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Hello! A Welcoming Story

Hello! A Welcoming Story

Gina K. Lewis, illus. María José Campos

Five refugee children who have left everything they know and arrived in a new place are welcomed by their classmates.

The Mask that Loved to Count

The Mask that Loved to Count

Luo Xi, transl. Helen Wang

A N95 mask goes on a journey from a pharmacy to a home to a hospital, counting as he goes, and finding out his true goal.

The Glassblower’s Children

The Glassblower’s Children

Maria Gripe, illus. Harald Gripe, transl. Sheila La Farge

A haunting fairytale echoing Norse myth and folklore.

Victor

Victor

Jacques & Lise, transl. Laura Watkinson

A macho big-game hunter develops a conscience and starts feeling guilty about his actions. But will his plan to atone put him in a dangerous situation?

We Are The Beatles

We Are The Beatles

Zoë Tucker, illus. Mark Wang

This book tells the story of the Beatles and amplifies the teamwork and friendship between the boys that enabled them to create their music.

The B on Your Thumb

The B on Your Thumb

Tor Freeman, illus. Colette Hiller

A fun way to help 4-7-year-olds learn to read and spell.

Can you whistle, Johanna?

Can you whistle, Johanna?

Ulf Stark, ill. Anna Höglund, transl. Julia Marshall

When Ulf tells his friend Berra about his grandfather, Berra wants a grandfather too. But where can you find one?

Who Do I See in the Mirror?

Who Do I See in the Mirror?

Vese Aghoghovbia-Aladewolu, ill. Irene Omiunu

A little girl notices and celebrates all she sees in the mirror.

The Smile Shop

The Smile Shop

Satoshi Kitamura

What does a little boy do when he loses all his money on market day? Just how much does a smile cost?

The Kiosk

The Kiosk

Anete Melece, transl. Elῑna Brasliņa

Olga is tied to the Kiosk. But she has dreams as she looks through travel brochures. Will she ever escape to see that splendid sunset?

Bibbit jumps

Bibbit jumps

Bei Lynne, transl. Helen Wang

Bibbit loves to jump – well he is a frog. But what about going to the big city to take care of his little sister?

I smile for Grandpa

I smile for Grandpa

Jaclyn Guenette, illus. Kathryn Harrison

When Grandpa is diagnosed with dementia, Little Buddy realises that their games won’t be the same.

Stars with Flaming Tails

Stars with Flaming Tails

Valerie Bloom, illus. Ken Wilson-Max

Poems to make you laugh, get you thinking and fill you with wonder.

Meet Monster

Meet Monster

Ellen Blance & Ann Cook, illus. Quentin Blake

Monster is a special creature. He moves to a city, looks for a house, and shares magical moments with children. Will you be his friend?

Hey, Water!

Hey, Water!

Antoinette Portis

From tap to stream and lake, the reader learns all about water forms and the water cycle.

The Longest Strongest Thread

The Longest Strongest Thread

Inbal Leitner

A story of the huge bond between grandmother and granddaughter when one moves hundreds of miles from the other.

Weird, Wild & Wonderful

Weird, Wild & Wonderful

James Carter, illus. Neal Layton

A wonderful collection of 92 exciting poems with evocative illustrations.

Just like you

Just like you

Jo Loring-Fisher

One little girl is going on a journey, but wherever she is in the world, she is just like you.

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