The Emerald Forest

the emerald forest

One day Orangutan heard a faint noise. Hardly a noise at all – just a distant droning. Then there was a crash! Smoke seeped through the canopy… Orangutan and her family live in a vast emerald forest, bursting with life. She teaches her babies what food to eat, how to swing through trees, how to […]

Let’s Stick Together

lets stick together

A joyful, humorous rhyming tale about how friends lift each other up, from the creators of the internationally bestselling I’m Sticking With You and I’m Sticking With You Too. Much-loved characters Bear and Squirrel are back and it’s time to party! Squirrel is the expert at throwing parties and knows exactly what to do to […]

Mums Are Magnificent

mums are magnificent

Mums Are Magnificent champions the diverse nature of mums and uplifts and celebrates ALL types of mums everywhere – the perfect present to mark the arrival of a new baby or to give to that very special mum on Mother’s Day. Just like I Love My Mummy by Giles Andreae and Emma Dodd, With My […]

One to Ten and Back Again

one to ten and back again

A wonderful and unique look at counting and friendship. This very simple picture book is about two friends, Sue and Nick, who like very different things but are still best friends. They introduce us to all their favourite things from one boy called Nick and one girl called Sue to ten cakes for tea, and […]

A Million Dots

a million dots

Double the numbers to go from 1 to 1,000,000 in 40 pages. A stunning visualization of numbers big and small. We start with a single tree; 1. As we turn the page, we are presented with a sum doubling the number on the page before it: 1+1 = 2; 2+2 = 4; 4+4 = 8. […]

Steve Jobs

steve jobs

In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Steve Jobs, the visionary whose ideas still shape the world. Steve Jobs grew up surrounded by inventors, in sunny Silicon Valley, California. He and his friend Stephen Wozniak channelled their love of computers into their own inventions, […]

Shark in the Park on a Windy Day!

shark in the park on a windy day

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the park . . . Timothy Pope is blown this way and that way in the windy park — but among the whistling wind and blustering brollies could that be a shark he spies through his telescope. Peep through the die-cut hole in the […]

The Squirrels’ Busy Year: A Science Storybook about the Seasons

the squirrels busy year a science storybook about the seasons

The perfect introduction to seasons and weather for young children. It’s winter. It’s cold! The squirrels are digging up acorns to eat. But what will they eat in the spring when the acorns are gone? This beautiful picture book is the perfect introduction to the seasons and how the weather changes throughout the year. The […]

Seasons

seasons

Nature is like a magical picture that changes with the seasons. Watch six breathtaking landscapes transform in front of your eyes in this beautifully illustrated book. Interactive split pages create an immersive experience that allows readers to take a visual journey across the globe, from the Arctic tundra to the African plains. With simple facts […]

The Woodland Trust A Walk in the Woods: A Changing Seasons Story

the woodland trust a walk in the woods a changing seasons story

Join Lucy and Oscar and their dog Jasper as they explore spring, summer, autumn and winter on a woodland walk. What amazing things can you see? Come rain or shine, Oscar and Lucy walk Jasper the dog every day. On a spring morning, the world is waking up, animals peek out from their burrows and […]

Rain

rain

Sam wants to go out but it’s pouring with rain, so he and Grandpa decide to stay inside until the rain stops. Sam drinks hot chocolate and reads his books and dreams of adventures while Grandpa gets on with his important paperwork. Grandpa seems to have a VERY important letter to write. Then that very […]

Cyril the Lonely Cloud

cyril the lonely cloud

It is sad but true that no one is ever pleased to see Cyril the cloud. He’s always being blamed for ruining everyone’s fun: casting shadows over everywhere he goes, and making things look dull and miserable. So, one day, Cyril drifts far, far away in search of a friendly face: over farmland, towns, and […]

Puddling!

puddling

Clouds gather, skies darken, rain drops, puddles appear… Let’s go puddling! Pull on your wellies and button up your coats for this playful, interactive story all about children delighting in the joy of splish-splash-sploshing in muddy puddles with their friends, and cherishing snuggles on the sofa afterwards. Emma Perry’s debut on the Walker list encapsulates […]

Hello, Star

hello star

Hello, Star. I know you’re scared, but you’re not alone. When a young girl learns that a bright light in the sky is coming from a dying star, she promises to keep it company until the light goes out. Every night she reassures her friend that she’s still there. As the years pass, the girl […]

Mae Jemison

mae jemison

When Mae Jemison was a little girl, she dreamed of blasting off into space on a rocket ship. She was so excited as she watched the Apollo Moon landings, but she wondered… why none of the astronauts were women? Mae loved science and was so bright that she started college at just 16, and was […]

Neil Armstrong

neil armstrong

Little Neil’s dreams took flight when he rode on his first airplane as a child. After studying aeronautical engineering and time spent in the navy, he became a pilot. From there, he was selected to take a trip to where no human had gone before – the moon! Along with his team, Buzz and Mike, […]

Once There Were Giants

once there were giants

Once there was a baby in the house – and to that baby, Mum and Dad and Jill and John and Uncle Tom were giants. But little by little, that baby grew up – until she became a giant too! Martin Waddell says of the book, “Small children live in a world designed for big […]

All the Nonsense in my Teeth

all the nonsense in my teeth

All the Nonsense in my Teeth is a fantastical, dream-like story about teeth brushing, that takes readers on a journey into the narrator’s imagination and encourages good personal hygiene and following a daily routine. Tonight I brushed my teeth. They really needed a good clean! Oh, let me tell you about all the things that […]

Books About Music and Musicians

best childrens books about music

Best Children’s Books About Music From clefs and composers to instruments and improvisations, music is a pastime that many children come to love in their primary years. We’ve put together a list of the best children’s books about music, composers, instruments, singing and performing…

Once Upon a Rhythm: The Story of Music

once upon a rhythm the story of music

It hums and it thrums through day and night the magical, mystical rhythm of life! Follow the story of music back to the very beginning. Did it start with a stomp or a clap? This playful poem is an ode to the colourful world of music and rhythm.

The Diddle That Dummed

the diddle that dummed

A laugh-out-loud musical story full of hilarious word play and silliness from the author of Oi Frog! , brilliantly illustrated by Fred Blunt. Flinty Bo Diddle is writing a tune for his fiddle. All his diddles have lined up nicely – except for one who keeps going DUM, right in the middle! No matter what […]

Ossiri and the Bala Mengro

ossiri and the bala mengro

A Traveller girl creates her own musical instrument from a willow branch and lots of recycled objects. She plays it enthusiastically, but it sounds terrible! Ignoring warnings not to awaken the ogre in the hills, Ossiri goes there to practise playing her instrument. Will she wake the ogre, and will it appreciate her playing? Told […]

Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

adas violin the story of the recycled orchestra of paraguay

From award-winning author Susan Hood and illustrator Sally Wern Comport comes the extraordinary true tale of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, an orchestra made up of children playing instruments built from recycled trash. Ada Rios grew up in Cateura, a small town in Paraguay built on a landfill. She dreamed of playing the violin, but […]

A Ticket to Kalamazoo!: Zippy Poems To Read Out Loud

a ticket to kalamazoo zippy poems to read out loud

All aboard for Kalamazoo! One ticket will let you… ride on an elephant, stay in a bug hotel, travel by train boat and plane, mingle with bears and minibeasts – and even meet an alien! All this and more, in 19 zippy poems to read aloud. This is a fantastic and eagerly awaited poetry collection […]

I Really, Really Love You So

i really really love you so

The hilarious sequel to the bestselling I Really, Really Need a Wee , by dynamic duo Karl Newson and Duncan Beedie, will not disappoint fans of this cute and curious Bush Baby. Bush Baby is BACK… and has something really, really IMPORTANT to say… but how?! From climbing a mountain, to wrestling with crocodiles, this […]

Chloe’s Lunar New Year

chloes lunar new year

It’s almost Lunar New Year, and Chloe can’t wait to celebrate! But first, Chloe and her family must prepare for the new year. They buy new shoes, lay out good-luck oranges in a bowl, decorate the red envelope, and make a crispy turnip cake. Everyone comes together to cook a fantastic feast, saving a plate […]

Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story

night of the moon a muslim holiday story

Now in paperback, this sweet tale follows Yasmeen, a seven-year-old Pakistani-American girl, as she celebrates the Muslim holidays of Ramadan , “The Night of the Moon” ( Chaand Raat ), and Eid . With lush illustrations that evoke Islamic art, this beautiful story offers a peek into modern Muslim culture-and into the ancient roots of […]

Hello Spring

hello spring

Say hello to the Little Seasons! After a whole year of waiting, it’s finally Spring’s turn to wear the Weather Crown and create her own special season. Her friends can all remember how beautiful spring was last time. But this time, as Winter places the crown on her head, Spring starts to feel anxious. Can […]

The Midnight Panther

the midnight panther

Panther is not like the other cats. Leopard has beautiful spots, Tiger has impressive stripes and Lion has a magnificent mane. Panther is small, shy and dark. One night he decides to go and find out where in the jungle he really belongs. Finally summoning the courage to scale the treetops, he answers the call […]

Two Places to Call Home

two places to call home

Florrie has two of everything. Two lovely brothers . . . Two smashing parents . . . Two very cuddled pets. But two isn’t always a magic number, as Florrie now has to live in TWO different houses: one with her mum . . . and one with her dad. An uplifting picture book that […]

Maybe You Might

maybe you might

They said I couldn’t change the world; it wasn’t worth the fight. But in my head, a small voice said…maybe you might. A young girl makes a choice to plant a seed by a long dead riverbed. Little does she know that from this single, small act, a vibrant ecosystem will grow. This inspiring poem […]

Sylvia and Bird

Sylvia and bird

Sylvia is the only dragon in the whole world, and she is very lonely . . . until one day, she meets Bird. Tiny and chirpy, so different from the huge dragon, Bird somehow changes Sylvia’s life for ever.

Tell Me a Dragon

tell me a dragon

In this enchanting book, Jackie Morris conjures a world where everyone has their own dragon, exploring all their variety through lyrical text and beautifully realised illustrations. This children’s classic is now available in this larger, high-quality production format for full enjoyment of the art work and the wonderful creatures it presents.

War Horse (Picture Book Edition)

war horse picture book a beloved modern classic adapted for a new generation of readers

A richly illustrated gift picture book edition of Michael Morpurgo’s classic wartime story War Horse. This powerful book for younger readers tells the enduring story of a friendship between a boy and his horse amid the turmoil of the First World War. For 40 years, War Horse has been helping children understand conflict. As we […]

Fantastic Females

fantastic females booklist

Children’s books that celebrate fantastic females We’ve selected a list of recommended books for children that celebrate fantastic females, from favourite fiction books with strong female leads to non-fiction about real-life inspirational heroines.  

The Smallest Girl in the Class

the smallest girl in the class

An inspiring and empowering rhyming story that’s a joy to read aloud, all about the power of children to change the world. Sally McBrass is the smallest girl in the youngest class – but Sally knows you don’t have to be big to be strong. From kites stuck up trees to howling dogs to stray […]

Books of the Month – 2018

Best Books of The Month in 2018

All our Books of The Months in 2018 Each month our Review Panel highlights recommended new children’s books. Our top five picks each month feature newly published children’s books that we think you’ll love just as much as we do. From picturebooks and poetry to novels and non-fiction, we love shouting from the rooftops about […]

Books of the Month – 2019

Best Books of The Month in 19

All our Books of The Months in 2019 Each month our Review Panel highlights recommended new children’s books. Our top five picks each month feature newly published children’s books that we think you’ll love just as much as we do. From picturebooks and poetry to novels and non-fiction, we love shouting from the rooftops about […]

Books of the Month – 2020

Best Books of The Month in 2020

All our Books of The Months in 2020 Each month our Review Panel highlights recommended new children’s books. Our top five picks each month feature newly published children’s books that we think you’ll love just as much as we do. From picturebooks and poetry to novels and non-fiction, we love shouting from the rooftops about […]

Books of the Month – 2021

Best Books of The Month in 2021

Recommended New Children’s Books Each month our Review Panel highlights recommended new children’s books. Our top five picks each month feature newly published children’s books that we think you’ll love just as much as we do. From picturebooks and poetry to novels and non-fiction, we love shouting from the rooftops about the best new children’s […]

Family and Me!

family and me

A joyful book that shows children how their wonderful features, traits and heritage can be lovingly passed down from biological and chosen family members. As a young girl explores the idea of her family tree, she notices all the beautiful physical features she has inherited from her black and south Asian family lines. Not only […]

Milo’s Monster

Milos Monster

Milo and Jay have always been best friends . . . until one day, a green-eyed monster appears! A book about dealing with jealousy, from the bestselling Big Bright Feelings series by Tom Percival. Milo loves spending time with his best friend, Jay. But when a new girl called Suzi moves in next door, Milo […]

The Bowerbird

the bowerbird

The Bowerbird is the irresistible tale of Bert – a small bird with a very big heart, from Number One bestselling Julia Donaldson and Kate Greenway Medal-winning Catherine Rayner. Bert the bowerbird is looking for love. He has made the most perfect bower, complete with a pretty purple flower, and is hoping it will help […]

The King’s Pants

the kings pants

The King cannot rule without his Royal Pants. He has a pair for every occasion: coronation pants (he can’t be crowned without them), organic pants (edible in royal emergencies) and even inflatable space-pants (because one never knows when they might come in handy). But in a boxer-shorts blunder at the Royal Mail, the King’s undies […]

Give Me Back My Bones!

