Picture Books

10 Things I Can Do to Help My World

10 Things I Can Do to Help My World

Ref: 10504

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: 16184

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: 2570

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: 15751

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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16 Little Books for Little Hands

16 Little Books for Little Hands

Ref: 9910

Tiny fiction and non-fiction paperbacks in a box! Created by authors/artists from across the African nations. 'Super little compilation of multicultural books' (Children's Centre Head, LL reviewer). Age 2-5, 16 x S. African Import Paperbacks 10pp
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Ada Twist, Scientist

Ada Twist, Scientist

by Andrea Beaty
illustrated by David Roberts

Ref: 2629

"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 Bear Hug at Bedtime

A Bear Hug at Bedtime

by Jana Novotny Hunter
illustrated by Kay Widdowson

Ref: 15820

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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A Beginner's Guide to Bearspotting

A Beginner's Guide to Bearspotting

by Michelle Robinson
illustrated by David Roberts

Ref: 2729

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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Alfie

Alfie

Ref: 2873

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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Always and Forever

Always and Forever

by Alan Durant
illustrated by Debi Gliori

Ref: 2446

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: 2897

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: 2846

"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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And Tango Makes Three

And Tango Makes Three

by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
illustrated by Henry Cole

Ref: 426

'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: 7705

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: 0094

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: 9340

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: 2935

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: 0165

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: 2943

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: 2653

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

Barefoot Books Children of the World

by Tessa Strickland & Kate DePalma
illustrated by David Dean

Ref: 2674

"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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Best Friends, Busy Friends

Best Friends, Busy Friends

by Susan Rollings
illustrated by Nichola Cowdery

Ref: 16320

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

The Biggest Story

by Sarah Coyle
illustrated by Dan Taylor

Ref: 16361

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

Billy and the Dragon

Ref: 15851

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: 0101

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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Blocks

Blocks

Ref: 16162

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

The Boy Who Lost His Bumble

Ref: 2492

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: 16027

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

The Bread Pet: a sourdough story

by Kate DePalma
illustrated by Nelleke Verhoeff

Ref: 16366

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

Brodie

by Joy Cowley
illustrated by Chris Mousdale

Ref: 2620

"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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The Camping Trip

The Camping Trip

Ref: 16375

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

Chicken Clicking

by Jeanne Willis
illustrated by Tony Ross

Ref: 2693

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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Child of St Kilda

Child of St Kilda

Ref: 15742

"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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Clean It!

Clean It!

Ref: 9913

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

Clean Up!

by Nathan Bryon
illustrated by Dapo Adeola

Ref: 16379

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

The Cloud

Ref: 1494

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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Confessions of a Former Bully

Confessions of a Former Bully

by Trudy Ludwig
illustrated by Beth Adams

Ref: 0164

"I'm going to tell you what you need to know about bullying". A unique take, from a bully's point of view, offering facts, tips and fantastically empowering advice. Age 8-11, American Import Paperback 43pp
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Cook It!

Cook It!

Ref: 1006

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

The Colour Thief

by Andrew Fusek Peters & Polly Peters
illustrated by Karin Littlewood

Ref: 2598

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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Corey's Rock

Corey's Rock

by Sita Brahmachari
illustrated by Jane Ray

Ref: 2956

After her 5-year-old brother dies, Isla and her parents move away from Edinburgh to the Orkney Islands, Scotland. The move brings a new school, new friends and a legend of selkies in a wild landscape which mirror and echoes and then starts to heal the grief buried deep within each family member. Layers and currents of emotion course out of a surprisingly sparse text. We especially appreciated how Isla's father manages to be honest with her about his sadness while still wrapping her up in his warm, protective bulk. The pain of bereavement is softened by the comforting repetition of symbols, the embrace of Ray's ruby-rich and light-diffused illustrations and the graceful arc of healing which drapes over the narrative. 'A beautifully told story of the pain of grief and loss and the beginning of recovery in this loving family. Ray's illustrations-always lovely- enhance the story' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, Letterbox Library reviewer). [An editorial aside: It is still all too rare a thing to see portrayals of people of colour in wild, rural UK landscapes. It is so refreshing to see characters reclaim the British country paths they have been written out of. Thank you, Sita and Jane.] [Mixed Race Family] Age 8-12, Hardback 87pp
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The Crow's Tale

