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100 Hugs by Chris Riddell - £9.99
100 Hugs is a gorgeous collection of hugs from Children's Laureate Chris Riddell is the perfect gift for a loved one, or to cheer yourself up on a dark day.  The beautiful illustrations from three-time winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal co ... more
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Beware of the Storybook Wolves by Lauren Child - £6.99
For a real thrill, try reading Beware of the Storybook Wolves. It will scare your socks off. . . and tell you exactly what to do if the wolves ever escape from your storybook! ... more
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A Story Like the Wind by Gill Lewis, illustrated by Jo Weaver - £8.99
In a small boat spinning out on the sea sits a group of refugees, fleeing their war-stricken homes. They have nothing - except their memories, their stories, and their music.  In this very special, lyrical fable, beautifully illustrated by Jo We ... more
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Here I Stand: Stories that Speak for Freedom by Amnesty International UK - £7.99
A varied and thought-provoking collection of short stories and poems for teens with a conscience, with striking cover illustrations by award-winning children’s laureate Chris Riddell.   With contributions from Frances Hardinge, Sarah Crossan, Ma ... more
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The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue, illustrated by Caroline Hadilaksano - £10.99
Meet the Lotterys: a unique and diverse family featuring four parents, seven kids and five pets - all living happily together in their big old house, Camelottery. Nine-year-old Sumac is the organizer of the family and is looking forward to a long sum ... more
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Baby's First Words by Christiane Engel - £9.99
Say "hello" to your new favorite first words book! Baby's First Words was designed by a child development expert to support the way babies naturally learn language - and to start conversations!   Featuring a family with two dads, this pioneer ... more
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Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman - £7.99
Olivia and her twin brother, Aidan, are heading alone back to Earth following the virus that completely wiped out the rest of their crew, and their family, in its entirety.   Nathan's ship is heading in the opposite direction. But on the journ ... more
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Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts - £8.99
Embark on an adventure of personal creativity and invention with fan favorite Rosie Revere!  This activity book features art from the picture book Rosie Revere, Engineer and will inspire young readers with activities of all kinds. Kids will h ... more
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The Jungle by Pooja Puri - £7.99
There was a story Jahir used to tell me. About how the first humans were born with wings. Can you imagine what that would be like? To fly anywhere in the world without worrying about having the right papers?   Mico has left his family, his ... more
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Racism and Intolerance by Louise Spilsbury, illustrated by Hanane Kai - £12.99
A beautifully illustrated non-fiction picture book that sensitively explains crises that dominate the news in an appropriate manner for children.   The Children in Our World non-fiction picture book series helps children make sense of the larg ... more
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Reaching the Stars: Poems About Extraordinary Women and Girls by Liz Brownlee - £5.99
This feisty collection of brand-new poems is a celebration of the achievements of women and girls throughout history.  It includes poems about Malala Yousafzai, Rosa Parks, Margaret Hamilton, Ada Lovelace, Helen Keller, Mary Shelley, Edith Cavel ... more
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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo - £17.99
THE SENSATIONAL NO.1 BESTSELLER   What if the princess didn't marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the ki ... more
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Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers! by Melanie Walsh - £6.99
A groundbreaking picture book which explains Asperger's Syndrome in a simple, gentle and positive way to very young children.   A groundbreaking picture book, described by the National Autistic Society as "delightful ... full of positive messa ... more
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For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story by Rebecca Langston-George, illustrated by Janna Bock - £7.99
She grew up in a world where women were supposed to be quiet. But Malala Yousafzai refused to be silent. Discover Malala's story through this powerful narrative telling, and come to see how one brave girl named Malala changed the world. ... more
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The Barefoot Book of Children by Tessa Strickland, Kate Depalma and David Dean - £12.99
Discover the must-have book for #AllChildren. Start conversations about diversity and inclusion with The Barefoot Book of Children, which depicts kids of a wide range of shapes, sizes, races, abilities and lifestyles from countries and cultures all o ... more
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The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson - £6.99
How do you solve a mystery when you can hardly go outside? The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson is a sad yet funny mystery starring a hero with severe obsessive compulsive disorder.   When you spend most of your day trapped in your bedroom, stari ... more
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We are Family by Ryan Wheatcroft and Patricia Hegarty - £10.99
All families are different - and yet in many ways the same!   This book uses a gentle rhyming text to follow eight different families, celebrating their everyday differences as well as the similarities they share. ... more
