Key Stage 1 (5-7yrs)

10 Things I Can Do to Help My World

10 Things I Can Do to Help My World

Ref: 9731

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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#Goldilocks: A Hashtag Cautionary Tale

#Goldilocks: A Hashtag Cautionary Tale

by Jeanne Willis
illustrated by Tony Ross

Ref: 16187

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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15 Things Not to Do With a Baby

15 Things Not to Do With a Baby

by Margaret McAllister
illustrated by Holly Sterling

Ref: 13923

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: 15753

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: 15822

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: 14326

"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 Farmer's Life + music/animation CD

A Farmer's Life + music/animation CD

by Jan Dobbins
illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith, sung by The Flannery Brothers

Ref: 13157

"1, 2, 3, it's a farmer's life for me!" A group of children muck out on a farm collecting eggs, counting lambs, picking cherries and raking hay. "Upbeat, jovial text" (EY Adviser, LL reviewer); "great to see girls and women farming & male farmer baking" (LL staff). Great outdoors rhyming fun, backnotes on working farms and a watch and sing along CD. Age 3-6, Paperback + CD 22pp
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A Great Big Cuddle

A Great Big Cuddle

by Michael Rosen
illustrated by Chris Riddell

Ref: 14608

"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: 15477

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 Sorts to Make a World

All Sorts to Make a World

by John Agard
illustrated by Michael Broad

Ref: 14200

Shona and her Dad have enjoyed their trip to the Natural History Museum, especially the display of Lucy, a 3.2-million-old skeleton found in Ethiopia. But things go a little awry on the way back home... Stuck a tube in a tunnel, all Shona can do is try to enjoy the company of Tattoo Fellow, Pinstripe Man, Kindle Woman and her Dad's spooky jumbie tales. A funny and super-silly celebration of our diverse capital city and its quirky residents. By an acclaimed poet and playwright (Agard received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2012). Age 7-11 Paperback 49pp
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Always and Forever

Always and Forever

by Alan Durant
illustrated by Debi Gliori

Ref: 13767

In their hearts and their memories and their laughter. Fox was still there...always and forever. A moving portrayal of bereavement, grief and healing. Age 4-7, Paperback 26pp
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Amazing

Amazing

Ref: 15628

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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The Ammuchi Puchi

The Ammuchi Puchi

by Sharanya Manivannan
illustrated by Nerina Canzi

Ref: 15377

"Ammuchi's mouth was always stained with betelnut juice, so she looked like she had been drinking blood. When she laughed, her teeth looked like she had brushed them with chilli powder. Ammuchi laughed a lot". Aditya and Anjali adore their rather off-beat grandmother, Ammuchi; they especially like listening to her magical ghost stories. When grandma dies, the family is bereft. But then, in the middle of their mourning, a mysterious orange butterfly begins to make a regular appearance, fluttering on Anjali's nose, dropping gentle kisses on her face... Anjali swears the butterfly is her grandma come back with an important message for them. A magical, soothing story by an Indian author with illustrations so bright they seem to have drained the entire colour palette! 'Such a lovely story. I like the implicit acceptance of death and sadness but the richness of memory' (Eileen, Former Teacher, LL reviewer). 'Stunning and vibrant illustrations and a wonderful story' (Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager, LL reviewer). Age 6-9 Paperback 29pp.
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Anna Hibiscus

Anna Hibiscus

by Atinuke
illustrated by Lauren Tobia

Ref: 13785

Anna lives in Africa. Amazing Africa. Beautifully written and charmingly illustrated stories by a Nigerian author about a contemporary, urban, fun-filled little girl. Delightful. Age 7-10, Paperback 103pp
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And Tango Makes Three

And Tango Makes Three

by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
illustrated by Henry Cole

Ref: 10518

'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: 10520

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: 12163

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: 10521

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: 15866

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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Azzi In Between

Azzi In Between

Ref: 12631

Winner Little Rebels Award 2013 A smashing, Amnesty-endorsed, story of a family's escape from war and their journey to a strange new country (probably the UK). Realistic and positive. Told in a super child-friendly, comic-style, format. Age 7-11, Paperback 36pp
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Baby Goes to Market

Baby Goes to Market

by Atinuke
illustrated by Angela Brooksbank

Ref: 15806

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: 15085

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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Ballerina Dreams: A True Story

Ballerina Dreams: A True Story

by Michaela & Elaine DePrince
illustrated by Ella Okstad

Ref: 15047

The younger-reader edition of Michaela DePrince's highly moving memoir, Hope in a Ballet Shoe. DePrince is a Sierra Leonean-American professional ballet dancer. Brought up in an orphanage in Sierra Leone during the civil war and then, aged 4, adopted by an American Jewish couple, DePrince became one of America's most eminent ballerinas, winning awards and attracting media attention around the world. This early reader biography, written by DePrince and her adoptive mother, manages to convey this extraordinary story in the most child-friendly of ways while never glossing over the essential facts. Warm and bright illustrations (the ones of a young DePrince doing grand jet leaps in a fluffy tutu are joyful!) and a straightforward text which also introduces lots of interesting dancing terms. 'This is such a lovely little book; it rings with a quiet truth' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). 'I love this book. It has everything in it- truth, purpose, pain, determination, hard work and triumph. Inspiring on every page!' (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, LL reviewer). An incredible role model, named one of The Times' 'Top 25 Under 20' and one of Elle UK's 'Top 30 Under 30' in 2014. Age 6-9, Paperback 63pp
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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: 14628

"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: 14856

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: 16322

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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Big Bully and M-Me

Big Bully and M-Me

by Arti Sonthalia
illustrated by Sebin Simon

Ref: 16278

Krish has been tasked with giving a speech in class. But, the challenge feels mountainous. Not just because of his stammer but because he has been paired up with Ishaan the Big Bully. From an South-Indian-based publisher, Duckbill, set up by Anushka Ravishankar and Sayoni Basu. Short accessible chapters this also comes with a nifty, large, thumb-sized hole punched in to the top right corner, perfect for a young reader to grab on to and claim as their own. 'Children will empathise with this story of bullying and Krish who stammers, This would be a good story to start a discussion in class' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). Age 7-10, Paperback 65pp
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Billy and the Dragon

Billy and the Dragon

Ref: 15853

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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Black Dog

Black Dog

Ref: 12246

Shortlist Kate Greenaway Medal 2013 A gorgeously illustrated and original read-aloud about a family called Hope and a Black Dog who is fearfully scary or insignificantly puppy-like depending on how you look at the world...Age 6-9, Paperback 25pp
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The Boy Who Lost His Bumble

The Boy Who Lost His Bumble

Ref: 13821

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: 16029

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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Brodie

Brodie

by Joy Cowley
illustrated by Chris Mousdale

Ref: 14276

"We all knew that Brodie was sick, but we thought he'd get better". So begins this story about the loss of a classmate. Brodie was an expert ear wiggler; he knew how to make fantastic farty noises; he had dreams of being a pilot; he liked to say "awesome stupendous". He often had stays in hospital and at these times his classmates would send him cards. But one day, the children are told that Brodie has died- and this time, they're invited to make cards for his parents. An award-winning book made at the request of teachers seeking bereavement books for younger children who have lost a classmate. Expertly done. 'Really lovely book. Sensitively done and not at all preachy. Most importantly it allows for a range of feelings; all valid' (Deborah, EY Education Lecturer, Letterbox Library reviewer). 'A wonderful book' (Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager, LL reviewer). Age 5-9, Paperback 33pp
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Celebrate Diwali

Celebrate Diwali

Ref: 10586

A global photographic feast from National Geographic with a celebratory text and detailed back notes. 'Sumptuous photographs- they just glow and hum off the page!' (Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). Age 7-10, American Import Paperbacks 30pp
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Celebrate Ramadan & Eid Al-Fitr

Celebrate Ramadan & Eid Al-Fitr

Ref: 10588

Global photographic feasts from National Geographic with a celebratory text and detailed back notes. 'Sumptuous photographs- they just glow and hum off the page!' (Former Teacher, LL reviewer). Age 7-10, American Import Paperback 31pp
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Charlie and Mouse

Charlie and Mouse

by Laurel Snyder
illustrated by Emily Hughes

Ref: 16288

A highly (full-colour) illustrated book perfect for children bridging picture books and fiction/chapter books. Four mini stories/chapters featuring the extremely endearing brothers, Charlie and Mouse. In the first two, they task themselves with arranging a neighbourhood party in the playground- Mouse puts on his teeny boppers, pink tutu and pointy cowboy boots; Charlie dons his wizard's hat and cape and...off they set! As they make their way through the neighbourhood, they pick up a merry band of children. Wonderfully upbeat and cheerful, full of rich and comic dialogue. Effortlessly inclusive with gentle challenges to gender stereotypes and starring mixed race protagonists within a racially diverse neighbourhood (plus background secondary characters, couple Mr Erik and Mr Michael, in the story 'Rocks'). Age 5-8, Paperback 36pp
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Chicken Clicking

Chicken Clicking

by Jeanne Willis
illustrated by Tony Ross

Ref: 14702

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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Chicken in the Kitchen

Chicken in the Kitchen

by Nnedi Okorafor
illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini

Ref: 13927

An adventure story set around the New Yam Festival which introduces West African masquerade culture, a wise Wood Wit, an enormous chicken and...the language of Chickenese! Fantastic to see urban Nigeria evoked as modern and vibrant. 'Amazing illustrations. It's educated me about wood wit and new yam' (Maggie, EY Advisory Teacher, Letterbox reviewer) 'Children will love this- a giant chicken...embodied in wonderful illustrations' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, Letterbox reviewer). See the publisher's website for free educational resources associated with this text: www.lantanapublishing.com (nb: author born in the US to Nigerian parents). Age 4-7, Paperback 29pp
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Child of St Kilda