The Crow's Tale

Ref: 2799

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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Dad's Favourite Cookie

Dad's Favourite Cookie

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

Ref: 2800

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

Dare

by Lorna Gutierrez
by Polly Noakes

Ref: 16087

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

Dave and the Tooth Fairy

by Verna Wilkins
illustrated by Carl Pearce

Ref: 967

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

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

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

Ref: 15567

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: 16305

"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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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: 0128

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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Dinosaur Rap

Dinosaur Rap

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

Ref: 2735

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

Dogs Don't Do Ballet

by Anna Kemp
illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

Ref: 14409

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: 2734

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: 0078

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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Each Kindness

Each Kindness

by Jacqueline Woodson
illustrated by E. B. Lewis

Ref: 0163

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: 16131

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: 15927

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 **SPECIAL OFFER 10.00, USUALLY 12.99**
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Errol's Garden

Errol's Garden

Ref: 2876

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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The Everywhere Bear

The Everywhere Bear

by Julia Donaldson
illustrated by Rebecca Cobb

Ref: POR52B

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

The Family Book

Ref: 2690

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: 2739

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: 2572

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: 2573

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: 16074

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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First Time: Big Day Out

First Time: Big Day Out

Ref: 2428

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

First Time: Dentist

Ref: 1323

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

First Time: Doctor

Ref: 1324

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

First Time: Hospital

Ref: 1325

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

First Time: Nursery

Ref: 9828

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

First Time: School

Ref: 0109

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

First Time: Vet

Ref: 1326

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

The 5 Misfits

Ref: 2589

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: 15769

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

Fix It!

Ref: 11694

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

The Flower

by John Light
illustrated by Lisa Evans

Ref: 15659

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: 2426

"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: 1401

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: 9226

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 Girl with the Parrot on Her Head

The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head

Ref: 2547

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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The Girls

The Girls

by Lauren Ace
illustrated by Jenny Lvlie

Ref: 15572

"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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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: 2740

"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: 15915

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: 2499

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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Grandpa's Garden

Grandpa's Garden

by Stella Fry
illustrated by Sheila Moxley

Ref: 2824

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: 1018

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 Themes: Lesbian and Gay
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The Great Big Book of Feelings

The Great Big Book of Feelings

by Mary Hoffman
illustrated by Ros Asquith

Ref: 2408

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: 2422

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: 7430

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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Hands Up!

Hands Up!

by Breanna J. McDaniel
illustrated by Shane W. Evans

Ref: 16152

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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Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau

Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau

by Andrea Beaty
illustrated by David Roberts

Ref: 2548

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: 14180

"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: 2896

"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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Harriet Gets Carried Away

Harriet Gets Carried Away

Ref: 15556

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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The Harmonica

The Harmonica

by Tony Johnston
illustrated by Ron Mazellan

Ref: 1307

A young boy in a concentration camp keeps hopes alive through the transcendent powers of music. Hauntingly beautiful. 'This book is excellent' (Patricia, 10, LL reviewer). Age 7-10, American Import Paperback 30pp
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Have You Seen Elephant?

Have You Seen Elephant?

Ref: 2730

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: 12006

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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Heather Has Two Mummies

Heather Has Two Mummies

by Lesla Newman
illustrated by Laura Cornell

Ref: 2477

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

Hello Hello

Ref: 2903

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: 2707

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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Henry Helps With Dinner

Henry Helps With Dinner

by Beth Bracken
illustrated by Ailie Busby

Ref: 15958

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

Here I Am

by Patti Kim
illustrated by Sonia Snchez

Ref: 2519

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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Hey You!

Hey You!

