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Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Jared Andrew Schorr - £12.99
A primer for peaceful protest, resistance, and activism from the author of Rodzilla and Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag.   Protesting. Standing up for what’s right. Uniting around the common good—kids have questions ab ... more
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No Longer Alone by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Robyn Wilson-Owen - £6.99
A new picture book from award-winning performance poet, Joseph Coelho.   This touching picture book subtly deals with big emotions such as loss, with an uplifting and hopeful message about being yourself and the importance of family and talkin ... more
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Dave and the Tooth Fairy by Verna Wilkins - £6.99
Dave has a wobbly tooth. He wibbles and wobbles it, but it won't come out. But then one day Dave lets out an enormous sneeze and the tooth flies across the room and vanishes. Dave searches high and low, but it's nowhere to be seen. How will he get th ... more
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Ocean Meets Sky by The Fan Brothers - £7.99
From the creators of The Night Gardener, comes a stunning new picture book about a young boy who sets sail to find a place his grandfather told him about... the spot where the ocean meets the sky.   It's a good day for sailing.   Finn l ... more
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Suzy Orbit, Astronaut by Ruth Quayle, illustrated by Jez Tuya - £6.99
When Suzy Orbit and her boss, Captain Gizmo, hear that aliens have been spotted near their space station, they must act fast! But Captain Gizmo has no batteries for his space pod, his swanky new spacesuit is far too small, and there’s no chance of ... more
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The Same But Different Too by Karl Newson, illustrated by Kate Hindley - £6.99
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 love a good bedtime story!  The ... more
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The Naughtiest Unicorn by Pip Bird - £5.99
Mira CAN’T WAIT to start Unicorn School. (Her big sister goes and won’t stop going on about it). But when Mira arrives on her first day all the unicorns are gone... except Dave!  Dave isn’t quite the sparkly unicorn Mira was expecting to fi ... more
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The Suitcase by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros - £6.99
When a strange-looking animal arrives pulling a big suitcase, the other animals are curious. What on earth could be inside that suitcase? A teacup? Maybe. A table and chair? Perhaps. A whole home and hillside with trees? This stranger must be fibbing ... more
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A Cat's Guide to the Night Sky by Stuart Atkinson, illustrated by Brendan Kearney - £14.99
If you look up at the sky on a dark night, what do you see? There’s a whole universe staring back at you. In the company of Felicity the cat discover the phases of the moon, the constellations and how to spot the Northern Lights and the Milky Way.& ... more
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Goodnight, Max the Brave (Board Book) by Ed Vere - £6.99
Ideal for small hands, this board book edition of Max at Night is the perfect bedtime read.  Meet Max - the mighty kitten and New York Times bestseller! Witty and heart-warming, stylish and beautifully illustrated, Max the Brave is now ready ... more
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Boot: Small Robot, BIG Adventure! by Shane Hegarty - £6.99
For fans of WALL-E and Toy Story, comes a heart-warming, humorous adventure about a young robot trying to find its way home. Beautifully illustrated throughout, Boot is a special book you will want to treasure and share.  When toy robot, Boot, ... more
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"I Will Not Be Erased": Our Stories About Growing Up as People of Colour by gal-dem - £7.99
Fourteen joyous, funny and life-affirming essays from gal-dem, the award-winning magazine created by young women and non-binary people of colour.   gal-dem, the award-winning online and print magazine, is created by women and non-binary people ... more
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Look Up! by Nathan Bryon. illlustrated by Dapo Adeola - £6.99
3 ... 2 ... 1 ... LIFT OFF.   Let science-mad chatterbox Rocket launch into your hearts in this inspiring picture book.   Rocket's going to be the greatest astronaut, star-catcher, space-traveller that has ever lived!  But...&n ... more
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If All the World Were... by Joseph Coelho, llustrated by Allison Colpoys - £6.99
A moving, lyrical picture book about a young girl's love for her granddad and how she copes when he dies, written by poet and playwright Joseph Coelho.   This beautifully illustrated, powerful and ultimately uplifting text is the ideal way to ... more
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Somebody Swallowed Stanley by Sarah Roberts, illustrated by Hannah Peck - £6.99
"Plastic bags don't belong in the sea!"   Everybody has a taste for Stanley, but he is no ordinary jellyfish. Most jellyfish have dangly-gangly tentacles, but Stanley has two handles. Other jellyfish have a magical glow, but Stanley has strip ... more
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Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna - £12.99
A heart-warming and relevant new tale from Francesca Sanna, the bestselling author and illustrator of The Journey, about sharing and overcoming one’s fears in a new and unfamiliar home.  When a young girl has to travel to a new country and ... more
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Always and Forever by Alan Durant, illustrated by Debi Gliori - £7.99