Child of St Kilda

Ref: 15743

"This is the story of a little boy called Norman John Gillies. He was born in 1925 on Hirta..." And so begins the story of the last child ever to be born on St Kilda, a small group of distant Scottish islands referred to as "islands on the edge of the world." An otherworldly place with just one street and 16 cottages and no electricity or shops. A place rich with sea birds and wildlife from primitive oversized field mice to basking sharks. St Kilda- now a dual World Heritage Site- was inhabited for 4,000 years until 1930 when the 36 remaining islanders asked to be moved to the British mainland. During that time, life on St Kilda was an extraordinary story of a close knit community living together amongst harsh conditions, with their own parliament, with barely any experience of crime and with little regard for money- rent was paid for in feathers, oil and tweed! A fantastic little afterword and backnotes give further context. The presentation of this island life is executed through extraordinary illustrations bound into a book which feels luxurious in its care and detail - from the front cover silver gannet trim to the endpaper flow of watercolour borders to the inside page 'sweeps' of muted blues and burnt oranges with grey blurs and etchings to evoke the unforgiving Atlantic environment. A study in illustration (this artist works through layering and with print techniques, mono-prints finished with digital edits); a geographical adventure of landforms, climate, oceans and weathers; a multilayered narrative about the environment, vanishing communities, evolution, preservation; a story of kinship, care, community and resilience. Few children's books offer such cross-curricular leaps and bounds- and this one is additionally delightful for delivering non-fiction through engaging storytelling. A real triumph for our reviewers: 'What an amazing book- very evocative' (Elaine, Foster Care Associates Liaison Officer, LL reviewer); 'Wow. I loved this book! What an incredible and detailed account of the self-contained yet connected culture of island life' (Hannah, Social Worker, LL reviewer). Age 7-12, Hardback 68pp
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Choices, Choices...

Choices, Choices...

by Dawne Allette
illustrated by Paul Cemmick

Ref: 10553

"Full of affirmation and aspiration, this book gently encourages children to have dreams and to aim as high as their dreams will float them! Crucially, gender is no barrier. Dexter is equally thrilled by all the choices on offer in his head -food critic, astronomer, marine biologist, clothes designer. Bold, cartoon illustrations, snappy text and a great sense of play and fun really lift these books out of the usual 'occupations' books for children." "The message that 'I can be anything' in these books is great whether the child is male, female or 'likes pink'! All children will enjoy the humour and excitement that unfolds in these pages and open young children's minds to the view that gender is no barrier to any profession." (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, LL reviewer ) Age 6-8, Paperback 27pp
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Holidays & Festivals: Christmas

Holidays & Festivals: Christmas

Ref: 11871

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 Climbers

The Climbers

by Ali Standish
illustrated by Alette Straathof

Ref: 16181

Alma lives in a small town bordering the forest, surrounded by rumours of what lies beyond, including the most fearsome beasts. Undaunted, she ventures out, befriending a terrified bear cub and, eventually, coming together with other children and animals seeking freedom in a world of scared, prejudice-filled adults. Some wonderful material on the displacement of communities, human encroachments on rural landscapes, adult terrors of 'outsiders' and, triumphing over this, the wisdom, clear-sightedness and fairness of children. 'I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to people who like animals' (Isak, aged 8, Letterbox Library reviewer). A highly illustrated fiction book, perfect for emerging solo readers, bridging picture books and first chapter books. Age 5-8, Hardback 84pp
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The Cloud

The Cloud

Ref: 10555

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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The Colour Thief

The Colour Thief

by Andrew Fusek Peters & Polly Peters
illustrated by Karin Littlewood

Ref: 14157

One of Letterbox Library's favourite illustrators joins forces with the very popular Peters team. "My Dad's life was full of colour. ..But one day, Dad was full up with sadness, all the way to the top. He said his sky had turned grey." A child's perspective of their parent's depression as it threatens to take over. This excellent description of mental health problems also brilliantly captures a child's anxiety, loneliness and their overwhelming guilt when faced with a parent in pain. Enhanced by evocative language ("Months were stretchy like chewing gum...") and Karin's wonderfully expressive illustrations, this is a hugely empathetic and sensitive treatment of an adult's struggle with and recovery from a period of depression- with a concerned child looking on. 'Very sensitively handled- some great figurative language' (Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager, Letterbox Library reviewer). 'Much needed. Positive/reassuring resolution. Great illustrations.' (Rosalind, Workforce Dev. Commissioning Officer, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 6-9, Paperback 24pp Themes: Mental Health, Families
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The Copper Tree

The Copper Tree

by Hilary Robinson
illustrated by Mandy Stanley

Ref: 14823

When Mr Banks tells the children that Miss Evans is unwell, they all get together to make her a giant Get Well card. She, in turn, manages to attend their school play, even though she is quite weak, turning up in a wheelchair and with her head covered by a sparkly scarf (suggesting chemotherapy). When Mr Banks finally tells the class that Miss Evans has died, we see the children encouraged to explore their different feelings and to share their very best memories of Miss Evans- ultimately immortalised in a home made copper tree, installed by the caretaker in the entrance hall, with leaves for memories made by the children. A difficult subject treated with a great lightness of touch. Both the illustrations and text are full of warmth, comfort and even, a gentle humour. 'This book made me cry and chuckle. Moving and caring. Opens the door to questions and discussion in a sensitive and thoughtful way' (Rosalind, Workforce Dev. Officer, LL reviewer). 'What a wonderfully sensitive book. It was also so practical and contained a wonderful idea which could be copied. It feels warm and safe' (Elaine, Foster Care Associates Liaison Officer, LL reviewer). 'A very powerful and moving book which shows the value and importance of good teachers in children's lives. Very gentle and inspiring' (Cariad, Theatre Lecturer, LL reviewer) (n.b.: one of the children, Barnie, wears a hearing aid). Age 4-7, Paperback 26pp
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The Crow's Tale

The Crow's Tale

Ref: 15343

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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Dare

Dare

by Lorna Gutierrez
by Polly Noakes

Ref: 16090

"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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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: 15569

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: 16307

"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: 14090

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: 14091

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: 14092

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: 14093

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: 14094

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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Desmond and the Very Mean Word

Desmond and the Very Mean Word

by Archbishop Desmond Tutu & D. C. Abrams
illustrated by A.G. Ford

Ref: 12673

A wonderfully thoughtful story about bullying, friendship and the freedom of forgiveness, based on a real episode from Archbishop Tutu's childhood. Set in South Africa. Dreamy illustrations. Age 6-9, Hardback 29pp
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The Dinner of Smells

The Dinner of Smells

by Humaira Rashid
illustrated by Jamie Lenman

Ref: 12529

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: 14816

"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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Holiday & Festivals: Divali

Holiday & Festivals: Divali

Ref: 12327

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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Dogs Don't Do Ballet

Dogs Don't Do Ballet

by Anna Kemp
illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

Ref: 14410

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: 14797

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: 11990

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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Dream to Win: Nicola Adams

Dream to Win: Nicola Adams

by Roy Apps
illustrated by Chris King

Ref: 14877

A highly readable, snappy, biography about a hugely likeable and impressive athlete. Discover Adams' early days and the many challenges she faced in fulfilling her ambitions, including her parents' break up, her mum's meningitis (meaning Adams was a young carer for a time) and sexism within the world of boxing...all hefty challenges which Adams overcame to become Britain's top amateur champion, the first women's boxing gold medalist in the history of the Olympic games (London, 2012!) and the winner of the first-ever women's boxing Commonwealth gold (Scotland, 2014.) 'Nice challenge all the way through of what girls can and can't do. Really interesting portrayal of her journey and the challenges she faced- money, mum's illness, gender, injury etc.' (Hannah, Social Worker, LL reviewer). Includes a useful Fact File at the back and a timeline of Adams' medals. Age 7-12, Paperback 47pp Themes: Black History
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Dream to Win: Usain Bolt

Dream to Win: Usain Bolt

by Roy Apps
illustrated by Chris King

Ref: 14887

Another clear, well-written, up tempo, biography in the Dream to Win series. Does this superhero really need any further introduction? A legend, a mammoth of a hero! 'The man of the moment! A simple factual background' (Eileen, Former Primary teacher, LL reviewer).'I liked this book it was very interesting and a good book' (Vuso, aged 8, young LL reviewer). A good little Fact File at the back and a timeline of Bolt's medals. Age 7-12, Paperback 47pp Themes: Black History
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Each Kindness

Each Kindness

by Jacqueline Woodson
illustrated by E. B. Lewis

Ref: 12612

New girl, Maya, looks different in her ragged hand-me-downs and she's always left playing on her own. A wise, thoughtful, everyday story about exclusion & kindness. An award-winning team and one of the most moving picture books we have seen. Age 5-8, American Import Hardback 30pp
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Elephant in My Kitchen

Elephant in My Kitchen

by Smiti Halls
illustrated by Ella Okstad

Ref: 16133

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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Equal To Everything: Judge Brenda and the Supreme Court

Equal To Everything: Judge Brenda and the Supreme Court

by Afua Hirsch
illustrated by Henny Beaumont

Ref: 15929

You may well have heard of Judge Brenda in the context of the Supreme Court's ruling back in September 2019 in which Boris Johnson's proroguing of parliament was found to be unlawful. You may also have seen the extensive media coverage of Judge Brenda's... brooches! (most notoriously an exceptionally large arachnid as she read out said ruling). But did you know that Judge Brenda was the first woman to become a Law Commissioner? And the first ever woman to be a judge in the UK's Supreme Court (remaining so until 2017- there are now 3)? And the first woman to be made President of the Supreme Court? If that record isn't grand and inspiring enough for the children in your life, then they might well enjoy hearing about her legislative roles in the fight for equal pay and the pivotal part she played in writing the Children Act 1989 which placed children's safety and happiness at the centre of child welfare decisions. (N.B.: she was also a celebrity judge on MasterChef 2018!) A truly rousing narrative and with a fabulous narrative perspective- the Supreme Court and Judge Hale are introduced through the keen voice of Ama on her trip with Class 3 from Richmond, Yorkshire to London's centre. Perhaps where this book triumphs most is in getting children to imagine themselves as the judges of the future- the final image of 12 members of Class 3 (including children from a range of faiths, ethnicities and a wheelchair user), now all grown up, poised in their judges' regalia, contrasts exquisitely with the earlier portrait of the current Supreme Court: all white; mostly male. As the book's publicity material says: "depicts a positive and aspirational vision of the Supreme Court for the future". There is so much for a classroom to exploit in this book; includes extension notes and archive pics at the back. Rhyming couplets and Beaumont's vibrant splashes of watercolour keep the text super-animated and engaging. Published by the Legal Action Group and written by a former barrister. Favourite illustrations: Judge Brenda in full gown and wig, gloved up in a boxing ring; a Black Rosie Riveter placard blazing out from a sea of women protestors. ['Casual' inclusion of a Black protagonist, multicultural characters and a child who is a wheelchair user]. Age 6-9, Hardback 34pp
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Errol's Garden

Errol's Garden

Ref: 15492

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 Angry!

