Picture Books (ages 0-5)


The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins) £6.99

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Once there as a boy, and one day, he found an aeroplane in his cupboard... He didn't remember leaving it in there, but he thought he'd take it out for a go right away.

At first, all went well and the plane flew higher and higher and higher until... suddenly, with a splutter, it ran out of petrol.

The boy was stuck on the moon... and he was not alone...


My Bed is an Air Balloon by Julia Copus and Alison Jay (Faber and Faber) £6.99

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A beautifully presented picture book with two front covers, the text can be read from front to back and vice versa!

The mirror form poem meets in the middle in a stunning centrepiece image as the two children in the story (twins, one in an air balloon, the other a sailing boat) meet in the clouds!




Younger Readers (ages 5-8)


Monty and Sylvester A Tale of Everyday Astronauts by Carly Gledhill (Hacette) £6.99


Join best friends Monty and Sylvester on a mission to deepest darkest space in this brilliantly funny picture book! 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ...

Blast off! Monty and Sylvester have been in training (for at least 20 minutes) for a very BIG challenge: the first mouse and bear mission to outer space!

Will they discover a new planet? Will they encounter alien life? Or will this be one small step too far for the intrepid duo? A laugh-out-loud tale about friendship, imagination . . . and moon cheese.



Journey by Aaron Becker (Walker) £7.99

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Be swept away on an elaborate flight of fancy in this Caldecott award-winning, wondrously illustrated picture book about self-determination and unexpected friendship. Aaron Becker's stunning, wordless picture book debut about self-determination and unexpected friendship follows a little girl who draws a magic door on her bedroom wall.

Through it she escapes into a world where wonder, adventure and danger abound.
Red marker pen in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon and a flying carpet which carry her on a spectacular journey ... who knows where? When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also guide her home and to happiness?

In this exquisitely illustrated book, an ordinary child is launched on an extraordinary, magical journey towards her greatest and most rewarding adventure of all...


Older Readers (ages 8-12)


Tom's Midnight Garden Graphic Novel by Philippa Pearce and Edith (OUP) £12.99

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A beautiful adaptation of the classic novel. Renowned graphic novel artist, Edith, has created an enchanting version of the classic Tom's Midnight Garden.

This is a new and special way to read and share one of the best-loved and most enduring children's stories of all time. A story with a special place in the hearts of grandparents, parents, and children everywhere, this wonderful graphic novel adaptation is faithful, accessible, and stunningly illustrated.



The Boy who Climbed to the Moon by David Almond and Polly Dunbar (Walker) £6.99

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A magnificent tale of crackpot notions and sky-high courage - from David Almond, the master of magical realism, with illustrations by the award-winning Polly Dunbar.

Paul believes that the moon is not the moon, but is a great hole in the sky. It's one of many strange ideas that he's never told anyone (at school he was told that he had no ideas at all), until he meets Molly, his irrepressible neighbour, who begins to convince him that his theory might just change the world.

Helped by a very long ladder, some highly irregular characters, two rather worried parents and a great deal of community spirit, Paul takes to the sky.

But his astonishing discovery there can't keep him away for long - what is waiting for him back at home is turning out to be better than he'd ever imagined...



Young Adult (12+)


His Dark Materials: Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (Scholastic) £7.99

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Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford.

The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight.

Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world... The first volume in Philip Pullman's incredible HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy.



The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (HarperCollins) £7.99

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This definitive paperback edition features nine illustrations and two maps drawn by J.R.R.
Tolkien, and a preface by Christopher Tolkien.

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey 'there and back again'.

They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon...

The prelude to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit has sold many millions of copies since its publication in 1937, establishing itself as one of the most beloved and influential books of the twentieth century.


Non Fiction


Shackleton's Journey by William Grill (Flying Eye Books) £14.99

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Illustrator William Grill weaves a detailed visual narrative of Shackleton's journey to Antarctica. Grill's beautiful use of colored pencils and vibrant hues effortlessly evokes the adventure and excitement that surrounded the expedition.

His impeccably researched drawings, rich with detail, fastidiously reproduce the minutiae of the expedition. Children will love examining the diagrams of the peculiar provisions and the individual drawings of each sled dog and packhorse.

This book takes the academic and historical information behind the expedition and reinterprets it for a young audience.

Winner of the 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal; A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2014; Best Children's Book of 2014, Wall Street Journal; Best Children's Book of 2014, Brain Pickings; A 2015 USBBY Outstanding International Book.


Darwin's Voyage of Discovery by Jake Williams (Pavillion Books) £12.99

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A wonderful celebration of history's most remarkable journey; published to celebrate 160 years of Charles Darwin's ground-breaking text on evolution: On The Origin of Species. Step on-board The Beagle and follow the remarkable journey that inspired almost all modern-day knowledge of the natural world.

From England to Cape Verde, Brazil to the Galapagos, Tahiti to Australia; discover the wildlife of Charles Darwin - giant sloths, platypus, tarantulas, fireflies and more.

As well as gorgeous artwork and fascinating information on the journey, this book also features the equipment used by Darwin and cross-sections of the ship itself. This stunning book comes from the winner of the BDC's New Designer of the Year award, and the author/illustrator behind Really Remarkable Reptiles.