Ref: 16453

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

Home In The Rain

Ref: 2878

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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How to Find Gold

How to Find Gold

Ref: 2656

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

How to Heal a Broken Wing

Ref: 881

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

I Am Billie Jean King

by Brad Meltzer
illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

Ref: 2885

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 Henry Finch (PB)

I Am Henry Finch (PB)

by Alexis Deacon
illustrated by Viviane Schwarz

Ref: 14255

'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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Ice in the Jungle

Ice in the Jungle

Ref: 2542

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 Could Be, You Could Be

I Could Be, You Could Be

by Karen Owen
illustrated by Barroux

Ref: 0126

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

If All the World Were...

by Joseph Coelho
illustrated by Allison Colpoys

Ref: 2847

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 Like Bees, I Don't Like Honey!

I Like Bees, I Don't Like Honey!

by Sam Bishop
illustrated by Fiona Lumbers

Ref: 16293

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

I'm A Girl!

Ref: 14967

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2016 An energetic picture book which takes on gender stereotypes and smashes them to smithereens. Meet a girl who is competitive, noisy, brainy, speedy, messy and, who is consequently... repeatedly mistaken for a boy. Puts paid to all of those tiresome 'boys are...' 'girls are...' opening lines. Age 4-7, Paperback 29pp
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In Her Hands

In Her Hands

by Alan Schroeder
illustrated by JaeMe Bereal

Ref: 1050

The early career of a pioneering sculptor and a major figure of the Harlem Renaissance. A compelling portrait of a young woman's determination to carve out her own special place in art history. Age 7-11, American Import Hardback 38pp
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Insults Aren't Funny

Insults Aren't Funny

by Amanda F. Doering
illustrated by Simone Shin

Ref: 2643

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: 2879

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: 15887

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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The Island

The Island

Ref: 756

'Wow! What a powerful book! So much you can take from this- in such a simple format.' (Primary Strategy Consultant, LL reviewer). A stark picture book which tackles huge themes- refugees, xenophobia, racism and human rights. A timeless fable. International award-winner. Age 7 to adult, Hardback 30pp
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Isaac and his Amazing Asperger Superpowers!

Isaac and his Amazing Asperger Superpowers!

Ref: 2895

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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I Won't Go To China

I Won't Go To China

by Enda Wyley
illustrated by Marie Thorhauge

Ref: 1222

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: 0084

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: 2761

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: 2670

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: 2543

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

Journey

Ref: 2521

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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The Journey

The Journey

Ref: 2603

A nameless country. A war which stretches like a grasping hand across the land. A parent and her two children separated from their father. A journey to a strange place with strange cities and creatures and landscapes. A long and painful journey. Borders to climb. Seas to cross. Angry guards to evade. A journey that doesn't ever end- even with this book. Evocative, devastatingly simple, text- "The further we go...the more we leave behind"- is extended by illustrations which layer and build the story with other narratives. Based on the author's interviews with refugees and migrants from many different countries, woven here into one multifaceted, unique, hopeful quest for freedom and safety. Truly excellent. Age 7-11, Hardback 41pp
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The Journey Home

The Journey Home

Ref: 2759

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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Julian at the Wedding

Julian at the Wedding

Ref: 16098

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: 2836

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: 2615

"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: 16136

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 and King

King and King

Ref: 9205

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

King Leonard's Teddy

Ref: 16044

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: 2760

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

The King Who Banned the Dark

Ref: 15716

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: 0011

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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Kunkush: The True Story of a Refugee Cat

Kunkush: The True Story of a Refugee Cat

by Marne Ventura
illustrated by Beidi Guo

Ref: 15757

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: 16126

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: 2631

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 Go to the Seaside!

