New Beginnings

new beginnings booklist

Best Children’s Books about New Beginnings Whether it’s books to begin a new year, stories that explore fresh starts or tales of resolutions and new challenges, we’ve put together a list of picturebooks about new beginnings and starting afresh. These books could be used in school assemblies, at home or as classroom stories.

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 […]

Hair-Raising Human Body Facts

Hair-raising Human Body Facts

In Hair-raising Human Body Facts, you’ll learn about some of the most incredible things going on inside you right now! Giggle and gasp as you read about and see some truly astonishing (and sometimes silly) parts of the human body, such as your super-cool cornea, which gets its oxygen from the air and has no […]

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, […]

Lift-the-flap Questions and Answers about Racism

From ‘What’s wrong with the idea of ‘race’? and ‘Why is life harder for people with darker skin?’ to ‘Don’t ALL lives matter?’ and ‘What’s racism got to do with me?’ this book tackles powerful, pertinent questions in a direct, accessible and thought-provoking way. Discover why racism is everyone’s problem to solve, and how we […]

The Extraordinary Life of Serena Williams

A Grand Slam champion An activist An inspiration Serena Williams began playing tennis when she was just a child, and is now an Olympic champion who’s won more Grand Slam singles titles than anyone else. Throughout her life she’s battled many things, from life-threatening illnesses and sports injuries, to sexism and racism in the tennis […]

The Extraordinary Life of Mary Seacole

A doctress An activist An inspiration Mary Seacole is now known for her medical work in the Crimean war, and as a brilliant woman who combated the racial prejudice she experienced in her lifetime. But for a long time her story was lost. From growing up in Kingston, Jamaica as the daughter of a doctress […]

Trailblazers: Simone Biles

How did Simone Biles become a superstar athlete and gold medallist? On a daytrip to the local sports centre, Simone discovered her natural talent for gymnastics. She signed up for regular training sessions and was soon performing incredible routines at competitions. Despite a challenging start in life, Simone went on to become one of the […]

Black in Time: The Most Awesome Black Britons from Yesterday to Today

Hiya! Alison Hammond here! I love getting to know all about different people and I’ll tell you a secret . . . sometimes people we don’t know much about are the most interesting of all! Which is really what this book is all about. Let me ask you a question: How many Black people can […]

It’s Her Story Rosa Parks: A Graphic Novel

A graphic novel for children age 7 to 10. Rosa Parks was the courageous thinker and leader known as the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement. Long before the Montgomery Bus Boycott made her famous, she was a social justice activist and organizer. In honor of her work, she received a Congressional Gold Medal and […]

Queen of Freedom: Defending Jamaica

1720. Blue Mountains, windward Jamaica. In the sweltering heat Captain Shettlewood leads a troop of British soldiers through the thick trees towards the river. They are hunting slaves who have escaped from the brutal plantations. Their mission: to find them, and kill them. But up ahead, hidden among the rocks above the water, a group […]

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, […]

Lands of Belonging: A History of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Britain

Publishing for the 75th anniversary of the Partition of India in August 2022, this book is a unique exploration of the rich and complicated history of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Britain. There are many ways of telling the same story, and how you tell it depends on your point of view. Some stories are so […]

The Astounding Broccoli Boy

The Astounding Broccoli Boy is the hilarious tale of an unlikely (and very green) hero believing in himself and finding adventure. Rory Rooney likes to be prepared for all eventualities. His favourite book is Don’t Be Scared, Be Prepared , and he has memorized every page of it. He could even survive a hippo attack. […]

Life on Earth: Human Body

How many bones do I have in my body? What does my heart do? And why do we breathe? Find out in this fact-filled book, the first in a new non-fiction series for children aged 5+. Each book answers 100 questions in a simple and informative way, and has more than 70 lift-flaps to open.

Body: The Ultimate Guide

The Ultimate Guide Body will help children aged 8+ learn everything they need to know about the human body. Revealing what really goes on beneath your skin, this fully illustrated book is split into key sections, and text is presented as easy-to-read bullet points. Every section includes a transparent acetate sheet feature, which allows you […]

Demon Dentist

The latest jaw-achingly funny, number-one bestselling novel from David Walliams – now out in paperback. Make your appointment if you dare… Darkness had come to the town. Strange things were happening in the dead of night. Children would put a tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy, but in the morning they would wake […]

Your Breathtaking Lungs and Rocking Respiratory System

Packed with amazing facts and eye-grabbing images, Your Breathtaking Lungs and Rocking Respiratory System takes a different approach to teaching the reader about the lungs and how and why we breathe. Every spread opens with an amazing science fact about the human body – for example – An average person breathes around 8,000-9,000 litres of […]

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.

