience' (Eileen, Former Teacher, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 29pp
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The Red Boat

The Red Boat

Ref: 13362

Posy has just moved home and is bursting with anxieties. But a magical red boat at the bottom of the garden becomes a vehicle for some fantastic imaginative role play which soon soothes Posy's fears...A super book for exploring first time nerves and transitions as well as being, quite simply, a good story. 'Warm and humorous, this book explores a child's fears of the new and unknown' (Kate, Children's Centre Coordinator, LL reviewer); 'charming and humorous' (Primary Inclusion Manager, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 29pp
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Rosa Loves Cars

Rosa Loves Cars

Ref: 15395

You may already know the Clive series by this author. Now meet Rosa, a confident, exuberant and pragmatic girl who knows her mind and can take care of herself and her toys! Follow Rosa as she gets her monster truck stunt jumping, her digger scooping and as she does a quick drill repair on one of her cars. 'Great to see the main character, a black girl, enjoying playing with cars, fixing things and rescuing things. Positive images also depicted in the toys Rosa is playing with. Lovely to see good use made of a cardboard box' (Rosalind, Workforce Dev. Officer, Letterbox reviewer). Includes the character of Samira who is a wheelchair user. See the other 3 Rosa books in the series (you might also like the Clive books by the same author)! Age Birth-3, Boardbook 12pp
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Rosa Loves Dinosaurs

Rosa Loves Dinosaurs

Ref: 15396

Rosa is back, this time to share her dino-love with you. See her and her friends (Sarah, Mustafa, Biba and Marcel) act out scenarios with flapping Pterodactyls, and fierce Tyrannosauruses and then follow Rosa as she visits the museum and library to get more back story on her pet toys. 'Real-life' settings, gender-free role playing and a great deal of humour. Rosa's dino-influenced bedtime outfit on the last page is an absolute treasure. See the other 3 Rosa books in the series (you might also like the Clive books by the same author)! Age Birth-3, Boardbook 12pp
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Rosa Plays Ball

Rosa Plays Ball

Ref: 15397

Rosa has a small truckload of balls- and she's going to use them! Watch her play football with Mustafa, basketball with Samira (who is also a wheelchair user) and catch with Sarah and Marcel. Lots of different colours, games and balls to explore with the endlessly upbeat and energetic Rosa at the centre. 'Simple but nice illustrations of friends paying ball games. Sturdy book; inclusive',. (Maggie, Former EY Adviser, Letterbox reviewer). See the other 3 Rosa books in the series (you might also like the Clive books by the same author)! Age Birth-3, Boardbook 12pp
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Rosa Rides her Scooter

Rosa Rides her Scooter

Ref: 15398

Armed with her hard hat, high-vis jacket and satchel of essentials, Rosa goes out and about on her scooter. The ever competent and self-sufficient Rosa confidently rides across all sorts of terrains and, when her scooter takes a harmless tumble, she simply reaches for a spanner! Super little boardbooks which gently challenge gender stereotypes. See the other 3 Rosa books in the series (you might also like the Clive books by the same author)! Age Birth-3, Boardbook 12pp
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Rosie Revere, Engineer

Rosie Revere, Engineer

by Andrea Beaty
illustrated by David Roberts

Ref: 12900

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2014 "This is the story of Rosie Revere, who dreamed of becoming a great engineer". A gender-role-busting picture book about an inventive girl and an inspirational aunt who shows her that failure isnt to be feared. Inspired by the fictional World War II character, Rosie the Riveter, a symbol of womens work during the war. Age 4-7, Hardback 30pp
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Ruby's School Walk

Ruby's School Walk

by Kathryn White
illustrated by Miriam Latimer

Ref: 12402

Meet a super-adventurous child who uses the school journey to chase off scary beasts. Perfect for taming monsters and for calming those going-to-school anxieties. Age 3-6, Paperback 29pp
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Ruby's Worry

Ruby's Worry

Ref: 15484

Ruby is a happy energetic child. Until, that is, a little blob of a worry comes to visit her. At first it's easy to dismiss but, with each passing day, the blob grows and grows. Ignoring it seems like a good strategy. And then it seems like a very poor strategy. Finally, Ruby meets another child who is also being haunted by a great big blob. And so they chat. Ad, as they do so, the most marvellous thing starts to happen...A straightforward, wonderfully executed, narrative about anxiety, mindfulness and self-help- perfectly pitched to children. Age 3-7, Paperback 29pp
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Sammy Goes Flying

Sammy Goes Flying

by Odette Elliott
illustrated by Georgina McIntyre

Ref: 11944

Sammy dreams of flying, Teddy in tow. Can Grandma make his wish come true? Terribly sweet. (Mixed race family). Age 3-6, Paperback 26pp
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Sausages

Sausages

Ref: 15924

Based on an ancient Greek and Indian tale, 'The Three Wishes', which later evolved in to a 12th century British version. A grateful elf grants 3 wishes to a poor woodcutter who accidentally wishes for sausages, whose angry partner then wishes those sausages were stuck to the end of John's nose, who then later wishes they would fall off his nose again... which reminds them both how happy they are to simply have each other, now also warmed by an excellent sausage dinner. A fun story and a chatty text, all enhanced by Souhami's trademark, layered-up, paper cut-out illustrations. Age 4-7, Paperback 26pp
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Say What You See: Eat

Say What You See: Eat

Ref: 13909

'Encourages healthy eating and healthy cooking. Happy children throughout' (Ann Marie, Education Safeguarding Consultant, Letterbox reviewer). Large format (multicultural) photos of children gleefully making and eating food, from breakfast to lunch to dinner. Introduces some playful and interesting food prep, cooking and eating vocabulary: steaming, melting, scooping, dipping, flipping, slurping. 'Proper' non-fiction with basic content and index pages. Age 2-5, Paperback 21pp
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Seasons: Autumn