When Fox dies the rest of his family are absolutely distraught. How will Mole, Otter and Hare go on without their beloved friend?  But, months later, Squirrel reminds them all of how funny Fox used to be, and they realise that Fox is still there ... more
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Tough Guys Have Feelings Too by Keith Negley - £6.99
Keith Negley’s charming illustrations reveal heart wrenching emotions in unexpected places in this fun book that teaches children that even tough guys like wrestlers, astronauts, and superheroes have feelings too.   Children will love to recogni ... more
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The Night Box by Louise Greig, illustrated by Ashling Lindsay - £6.99
Nominated for Kate Greenaway Medal 2018  An enchanting bedtime story about a small boy who is the custodian of night, from talented new picture book author and poet, Louise Greig, with beautifully atmospheric illustrations by Ashling Lindsay. ... more
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Super Duper You by Sophy Henn - £6.99
I've known you since you started. I've seen a thing or two... ...or three or four or five or six! In fact, I've seen a few...   Sometimes we are loud, sometimes we are quite, sometimes bold and clanky, sometimes soft and cuddly. Sophy Henn cele ... more
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Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties by Humza Arshad and Henry White - £6.99
A hilarious, mischievous and fast-paced adventure story from online comedian Humza Arshad and Channel 4 New Comedy Writer's Award winner, Henry White.  Humza Khan is the greatest eleven-year-old rapper Eggington has ever known: he is Little ... more
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Runaway Robot by Frank Cottrell-Boyce, illustrated by Steven Lenton - £12.99
Runaway Robot is a funny and heartwarming adventure about two best friends helping put themselves back together, from the award-winning Frank Cottrell-Boyce, illustrated by Steven Lenton.  When Alfie goes to Airport Lost Property, he finds more t ... more
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Amazing by Steve Antony - £6.99
A joyful new picture book by the award-winning Steve Antony, creator of the bestselling Please Mr Panda.   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 - ju ... more
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Hair Love by Matthew Cherry, illustrated by Vashti Harrison - £6.99
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 curl ... more
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Here & There by Tamara Ellis Smith, illustrated by Evelyn Daviddi - £6.99
Can you hear the music all around you?   In this touching picture book, Ivan finds healing and hope in nature’s music and beauty while experiencing the early stages of his parents’ separation. When he realizes that birds sing their enchanting ... more
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Kind: A Book About Kindness by Various artists - £12.99
Imagine a world where everyone is kind – how can we make that come true?   With gorgeous pictures by a host of top illustrators, Kind is a timely, inspiring picture book about the many ways children can be kind, from sharing their toys and g ... more
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Vlad the Drac by Ann Jungman - £6.99
When the Stone family take an Easter holiday in Romania Judy and Paul are very bored - that is until they meet a tiny vampire under a stone near Count Dracula's castle. Not only is the vampire very tiny, he is also a vegetarian with dreams of starrin ... more
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The Girls by Lauren Ace, illustrated by Jenny Løvlie - £6.99
Four little girls meet under an apple tree and form a bond that grows as they share secrets, dreams, worries and schemes. This beautifully illustrated tale charts the girls' lives through ups and downs and laughter and tears. Find out how their frien ... more
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Big Cat by Emma Lazell - £6.99
Isobel’s grandma has lost her glasses and she can’t see a thing without them. While Isobel and Gran are in the garden searching for the specs, they come across a cat. A very big cat. A very big and friendly cat. The big cat moves in with them, mu ... more
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Hotel Flamingo by Alex Milway - £6.99
When young Anna inherits a dilapidated hotel, she's determined to restore it to its former glory. But this is no ordinary hotel - all of her staff and guests are animals!  Anna soon rises to the challenge. Whether it's a flamingo, a penguin or a hip ... more
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Cogheart by Peter Bunzl - £6.99
Lily's life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her?   With her friends - Robert, the clockmaker's son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox - Lily is plunged int ... more
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A Little Bit Brave by Nicola Kinnear - £6.99
Logan is a stay-at-home bunny – but he’s about to discover how brave he really is. It’s time for his first adventure, and he doesn’t want to go. But there’s an amazing world outside, if he can just pluck up courage to look...   A Lit ... more
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Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different 2 by Ben Brooks, illustrated by Quinton Winter - £20.00
Tom Daley, Oliver Sacks, the Jamaican Bobsled team, Amrou Al-Kadhi, Carlos Acosta... all dared to be different.   This is the follow-up to the much loved and hugely successful Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different, the bestselling book ... more
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Satellite by Nick Lake - £7.99
The Martian for teens - an epic, highly original space thriller with real science and heartbreaking beauty.   Leo has never set foot on Earth. Born and raised with twins Orion and Libra on the Moon 2 Space Station, they have grown up together in t ... more
