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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. Very inclusive, lots to talk about' Rosalind, Workforce Dev. Officer, LL reviewer. Age , Hardback 65pp. Black Dog Ref: Shortlist Kate Greenaway Medal 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 , Paperback 25pp.

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 Paperback 28pp. We thought not! We love to introduce children -and you! This bright, cheery and light picture books, inspired by the life of Edna Lewis b. Watch a family harvest and gather all of their food locally, through the passing seasons and then see what plates of food end up on the table: wild greens, dark-amber nectar, sun-ripened peaches, sassy tomatoes, ping-ping-ping peaches are all transformed in to crisp salads, honey on hot biscuits, peach ice cream, tangy tomato sandwiches and nut-butter cookies.

Drooooling backnotes include recipes for pecan drops, apple crisps and more. Inspired by a rare and award-winning black female chef who had a passion for locally sourced food and a loyalty to traditional, fine, comforting, Southern-style cooking. Age , American Import Paperback 39pp.

Brodie by Joy Cowley illustrated by Chris Mousdale. 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. Sensitively done and not at all preachy. Age , Paperback 33pp. The Bus is For Us! Children let you know about all their favourite mode of transport, ranging from trains to horses and giant fishes to flying bears! But every single one of these is outclassed by And so, every few pages, and here is the compulsory joining-in bit, the characters shout out, "But best is the bus. The bus is for us! The simple rhymes really beat along, making this a great read-aloud.

The large soft illustrations and format call out for this book to be held up for everyone to see. And bursting with warm, diverse representations, a great many children will spot toddlers like themselves in this book; there are even a pair of twins! What a lovely book. Great rhymes and gentle, fun illustrations' Rosalind, Workforce Dev. Age Birth to3 Paperback 24pp. Choices, Choices Crucially, gender is no barrier.

Dexter is equally thrilled by all the choices on offer in his head -food critic, astronomer, marine biologist, clothes designer. Bold, cartoon illustrations, snappy text and a great sense of play and fun really lift these books out of the usual 'occupations' books for children. All children will enjoy the humour and excitement that unfolds in these pages and open young children's minds to the view that gender is no barrier to any profession. Clean It! Ref: A chatty, interactive text and merry illustrations encourage children to engage in their first 'real' tasks.

Boys do housework too! Age , Paperback 23pp. The Cloud Ref: Art Class is no fun for one quiet child, sat on her own, with a fuzzy black cloud hovering over her Multicultural, casual images of disability, a winning text and exceptionally imaginative illustrations. English Assoc. Age , Paperback 44pp. Britain seems rainy and colourless to Hassan, but after painting the bright colours of his refugee family's flight from sunny, war-torn Somalia he begins to see colours in his new home.

Sensitively and beautifully illustrated. Age , 15pp Paperback. A unique take, from a bully's point of view, offering facts, tips and fantastically empowering advice. Age , American Import Paperback 43pp. Cook It! Ref: 'What's for dinner. Will you help me choose? One of Letterbox Library's favourite illustrators joins forces with the very popular Peters team. But one day, Dad was full up with sadness, all the way to the top. He said his sky had turned grey. 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 Great illustrations. Commissioning Officer, Letterbox Library reviewer. She, in turn, manages to attend their school play, even though she is quite weak, turning up in a wheelchair and with her head covered by a sparkly scarf suggesting chemotherapy.

When Mr Banks finally tells the class that Miss Evans has died, we see the children encouraged to explore their different feelings and to share their very best memories of Miss Evans- ultimately immortalised in a home made copper tree, installed by the caretaker in the entrance hall, with leaves for memories made by the children. A difficult subject treated with a great lightness of touch. Both the illustrations and text are full of warmth, comfort and even, a gentle humour.

Moving and caring. Opens the door to questions and discussion in a sensitive and thoughtful way' Rosalind, Workforce Dev. It was also so practical and contained a wonderful idea which could be copied. The Crow's Tale Ref: 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. High quality text told in rhyme and lovely, lovely illustrations. What a great debut for Naomi Howarth. Age Paperback 26pp. 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 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. From a publisher who specialises in editing English editions of a selection of Korea's best children's picture books. 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. 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.