Give Me Back My Bones

A pirate skeleton seeks to put its bones back together in this rhyming first book of anatomy! A stormy night at sea has uncovered some long-buried secrets and surprises. Is that the mast of a shipwreck? A faded pirate hat? And what’s that hiding in the sand? A mandible and a clavicle, phalanges and femurs, […]

Best Books of 2022

teachers favourites 2022

Children’s Books of the Year 2022: Shortlist We love to hear which books are popular among our community of primary teachers, TAs, librarians, authors and children’s book lovers. Our Review Panel has been searching for the top children’s books published in 2022. We’ve been looking for the best classroom read-alouds, the most popular books with […]

Look Inside Our World

look inside our world

Take a trip around the world in this fascinating lift-the-flap book. With over 80 flaps to lift, intrepid explorers can discover our world, from the layers that make up planet Earth to the tiniest insects in the rainforest and the creatures who live at the very bottom of the sea. Includes pages about the hottest […]

365 Things to Make and Do

365 things to make and do

An amazing activity book containing an activity for every day of the year! Contains projects such as a flag chain, fabric collages, leaf printing, spoon-people, door signs, gift tags, dangly cowboys and many more things to make, draw and paint. Each activity is clearly explained in step-by-step instructions and clear illustrations. Includes a bonus activity […]

Flip Flap Ocean

flip flap ocean

Crazy underwater creatures in this bonkers book of mixed-up animals from bestselling, award-winning illustrator, Axel Scheffler What do you get if you cross a squid with a fish? It’s a squish, of course! And how about a shark and a turtle? Why, that’s a shurtle! With over 121 possible creations, silly names and strange noises […]

LEGO Big Book of Animals

lego big book of animals

Explore the real-life world of animals with LEGO minifigures. Big Book of Animals is bursting with photographs of everyone’s real-life favourite cuddly creatures, along with some unusual animals and all kinds of fun facts. LEGO (R) minifigures guide the reader through the animal kingdom using all of their trademark antics and humour. There are vignettes, […]

Peep Inside the Castle

peep inside the castle

Young children can explore a bustling medieval castle in this charming, lift-the-flap non-fiction book. Flaps and peep-through holes in the pages reveal a knight putting on his armour, castle guards counting the king’s treasure and a grand feast with the royal family. A lovely introduction to a popular historical subject for little children.

Numbers Ages 3-5

numbers ages 3-5

Level: EYFS Subject: Maths Learn the easy way with this numbers activity book! Fully in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, this Maths book provides reassurance whilst supporting your child’s learning at home. Combining useful Maths practice with engaging, colourful illustrations, this Numbers practice book helps to boost your child’s confidence and develop good […]

Practise with Peppa: Wipe-Clean First Counting

practise with peppa wipe clean first counting

Help support your child’s number and counting skills with Peppa Pig and friends in this colourful wipe-clean activity book. Children will practise counting from 1-20, use numbers in a sequence, draw in the missing objects on the pages to make the correct number of items and other activities that make learning seem effortless and fun! […]

Pen Control Age 3-5 Wipe Clean Activity Book

pen control age 3-5 wipe clean activity book

Level: EYFS Subject: English Learn to hold a pen at home using this motivating wipe-clean book!. – Lots of practice opportunities to help children learn how to hold and use a pen correctly. – Wipe-clean pages and pen so that children can try the activities again and again. – Colourful, motivating activities to help boost […]

Phonics Fun! (Paw Patrol)

phonics fun paw patrol

Chase, Marshall, Skye and the rest of your favourite hero pups are here to help you prepare for the Phonics Screening Check. Learn to blend sounds, recognise consonants and vowels, and read simple sentences.

Supertato: The Great Eggscape

supertato the great eggscape

The newest adventure in this bestselling series is an irresistibly chocolate-y caper starring Supertato and the Evil Pea! It’s night-time in the supermarket and SOMEONE has stolen ALL the Easter eggs! Never fear! Supertato and the veggies have a plan to get them back. It’s EGGciting, it’s EGGcellent, but will it also be…foiled?! There’s only […]

The Spring Rabbit

the spring rabbit

At the end of winter, a girl named Spring awakes from her slumber in the snow. She travels through the forest and finds a little bird that has fallen from a tree. The bird is so cold and weak that Spring can hardly hear its heartbeat, so she turns it into a rabbit with thick, […]

It’s Mine!

its mine

A hilariously funny, read-aloud story with cut-through reveals, from an internationally celebrated author-illustrator. Once there was a mysterious thing. Nobody knew how it got there, it just was. “”It’s mine, all MINE!”” say Mouse, Frog, Fox and Bear. But is it a piece of fruit, a wheel, a ball, a chair or something else altogether? […]

Who Is In The Egg?

who is in the egg

A fabulous look at eggs of all shapes and sizes and the babies that hatch out of them. From lovebirds to turtles, a glorious exploration of eggs, their habitats and their babies!

The Very First Easter

the very first easter

The Beginner’s Bible (R) is a trusted starting point for your child’s journey towards understanding stories from the Bible. The Beginner’s Bible The Very First Easter is the perfect picture book to help introduce young children to Jesus’ final days and the message of God’s great love. With exciting illustrations from the bestselling and beloved […]

We’re Going on an Egg Hunt

were going on an egg hunt

We’re going on an egg hunt. We’re going to find them all. We’re REALLY excited. Hooray for Easter Day! Join the Easter Bunnies as they set off on an exciting lift-the-flap Easter egg hunt. With ten eggs to find and count, it’s great fun. But watch out for the obstacles along the way – lambs, […]

Santa Claus vs The Easter Bunny

santa claus vs the easter bunny

Santa has it so easy: a workforce of elves to make the presents, a team of reindeer to deliver them, even a hi-spec factory! The Easter Bunny has to make and wrap all the chocolate eggs in his garden shed, and deliver them himself on foot. No wonder you often find them thrown all over […]

Paddington’s Easter Egg Hunt

paddingtons Easter egg hunt

A funny picture book about Paddington, the world’s favourite bear – now a major movie star! Paddington is excited to be organising an Easter egg hunt for his neighbours. But, from finding empty supermarket shelves, to buying a box of broken Easter eggs, Paddington wonders if the hunt can ever go ahead. That is, until […]

The Rhyming Rabbit

the rhyming rabbit

The Rhyming Rabbit loves to make up entertaining poems, inspired by everything he sees, but the other rabbits don’t appreciate his talent for rhyme. Sad and lonely, the Rhyming Rabbit sets off one starry night all on his own – will he ever find someone to share his poems with? The Rhyming Rabbit is a […]

Maisy’s Chinese New Year

Maisy is celebrating one of the world’s biggest festivals: Chinese New Year! From hanging up lanterns to receiving lucky red packets and joining in the dragon dance at the parade, this bright and colourful storybook is a perfect introduction to the many joys of Chinese New Year. Maisy’s friend Tiger is coming home especially for […]

We Love Festivals: Chinese New Year

we love chinese new year

An ideal introduction to the celebration of Chinese New Year for children aged 4-7 in Foundation Stage and KS1 classes. This book describes how Chinese people prepare for New Year by cleaning their house and having their hair cut. It shows how people around the world scare the monster Nian away with fireworks and watch […]

I Love Chinese New Year

I Love Chinese New Year

A beautifully illustrated introduction to the true meaning of Chinese New Year and family traditions for little ones. Chinese New Year is right around the corner and Mai-Anne is so excited! As her family start decorating the house, there’s a knock on the door… her grandmother, Nai Nai, has arrived! They start their celebrations with […]

Winnie and Wilbur at Chinese New Year

winnie and wilbur at chinese new year

When Winnie and Wilbur decide to celebrate Chinese New Year, the party is going with a swing. Family? Check! Friends? Check! Food? Check! Fun? Check! But just when Winnie waves her wand to make parade costumes for everyone, Wilbur goes missing. Oh no! Will Winnie find him before the first firework lights up the sky? […]

Chinese New Year

chinese new year

Chinese New Year is a time for new beginnings. Some people clean their homes from top to bottom or share meals with friends. Others pray, light fireworks or give each other gifts. Readers will discover how a shared holiday can have multiple traditions and be celebrated in all sorts of ways.

Twinkly, Twinkly Nativity

twinkly twinkly nativity

The ten twinkly lights in this beautifully illustrated book bring the story of the nativity to life for little children. From a shining angel to the sparkling star the wise men follow, the lights create a unique and enchanting retelling of the story of the very first Christmas.

Slow Down and Be Here Now

slow down and be here now

Zoom in to watch a hummingbird drink nectar; watch a pea shoot appear; see a little snail as he comes come out to drink. With charming text and real science, see nature up close and let it stop you in your tracks, so that you can truly find joy in the present moment.

Percy the Park Keeper

percy the park keeper

A classic gift edition of best-loved Percy the Park Keeper stories. Percy the park keeper works hard looking after the park and his animal friends who live there. But Percy still likes to find time for some fun! Read about what happened when a badger was offered a bath. Laugh along as the animals help […]

Amazing Animal Treasury

amazing animal treasury

Join CHRIS PACKHAM on an epic exploration of the animal kingdom in this ultimate animal treasury. Our world is home to billions of animal species, and each one has its own remarkable way of life. Discover the extraordinary places that animals live, how they look after their families, and the incredible journeys that take them […]

Maybe…

maybe

From Chris Haughton comes a funny, suspenseful and keenly observed cautionary tale about pushing boundaries and indulging your more mischievous, cheeky side (when nobody is looking). Three little monkeys, and their big monkey, are sitting high up on their branch in the forest canopy. “OK, monkeys! I’m off,” says the big monkey. ” Now remember. […]

My Encyclopedia of Very Important Oceans

my encyclopedia of very important oceans

A charming children’s encyclopedia that takes you on a journey into the deep blue to discover the wonders of the world’s oceans! The world is so much bigger than young minds can fathom and there is always more to learn. My Encyclopedia of Very Important Oceans is a vibrant encyclopedia for curious 5-9 year olds, […]

A House for Christmas Mouse

a house for christmas mouse

A touching tale about a little mouse with a big heart, featuring festive silver foil on every page! Mouse is very excited for Christmas, but first she needs to find a home to spend it in! On her way through Treetop Forest, she meets Fox, Bunny and Bear, all in need of a little help […]

Jingle Bells

jingle bells

Join some very enterprising mice in this funny, festive book from best-selling creator of Percy the Park Keeper, Nick Butterworth. A great Christmas gift! Christmas time, a happy time – or so it should be. But for two small mice, Lottie and Jack, Christmas Eve is overshadowed by one big problem… That Cat. How can […]

Paddington’s Christmas Post

paddingtons christmas post

Based on the original stories by Michael Bond, a funny, festive Paddington adventure with real mail to open and enjoy! This funny interactive picture book follows Paddington as he does his best to help the Brown family get ready for a very special Christmas. Open the five envelopes inside and find an Advent calendar, Paddington’s […]