Let's Go to the Seaside!

by Caryl Hart
illustrated by Lauren Tobia

Ref: 2867

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

The Little Island

by Smriti Prasadam-Halls
illustrated by Robert Starling

Ref: 16033

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

Little Mouse and the Red Wall

Ref: 2892

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

Little People, Big Dreams: Ella Fitzgerald

by Ma Isabel Snchez Vegara
illustrated by Brbara Alca

Ref: 15153

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: 2655

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 Red

Little Red

Ref: 2718

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: 2540

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: 15332

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: 2673

"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: 16006

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

The Lost Property Office

Ref: 2875

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: 1410

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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The Long Silk Strand

The Long Silk Strand

by Laura E. Williams
illustrated by Grayce Bochak

Ref: 9856

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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Love Your Body

Love Your Body

by Jessica Sanders
illustrated by Carol Rossetti

Ref: 16205

"Every body is different and every body is a good body"; "Your body is an incredible instrument for you to use...but you are also so much more than your body". Just some of the messages in this bright, dazzling and generous body-positive book aimed at anyone who identifies as a girl. Truly, for us, one of the most exciting books of 2020. A book which encourages girls (in particular) to embrace their bodies through self-care and self-love whilst also empowering them to appreciate themselves beyond their bodies. A smart and brilliant challenge to the objectification of female bodies and to negative body image everywhere. The illustrations are wonderful showing every conceivable body shape, size and type and a range of identities (hijabi girls, rainbow girls, disabled young women included). 'A really empowering and positive approach. A much needed reality check for the young girls of today. I hope this message is powerful enough to combat the social media messages' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). For 8+ readers but also visually legible to younger readers with an adult sat alongside them. Age 8-12, Hardback 36pp
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Lubna and Pebble

Lubna and Pebble

by Wendy Meddour
illustrated by Daniel Egnus

Ref: 16121

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: 15780

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: 2524

"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: 755

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: 1318

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: 0090

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

Luna Loves Art

by Joseph Coelho
illustrated by Fiona Lumbers

Ref: 16389

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

Luna Loves Library Day

by Joseph Coelho
illustrated by Fiona Lumbers

Ref: 2899

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: 2600

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: 0253B

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: 2816

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: 571

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: 2838

(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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Max The Champion

Max The Champion

by Sean Stockdale and Alexandra Strick
illustrated by Ros Asquith

Ref: 0193B

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: 2898

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

Meesha Makes Friends

Ref: 16396

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

The Mediterranean

Ref: 16228

A wordless picture book which lurches you through to an ending and an afterword (by writer and journalist Leogrande) which then flings you back to the start with a new understanding of what you've just witnessed. A silent dramatisation of the exploitation of desperate people, their perilous journeys and the transformation of the Mediterranean into a mass grave. 'A brilliant evocation not only of the impact of colonialism but of Europe's continuing refusal to take responsibility for the world created and ills wrought by colonial powers...It value for anyone involved in education or anti-discrimination work is huge' (Mark Jennett, Equalities Trainer/Consultant, LL reviewer). By the author of The Island (also listed by us). And, likewise, a picture book for older readers. Age 8-11, Hardback 36pp
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The Memory Tree

The Memory Tree

Ref: 2848

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: 149

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: 1369

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: 0057B

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: 2456

"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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Motherbridge of Love

Motherbridge of Love

by Anonymous
illustrated by Jose Masse

Ref: 9336B

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 Beautiful Village in the World

The Most Beautiful Village in the World

Ref: 15815

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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The Most Magnificent Mosque

The Most Magnificent Mosque

by Ann Jungman
illustrated by Shelley Fowles

Ref: 9035

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: 2820

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: 1065

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

My Best Friend

by Nicola Call and Sally Featherstone
by Jane Massey

Ref: 0240

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

My Dad is a Grizzly Bear

by Swapna Haddow
illustrated by Dapo Adeola

Ref: 16433

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

My Footprints

by Bao Phi
illustrated by Basia Tran

Ref: 16069

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: 9703

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: 549

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: 2950

"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: 0130

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 Secret Bully

My Secret Bully

by Trudy Ludwig
illustrated by Abigail Marble

Ref: 9250

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: 9512B

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: 8511

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: 9607B

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: 2440

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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Nen and the Lonely Fisherman