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When I Coloured in the World by Ahmadreza Ahmadi, illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi - £7.99
This is a book of profound simplicity. A child uses crayons to colour and change the world, making it kinder, more hopeful place. Boredom gives way to play, darkness to light, drought to rain, crying to laughter, and much more.  A beautiful book ... more
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15 Things Not to Do with a Granny by Margaret McAllister, illustrated by Holly Sterling - £6.99
The hilarious follow-up to 15 Things Not to Do with a Baby has all the warmth and humour of its predecessor, focusing on the relationship between children and their granny.   DON'T hide an elephant in Granny's bed. DON'T send Granny up to the ... more
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Wonder by R.J. Palacio - £6.99
'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'   Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. ... more
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Maresi (The Red Abbey Chronicles) by Maria Turtschaninoff - £7.99
Maresi came to the Red Abbey when she was thirteen, in the Hunger Winter. Before then, she had only heard rumours of its existence in secret folk tales. In a world where girls aren't allowed to learn or do as they please, an island inhabited solely b ... more
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Dave's Rock by Frann Preston-Gannon - £6.99
In this funny and stylishly illustrated follow-up to Dave’s Cave, two lovable cavemen endeavour to make their rocks the very best they can – inventing, in the process, something rather remarkable. ... more
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Tough Guys Have Feelings Too by Keith Negley - £11.99
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 rec ... more
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The Wonderful Things You Will Be: A Growing-Up Poem by Emily Winfield Martin - £14.99
The New York Times bestseller that celebrates the dreams, acceptance, and love that parents have for their children... now and forever!   From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin’s rhythmic rhyme expresses all the l ... more
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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat - £6.99
On one very special day an imaginary friend is born on an island far away. Here, he and his other imaginary friends play all day and each night they sit beneath the stars, hoping and waiting for their turn to be picked, to be imagined, by a real chil ... more
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A Year Full of Stories: 52 Folk Tales and Legends from Around the World by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Christopher Corr - £12.99
This treasury of 52 stories collects together a rich resource of myths, fairy tales and legends from around the world, with a story for every week of the year.  The book is broken into 12 chapters, for each of the 12 months of the year, and thro ... more
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A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen, illustrated By Chris Riddell - £14.99
Two of the biggest names in children’s publishing, Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell, come together in a new poetry collection. The poems in A Great Big Cuddle fizz off the page with sound and rhythm, energy and laughter, as Rosen captures in the mos ... more
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Coming Home by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Kerry Hyndman - £6.99
A plucky little robin sets out on an epic journey. Through dark forests, driving rain, clapping thunder and flashing lightning. Across frozen wastes, huge mountains and stormy seas he flies. And all the while he's dreaming of home. Of her. But will h ... more
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Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst - £6.99
Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, has created this wildly wonderful and accessible book about women who really changed the world.   Discover fascinating facts about some of the most amazing women who changed the world we live i ... more
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A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig, illustrated by Chris Mould - £6.99
You are about to read the true story of Father Christmas.  It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible.  A Boy Called Christmas is a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and a boy called Nikolas, who isn't afraid to ... more
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The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig - £12.99
JOURNEY TO THE EDGE OF MAGIC  If magic has a beginning, can it also have an end?   When Amelia wants a wish to come true she knows just the man to ask - Father Christmas.  But the magic she wants to believe in is starting to fa ... more
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Little Stars by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt - £6.99
Hetty Feather has begun a new chapter in her life story. Escaping from Tanglefield's Travelling Circus with her dearest friend Diamond, Hetty is determined to find them positions as glamorous music hall artistes.   Hetty and Diamond quickly be ... more
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The Laugh Out Loud Joke Book by Michael Rosen - £5.99
How loud can you LOL? Louder than an elephant’s trump? Loud enough to shatter glass? Louder than fireworks? Grab your ear protectors and put it to the test with Michael Rosen’s super-silly book of funnies.  Specially created to celebrate the ... more
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Roald Dahl Whizzpopping Joke Book by Roald Dahl - £5.99
Roald Dahl's Whizzpopping Joke Book is a collection of hundreds of great jokes would make even the Trunchbull laugh!  Inspired by Roald Dahl's wonderful world, these gigglesome gags are guaranteed to raise a chuckle from human beans young and ol ... more
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Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky - £16.99
