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Monster Nanny

Monster Nanny

Pasi Pitkanen, Tuutikki Tolonen

Halley, Koby and Mimi have been sent a nanny to look after them while their parents are away. The only problem? Their nanny is a monster!

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Why Do I Feel Like This?

Shinsuke Yoshitake

A witty, perceptive picture book that will help children develop emotional resilience.

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The Ice Sea Pirates

The Ice Sea Pirates

Frida Nilsson, Davd Barrow

The cold bites and the sea lashes in this page-turning adventure on the ice seas. No one but ten-year-old Siri dares to face treacherous sailors, hungry wolves and the arctic winter to save her younger sister from the dreaded...

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The Letter for the King

The Letter for the King

Tonke Dragt, Laura Watkinson

When Tiuri answers a desperate call for help, he finds himself on a perilous mission that could cost him his life. He must deliver a secret letter to the King who lives across the Great Mountains - a letter upon which the future...

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Forever

Forever

Beatrice Alemagna

A poignant look at the way things come and go, beautifully illustrated by Beatrice Alemagna, winner of the Society of Illustrator's Gold Medal for Original Art.

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Greta's Story: The Schoolgirl Who Went on Strike to Save the Planet

Greta’s Story: The Schoolgirl Who Went on Strike to Save the Planet

Valentina Camerini, Veronica Veci Carratello

Greta's story is about hope, courage and determination. You are never too young to make a difference.

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Everybody Counts: A counting story from 0 to 7.5 billion

Everybody Counts: A counting story from 0 to 7.5 billion

Kristin Roskifte

Everybody Counts takes readers on a lively journey through all the diversity the world has to offer, from 0 to 7.5 billion.

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My Neighbor Totoro: A Novel

My Neighbor Totoro: A Novel

Tsugiko Kubo, Hayao Miyazaki

The beloved animation classic by legendary Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki, My Neighbor Totoro is now retold in novel form. This prestige, hardcover edition features original illustrations by Miyazaki himself, accompanying a...

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 Read reviewHattie

Hattie

Frida Nilsson, Stina Wirsen, Julia Marshall

A funny, lively, sympathetic illustrated chapter book about a street-smart country girl in her first year of school, from internationally award-winning Frida Nilsson.

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Inkheart

Inkheart

Cornelia Funke

Meggie loves books. So does her father, Mo, a bookbinder, although he has never read aloud to her since her mother mysteriously disappeared. They live quietly until the night a stranger knocks at their door. He has come with a...

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Captain Rosalie

Captain Rosalie

Timothee de Fombelle, Isabelle Arsenault, Sam Gordon

This story previously appeared, in slightly different form, in The great war (Candlewick Press, 2015) --Page facing title page.

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The Big Little Thing

The Big Little Thing

Beatrice Alemagna

A beautiful new book exploring the wonderful way that happiness enters our lives and changes the way we look at the world!

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The Goldsmith and the Master Thief

The Goldsmith and the Master Thief

Tonke Dragt (Author), Laura Watkinson (Translator)

Twins Jiacomo and Laurenzo look exactly the same - but they are as different as night and day. Hard-working Laurenzo wants to make beautiful things and becomes a goldsmith; Jiacomo loves travel and adventure and uses his wiles to...

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The Three Robbers

The Three Robbers

Tomi Ungerer

Written and illustrated by one of the world's most acclaimed and award-winning children's authors, The Three Robbers is a timeless tale of mystery and suspense for 4-8 year olds, in which three ferocious thieves are defeated by...

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The Forest

The Forest

Riccardo Bozzi, Violeta Lopiz, Valerio Vidali

A book about the journey of life, from our wide-eyes of childhood through the tangles and brambles, into our end.

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I Can Be Anything

I Can Be Anything

Shinsuke Yoshitake

A pre-bedtime game of charades full of silliness and surprises that will delight kids and parents alike.

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Encyclopedia of Grannies

Encyclopedia of Grannies

Eric Veille

An offbeat book full of word play and humour, answering all your questions about grandmas-especially the ones you never thought to ask.