The Big Christmas Bake

the big christmas bake

The Big Christmas Bake is a funny, lively romp through the twelve days of Christmas, taking the elements of the popular carol, and weaving them cleverly into the ingredients for a Twelfth Night Cake. Starting with the partridge and its gift of dried fruit, this rhyming story includes all of the familiar characters from the […]

20 Elves at Bedtime

20 elves at bedtime

Mixing elves, counting and bedtime, children will love this brilliantly fun picture book with a shiny foiled cover! The night before Christmas Eve, Santa could NOT sleep. So, a couple of his reindeer chums, said, “You should count some sheep!” Now, Santa’s counted sheep before but something by the shelf made Santa want to NOT […]

Violet’s Tempest

violets tempest

Violet’s world has changed. Her voice has gone from a giggle to a whisper. So when her teacher casts her in the school play, she is filled with worry. How will she ever stand in front of a crowd and overcome her shyness? With the love and support of her family, Violet must find her […]

A Christmas Story

a christmas story

‘Once, a long time ago, in a town called Nazareth, a little donkey was born.’ As the wonderful events of the Nativity unfold, Brian Wildsmith tells of the journey of a little girl and a donkey to Bethlehem. It is their perspective on the Christmas story that gives the book such an intimate, innocent and […]

What the Ladybird Heard at Christmas

what the ladybird heard at christmas

Packed full of fun, What the Ladybird Heard at Christmas is a fantastically lively rhyming adventure from the bestselling picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks. In a big old house, the ladybird is visiting her friend the spider for the festive season. But those two bad men, Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len, […]

The Tree That’s Meant to Be

the tree thats meant to be

A gorgeous Christmas picture book that’s destined to become a festive classic. A little fir tree is too small and too imperfect to be chosen at Christmas time. But being left alone in the forest brings more rewards than the tree could ever have hoped for . . . This is a charming and classic-feeling […]

The Christmas Eve Tree

the Christmas Eve tree

A tender Christmas story with charming artwork by Emily Sutton, illustrator of Tiny. A poignant, exquisitely illustrated Christmas story, with words by Delia Huddy and pictures by rising star Emily Sutton. When the ugly little fir tree is taken to the city, no one wants to buy him; they prefer the big tall trees. But […]

Snowball

snowball

Created by award-winning, bestselling duo Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, Snowball is a brilliantly funny picture book, with wonderfully comical images illustrating the hilarious rhyming story – perfect for Christmas! A lonely young snowball, stuck at the top of a mountain, decides to visit the local town for a bit of fun – but on […]

The Night Before Christmas

the night before christmas

A stylishly illustrated edition of the classic Christmas poem ‘ Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C.Moore – an essential festive favourite transformed by spectacularly talented debut illustrator Stacey Thomas. ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse… Nothing captures the Christmas spirit […]

Jesus’ Christmas Party

Jesus christmas party

A special new enlarged edition of the bestselling Christmas story told from the point of view of the grumpy innkeeper. When a night of angels, shepherds and bright stars keeps him from his sleep, is there anything that will cheer him up?

I Love You More Than Christmas

I Love You More Than Christmas

Little Bear LOVES Christmas. So do Mummy Bear and Daddy Bear. It’s so magical. It’s so heartwarming. It’s so wonderful! Could there be anything in the world that they all love more? A festive celebration of the love, friends and family at Christmas.

The Leaf Thief

the lead thief

A brilliantly funny picture book about seasons, written by Alice Hemming and illustrated by Nicola Slater. Squirrel is so cross. Yesterday there were loads of beautiful leaves on his tree, but today? Today some are missing and Squirrel is convinced that someone has stolen them… there’s a leaf thief on the loose! Join Squirrel on […]

Hello Autumn

hello autumn book

Meet four magical friends who control the seasons in this irresistible new series from author-illustrator Jo Lindley. As Summer passes the weather crown to Autumn, a season of bright colours and fun-filled adventure awaits. But while his friends are getting excited about picking berries, leaf jumping and exploring the shadowy forest, Autumn is filled with […]

I Love the Seasons: Autumn

autumn book

Young children can explore and discuss the season of autumn with this beautiful non-fiction picture book. Very simple text, high frequency and decodeable words and strong art-to-text matching make this a perfect book for early readers. It also features questions to encourage readers to relate the information to their own experiences.

The Very Helpful Hedgehog

the very helpful hedgehog

A sweet tale of friendship and learning to help one another, set in the beautiful countryside Isaac is a hedgehog who has only ever been alone – and that is the way he likes it. One day an apple falls from a tree and sticks onto the spines on his back. He wiggles and jiggles, […]

Leaf Man

leaf man

Ride the wind and drift east with Leaf Man in this autumnal classic by Caldecott Honor-winning author-illustrator Lois Ehlert, perfect for young readers returning to school in the fall. Fall has come, the wind is gusting, and Leaf Man is on the move. Is he drifting east, over the marsh and ducks and geese? Or […]

After the Storm

after the storm

Celebrate thirty years of Percy the Park Keeper and his animal friends with this funny story in the classic series from award-winning author and illustrator Nick Butterworth! A storm is raging outside and Percy the park keeper is having a sleepless night. When he gets up the following morning, Percy finds that the old oak […]

One Snowy Night

one snowy night

Celebrate thirty years of Percy the Park Keeper and his animal friends with this funny story in the classic series from award-winning author and illustrator Nick Butterworth! Percy the park keeper always feeds the animals in the park where he lives. But one cold winter’s night Percy discovers that his little friends need more than […]

If Winter Comes, Tell It I’m Not Here

If Winter Comes, Tell It Im Not Here

Come summer, autumn or winter, a little boy is going to make the best of it. Nothing is better than summer, swimming every day and eating ice cream. But a little boy’s big sister has BIG news. She tells him that summer is going to end soon … and winter is coming! When winter comes, […]

Winter Sleep: A Hibernation Story

winter sleep hibernation story book

In this cozy bedtime story, follow a child and his grandma through a winter landscape to explore how the Earth goes to sleep for winter. Spot the sleeping animals as the tale unfolds , then learn about their hibernation habits from the information pages at the end. Co-authors Sean Taylor (picture book author) and Alex […]

Robin’s Winter Song

robins winter song

The forest was bustling with activity. As the red and orange leaves swirled in the wind, Robin started to worry. Something was changing. Finch was flying south, because Winter was coming. Squirrel was burying food, because Winter was coming. Even Owl was making his nest warm. Why? That’s right – because Winter was coming. Robin […]

I Definitely Don’t Like Winter

I definitely dont like winter

A brilliantly funny picture book about two best friends who just can’t agree! Hank and Hoog are best friends – they do EVERYTHING together. Until one morning, when a single, crisp, brown leaf falls to the ground… Hank is so annoyed! Falling leaves mean winter is coming, and Hank definitely does not like winter. BRRRRRRR! […]

Time to Move South for Winter

time to move south for winter

A breathtaking picture book about incredible animal migrations, illustrated by the winner of the 2019 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, Jenny Lovlie. Over the cold, mirrored waters of the Arctic, a tiny tern sets off on the world’s longest animal migration. On her way, she passes humpback whales, caribou, Canada geese, leatherback turtles and monarch butterflies, […]

The Big Freeze

the big freeze

Shama and Bahama Llama can’t wait for winter – skating, snowballs, hot chocolate . . . and best of all, the Winter Woolly Party! But when The Big Freeze suddenly arrives they discover that their jumpers are in a sorry state! Cue a major panic as everyone sets out on a wild race to Granny […]

Snow Birds

snow birds

Discover birds who survive winter against all odds in this poetic, gorgeously illustrated picture book. Snowflakes whirling, snow-flocks swirling, streaks of white twirl through the night… You’ve heard of birds who migrate to warmer climates in the wintertime-but what about those who persevere through snowy weather and freezing temperatures? With elegant verse and striking illustrations, […]

The Snowy Day

the snowy day

The magic and wonder of winter’s first snowfall is perfectly captured in Ezra Jack Keat’s Caldecott Medal-winning picture book. This celebrated classic has been shared by generations of readers and listeners, a must-have for every child’s bookshelf and a perfect gift for the holiday season. New York Public Library’s #1 book on the list of […]

Bear Has a Story to Tell

bear has a story to tell

It was almost winter and Bear was getting sleepy. But first, Bear had a story to tell . . . And so Bear sets out to tell his friends, but with winter fast approaching they are all far too busy to listen. By the time Bear is through helping his friends get ready for winter, […]

I Love the Seasons: Winter

I love the Seasons Winter

Young children can explore and discuss the season of winter with this beautiful non-fiction picture book. Very simple text, high frequency and decodeable words and strong art-to-text matching make this a perfect book for early readers. It also features questions to encourage readers to relate the information to their own experiences. It is part of […]

Year Group Recommended Reads

year group recommended reads booklist

Best Books for Each Year Group Each of our Year Group Recommended Reads lists contains 50 books specially picked out for reading for pleasure in each primary year group, from Preschool to Year 6. The lists are designed to provide recommendations of age-appropriate and accessible books across a range of genres and styles. These lists […]

Planet Football

planet football

Jackson lives and breathes football – he knows all the players, the fixtures, the scores. Then, one grey stormy day, Jackson kicks his ball, and it goes up … and up … and UP! All the way to the moon! Overnight, Jackson becomes an international footballing sensation, and before you know it, he’s kicked ALL […]

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan book

In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Michael Jordan, one of the greatest basketball players of time. Little Michael wanted to be the first at everything – especially if that meant beating his older brother. One day, he came home crying… he’d been rejected from […]

SuperJoe Does NOT Do Cuddles

super joe does not do cuddles

SuperJoe is convinced he doesn’t need cuddles from his mum. He flies around the neighbourhood rescuing people from escaped tigers, runaway trains and raging rivers, all while battling his nemesis the Grey Shadow. Naturally, he refuses all cuddles. Until one night, when he can’t sleep…

A Superhero Like You

a superhero like you

A celebration of incredible key-workers by Dr Ranj, presenter of CBeebies series Get Well Soon, resident doctor on ITV’s This Morning and front line NHS paediatrician. Lily knows exactly what she wants to be when she grows up: a superhero! But she’s not interested in being a silly superhero. She doesn’t want to wear her pants outside her trousers! Lily wants […]

Real Superheroes

real superheroes

Some superheroes have capes and trusty sidekicks too, but how many of these superheroes have ever rescued you? A heartwarming thank you to the essential workers who help us every day. From supermarket staff and firefighters to doctors and nurses, this charming picture book celebrates the brave, everyday heroes who keep our world turning through […]

Ten Little Superheroes

ten little superheroes

Count along with the Ten Little Superheroes in this action-packed, counting rhyme adventure! Ten Little Superheroes are on a mission to save the city … But do they have the super-powers to defeat evil villain Monstro and his dastardly League of Bad Guys? Part traditional counting rhyme, part fun-filled story, Ten Little Superheroes is perfect for sharing […]

Superkid

superkid

Amazing, action-packed superhero adventure by the bestselling power-duo Claire Freedman and Sarah McIntyre. There’s a boy quite ordinary, He looks like me or you, But in secret… he is SUPERKID – There’s nothing he can’t do! With x-ray vision, super speed and bravery by the bag-load, Superkid is always on hand to save the day! […]

Superheroes Don’t Get Scared… Or Do They?

superheroes dont get scared

Superheroes Don’t Get Scared… Or Do They? is an awesome rhyming tale about normalising fear and finding inner powers by realising there’s a hero inside of us all. Scared Maisie Brown dreams of being a fearless superhero because they never get frightened, right? But when Dad explains that even the strongest, boldest and bravest hero can […]

Lifesize Dinosaurs

Lifesize Dinosaurs

Let’s go on a LIFESIZE prehistoric adventure! The second interactive non-fiction adventure from bestselling picture book star, Sophy Henn. Silver award for LIFESIZE in the Made for Mums Awards 2020 Step into the book to see how YOU measure up against some of the world’s most incredible, ginormous, deadly dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures. This interactive non-fiction adventure features LIFESIZE illustrations so […]

The Girl and the Dinosaur

The Girl and the Dinosaur

A masterpiece of storytelling with evocative and stunning illustrations, destined to be read for years to come. The wishing stars burn bright tonight, the air is thick with dreams, And a deeply sleeping dinosaur is waking up, it seems . . . In a town by the seaside, Marianne is often seen foraging on the beach. But she […]

Leilong’s Too Long!

