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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.

The King with the Dirty Feet

The King with the Dirty Feet

Sally Pomme Clayton, illus. Rhiannon Sanders

Once upon a time, a king in India did not want to wash but at the same time, he did not want to get dirty. What did he finally do?

Beyond the horizon

Beyond the horizon

Carolina Celas, transl. Jethro Soutar

This book, featuring a lot of images and minimal text, explores the concept of the horizon which can be very distant – or very close.

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Eiko Kadono, illus. Joe Todd Stanton

Kiki has just turned twelve. It is time for her to leave home because as a young witch that is the custom…

Dilwyn the Welsh Dragon

Dilwyn the Welsh Dragon

Samuel Langley-Swain, illus. Jessica Rose

Dilwyn the little red dragon is born in a very special place – and it is up to him to keep it safe.

When secrets set sail

When secrets set sail

Sita Brahmachari, illus. Evan Hollingdale

An 11-year old girl moves from Acorn’s Children’s Home to The Hearth. Will her new family welcome her?

Crocodile tears

Crocodile tears

Roger McGough, illus. Greg McLeod

What happens when a bored Crocodile dresses up as a banana and says goodbye to the jungle?

Last: The Story of a White Rhino

Last: The Story of a White Rhino

Nicola Davies

A moving and subtle introduction to the threat to the world’s wildlife inspired by the true story of the last Northern White Rhino.

Julian at the wedding

Julian at the wedding

Jessica Love

A second delightful outing into the non-judgmental world and community of Julian, last seen wanting to be a mermaid.

Taking Time

Taking Time

Jo Loring-Fisher

Through the eyes of children from different countries, this book reminds us to take time out of our busy lives to stop and appreciate the beauty and wonder of the world around us.

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