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 Read reviewPippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking

Astrid Lindgren, Lauren Child

Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren's nine-year-old heroine, burst onto the bookshelf in 1945 and has remained a firm favourite with children the world over. Here her story is illustrated with flair and humour by Lauren Child,...

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Can You Hear the Trees Talking?

Can You Hear the Trees Talking?

Peter Wohlleben

A walk in the park will never be the same after kids discover this awe-inspiring book.

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Finn Family Moomintroll

Finn Family Moomintroll

Tove Jansson

Poor little chap! He had been turned into a very strange animal indeed... Although they're small, fat and shy creatures, Moomins have the most amazing adventures. It all begins when Moominpappa tries on a magic hat that makes...

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The Runaways

The Runaways

Ulf Stark, Kitty Crowther

Grandson and grandpa run away together for a one-night adventure. This novel is filled with warmth and humour, from one of the world's best writers for children.

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 Read reviewZanzibar

Zanzibar

Catharina Valckx

An uplifting, warmhearted early chapter book about a crow, who proves you can move mountains (or even dromedaries) and perform truly heroic deeds if you believe in yourself.

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Everybody Poos

Everybody Poos

Taro Gomi

A no-nonsense approach to poo to encourage children not to be ashamed about potty training.

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Rivers

Rivers

Peter Goes

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Jump!

Jump!

Tatsuhide Matsuoka

A joyful jumping boardbook to share with babies and toddlers.

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Stories of the Night

Stories of the Night

Kitty Crowther

A modern fairytale storybook set in the magical illustrated world of Astrid Lindgren Award recipient Kitty Crowther

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Dear Professor Whale

Dear Professor Whale

Megumi Iwasa

Translation of: Watashi wa Kujira-Musaki ni sumu kujira to imasu.

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Anatomy: A Cutaway Look Inside the Human Body

Anatomy: A Cutaway Look Inside the Human Body

Helene Druvert, Helene Druvert

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Detective Gordon: The First Case

Detective Gordon: The First Case

Ulf Nilsson, Gitte Spee

Someone's stealing nuts from the forest, and it's up to Detective Gordon to catch the thief! Unfortunately, solving this crime means standing in the snow and waiting for a long time... If only he had an assistant?someone small,...

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Bruno

Bruno

Catharina Valckx, Nicolas Hubesch, Antony Shugaar

Days come and go, and for Bruno they always bring something interesting. And once in a while, a day comes along that is just about perfect! These six linked stories are full of friendship, silliness, and the little moments that...

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Sports are fantastic fun!

Sports are fantastic fun!

Ole Konnecke

A witty picture dictionary of the world's most popular sports

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Where Dani Goes, Happy Follows

Where Dani Goes, Happy Follows

Rose Lagercrantz, Eva Eriksson, Julia Marshall

A stand-alone follow-up to the acclaimed chapter books that began with New York Times Notable Book My Happy Life

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All the Dear Little Animals

All the Dear Little Animals

Ulf Nilsson, Eva Eriksson, Julia Marshall

A funny illustrated chapter book about three children who decide someone must bury all the world's poor dead animals.

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The House of Madame M

Clotilde Perrin, Daniel Hahn

A large-format lift-the-flaps visit to the haunted house of Madame M-enjoy the thrill of uncovering what lurks in the wardrobe, behind the door, tucked under the furniture...

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Yours Sincerely, Giraffe

Yours Sincerely, Giraffe

Megumi Iwasa, Jun Takabatake

Giraffe is bored, as usual. He'd love a friend to share things with. So he writes a letter and sends it as far as possible across the other side of the horizon. There he finds a pen pal-Penguin.

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Two for Me, One for You

Two for Me, One for You

Jorg Muhle

A new story from the author of bestselling Tickle My Ears: two friends share three mushrooms...who will get the extra one?

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Tickle My Ears

Tickle My Ears

Joerg Muhle (Author)

Tickle My Ears brings a wonderful new bedtime ritual: clap your hands, plump the pillow, give little rabbits ears a tickle, stroke his back, pull up the covers and plant a goodnight kiss. And dont forget to turn out the light:...

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