Leilongs Too Long

An overeager dinosaur school bus causes problems for the city’s transportation system—so the children find a place where oversize is perfect. Every morning, Leilong the school bus shuttles through the city, picking up children as he goes. But a brontosaurus longer than a tennis court and heavier than five buses causes big problems in the […]

Katie and the Dinosaurs

Katie and the dinosaurs

Come on a magical dinosaur adventure with Katie in this classic picture book. When Katie visits the Natural History Museum with Grandma, she finds a mysterious door… and steps back in time to the world of the dinosaurs! Katie helps a baby dinosaur find his family, rides on the back of a Brontosaurus, and has […]

Never Let a Diplodocus Draw

Never Let a Diplodocus Draw

From the creators of Never Show a T-Rex a Book – Winner of the Queen’s Knickers award. A laugh-out-loud ‘what if . . .?’ adventure… What would happen if you showed a diplodocus how to draw? One day she’d be messing around with crayons and paint – and the next she’d be a global art sensation! Full […]

The Dinosaur Department Store

dinosaur department store

Our feisty heroine Eliza Jane isn’t your average child. Instead of a cute, fluffy bunny, she has her heart firmly set on a prehistoric pet. Join Eliza Jane and her parents on a marvellous magical tour of their local dinosaur department store. From huge, stomping sauropods stretching their necks to a pair of loved-up Ankylosaurs […]

The Paper Dolls

The Paper Dolls

The Paper Dolls is a stunning, lyrical story of childhood, memory and the power of imagination from Julia Donaldson, the author of The Gruffalo , and award-winning illustrator Rebecca Cobb. A string of paper dolls go on a fantastical adventure through the house and out into the garden. They soon escape the clutches of the toy dinosaur and […]

Tatty Ratty

Tatty ratty

Molly’s toy rabbit, Tatty Ratty, is lost again. Might he be driving a train?…or sailing on a pirate ship? An imaginative and heart-warming story, with glowing illustrations from Helen Cooper, twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Winter

As the air turns chilly and mornings become frosty, why not cosy up inside with a book all about the season of Winter? Our selection of best children’s books about Winter covers everything from magical snowmen and beautiful snowflakes to winter bird migration and hibernating animals…

Knock Knock Superhero

Knock Knock Superhero Book

Pasta Man has run out of Pasta Power. . . Can our young hero help him to get his powers back and defeat evil Madame Chilli, who wants to rule the world with lashings of chilli sauce? With action-packed adventure and bright, detailed artwork, this is the ultimate fun-filled counting storybook!

The Polar Express

the polar express

Discover The Polar Express, a true Christmas classic. “Magical” Guardian “Evocative and atmospheric” Sunday Times “A thrilling tale” Independent All aboard the Polar Express to the North Pole! Follow one boy’s journey to receive a very special gift from Santa himself: a bell that only true believers in Father Christmas can hear ring. Discover the […]

Best Books of 2021

Teachers' Favourite children's books in 2021

We love to hear about which books are popular among our community of primary teachers, TAs, librarians, authors and children’s book lovers. We searched for your top children’s books published in 2021. Browse the SHORTLISTED books in each category below or head to the Books of the Year page to see the category winners. If you are […]

Summer Reads 2022

Summer Reads 2022

Looking for some good children’s books to get stuck into during the summer holidays? We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite new children’s books out this summer, listed by age group. Our summer selection includes stories of adventurous getaways, creatures of the deep, treasure quests, seashore escapades and plenty of exploration of […]

Can We Really Help the Bees?

Can we really help the bees?

The bees are in danger. They find a sparky bunch of kids to share their troubles with, and explain why there’s much more at stake than just honey. With entire food webs threatening to unravel, the kids begin to brainstorm… and come up with a brilliant PLAN. This delightful book weaves important information about pollination, […]

Slow Down: Bring Calm to a Busy World with 50 Nature Stories

Slow Down

All around us, nature is turning, growing…and working. Every day, hour by hour, magical transformations happen right in front of you. But it’s not always easy to see them… Discover 50 nature stories, paused just long enough for you to watch them unfold. Then go outside and explore… and see what you find when you […]

Queen Elizabeth (Little People, BIG DREAMS)

Queen Elizabeth

In this book from the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch of modern times. Little Elizabeth loved dogs and horses and dreamt of living on a farm. But, one day, she heard chants on the streets. Her uncle Edward had renounced the crown, which […]

Make Tracks: Cars

Make Tracks Cars

Discover five different cars in this series of interactive board books with easy-to-use moving parts – a car, a sports car, a racecar, a four-wheel drive and a taxi! Learn vehicle vocabulary with simple first words, clear diagrams and helpful text prompts to encourage discussion.

The Tree Book

The Tree Book

Take a closer look through the seasons in this incredible board book about trees, with see-through acetate pages. Have you ever thought about all the amazing things that trees can do? How do they grow and why do they change through the seasons? How do trees help us and how can we help trees? Children […]

Colours, Colours Everywhere

Colours, Colours Everywhere

A stunning book about colours full of gorgeous, breathtaking landscapes, with amazing flaps to lift and holes to peep through. From Julia Donaldson, bestselling author of The Gruffalo, and Sharon King-Chai, who together created the award-winning Animalphabet and Counting Creatures. Follow a little girl as she paints her own adventure with her bright blue tree […]

Professor Astro Cat’s Stargazing

Stargazing

Welcome back, stargazers! Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what a star looks like up close? Ever wondered how long it would take you walk a light year? Join Professor Astro Cat and friends on another stellar mission! In this new addition to the best selling science series, we learn […]

Do Baby Elephants Suck Their Trunks?

Do Baby Elephants Suck Their Trunks?

Explore the amazing ways animal babies are just like us in this enchanting non-fiction picture book There are babies everywhere! Some babies can fly and some babies can swim. Most animal babies are very different to us, but there are lots of special ways that we might be the same. Especially when we were very little […]

Where Does My Food Come From?

Where-Does-My-Food-Come-From

A fully illustrated non-fiction picture book that lets readers discover how their favourite foods are grown and made – with exclusive recipes from Annabel Karmel for each one. Images from renowned children’s artist Alex Willmore make each food cheekily spring to life on the page, telling the story of its creation to the reader. Find out […]

Superworm

Superworm

Meet the wiggliest, squiggliest superhero in the world in the funny picture book by the number one bestselling author and illustrator of The Gruffalo, Stick Man and Zog. “Superworm is super-long. Superworm is super-strong. Watch him wiggle! See him squirm! Hip, hip, hooray for SUPERWORM!” Super-long and super-strong, Superworm is always on hand to help […]

Newspaper Boy and Origami Girl

Newspaper Boy and Origami Girl

When a group of bullies steal a poor newspaper boy’s money, his bag suddenly flies into the air and the newspapers transform into Origami Girl. Joey is whisked away on away on a hair-raising chase with his new superhero friend in order to confront the bullies!

Eco Girl

Eve loves all the trees in the forest near her home. She feels their magic, but her favourite is the Baobab tree. If only she could talk to the trees! Then, on a birthday visit to Grandma, deep in the forest, Eve gets a magical surprise. What could it be? It’s something that Eve must […]

Rapping Princess

Here is a story that everyone should know. It’s the tale of a princess named Shiloh. She lived in a kingdom, not far from yours, in a grand house with a swimming pool and fourteen floors. I know that sounds too big but here’s the thing: her mother and father were the Queen and King. […]

Dance With Oti: The Lion Samba

Dance yourself happy with the second, samba spectacular picture book by dancing superstar, Oti Mabuse. It’s time for Oti’s dance class! Join Oti and her class for their first dance show, and learn “The Lion Samba” in ten easy steps. The children are excited to return to dance class with Mrs Oti and waste no […]

Binny’s Diwali (PB)

A beautiful celebration of Diwali for young children. Binny is excited to talk to her class about her favourite holiday. But she struggles to find the words. Taking a deep breath, she tells them about the fireworks, the delicious pedras and jalebis, and the clay lamps called diyas … there are so many wonders to […]

We’re Going to Find the Monster

A rip-roaring picture book adventure from superstar pairing Malorie Blackman and Dapo Adeola. Over the shimmering ocean, up the huge, high mountain, through the deep, dark forest . . . WE’RE GOING TO FIND THE MONSTER! Join two intrepid adventurers as their imaginations transform their house into a wild wonderland – and their big brother […]

Amy Wu and the Warm Welcome

Amy Wu does her best to make her new classmate feel welcome in this warmhearted and playfully illustrated follow-up picture book to Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao and Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon . Amy’s class has a new student from China! Amy tries hard to make Lin feel included, but she can’t […]

Family and Me

Family and Me is a celebration of mixed heritage and the elements that you take from everyone in your family, while still being your own entire perfect human. Welcome to my family tree, every branch makes me, me Our protagonist shows how she gets her caring nature from her mum, her love for dancing from […]

Billy and the Pirates

Join Billy and Fatcat on their quest to escape Captain Howl in their third thrilling adventure, filled with singing mermaids and sticky toffee eating sharks. Ahoy there! It’s time to sail the ocean blue with Billy and her trusty feline friend, as they embark on a noble seafaring adventure. Billy and Fatcat find a mysterious […]

Our Story Starts in Africa

When Paloma goes to visit her family in Trinidad, she doesn’t feel that she fits in. But Tante Janet has a story to tell her: An ancient story of warrior queens and talking drums, of treasures and tales that span thousands of years… a story that Paloma shares in, because her story starts in Africa, […]

Kipper’s Toybox

A classic Kipper picture book, perfect for sharing together. Kipper has one, two, three, four, five, six favourite toys. But he’s worried. Someone or something has been nibbling a hole in his toybox. What can it be? And are his toys safe? If you look very closely at the pictures you might just spot the […]

The Teddy Robber

Someone is stealing teddies. But who could it be? Who is the Teddy Robber? When Tom’s own teddy is snatched in the dead of night, he is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery…A friendly, warmhearted and cheerful story that makes the perfect bedtime read for young children, teddies and Giants!

The Wooden Camel

Etabo dreams of being a camel racer. One day he might even beat his older brother when they race. But with the price of water rising, Etabo’s father must sell the camels, and his siblings must find work. What will Etabo do now? From acclaimed Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu and award-winning illustrator Manuela Adreani, this […]

Stanley’s Stick

Stanley’s Stick is a teaming-up of hefty talents – glorious poet John Hegley and award-winning illustrator Neal Layton. Stanley’s stick is not just a stick. With a stick in hand, Stanley’s options are endless – he flies to the moon, writes in the sand, goes fishing, plays a whistle and rides a dinosaur – and […]

Life on Earth: Dinosaurs

Life on Earth Dinosaurs

When did the dinosaurs live? How did they hunt? And why is the T-Rex the scariest dinosaur? Find out the answer to these and many more questions in this fun fact-filled lift the flap book. Discover the secrets of the prehistoric era with 100 questions and answers about dinosaurs and more than 70 lift-flaps to […]

Dinosaur Bones

dinosaur bones

With a lively rhyming text and vibrant paper collage illustrations, author-artist Bob Barner shakes the dust off the dinosaur bones found in museums and reminds us that they once belonged to living, breathing creatures. Filled with fun dinosaur facts (a T. Rex skull can weigh up to 750 pounds!) and an informational “Dinometer,” Dinosaur Bones […]

First Facts: Dinosaurs

Find out facts about the incredible world of prehistoric animals in this first children’s book about dinosaurs. Discover which dinosaur was as tall as a tree, who had horns and armour, and who was covered in feathers. Then see what these extinct animals ate, when they lived, and why they died out. First Facts Dinosaurs […]

If I had a dinosaur

A little girl dreams of having her very own pet. But what kind of animal would make the best companion? A mouse is too small; a cat is too ordinary; and a fish is too… wet! As she plays with her toy dinosaur, inspiration strikes. What about a real, live dinosaur? She could ride it […]

Dinosaurs Don’t Draw

Dinosaurs aren’t known for their drawing – they’re known for their stamping and stomping and ROARING! All except for one creative young dinosaur who just can’t seem to stop! He transforms rocks, chalk, sticks and mud into the most wonderful works of art – much to the confusion of his fierce, fighting dinosaur family. But […]

There’s a T-Rex in Town

Join T. rex as he plays in the park, tries PE and goes to a sleepover. Along the way, discover just how big, strong and fast he really was! Have you ever wondered how dinosaurs would cope if they were alive today? What if they went to the dentist? What if they went to a […]

Dinosaurs: Ladybird First Fabulous Facts

Ladybird’s First Fabulous Facts is an illustrated non-fiction series for 3-5 year olds. Fun and fascinating facts engage young children and bring their favourite interests, hobbies and obsessions to life. Dinosaurs shows what these prehistoric creatures looked like, where they lived, what they ate and what happened to them. Dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes […]

Lost in the Toy Museum: An Adventure

Join the adventure when the lights go out in the toy museum! One night, when the lights go out at the toy museum, everyone runs off and hides. Left all on his own, Bunting, the sensible old toy cat, sets out to look for them. As he follows the trail of clues through the museum, […]

The Big Book of Beasts

This book opens with introductory spreads explaining that beasts are wild animals that can’t be tamed and gives tips on how to spot them in their natural habitats. Subsequent spreads, illustrated with scenic compositions, are dedicated to specific beasts, including armadillos, bears, tigers and the Tasmanian Devil. Later spreads approach the world of beasts thematically, […]

Wild Ideas

A beautiful, non-fiction picture book challenging children’s preconceptions and showing them they can learn from animals. Wild Ideas looks deep into the forests, skies and oceans to explore how animals solve problems. Whether it’s weaving a safe place to rest and reflect, blowing a fine net of bubbles to trap fish or leaping boldly into […]

Red Alert!