Nen and the Lonely Fisherman

by Ian Eagleton
illustrated by James Mayhew

Ref: 16410

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

Never Ever

Ref: 0133

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

The New Neighbours

Ref: 15701

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: 14394

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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Off to Market (PB)

Off to Market (PB)

by Elizabeth Dale
illustrated by Erika Paul

Ref: 0144b

"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: 8530

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: 14490

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: 2675

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: 2687

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: 12120

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

Outdoor Opposites

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

Ref: 2552

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

The Parrot and the Merchant

Ref: 2859

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: POR50

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

Pearl Power and the Toy Problem

Ref: 2590

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: 2578

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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Pink and Say

Pink and Say

Ref: 1253

A page-turner of a story, commemorating Pinkus Aylee, an unsung Black hero of the American civil war. Marvellous. Age 7-10, American Import Paperback 44pp
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Pirate Baby

Pirate Baby

by Mary Hoffman
illustrated by Ros Asquith

Ref: 15856

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: 16093

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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Polonius the Pit Pony

Polonius the Pit Pony

by Richard O'Neill
illustrated by Feronia Parker Thomas

Ref: 16302

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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Prince Henry

Prince Henry

Ref: 2669

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: 15593

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 Fog

The Princess and the Fog

Ref: 2601

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

Princess Arabella's Birthday

Ref: 2784

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: 2785

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 Castle

The Princess and the Castle

Ref: 2616

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

The Princess and the Pony

Ref: 2553

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

Pretend Friends

by Alice Hoyle
illustrated by Lauren Reis

Ref: 14159

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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The Promise

The Promise

by Nicola Davies
illustrated by Laura Carlin

Ref: 2401

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: 16263

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

Punk Wig

by Lori Ries
illustrated by Erin Eitter Kono

Ref: 9941

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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Quiet!

Quiet!

Ref: 2651

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

Quill Soup

by Alan Durant
illustrated by Dale Blankenaar

Ref: 16467

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

The Rabbit Listened

Ref: 16166

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

Rabbityness

Ref: 0097

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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Ramadan Moon

Ramadan Moon

by Na'ima B Robert
illustrated by Shirin Adl

Ref: 9938B

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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The Recess Queen

The Recess Queen

by Alexis O'Neill
illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith

Ref: 1257

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

Helping Hands: Recycling!

Ref: 15785

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

Ready Steady Mo

Ref: 2632

"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 Red Boat

The Red Boat

Ref: 2416

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: 15919

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: 2406

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: 0134

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: POR63

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: 1337

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: 2843

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: 15923

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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The Scar

The Scar

by Charlotte Moundlic
illustrated by Olivier Tallec

Ref: 0161

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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The Seed of Compassion

The Seed of Compassion

by The Dalai Lama
illustrated by Bao Luu

Ref: 16441

The Dalai Lama takes us from his earliest years amongst his farmer family in north-eastern Tibet -where his mum "planted in me the seed of compassion"- to his education as a monk in Lhasa where he studied 'compassion' to his founding belief: that compassion exists as a seed in every child which, with enough love, can flourish. This lovely picture book introducing some of the tenets of Tibetan Buddhism ends with the Dalai Lama telling children how they can nurture the seed of compassion within themselves. US-Vietnamese illustrator. Age 6-10, Paperback 31pp
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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: 2762

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: 15179

"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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Shopping!

Shopping!

Ref: 0108

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

The Silence Seeker

by Ben Morley
illustrated by Carl Pearce

Ref: 9871

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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Silver Buttons

Silver Buttons

Ref: 2619

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

Sleeping Beauty: A Mid-Century Fairy Tale

retold by Lynn Roberts-Maloney
illustrated by David Roberts

Ref: 2731

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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Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

by Andrea Beaty
illustrated by David Roberts

Ref: 16016

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: 2487

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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Sneaky Beak

Sneaky Beak

by Tracey Corderoy
illustrated by Tony Neal

Ref: 16022

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: 15790

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

Spacegirl Pukes

by Katy Watson
illustrated by Vanda Carter

Ref: 8824

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: 2419

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: 11629

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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Stanley's Stick