Everybody Feels Angry!

by Moira Butterfield
illustrated by Holly Sterling

Ref: 14073

Sophie's little brother has scribbled over her drawing and Ethan's brother has eaten his special chocolate bar from Gran. They are both furious and fit to burst! How can they deal with their feelings? Part of a lovely new series with fresh and colourful artwork which shows two children's separate stories, describes their emotions, has the two come together to talk about their feelings and then shows each child putting into action some positive coping strategies and resolutions. 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 Happy!

Everybody Feels Happy!

by Moira Butterfield
illustrated by Holly Sterling

Ref: 14074

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: 14075

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: 15589

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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Excuses, Excuses

Excuses, Excuses

by Anushka Ravishankar
illustrated by Gabrielle Manglou

Ref: 12813

"Late again! What is it now? Chased by a lion? Kicked by a cow?" Meet Neel, a well-meaning and capricious rule-breaker. Superb rhyming nonsense by India's best-loved children's poet, accompanied by perfectly zany artwork. Age 6-8, Indian Import Hardback 46pp
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Families & their Faiths: Buddhism in Thailand

Families & their Faiths: Buddhism in Thailand

by F. Hawker & S. Phusomsai
photos by Bruce Campbell

Ref: 14760

A Thai man talks proudly about his 8-year-old grandson, Baan, as he learns about the local Buddhist monks and then decides to become a monk himself. Fantastic photos follow Baan as he searches out a lotus leaf, gets his head shaved, dresses in white, attends his initiation ceremony and then spends time learning at the monastery. A chatty, informal text tells Baan's story while extensive back notes on each page fill out the details of this faith's customs and practises so that practitioners can elaborate confidently. Age 5-8, Paperback 28pp
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Families & their Faiths: Sikhism in India

Families & their Faiths: Sikhism in India

by F. Hawker & M. Kaur Bhatia
photos by Bruce Campbell

Ref: 14763

A Punjabi woman introduces us to her 10-year-old granddaughter, Pulkit, and in doing so, introduces the reader to some of the main tenets and practises of Sikhism- from prayers to singing kirtan hymns to making marigold garlands to the celebration of Guru Nanak's birthday in the local Gudwara. A chatty, informal text and brilliant photographs capture Pulkit's family and religious life while extensive back notes on each page fill out the details of this faith's customs and practises so as practitioners can elaborate confidently. Age 5-8, Paperback 28pp
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The Family Book

The Family Book

Ref: 14688

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: 14755

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: 13931

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: 13932

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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Fearless: The Story of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Fearless: The Story of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Ref: 16075

The true story of Daphne Caruana Galizia. From a very young age, Daphne led a life of passionate resistance and truth-telling. As a journalist, blogger and activist, she uncovered corruption at the highest level in Maltese politics. In 2017 she was assassinated. Award winning illustrator (Maltese but lives in London) Gattaldo has achieved that rare feat in children's literature: turning hard-hitting and complex material- freedom of speech, protest, justice, fake news- into a wholly age-appropriate and child-friendly narrative. The text is sparse and accessible; the minimal palette illustrations, which bleed and sweep autumnal colours across the pages , are satisfyingly heavy with symbolism and storytelling in their own right. It feels like a real gift to have this extraordinary activist's life translated for our youngest minds. Thank you, Gattaldo, and thank you publishers Otter-Barry Books. Endorsed by Amnesty International. Age 6-10, Hardback 26pp
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The 5 Misfits

The 5 Misfits

Ref: 14307

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: 15771

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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The Flower

The Flower

by John Light
illustrated by Lisa Evans

Ref: 15661

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: 13266

"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: 11665

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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From Beans to Batteries

From Beans to Batteries

by Steve Brace
illustrated by Annie Kubler

Ref: 10581

In a village high up in the Andes, Aldomaro relies on his radio for knowledge. Published with ActionAid, this child-friendly narrative explores how batteries are sometimes a precious commodity and learning a real aspiration. Age 5-8 Paperback 31pp
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The Girls

The Girls

by Lauren Ace
illustrated by Jenny Lvlie

Ref: 15574

"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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Girls Can Do Anything

Girls Can Do Anything

by Carly Hart
illustrated by Ali Pye

Ref: 15373

"A girl can explore a hot jungly place, or float in a rocket ship way out in space. Girls can fly planes or dive under the sea. Yes, girls can be anything they want to be". A simple and effective empowerment book aimed at getting girls to aim as high as they'd like to! A bouncy rhyme drives the optimism of the text forward as we see girls in all of their diversity as they take up all sorts of jobs and activities from protecting tigers to solving crimes to digging up roads. The energy pours out on to the start and end pages with double page spreads of girls rock climbing and, later, mini bios and pictures of 15 notable women, including UK's first female firefighter, the first person with Down Syndrome to swim the English Channel, the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Nicola Adams and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Wonderful to have these messages pitched to the very young. Age 3-6, Paperback 31pp
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The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head

The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head

Ref: 13795

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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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: 14752

"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: 15917

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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Grandma

Grandma

Ref: 13508

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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Granny Ting Ting

Granny Ting Ting

by Patrice Lawrence
illustrated by Adam Larkum

Ref: 11749

A Caribbean treat. When Michael goes to visit cousin Shayla in Trinidad, he insists his home town, London, is far bigger and better. Shayla thinks that's nonsense. Contest on! Age 7-10, Paperback 69pp
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Grandpa's Garden

Grandpa's Garden

by Stella Fry
illustrated by Sheila Moxley

Ref: 15328

Well, grandparents inducting children on their vegetable plots seems to be a recurring theme! Here, Billy is by his grandpa's side throughout the growing season. Teaches everything anyone would need to know to get started on their own allotment. Fantastically detailed backnotes furnish stacks of additional veg-growing information. Ages 4-7, Paperback 38pp
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The Great Big Book of Families

The Great Big Book of Families

by Mary Hoffman
illustrated by Ros Asquith

Ref: 10605

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: 12912

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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The Great Googly Moogly

The Great Googly Moogly

Ref: 13122

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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Gregory Cool

Gregory Cool

Ref: 13579

Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal How will a cool city boy adjusts to life in Tobago? Relatives too welcoming, weather too hot. Nothing is the same. Age 5-8, Paperback 24pp
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Gregory's Grumpy Day

Gregory's Grumpy Day

by Nicola Call & Sally Featherstone
illustrated by Melissa Four

Ref: 15012

A very recognisable, grumpy child has his day lifted, finally, by a kind and patient friend and a calm reassuring childminder. A straightforward and gently humorous book which includes some great back cover tips for getting children to articulate their moods. 'Simple little book offering the opportunity to talk about feelings' (Carey, Childminder, LL reviewer). Age 2-5, Hardback, 18pp
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The Guru and the King

The Guru and the King

by Bali Rai
illustrated by Victoria Maderna

Ref: 12534

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: 16154

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: 15558

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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Heather Has Two Mummies

Heather Has Two Mummies

by Lesla Newman
illustrated by Laura Cornell

Ref: 13451

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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Holidays & Festivals: Hanukkah

Holidays & Festivals: Hanukkah

Ref: 11869

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: 13800

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: 14182

"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: 15624

"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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Have You Seen Elephant?

Have You Seen Elephant?

Ref: 14852

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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The Heart and the Bottle (PB)

The Heart and the Bottle (PB)

Ref: 12007

Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award 2008 A bereaved little girl decides to put her heart away in a safe place. But will she know how to get it back? The depths of love and loss are treated with an extraordinary lightness of touch. Age 5-adult, Paperback 31pp
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Hello Hello

Hello Hello

Ref: 15675

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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Help a Hamster

Help a Hamster

by Hilary Robinson
illustrated by Mandy Stanley

Ref: 14833

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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Here I Am

Here I Am

by Patti Kim
illustrated by Sonia Snchez

Ref: 13531

We first glimpsed this as a U.S. edition and hoped and hoped for a U.K. one. We didn't have to wait too long. A wordless picture book shows a child and his family migrating to a new, unspecified country. Stunning artwork takes us all on a journey from a confusing unfamiliar landscape to somewhere which is starting to feel a lot like home. Perfect visual literacy for children' whose first language isn't English- and for reluctant readers. 'A clever idea to tell the story in pictures, thus embracing all languages or those not yet learnt!' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). Written by a Korean immigrant to the USA. Age 6-9, Paperback 39pp
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Home In The Rain

Home In The Rain

Ref: 15501

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: 16105

"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: 14265

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 Heal a Broken Wing

How to Heal a Broken Wing

Ref: 10619

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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How to Find Gold

How to Find Gold

Ref: 14698

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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I Am Henry Finch

I Am Henry Finch

by Alexis Deacon
illustrated by Viviane Schwarz

Ref: 14256

'A finch woke up in the dark and the quiet. He had a thought and he heard it. I AM HENRY FINCH, he thought...I THINK...I COULD BE GREAT, thought Henry'. From award-winning picture book makers Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz comes an enlightening new story about courage and making a difference. For budding philosophers of all ages, this is the uplifting story of Henry Finch the loveable little bird who strives for greatness. Age 7-11, Paperback 37pp
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If All the World Were...

