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Lily and the Polar Bears by Jion Sheibani - £6.99
One day Lily was playing on the beach with her Grandpa when she spotted something in the distance...  POLAR BEARS! Lots of polar bears! All floating on pieces of melting ice.   One evening, Lily is playing on the beach... And who should float in ... more
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Girls Can Do Anything! by Caryl Hart and Ali Pye - £6.99
Do you want to climb a mountain? Drive a fire engine? Or maybe become the prime minister when you grow up? Well – the girls in this picture book know that they can do anything. And guess what: so can you!   Join a gang of go-getting girls f ... more
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Want to Play Trucks? by Ann Stott, illustrated by Bob Graham - £7.99
Jack likes trucks. Alex likes dolls. What will they play together? Their new favourite game, of course!  From Ann Stott and Bob Graham, the multi award-winning creator of Silver Buttons and A Bus Called Heaven, comes a story of friendship, pe ... more
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England: Poems from a School by Kate Clanchy (Editor) - £9.99
"Not just good for school children, but great by any standard’"(Phillip Pullman) Oxford Spires Academy is a small comprehensive school with 30 languages – and one special focus: poetry. In the last five years, its students have won every prize ... more
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Far-Flung Adventures: Corby Flood by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell - £6.99
Corby Flood and her family are about to set sail on the rather ramshackle cruise ship, the S.S. Euphonia. Her boisterous brothers might not have noticed that anything is wrong, but Corby is highly observant and has a lot of time for note-taking and e ... more
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Far-Flung Adventures: Hugo Pepper by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell - £6.99
A brilliantly inventive, fabulously illustrated addition to the Far-Flung Adventure series from the award-winning, bestselling author and illustrator team, Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell.   Set in the same world as Fergus Crane and Corby Floo ... more
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Franklin's Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell - £6.99
A spellbinding story about the magic of books for children aged 3+   Franklin the dragon loves stories and loves reading stories to people too, but everyone is too scared to even look at him. One day he meets a girl named Luna who, far from being ... more
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Children in Our World: Refugees and Migrants by Ceri Roberts, illustrated by Hanane Kai - £8.99
A beautifully illustrated picture book that sensitively explains larger issues and crises that dominate the news in an appropriate manner for children.  The Children in Our World picture book series helps children make sense of the larger iss ... more
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The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders - £6.99
The cat flap opened. Emily thought a wild animal was coming into the house. But the muddy creature that climbed through had four little wheels and a tail. It spoke in a voice like rough sandpaper. ‘Come on, you two – it’s nice and warm in here ... more
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Ruby's Worry by Tom Percival - £6.99
Ruby loves being Ruby. Until, one day, she finds a worry. At first it's not such a big worry, and that's all right, but then it starts to grow. It gets bigger and bigger every day and it makes Ruby sad. How can Ruby get rid of it and feel like hersel ... more
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Girls Resist! A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution by KaeLyn Rich - £11.99
An activism handbook for teen girls ready to fight for change, social justice, and equality.   Take on the world and make some serious change with this handbook to everything activism, social justice, and resistance. With in-depth guides to ev ... more
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Moonstruck Volume 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle, Kate Leth, Caitlin Quirk and Clayton Cowles - £8.99
Monsters, romance and magical hijinks - oh my!   In the little college town of Blitheton, fantasy creatures live cosy, normal lives right alongside humans, and werewolf barista Julie strives to be the most normal of all. But all heck breaks loose ... more
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How to Bee by Bren MacDibble - £6.99
New Zealand-born author Bren MacDibble's first novel for children to be released in the UK explores the all-too-likely near future scenario of a world without bees.   Brave and fierce nine year-old Peony wants more than anything to become a ' ... more
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Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill - £11.99
When the heroic princess Amira rescues the kind-hearted princess Sadie from her tower prison, neither expects to find a true friend in the bargain. Yet as they adventure across the kingdom, they discover that they bring out the very best in the other ... more
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The Beatles: Yellow Submarine by The Beatles, illustrated by Heinz Edelmann - £6.99
Join the Beatles as they set off on a magical adventure to bring music and love back to Pepperland in this anniversary paperback.  Once upon a time (or maybe twice), some 80,000 leagues beneath the sea, there lay a colourful land of music and ... more
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Pink Is for Boys by Robb Pearlman, illustrated by Eda Kaban - £12.99
An empowering and educational picture book that proves colors are for everyone, regardless of gender.   Pink is for boys... and girls... and everyone! This timely and beautiful picture book rethinks and reframes the stereotypical blue/pink ... more
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How to be a Lion by Ed Vere - £6.99