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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 , American Import, Hardback 31pp. A rib-tickling, tip-top tale featuring a gritty pig farmer. Can Rose buy the fattest hog in all of Texas or will persnickety snake and mean-attitude armadillo get in her way? With a repeated chorus to join in with- "Come on everybody, shake a claw! 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?! Age , Paperback 30pp. Share a day out with two exuberant children one wears a splint collecting noises in a floppy bag. Bursting with rhythm and rhymes. 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 , Paperback 28pp.

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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!

Tutor, LL reviewer. A celebration of family. No oversleeping, no getting the house messy, no wandering off Brilliantly captures the build up to and excitement of a very special day. Age , American Import Hardback 27pp. Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson illustrated by E. New girl, Maya, looks different in her ragged hand-me-downs and she's always left playing on her own. An award-winning team and one of the most moving picture books we have seen. Age , American Import Hardback 30pp. Audrey is weird. Sam wonders if she is an alien. She has no Earth manners. But she knows all about Earth hugs.

And Earth rides. A wonderful feat of storytelling, imagination and Earth-Love. Age , Canadian Import Paperback 29pp. A quiet, bespectacled, little boy by day; dashing superhero by night. Ingenious illustrations compliment this lovely fantasy. Errol's Garden Ref: 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!

Age , Paper27pp. 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?

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. 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.

Lots of info. The clucking, the mooing and quacking of Farmer Falgu's farm is driving him to distraction 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. See also the review for Farmer Falgu Goes to the Market.

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 , Indian Import Paperback 26pp. Easy, chatty, interactive text perfectly suited for describing a first experience and for opening up discussion.

Ages , Card Pages 23pp. First Time: Dentist Ref: 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 , Card Pages 23pp. Who will I see? Will I have to take medicine? What is the food like? When can I go home? Will they be friendly?

Will I enjoy it? First Time: Vet Ref: Will my dog get better? Can I stay with my cat? Why do my rabbit's teeth need trimming? The 5 Misfits Ref: 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 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. Age , Hardback 34pp. Fix It! Girl DIY expert included! Flashlight Ref: A book which needs to be seen and touched to be truly appreciated! Wordless, with die cut holes and a minimal, dramatic colour palette, this special book shows a child leaving their tent to explore a forest by night with just a flashlight.

The black and silver landscape is interrupted by the torch's beam as it casts a full-colour light on frisky racoons, hedgehogs, bats, owls, beavers and more! Adored by the nursery group staff who visited us recently. Great way of introducing nocturnal animals. Officer, Letterbox reviewer. Age , Hardback 32pp. 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.

Teddy and Ruby set out on a fantastic flying adventure! Shows girls and boys equally at home in their hardhats and diggers. 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. A very complex story nicely simplified.


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This attractive picture book opens with Malala's acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize and then swoops back to tell her story- from her early education in the Swat valley of Pakistan to the rise of the Taliban, their command to cease education for girls which in turn prompted Malala's brave activism and then, the attack on her life. A wonderful play of light and shadows sweep across the illustrations.

Skilled storytelling celebrates and applauds Malala Yousafzai's quite extraordinary courage.

Age , Paperback 40pp. Picture This Winner Fantastic disability portrayal. Bessie-Belle offers to grant Freddie's every wish. But he mumbles and she can't hear terribly well 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 Paperback 31pp. Bright illustrations in pink, blue and yellow hues introduce us to the Hindu god, Ganesha, as a child, a child just like any other child, expect for an elephant's head and an unusual method of getting around- cruising on a magic mouse.

Follow the pair as they go about collecting sweets until they stumble across an extra hard, jaw breaking, laddoo which snaps off Ganesha's tusk which he then accidentally hurls at an elderly man who turns out to be the poet Vyasa who then persuades Ganesha to be a scribe for his very very very long poem An eminently child-friendly, comic, account of how Ganesha came to write the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata.

Comes with a helpful author note. Illustrated by a Pixar Animation Studios artist. The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head Ref: 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 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.

Very tactile paper and a great palette. Brilliant, humorous, quirky- immense! 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.

It's beautifully told-friendships endures through a lifetime.. Girls can fly planes or dive under the sea. Yes, girls can be anything they want to be". A simple and effective empowerment book aimed at getting girls to aim as high as they'd like to! A bouncy rhyme drives the optimism of the text forward as we see girls in all of their diversity as they take up all sorts of jobs and activities from protecting tigers to solving crimes to digging up roads. The energy pours out on to the start and end pages with double page spreads of girls rock climbing and, later, mini bios and pictures of 15 notable women, including UK's first female firefighter, the first person with Down Syndrome to swim the English Channel, the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Nicola Adams and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Wonderful to have these messages pitched to the very young. 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. Informative and engaging with attractive illustrations. A charming sequel to 'Amazing Grace'. When Grace is invited to Gambia she is worried about how to manage two families, but she learns that families are what you make of them. Age , 32pp Paperback. Grandma Ref: 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 , Paperback 28pp. 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 , Paperback 38pp. Early science knowledge with muscle and heart.