If All the World Were...

by Joseph Coelho
illustrated by Allison Colpoys

Ref: 15382

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 Am Billie Jean King

I Am Billie Jean King

by Brad Meltzer
illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

Ref: 15550

From ranking number one in women's tennis to winning three Gland Slams in the same year to winning the infamous Battle of the Sexes match (1973 against Bobby Riggs) to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom (for being one of the first openly lesbian sports figures), BJK has been an inspiration at every turn in her life. A thoroughly principled advocate for justice and equality, BJK decided from a young age that the easiest way for her to lobby for fairness would be to first become the best in her game of tennis. This brilliantly accessible and fun biography speeds through her life from a little girl playing basket ball to the present day. Part of a bestselling well-researched New York Times biography series- and, finally, biographies of famous LGBT role models are honest about their subjects' sexuality. 'This book strikes just the right note. It gives a clear, measured account of a remarkable woman who was not only at the top of her profession as a tennis player but who also took the time and energy to change the status quo- and make men and women athletes be treated equally' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). Age 6-9 American Import Hardback 38pp
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I Am Kind

I Am Kind

Ref: 14509

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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Ice in the Jungle

Ice in the Jungle

Ref: 13836

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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I Like Bees, I Don't Like Honey!

I Like Bees, I Don't Like Honey!

by Sam Bishop
illustrated by Fiona Lumbers

Ref: 16296

"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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Immi

Immi

Ref: 11830

An astonishing illustrator turns her hand to writing and long may she do so! A simply stunning story about hope, giving and wonder seen through the eyes of a little Inuit girl. 'A delightful book. A touch of magic' (Children's Centre Coordinator, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 24pp
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Insults Aren't Funny

Insults Aren't Funny

by Amanda F. Doering
illustrated by Simone Shin

Ref: 14811

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: 15505

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: 15889

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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Isaac and his Amazing Asperger Superpowers!

Isaac and his Amazing Asperger Superpowers!

Ref: 15619

Isaac is a superhero. He has the outfit, complete with booties and cape. And, he has superhero powers including a brain stuffed with encyclopaedic facts, an overdose of energy (which requires bouncing and fidgeting) and ears which hear a little too well. Isaac knows that not everyone always understands his superpowers so here he is to explain Asperger's which, as he helpfully elaborates, rhymes with hamburgers. Depicting disabled people as having superpowers is not without controversy. However, authentic quality titles portraying people with Asperger's are rare and this is such a positive portrayal, so... 'Really like how this focuses on the positives rather than just the negatives' (Beth, Inclusive Minds Founder & Parent, LL reviewer). 'Some nice illustrations of autistic spectrum behaviours e.g.: spotting small details, taking words literally' (Maggie, EY Advisory Teacher, LL reviewer). 'This books is informative, humorous, and gives just enough insight to allow an understanding to grow' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). Endorsed by the National Autistic Society's Centre for Autism. Age 4-7 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: 16191

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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I Wish Daddy Didn't Drink So Much

I Wish Daddy Didn't Drink So Much

Ref: 10665

Lisa's Daddy has made her a sledge for Christmas, but his promise to take her sledding comes to nothing because he's drinking ~ again. A sensitive but straightforward portrayal of alcoholism from a child's perspective. Age 5-10, American Import 35pp Paperback.
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I Won't Go To China

I Won't Go To China

by Enda Wyley
illustrated by Marie Thorhauge

Ref: 10629

Chang-ming is selected for the football team. But Mum and Dad say they're all off to visit Grandma in China! "I won't go!", he bawls. 'A wonderful book looking at a child reflecting on his cultural identity' (Senior Social Worker, LL reviewer). Age 6-9, Irish Import Hardback 29pp
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Jack and the Flumflum Tree

Jack and the Flumflum Tree

by Julia Donaldson
illustrated by David Roberts

Ref: 12226

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: 14988

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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Jamie

Jamie

Ref: 14555

Jamie is super at fixing things, something her two older, meaner brothers are happy to exploit. And while they have their own personal fairy godmother to see to their every whim, Jamie is all alone...except for the odd friendly house mouse. When the local princess invites everyone to the Royal Ball, the brothers are quite clear that Jamie has no business going. But Jamie knows how to convert a pumpkin...and she knows how to stitch together a dj too. When she completes her disguise with a short, trendy haircut, Jamie looks in a mirror and suddenly feels...just right! Jamie has become Jamie and he's finally at one with himself. Off to the ball!...where he soon catches the eye of the princess. A very, very clever, smart and thoughtful book with a positive transgender protagonist which is pitched perfectly to young readers. 'There certainly aren't many books for younger children about transgender identities and this one is told very gently and sensitively' (Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager). ''Liked this reworking of Cinderella and a great story' (Deb, EY Lecturer). 'There is real wit and joy to the storytelling. I like the way the gradual revealing of Jamie's identity is embedded in the main narrative, the subtle shift form 'she' to 'he'. It's very clear...but...there is a lot to think about apart from 'just' Jamie's identity' (Mark Jennett, Equalities Trainer). (All Letterbox Library reviewers). Age 5-8, Paperback 34pp Please click here for further resources from Pop N Olly
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The Jar of Happiness

The Jar of Happiness

Ref: 13840

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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A Jar of Pickles and a Pinch of Justice

A Jar of Pickles and a Pinch of Justice

by Chitra Soundar
illustrtraed by Uma Krishnaswamy

Ref: 14958

Prince Veera and his best friend, Suku, are back, holding court in the palace courtyard, eager to settle the local community's disagreements with sprinkles of wisdoms and a pinch of justice! A jar of tender mango pickles, counting crows and tickly noses are just some of the tricky issues up for debate. Trickster tales based on traditional Indian folk tales. Part of Walker's Racing Reads series. Age 7-10, Paperback 88pp
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Journey

Journey

Ref: 14941

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: 16100

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: 15335

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: 14237

"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: 16138

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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King Leonard's Teddy

King Leonard's Teddy

Ref: 16046

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: 14983

"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, Hardback 52pp
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The King Who Banned the Dark

The King Who Banned the Dark

Ref: 15718

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: 11852

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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Knockin' on Wood

Knockin' on Wood

Ref: 10668

'What an uplifting story- all pupils would love it!'(Schools Improvement Officer, Letterbox reviewer). The exhilarating story of Clayton 'Peg Leg' Bates and his rise to fame as a tap dancer. A real showstopper. Age 6+. American Import Hardback 29pp
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Kunkush: The True Story of a Refugee Cat

Kunkush: The True Story of a Refugee Cat

by Marne Ventura
illustrated by Beidi Guo

Ref: 15758

The true story of an Iraqi family who flee Iraq to Greece with their three-year-old Turkish Van cat, Kunkush. On their arrival in Lesvos, Kunkush is lost and joins the feral street cats, but is then taken in by two young women who go on to launch a social media campaign designed to reunite him with his family. A very original approach to discussing the devastating impact of war through a real life account, complete with additional resources (and weblinks), a glossary and discussion points. 'It tells a difficult, complex story and shows that good can be stronger than anything else. Children will love it' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). 'Heart-warming and distinctive perspective on the refugee experience' (Farrah, CLPE Learning Programme Leader, LL reviewer). An illustrated picture book for older readers. Age 7-12, Paperback 29pp
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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: 16128

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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Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt De La Pea
illustrated by Christian Robinson

Ref: 14390

Winner 2016 Newbery Medal Every Sunday, come rain or shine, CJ and his Nana take the bus ride across town to the last stop on Market Street and, from there, to the soup kitchen. This Sunday, CJ simply isn't in the mood. But Nana turns the bus journey into nothing short of miraculous, answering all of CJ's questions with insight and wisdom which reveal the magic of the everyday and the wonders of humanity: "Nana, how come we don't got a car?" "We got a bus that draws fire." "How come it's always so dirty over here?" "Sometimes, when you're surrounded by dirt, CJ, you're a better witness for what's beautiful." A truly diverse mix of characters within a narrative which touches cleverly on class, economics and community cohesion with the gentlest of narratives. Published to huge acclaim, this book has garnered too many awards to list here! (Great disability images, too!) Age 4-8, Paperback 26pp
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Let's Eat Breakfast

Let's Eat Breakfast

Ref: 14735

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: 14741

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: 14738

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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The Little Green Drum

The Little Green Drum

by Taghreed Najjar
illustrated by Hassan Manasrah

Ref: 14382

"Wake up, wake up, sleepyheads!" Samia's dad, Yaba, has the biggest job in town: he is the Dawn Waker-Upper during the month of Ramadan. But this Ramadan, Yaba is struck down by a tummy bug and his daughter, Samia, needs to take on his mantle. Armed with a drum, Barkie the yappy pup and a lovely bright lamp, Samia happily takes to her new role....and is soon joined by Ahmad, Ada, Arya, Omar, Adnana...and a tambourine, flute, lute, saucepans and spoons! Based on a real story from Lifta, a 1930s Palestinian village. An early independent reader book Age 6-8 , Paperback 62pp
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The Little Island

The Little Island

by Smriti Prasadam-Halls
illustrated by Robert Starling

Ref: 16035

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
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Little Leaders: Bold Women in History