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Proud: Stories, Poetry and Art on the Theme of Pride by Juno Dawson (Editor) - £7.99
A stirring, bold and moving anthology of stories and poetry by top LGBTQ+ YA authors and new talent, giving their unique responses to the broad theme of pride. Each story has an illustration by an artist identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community. C ... more
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Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love - £6.99
A glimpse of three women dressed as mermaids leaves one boy filled with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.  Mesmerizing and full of heart, this is a picture book about self-confidence and love, and a radiant celebration of individuality.  Whi ... more
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Roald Dahl's Matilda's How to be a Genius: Brilliant Tricks to Bamboozle Grown-Ups by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake (Illustrator) - £7.99
Matlida Wormwood is a genius - her brain fizzes and bubbles with brilliance. She outwits her gruesome parents, and even her terrifying head teacher, the monstrous Miss Trunchbull.  Now, YOU TOO can baffle, bewilder and bamboozle your friends ... more
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The Wild Robot by Peter Brown - £6.99
When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is - but she knows she needs to survive.   After battling a fierce storm and esc ... more
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F is for Feminism: An Alphabet Book of Empowerment by Carolyn Suzuki - £6.99
This bright and bold dictionary of twenty-six thought-provoking words from A-Z is perfect for equipping girls, boys and everyone with the words they need to empower themselves!  Including:  Activism: trying to change something importa ... more
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The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis - £6.99
Aventurine is the fiercest, bravest kind of dragon, and she's ready to prove it to her family by leaving the safety of their mountain cave and capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human.   But when the human she captures tricks her into dri ... more
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Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson, Alphona Adrian, Jake Wyatt and Ian Herring - £10.99
Marvel Comics presents the all-new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation!   Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly ... more
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Monster Cafe by Sean Leahy and Mihály Orodán - £9.99
In every town, there is one shop that always changes its face. In Stapleton, it was the very last shop in town.   Bib is an adventurous sort of a boy, so a new café wouldn’t faze him, even if it was run by monsters! Excited by the idea of ... more
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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison - £7.99
This beautifully illustrated book introduces readers of all ages to 40 women who changed the world.   Featuring forty trailblazing black women in American history, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of breaking boundar ... more
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Planetarium (Junior Edition) by Raman Prinja, illustrated by Chris Wormell - £10.99
Welcome to Planetarium.   This museum is open all hours. It houses an incredible collection of astronomical objects, from small, icy moons to huge swirling galaxies. So how big is the Universe? How did it begin and what mysteries does it hold? ... more
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Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders by Kate Pankhurst - £6.99
Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, is back with a brand new wildly brilliant and accessible book about incredible women in the world of work.  What do you want to be when you grow up? It's a BIG question that everyone is asked ... more
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Wing Jones by Katherine Webber - £7.99
Debut novel about a mixed-race family hit by tragedy in 90s Atlanta, from a talented young writer.   For fans of David Levithan, Jandy Nelson and Rainbow Rowell: a sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA.  With a ... more
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Wisp: A Story of Hope by Zana Fraillon, illustrated by Grahame Baker Smith - £6.99
A refugee picture book of extraordinary power and beauty from the Amnesty CILIP Honour-winning author of The Bone Sparrow, Zana Fraillon, and Kate Greenaway Medal-winning illustrator Grahame Baker Smith.   Idris is a child refugee, born into a wor ... more
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Hedgehogs Don't Live in the City! by Lucy Reynolds and Jenna Herman - £7.99
‘A whistle and a purr make Grace stop in her tracks. Every time the leaves stir: 'Listen - what was that?'   Help Grace and Archie discover one prickly, precious creature as dusk begins to fall... ... more
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All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold, illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman - £6.99
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 in patkas, hijab ... more
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Small Things by Mel Tregonning - £16.99
A stunning graphic novel from an extraordinarily talented illustrator. On the cusp of having everything slip from his grasp, a young boy has to find a way to rebuild his sense of self.   An ordinary boy in an ordinary world.   With no words, o ... more
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Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Steven Salerno - £13.99
In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today's wor ... more
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