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Can you whistle, Johanna?<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

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?<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

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<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

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<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

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<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

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<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

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.

Weeds in Nana’s Garden<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Weeds in Nana’s Garden

Kathryn Harrison

Why is Nana letting the weeds grow in her beautiful garden?

Stars with Flaming Tails<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

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<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

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!<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

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<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

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<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Weird, Wild & Wonderful

James Carter, illus. Neal Layton

A wonderful collection of 92 exciting poems with evocative illustrations.