Seasons: Autumn

Ref: 14716

Acorn collecting, noisy leaves kicking, blackberry picking, puddle splashing and tart baking. A happy child and her equally chirpy friends take the reader through their favourite autumn pastime, conjuring up the season perfectly. (Includes a child with a hearing aid). Age Birth to 3, Boardbook 12pp
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Seasons: Spring

Seasons: Spring

Ref: 14719

A child evokes all the spirit and sprightliness of spring, showing the reader baby animals, funny bugs in the air, trees in blossom and seed planting. A lovely little introduction. (Disability images include an adapted chair, a child wearing a hearing aid and one with a wrist brace). 'A nice little book to share with a young one' (Deb, Education Lecturer/Former Ofsted Inspector, LL reviewer). Age Birth to 3, Boardbook 12pp
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Seasons: Summer

Seasons: Summer

Ref: 14727

Early morning sunshine, paddling pools, sandy beach sandwiches, summer showers and barefeet in the tickly grass. A brilliantly childlike view of summer as performed by some very funkily-dressed toddlers. (Extra inclusion points: Good to see a Muslim child portrayed; lots of bespectacled toddlers and one wears an eye patch too). Age Birth to 3, Boardbook 12pp
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Seasons: Winter

Seasons: Winter

Ref: 14724

Another in this joyful series which shows young children's perspectives on the season's highlights- winter brings snowsuits, silly funny hats, snowfights, warming soup, indoor games and snuggle-down bedtime stories. (Inclusion points: one child uses a specially adapted chair at the dinner table; there is a lovely dressing up scene which includes a girl dressed as fire officer and a boy dressed as a fairy). 'This book is very good. It shows that even though winter is cold and horrible, there are some good things' (Nicole, aged 11, LL reviewer).'Lovely images of children enjoying and exploring winter play' (Meryl, Early Years Consultant, LL reviewer). Age Birth to 3, Boardbook 12pp
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Sardines of Love

Sardines of Love

Ref: 15360

A lovely tale about grandfather Lolo and grandmother Lola and their respective love and loathing for sardines. Luminescent seascape illustrations show Lolo and Lola fishing, a gleaming lighthouse, jumping sardines and an octopus called Jeff. Grand, 'old-fashioned' storytelling with a nod to Jonah and the Whale. Age 3-6, Paperback 32pp
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Senses: Hearing

Senses: Hearing

Ref: 15808

A very thorough hearing book which looks at different sounds- weather sounds, nature sounds, warning sounds- how we hear and how to be kind to your ears. Every page spread is accompanied by a back note which has an extension activity. Photographic book with a rock & roll cover. Age 3-5, Paperback 21pp
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Senses: Touching & Feeling

Senses: Touching & Feeling

Ref: 15809

Tickly soap bubbles, bumpy shells, slimy snails. A photographic introduction to touch and feel describing sensations and key 'touch' opposites (wet/dry hot/cold etc.) Each page is accompanied by a back note which has an extension activity. Age 3-5, Paperback 21pp
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The Shape Song Swingalong (+ Music/Animation CD)

The Shape Song Swingalong (+ Music/Animation CD)

by Stevesongs
illustrated by David Simm

Ref: 15002

A group of children hold up a range of shapes- circles, squares, triangles and lines- from which they are then inspired to draw skyscrapers, seascapes, and park parties. Bold, bright, rhyming, rhythmic and full of energy! Comes with a CD of animations and join-in, catchy tunes. (Includes one child who wears a leg splint.) Paperback + CD. Age 3-6, 22pp
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Shopping!

Shopping!

Ref: 12294

A chatty, interactive text and merry illustrations encourage children to engage in their first 'real' tasks. Boys do housework too! Age 2-5, Paperback 23pp
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Silver Buttons

Silver Buttons

Ref: 14422

We are, quite unashamedly, huge fans of Graham. There is always splendid detail in his illustrations which capture diverse communities of people. And, again, always, he presents small, seemingly insignificant, actions or events which nevertheless have a vast, universal and unifying effect across space and time. Here, as Jodie goes to draw a silver button on her duck picture, her baby brother-Jonathan- takes his first step, just as a child avoids the cracks in the pavement outside, just as a baby is born in a hospital and a tanker heads out to China and...Jonathan stumbles forward back on to his little pink knees. Joyful, life affirming, full of humanity- and endorsed by Amnesty International UK. Age 4-7, Paperback 29pp
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Sleeping Beauty: A Mid-Century Fairy Tale

Sleeping Beauty: A Mid-Century Fairy Tale

retold by Lynn Roberts-Maloney
illustrated by David Roberts

Ref: 14858

A picture book lover's absolute delight! The story of sleeping beauty, recast and twisted and re-birthed as an extraordinary fairy tale for our times. The tale starts out in the 1950s with Annabel being raised by her two 'Aunts' (in fact, probably a [mixed race] same-sex couple). Absorbed in 1950s futuristic sci-fi pop culture, little does Annabel realise her own future is uncertain since green-eyed witch Morwenna (a Cruella de Vil spin off) has predicted her death on her 16th birthday, a curse converted by good witch auntie Flora into a long, long, long sleep. 1000 years on from the dreaded sixteenth, in a utopian future of flying saucers and smiley robots, a smart and fearless young (Asian) girl called Zoe discovers an ancient fable, Sleeping Beauty, in a quite magnificent towering library... and sets out to recue Annabel from her deepest sleep. Magical, feminist, visionary storytelling. Not a prince in sight- indeed, curiously, not a man in sight in either the mid-century nor the future world... 'I am besotted with this. The illustrations are quite breathtakingly beautiful and the storytelling is terrific. I love the synthesis of 'traditional' feminine values of nurturing and support with those of adventure and exploration to create a kind of feminist/queer utopia that anyone would want to live in. The language is elegant and the whole story brims with joy and hope' (Mark Jennett, Equalities Trainer/Consultant). Age 4-8, Paperback 29pp
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Sneaky Beak