Pick a place. Choose a creature. Discover its story and the danger it faces. Then find out how to help it survive. 15 wild and wonderful creatures, all on the IUCN Red List, need our help – this important book is interactive, engaging and informative, and will inspire children to save their planet! Red Alert! […]

The Marvellous Moon Map

“I’ve got you, and you’ve got me – so we’ll be all right” . . . One day, adventurous Mouse sets off to find the moon with his Marvellous Moon Map, leaving his worried friend Bear behind. But as the Woods get darker, and the weather gets worse, Mouse soon realizes that he needs more […]

Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System

Welcome planet explorers! Did you know that Venus is covered in volcanoes? Have you ever wondered why Mars is red? Well, you’re in luck! Professor Astro Cat and the gang are about to set off on a journey around our solar system–so buckle up, join the tour, and get your learn on!

Laika the Astronaut

Laika is a homeless stray living on the streets of Moscow when she is picked by the Space Programme to be the first ever animal launched into orbit! But her rocket disappears and everyone thinks Laika is lost forever. Now you’ll discover in Owen Davey’s imaginative story that Laika was rescued by a loving new […]

You Can’t Eat a Princess!

When King Cupcake is captured by hungry aliens, it’s up to his feisty daughter, Princess Spaghetti, to save him! So she blasts off into space to show those naughty aliens who’s boss. But how can she stop them from having the king for dinner? Only by introducing them to something even tastier than people: chocolate! […]

A Place for Pluto

Pluto got the shock of his life when he was kicked out of the famous nine. His planet status was stripped away, leaving him lost and confused. Poor Pluto! On his quest to find a place where he belongs, he talks to comets, asteroids, and meteoroids. He doesn’t fit in anywhere! But when Pluto is […]

Look Inside: Space

Why do stars shine? And how was the moon made? Children can blast off into space with this fantastic interactive flap book revealing the secrets of the Universe. Vibrant illustrations and simple explanations combined with over 70 flaps to lift. Each double page covers a different topic, including ‘Glittering galaxies’, ‘On the Moon’ and ‘Space […]

See Inside Your Body

Fabulous flap book that reveals the inner workings of the human body. Bright, original colour illustrations and diagrams display all the major organs of the human body and are accompanied by witty, clear and informative text. Contains over fifty embedded flaps that children can lift to reveal extra detail.

Creature Features

Vibrantly illustrated by new talent Natasha Durley, this is an animal book with a difference. Each page is bursting with unusual creatures all united by a common characteristic. From enormous ears to humongous horns, and from elephants to earwigs, this eclectic collection of animals celebrates the diversity of the animal kingdom. And with something to […]

Book of Bones: 10 Record-Breaking Animals

It’s a book of world records… of bones! Guess whose bones are the longest, shortest, heaviest, spikiest, and more. With touchable skeletons! Ten record-breaking animal bones are introduced through a series of superlatives set up as a guessing game with clues. Readers examine animals’ skeletons and guess to whom they belong; the answers are revealed […]

A Collection of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories

A beautifully illustrated collection of Rudyard Kipling’s timeless animal tales. How did the rhinoceros get his wrinkly skin? Why won’t cats come when they’re called? How did one curious elephant with a nose for trouble change the lives of all elephants everywhere? These eight well-loved stories give inspired answers to these and other intriguing questions. […]

The Hunter

One day while playing hunters in the hot dry African bush, Jamina finds a baby elephant whimpering besides its dead mother. As Jamina bravely helps the little orphaned elephant, she vows that she will never be a real hunter . . .

A First Book of Nature

An exquisite book that evokes a child’s first experience of nature. From beachcombing to stargazing, from watching squirrels, ducks and worms to making berry crumble or a winter bird feast, this is a remarkable book – part poetry, part scrapbook of recipes, facts and fragments – and a glorious reminder that the natural world is […]

Stone Soup

Step into the magical world of Child’s Play fairy tales… Traditional tales are a well-established part of all cultures. Retold from the originals, these lively stories will captivate readers with their delightful illustrations and fun lift-up flaps which really add to the action. The ‘flip-up’ flaps encourage prediction and discussion, and well-known stories will give […]

Katie Morag Delivers the Mail

Welcome to the Island of Struay, home of one of the best-loved characters in children’s books and as seen on TV – Katie Morag McColl! When the village mail gets muddled, it’s up to Katie Morag to sort things out – with a little help from Grannie Island and her tractor…

Where’s My Teddy?

A case of mistaken identity among teddy bears – and a phenomenal bestseller! Little Eddy loses his toy bear and has to go looking for him in the dark, horrible woods – where he’s in for a gigantic surprise.

I Want My Hat Back

A bear searches for his missing hat in the bestselling, multiple award-winning picture book debut of Jon Klassen. In his bestselling debut picture book, the multiple award-winning Jon Klassen, illustrator of This Is Not My Hat and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole , tells the story of a bear who’s hat has gone. And […]

Goodnight Already!

A hilarious bedtime story from debut children’s book author Jory John, and Benji Davies, illustrator of Storm Whale. Meet Bear. He’s exhausted. All he wants is to go to sleep. Meet Duck, Bear’s persistent next-door neighbour. All he wants is to hang out… with Bear. How will Bear ever fall asleep!

Pom Pom Gets The Grumps

A delightful and hilarious new character from exciting new author and illustrator talent, Sophy Henn, creator of the highly acclaimed picture book, Where Bear? When Pom Pom Panda wakes up in a BAD mood one morning, nothing is right. And then things go from bad to worse. A fresh and funny new take on toddler […]

The Pirates of Scurvy Sands

This summer, Matilda is going on holiday with her friends, the Jolley-Rogers. Their destination is the island of Scurvy Sands – a favourite holiday destination for pirates. When Matilda arrives, the swashbuckling residents are not too impressed with her. She has clean teeth, tidy clothes and doesn’t smell like she’s been at sea for six […]

A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals

There once was a hungry lion, a penguin (Well he was just here…), a little calico kitten (I could have sworn I just saw him…), a brown mouse (Now wait a second…), a bunny with floppy ears and a bunny with un-floppy ears (Okay this is just getting ridiculous), a frog, a bat, a pig, […]

How to Be a Lion

You don’t have to ROAR to be heard… Meet Leonard – a lion like no other. Leonard’s best friend is Marianne, a duck. But lions chomp ducks, don’t they? What will the pair do when their way of life is threatened? From the New York Times-bestselling author of Max the Brave comes a powerful story […]

The Green Giant

A beautiful eco-tale from the winner of the Batsford Prize You’ve met the Iron Giant, the Big Friendly Giant and the Selfish Giant. Now meet the Green Giant! A young girl, Bea, and her dog, Iris, are staying with her grandad in the country. Bea is bored, but Iris’s adventures lead them to the small […]

King of the Swamp

From a brand-new picture book duo, this is a striking and unique story perfect for little people interested in climate awareness and looking after nature. McDarkly lives quietly all on his own, growing orchids in his dank swamp, until one day his peace is disturbed by an arrogant king who wants to turn the swamp […]

The Dancing Tiger

This magical, tender tale about a girl, a tiger and a great-grandmother is a joyous dance through the changing seasons. From the moment the book is opened, we are invited into woodland suffused with moonlight and, as the tiger’s story is revealed in all its beautiful simplicity, we are left pondering the power of the […]

Claude On Holiday

Come with Claude on a smashing adventure! These waggy tales are perfect for new readers, with illustrations on every page. As seen on TV – Claude is the star of his very own TV show! Sir Bobblysock and Claude go on holiday for the very first time. They build sandcastles, eat ice cream and sunbathe. […]

When Sadness Comes to Call

Winner of the Klaus Flugge Prize 2020 and the V&A Book Cover Award 2020! When Sadness arrives, try not to be afraid: give it a name, listen to it and spend some time together. Maybe all it wants is to know that it’s welcome. This beautiful debut by author-illustrator talent Eva Eland takes a poignant […]

Oh No, Bobo!

Bobo is sure one of his jungle friends will be able to help. He plucks a feather here and a tuft of hair there but only causes upset! Bobo is left despondent and still without a pillow. But when Elsie the elephant enthusiastically strokes Bobo and wraps him up in her trunk in an effort […]

Where the Wild Things Are

One night Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief of one kind and another, so his mother calls him ‘Wild Thing’ and sends him to bed without his supper. That night a forest begins to grow in Max’s room and an ocean rushes by with a boat to take Max to the place […]

The Night Iceberg

It’s hard when you have to share everything with your baby brother. Tofta doesn’t want to at all. So when an iceberg drifts past her window, she decides that it’s her iceberg and she’s not going to share it with anyone. But when five hundred playful penguins turn up, Tofta finds that sharing can be […]

Charlie and Lola

A classic Charlie and Lola picture book about fussy eating. Perfect for difficult dinner times! Lola will not peas. In fact she won’t eat carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, cabbage or baked beans. And she will absolutely not ever NEVER eat a tomato. But when Charlie explains that peas are actually green drops from Greenland, and carrots […]

How Rude

Join Dot and Duck in a simple, yet hilarious, story about kindness, manners and friendship that gets more and more chaotic with every turn of the page! Dot invites Duck to a tea party, but from the moment Duck enters the house, the tea party descends into chaos; from licking sandwich fillings to spitting tea, […]

How Selfish

The hilarious follow-up title to How Rude! which introduced us to the wonderful duo, Dot and Duck. They’re back to share even more giggles in this sweet story about sharing, manners and friendship. One day Dot and Duck find a stick, only Dot thinks it’s a sword and Duck thinks it’s a flag. When Dot […]

Press Here

The longest-running picture book on the New York Times bestseller list, now available in a board book Press the yellow dot on the cover of this interactive children’s book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising touch book instructs the reader to push the button, shake it […]

Lottie Potter Wants An Otter

A feel-good, rhyming picture book, packed full of outrageously funny otters from multi-award-winning author, Jeanne Willis, with hilarious illustrations by Leonie Lord. When little Lottie Potter goes to Trotter’s Otter shop to buy a new pet, she certainly doesn’t expect to find quite so many kinds. There are spotty otters, potty otters, snotty otters and […]

Bear Came Along

From award-winning author Richard T. Morris and bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham comes a cheerful and action-packed adventure about the importance of friendship and community. Once there was a river flowing through a forest. The river didn’t know it was capable of adventures until a big bear came along. But adventures aren’t any fun by yourself, […]

Dragons Loves Tacos

A #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon, this deliciously funny read-aloud is an unforgettable tale of new friends and the perfect snack that will make you laugh until spicy salsa comes out of your nose. Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want […]

I Am Brown

I am brown. I am beautiful. I am perfect. I designed this computer. I ran this race. I won this prize. I wrote this book. A joyful celebration of the skin you’re in – of being brown, of being amazing, of being you.