Stanley's Stick

by John Hegley
illustrated by Neal Layton

Ref: 0088

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: 2529

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

The Strongest Boy in the World

Ref: 2609

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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The Suitcase

The Suitcase

Ref: 16157

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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Super Daisy

Super Daisy

by Kes Gray
illustrated by Nick Sharratt

Ref: 9820

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: 16140

"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: 2798

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: 2661

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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Talking Is Not My Thing

Talking Is Not My Thing

Ref: 16462

Brought to you by the creator of Me and My Sister (also on this website). Two siblings introduce us to their daily ups and downs- this time from the main perspective of the sister, who is also autistic. She doesn't chat much and she sometimes wishes she could switch her ears off from all that noise. But she also is a deft hand at using flashcards, happy bunny dancing and at the drawing-guessing games. Meantime, her brother is very good at guessing and at... finding lost bunnies. Great portrayal of a non-verbal neurodiverse character. 'Really nicely done. Shows equality between the siblings and I love the relationship and communication. Well balanced and doesn't engender pity. Just shows a different way of being' (Beth, Inclusive Minds Founder & Parent, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 3-7, Paperback 29pp
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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: 11526

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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This Is Our House

This Is Our House

by Michael Rosen
illustrated by Bob Graham

Ref: 5968

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

Tilly's At Home Holiday

Ref: 2417

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: 16000

"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: 9222b

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

Tom's Sunflower

by Hilary Robinson
illustrated by Mandy Stanley

Ref: 2709

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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Tomorrow

Tomorrow

Ref: 15462

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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Troll Stinks

Troll Stinks

by Jeanne Willis
illustrated by Tony Ross

Ref: 2902

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

Two Giants

Ref: 2622

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: 15987

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: 16326

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: 2493

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: 2874

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: 16314

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: 15962

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 Sing with the Same Voice

We All Sing with the Same Voice

by J. Philip Miller & Sheppard M.Greene
illustrated by Paul Meisel

Ref: 670

"I come from everywhere, And my name is you". A bright and breezy book which celebrates our differences- and our commonality. Age 3-6, American Import Paperback 29pp
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Welcome

Welcome

Ref: 2686

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: 7851

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

We're Going to Find the Monster!

by Malorie Blackman
illustrated by Dapo Adeola

Ref: 16457

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

We Shall Overcome

by Debbie Levy
by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Ref: 2503

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: 2792

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 the Jackdaw Saw

What the Jackdaw Saw

by Julia Donaldson
illustrated by Nick Sharratt

Ref: 2539

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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When I Coloured in the World

When I Coloured in the World

Ref: 2858

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: 2576

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: 16114

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: 2579

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: 5023

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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The Worst Princess & Sir Lilypad Offer

The Worst Princess & Sir Lilypad Offer

by Anna Kemp
illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

Ref: 13788

Buy this handsome paperback sequel pairing for 10 (usually 13.98) "Just look at your dress! You really are the worst princess!" Meet Princess Sue, restless and fierce and Sir Lilypad, teeny but effective. A fantastic double dollop of converse-booted princesses with bite, royal twits, tea-sipping dragons, slimy knights, and frogs in chainmail pants. Perfectly bouncing, scanning rhymes and excellent gender stereotype subversions. A great read-together or solo read for 4 to 7 year olds. Brought to you by Letterbox Library, a not-for-profit children's booksellers specialising in books which celebrate equality and inclusion...and with an allergy to stereotypes! Age 4-7, Paperback 29pp
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The Worst Princess

The Worst Princess

by Anna Kemp
illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

Ref: 0195

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: 0248

"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: 16298

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

Zeki Gets a Checkup

by Anna McQuinn
illustrated by Ruth Hearson

Ref: 2837

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

Zeki Loves Baby Club

by Anna McQuinn
illustrated by Ruth Hearson

Ref: 2461

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