Sneaky Beak

by Tracey Corderoy
illustrated by Tony Neal

Ref: 16023

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2020 "Trouble sleeping? You need the Snores-Galore Mega Bed right away! Is your bath bubbly enough? Our Super-Whirl Turbo Tub has it ALL!" Bear and Hamster are more than happy with the rhythms of their daily life. Until salesperson and expert marketeer, Sneaky Beak pipes up to suggest they could have things even better... A clever story about materialism and consumerism. On being shortlisted for the Little Rebels Award 2020, Tracey Corderoy said, "This book makes you think about what's really important in life." Age 4-7, Paperback 24pp
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Snow

Snow

Ref: 13972

One child's ode to snow and all the fun snow can bring, including sliding and slipping and...snow monsters! Nice little sound effects and a joyful tribute to outdoor imaginative play! A delightful, multicultural series which also has images of disability- in this case a disabled child is shown whizzing across the landscape in a special power chair. See also Wind, Rain and Sun in the same series. Age 1-3, Boardbook 10pp
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Snowboy and the Last Tree Standing

Snowboy and the Last Tree Standing

by Hiawyn Oram
illustrated by Birgitta Sif

Ref: 15792

Greenbackboy wants to play a game called "K'Ching" which involves cutting down all the forest trees and catching all the ocean fishes. Can Snowboy save the day? A smart tale linking environmental destruction to monetary greed. Age 4-7, Paperback 29pp
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Spacegirl Pukes

Spacegirl Pukes

by Katy Watson
illustrated by Vanda Carter

Ref: 10434

It's back!! Yes, our favourite Spacegirl is back in print. Once again, Spacegirlr prepares to be launched into space, only to be gripped by nausea. Mummy Loula and Mummy Neenee rush to her side with hugs and a bucket but, oh no! Now Mummy and Mummy and even Trotsky the cat are brought down with the sickly bug. First published in 2005, Spacegirl Pukes has lost none of its charm and enormous child appeal. For every adult made queasy by the tiniest glimpse of a little 'puke', two more children are pulled into this wonderful technicolour-splatter adventure. A relatively early example of a children's books in which same-sex parents are included without fanfare and without an 'issue' to be sniffed out. It simply hasn't dated! Our customers have been asking and asking for Spacegirl to come back into print. It has kept its lovely large sized format; it simply hasn't dated and we couldn't be happier! Age 3-6, Paperback 25pp Themes: Lesbian and Gay, Families
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Space Song Rocket Ride

Space Song Rocket Ride

by Sunny Scribes
illustrated by David Sim

Ref: 13832

A group of children (multicultural) blast off into space in a multicoloured rocket , discovering the solar system, shooting stars and meteors along the way. A celebration of space travel with a cumulative text and a jolly chorus for children to join in on. Comes with a watch and sing along CD and plenty of fascinating backnotes on astronauts and space explorations. Age 3-6 Paperback + Video CD 27pp
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Splash, Anna Hibiscus!

Splash, Anna Hibiscus!

by Atinuke
illustrated by Lauren Tobia

Ref: 13135

One of our reviewers' favourite (mixed race) characters -the always buoyant Anna- takes to the seaside with her extended family. The waves want to splash with someone. Anna wants to splash with someone. But Anna's aunties and grandparents and cousins are simply too busy braiding, texting, chatting and snoring. In the end, the waves and Anna decide to get on with splashing each other...before long, everyone rushes down to the beach to joins Anna in her splashy fun. Age 4-7, Paperback 34pp
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Stanley's Stick

Stanley's Stick

by John Hegley
illustrated by Neal Layton

Ref: 12140

Stanley is an endearing, imaginative child and Stanley's stick takes on many shapes: straight banana, Stickosaurus and slug-picker-upper. Gentle humour, plenty of nonsense and a great spoonful of fun. Fantastick. Age 4-7, Paperback 27pp
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Standing on My Own Two Feet

Standing on My Own Two Feet

Ref: 11628

A simple, accessible and reassuring book for the very young about living with separated parents. Inspiring and soothing- for both children and carers. Age 3-6, American Import Hardback 29pp
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Stella Brings the Family

Stella Brings the Family

by Miriam B. Schiffer
illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown

Ref: 13849

Stella's class is having a special Mother's Day celebration. All of the pupils has at least one mum- Howie even has two! But Stella has two Dads. A spot or two of anxiety later, Stella decides to invite not only her two dads but her nonna and uncle and aunt and cousin too! A very joyful, very lively and rather overcrowded class party follows, leaving the teacher a little frazzled. Don't worry, Stella reassures her, when it's father's day, she'll just bring the 2 guests! Which leaves Howie with a problem all of his own... A delightfully illustrated, upbeat, story which celebrates the diversity of family life. Bright fresh illustrations depict a multicultural classroom with a bunch of very happy children. 'Loved this book. Hope it's an indication of more to come' (Deborah, Lecturer in EY Education, LL reviewer). 'A great story of families and special days' (Rosalind, Workforce Dev. Officer, LL reviewer). Age 5-8
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The Suitcase

The Suitcase

Ref: 16158

A tired, strange-looking creature arrives with his suitcase. The other creatures question his origins and his motives. But their investigations challenge their assumptions and prompt them to meaningful acts of kindness. Simple text and the barest of illustrations manage to evoke great waves of loss, compassion and, finally optimism in this story about showing care and heart to strangers. 'I actually completely and utterly loved this. The message is about empathy, overcoming suspicions and kindness' (Patrice, Children's Author, LL reviewer). 'A beautiful story with a timely but simple aim. This book makes me smile' (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 29pp
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Sun