Giant

It’s hard to measure up in a family with high expectations. But it’s even harder when those people sometimes use you as an arm rest. And call you ‘Peanut’. Anzo is 11 years old and very, very short. Mum, Dad and his two uncles are extremely tall but they’re also high achievers, obsessed with fulfilling […]

Pig Heart Boy

Cameron is thirteen, and all he wants is a ‘normal’ life – friends, swimming, school, family. But his life is far from normal. Not every thirteen-year-old desperately needs a new heart because theirs doesn’t work properly. Finally, one doctor offers hope. Cameron could – if he and his parents agree – take part in a […]

The Story of Afro Hair

The Story of Afro Hair

Explore the incredible history of Afro hair. The Story of Afro Hair celebrates the fashion and styles of Afro hair over the last 5,000 years. From plaits to the Gibson Girl, cornrows to locks, the hi-top fade to funki dreds, The Story of Afro Hair is the ultimate book of Afro hairstories. Kicking off with […]

Journey Back to Freedom

Journey Back to Freedom: The Olaudah Equiano Story

From the horrors of the slave trade to a book that changed the world, Catherine Johnson celebrates the incredible life of Olaudah Equiano in this gripping true story. Born in what is now Nigeria in 1745, Olaudah Equiano’s peaceful childhood was brought to an abrupt end when he was captured and enslaved aged 11. He […]

Y6 Transition

Year 6 Transition Booklist All year round, Year 6 pupils across the country are thinking about the big move to their next school. On this booklist, we have picked a selection of recommended books for children in Year 6 preparing for the transition to secondary school, high school or college. The books cover topics of transition, […]

Politics & Democracy

Politics and Democracy Booklist Discussions about politics and general elections can be confusing for children (and adults!) at the best of times. To help, we’ve put together a list of the best children’s books about politics, including both fiction and non-fiction books that explore themes of parliament, elections, democracy and political systems.

PSHE, Emotional Literacy & Citizenship

booklists for primary PSHE topics

Primary PSHE Booklists Our selection of books that support PSHE and emotional literacy topics can help to shine a spotlight on the importance of looking after children’s mental and physical health. The books on these lists can help to explore important issues about growing up and assist children to learn what it means to be […]

Internet Safety

We’ve picked out five recommended children’s books for exploring the concept of e-safety with primary school pupils.

Black British History

In this booklist, we look at a selection of children’s books to use in the classroom for teaching elements of Black History that are unique to the UK. With Black History Month gaining increasing interest each year, we often receive an influx of requests for books that celebrate Black lives and that explore Black history […]

Learn the Language of Social Media

Do you know what the difference between a bit and a byte is? Have you ever accepted cookies and not known what they were for? Did you know that phishing has nothing to do with chips? Learn about all of these words and more in this exciting and colourful series while challenging yourself to games […]

PENGUINPIG

PENGUINPIG is the story of a little girl who reads of an exciting creature known as a penguinpig on the Internet. Filled with delight and intrigue, she decides that she must go and find one. However, her parents are far too busy to take her and so she decides that she will sneak out and […]

Staying Safe Online

The internet is full of amazing possibilities but, just like the real world, there are a lot of potential dangers and difficulties too. You need to know what to watch out for and how to protect yourself. Whether you’re worried about oversharing on social media or coming across dangerous people, this guide gives you tips […]

Ant Clancy: Games Detective

Ray-Chay is the new virtual reality game that everyone’s playing and the world loves its eccentric billionaire creator, Kody Crunch. Ant loves gaming and feels like the only person who can’t get into Ray-Chay. But when something goes very wrong with the game, Ant is determined to help. Can Ant and his friends work out […]

Troll Stinks!

Billy Goat and his best friend Cyril are messing about with the farmer’s mobile phone, taking selfies and playing games… until they discover the number for a troll. Grandpa Gruff says all trolls are bad, so Billy and Cyril decide to get their own back by sending mean messages. After all, trolls really do stink! […]

Can I Build Another Me?

Can I Build Another Me? follows a child’s hilarious, wildly inventive train of thought as he decides to make a clone of himself – and starts to ponder what makes him HIM. Is it the scar on his knee or his sticky palms? Is it his love of acorns or the way he winks? The […]

Funnybones

The Halloween classic! The very first book in the beloved Funnybones stories, created by children’s book superstars Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Meet the skeletons (a big skeleton and a little skeleton and a dog skeleton) and dive into the wonderful world of dark, dark cellars and skeleton animals in this joyful and hilarious read.