Little Leaders: Bold Women in History

Ref: 15937

A hugely successful debut which came about following the author's 2017 Black History Month Instagram posts in which she illustrated a single African-American woman in the guise of 40 icons who determined the course of history. The result is an absolutely gorgeous and award-winning collection of portraits accompanied by brilliantly brief yet full biographies. 40 figures shine through, from the ones you might expect -Sojourner Truth, Ella Fitzgerald, Oprah Winfrey-to more unexpected figures such as Audre Lorde, Julie Dash, Angela Davis. And, while this New York Times bestselling author/illustrator has understandably stayed quite US-focused, there are some UK Stars included in the mix...and some very interesting ones at that: abolitionist/author Mary Prince; British Royal Navy sailor, 'Seaman' William Brown; singer Shirley Bassey; MP Diane Abbott; javelin thrower Tessa Sanderson. A very attractive and fascinating chunk of history which includes a cut-out Little Leaders Bookmark on the cover fold, a glossary, further sources -books, films & songs- and an 'Extra' double page gallery of Little Leaders (with additional UK icons: Fanny Eaton, Zadie Smith, Nicola Adams and Olive Morris). Age 7+, Paperback 90pp
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Little Leaders: Exceptional Men in Black History

Little Leaders: Exceptional Men in Black History

Ref: 15983

A companion to Harrison's Bold Women, this collection of 35 mini-biographies, while very Un-American-focused, does exactly what the author promises in narrating the "stories of exceptional men you don't often see in the mainstream". Side stepping the usual Greats (Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, Barack Obama), Harrison instead zooms in on lesser known figures: James Armistead Lafayette, who spied on the British during the 1780s Revolutionary war; the late 19th century Deputy Marshall, Bass Reeves; the UK Social Reform Lobbyist, Harold Moody; UK activist, Paul Stephenson, famous for organising the 1963 Bristol bus boycott; more contemporary music icons such as Prince and Chuck D. As with Bold Women, the collection is immaculately presented- Harrison's trademark luminescent eyes-closed figures, an extra roll call of Little Leaders as an appendix (includes a nod to Stormzy), further book/films/albums and an illustrator's own guide to drawing your own Little Leader. Age 7+, Hardback 87pp
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Little People, Big Dreams: Ella Fitzgerald

Little People, Big Dreams: Ella Fitzgerald

by Ma Isabel Snchez Vegara
illustrated by Brbara Alca

Ref: 15155

Another stunning little bio. in this series, this time focusing on Ella Fitzgerald, from her harsh early life (described in a way which is cleverly pitched to the young reader), to her first steps on the jazz club scene, to her solo career as the First Lady of Song. Discover how she played her voice like an instrument, inventing new words -"Dubi-dubi-dubu-daba"- and singing across genres from pop to blues. As with other titles in the series, the book ends with a fuller biographical note with archive photos. 'Yes, yes, yes!! I want the whole set! It is always powerful to see mighty women represented in books. To have a whole set of diverse women is great.' (Sonia, Deputy Primary Head, Letterbox Library reviewer.), Age 5-8, Hardback 26pp
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Little People, Big Dreams: Maya Angelou

Little People, Big Dreams: Maya Angelou

by Lisbeth Kaiser
illustrated by Leire Salaberria

Ref: 14907

A highly illustrated biography of one of our greatest writers. From a cruel childhood of displacement, family violence and wider societal racism, we witness Maya Angelou's recovery- literally finding her voice again through reading the works of literary giants- and then her incredible triumph as an award-winning giant of literature herself. A gorgeous biography which felt very satisfying even to this adult reader. Would work for a wide age range; the concepts and ideas are 'mature' and sophisticated enough for ages 7/8+ while the content is made perfectly accessible through spare, yet wonderfully descriptive, text. 'I really enjoyed reading this book about a lady who believed she could do whatever she wanted. I loved reading this and would read it again' (Nicole, aged 11, LL reviewer). 'A great story about an amazing woman. We enjoyed reading this and it brought up lots of discussions about segregation and women's rights' (Polly and her son, aged 6, LL reviewers). Age 5-8, Hardback 26pp
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Little People, Big Dreams: Simone de Beauvoir

Little People, Big Dreams: Simone de Beauvoir

by Ma Isabel Snchez Vegara
illustrated by Christine Roussey

Ref: 16224

"Thanks to little Simone we now know that we're not born men or women- just special human beings with a life full of choices to make". The life of Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie -a.k.a. 'The Mother of Feminism'-, from her upbringing in an affluent (and then, very suddenly, a less affluent) family home in Paris, to her education, to her first writings, a journey propelled forward by de Beauvoir's rampantly inquisitive mind. It is quite a feat to pull off an early reader biography of an existentialist philosopher! Like others in the Little People, Big Dreams series, the text provides a tantalising introduction and platform, encouraging the young reader to go out and explore more. Age 5-8, Hardback 28pp
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Little Red

Little Red

Ref: 14664

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: 13994

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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Lollipop and Grandpa and the Wobbly Tooth

Lollipop and Grandpa and the Wobbly Tooth

by Penelope Harper
illustrated by Cate James

Ref: 15333

Lollipop is very proud of her gleaming, shiny teeth. And then, one day she wakes up to a wobbly, bibbly-bobbly tooth. Grandpa has all sorts of plans for its removal- a pulling tug-of-war team, a tapping woodpecker, a sucking elephant trunk...but it is a shiny red apple which finally does the trick, followed by a quick trip to the dentist to check everything is as it should be. Age 4-7 Paperback 29pp.
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Looking for Lord Ganesh

Looking for Lord Ganesh

by Mahtab Narsimhan
illustrated by Sonja Wimmer

Ref: 14637

"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: 16008

"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 Long Silk Strand

The Long Silk Strand

by Laura E. Williams
illustrated by Grayce Bochak

Ref: 10651

A moving, but ultimately uplifting, tale of inter-generational love and the sadness of losing a beloved grandparent. Very special. Age 7-9, American Import Paperback 28pp
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Lost and Found

Lost and Found

by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
illustrated by Marta Fbrega

Ref: 11877

Getting lost in a public place can be very frightening. An excellent story dealing with child safety written by a child welfare social worker. Ages 6-8, Paperback 31pp
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The Lost Property Office

The Lost Property Office

Ref: 15489

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: 11652

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: 16123

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: 15782

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: 14269

"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: 10654

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: 10655

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: 12158

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 Library Day

Luna Loves Library Day

by Joseph Coelho
illustrated by Fiona Lumbers

Ref: 15637

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: 14164

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: 13583

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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Malala's Magic Pencil

Malala's Magic Pencil

by Malala Yousafzai
illustrated by Kerascoet

Ref: 15276

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2018 If Malala had a magic pencil like the boy in the TV show she used to watch, she'd use it to "draw a better world, a peaceful world....erase war, poverty and hunger....draw girls and boys together as equals". Told in her own words, this is the story of Malala Yousafzai's childhood in Swat Valley, Pakistan. How she loved school and worked hard until the Taliban took control and banned girls from attending. How she dared to speak out against the regime and became a target. How she has continued to speak out, inspiring adults and children all over the world. A wonderful, age-appropriate picture book. Beautifully illustrated and wonderfully empowering. Age 5-9, Paperback 38pp
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Mama Loves Me from Away

Mama Loves Me from Away

by Pat Brisson
illustrated by Laurie Caple

Ref: 10670

A warm, moving story about a mother and child who are separated by a prison sentence- but who are kept in each other's hearts through their stories and their love. Age 6-9 American Import Hardback 29pp
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Mama Miti

Mama Miti

by Donna Jo Napoli
illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Ref: 15347

(trans. The Mother of Trees). Subtitled, 'Wangari Maathai and the Tress of Kenya', this is not the first story we have sold about this revolutionary environmentalist- but it is certainly one of the most beautiful. Brought up with the wisdom of trees, as an adult, Wangari Maathai went on to dispense her knowledge by encouraging the planting of different trees which would in turn bring a wealth of materials and nourishment for local Kenyan communities, creating a new self-sufficiency and, ultimately, the reforestation of great swathes of Kenya's landscapes, tree by tree by tree. A lyrical retelling of the greatness of Wangari Maathai: the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace prize, the first female head at a Kenyan university department and the originator of the Green Belt Movement. Illustrated by a much celebrated artist- a backnote has Kadir Nelson describing his use of oil paints and printed fabrics to emulate an Eastern African aesthetic. 'Excellent. Skilful writing and attractive illustrations present an important story. Simply told, but with enough detail to enable it to provide a good foundation on the topic. Very good afterword, glossary etc.' (Elena, Community Librarian, Letterbox reviewer). Age 7-10 Hardback 32pp
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The Big Picture: Market

The Big Picture: Market

Ref: 12566

Fascinating sustainability information book exploring markets and food in India. 'Great for non-fiction genre work' (Primary Deputy Head, LL reviewer). Age 5-8, Paperback 24pp
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Mary Had a Little Lamb (BB)

Mary Had a Little Lamb (BB)

Ref: 12793

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: 12727

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: 15632

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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The Memory Tree

The Memory Tree

Ref: 15388

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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Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Michael Rosen's Sad Book

by Michael Rosen
illustrated by Quentin Blake

Ref: 10675

Michael Rosen writes movingly of the death of his son, exploring feelings of anger and sadness as well as enjoying the happy memories. This is an original and deeply touching account of bereavement, accompanied by Quentin Blake's superb and quirky pictures. A book to treasure always. Age 8-Adult Paperback 29pp
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Mirror

Mirror

Ref: 11587

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: 12264

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: 13324

"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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The Most Beautiful Village in the World

