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Come All You Little Persons by John Agard, illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle - £6.99
From above earth, from above sky, from below earth, from under water, come all you little persons come exactly as you are.   Come little bird person, come little bee person, come little tree person - little persons from all over the world ... more
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A Change Is Gonna Come: Brand New Stories and Poetry About Change by Various authors - £7.99
An anthology of stories and poetry on the theme of change featuring Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers for Young Adults.  Featuring top Young Adult authors and introducing a host of exciting new voices, this anthology of stories and poe ... more
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Pax by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Jon Klassen - £6.99
The moving story of the extraordinary friendship between a boy and his fox and their epic journey to be reunited. Beautifully illustrated by multi-award winner, Jon Klassen.   Pax was only a kit when his family was killed and he was rescued by his ... more
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Half a Creature from the Sea: A Life in Stories by David Almond, illustrated By Eleanor Taylor - £6.99
An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from a master storyteller and Hans Christian Andersen Award winning author, inspired by his childhood in the north-east of England.   A diverse collection of stories from the author of th ... more
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Riding on a Caravan: A Silk Road Adventure by Laurie Krebs, illustrated by Helen Cann - £6.99
Travel along the Silk Road with a multi-generational family from Xi'an, China, to where China and India meet. Along the way, you'll explore China's varied geography and discover how the Silk Road fostered cultural diversity a century ago.  Inclu ... more
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I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - £9.99
When the world feels chaotic, find peace within through an accessible mindfulness practice from the bestselling picture-book dream team that brought us I Am Yoga.  Express emotions through direct speech. Find empathy through imagination. Connect ... more
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Izzy Gizmo by Pip Jones, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie - £6.99
Meet Izzy Gizmo - a fabulously feisty new character from Pip Jones (Squishy McFluff; Daddy's Sandwich) brought brilliantly to life with exuberant and detailed illustratrions from the best-selling illustrator of Detective Dog, Sara Ogilvie. Shortliste ... more
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The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill - £6.99
Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wis ... more
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Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves by Kate T. Parker - £13.99
Girls being fearless. Girls being silly. Girls being wild, stubborn, and proud. Girls whose faces are smeared with dirt and lit up with joy. So simple and yet so powerful, Strong Is the New Pretty celebrates, through more than 175 memorable photograp ... more
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Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager, illustrated by Zoe More O - £12.99
This first-ever LGBTQ history book of its kind for young adults will appeal to fans of fun, empowering pop-culture books like Rad American Women A-Z and Notorious RBG. Three starred reviews!   World history has been made by countless lesbian, ... more
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Thornhill by Pam Smy - £14.99
"Pam Smy has created a wonderful piece of work in Thornhill... I think it's terrific."(Philip Pullman) As she unpacks in her new bedroom, Ella is irresistibly drawn to the big old house that she can see out of her window. Surrounded by overgrown g ... more
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Pearl Power And The Girl With Two Dads by Mel Elliott - £7.99
Pearl didn't want to upset her chum, but she had to ask, "where is your mum?"   Matilda explained that there isn't a mother, "I have two dads and they love one another.   A mum and a dad isn't always the rule, my family is different"   Pearl ... more
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V Is For Vegan by Ruby Roth - £12.50
Introducing three-to-seven-year-olds to the “ABCs” of a compassionate lifestyle, V Is for Vegan is a must-have for vegan and vegetarian parents, teachers, and activists!   Acclaimed author and artist Ruby Roth brings her characteristic insigh ... more
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Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah - £7.99
Alem is on holiday with his father for a few days in London. He has never been out of Ethiopia before and is very excited. They have a great few days togther until one morning when Alem wakes up in the bed and breakfast they are staying at to find th ... more
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Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton - £6.99
The winner of the 2014 Association of Illustrators' Award for Children's Books, Shh! is the covetable new picture book from Chris Haughton, one of the most exciting new voices in children's literature. From Chris Haughton, the multi award-winning au ... more
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Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World by Reshma Saujani - £12.99
Crack the code to your future dreams...  Since 2012, the organization Girls Who Code (https://girlswhocode.com/) has been leading the charge to get girls interested in technology and coding. Now its founder, Reshma Saujani, wants to inspire y ... more
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The Get Creative Journal by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt - £6.99