The Growing Story

A classically beautiful picture book from Helen Oxenbury and Ruth Krauss. Share the universal experience of growing up and discover the rhythms of the seasons in this wonderfully timeless story. A little boy, some chicks and a puppy live on a farm. They see the first signs of spring growing in the fields and the […]

Titch

A TITCH storybook by award winning author, Pat Hutchins. Titch is the smallest and the youngest in his family. His brother Pete and his sister Mary have bigger biokes than Titch, kites that fly high-up in the sky and instruments that make much BIGGER noises. But when Titch plants a tiny seed thay all find […]

Hair Love

It’s up to Daddy to give his daughter an extra-special hair style in this story of self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters. Zuri knows her hair is beautiful, but it has a mind of its own! It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Mum always does Zuri’s hair just the way she […]

Only One You

There’s only one you in this great big world. Make it a better place. Adri’s mama and papa share some of the wisdom they have gained through the years with their eager son. Their words, simple and powerful, are meant to comfort and guide him as he goes about exploring the world. This exquisitely illustrated […]

Your Heart and Lungs (Science in Action)

Where is your heart? How do your lungs work? What does your heart pump around your body? Find the answers to these questions and much, much more in this comprehensive introduction to how our lungs and heart work to keep us alive. Packed with photographs and diagrams, fascinating facts and activities to complete, this is […]

Your Fantastic, Elastic Brain

Learn how much your brain can grow! The perfect introduction to growth mindset, Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It is:A growth mindset book for kidsA teacher must-have for classroomsThe best resource for anyone to teach growth mindsetDid you know you can stretch and grow your own brain? Or that making mistakes is one […]

The Name Jar

A heartwarming story about the new girl in school, and how she learns to appreciate her Korean name. Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what happens when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious about fitting in. So instead of introducing herself on the first […]

Professor Astro Cat’s Human Body Odyssey

Are our ears supposed to be a weird shape? Why do we sneeze? What is the point in having skin? The human body is one of the most complicated things in the Universe. Join Professor Astro Cat and the whole gang as they journey through all the wondrous parts of the human body, with the […]

You Choose

Imagine you could go anywhere, meet anyone and do anything. Where would you live? Where would you sleep? Who would be your friends? What games would you play? Go on . . . you choose! With the help of Nick Sharratt’s wonderfully detailed illustrations, Pippa Goodhart explores a whole range of scenarios where choosing is […]

What’s Eating You?

whats eating you

An exciting new edition of one of the six books in zoologist Nicola Davies’ fascinating Animal Science series – the best biology series ever! Every animal has a habitat where it can find food and shelter and have its babies. But there is one group of creatures whose habitats are not forests, seas or deserts. […]

Hello World

Learn to greet people around the globe in this interactive atlas of hellos. With over 150 languages, flaps to reveal pronunciation and fact-files explaining how to write ‘hi’ in hieroglyphs and how to sign ‘hao’ in Native American hand talk. Hello World opens up a world of exploration and greetings at your fingertips.

Human Body (Shine-A-Light)

Discover the secrets of the human body with this beautiful new Shine-a-Light title. Children can see muscles flex as a football is kicked, watch food travel through the digestive system as an apple is eaten, and take a peek at the skeleton holding a small boy upright while his height is measured. Sleep, dreaming, growing, […]

Let’s Make Faces

There are so many faces to discover in our world! All you have to do is look. Is a button just a button? Or is it an eye? That stick of gum sure looks like a mouth. How about some old yarn, unraveled from a scarf–that could be hair. Put all these objects together and […]

One Day, So Many Ways

Discover what life is like for children from around the world… every day! Meet children from over 40 countries, exploring the differences and similarities between their daily routines. Over 24 hours, readers will follow a wide variety of children as they wake up, eat, go to school, play, talk, learn and go about their everyday […]

Look Out! How We Use Our Five Senses!

Follow the everyday adventures of brother and sister Ben and Jam, and their interactive friends Square Bear and Jiffy as they explore the world around them, using their senses.

All Kinds of People

People come in all different shapes and sizes and have different interests and hobbies, and this lift-the-flap book celebrates all kinds of children in a warm, humorous way. It includes a mirror and a chart for writing in personal, special characteristics.

Super Duper You!

Sometimes we are loud, sometimes we are quiet, sometimes bold and clanky, sometimes soft and cuddly. Sophy Henn celebrates all the different, extraordinary and sometimes contradictory things we are in this joyful and colourful rhyming picture book. Perfect to read aloud – and then read again, and again!

Aargh! There’s a Skeleton Inside You!

Quog and Oort are on their way to Kevin’s birthday party. Unfortunately, their spaceship has crashed. Pick up this book to lend them a hand! An interstellar exploration of hands and what’s inside them, from the award-winning creators of the internationally successful Do Not Lick This Book.