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Another hefty slice of non-fiction joy from Hoffman and Asquith. This time, it's all about our bodies. This is a celebration of everybody and every body: the characteristics we share, the things which make us different; what makes up a body; where our biggest muscle is bottoms! There is even due reference to people who do not feel comfortable with the labels 'boy' and 'girl'. Inclusive and diverse as always, Asquith sets about putting everyone into the picture- including a wider range of disabled characters.

Age , Paperback 33p. A glorious, multicultural celebration of contemporary family life. All wrapped up in delightful illustrations and great dollops of humour! Age , Paperback 32pp Themes: Lesbian and Gay. Selected by Booktrust as a Best Book of 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 , Paperback 32pp. 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.

Relatives too welcoming, weather too hot. Nothing is the same. A very recognisable, grumpy child has his day lifted, finally, by a kind and patient friend and a calm reassuring childminder. A straightforward and gently humorous book which includes some great back cover tips for getting children to articulate their moods. Age , Hardback, 18pp. A quirky treat. Every one of Madame Chapeau's customers is different, so each receives a unique, bespoke hat.

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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 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 would have bought this for my child- I had to read it to my nearly year-old daughter anyway. Wonderful inclusion! 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. What's not to like? Portrayals of different ethnicities, faiths and disabilities as well as diverse family structures. Happy to be Me Ref: "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. Simple, bold and colourful illustrations. Lovely early years book' June, Parent, LL reviewer. 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. Imaginative story and lovely illustrations. Very inclusive without being self-conscious' Kerry, LL staff and reviewer.

Age Hardback 38pp. A young boy in a concentration camp keeps hopes alive through the transcendent powers of music. Hauntingly beautiful. Age , American Import Paperback 30pp. One in a series showing children of all abilities enjoying a day out. Colourful and sunny illustrations.

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Have You Seen Elephant? Ref: 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. Children will love it. Commissioning Officer, LL reviewer. 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. 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 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. Definite must-have! Hello Hello Ref: 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!

A beautifully executed picture book with rhyming text and ninety-two yes, 92! Semi-cartoon-like, collage illustrations. Take the time to compare the silhouetted front end with the coloured-in back end pages. Really different. Really thought provoking. Really good! Age , Hardback 38pp. 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 Another spot-on, sensitive, gently humorous book for children from the Copper Tree series. A great story about adoption without it being an 'issues' book. Every setting should have this book' Rosalind, Workforce Dev.

Nurturing and loving class. The adoption story delicately but realistically explained. We first glimpsed this as a U. 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. Written by a Korean immigrant to the USA. Age , Paperback 39pp. Home and Dry Ref: The Paddling family live on an island, making their living by fishing and teaching swimming- and serviced by the local ferry people who bring them their mail and food.

But every summer, when the water dries up, the ferry people have to stop their visits and the Paddlings have to go elsewhere for a good paddle! An unusual story book with lots of scope to explore island living, weather patterns and their impact on the environment. A curiously life-affirming tale with some extra nice touches in the illustrationsL: a very heavily pregnant Mrs Paddling fishing in balloon trousers, Mr Paddle's chequered one piece swimsuit, the enormous plate of fish and chips in the final pages!

A very quirky family. Somehow a real feeling of warmth and affection' Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager, Letterbox reviewer. Beautiful illustrations, interesting story and no gender stereotypes- hooray! Home In The Rain Ref: 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. 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! Amazing colours. Hope is an Open Heart Ref: A wonderful photographic tribute to the resilience of hope, inspired by the devastation caused by natural disasters and conflicts. Age , American Import Paperback 32pp. Best friends: 1 girl mouse and 2 boy mice. Must they really join the boys-only and girls-only clubs? A fun and spirited tribute to friendship and inclusion.

Age , American Import Paperback 29pp. How to Find Gold Ref: 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 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. 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. Shortlists Nobody saw the pigeon fall to the ground. Except a kind and gentle little boy.

