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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. 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.

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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. Age , Paperback 12pp. 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.

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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!

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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.

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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 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 When she completes her disguise with a short, trendy haircut, Jamie looks in a mirror and suddenly feels Jamie has become Jamie and he's finally at one with himself. Off to the ball! A very, very clever, smart and thoughtful book with a positive transgender protagonist which is pitched perfectly to young readers.

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 All Letterbox Library reviewers. The Jar of Happiness Ref: 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 Gentle illustrations and a story of kindness and a girl as a budding scientific inventor of happiness! Journey Ref: 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 A rich, yet entirely wordless, narrative; a song to imaginative play, outdoor adventures, intrepid girls, friendships and extraordinary journeys.

The possibilities for use in literacy are endless. Age , Paperback 34pp. The Journey Ref: 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 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 , Hardback 41pp. 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 A wonderfully illustrated story about the destruction to our environment, forced migrations and hope for a much kinder future.

Julian Is a Mermaid Ref: 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.

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A celebration of individuality, creativity, freedom of expression and intergenerational love and empathy. Wonderful artwork which soaks the pages in colour and warmth. 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! Age Paperback 32pp.

Juniper Jupiter Ref: "Juniper Jupiter is a super-hero. A real one. It's no big deal. Oh- and she flies, of course. But there does seem to be one missing ingredient.. A side-kick! And so, JJ holds a side-kick audition, rejecting those who are too scratchy, have too much beard or who are over-prepared.

Who will end up joining JJ on her future missions? Brought to you by an award-winning illustrator. BAME protagonist and a diverse background cast of characters. A fun, rhyming romp through the imagination. But her daughter is far too busy kissing kangaroos, cuddling hippos, flying with geese and nuzzling whale tails.

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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. Asian family Age , Paperback 24pp. King and King Ref: 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. 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'. A touching story of belonging and new beginnings. Endorsed by Amnesty International UK. Age , Hardback 52pp. 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 bright, multicultural version of a classic, now with video animation! Knockin' on Wood Ref: 'What an uplifting story- all pupils would love it! The exhilarating story of Clayton 'Peg Leg' Bates and his rise to fame as a tap dancer. A real showstopper. American Import Hardback 29pp. Winner 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? Published to huge acclaim, this book has garnered too many awards to list here!

Great disability images, too! 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? 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.

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. And from such early possibilities A series which does a very accomplished job of distilling the biographies of women of huge stature into a handful of sentences and cheerful, bold graphics. Perfect for leaving the youngest of readers in a state of awe.

Age , Hardback 26pp. Another stunning little bio. 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. 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. 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.

I loved reading this and would read it again' Nicole, aged 11, LL reviewer. 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. Includes a perfect refrain for children to join in with: "Which might have scared some little girls. But not this little girl. So Little Red packs up her basket and goes to the rescue. En route she greets snorkelling hippos, meerkats, warthogs and, finally, one very very hungry rascal of a lion.

Will the lion get his fill of people or will Little Red instead teach him a thing or two about good manners? A hilarious, sparky and energetic retelling of Little Red Riding Hood within a bright, sunlight-infused safari setting. Living with Mum and Living with Dad Ref: 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.

Age , Paperback 22pp. 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 Lollipop and Grandpa become intrepid explorers in the back garden and stalk all manner of beasts: a Croco-Logus, Hippo-Potta-Compost and Chimpan-Trees! Imaginative play at its best; how to turn the everyday familiarity of your garden into a fearsome and exotic jungle.

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 Very cool book this! 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 Warm, sweeping illustrations which have the appearance of flittered sunlight! 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. The Lost Stars Ref: Bold and expressive illustrations illuminate this wonderfully imaginative story about the endangered magic of the night sky.

Williams illustrated by Grayce Bochak. A moving, but ultimately uplifting, tale of inter-generational love and the sadness of losing a beloved grandparent. Very special. Age , American Import Paperback 28pp. 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!

I like the links to the website for extension resources. Delightful illustrations and a proper story! 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! 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! 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. Luna's Red Hat Ref: 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! 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. Then the day draws near for the school pageant, and there is one big problem - no costume for the prince. Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 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 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. 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 American Import Hardback 29pp. 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.

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. Age Hardback 32pp. It's a great day for sport-loving Max as his school wins the fun tournament.

Expressive, multicultural illustrations enhance this effortlessly inclusive book. Mayowa doesn't want to visit his Granny in Ilisan. He wants to stay at home, in Lagos, immersed in his computer games. But, when he arrives in Ilisan, Granny introduces him to his guide, the exuberant Denuyi, and promises him that the local masquerades will provide plenty of entertainment for him. And so, Mayowa is introduced to emerald grasshoppers, piglets with curly-pencil-shaving tails, yeye trees, and, finally, masquerades full of outlandish costumes, talking drums and A super-energetic story with bright-as-sunshine illustrations.

The perfect antidote for a screen-fixated child! 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! 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 Hardback 29pp.

The Memory Tree Ref: 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.

I really like it. 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. Mirror Ref: English Assoc. 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. Missing Mummy Ref: B Simple text and evocative artwork combine to gently explore a child's fears and feelings after the death of a parent. Honest but reassuring.

An engaging story for a wide range of ages and reading abilities. A soothing, lyrical poem written by an adoptive mother and accompanied by fantastic illustrations. A hugely positive account of transnational adoption. 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. Mr Bunny's Chocolate Factory Ref: Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 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 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. I need to find some glue". Fantastically soothing rhymes and dynamic artwork compliment a heartfelt story of parental separation. 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 , Paperback 18pp. They have similarities and differences. They are best friends. Superb explorations of friendships across cultures. A superb exploration of friendship across cultures. Whether designing pipework on a computer, repairing leaking pipes or unblocking toilets, Mum the Plumber is on hand with her silver spanner, pipe cutters and big red plunger.

A rhyming introduction to the joys of a career in plumbing. 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 American Import Paperback 29pp. My Sister is an Alien Ref: Alfie's new baby sister looks, sounds and smells But if he takes her back to the moon, will he miss her a little too much? A rocket-fuelled, positive celebration of new earthlings!

Maya, Nancy, Chyng and Zulay, who is blind, are the very closest of friends. They do everything the same from singing like the stereo to linking arms like sausage links. But when Zulay announces that she wants to race at Field Day, her friends are, initially, hesitant. Come the day, will she convince them to remain her biggest cheerleaders? Age , American Import Hardback 31pp. Granny Vero was born in Trinidad. Granny Rose was born in Yorkshire. Alvina adores them both. But the grannies don't always agree 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 Paperback 30pp. 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 A delightful, rich celebration of a girl's Pakistani heritage. Age , American Import paperback 29pp. Nelson Mandela Ref: 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 year-old playing on the grassy hills of Qunu to iconic statesman and president of South Africa. One child's bedtime routine, elaborated through leaping rhymes and sensible advice on dealing with sharks, bisons and dinosaurs. Absolutely delightful! Never Ever Ref: "Nothing exciting never ever happens to me!

A cumulative, rib-tickler of a story told mostly through astonishingly lovely illustrations. Adored by our reviewers. There is a very simple, easy-to-follow, rule about starting school- you don't take your bear with you! This picture book sets out to explain the reasons why, while cleverly reassuring children about leaving the person they love at home. Rhythmic rhymes and sharp illustrations in a retro, primary-coloured palette. Turn the book around to get the full benefits of the bear trampolining over a double page spread!

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