Sun

Ref: 13978

A group of toddlers greet the sun, grab their sunhats and lotion, play in the sun's rays and later its shadows and then, finally, say goodbye. A wonderful tribute to outdoor imaginative play and paddling pools. A delightful, multicultural series which also has images of disability (in this case we see a child with Down syndrome, children wearing a protective helmet and eyepatch and a child signing). See also Rain, Snow and Wind in the same series. Age 1-3, Boardbook 10pp
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Super Daisy

Super Daisy

by Kes Gray
illustrated by Nick Sharratt

Ref: 11858

Can Super Daisy save the world from little green peas (intergalactic lift-the-flaps included!)? A much loved, boisterous character who simply has no time for being conventional! Age 3-6, Paperback 24pp
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Super Duper You

Super Duper You

Ref: 16142

"Sometimes you are all twinkly, with frills and jewels and bows...And sometimes you are clanky, all fighty, bold and brave". A child wonders at all of the characteristics that make up their younger sibling- with real affection. From wearing their pants outside their shorts to being just a bit...polka-dotty?... the protagonist declares, "Be bold, be proud, be brilliant...a super duper you!" A rhyming, endlessly affirming celebration of individuality (and one delightfully free of any gender pronouns). 'This is a real celebration of difference, of being your authentic self and being able to be anything and everything you want to be' (Mark, Equalities Trainer/Consultant, LL reviewer). 'There's no one way to be in this exploration of childhood- just many different traits that come together to make everyone their own version of super' (Scottish Book Trust). Age 2-5, Paperback 29pp
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Superhero Hotel

Superhero Hotel

by Abie Longstaff
illustrated by Migy Blanco

Ref: 15066

Captain Power needs his batteries recharging; Gadget Girl needs her Mega Grabber tool cleaning up; Ice Woman needs a frozen splinter removing; The Flame needs her Blaze Boots re-heeling and Mr Invisible...well, he just wants a little rest, incognito. Luckily, Joe Malone is on hand with his Superhero Hotel, designed to cater to everyone's needs. But with so many superpowers around and with so much time on their hands, things won't stay calm for long... High octane fun with a refreshing gender mix of superheroes, including the Afro-sporting, icebolt-firing, Ice Woman. Age 4-7, Paperback 29pp
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Talking Is Not My Thing

Talking Is Not My Thing

Ref: 16463

Brought to you by the creator of Me and My Sister (also on this website). Two siblings introduce us to their daily ups and downs- this time from the main perspective of the sister, who is also autistic. She doesn't chat much and she sometimes wishes she could switch her ears off from all that noise. But she also is a deft hand at using flashcards, happy bunny dancing and at the drawing-guessing games. Meantime, her brother is very good at guessing and at... finding lost bunnies. Great portrayal of a non-verbal neurodiverse character. 'Really nicely done. Shows equality between the siblings and I love the relationship and communication. Well balanced and doesn't engender pity. Just shows a different way of being' (Beth, Inclusive Minds Founder & Parent, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 3-7, Paperback 29pp
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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

by Mem Fox
illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Ref: 13415

Charming, rhyming text and glorious illustrations celebrate the diversity of babies from around the world. Age Birth-3, Boardbook, 36pp
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That's NOT How You Do It!

That's NOT How You Do It!

Ref: 14523

Lucy is pretty sure she knows it all. After all, everyone else comes to her for help. Lucy knows how to fold perfect stars, how to eat with a knife and fork... she's got it covered! Bu then Toshi arrives from "far away" with his chopsticks and his weird music and his yoga poses and his strange origami skills.Lucy is fit to burst with frustration- but then, a simple act of kindness opens her eyes and widens her horizons. An easy, simple tale about respect and 'difference'. 'What a lovely book- simply told but with such a powerful message and learning statement' (Elaine, Ed. Psychologist, Letterbox reviewer). Age 3-6, Paperback 27pp
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These Are My Senses: What Can I Feel?

These Are My Senses: What Can I Feel?

Ref: 14731

A puppy, bubbles gum and a cactus...soft, sticky and spiky! Bold photos of animated, expressive children's faces. An index, a mini picture glossary, teacher notes (including extension activities) and a quiz. It's all there! 'Lovely clear photos, simple text, multicultural' (Carey, Childminder, LL reviewer). Age 4-6, Paperback 21pp
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This Is Our House

This Is Our House

by Michael Rosen
illustrated by Bob Graham

Ref: 12059

"This house isn't for girls" begins George. In this charming story of discrimination overcome, a small group of friends find a way to include each other and share. Age 3-7, Paperback 26pp
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Tilly's At Home Holiday

Tilly's At Home Holiday

Ref: 15269

It is extremely rare to find children's books which represent families who aren't well off or which nod to socio-economic status at all. It is perfectly implied in this story as it presents a situation which a great many families will relate to. Tilly's school friends are all excited about the holidays they're taking with their families both at home and abroad, but her own (single parent) mum doesn't seem to have any such plans lined up...the suitcase is simply gathering dust, just as it always does... But then, Tilly's At Home Holiday begins and it is an absolute whirl of treats and adventures including breakfast in bed, fighting dragons (in the library), taking cover from ferocious beasties (in the local park), genie's lamps (at the market) and camping with blankies and hot cocoa (indoors). A lovely celebration of family, time spent together and, indeed, what a local neighbourhood can offer in the way of free entertainment! (Casual images of disabled characters included). Age 3-6, Paperback 29pp
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Together We Can!