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? And what will the pair do when their way of life is threatened?  A story about a lion an ... more
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The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie - £5.99
Imagine if you could grow dragons ... in your very own garden! A wonderfully funny and sparky series!  When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of this grandpa's garden, he doesn't think much of it. But he takes the funny fruit fro ... more
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Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow - £6.99
Elephant wants to play hide and seek. You can play too, but you’ll have to try your best – he’s VERY good!   Have You Seen Elephant is an absurd and heart-warming picture book from a brilliant storyteller with perfect comic timing. Watch ... more
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Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooklyn Allen - £10.99
Friendship to the max! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together... and they're not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!   Not only is it the ... more
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Chocolate Cake by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Kevin Waldron - £6.99
When I was a boy, I had a favourite treat. It was when my mum made...   CHOCOLATE CAKE!   Ohhh! I LOVED chocolate cake.   Fantastically funny and full of silly noises, this is Michael Rosen's love letter to every child's favourite treat, c ... more
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The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge - £6.99
It’s Maisie’s birthday and she can’t wait to open her presents. She’s hoping for the things she needs to build her own nuclear reactor. But she wakes to an empty house and outside the front door is nothing but a terrifying, all-consuming blac ... more
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Goldie Vance by Hope Larson, Brittney Williams and Sarah Stern - £9.99
Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel) and Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker, A.K.A Hellcat!) present the newest gal sleuth on the block with Goldie Vance, an exciting, whodunnit? adventure that mixes the fun of Eloise with the charm of Lum ... more
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Dear Martin by Nic Stone - £7.99
Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.  Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League – but none of that matters to the police officer who just pu ... more
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Outfoxed by Claudia Boldt - £8.99
Harold is unlike any other fox. He hates the thought of eating chicken, for one thing, and he wants to be a detective when he grows up.  When Harold’s father challenges him to catch his first chicken, Harold finds himself faced with a dilemma — ... more
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The Day War Came by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb - £10.00
A powerful and necessary picture book – the journey of a child forced to become a refugee when war destroys everything she has ever known.  Imagine if, on an ordinary day, war came. Imagine it turned your town to rubble. Imagine going on a long ... more
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Bingo Love by Tee Franklin, Jenn St-Onge and Joy San - £8.99
When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families.   Decades later, now in their mid-’60s, Hazel an ... more
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Feminist Baby Finds Her Voice! (Board Book) by Loryn Brantz - £10.99
Feminist Baby is learning to talk She says what she thinks and it totally rocks! Feminist Babies stand up tall “Equal rights and toys for all!”   Feminist Baby is back for more adventures - with new friends in tow! - in this refresh ... more
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This Is Sadie (Board Book) by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by Julie Morstad - £6.99
Sadie is a little girl with a big imagination. She has been a girl who lived under the sea and a boy raised by wolves. She has had adventures in wonderland and visited the world of fairytales. She whispers to the dresses in her closet and talks to bi ... more
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Sunny and the Mysteries of Osisi by Nnedi Okorafor - £7.99
Sunny Nwazue is back in this gripping sequel to Nnedi Okorafor's What Sunny Saw in the Flames.  Sunny has settled into life at the Leopard Society, with friends Orlu, Chichi and Sasha. Her magic powers continue to grow under the tutelage of h ... more
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Greta Zargo and the Amoeba Monsters from the Middle of the Earth by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton - £6.99
Greta Zargo doesn't know it, but once again she is about to unwittingly and unknowingly save the world...   Intrepid young schoolgirl-turned-reporter Greta Zargo is always in search of a Big Scoop and for once there are plenty of strange going ... more
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Make More Noise! by Various authors - £7.99
"You have to make more noise than anybody else"(Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the British Suffragette movement) An incredible collection of brand new short stories, from ten of the UK’s very best storytellers, celebrating inspirational girls ... more
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We Wear Pants by Katie Abey - £6.99
Pandas wearing pants? Surely not! And what about wombats wearing wellies, sloths in socks, or even giraffes wearing scarves? Whatever you do today...don't forget to get dressed! For any parent who has ever struggled to get their kids dressed - thi ... more
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Ottoline and the Purple Fox by Chris Riddell - £6.99
Ottoline is back in Ottoline and the Purple Fox, a beautifully illustrated adventure from former Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell.   Ottoline and Mr Munroe love puzzles, clues and mysteries. One day, they meet an enigmatic purple fox, who of ... more