Jed’s Really Useful Poem

When the old oak tree in the park dies, the local paper runs a competition for children to write a poem about trees. Jed starts writing immediately. The prize is his photo in the paper and lunch with the mayor! But best of all, Jed discovers that even an old oak tree can have many […]

Leaf

When a polar bear arrives unexpectedly in the woods, the other animals fear and avoid him, suspecting him to be dangerous – and his odd habit of collecting leaves only adds to their distrust. Then one day, they watch as he attempts to fly over the water with wings made of colourful leaves… trying to […]

The Vanishing Rainforest

Why is the Brazilian rainforest vanishing so fast? And why is it essential not only to the people and animals within it, but to the whole world? Can anything be done to save it? This story, seen through the eyes of a child called Remaema, describes how the Yanomami tribe are battling against potential developers. […]

Uno’s Garden

When Uno arrives in the forest one beautiful day, there are many fascinating and extraordinary animals there to greet him—and one entirely unexceptional Snortlepig. Uno loves the forest so much, he decides to live there. But, in time, a little village grows up around his house. Then a town, then a city . . . […]

The Lumberjack’s Beard

Every day, Jim Hickory the lumberjack heads into the forest with his trusty axe and chops down trees. Unfortunately, all sorts of creatures lose their homes in the process, so Jim gives them a home in his beard – until one day it all just gets too much. Time for Jim to come up with […]

The Paperbag Prince

The Paperbag Prince is an old man living in a railway carriage on a rubbish dump. But he knows that even rubbish can sometimes contain treasure, and that if he stays long enough, gentle nature will heal the countryside and make the green come again.

Race to the Frozen North: The Matthew Henson Story

Matthew Henson was simply an ordinary man. That was, until Commander Robert E. Peary entered his life, and offered him a chance at true adventure. Henson would become navigator, craftsman, translator, and right-hand man on a treacherous journey to the North Pole. Defying the odds and the many prejudices that faced him to become a […]

Dear Greenpeace

Worried that the whale living in her pond is unhappy, Emily writes to Greenpeace, who, though offering the best of advice, insist that it is impossible for a whale to live in a pond. Undeterred, Emily continues to seek the best course of action for her beloved whale, finally setting him free.

The Lorax

The Lorax is a timeless classic that has been using humour and rhyme to raise awareness of the destruction of the environment for more than fifty years. Join the long-suffering crusader and help save the planet with this very special anniversary edition of Dr. Seuss’s beloved, and still achingly relevant, ode to conservation. The perfect […]

The Last Wolf

Once upon a time, Little Red set off into the woods to catch a wolf . . . But the woods aren’t all they seem – and are there even any wolves left? Mini Grey re-imagines the classic Little Red Riding Hood fable in an entirely new way. Can Little Red help her new friends […]

Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds

The ladybirdz arrive in Woodside Terrace, and Aubrey’s Easter holidays get complicated. Ariadne the spider asks Aubrey to help. Something Must Be Done, but first Aubrey sucks the swallow stone which makes him small enough for daring flights on the back of Hirundo the Swallow and amazing adventures in the Web of Time and Space. […]

Pandora

Pandora lives alone in a world of broken things. She makes herself a handsome home from all that people had left behind, but no one ever comes to visit. Then one day something falls from the sky… a bird with a broken wing. As Pandora nurses the bird back to health it begins to fly […]

The Lost Words

A timeless, beautifully designed book for children and adults alike, The Lost Words is a gift that will be pored over and cherished for years to come. All over the country, there are words disappearing from children’s lives. These are the words of the natural world; Dandelion, Otter, Bramble and Acorn, all gone. A wild […]

Window

In this visually compelling look at our changing environment by Jeannie Baker, illustrator of the critically-acclaimed Mirror and Where the Forest Meets the Sea, a mother and baby look through a window at a view of wilderness and sky as far as the eye can see. With each page, the boy grows and the scene […]

Under the Canopy

Trees are the lungs of the world. They have inspired our stories, myths and culture. Every climate, every nation has its tales of trees, true or legendary, that help us understand ourselves and the beauty of the natural world around us. This gorgeously illustrated book explores the cultural significance that trees have in different societies. […]

Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa

As a young girl growing up in Kenya, Wangari was surrounded by trees. But years later when she returns home, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down, and she knows that soon all the trees will be destroyed. So Wangari decides to do something – and starts by planting nine seedlings in […]

This Moose Belongs to Me

An exquisite new book, featuring a boy and his moose, from internationally bestselling, multi-prize-winning picture book creator, Oliver Jeffers. “Wilfred owned a moose. He hadn’t always owned a moose. The moose came to him a while ago and he knew, just KNEW, that it was meant to be his. He thought he would call him […]