Together We Can!

by Caryl Hart
illustrated by Ali Pye

Ref: 16002

"It's cool to be kind...saying sorry makes things better...happy cupcakes!". A giddily cheerful book about positive, healthy friendships from making friends to staying friends, from reaching out to the isolated to scratching your mate's ear for them...! A nice range of ethnicities, lots of independent child wheelchair users and some rarer disability images: children in hearing aid headbands and eye patches and children signing. 'A lovely book- lots of visual stimulation- brilliant illustrations with lots of opportunity to develop additional vocabulary and conversation in addition to the main message' (Elaine, Foster Care Associates Liaison Officer, LL reviewer). Wraparound celebratory end pages! Paperback 26pp, Age 3-6
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To Market! To Market!

To Market! To Market!

by Anushka Ravishankar
illustrated by Emanuele Scanziani

Ref: 12824

Sunday Times UK Children's Book of the Week "Tutti tutti tutti I'm a fruity kind of dish. Thumping Thumping Thumping I'm a jumping kind of fish". An exuberant tribute to the vibrancy of an Indian market by an author described as a pioneer of the nonsense rhyme genre. Word repetition, rhythm and rhyme- along with some of the finest illustrations around. A feast for the eyes and ears! Perfect for holding up. Age 4-8, Indian Import Paperback 22pp
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Tom's Sunflower

Tom's Sunflower

by Hilary Robinson
illustrated by Mandy Stanley

Ref: 14827

The children are busy turning the class into a bright sparkly theatre, inspired by Amber and Skye's travelling theatre lifestyle, since it's their turn for 'Show and Tell'. All the children muck in- except for quiet, tearful Hana, who has recently found out that her parents are splitting up. But Mr Davis is on hand with a comforting story which he shares with the class about another child whose parents separated, who came gradually to see that it wasn't his fault...a child who grew up strong and resilient and then grew all the way up to be...Mr Davis himself! Another spot-on, sensitive, gently humorous book for children from the Copper Tree series; makes you glow from the inside. Nice representation of Traveller children (Amber and Skye) and stars Barnie again (who wears a hearing aid). Age 4-7, Paperback 26pp
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Troll Stinks

Troll Stinks

by Jeanne Willis
illustrated by Tony Ross

Ref: 15655

Little Billy's parents say he is too old to have a mobile phone, but he finds the farmer's one and runs off with it! Before long, him and Cyril are taking selfies and making anonymous call. And then, Little Billy gets his best idea of all: '"I bet Troll's got an ugly mug - let's take a photograph! We'll post it on the Internet: The Foulest Face You'll See!" A very modern take on the Three Billy Goats Gruff with an eminently child-friendly, cautionary message about bullying through new technologies. 'Good book about cyber bullying, great pictures, good message for kids' (Isak, aged 8, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 23pp
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Two Giants

Two Giants

Ref: 14481

First published in 1967 by a (now) big name author, back as a brand new edition- and it hasn't dated at all! Two giants live in an idyllic world with a beautiful landscape and beautiful climate. And then one day, they both spot a pink shell- and both want to own it. An argument becomes a fight becomes rock-throwing...with consequences for their once perfect world. A seemingly uncomplicated tale which can be used to explore lots of very big themes connected with transitions and change: friendships broken and reformed, peace & conflict and even, very simply, the changing weather and seasons. Age 4-7, Paperback 29pp
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Up & Down: A Walk in the Countryside

Up & Down: A Walk in the Countryside

Ref: 15814

A charming introduction to opposites played out by two children tramping through a very British countryside. Up/down, near/far, spiky/soft, heavy/light (13 opposites are explored in all) are all demonstrated against a snowy landscape which stretches out from dawn to dusk and is animated by scurrying squirrels, flapping ducks, donkeys, foxes and ...bats! Age 1-3, Boardbook 12pp
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Up and Down Mum

Up and Down Mum

Ref: 16327

A child introduces her 'Up and Down Mum', both on top of the world and, sometimes, crushed by it; a fabulous, spaghetti-making Mum one day, a stay-in-bed Mum the next day; sometimes she is a brilliant, roaring make believe dragon and also, sometimes, she needs to go away somewhere quiet...on those days, Grandad comes to stay. A very clever, authentic book which spills over with the unconditional love of a child for her parent- and vice versa! Developed in consultation with families who have a parent with bipolar disorder and created in collaboration with The Wellcome Trust. Great backnotes on BPD. 'Strong on the positive relationship between child and parent. Includes themes of seeking help, managing a long term condition, changes in care/family arrangements which would be useful to a range of children/families' (Anna, Social Worker/Therapist/Disability Advisor/living with bipolar, reviewing for Letterbox Library). 'I think this book is great. We have a child at school who I know has expressed some of these feelings about her own mother who has BPD & this is the sort of book that would really support her, especially as it's 'real' about some of the aspects that the child finds difficult' (Edyta, Primary Teacher, Letterbox Library Reviewer). Age 4-7 Paperback 30pp
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Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream

Ref: 13886

The epic journey of one tiny bird transfigures itself into an epic discovery for a single toddler. A sparrow flits around a takeaway puri stand at a truck stop in India. It starts pecking at the rice bags on a truck which then drives off across paddy fields and into town to offload onto a liner which journeys south to a nameless, Western, city... where the bird flies out to dart around a toddler called Edie in a pram in a caf, which causes a dog to leap up which causes an ice cream cone to fly into Edie's lap who then makes the most momentous of discoveries: the taste of vanilla! The story ends with a gleeful portrait of a toddler covered in ice cream. This is trademark Bob Graham. There are minimal words and some pages are entirely wordless. A huge journey and a life changing moment are evoked primarily through a sequence of soft, watercolour illustrations, sometimes in full page spreads, sometimes following a comic book sequence of several boxed images to a page. The bird's eye views of shifting vistas are lovely. A fantastic read for children who enjoy big ideas but are hesitant around text-heavy books, preferring comic strips or graphic books. Ample opportunity to discuss cause and effect, unusual connections and the attention we should pay to the smallest of moments. Endorsed by Amnesty" because it reminds us that we should all enjoy life, freedom and safety". Age 4-7, Paperback 36pp
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The Very Last Castle