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Inkheart by Cornelia Funke - £7.99
Meggie loves stories, but her book-binding father, Mo, hasn't read aloud to her since her mother mysteriously disappeared some years ago.   When a stranger who knows her father knocks at their door, Mo is forced to reveal an extraordinary secr ... more
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Arthur Bee Has a Secret by Shaun Millea, illustrated by Carole Chevalier - £7.99
Arthur Bee has a secret!   It's a secret that he's too embarrassed to talk about. It's secret that bees aren't expected to have, and the whole beehive is affected.   How will Queen Bee react when she finds out Arthur's secret? ... more
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A Rule is to Break: a Child's Guide to Anarchy by John & Jana - £10.99
Simply celebrating childhood: the joy, the wonder of discovery, the spontaneity, and strong emotions. . . . Wild Child is free to do as she pleases. A Rule Is To Break: A Child's Guide to Anarchy follows Wild Child as she learns about just being hers ... more
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - £7.99
A powerful and brave YA novel about what prejudice looks like in the 21st century. "A stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time."(John Green, No. 1 New York Times bestseller) Sixteen-year-old ... more
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The Tale of Angelino Brown by David Almond, illustrated by Alex T. Smith - £6.99
A warm and witty tale from a master storyteller, author of Carnegie Medal-winning Skellig and internationally bestseller The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas.   Bert and Betty Brown have got themselves a little angel. Bert found him in his top pocke ... more
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Listen to the Music from Around the World (Board Book) by Marion Billet - £7.99
Adults and children alike will be enchanted by this stunning new addition to the popular Listen to the... board book series.  Aimed at the very young, this book has a button on every spread, which triggers one of six different types of instrumen ... more
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Under the Love Umbrella by Davina Francesca Bell Allison Colpoys - £6.99
Whatever you fear, come close my dear You’re tucked in safe for always here And I will never not be near Because of our love umbrella   From this award-winning creative duo comes a book about the wonder of ever-present love. A stunnin ... more
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Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Lauren Tobia - £6.99
Bouquets of babies sweet to hold: cocoa-brown, cinnamon, and honey gold. Ginger-coloured babies, peaches and cream, too – splendid skin for me, splendid skin for you! A delightfully rhythmical read-aloud text is paired with bright, bustling art fro ... more
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Little Feminist Board Book Set by Lydia Ortiz and Emily Kleinman - £12.99
Mudpuppy's Little Feminist Board Book Set is comprised of colorfully illustrated portraits of real women who have made a historical impact on the world.   Illustrations by Lydia Ortiz and words by Emily Kleinman introduce children to these im ... more
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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor - £10.99
Affectionately dubbed "the Nigerian Harry Potter," Akata Witch weaves together a heart-pounding tale of magic, mystery, and finding one's place in the world.  Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are Afr ... more
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My Feminist ABC (Board Book) by Irene Pizzolante - £6.99
A board book written and illustrated for the next generation of feminists.   E is for Equal Rights, F is for Feminism, G is for Girl Power and also for Grit. This inspiring board book teaches little ones an esteemed alphabet of female (and hu ... more
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Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present by Jamia Wilson, illustrated by Andrea Pippins - £14.99
Meet 52 icons of color 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 careful ... more
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The Wooden Camel by Wanuri Kahiu, illustrated by Manuela Adreani - £7.99
*NOMINATED FOR THE KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL 2018* *21 MUST READS for EMPATHY by EmpathyLabUK and The Sunday Times* *SLJ Books to Celebrate Black History Month*   Etabo dreams of being a camel racer. One day he might even beat his older broth ... more
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The Gruffalo Spring and Summer Nature Trail by Julia Donaldson - £7.99
Calling all nature explorers! Grab your wellies and learn all about the natural world around you with this colourful spotter guide. The Gruffalo Spring and Summer Nature Trail is packed with fun spring and summer themed outdoor activities and hundred ... more
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Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks, illustrated by Quinton Winter - £17.99
A beautiful and inspiring collection of stories about boys who changed the world without killing a single dragon or saving a single princess. "This book can save lives. This book can change lives. This book can help to bring forth another generati ... more
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The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler - £7.99
Fifteen-year-old Virginia feels like a fat, awkward outsider in her perfect family, especially next to her golden-boy big brother Byron. She's got a lot to deal with – her weight, her best friend moving away, the mean girls at school – not to men ... more
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Corpse Talk: Ground-Breaking Women by Adam and Lisa Murphy - £9.99
The second amazing thematic Corpse Talk book - all about the most amazing women from history ever!  Adam Murphy interviews the dead famous women who changed the world - getting their stories straight from the corpses' mouths! Reading Corpse Talk ... more
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