The Most Beautiful Village in the World

Ref: 15816

A powerful book exploring the impact of war in a fresh, compelling way; dedicated to "the children of Afghanistan." Rich, burnt-orange artwork introduces the village of Paghman, Afghanistan. We witness a community going about its daily life through the eyes of a young child as he joins in the harvesting of plums and cherries and accompanies his dad to market in a bustling neighbouring town. The presence of war is kept at a distance in the background images while the foreground teams with the bright colours of a thriving modern town with its bazaars and teahouses and mosques. Until the final page... 'Very evocative and moving... very original and real' (Jayne, Primary Inclusion Mgr., Letterbox Library reviewer). 'Enjoyed the cheerful dialogue and beautiful illustrations. Thought that the sense of community was nice' (Nicola, young Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 6-8, Hardback 40pp
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Motherbridge of Love

Motherbridge of Love

by Anonymous
illustrated by Jose Masse

Ref: 10684

A soothing, lyrical poem written by an adoptive mother and accompanied by fantastic illustrations. A hugely positive account of transnational adoption. 'Beautifully describes the relationship that adopters discover' (Senior Adoption Worker, Letterbox reviewer). Age 5-9, Paperback 29pp
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The Most Magnificent Mosque

The Most Magnificent Mosque

by Ann Jungman
illustrated by Shelley Fowles

Ref: 10685

In 13th Century Cordoba, three young boys with three different faiths join forces to save the city's mosque. A profound tale of religious harmony, mutual respect and civic solidarity. Age 6-9 Paperback 24pp
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Mr Bunny's Chocolate Factory

Mr Bunny's Chocolate Factory

Ref: 15304

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: 10687

"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 Big Sister Takes Drugs

My Big Sister Takes Drugs

Ref: 10748

Paul's dreams of soccer camp are dashed when his sister's drug problem comes to light. Difficult emotions are sensitively tackled in this moving tale. Age 5-10, American Import, 30pp Paperback.
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My Dog is a Carrot

My Dog is a Carrot

Ref: 13170

Enter this celebrated poet's weird, witty and bespectacled world and meet the dog who is a carrot, a speaking leek and many other crazy characters. Great fun! Age 6+, 63pp Paperback
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My Footprints

My Footprints

by Bao Phi
illustrated by Basia Tran

Ref: 16071

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: 10693

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: 10694

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: 15879

"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: 12276

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 Nanny Tracey

My Nanny Tracey

Ref: 12281

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 Secret Bully

My Secret Bully

by Trudy Ludwig
illustrated by Abigail Marble

Ref: 10699

A much needed look at emotional bullying between girls and a 'very true depiction of the affect it has on a girl when a "friend" changes' (School Librarian, Letterbox reviewer). A huge success in the US, this is a must for the UK classroom. Age 6-10 American Import Paperback 29pp
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My Two Grannies

My Two Grannies

by Floella Banjamin
illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain

Ref: 10700

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: 10701

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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Nadia's Hands

Nadia's Hands

by Karen English
illustrated by Jonathan Weiner

Ref: 10702

The aunts have decided Nadia will be the flower girl at Laila's wedding. Auntie Amina is ready with her intricate henna designs for Nadia's hands...but Nadia worries about her classmates' reaction. A delightful, rich celebration of a girl's Pakistani heritage. Age 6-9, American Import paperback 29pp
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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Ref: 13215

The impossibly talented Kadir Nelson turns his hand to a lush, evocative and highly illustrated biography of a truly great leader. Follow Mandela's journey from his life as a barefooted 13-year-old playing on the grassy hills of Qunu to iconic statesman and president of South Africa. Age 6-9, Paperback 37pp
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Never Ever

Never Ever

Ref: 12407

"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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Never Trust a Tiger

Never Trust a Tiger

retold by Lari Don
illustrated by Melanie Williamson

Ref: 12546

Meet a hungry tiger from Korea. Can you trust a tiger? As a man makes his way to the market, he sees a tiger trapped in a pit. He wants to help the tiger, but will he be safe if he does? Beautifully illustrated, traditional tale. Great for new and emerging readers. Age 6-9, Paperback 48pp
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The New Neighbours

The New Neighbours

Ref: 15703

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: 14396

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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Not All Princesses Dress In Pink

Not All Princesses Dress In Pink

by Jane Yolen & Heidi Stemple
illustrated by Anne-Sophie Lanquetin

Ref: 10707

Hilarious rhyming fun. Princesses with power tools, broken nails and chain mail- but all with their sparkly crowns intact. A smart, refreshing and much-needed antidote! Age 4-7, American Import Hardback 29pp
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Number Fun: Making Numbers with Your Body

Number Fun: Making Numbers with Your Body

Ref: 13907

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: 12820

"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: 15248

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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On Sudden Hill

On Sudden Hill

by Linda Sarah
illustrated by Benji Davies

Ref: 14492

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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Ossiri and the Bala Mengro

Ossiri and the Bala Mengro

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

Ref: 14641

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 Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack and the Pioneers of Change

Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack and the Pioneers of Change

by Michelle Cook
illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera et al.

Ref: 14913

NAACP Image Award Winner A brilliantly illustrated journey through the pioneers of African American and American History, presenting each change-maker as a successor launched by a previous, iconic, figure. It starts out with "our ancestors fought ...so George could invent...", then introduces us to a canon of heroes- including Hattie McDaniel/Jackie Robinson/Ruby Bridges/Thurgood Marshall- ending with Barack Obama and the words, "...so Barack could run. Barack ran...so our children can soar! And higher and faster and stronger they go." A simple message with contributions from 12 artists working in different mediums and with different techniques. With the extension notes offering mini biographies of the pioneers and of the present day artists, this works as a powerful political narrative, a simple introduction to key figures of the civil rights movement and as a stunning art book. 'A great resource with beautiful illustrations' (Nike, Social Worker, LL reviewer). Age 5-10, Paperback 30pp
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Our Grandparents

Our Grandparents

Ref: 12119

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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The Parrot and the Merchant

The Parrot and the Merchant

Ref: 15429

A Persian merchant, Mah Jahan, travels far and wide collecting gorgeous birds which she cages and chains. But her most prized possession is her talking parrot from India- and the parrot's greatest desire is to be free again... An accessible yet rich and haunting narrative about loving someone/thing enough to set them free. Unique artwork which relishes the fine details of textured fabrics and bustles and shimmers with colours. Based on a thirteenth century fable from famed Persian Sunni Muslim poet and philosopher, Rumi, recast and reframed by this illustrator so as to star a female merchant. 'I really like this simple fable and original illustrations- very appealing' (Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager, Letterbox reviewer). 'A simple, beautifully retold fable. This would be a lovely model for writing in Primary schools' (Sonia, Deputy Primary Head, Letterbox reviewer). Age 5-8, Paperback 21pp
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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: 15031

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

Pearl Power

Ref: 13504

Pearl has had to move house because her mum has been promoted to 'The Boss'. Pearl's new big school works out fine until she encounters Sebastian, a little boy who is keen to suggest that Pearl goes about everything 'like a girl'. A book about a brave little girl who challenges sexist stereotyping head on. Ages 4-7 , Paperback 34pp
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Pearl Power and the Toy Problem

Pearl Power and the Toy Problem

Ref: 14936

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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Phoenix Song

Phoenix Song

by Tutu Dutta
illustrated by Martina Peluso

Ref: 13944

A story set in contemporary Malaysia which cleverly weaves in Chinese legends and folklore. Rohan is disappointed to receive a boring old bamboo flute for his birthday. But when his brothers are swallowed up by the angry Forest Guardian, he soon discovers that this instrument is full of magical possibilities. Plenty of scope for cross-curricular work on the environment and the significance of family. (Mixed race protagonist). (nb: the author was born in India and grew up in Malaysia) Age 5-8, Paperback 29pp
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Pirate Baby

Pirate Baby

by Mary Hoffman
illustrated by Ros Asquith

Ref: 15858

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 Place to Stay: A Shelter Story

A Place to Stay: A Shelter Story

by Erin Gunti
illustrated by Estel Meza

Ref: 16094

An anxious child isn't sure about the new shelter her mum has taken her to. She finds it hard to find 'home' there, to find her place there. But through her mum's boundless, comforting imagination she is finally able to find a place of familiarity. An expertly written, child-centred text which can be used to explore the many different traumas which force families into homelessness and to seek places of sanctuary. Written by a social services professional and with input from a Domestic Violence charity. 'This book helps us to empathise with the trauma of losing home but it also has at its heart a loving mother who is able to help he child, using her creativity of thought to make the change more bearable' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). 'What an excellent book- and very much needed (Elaine, Foster Care Associates Liaison Officer, LL reviewer). Includes a backnote on shelters and homelessness. Age 5-9, Paperback 27pp
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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: 16178

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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Planet Omar Accidental Trouble Magnet

Planet Omar Accidental Trouble Magnet

by Zanib Mian
illustrated by Nasaya Mafaridik

Ref: 15690

Winner Little Rebels Award 2018 The rowdy, scatty, upbeat voice of 9-year-old Omar introduces the reader to his life in a new school which comes complete with a resident racist bully, a situation which only shifts once the two share an unexpected adventure through the London Underground chased by (probably...) a Zombie. A zany, cleverly challenging, warm-hearted book which is scattered with Omar's own, comic-tinged guide to Muslim life in the UK. A speedy plot carried by a hugely loveable protagonist who embraces a joyful Muslim identity for himself. The first in a new series! Age 7-10, Paperback 211pp **A new edition of the Winner of the Little Rebels Award 2018, 'The Muslims'**
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Polonius the Pit Pony

Polonius the Pit Pony

by Richard O'Neill
illustrated by Feronia Parker Thomas

Ref: 16304

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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Pretend Friends

Pretend Friends

by Alice Hoyle
illustrated by Lauren Reis

Ref: 14161

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: 14549

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 Prince of Pants

The Prince of Pants

by Alan MacDonald
illustrated by Sarah McIntyre

Ref: 15595

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: 14239

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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Princess Arabella's Birthday

