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The Garden of Inside-Outside<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 Garden of Inside-Outside

Chiara Mezzalama, illus. Régis Lejonc, transl. Sarah Ardizzone

More than a story of childhood fantasy, this book provides a powerful treatise on civil war and its impact on young lives.

Max + Xam<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'/>

Max + Xam

Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar

When Max and Xam fall out, they start a competition to see who is the most popular, using all their ingenuity to ‘make’ friends and prove a point.

I’m NOT a mouse!<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’m NOT a mouse!

Evgenia Golubeva

Olivia’s nickname, Mouse, gets her into some sticky situations. But will her mum ever stop using it? This fresh and funny look at pet names holds a deeper message about identity.

A Story about Afiya<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'/>

A Story about Afiya

James Berry, illus. Anna Cunha

In this beautiful book, award-winning Jamaican poet James Berry creates a magical, dreamy world for a little girl who enjoys the freedom of spending her days outside.

Maia and What Matters<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'/>

Maia and What Matters

Tina Mortier, illus. Kaatje Vermeire, trans. David Colmer

This is an extraordinarily powerful book dealing with the difficult subject of illness and bereavement.

Lost<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'/>

Lost

Ele Fountain

Lola and her brother Amit wait for their father to return home after a days work. But days pass, and he fails to arrive...

Belonging Street<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'/>

Belonging Street

Mandy Coe

Much of the book is a quest, a search for a sense of belonging, whether the searcher is a child, a tree-that-walks, the colour grey, or a butterfly...

The Wanderer<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 Wanderer

Peter Van den Ende

A paper boat makes its way around a fantastical ocean world, discovering wonder after wonder until it reaches the shore.

Mrs Noah’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'/>

Mrs Noah’s Garden

Jackie Morris, illus. James Mayhew

As Mr Noah turns their vessel into a house, Mrs Noah sets about growing a fabulous garden… and a new addition to the family

Ella May does it her way!<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'/>

Ella May does it her way!

Mick Jackson, illus. Andrea Stegmaier

Children are often encouraged to try new things but feisty Ella May takes that idea to a whole new level.

Calm Beasts<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'/>

Calm Beasts

Herberts Dorbe, illus. Gita Treice, trans. Žanete Vēv ere Pasqualini and Kate Wakeling

Herberts Dorbe paints a curious world where wolves fall silent and lions lie down to be stroked.

Poems the Wind Blew In<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'/>

Poems the Wind Blew In

Carmelo C. Iribarren, illus. Riya Chowdhury, trans. Lawrence Schimel

Be careful when you open this book: as soon as you do, the wind will whisk you up and take you on an adventure across the city. These poems reveal the magic in small, everyday things.