The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare

I am how I’ve always been. My name is Auden Dare. I am eleven years old. Auden Dare has an unusual perspective on life: he cannot see in colour. He’s always had this rare condition – and life is beginning to get harder for Auden. The war for water that is raging across the world […]

All the Wild Wonders

In this celebration of our Earth, distinguished anthologist Wendy Cooling has chosen poems to make children look, think, and ask questions. Why are trees so important? How are motorways damaging our countryside? What can we do about rubbish? What can we do to protect our Earth for the future? Strong, colourful illustrations combine to make […]

Tidy

Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all times, but what starts as the collecting of one fallen leaf escalates and ends with the complete destruction of the forest! Will Pete realise the error of his ways and set things right? Lush foliage and delightful characters abound in this cautionary tale […]

The Great Paper Caper

When life in the forest begins to change; when trees mysteriously lose their branches, when whole tree trunks start to disappear, when homes are lost, the only course of action for the forest dwellers is to begin a full scale investigation. Alibis must be proved, clues must be sought but even so, blame is never […]

Fenn Halflin and the Fearzero

In a world that has been ravaged by flooding, Fenn Halflin learns the truth about his past – a secret that forces him to flee the safety of his home as he is chased across the vast sea by the ruthless Terra Firma and their cold-blooded leader, Chilstone. Finding shelter on a decaying island, Fenn […]

Sky Dancer

Joe has always loved the moorlands above his home: the wildness, the freedom, the peace. But since his father died, everything has changed, and the moors are no longer a place of refuge. Now the whole community is divided over the fate of the hen harriers that nest up there in the heather – and […]

The Rabbits

The rabbits came many grandparents ago. They built houses, made roads, had children. They cut down trees. A whole continent of rabbits… The Rabbits is a thought-provoking allegorical fable about colonisation and the effect of man on the environment. Told from the perspective of the colonised, an unseen narrator describes the coming of the ‘rabbits’. […]

The Terrible Greedy Fossifoo

When the terrible greedy Fossifoo clatters into the Great Green Forest, it spells TROUBLE! He tears up ALL the trees, eats ALL the fruit and berries, and frightens away ALL the forest creatures. All alone in the empty forest, the Fosifoo soon feels sorry for all his bashing and crashing. But will he be able […]

Questions and Answers About Plastic

What’s plastic made of? How does it get into the ocean? Can we live without plastic? Learn all about plastic, recycling and how plastic affects the environment in this revealing book with over 60 flaps to lift. There are also tips on how we can make a difference, and Usborne Quicklinks to specially selected websites […]

This Book is Not Rubbish

Discover how YOU can ditch plastic, reduce rubbish and become an eco-warrior, not an eco-worrier, with 50 practical tips to really make a difference! Our planet is in peril and it needs your help! But the good news is that there are loads of easy ways that you can make a difference. From throwing a […]

A Planet Full of Plastic

Everything is made of stuff. Some things are made of paper, like this book. And some things are made of PLASTIC. If you look around you, plastic is everywhere. Even in places where it’s not meant to be. If it drops to the ground, it doesn’t rot away – it sticks around for ever. Our […]

Alba The Hundred Year Old Fish

Alba the fish has spent her entire life collecting precious objects that drift down to the ocean floor. From delicate shells to brightly coloured coral, each year on her birthday she gathers one more precious item. But over the years, Alba notices her collection is losing its sparkle and that the world is changing. What […]

What A Waste: Rubbish, Recycling, and Protecting our Planet

Did you know that every single plastic toothbrush ever made still exists? Or that there is a floating mass of rubbish larger than the USA drifting around the Pacific Ocean? It is not all bad news though. While this is a knowledge book that explains where we are going wrong, What a Waste also shows […]

The Problem With Plastic

An inspirational call to action for all young conservationists, The Problem with Plastic combines nature, science, beautiful photography and a fact-packed handbook. Kids worldwide care about this issue and this new book gives them the information they need and practical solutions they can put into action today!