A charmingly illustrated and educational book, Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world.  Full of striking ... more
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Whistling in the Dark by Shirley Hughes - £6.99
In the hardship of war, everything is rationed except true friendship. From much-loved author Shirley Hughes comes a compelling wartime adventure set during the Liverpool Blitz. Liverpool, 1940: thirteen-year-old Joans home is under threat from ... more
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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne - £7.99
When Pierrot becomes an orphan, he must leave his home in Paris for a new life with his Aunt Beatrix, a servant in a wealthy household at the top of the German mountains. But this is no ordinary time, for it is 1935 and the Second World War is fast a ... more
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Katy by Jacqueline Wilson - £6.99
Katy's life changes in dramatic and unexpected ways after a serious accident. Inspired by the much-loved classic, What Katy Did, bestselling children's favourite Jacqueline Wilson creates an irresistible modern version for the twenty-first-centur ... more
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Peace Maker by Malorie Blackman - £5.99
Michela knows the law - everyone must wear a Peace Maker device at all times, and it must never be tampered with. Non-aggression is her society's founding principle, and the Peace Maker the means by which is it enforced. But Michela is desperate to ... more
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Gorilla Dawn by Gill Lewis - £6.99
Imara and Bobo are two children living with a band of rebel soldiers in the African jungle. When an orphaned gorilla is brought to their camp they swear to protect it. But in their war-ravaged world, can they ever find true safety? ... more
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100 Things to Know Before You Grow Up by National Geographic Kids - £7.99
It's fun to be a kid, but are you ready for what comes next? Challenge yourself with these 100 things and you will be! Jam-packed with tips, tricks, and skills that every kid should master before turning 18, this list book is the ultimate guide to be ... more
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Awful Auntie by David Walliams - £6.99
From number one bestselling author David Walliams comes another heartfelt but hilarious hoot of an adventure. Stella Saxby is the sole heir to Saxby Hall. But awful Aunt Alberta and her giant owl will stop at nothing to get it from her. Luckily S ... more
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The Bus is for Us! by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Gillian Tyler - £6.99
A lively rhyming picture book about transport by poet and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen, author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt.   Small children take great delight in things that go whether by bicycle, car, boat, or plane. And bes ... more
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Girls Can Do Anything: The Incredible Girl-o-Pedia of Astounding Achievements by Caitlin Doyle, illustrated by Chuck Gonzales - £8.99
From sports to innovation, art to politics – meet the incredible women who got there first.  Ever heard the saying It’s a man’s world? Clearly, the speaker had never met Amelia Earhart or Harriet Tubman. Those feisty females, and many more, ... more
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The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce, illustrated by Steven Lenton - £6.99
The eagerly awaited new stand-alone novel from multi-award-winning author and scriptwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce, with illustrations throughout by Steven Lenton. Find out why it's not easy being green in the hilarious story from Frank Cottrell Boy ... more
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Historopedia: The Story of Ireland From Then Until Now by Fatti Burke and John Burke - £21.99
It’s A Time-Travelling Journey Through Ireland... It’s A Historopedia!   Buckle up and get ready to travel back in time with John and Fatti Burke’s new adventure through Ireland’s history. This breathtakingly exciting book discovers I ... more
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Looking-Glass Girl by Cathy Cassidy - £6.99
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, a compelling modern-day re-imagining of Alice's story by every girl's favourite author, Cathy Cassidy. Alice is thrilled when Savannah invites her to a Wonderland-themed sleepover; she's ... more
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The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith - £7.99
Once there was a Fox who lived in a deep, dense forest. For as long as Fox could remember, his only friend had been Star, who lit the forest paths each night. But then one night Star wasn't there, and Fox had to face the forest all alone...  ... more
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Welcome by Barroux - £6.99
The follow-up to Barroux's stunning and critically acclaimed Where's the Elephant? and Where's the Starfish?   When Polar Bear and his friends are swept away from their icy home, they hope to find refuge in a new land. But when they are turned ... more
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Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez - £14.99
Every night, tiny lights appear out of the darkness in Sandy’s bedroom. She catches them and creates wonderful creatures to play with until she falls asleep, and in the morning she brings them back to life in her whimsical drawings. When a mysterio ... more
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The Seeds of Friendship by Michael Foreman - £6.99
A powerful and beautifully illustrated fable about friendship from the internationally-acclaimed and award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman, who is best known for classics like War Boy and for illustrating Michael Morpurgo's stories.  In this mov ... more
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