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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.

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?

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