Kids Fight Plastic

Have you got 2 minutes? That’s all the time it takes to become a # 2minutesuperhero . Plastic is everywhere. It is in the rivers and it is in the sea. We need superheroes to fight plastic and help save our oceans. Read this essential book and find out how you can become a #2minutesuperhero […]

Belonging

A powerful account of the reclamation of an urban landscape told wordlessly through fascinating, detailed collage artwork. Observed through the window of a house, a city street gradually becomes a place to call home as the inhabitants begin to rescue their street by planting grass and trees in the empty spaces. Year by year, everything […]

Somebody Swallowed Stanley

Everybody has a taste for Stanley – and the other ocean creatures just keep mistaking him for a delicious treat – but this is no ordinary jellyfish. Most jellyfish have dangly-gangly tentacles, but Stanley has two handles… Other jellyfish have a magical glow, but Stanley has stripes… Because Stanley (spoiler alert) is a plastic bag! […]

Captain Green and the Plastic Scene

Fresh out of Superhero School, Captain Green gets a call. Dolphin is tangled up in plastic, and there’s trouble for Seagull and Turtle too. When our brave superhero rushes off to help, he finds himself on a major mission: saving sea creatures from plastic. Using his incredible powers, Captain Green promises to save the day. […]

One Plastic Bag

The inspiring true story of how one African woman began a movement to recycle the plastic bags that were polluting her community. Plastic bags are cheap and easy to use. But what happens when a bag breaks or is no longer needed? In Njau, Gambia, people simply dropped the bags and went on their way. […]

Nellie Choc-Ice and the Plastic Island

Nellie Choc-Ice is on her way home to the North Pole at last! But things don’t go so smoothly when Captain Beardy-Beard’s trusty submarine grinds to a halt in an island of plastic – and they aren’t the only ones who are trapped. It’s up to Nellie to untangle everyone from the mess … But […]

Above and Below: Sea and Shore

Turn the page to discover the incredible creatures and plants that lie below the ocean blue. From magnificent mangrove forests and colourful coral reefs to exciting estuaries and the dangerous deep sea, there is so much to explore. With superb split pages and new habitat on every spread, little learners can peek behind part of […]

Flotsam

flotsam book

A bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam-anything floating that has been washed ashore. Bottles, lost toys, small objects of every description are among his usual finds. But there’s no way he could have prepared for one particular discovery: a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera, with its own secrets to share […]

Where the Forest Meets the Sea

When a young boy visits a tropical rain forest, he pretends it is a long time ago and that extinct and rare animals live in the forest, and aboriginal children play there. But how much longer will the rainforest remain, he wonders?

Song of the Dolphin Boy

Finn has always been different, and in the tiny fishing village of Stromhead he sticks out like a sore thumb. Always told to keep away from the water, he’s felt that something was missing until one day he dives in and finds that, swimming with the dolphins, he feels completely at home. But his new […]

Rosa Parks

In this book from the highly acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the incredible life of Rosa Parks, the ‘Mother of the Freedom Movement.’ Rosa Parks grew up in Alabama, where she learned to stand up for herself at an early age. Rosa went on to become a civil rights activist. In 1955, she […]

Tusk Tusk

Once, elephants came in two colours: black or white. They loved all other creatures – but each set wanted to destroy the other. Peace-loving elephants ran and hid in the deepest jungle while battle commenced. The war-mongers succeeded: for a long time it seemed that there were no elephants in the world at all, not […]

The Same but Different too

A brilliantly witty introduction to comparisons and opposites, illustrated by the winner of the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award. These children and animals are all very different to each other. Some are big, some are small. Some are gentle, some are rough. Everyone is playful, but who’s the best at hiding? One thing’s certain: they all […]

All Are Welcome

The #1 New York Times bestselling picture book, celebrating diversity and inclusivity. No matter how you start your day, What you wear when you play, Or if you come from far away, All are welcome here. Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcome. A school where children […]

What is Race? Who are Racists? Why Does Skin Colour Matter? And Other Big Questions

What is Race? Who are Racists? Why Does Skin Colour Matter? And Other Big Questions

An important and timely book on race and racism, encouraging children to think for themselves about the issues involved. Talk about race is often discouraged, but this book aims to bring everyone into the conversation. It explores the history of race and society, giving context to how racist attitudes come into being. It looks at […]

Ella Queen of Jazz

Ella Fitzgerald sang the blues and she sang them good. Ella and her fellas were on the way up! It seemed like nothing could stop her, until the biggest club in town refused to let her play… and all because of her colour. But when all hope seemed lost, little did Ella imagine that a […]

Timelines From Black History

Erased. Ignored. Hidden. Lost. Underappreciated. No longer. Delve into the unique, inspiring, and world-changing history of Black people. From Frederick Douglass to Oprah Winfrey, and the achievements of ancient African kingdoms to those of the US Civil Rights Movement, Timelines From Black History: Leaders, Legends , Legacies takes kids on an exceptional journey from prehistory […]

The Undefeated

WINNER OF THE CALDECOTT MEDAL, THE CORETTA SCOTT KING AWARD, THE KATE GREENAWAY SHADOWER’S CHOICE AWARD AND A NEWBERY HONOR BOOK. This is for the unforgettable. The unafraid. The undefeated. From New York Times bestselling-author Kwame Alexander comes this powerful and important ode to black history: the strength and bravery of everyday people and the […]