The Very Last Castle

by Travis Jonker
illustrated by Mark Pett

Ref: 15479

In praise of brining down walls and creating communities. A small town. Just like any other small town. Except, in the middle of it stands a castle. The very, very, very last castle. No one ever comes out. No one is allowed in. Who lives there? "Monsters", says Miss Wicks. "Giants", declares Alex. "Snakes", confirms grandpa. But Ibb is not so sure. Packing up her courage and her curiosity, she ventures across the drawbridge... Part mystery, part comedy and starring a mixed race lead. 'I really liked this book and the themes it addresses, i.e. overcoming fears, encouraging others to question their pre-judgements, welcoming new people' (Hannah, Social Worker, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, American Import Hardback 38pp
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Waiting for Baby

Waiting for Baby

Ref: 10327

Simple conversational text and lively illustrations explore the experience of a (mixed race) family waiting for a new baby. Great for encouraging discussion. Age Birth-2, Boardbook 12pp
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Want to Play Trucks?

Want to Play Trucks?

by Ann Stott
illustrated by Bob Graham

Ref: 15963

Without a doubt, one of our absolute favourite titles for challenging the restrictive stereotyping experienced by boys. The representation isn't new but that the delivery is really first class and wonderfully comic. Jack and Alex meet daily in the sandpit. Jack likes trucks, Alex prefers dolls. One day Alex suggests that they can compromise over their play by playing, "dolls that drive trucks". The deal is sealed- simply and without protest. Except there is a small matter of whether a full tutu will actually fit in the driver's seat... A joyful celebration of children's imaginative play unfettered by gender stereotypes and the universal appeal of ice cream. The humour in Graham's detailed illustrations is, as ever, an absolute delight. 'Much to teach children here in a very gentle way' (Eileen Former Primary Teacher, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 3-6, Paperback 26pp
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We All Have Different Families

We All Have Different Families

Ref: 12334

Big, crisp photos and positive, upbeat text celebrate our many, varying family structures! Great for exploring difference and diversity. Age 3-6, American Import Paperback 24pp
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Welcome

Welcome

Ref: 15262

A band of polar bear are happily playing about on the ice until- yikes! crack! -three bears float off on iceberg. As their tiny floating ice boat shrinks, they become more and more desperate for a safe place to land but with each passing island, they are rejected: the cows declare them too furry, the pandas say there are too many of them, the giraffes prefer to turn away... will they ever find sanctuary? A perfect book for introducing two topical themes to the very young: asylum and global warming. 'So important to have as much a range as possible of books that explore themes of displacement, exclusion, hospitality and social responsibility...a great conversation starter' (Farrah, Learning Programme Leader at Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, LL reviewer). 'A gentle and beautiful look at an important and topical theme' (Elena, Community Librarian, LL reviewer). Age 3-6, Paperback 24pp
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We're Going on a Lion Hunt

We're Going on a Lion Hunt

Ref: 14067

Two intrepid sisters set out on their adventure. Told in simple repeating text with plenty of sound words (squish, squelch, squish, squelch) a fun retelling of a traditional tale. Age 3-6, 28pp Paperback
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We're Going to Find the Monster!

We're Going to Find the Monster!

by Malorie Blackman
illustrated by Dapo Adeola

Ref: 16458

What a team! Former children's laureate and all-round-children's-literature superstar, Malorie Blackman, paired with recently appointed (Sep 2021) Booktrust artist-in-residence, Dapo Adeola. Armed with pilot goggles, saucepan helmet and a wooden spoon, Charlie and Eddie set off, boldly and brazenly, to unearth the monster from its lair. There are mountains to climb, oceans to traverse and nail biting encounters with foamy fiends, tummy-rumbling wolves and fierce tigers. A perfectly domestic, family adventure culminating in a breakfast of yummies and a mass tickle-pile-on! (Protagonist has vitiligo). Age 4-7, Paperback 29pp
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What a Wonderful World + Music CD

What a Wonderful World + Music CD

based on the song by B. Thiele & G. D. Weiss, as sung by Louis Armstrong
illustrated by Tim Hopgood

Ref: 15072

Based on the lyrics of the song made world-famous by Louis Armstrong. A child basks in the delights of the natural world and wonders at the magic of humanity. The illustrator was inspired to do this book by a memory of learning the song while he was at school. Comes with a CD with the song performed by Armstrong himself. 'What a joyful and beautifully illustrated book' (Carey, Childminder, Letterbox Library reviewer.) Age 2-7, Paperback + CD 28pp
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What Can I Feel?

What Can I Feel?

Ref: 11722

Original little senses books with imaginative text and playful scenes. Age Birth-2, Boardbook 10pp.
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What Can I Hear?

What Can I Hear?

Ref: 11685

Original little senses books with imaginative text and playful scenes. Age Birth-2, Boardbook 10pp.
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What Can I See?

What Can I See?

Ref: 11689

Original little senses books with imaginative text and playful scenes. Age Birth-2, Boardbook 10pp.
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What Can I Smell?

What Can I Smell?

Ref: 0111

Original little senses books with imaginative text and playful scenes. Age Birth-2. Boardbook 10pp
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What Can I Taste?

What Can I Taste?