Sparse text and fantastically eloquent illustrations. 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 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. 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 American Import Hardback 38pp. He had a thought and he heard it. 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.

I'm juts an ordinary person. But I'm also proof that there's no such thing as an ordinary person". This cartoon format is perfect for introducing the Rosa Parks story to a very young audience. A lovely informal colloquial style from Rosa Park's point of view shows her early life, her budding as a young activist and then, finally, her political courage as she refuses to move from a 'white seat' in a public bus. Age , American Import Hardback 38pp. Ice in the Jungle Ref: 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! Age Paperback 27pp. 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! If All the World Were 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! 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.

Lyrical text and gorgeous photographs rejoice in the world's people, climates, colours and seasons. A true celebration of the beauty of our world. Immi Ref: An astonishing illustrator turns her hand to writing and long may she do so! A simply stunning story about hope, giving and wonder seen through the eyes of a little Inuit girl. 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. Insults Aren't Funny by Amanda F. Doering illustrated by Simone Shin. 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. Is It A Mermaid? 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!!! 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! Nice little backnote on the endangered Dugong. Yes, Dugongs are real]. Age , Hardback 24pp. The Island Ref: 'Wow! What a powerful book! So much you can take from this- in such a simple format.

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. Isaac and his Amazing Asperger Superpowers! Ref: 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 It Must Have Been You! With each new act of mischief, a family member- sister, mum, grandpa- comes in to point the finger, whilst she puts on her most innocent, puppy-eyed face. How very true to life! Attractive contemporary illustrations with mixed up fonts and a typeface which falls, tumbles, whirls and spins across the pages, extending the story's playfulness. Finished off with some fantastic end pages full of child art by two 6-year-olds!

Depicts a busy, joyful and loving Muslim family. It's Raining! It's Pouring! We're Exploring! Bad weather means indoor play with home made props, dollops of spontaneity and plenty of imagination. Rhyming text and a wonderful 'casual' portrayal of a girl with asthma. Chang-ming is selected for the football team. But Mum and Dad say they're all off to visit Grandma in China! Age , Irish Import Hardback 29pp. Jack's Worry Ref: 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. Jake at Gymnastics Ref: Jake loves gym class- there are splits to be done, frog hops to try out, beams to balance on, bouncy balls to bounce on, tumbles to roll and A very spirited group of cherubic-looking children demonstrate toddler-friendly exercises with 2 instructors on hand to ensure all safety requirements are met!

Isadora is a much loved Caldecott Honor winner in the US; we only wish she was better known here. Her always diverse illustrations are simply stunning. Age , American Import Hardback 29pp. Jamie Ref: 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 Clara and Clem are in for unexpected surprises when their robot made of blocks transports them into space.

Good friends, Gerald and Piggie, decide they should go for a drive. But before they go, they need one thing after another which delays the trip, giving readers plenty of comic relief. This is just one of many in the kid-favorite Elephant and Piggie series. Plenty of rhyming words and silliness comprise this story about a pig in a wig who travels in a boat adding more and more friends until the boat is too crowded. Learn about fascinating jungle animals from toucans to jaguars in this fact-based book with colorful photographs. Big and little dogs, red and green dogs all go to a dog party in this wild and crazy rhyming story.

As his friends grow and discover their strengths, Walt hopes he will discover what he is best at, too. Freckleface and her best friend, Windy Pants Patrick, have stuffed some goodies inside their backpacks. Meet Mr. Putter, a lonely retired person — that is, until he adopts a cat named Tabby at a local shelter. Max is a truck in Trucktown whose exuberant tricks find him stuck under a bridge. Uh-oh is right. Will any of his truck friends be able to help? The two friends begin a friendship full of fun and adventure in this humorous first book of the series.

LEGO fans will love this series. Duck is running for her life and warning all the other animals about the terrifying creature chasing her. But maybe the creature is not as terrifying as Duck thinks. Gorgeous photographs and simple text show the transformation of caterpillars into butterflies.

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These animals can do all sorts of amazing things while balancing apples on top of their heads in this beginning reader filled with both silly humor and illustrations. Goofy rhyming stories help kids master new and invented words with Dr. Max imagines the egg he finds is a dinosaur egg and takes very good care of it. What animal will be inside? Use your thinking skills to figure out the clues to what Miss Milly likes — words with double letters — in this beginning graphic novel for children. Just as he finishes, he realizes something important that will make readers laugh.