Princess Arabella's Birthday

Ref: 15038

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: 15041

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 Princess and the Fog

The Princess and the Fog

Ref: 14166

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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The Princess and the Pony

The Princess and the Pony

Ref: 14312

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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The Princesses Have a Ball

The Princesses Have a Ball

by Teresa Bateman
illustrated by Lynne Cravath

Ref: 10725

The king is puzzled. Why aren't his 12 daughters dreaming of princes? Subversive (and rhyming) high jinks by sporty princesses with attitude! Age 6-10, American Import Paperback 29pp
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The Promise

The Promise

by Nicola Davies
illustrated by Laura Carlin

Ref: 12880

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2014 A street thief in a "mean and hard and ugly city" nearly snatches a womans handbag...the woman tells the child she can have the bag if she makes a promise in return. Its a promise she keeps and its consequences bring about her own and her environments transformation. A picture book which explores our relationship with nature and offers a vision of a new harmony. Ages 5-8, Paperback 38pp
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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: 16265

"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
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Punk Wig

Punk Wig

by Lori Ries
illustrated by Erin Eitter Kono

Ref: 10727

Mum has cancer. A perfectly soothing and realistic story about a little boy's support of his mum as she goes through (a successful course of) chemotherapy. Age 6-9, American Import Hardback 29pp
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Questions and Feelings About...Bullying

Questions and Feelings About...Bullying

by Louise Spilsbury
illustrated by Ximena Jeria

Ref: 16275

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: 14502

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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Rabbityness

Rabbityness

Ref: 12189

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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The Big Picture: Rain

The Big Picture: Rain

Ref: 12563

Fascinating sustainability information book exploring village life and the importance of rain in Nigeria. 'Great for non-fiction genre work' (Primary Deputy Head, LL reviewer). Age 5-8, Paperback 24pp
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Holiday & Festivals: Ramadan & Id-ul-Fitr

Holiday & Festivals: Ramadan & Id-ul-Fitr

Ref: 12329

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 Rabbit Listened

The Rabbit Listened

Ref: 16168

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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Ramadan Moon

Ramadan Moon

by Na'ima B Robert
illustrated by Shirin Adl

Ref: 10729

Witness the thrill and joyfulness of Ramadan and Eid- and the diversity of Muslims across the globe. A very special and inclusive title. 'It is a quiet, calm book; it has brilliant illustrations' (Aphrael, 9, LL reviewer). Age 5-9, Paperback 24pp
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Ready Steady Mo

Ready Steady Mo

Ref: 14695

"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: 10731

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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The Red Boat

The Red Boat

Ref: 13363

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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Riding A Donkey Backwards: Wise & Foolish Tales of Mulla Nasruddin

Riding A Donkey Backwards: Wise & Foolish Tales of Mulla Nasruddin

by Sean Taylor & Khayaal Theatre
illustrated by Shirin Adl

Ref: 15920

Meet Mulla Nasruddin, a smart trickster, possibly based on a real-life 13th century figure and appearing in several guises across many different Muslim cultures. Both wise and foolish, brilliantly insightful and wonderfully silly, sometimes an imam, sometimes a judge, famous for riding his donkey backwards...or is he facing forwards and is it the donkey who is facing backwards?! A sprightly, snappy, fun-loving text is accompanied by witty collage pictures (Nasruddin's pointy, wispy, cotton wool beard is especially delightful). A hit with our young readers. 'Includes a lovely range of playful short stories. I really enjoyed the visual scene of different colours, textures and fabrics...a good insight into Muslim culture; helps us to learn kind values and traits' (Nicole, teen Letterbox Library reviewer). By a British-Iranian artist and an author who worked alongside Khayaal Theatre whose mission is to challenge assumptions about Islamic culture. Age 6-10, Paperback 42pp
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Rosie Revere, Engineer

Rosie Revere, Engineer

by Andrea Beaty
illustrated by David Roberts

Ref: 12901

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: 12403

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: 15485

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: 11945

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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Sardines of Love

Sardines of Love

Ref: 15361

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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Sausages

Sausages

Ref: 15925

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: 13910

'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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The Scar

The Scar

by Charlotte Moundlic
illustrated by Olivier Tallec

Ref: 12607

A smart, unflinching book about a child grieving the loss of a parent: their sadness, rage, confusion and healing 'Beautiful, real story with great words and illustrations' (Education Lecturer, LL reviewer). Age 7-10, Paperback 31pp
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Scarlet Hood

Scarlet Hood

by Mark Evans
illustrated by Isobel Lundie

Ref: 16270

Scarlet comes from an 'itchy feet' family so moving to Norway is no big deal... but she hadn't reckoned with her new school being home to Greta the Cruel, a mean menacing giant of a child. After tearfully spilling out her woes to her Grandma (helped along by a few marshmallows) Scarlet is sent back out into the world wearing a treasured family heirloom: a scarlet hoodie. The hoodie doesn't just hug her with happiness and hope, it time-travels her off to an ancient world of Vikings. Here, Scarlet discovers hidden reserves of strength which equip her back in the present. A highly original, fun and, insightful adventure of bullying overcome with a heart-warming resolution. (Graphic novel perfect for reluctant readers.) Age 6-10, Paperback 52pp
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Senses: Hearing

Senses: Hearing

Ref: 15810

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: 15811

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: 15003

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.) Age 3-6, Paperback + CD, 22pp
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She Persisted Around the World  13 Women Who Changed History

She Persisted Around the World 13 Women Who Changed History

by Chelsea Clinton
illustrated by Alexandra Boiger

Ref: 15181

"All over the world, girls are more likely to be told to be quiet, to sit down, to have smaller dreams. Don't listen to those voices". A companion to the No 1 New York Times bestseller, She Persisted, which focused on inspirational N. American women, this new title looks at thirteen game changers who have changed the course of and remoulded history. Women featured are: Sor Juana Ins de la Cruz (Mexico), Caroline Herschel (Germany), Kate Sheppard (New Zealand), Marie Curie (Poland), Viola Desmond (Canada), Mary Verghese (India), Aisha Rateb (Egypt), Wangari Maathai (Kenya), Joanne Rowling (UK), Sisleide Lima do Amor (Brazil), Leymah Gbowee (Liberia), Yuan Yuan Tan (China), and Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan). Inspirational messages to children top and tail these mini bios. Great to see a disabled hero in the mix (Mary Verghese)! Bright bold artwork accompanies a positive, upbeat, energetic text. Age 7-11, Hardback American Import 31pp
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Silver Buttons

Silver Buttons

Ref: 14423

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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The Silence Seeker

The Silence Seeker

by Ben Morley
illustrated by Carl Pearce

Ref: 10762

A new boy moves in next door. Mum says he's an asylum seeker. 'A Silence Seeker!' says Joe. And so begins the story of a delightful little boy who sets out to find silence for his new friend. Age 6-9, Paperback 26pp
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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: 14859

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: 16024

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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Snowboy and the Last Tree Standing

Snowboy and the Last Tree Standing

by Hiawyn Oram
illustrated by Birgitta Sif

Ref: 15791

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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Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

by Andrea Beaty
illustrated by David Roberts

Ref: 16017

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2020 "A dreamer. A doer. A real-life go-getter. Most people like good, but Sofia likes better". The Beaty/Roberts team find themselves on the Little Rebels Shortlist for the 3rd time! (see also Rosie Revere and Ada Twist). From her very first toddler years, Sofia has wanted to help people- from shopping for neighbours to walking their pets. And, her political-badges-toting Abuelo is always by her side, keeping a watchful eye. But when Abuelo trips and hurts himself on a pile of rubbish (Mount Trashmore) , Sofia decides to aim her acts of kindness a little higher... a project that takes her to City Hall and beyond... On being shortlisted for the Little Rebels Award 2020, Beaty said of her young activist, "Sofia understands that kindness is the beginning of all bravery." Age 4-7, Hardback 36pp
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Space Song Rocket Ride

Space Song Rocket Ride

by Sunny Scribes
illustrated by David Sim

Ref: 13833

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 Day!

Splash Day!

Ref: 15646

A full-up paddling pool shimmers in the playground and buckets of water stand poised around the bushes- what's up? It's Splash Day! Time for a water fight! A delighted group of children -and teachers- don their best swim suits, shower caps and goggles and then arm themselves with water pistols for a glorious day of drenching. With just one sentence per page and Sharratt's trademark, bright and bold illustrations, this is a perfect beginner reader. 'Loved this. Children will love it too. Inclusive, joyous fun. Let's hope lots of children read this and more schools have a Splash Day' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). Multicultural and includes a very independent and super-active wheelchair user. Inspired by an actual Splash Day which takes place every year in a school in Brighton. Age 5-8, Paperback 65pp
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Stanley's Stick

Stanley's Stick

by John Hegley
illustrated by Neal Layton

Ref: 12141

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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Stella Brings the Family

Stella Brings the Family

by Miriam B. Schiffer
illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown

Ref: 13850

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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Spacegirl Pukes

Spacegirl Pukes

by Katy Watson
illustrated by Vanda Carter

Ref: 10767

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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Splash, Anna Hibiscus!