Ref: 12709

Original little senses books with imaginative text and playful scenes. Age Birth-2
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What I Like: The Seaside

What I Like: The Seaside

Ref: 13126

A series of books that introduce first concepts in a friendly and engaging way. Using simple words and colourful photographs, this book helps young children find out about a day at the seaside. A perfect way to explore and discuss a child's world, the text is ideal for sharing or reading out loud. Notes for parents or caregivers are also included. Age 4-6, Hardback 23pp
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What I Like: Where I Live

What I Like: Where I Live

Ref: 13901

The simplest of words and brightest of photos encourage young children to look at and appreciate their local area, community and neighbourhood, from the local shops to, of course, the local library (for those who still have one!). A nice little hardback resource with notes for carers and teachers. Age 3-5, Paperback 23pp
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What Makes a Baby

What Makes a Baby

by Cory Silverberg
illustrated by Fiona Smyth

Ref: 14614

This book is honestly worth the price, by doing exactly what it promises on the cover: "A book for every kind of family and every kind of kid". This exceptionally clever picture book sets out to explain to young children how babies are made, answering all those usual questions, but through an explanation which promotes a shared humanity by affirming every type of conception. As such, there is no gendered terminology in the book. So, for example: "When grown ups want to make a baby they need to get an egg from one body and sperm from another body. They also need a place where the baby can grow". The language is specific and accurate in the facts about conception but avoids any specifics which might narrow down how the baby was conceived. And so, this books can be used for children created in every sort of way and within all sorts of families, making it a real celebration of humankind. On top of all of that, the author has included a downloadable reader's guide for parents. 'Love the rainbow colours of people! Brilliant. Very inclusive. No binary gender language at all- nobody is excluded!' (June, Parent, LL reviewer). 'Lovely, colourful book. Bold colours. Good storyline explains in a simple way how babies are created and delivered. Very inclusive. Diversity all the way through!' (Ann Marie, EY Safeguarding Consultant, LL reviewer). Age 3-7, Hardback 34pp
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What the Jackdaw Saw

What the Jackdaw Saw

by Julia Donaldson
illustrated by Nick Sharratt

Ref: 13816

A lively jackdaw swoops over different landscapes-sea, woodland, fields and town- inviting all sorts of related animals-octopi, piglets and ferrets- to his party...but no one seems to understand him! What's going on? A clever rhyming, rhythmic book about friendship, with some BSL signs to learn along the way! Written by a former Children's Laureate (who herself has a hearing impairment) and with deaf children via the charity Life & Deaf. Comes with a CD which has the story read aloud alongside a British Sign Language video. Age 2-5, Paperback 26pp
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Wheel at Work: Construction

Wheel at Work: Construction

Ref: 15077

Concrete mixers, bulldozers, crane lorries, diggers and tippers! Lift the robust, fold-out, flaps to reveal the tasks carried out by each of these huge machines. Unusually, both men and women get to go in the drivers' seats. 'Sturdy book with flaps which extend the story/information. Introduces simple vocabulary of various vehicles. Attractive cover' (Maggie, Former Early Years Adviser, Letterbox Libary reviewer.) Age 1-3, Boardbook 10pp
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Wheel at Work: Farm

Wheel at Work: Farm

Ref: 15081

A tractor, horse box, bale lifter, quad bike and four wheel drive- driven by both men and women. Fold out the hard-wearing flaps to see these vehicles carrying out essential farm tasks like collecting cabbages, moving chickens around... Good diversity of male and female characters, different ethnicities... Nice big flaps and simple statements' (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, Letterbox Library reviewer). [Includes a driver with a hearing aid and one with a facial mark]. Age 1-3, Boardbook 10pp
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Where Are You, Sun Bear?

Where Are You, Sun Bear?

by Eun-mi Choi; retold by Joy Cowley
illustrated by Seong-bin Noh

Ref: 13941

An intrepid child sets out to find the sun bear within a forest landscape threatened by the destruction wreaked by human beings. A unique story set amongst the Iban tribe in 'Asia's Amazon', a dense forest in Malaysia. Interweaves an important environmental tale with indigenous storytelling and mythology incorporating forest fairies and a display of Amazonian wildlife (hornbills, tapirs, etc.) Truly excellent backnotes on Malaysia and the wider environmental context. A perfect schools resource. 'Worth buying for the amazing illustrations alone' (Maggie, EY Advisory Teacher, Letterbox reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 30pp
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Where Did You Go Today?

Where Did You Go Today?

Ref: 16115

A day in the park (with a male carer) becomes a seamless journey in to other worlds- the slide swooshes a child down a snowy mountain slope; a roundabout swirls her a distant island; a zip wire speeds her into a jungle. A perfect tribute to imaginative play. 'It will encourage vocabulary and imagination and inventiveness. A simple book which lends itself to sharing ideas and activities. My granddaughter loved it- she flew over the trees many, many times!' ((Elaine, Foster Care Associates Liaison Officer, LL reviewer) (Suggested single parent/separated parents family- day out at park is with a male carer who brings the child back to a female adult; 'casual', secondary character, disability images including hearing aid + wheelchair users). Age 2-5, Paperback 30pp
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Whose Tools?

Whose Tools?

by Toni Buzzeo
illustrated by jim Datz

Ref: 14918

For the tool-obsessed toddlers in your life, this satisfyingly chunky boardbook shows a house being built from scratch with every conceivable tool used along the way: a float and chisel for making a smooth cement foundation; saws and levellers to construct the frames; pipe wrenches and cutters for the plumbing system; roller trays and brushes for the final interior dcor etc. As the house is built, different professions are introduced, such as carpenters/ roofers/ electricians, with an even representation of women in the roles. A brilliantly interactive book with a rhyming text, chatty questions, board flaps to open out, speech bubbles, highlighted words and a back cover listing all of the 24 tools used! Smashing fun. 'Great story of house being built, introducing appropriate vocabulary. Especially great to see women in active roles' (Maggie, Former EY Adviser, LL reviewer). Age 2-5, Boardbook 16pp
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Will There Be a Lap for Me?

Will There Be a Lap for Me?

by Dorothy Corey
illustrated by Nancy Poydar

Ref: 10456

Kyle has a special place on Mother's lap. But a new baby is on the way... Mum's tummy gets bigger and her lap gets smaller. Will there still be a lap for Kyle? Gentle and reassuring. Age 3-6, American Import Paperback 21pp
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Will You Be My Friend?

