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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 the snapping jaws of the oven-glove crocodile, but then a very real pair of scissors threatens . . .

The Paper Dolls is a beautiful and evocative story from Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb, the bestselling creators of The Everywhere Bear.

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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.
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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 story of love and hope centres on the inspiring Turkana people of north-west Kenya. Told with gentleness and humour, it is a universal story about keeping one’s dreams alive.

Non-fiction

Ways into History: Toys and Games looks at toys from the past and today, and explores how these have changed over time. It also studies how toys are made. It includes a timeline of some famous toys made in the 19th and 20th centuries at the back of the book.

In the Ways into History series, original illustrations and simple text bring the past alive, while questions and activities encourage historical research and build up confidence and enthusiasm. The series encourages Key Stage 1 readers aged 5+ to begin to think like a historian and look for clues in descriptions and pictures that will help them answer questions about the past. The books include ‘Talk About’ sections that encourage readers to describe events or what people might have thought or felt at the time. Teaching and literacy notes help teachers and parents get the most out of the curriculum links in these books in a classroom or at home.

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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 his imagination takes over and the magic begins.

Hegley’s lyrical prose captures the free-wheeling expressiveness of childhood, and Layton’s deceptively simple illustrations are full of wit and character. Sweet, magical and thoroughly entertaining, this is Hegley and Layton’s first collaboration.

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Three classic children’s stories in one bumper book from the world’s best-loved children’s author, Enid Blyton. Rag-doll Amelia Jane is big, bad and the terror of the toy cupboard!

The collection includes: Naughty Amelia Jane, Amelia Jane is Naughty Again and Amelia Jane Gets Into Trouble. In these hilarious stories, Amelia Jane has all sorts of exciting adventures. One thing’s for sure, not many of the other toys get the better of Amelia Jane!

Short chapters and beautiful illustrations make Amelia Jane perfect bedtime reading for children aged six and upwards. A richly nostalgic offering for grandparents and parents to share with the next generation of Blyton fans.

Enid Blyton is arguably the most famous children’s author of all time, thanks to series such as The Wishing-Chair, The Faraway Tree­, The Mysteries, The Famous Five and The Secret Seven. Her Amelia Jane stories have charmed generations of children and are as popular today as they have ever been.

Enid Blyton takes her place alongside Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter, and A. A. Milne as one of Britain’s true heritage children’s authors.

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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 answer… it’s a little mouse!

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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!

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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 normally reserved Bunting learns how to have fun in this affectionate picture book from one of Britain’s brightest new talents.

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