Splash, Anna Hibiscus!

by Atinuke
illustrated by Lauren Tobia

Ref: 13136

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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Standing on My Own Two Feet

Standing on My Own Two Feet

Ref: 11627

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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The Suitcase

The Suitcase

Ref: 16159

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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The Journey Home

The Journey Home

Ref: 14978

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 Strongest Boy in the World

The Strongest Boy in the World

Ref: 14485

Set in ancient Japan, when wrestlers were celebrities and little boys wanted to be just like them. Skinny little Kaito dreams of being a famous Sumo wrestler and decides to try his luck at the famous wrestling tournament in Kyoto. On the road, he meets Hana, a girl with great physical strength and wisdom who declares Kaito far too 'weedy' to compete and then offers to train him up herself. Several bowls of fish stews and several boot camp sessions later, a small but tough wrestler is fit and ready for competition! Lovely humorous storytelling- and the real star is, of course, Hana , based on the legendary strong women of Japanese myth. "'A very welcome strong woman portrayal" (Jane, Inclusion Manager, Letterbox reviewer). Age 5-8, Paperback 27pp
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Super Daisy

Super Daisy

by Kes Gray
illustrated by Nick Sharratt

Ref: 11859

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: 16143

"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: 15067

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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That's NOT How You Do It!

That's NOT How You Do It!

Ref: 14524

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: 14732

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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The Taxing Case of the Cows

The Taxing Case of the Cows

by I. Van Rynbach & P. D. Shea
illustrated by E. A. McCully

Ref: 11527

A brilliant suffragette vignette from the 1860s. The little known, true, story of the Smith Sisters, their herd of cows and their fight for women's votes. Fascinating, fresh and funny. Age 7-10, Hardback 27pp
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Tilly's At Home Holiday

Tilly's At Home Holiday

Ref: 15270

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: 16003

"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: 12825

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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Tomorrow

Tomorrow

Ref: 15463

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2019 Yazan is a small child bewildered by the changes around him- his mother has stopped painting, the news blasts out of the TV set constantly, school has mysteriously ended and the days, mostly spent indoors, are becoming yawningly monotonous. But then, one day, without permission, Yazan leaves the house- only to be confronted by a dramatically unfamiliar landscape... A stark, sparse text captures a child's unique perspective on a country at war. "A beautiful picture-book full of heart, and not without hope, set against the backdrop of the Syrian war" (Catherine Barter, reviewing for the Little Rebels Award website). Age 4-8, Hardback 25pp
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Tom's Sunflower

Tom's Sunflower

by Hilary Robinson
illustrated by Mandy Stanley

Ref: 14828

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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This Is Our House

This Is Our House

by Michael Rosen
illustrated by Bob Graham

Ref: 12060

"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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The Treasure of Pirate Frank

The Treasure of Pirate Frank

by Mal Peet, Elspeth Graham
illustrated by Jez Tuya

Ref: 15366

Every sea theme selection needs a pirate! Armed with a map scroll, a child embarks on an intrepid sea voyage in search of treasure, only to discover that the treasure chest is being very tightly protected by a fearsome Pirate Frank. The illustrations sweep over swamps and forests and mountains and, of course, the sea. Rhyming, repetitive and cumulative text. Age 3-6, Paperback 29pp
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Troll Stinks

Troll Stinks

by Jeanne Willis
illustrated by Tony Ross

Ref: 15656

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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The Twitches Meet A Puppy

The Twitches Meet A Puppy

by Hayley Scott
illustrated by Pippa Curnick

Ref: 15613

Do not be distracted by the rather saccharine book cover! Behind the purple hue, the bunnies and the flowers is a fun and highly inclusive story (with not a whiff of self-consciousness about it). Part of a series, Teacup House, this third book works fine as a stand alone. Stevie and her mum have moved from an urban tower block to a countryside cottage, a transition made easier for Susie by Nanny Blue's gift of a doll's house in which four toy bunnies, the Twitch family, live...except these bunnies are alive! Stevie soon settles in to her new home, pairing up into a lovely adventure-seeking, roller-skating, duo with Eshe (who is mixed race). The series of full colour illustrated chapter books nicely interweaves the children's and the bunnies' mishaps and calamities. In this particular book, Stevie's mum has gone away on a photography commission and her dad moves in to look after her, along with his husband, Stuart, who turns up with an overly bouncy puppy in tow... leading to plenty of mayhem at the cottage. Stuart also happens to have a prosthetic leg, a detail revealed in the illustrations but not referred to in the text. 'The slightly twee cover hides a really well told story. An inclusive approach to content, related in an understated way' (Eileen, Former Primary teacher, LL reviewer). Age 6-9 Paperback 119pp
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Two Giants

Two Giants

Ref: 14482

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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The Undefeated

The Undefeated

by Kwame Alexander
illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Ref: 15989

Winner Caldecott Medal 2020 It is a hard task to add anything more to the very many glowing reviews of The Undefeated which have appeared online and in print. This really is a magical pairing- matching up the multi-award-winning illustrator, Kadir Nelson, whose rich, heady, paintings are exhibited in major institutions and collections with the similarly, award-winning, Kwame Alexander: novelist, educator and a poet who manipulates words into explosions of energy. As Kwame says, this extended poem is a hymn to 'the dreamers and doers', inspired by the inauguration of Barack Obama and his wish to show his young daughter how they had reached that moment in North American history. Sparse and exacting words and sweepingly 'generous' illustrations which feel barely contained by the pages leap across famous figures and events from N. American Black History, culminating in an ode and a triumphant legacy: "This is for the undefeated. This is for you. And you. And you. This is for us". Age 7+, Paperback 36pp
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Up and Down Mum

Up and Down Mum

Ref: 16328

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: 13887

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: 15480

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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Wangaris Trees of Peace

Wangari’s Trees of Peace

Ref: 16315

The stirring story of Kenyan environmentalist, Wangari Maathi, Nobel Peace prize winner (2004) and the first East African woman to earn a PhD. Gloriously illustrated. Age 6-8, American Import, Paperback 27pp
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Want to Play Trucks?

Want to Play Trucks?

by Ann Stott
illustrated by Bob Graham

Ref: 15964

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: 12335

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: 15263

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: 14068

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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A Werewolf Named Oliver James

A Werewolf Named Oliver James

Ref: 15437

A quiet suburb. Bathed in the purple glow of dusk. Oliver is making his own way home as he does every night after band practice. But then, the oddest thing happens. One moment he is at the bus stop with his peers. The next, he is there on his own. The arriving bus refuses to stop for him. A passer by yelps. Unbeknown to him, Oliver has turned into a fluffy, long-snouted, multi-fanged, fast-moving, super-high-leaping werewolf! A very funny and delightful shape-shifting caper with a retro 1950/60s setting. Winner of the 2016 Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children's picture book illustration. (Black protagonist). Age 4-7, Paperback 29pp
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Werewolf Club Rules

Werewolf Club Rules

by Joseph Coelho
John O'Leary

Ref: 13222

Debut by performance poet, Jo Coelho (featured on CBeebies!) Strut your poetic stuff with class hamsters, puppies on dates doing puppy love, sausage dogs and hot dogs- and hardvarking aardvarks. Side-splitting silliness. Age 7+ Paperback 91pp
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We Shall Overcome

We Shall Overcome

by Debbie Levy
by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Ref: 14330

From the song's roots in America's era of slavery through the civil rights movement of the 1960s to today, "We Shall Overcome" has come to represent the fight for equality and freedom around the world. This important book, lyrically written by Debbie Levy and paired with elegant, collage-style art by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, pays tribute to the heroic spirit of the famous song that encompasses American history. Age 7-11, Hardback 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: 15073

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 do we think about Alcohol?

What do we think about Alcohol?

Ref: 10816

In this book you can read all about why people drink alcohol and how it makes them feel. Feelings and emotions are simply and sensitively explored with supporting photos. Age 5-10, 32pp Paperback.
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What I Like: The Seaside

What I Like: The Seaside

Ref: 13127

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: 13900

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: 14615

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: 13817

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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What Will I Be?

What Will I Be?

by Dawne Allette
illustrated by Paul Cemmick

Ref: 10794

"Full of affirmation and aspiration, this book gently encourages children to have dreams and to aim as high as their dreams will float them! Crucially, gender is no barrier. Tyra can picture herself as a midwife just as easily as a pilot, fire-fighter, pest controller(!) or an electrician lighting up the city. Bold, cartoon illustrations, snappy text and a great sense of play and fun really lift these books out of the usual 'occupations' books for children." "The message that 'I can be anything' in these books is great whether the child is male, female or 'likes pink'! All children will enjoy the humour and excitement that unfolds in these pages and open young children's minds to the view that gender is no barrier to any profession." (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, LL reviewer ). Age 6-8, Paperback 27pp
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When I Coloured in the World

When I Coloured in the World

Ref: 15425

Devastatingly simple in its conception- a child is given some coloured pencils and an eraser and, with these, they set about rewriting and mending and hoping for the world. In the place of darkness, they write 'light', for hunger 'wheat', for storm 'breeze', for flood 'drizzle' and for despair 'hope'. Never was the power of the pen, or rather a colouring crayon, more evident. Each new word is introduced in a different colour which spills out on to the opposite page in a blaze of colour and motifs which also nod to traditional Iranian art. Written by one of Iran's greatest contemporary poets. 'I really liked this book and think it would be good for exploring how children might want to deal with/how they feel about the things which afflict humanity' (Hannah, Social Worker, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 5-8, Paperback 28pp
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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: 13942

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: 16116

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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Where the Winds Meet

Where the Winds Meet

by Mi-hwa Joo; retold by Joy Cowley
illustrated by Oh Lee

Ref: 13949

Set amidst the grasslands and deserts of Mongolia, this lilting narrative is told from the perspective of the great sweeping Mongolian wind! A simple text but with footnotes and backnotes which give the book many more layers and a more complex understanding of Mongolian life and culture. Bridges storytelling and non-fiction. 'I love everything about this book. The use of viewpoint, the figurative language and the illustrations are a powerful combination. The teaching possibilities are endless' (Sonia, Deputy Primary Head, Letterbox reviewer). Age 5-9, Paperback 30pp
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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: 10796

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: 16203

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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Wonderful Words

Wonderful Words

Ref: 15832

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: 12739

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: 13336

"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: 16300

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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