Will You Be My Friend?

by Molly Potter
illustrated by Sarah Jennings

Ref: 16202

An information book headed up with titles such as 'What is a friend?', 'Nice things you could say to a friend', 'What makes a good friend?' Simple text, speech bubbles, a guide for adults and... a Friendship Quiz! Packed with ideas for buddy-making skills and then nurturing new friendships. Encourages active listening, empathy, negotiating, sharing, saying sorry. With bright and inclusive illustrations throughout (including representations of wheelchair and hearing aid users). 'Positive message, good way to explain pros and cons of being friends to younger ages. Lovely vibrant illustrations- multicultural and inclusive' (Nicole, Teen LL reviewer). 'Cheerful illustrations with many, many examples of friendship and how to value and develop them' (Maggie, EY Advisory Teacher, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Hardback 29pp
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Wind

Wind

Ref: 13975

A group of toddlers enjoy the wind as it tickles and ruffles and swooshes and howls and then, finally, ever so gently, sighs. Nice little sound effects and a joyful tribute to outdoor imaginative play. A delightful, multicultural series which also has images of disability (in this case we see a child with Down syndrome and a child wearing a hearing aid). See also Rain, Snow and Sun in the same series. Age 1-3, Boardbook 10pp
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Wonderful Words

Wonderful Words

Ref: 15831

A positive encyclopaedia of words! Meet, Mum, Dad, Maya, Sam, Grandpa, Zanzibar the cat and Crunchy the crocodile. A busy (mixed race white/Asian) extended family introduce readers to their home and wider environment, incorporating key vocabulary as well as more elaborate language. Words for foods, shops, common household objects, occupations, feelings and even...fairytale characters. Multicultural and with plenty of 'casual' disability images in scenes showing the wider environment. 'Wow. So much to look at. Had fun looking for the crocodile in every picture. Inclusive, fun, extending' (Rosalind, Workforce Dev. Officer, Letterbox Library reviewer). 'I like the fantastic pictures. I also like a lot of the words' (Vuso, aged 8, young Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 4-7, Hardback 45pp
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The Worst Princess

The Worst Princess

by Anna Kemp
illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

Ref: 12738

Forget about pretty dresses, fairytale weddings and grand balls; Princess Sue is all about adventure, mischief, and making unusual friends. Great stuff! Age 4-7, Paperback 29pp
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Year of the Jungle: Memories of the Home Front

Year of the Jungle: Memories of the Home Front

by Suzanne Collins
illustrated by James Proimos

Ref: 13335

"My dad has to go to something called a war. He will be gone a year. How long is a year?" The author of The Hunger Games turns her hand to a deeply moving story from a child's perspective as her father goes to war. Child-friendly illustrations bring a delicate lightness of touch. 'Deceptively simple text conveys much unsaid but deeply felt' (Eileen, Former Teacher, LL reviewer). 'Brilliant in so many ways' (Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Hardback 38pp
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Yokki and the Parno Gry

Yokki and the Parno Gry

by Richard ONeill & Katharine Quarmby
illustrated by Marieke Nelissen

Ref: 16299

A lovely story embracing a Traveller family's life, the rhythms of their work, fairs and journeys, all in harmony with the passing seasons. When times are lean, the young Yokki is there to bring cheer to his community through fireside stories of the mythical, gleaming white, horse, the Parno Gry. Some welcome insight into one Traveller community's life, told by a Romani storyteller (O'Neill), wrapped up in a wonderful folk story- a scattering of authentic dialect (see inside page for glossary) just completes it. 'A story told with warmth with beautiful illustrations...subtle themes of the challenges Romani people face and how technology affects their way of life' (Darren,Teacher & Higher Ed. Tutor, LL reviewer). 'Really liked the descriptions of family life and also the discussion of challenges of lack of employment, finding suitable land etc.' (Hannah, Social Worker, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 28pp
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Zeki Gets a Checkup

Zeki Gets a Checkup

by Anna McQuinn
illustrated by Ruth Hearson

Ref: 15340

Zeki stars in his 3rd picture book (see Zeki Loves Baby Club and Zeki Can Swim) and how he has grown! He can drink from his own cup now, get Spag Bol all round his own face and engage in independent play, including his very own boogie wiggle. But today is the day of his full check up, so it is time to show off all of his new skills to the doctor and receive his own MOT, toddler-style! A very reassuring and thoroughly realistic book which goes through all of the medical checks a toddler will face- from eye checks to immunisation jabs- and, of course, the ultimate reward: a sticker and a book to take back home. Another very successful outing for the never-gets-any-less-cute Zeki and his dad. 'Delightful in every way. Familiar scenarios for children to identify with on every page. Wonderful illustrations with so much to discuss' (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, Letterbox reviewer). 'A lovely book about a visit to the clinic. Great to see dad taking child. Very positive, focusing on all the things Zeki can do. Fun illustrations' (Rosalind, Workforce dev. Officer, Letterbox reviewer). Age Birth to 3 Card pages 20pp
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Zeki Loves Baby Club

Zeki Loves Baby Club

by Anna McQuinn
illustrated by Ruth Hearson

Ref: 13374

Lulu's brother, Zeki, stars in his very own story! Zeki loves Wednesdays. Wednesdays are Baby Club days which means singing the happy song and the stretchy song, wiggling and zooooooommming, making friends and cuddling. A super-bubbly and joyful parent and baby group, portrayed through warm illustrations which bounce with primary colours. Includes fabulous extension activities: the words to lots of baby time songs (If You're Happy, Peek a Boo!, Shake the Sillies); notes for carers about reading and language acquisition; a host of online resources such as videos featuring singstar babies and audio tracks at www.alannabooks.com- (scroll to 'Zeki's Baby Club'). Age Birth to 3, Card Pages 23pp
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