Taking inspiration from Jacqueline Wilson's brilliant characters, fire your imagination and get your creative juices flowing with this boredom-busting activity journal, beautifully illustrated by Nick Sharratt and complete with space to record your i ... more
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Tidy by Emily Gravett - £6.99
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017  From the creator of Meerkat Mail and Dogs, comes a very funny rhyming woodland story about the perils of being too tidy.  Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all ... more
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My Little Book of Big Freedoms: The Human Rights Act in Pictures by Chris Riddell - £9.99
A classic picture-book edition of My Little Book of Big Freedoms illustrated by the former Waterstones Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, published in partnership with Amnesty International UK.   We all want a good life, to have fun, to be sa ... more
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William Morris 123 by William Morris, illustrated by Elizabeth Catchpole - £6.99
With this beautifully illustrated board book, learn your numbers with William Morris and his lovely designs.  Starting with one tree and ending with 10 butterflies, this is the perfect introduction to counting for very young children. ... more
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William Morris ABC by William Morris, illustrated by Elizabeth Catchpole - £6.99
With this beautifully illustrated board book, learn your first words with William Morris and his lovely designs.  Starting with a for apple and ending with z for zebra, this is the perfect introduction to first words for very young children. ... more
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You Can Do Anything by Akala, illustrated by Sav - £6.99
A new picture book series from the MOBO award-winning hip hop artist Akala, bursting with bright colour artwork from acclaimed illustrator Sav.   Hip, a wise hippo; and Hop, his energetic bird friend are taking part in the Blueberry Hill bi ... more
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Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death by Chris Riddell - £6.99
Ada is back in the sequel to the award-winning Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse.  Preparations for the Ghastly-Gorm Garden Party and bake-off are under way. Celebrity cooks are arriving at the hall for the big event and, true to form, Maltravers, ... more
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The Journey by Francesca Sanna - £12.99
“I look up to the birds that seem to be following us. They are migrating just like us. And their journey, like ours, is very long, but they don’t have to cross any borders.”   What is it like to have to leave everything behind and travel m ... more
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Grumpy Frog by Ed Vere - £6.99
Grumpy Frog is not grumpy. He loves green, and he loves to hop, and he loves winning. But what happens when Grumpy Frog doesn't win, or encounters - horror of horrors - a Pink Rabbit?   Join Grumpy Frog as he learns about compromise and tolera ... more
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Coraline by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell - £6.99
There is something strange about Coralines new home. Its not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves. Its the other house th ... more
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Lionboy by Zizou Corder - £7.99
Charlie Ashanti can speak Cat. He takes it for granted - but when his Mum and Dad go missing, the cats are the only friends he can turn to.Setting out to find his parents, Charlie stows away on an incredible circus ship bound for Paris. On board he ... more
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Once Upon a World: Cinderella (Board Book) by Chloe Perkins, illustrated by Sandra Equihua - £7.99
The classic story of Cinderella gets a fresh twist in this vibrant Mexican spin on the beloved fairy tale!   Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in a little cottage with her stepmother and two stepsisters...   With Mexico as the backdr ... more
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Once Upon a World: Rapunzel (Board Book) by Chloe Perkins, illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan - £7.99
The classic tale of Rapunzel gets a fresh twist in this third book of a brand-new board book series, Once Upon a World.   With India as the backdrop, and vibrant artwork from illustrator Archana Sreenivasan, Rapunzel is still the same girl wh ... more
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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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Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Divya Srinivasan - £12.99
In a hot, hot country, ringed with mountains on one side and jungle on the other, lives a princess called Cinnamon. Her eyes are made of pearls, which means that she is blind. And, for reasons her parents the Rajah and Rani cannot fathom, she will no ... 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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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce, with illustrations by Steven Lenton - £6.99
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce, with illustrations by Steven Lenton, will send your imagination into orbit!   The Blythes are a big, warm, rambunctious family who live on a small farm and sometimes fo ... 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
Sometimes we hear words in the news and it's hard to understand what they mean and how they affect us. Using beautiful artwork and clear explanations, Racism and Intolerance looks to answer our questions and reassure our concerns about these issues. ... 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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