Race to the Frozen North

Matthew Henson was simply an ordinary man. That was, until Commander Robert E. Peary entered his life, and offered him a chance at true adventure. Henson would become navigator, craftsman, translator, and right-hand man on a treacherous journey to the North Pole. Defying the odds and the many prejudices that faced him to become a […]

Henry’s Freedom Box

A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist. Henry Brown doesn’t know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves’ birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever […]

Martin Luther King, Jr

In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the inspiring minister and civil rights activist. Little Martin grew up in a family of preachers: his dad was a preacher, his uncle was a preacher, his grandfather was a preacher… so maybe […]

Resistance and Abolition

Throughout the brutal history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade that took place between the 16th and 19th centuries, Africans resisted enslavement at different times and in many ways. This book looks at the struggle for freedom and the key events in the build up to the abolition of slavery. The Black History series brings together […]

Long Walk to Freedom

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela is the amazing story of a true hero of our times; his famous biography has been specially adapted for children in a beautiful illustrated picture book format. Discover how a little boy whose father called him “troublemaker” grew up to fight apartheid, become South Africa’s first black president […]

Harriet Tubman

Part of the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the incredible life of Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad conductor who ‘never lost a single passenger.’ Little Harriet was born into slavery on a plantation in Maryland. Though life was hard, Harriet persisted. She used all of her strength and bravery to escape slavery […]

The Place For Me: Stories About the Windrush Generation

Explore the lives of the Windrush generation in this full-colour anthology. With a foreword from Baroness Floella Benjamin, DBE. This book presents 12 moving tales of sacrifice and bravery, inspired by first-hand accounts of the Windrush generation. “Home ain’t jus’ where you live. Home is your heart an’ yer history.” Each inspiring story helps to […]

Respect

Tully and his brother don’t have much. But they do have each other. And Tully has an amazing talent. Football. But when the First World War begins, Tully must fight for respect on the battlefield not the pitch … Based on the amazing true story of Walter Tull, a First World War hero and one […]

Amazing Grace

With over a million copies sold this classic story of Grace, her Ma and Nana is a timeless classic of courage and determination, loved and cherished by children the world over. Grace was a girl who loved stories. She didn’t mind if they were read to her or told to her or made up in […]

Dealing with Racism

This book helps young children find out about and understand racism. It features seven case studies from children who have a range of problems from a girl who is being left out because she is Muslim to the new boy in school from another country who is struggling to fit in. Readers are taught to […]

Journey to Jo’Burg

This is the story of love, commitment and the flowering of the human spirit against the background of South Africa’s apartheid. Frightened that their baby sister Dineo will die, thirteen-year-old Naledi and her younger brother Tiro run away from their grandmother to Johannesburg to find their mother, who works there as a maid. Their journey […]

The Spots and the Dots

SHORTLISTED for the Teach Primary Book Awards 2021. An amazing reversible picture book that celebrates community and acceptance with artwork from award-winning artist Marion Deuchars. Choose to read from the perspective of the Spots or the Dots by turning this picture book upside down. Find the similarities in others and celebrate their differences. The Spots […]

How High the Moon

Boston was nothing like South Carolina. Up there, colored folks could go anywhere they wanted. Folks didn’t wait for church to dress in their fancy clothes. Fancy was just life. Mama was a city girl . . . and now I was going to be one too. It’s 1944, and in a small, Southern, segregated […]

Windrush Child

In this heart-stopping adventure, Benjamin Zephaniah shows us what it was like to be a child of the Windrush generation. Leonard is shocked when he arrives with his mother in the port of Southampton. His father is a stranger to him, it’s cold and even the Jamaican food doesn’t taste the same as it did […]

Front Desk

Mia Tang has a lot of secrets: 1. She lives in a motel, not a big house. 2. Her parents hide immigrants. 3. She wants to be a writer. It will take all of Mia’s courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, […]

The Only Way is Badger

Badgers are best. Or so Badger thinks. “If it’s not black and white then it’s just not right!” he says. But what if he’s wrong? A book about acceptance, difference and learning to say sorry.