I Knew You Could Do It!

I knew you could do it! I knew that you could! Of everyone out there I knew that you would. A celebration of everyday accomplishments as well as life’s milestones, I Knew You Could Do It applauds anyone who has overcome hurdles and challenges, and also cheers them into the future. And for anyone who […]

The Wonderful Things You Will Be

“This is the first time There’s ever been you , So I wonder what wonderful things You will do.” In this timeless poem about growing up, Emily Windfield Martin explores all the things you can choose to be, from brave and bold to creative and wise. Filled with beautiful, quirky illustrations and clever read-aloud rhyme, […]

First Facts Dinosaurs

Find out facts about the incredible world of prehistoric animals in this first children’s book about dinosaurs. Discover which dinosaur was as tall as a tree, who had horns and armour, and who was covered in feathers. Then see what these extinct animals ate, when they lived, and why they died out. First Facts Dinosaurs […]

Happy Hatchday

Happy Hatchday

The first book in a cracking series about the loveable Dinosaur Juniors, from the creative genius behind the #DrawWithRob phenomenon and the bestselling and award-winning Blown Away ! A creatively cretaceous story about first steps and new friends, and the first book in the Dinosaur Junior series! From the bestselling and multi-award-winnning Rob Biddulph, creator […]

Life on Earth: Dinosaurs

Life on Earth Dinosaurs

When did the dinosaurs live? How did they hunt? And why is the T-Rex the scariest dinosaur? Find out the answer to these and many more questions in this fun fact-filled lift-the-flap book. Discover the secrets of the prehistoric era with 100 questions and answers about dinosaurs and more than 70 lift-flaps to be opened! […]

Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs

Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs

Harry finds some dusty plastic dinosaurs in Nan’s attic. He cleans them, finds out their names and takes them everywhere – until, one day, the dinosaurs get lost! The lost property man gets a surprise when Harry proves the dinosaurs are his by calling them over to him.

Toys in Space

Toys in Space

What happens when you leave your toys out in the garden at night? They get beamed into space – that’s what! Join our plucky band as they explore the cosmos, and help out one lonely alien along the way…

The Great Race

The Great Race

Which animal will win the race and get the first year of the Chinese calendar named after them? Race along with Rat, Monkey, Dragon, and their companions while discovering the origin of the Chinese Zodiac. This bright and colourful book includes intriguing notes about the Chinese calendar, the festivals, and the animal that rules each […]

The Comet

The Comet

From the award-winning Joe Todd-Stanton, comes an exquisite and heartfelt picture book touching on the bewildering experience of moving house. This beautiful story explores how this can affect a child’s sense of belonging, but also how it can open them up to new and wonderful experiences. When Nyla has to leave her home in the […]

A Place Called Home: Look Inside Houses Around the World

A Place Called Home

Take a sneak peek inside homes from all around the world with this charming lift-the-flap book, written by Kate Baker and beautifully illustrated by Rebecca Green. From cosy wooden houses in snow-blanketed Greenland to traditional Maasai mud huts in East Africa, young children will discover different ways of living across the globe and get a […]

Home: Where Our Story Begins

Home Where Our Journey Begins

Wherever we may choose to roam, We need a place to call our home. Follow a little bear as he discovers a host of animal homes and more in this beautiful die-cut picture book that explores what home looks like for different kinds of creatures.

Preschool: 50 Recommended Reads

50 recommended books for 3- and 4-year-olds

Best Books for Preschoolers (Ages 3-5) We’ve put together a list of 50 recommended books for 3- and 4-year-olds. Top up your preschool or nursery book collections with our hand-picked selection of classic stories, laugh-out-loud picture books, animal tales, poetry books, non-fiction for curious minds and more…. Scroll down to find more purchasing options and printable […]

Reception: 50 Recommended Reads

50 recommended books for 4- and 5-year-olds

Best Books for Reception (Ages 4-5) We’ve hand-picked 50 recommended books for 4- and 5-year-olds. Update your Reception class library or home book collections with our list of top reads, covering everything from fashion-conscious flamingoes and super-greedy monsters to dreams of space travel and expeditions into faraway places. Not to mention the odd heroic potato or […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Julia Donaldson

Boof if you like Julia Donaldson

If you like Julia Donaldson, try these… Julia Donaldson’s books are firm favourites in many households and classrooms, with a number of her stories (like The Gruffalo and Stick Man) being considered modern classics. Working with different illustrators, Julia has written over 150 books and is best known for her easy-to-learn rhyming stories and memorable […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Supertato

Books for fans of Supertato

If you like Supertato, try these… In every preschool or infant class, you’ll find fans of Supertato and his hilarious crew of vegetable friends (not forgetting his nemesis, Evil Pea). Written by husband and wife team Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, the books are enjoyed by readers who like a high dose of action and […]

Storytime Favourites EYFS (Ages 3-5)

Storytime favourite class read-alouds EYFS

Best Storytime Books for the Early Years We have selected a list of favourite storytime books for EYFS (ages 3-5), which includes books that are particularly well suited for being read out loud to younger children. From the best classroom read-alouds to favourite bedtime stories, browse our list of books that are brilliant for capturing the magic […]

Toys

From dolls and teddies to sticks and balls, toys can hold a special place in the hearts of children. It’s no surprise that the topic of toys and games is always a hit with children, who love learning about toys from the past and toys around the world. We’ve put together a selection of the […]

Dinosaurs

Best Children’s Books about Dinosaurs Dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures are often a topic of great interest to children. From the terrific T-Rex to the brilliant Brachiosaurus, we’ve selected a list of recommended children’s books about dinosaurs to help you to dig deep into the topic…

Books With Minority Ethnic Characters

Children’s Books with Minority Ethnic Characters A recent study by CLPE has shown that just 9% of children’s books published last year featured a main character from a minority ethnic background. Although the number is increasing over time, there still exists a major under-representation, considering that 33.9% of children of primary school age in England […]

Diverse & Inclusive Books for EYFS

diverse and inclusive books for EYFS

Best Diverse Books for Preschool and Reception We have selected a list of recommended diverse and inclusive books for children in nursery, preschool and reception (ages 2-5), which feature characters that are traditionally under-represented in children’s books. This list of the best diverse books for children in the Early Years includes books with minority ethnic […]

Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp!

stomp dinosaur stomp

A rhythmic, read-aloud picture book. Perfect for little dinosaur fans! Mighty Tyrannosaurus loved stomp, stomp, stomping. Gigantic legs striding, enormous jaws opening… So stomp, Tyrannosaurus, stomp! Meet a different dinosaur on each page, in this bright, bold picture book. Just right for sharing together. Little ones will love looking at the colourful pictures and joining […]

Autumn

Best children’s books about Autumn We love seeing the seasons change at this time of year! From kicking up Autumn leaves and collecting conkers to picking pumpkins and spotting nocturnal animals, there are plenty of delights for children to enjoy during Autumn time. Our list of recommended children’s books about Autumn is here to take […]

Chinese New Year

Best Chinese New Year Books for Children Whether you are joining the celebrations or exploring the customs and traditions of the Lunar New Year festival, we’ve got the best books to help. From firecrackers and fortune cookies to stories of the great animal race, browse our list of recommended children’s books about Chinese New Year […]

Easter

Best Easter Books for Children Our Easter booklist features books that celebrate the traditional Easter Story as well as stories about springtime, new life, Easter bunnies and chocolate egg hunts. Enjoy our egg-cellent selection of the best children’s books for Easter time, featuring cracking stories to be given as Easter gifts or to snuggle down with after […]

Christmas (EYFS/KS1)

Best Christmas Books for Children Aged 4-7 Our list of the best children’s books about Christmas features books that celebrate the traditional Christmas Story as well as stories about the joy of gift-giving, magical snowmen and winter celebrations. Get into the festive spirit with our hand-picked recommendations of children’s books all about Christmas. We ho-ho-hope […]

Superheroes

Best Children’s Books about Superheroes Get ready to bring out your inner hero and zap into adventure mode with our list of recommended children’s books about superheroes. From caped crusaders and vile villains to amazing everyday heroes and heroines, our list of best superhero stories for children shows that superheroes come in all shapes and […]

EYFS Topics

booklists for early years topics

Booklists for Early Years Topics The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a set of guidelines for schools and settings in England to follow promoting the learning and development of children up to 5 years old. Many nurseries, preschools and primary schools choose topics of high interest to base learning and activities around […]

Alcatoe and the Turnip Child

Join Alcatoe, the one witch of Plum Woods, as she creates mischief and mayhem at the harvest festival! Alcatoe, the one witch of Plum Woods, is always ready to use her mischief and misguided magic. When the village decides to hold a vegetable growing contest, the children are set to compete against the grumpiest old […]

One World: 24 Hours on Planet Earth

Nicola Davies and Jenni Desmond’s first collaboration: a spectacular tour of Planet Earth and a powerful rallying cry. Where on Earth are you, right now? It’s late where I am and almost everyone’s asleep, but I’m awake, looking out into the night. Wondering… As the clock strikes midnight, a little girl and her sister visit […]

Flooded

Flooded is the funny and beautifully illustrated tale of animals who live in a city that is ever so slowly flooding. The flood comes gradually at first . All the animals ignore the obvious and go about their busy lives, disjointed from one another and preoccupied by their own problems. Eventually, the flood water reaches […]

Ready for Spaghetti

From two of the biggest names in children’s publishing, this is an inspiring guide to wordplay for young readers, their parents and teachers. I’m ready for spaghetti Will you getti the spaghetti? Don’t say, “Not yetti spaghetti!” ‘cos I’m all setti for spaghetti. Fizzing with rhythm, energy and laughter, the 30 poems in Ready for […]

The Baker by the Sea

A lyrical, richly illustrated storybook about community and family – set against the backdrop of a seaside fishing village.

Lifesize Baby Animals

Let’s go on a LIFESIZE adventure! Step into the book and see how you measure up against some of the world’s most amazing BABY animals. Go eye to eye with a baby blue whale, snuggle up with some red panda cubs and open the FOLD-OUT PAGES to discover a LIFESIZE baby African elephant! This interactive […]

When I See Red

The heroine of this beautifully illustrated story feels her anger like a storm in a dark forest. It sweeps her away, and she thunders and howls. She pours down her emotions like sheets of rain; rage surges like a wind whipping angry waves. Her anger takes her on a wild ride. Appropriate for a wide […]

How Winston Came Home for Christmas

Join Winston the mouse as he sets out on another irresistible Christmas adventure! From Alex T. Smith, bestselling author of the Claude series, comes How Winston Came Home for Christmas – the festive sequel to the much-loved How Winston Delivered Christmas . Full of gorgeous colour artwork and Christmassy activities for all the family to […]

The Christmas Pine

A magical picture book for Christmas, written in perfect, heartfelt rhyme by Julia Donaldson, bestselling creator of Zog and Superworm. Deep in a snowy wood stands a little pine tree with a special destiny: when it grows up, it’s going to be the famous Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square! This is the perfect picture book […]

The Wall and the Wild

the wall and the wild

In a plot of land at the edge of town, Ana grows only perfectly-sized plants and perfect-looking flowers, and throws all the irregular shoots and uneven seeds over the wall into the disorderly Wild. But as her garden gets tidier, neater and more constrained, the Wild begins to grow…

Super Silly Museums

Going to the museum has never been so much fun! Much-loved illustrator Nick Sharratt invites you to stroll around eight magnificently silly museums, in this picture-book giggle-fest that will keep children entertained for hours. Sturdy fold-out pages open to reveal a feast of laughs, silliness, dreadful puns and crazy objects. Step inside the super-stinky Poo-seum, […]

Gretel the Wonder Mammoth

A mammoth NEW picture book from the award-winning Kim Hillyard! One peaceful Tuesday morning, a loud CRACK could be heard as the last mammoth on earth broke free from her icy shell – here comes Gretel the Wonder Mammoth! Everyone is so excited to meet her but as she settles into her new life, Gretel […]