Sulwe

From Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o comes a powerful, moving picture book about colourism, self-esteem and learning that true beauty comes from within. Sulwe’s skin is the colour of midnight. She’s darker than everyone in her family, and everyone at school. All she wants is to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. […]

Coming to England

A picture book story about the triumph of hope, love, and determination, Coming to England is the inspiring true story of Baroness Floella Benjamin: from Trinidad, to London as part of the Windrush generation, to the House of Lords. When she was ten years old, Floella Benjamin, along with her older sister and two younger […]

Freedom

An action-packed and pacey story about a boy’s experience of slavery in Britain. Nathaniel doesn’t want to move to England with his master’s family, leaving behind his mother and sister on the Jamaican plantation. But then he remembers what his mother told him: once a slave sets foot on English soil, they’re free. Perhaps he […]

Walter Tull’s Scrapbook

The inspirational true story of Walter Tull’s life is vividly presented as a scrapbook, drawing on photographs, documents and records of his life. Born in Kent, in 1888, Walter Tull became not just the first black British professional outfield football player – for Tottenham Hotspur and Northampton Town – but also the first black officer […]

Black and British: A short, essential history

A short, essential introduction to Black British history for readers of 12+ by award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga. When did Africans first come to Britain? Who are the well-dressed black children in Georgian paintings? Why did the American Civil War disrupt the Industrial Revolution? These and many other questions are answered in this essential […]

Young, Gifted and Black

Meet 52 icons of colour from the past and present in this celebration of inspirational achievement – a collection of stories about changemakers to encourage, inspire and empower the next generation of changemakers. Jamia Wilson has carefully curated this range of black icons and the book is stylishly brought together by Andrea Pippins’ colourful and […]

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Based on the New York Times bestselling book and the Academy Award-nominated movie, author Margot Lee Shetterly and illustrator Laura Freeman bring the incredibly inspiring true story of four black women who helped NASA launch men into space to picture book readers! Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were good at math…really […]

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Meet the little leaders. They’re brave. They’re bold. They changed the world. Did you know the treatment for leprosy was developed by a young scientist called Alice Ball? And Josephine Baker- world famous cabaret singer and dancer- was also a spy for the French resistance? Featuring 40 trailblazing black women in the world’s history, this book […]

Little Leaders: Exceptional Men in Black History

Meet the little leaders. They’re brave. They’re exceptional. They changed the world. Did you know that the father of African cinema was originally a bricklayer? Or that Vogue’s editor-at-large read his first Vogue magazine in his local library? Learn all about the exceptional black men who broke barriers and fought injustice to realise their dreams and […]

Pele

In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Pele, Brazil’s all-time King of Football. With a sock full of rags for a ball, Pele honed his skills in a poor neighbourhood in Brazil. He believed that, one day, he would lead his country to World […]

Counting on Katherine

Meet Katherine Johnson, the mathematical genius who helped make the historic Apollo 11 moon landings possible and made sure that Apollo 13 returned home safely when the mission was in critical danger. Counting on Katherine is a beautiful biography, sure to inspire young readers. Winner of the information book category of the UKLA Book Awards […]

Mo Farah

Mo Farah is the UK’s most successful distance runner – and double gold-medalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Read his story, from his childhood in Somalia up to when he crossed the finish line at London 2012. It takes blood, sweat and tears to get to the top of any sport, and these short, […]

Black Music Greats

The biggest names… the coolest sounds… the 40 most inspirational movers, shakers and innovators in black music are here! In this fun, fact-packed book from the 40 Inspiring Icons series, learn how these black musicians changed music, from the creation of blues to the invention of rap. Meet the Godfather of Funk, the High Priestess […]

Michelle Obama

This is the absolutely astonishing, fantastically feminist and, best of all, totally true story of one amazingly inspirational global icon! Meet the marvellous Michelle Obama: A+ student, passionate piano player, and a girl who’s not afraid to dream big. Determined to make the world a better place, the grown up Michelle gets to work in […]

Radiant Child

Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. However, before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games, in the words that we speak and in the pulsing energy […]

Groundbreaking Scientists

A celebration of the lives and achievements of inspirational black people through history who made a difference Black Stories Matter: Groundbreaking Scientists explores the important contributions that black people have made to the field of science throughout history, as well as today. From astronomer and inventor Benjamin Banneker to agricultural science pioneer Dr Segenet Kelemu […]

Hoorah for Mary Seacole

Mary is a brave nurse. When a war starts in the Crimea she sails across the sea to help, and even enters the battlefield! Hopscotch Histories are brand new stories in historical settings, told in under 400 words, perfect for children who are building up their reading confidence

Real Life Stories: Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman is one of the most successful and prolific children’s authors writing today. Made Children’s Laureate for 2013-15, her books, such as Noughts and Crosses , Double Cross and Knife Edge , are loved by kids and adults alike. Malorie’s influence extends far beyond the literary world, however. She has used her position to […]

Diver’s Daughter

A gripping heart-in-your-mouth adventure told by Eve, a Tudor girl who sets out on a dangerous journey to change her life for the better. Voices: Diver’s Daughter – A Tudor Story brings Eve and her mother, who was stolen from her family in Mozambique as a child, from the Southwark slums of Elizabethan London to […]