Hom

Hom is the last of his kind. I don’t know what kind of creature he is, and nobody knows he exists… apart from me. When a boy washes up on a desert island, he is sure he’s on his own in the world. But there’s someone else living there: Hom, a peace-loving creature who has […]

The Last Seaweed Pie

The Sea-ple live in the ocean and the Tree-ple live in the jungle. When the Tree-ple start to throw their waste in the sea, the two worlds collide. Then a young Tree-ple has an idea. A heart-warming story about ocean conservation and communities working together. A donation of 3% of the cover price goes to […]

What the Elephant Heard

Told in gentle rhyming verse, this beautiful non-fiction picture book follows the story of a herd of African elephants as they journey across the parched savannah in search for a water hole. The matriarch tells of all the sounds of the savannah, and how the landscape has changed over the years. Still, she remembers where […]

The Big Book of Belonging

The Big Book of Belonging is for all the children who like to climb trees, run barefoot, splash in paddles, search for bugs, sing with the birds, taste snowflakes and count the stars. By placing children at the heart of the natural world, the book celebrates our connection with planet Earth and reveals the often […]

A Story About Afiya

Some people have dresses for every occasion but Afiya needs only one. Her dress records the memories of her childhood, from roses in bloom to pigeons in flight, from tigers at the zoo to October leaves falling. A joyful celebration of a young girl’s childhood, written by the late Coretta Scott King Book Award-winning Jamaican […]

Counting Creatures

A stunning counting book full gorgeous baby animals, with amazing flaps to lift and holes to peep through. From Julia Donaldson, bestselling author of The Gruffalo , and Sharon King-Chai, who together created the award-winnning Animalphabet. From a leopard with her cubs, to a frog and its tadpoles, young readers will delight in counting each […]

Mrs Noah’s Garden

The flood is over – but while Mr Noah builds a house out of the ark, Mrs Noah creates a garden. Luckily her famous pockets contain seeds and she has some help from the children – and the creatures. Midsummer morning brings some very special surprises! This magical story from the creators of Mrs Noah’s […]

Sneaky Beak

Is your bath BUBBLY enough? Is your bed BOUNCY enough? Is your cereal CRUNCHY enough? Don’t delay – call Sneaky Beak TODAY for deals beyond your wildest dreams! Bear and Hamster are perfectly content… until gadget-mad salesman, Sneaky Beak, arrives. But when they finally have it all, will Bear and Hamster really be happier? A […]

Old Man of the Sea

Every Sunday, Grandpa waited for me in his room, and I took my place at the foot of the bed. There were days when Grandpa wanted to talk, and days when we sat in silence. Then one day, Grandpa began telling me stories about his life at sea – tales of love and adventure and […]

The Fate of Fausto

There was once a man who believed he owned everything and set out to survey what was his. “You are mine,” Fausto said to the flower, the sheep and the mountain, and they bowed before him. But they were not enough for Fausto, so he conquered a boat and set out to sea… Working for […]

Little Unicorn is Angry

A book that encourages children to name their emotions and manage them effectively using breathing exercises. Little Unicorn is just like all the other unicorns – well, nearly. He has a magic mane that changes colours depending on how he is feeling. Today he is feeling angry. Nothing is going the way he wants it […]

Greta and the Giants

This inspiring picture book retells the story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg – the Swedish teenager who has led a global movement to raise awareness about the world’s climate crisis – using allegory to make this important topic accessible to young children. Greta is a little girl who lives in a beautiful forest […]

Drawn Together

When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens – with a shared love of art and storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words.

The Visitor

A story about friendship and shyness, full of light and colour, that plays out in a mini theatre. Elise was frightened—of spiders, people, even trees. So she never went out, night or day. One day a strange thing flies in through the window and lands at her feet. And then there comes a knock at […]

Loved to Bits

My Ted’s special. Stripy Ted. We make adventures round my bed. But he’s no longer at his best… so will I love him more – or less? Find out in this tender, action-packed and funny book from the multi award-winning Teresa Heapy and Katie Cleminson.

You’re Safe With Me

When the moon rises high and the stars twinkle, it is bedtime for the baby animals of the Indian forest. But tonight, when the skies turn dark and the night grows stormy, the little ones can’t sleep. SWISH-SWISH! CRACK-TRACK! FLASH-SNAP! goes the storm. Only Mama Elephant with her words of wisdom can reassure them. “You’re […]

Star in the Jar

An enchanting bedtime story for toddlers, perfect for fans of Oliver Jeffers’ How To Catch a Star. Up high, in the dark, dark sky … a message: LOST, ONE SMALL STAR. When a little boy stumbles across a special star, he puts it in a jar and takes it on adventures. Together with his big […]

The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors

A laugh-out-loud funny new children’s book from the author of The Day the Crayons Quit. The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors reveals the epic tale behind everyone’s favourite playground game! You’ve played the game…now read the book. Long ago in the Kingdom of Backgarden lived a fearsome warrior named ROCK. ROCK was undefeated in battle, […]

Spyder

Spyder

Introducing… Spyder – code name 0008 (legs). It’s not easy being a super special secret agent when you’re only as big as a pin badge. But when a birthday cake is under threat, SPYDER is called upon. It’s time to pack the spy-kit with binoculars, a top-secret laser pen and… a banana. Will Spyder save […]

How Does a Lighthouse Work?

How can we tell one lighthouse from another? What does a lighthouse keeper do? Where are the most unusual lighthouses in the world? Depart on an enchanting voyage with the school children in this book to discover the answers to these questions along with other fascinating facts about lighthouses and how they work.

Jabari Jumps

Working up the courage to take a big, important leap is hard, but Jabari is almost absolutely ready to make a giant splash. Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He’s finished his swimming lessons and passed his swimming test, and he’s a great jumper, so he’s not scared at all. “Looks […]

If All the World Were…

A moving, lyrical picture book about a young girl’s love for her granddad and how she copes when he’s gone, written by poet and playwright Joseph Coelho. This beautifully illustrated, powerful and ultimately uplifting text is the ideal way to introduce children to the concept of death and dying, particularly children who have lost a […]

Never Show a T-Rex a Book

What would happen if you showed a T-Rex a book? Well, she wouldn’t know what to do with it . . . would she? A madcap, super silly adventure story rooted in the transformative power of books, created by incredible new picture-book duo Rashmi Sirdeshpande and Diane Ewen.

Albert Talbot Master of Disguise

A story of imagination and adventure from the acclaimed author of The Misadventures of Frederick , Ben Manley, and Daddy Long Legs illustrator Aurelie Guillerey . Who will Albert be next? A fearless mountaineer, a brilliant mechanical engineer or a galactic megalord? Anything is possible with an imagination like Albert’s as he powers through his […]

Golden Domes & Silver Lanterns

With breathtaking illustrations and informative text, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns magnificently captures the world of Islam, celebrating its beauty and traditions for even the youngest readers. From a red prayer rug to a blue hijab, readers will learn about a different color of the Muslim world on each spread with a young Muslim girl […]

Loud

Abigail has ADHD and can’t concentrate, but one teacher knows just how to get her engaged. Abigail is frustrated. She can’t focus on writing and fools around instead. She is sent to the cooling down room. After that is music class, and she can’t make any of the instruments work! Just when things are about […]

Amazing

A little boy and his pet dragon are the very best of friends. They laugh, they sing, they dance, they snooze. They are both amazing – just like everyone else! A celebration of friendship and being yourself with a positive message about celebrating diversity. The perfect platform to start conversations about the importance of understanding […]

Susan Laughs

Susan laughs, she sings, she flies, she swings. She’s good, she’s bad, she’s happy and she’s sad. In fact, Susan is just like everybody else, even though she is in a wheelchair.

My Daddies

A funny, heartfelt picture-book celebrating same-sex parents and shared story time, perfect for introducing children to the different kinds of family in the world today. Set off on a series of incredible adventures with an adorable family as the stories they read burst into colourful life. Battle dragons, dodge deadly dinosaurs, zoom to the moon […]

The Blanket Bears

An accessible, warm-hearted story, written by an adoptive parent, centred around two young bears who find themselves out in the cold, alone, and begin their journey to being adopted into a forever family. The story acknowledges the mix of emotions children being adopted can feel – the fear and worry, as well as the joy […]

Specs for Rex

Rex has new glasses and he HATES them! He does NOT want to wear them to school, and he tries to hide them – in the strangest places! But it’s pretty tricky hiding specs that are so big, and round and RED . . . It’s funny how things turn out, though, because Rex’s specs […]

Eliot Midnight Superhero

By day, Eliot is a quiet boy who likes to read and play with his toys. But when the clock strikes midnight, Eliot is transformed into a superhero! When he’s not showing off his incredible swimming skills or wowing the crowds with his expert lion-taming, you can find him assisting the Queen. One day Eliot […]

Freddie and the Fairy

Written by Julia Donaldson, the author of The Gruffalo , and illustrated by Karen George, Freddie and the Fairy is a delightfully witty, rhyming tale. Freddie wants nothing more than a pet, so when the fairy Bessie-Belle offers to grant his wishes, he knows just what to ask for. But Bessie-Belle can’t hear very well […]

The Perfect Shelter

A powerfully told story from Clare Helen Welsh and Asa Gilland that explores the emotions we feel when someone we love is battling a serious illness. At first, nobody knew. It seemed as if today would be like yesterday forever, the perfect day to build a shelter in the woods. Then, my sister changed – […]

Max the Champion

Max is mad about sport. As he gets up, has breakfast and heads off to school, he is dreaming of competing in world class sporting events. In his real day, he and his class win the school football match and, in his imagination, he and his friends are winning the World Cup. This is a […]

Billy and the Beast

From the author of Bumblebear, comes a new heroine for our times. Introducing: Billy! Whilst on a lovely walk in the woods, Billy and her trusty sidekick Fatcat hear a terrible rumble… a terrible rumble coming from a Terrible Beast … He’s making a Terrible Soup out of all of Billy and Fatcat’s friends! Luckily, […]

Me and My Sister

A celebration of the highs and lows of having a much loved but differently abled brother or sister. This appealing brother and sister duo spend a lot of their day together, eating meals, going to school and playing. But life with an autistic sibling is not always easy. Through the eyes of the brother, we […]

Pablo and the Noisy Party

Pablo thinks differently! Pablo’s mum takes him to his cousin Lorna’s birthday party, but Pablo gets scared of the noisy party. Pablo hides in the car, and soon his friends come to join him. Pablo’s friends help him realise that it’s OK if he doesn’t want to go to the party. This lovely and heartwarming […]

Talking is Not My Thing

The autistic sister in this sibling pair is non verbal, but she finds plenty of ways to communicate and have fun with her brother. Although she can’t talk, this little girl understands everything, and has plenty to say, and lots of ideas. Through body language, drawing pictures, making gestures or using flash cards, she is […]

The Best Diwali Ever

Peek into the magic of Diwali in this heart-warming picture book about Diwali, siblings and how very special this celebration can be. This year, Ariana has plans to make Diwali an extra special celebration, with yummy sweets, divas around the house, pretty clothes, fireworks and… the rangoli competition, of course. “This year, I am DEFINITELY […]

The Can Caravan

A Traveller girl with a passion for design and technology collects cans for her local recycling plant and uses the metal to renovate an elderly neighbour’s caravan. When Janie’s neighbour Mrs Tolen goes into hospital with a broken hip, it looks as though she will have to move out of her old caravan and into […]

The Katha Chest

Six-year-old Asiya loves to go to Nanu’s house. Best among all of Nanu’s treasures is the big old chest filled with quilts that tell the stories of the women in Asyia’s family. With gorgeous, fresh and beautifully colourful illustrations inspired by Bangladeshi katha quilts and traditional West Bengali pattachitra panel illustrations, The Katha Chest is […]

The Most Exciting Eid

Just one more sleep before EID! Safa is so excited for Eid-al-Fitr. She loves drawing henna patterns on her hands, decorating her home and munching on biryani, kebabs and samosas. It is the perfect day. Then the best part comes: she gets to open her presents! She is gifted a shiny pink bicycle. The only […]

Wanda’s Words Got Stuck

A magic-filled rhyming picture book, perfect for any child who feels anxious about talking. Wanda the witch is so shy she can’t talk! No matter how hard she tries, the words won’t come out. But when another nervous little witch called Flo joins her class, it seems that Wanda’s not the only one who worries […]

What the Jackdaw Saw

The jackdaw wants all his friends to come to his party, but when he calls out his invitation the animals just touch their heads. Why won’t they answer? And what do their actions mean? Luckily a brown owl can help him with the puzzle! This book about friendship and sign language was created by Julia […]

So Much

Mum and baby are home alone when – DING DONG! – Auntie and then Uncle and Nannie and Gran-Gran and the cousins come to visit. And they all want to hug and kiss and squeeze and eat the baby right up … because everybody loves the baby SO MUCH! A special 25th anniversary edition of […]

Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion

This inspiring picture book tells the true story of world-famous deaf percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie . This is a story of music. Of obstacles. Of strength and hard work. Of all you can accomplish when you dream. As a child, Evelyn Glennie’s ears began to hurt. Voices became distant whispers. Ringing phones sounded like muffled […]

LOVE

Funny, emotional and uplifting picture book about separation and love, to help children understand their emotions. Everyone loves everyone in Tess’s house, but when Tess has to leave for school for the very first time, she is worried that her family’s love might not stretch that far. Mum explains that love is like a string, […]

Mole’s Spectacles

Lift the flaps and join in the fun with Mole’s Spectacles , a brilliant story in the bestselling Tales from Acorn Wood preschool series by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo . Mole has lost his spectacles. He searches all around his house, in the garden and even in Weasel’s sweetshop, but […]

My Big Fantastic Family

A funny and moving story about how a little girl copes with change after her parents separate. When Dad says that he’s moving out, Lily-May feels all upside-down inside. But now Dad comes on Sundays, and they ride their bikes really fast and make secret dens together. Lily-May plays more just with Mum now, too […]

My Grandma and Me

In a true tale of a young girl in Iran and her grandmother, this beautiful ode to family celebrates small moments of love that become lifelong memories. In this big universe full of many moons, I have travelled and seen many wonders, but I have never loved anything or anyone the way I love my […]

My Hair

Joyous and vibrant, this captures perfectly the excitement of getting ready for a celebration, as well as showcasing a dazzling array of intricate hairstyles. This is a glorious debut from an exciting new partnership who both emerged from the FAB Prize for undiscovered BAME writers and illustrators.

My Magic Family

There are billions of families, a million ways to be. But in my magic family it’s Mummy, Mum and me! Let’s tell our family stories – fantastical and true – and we’ll find out who’s who to me, and who is who to you… In this celebratory, reassuring rhyming story a little girl with two […]

New Baby

Sofia and Bilal are twins, and they love making mischief together! When their family of four becomes five, the twins realise that sharing is harder than they had ever imagined . . . This beautifully illustrated picture book is the perfect gift for children who are about to become older siblings for the first time. […]

Pablo Goes Shopping

Pablo and his friends are going to the supermarket, or as they like to call it, the super place! Tang loves the super place, but Mouse finds it too bright and too noisy . Pablo and friends find different ways to have a lovely time among all the sights and sounds of the Super Place.

Ramadan Moon

Ramadan, the month of fasting, Doesn’t begin all at once. It begins with a whisper And a prayer And a wish. Muslims all over the world celebrate Ramadan and the joyful days of Eid-ul-Fitr at the end of the month of fasting as the most special time of year. This lyrical and inspiring picture book […]

Spreading My Wings

A touching story about being proud of who we are and embracing our differences, written by TV star Nadiya Hussain. I am a boy, and this is Rayf, my bird. Rayf is my friend. On his first day of holiday camp, a little boy arrives with his bird best friend perched proudly on his shoulder, […]

A Superpower Like Mine

An empowering story about seeing the best in others and yourself, from Dr Ranj, bestselling author and the nation’s favourite doctor. Femi has SUPERPOWERS! But not the superhero kind – she can’t really fly or turn invisible. Femi’s dad says she has lots of superpowers on the inside that make her special. From kindness to […]

Amanda Gorman

In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the incredible life of Amanda Gorman, America’s astounding young poet and activist. From an early age, Little Amanda read everything she could get her hands on , from books to cereal boxes. Growing up with an auditory processing disorder and […]

Cinnamon

In a hot, hot country, ringed with mountains on one side and jungle on the other, lives a princess called Cinnamon. Her eyes are made of pearls, which means that she is blind. And, for reasons her parents the Rajah and Rani cannot fathom, she will not talk. So they offer a reward to anyone […]

Dadaji’s Paintbrush

Discover that bereavement can be a beginning, not an ending, in this beautiful story of one boy’s grief when he loses his beloved grandfather. Dadaji loves to teach others to paint, especially his grandson. But after Dadaji passes away, the boy can’t bear to use the favourite paintbrush his grandfather left for him. When a […]

Eyes that Speak to the Stars

A young Asian boy notices that his eyes look different from his peers’ after seeing his friend’s drawing of them. After talking to his father, the boy realizes that his eyes rise to the skies and speak to the stars, shine like sunlit rays, and glimpse trails of light from those who came before-in fact, […]

Forever Star

A beautiful, heartfelt adventure, perfect for celebrating all kinds of family and the love that brings them together. This is the dark and starless sky, where just past the moon a planet drifts by. And this is the planet that’s full to the brim, with friendly and caring space people called… TIM! Meet Tim and […]

I Love Me!

Brimming with positivity, I Love Me! is a fun and empowering book of affirmations to help little ones stand tall. Written by Marvyn Harrison and with art by Diane Ewen (the award-winning illustrator of Floella Benjamin’s Coming to England ), this upbeat book is perfect for sharing, easy to put into practice, and celebrates the […]

In My Mosque

A big-hearted global celebration of mosques and the diverse worshippers that they welcome every day! My mosque feels safe like home. In my mosque, we pray for peace, love and joy. You are welcome in my mosque. Picked by School Library Journal for the Best Picture Books of 2021. Do you go regularly to a […]

Jabari Tries

Jabari is inventing a machine that will fly all the way across the yard! But making it go from CRASH to WHOOSH will take grit, patience, and maybe even a little help from his sister. Jabari is making a flying machine in his backyard! “It’ll be easy. I don’t need any help,” he declares. But […]

The Giant of Jum

“Fee!” he said, and “Fi!” he said, and “Fo!” he said and “Fum!” Look out children, the Giant of Jum is grumpy and hungry and he’s off in search of a tasty snack. And the tastiest of all is a boy called Jack! But Jack and his friends don’t see a scary giant, they see […]

You Can’t Take an Elephant on Holiday

Imagine playing minigolf with meerkats or building a sandcastle with an armadillo! And don’t even think about eating candyfloss when there’s an albatross about! Jam-packed with crazy creatures, this brilliant new book from the creators of You Can’t Take an Elephant on the Bus , You Can’t Let an Elephant Drive a Digger and You […]

The Perfect Rock

Ollie, Bea and Ula do everything together. They play in the waves, eat shellfish feasts and snuggle up together to sleep. But there comes a day in every otter’s life when they must find a perfect rock. One shiny and strong enough to crack open shells for themselves. When they find the best rock of […]

Find Your Happy

A joyful and imaginative book of feelings from the creator of The Happy News. Feeling happy is a wonderful thing! But do you ever feel sad or angry, frightened or shy? Everyone does sometimes, but with a little help from Sloth and the people you love, there is always a way to FIND YOUR HAPPY! […]

When I Was a Pirate

When I was a pirate, I woke up to whale song. A chorus of humpback, beluga and blue. They waved with their tails, as we sailed along. Back when I was a pirate, before I met you. Although these days Grandpa might prefer his rocking chair to climbing the rigging or hoisting the mainsail, he […]

Octopants: The Missing Pirate Pants

The long-awaited second book in the best-selling Octopants series from the hilarious and hugely talented Suzy Senior and Claire Powell! Pufferfish has lost his pants! Where COULD those undies be? Ahoy there, Pirate! Step aboard – Let’s join the search and see! Join Octopants, Pufferfish and their underwater pals on a pant-tastic adventure filled with […]

The Great Hamster Getaway

Raffleton Grey is as BORED as a hamster can be. He wants to go to the fair – but he’s STUCK in his cage. There’s only one thing for it . . . Get ready for the most exciting HAMSTER GETAWAY in history! Freedom means new friendships and tasty ice cream and fairground rides. But […]

Sam Plants a Sunflower

Discover the joy of growing things in this non-fiction nature picture book series from Axel Scheffler and the National Trust Sam loves big, yellow sunflowers, so when his friends Worm and Ladybird suggest he grows his own, he soon plants some seeds in his garden. Join Sam as he watches them grow, with fun flaps […]

Grandude’s Green Submarine

As the Chillers explored, Lucy spotted a picture of Nandude, their adventurous grandmother. “When will we see her again?” asked Bob. “Perhaps we could go on an adventure to find her!” said Em… Grandude and the Chillers are back! Jump aboard Grandude’s magical green submarine and join the quest to find Nandude, following her musical […]

The Runaway Pea

It’s time for tea, but one pesky pea has decided to ping himself off the plate in search of a party! The rogue pea shoots, flings and bounces across the kitchen as he embarks on his perilous adventure – but will he find the fun he is looking for or is the kitchen a scarier […]

Supermouse and the Volcano of Doom

supermouse volcano of doom

Supermouse is BACK! But with crime on the rise in Mouseopolis and trouble brewing at Mount Fondue, could this job be too much for one mouse to handle? It’s time to call for some back-up. This action-packed adventure is oozing with fun-filled lift-the-flaps, peep-through pages, and fiery fondue. Can you take the heat?

Ten Fat Sausages

Ten fat sausages sizzling in the pan… decide to escape, if they can! Come on a great escape through the kitchen as we follow each sausage that decides to make a run for it. Will they succeed or will the cat, blender, plug hole or fan prove their downfall? Michelle Robinson’s no-holds-barred humour is perfectly […]

Hot Dog

From the creators of Mince Spies , Santa Jaws and Jingle Smells comes another hilarious romp that’s guaranteed to make you laugh this summer! This is the story of a little hot dog who longs for just one thing: to be a REAL dog. But when the Mustard Fairy makes his dreams come true, will […]

The Couch Potato

The Couch Potato has everything within reach and doesn’t have to move from the sunken couch cushion. But when the electricity goes out, Couch Potato is forced to peel away from the comforts of the living room and venture outside. Could fresh air and sunshine possibly be better than the views on screen? Readers of […]

The Fish Who Could Wish

Deep in the ocean lives a fish whose wishes come true! He wishes for all sorts of crazy things – a castle, a car, and even fine clothes to wear. But he is a rather foolish fish and one day he wishes to be just like all the other fish . . . perhaps this […]

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Gorgeous gift edition of the classic join in story by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Shake up a snowstorm with this perfect gift for brave hunters and bear-lovers everywhere! We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. Will you come too? For over a quarter of a century, readers have […]

The Wonky Donkey

The Wonky Donkey book

The Wonky Donkey picture book has sold over two million copies worldwide – this book and CD edition is the perfect gift! Who ever heard of a spunky hanky-panky cranky stinky-dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey? This hilarious book and CD will have children – and adults – braying with laughter! Lyrical, laugh-out-loud story and […]

The Squirrels Who Squabbled

the squirrels who squabbled

Two greedy squirrels learn to share, in this hilarious rhyming adventure from the bestselling creators of The Lion Inside. Greedy squirrels Cyril and Bruce both have their sights on a very special prize: THE VERY LAST NUT OF THE SEASON! As the nut bounces crazily though the forest, the squirrels race after it, between the […]

I Love You Blue Kangaroo

Every night Blue Kangaroo falls fast asleep, cuddled in Lily’s arms. But as new toy animals start arriving, Blue Kangaroo worries that there just isn’t enough room for him anymore. When he goes missing, Lily looks everywhere for him and it turns out NONE of the other toys mean as much to her as her […]

Mrs Pepperpot Stories

Everyone loves little Mrs Pepperpot! This compilation has 20 classic Mrs Pepperpot tales. Mrs Pepperpot can’t choose when she will shrink to the size of a pepperpot – it just happens. But whatever she encounters, whether it be a mountain of pancakes, a crafty fox or a monstrous mousetrap, little Mrs Pepperpot will always come […]