Picture Books (ages 0-5)

 

There's a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins (Nosy Crow) £6.99

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Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and it just isn't big enough for two.
 
Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up.
 
Once Mouse has eventually gone, Bear gets up and walks home.
 
But wait - is that a Mouse in Bear's house?!
 
 
 

Jack and the Beanstalk by Anna Milbourne & Lorena Alvarez (Usborne) £5.99

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Jack and his mother are so poor that they don't have anything to eat. Their hope is fading, until Jack meets a strange little man with a handful of magic beans. But what will be the price that Jack must pay? This classic fairytale is retold for young children and illustrated throughout with the bright artwork of Lorena Alvarez.

 

 

Younger Readers (ages 5-8)

 

Wolf Won't Bite by Emily Gravett (Pan Macmillan) £6.99

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Take your seat in the front row and watch in wonder as three cheeky little circus pigs make a wild wolf jump through hoops (literally), endure feats of astounding derring-do, and even withstand perilous games of dress-up.
 
Safe in the thought that "Wolf Won't Bite!" they even put their heads between his jaws . . . but can you push a wolf too far? Sure to strike a chord with anyone who has both a pet and a young child, Wolf Won't Bite! by Emily Gravett is a very funny and playful story with a snappy ending!
 
 
 

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (Walker Books) £6.99

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A bear searches for his missing hat in the bestselling, multiple award-winning picture book debut of Jon Klassen. In his bestselling debut picture book, the multiple award-winning Jon Klassen, illustrator of This Is Not My Hat and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, tells the story of a bear who's hat has gone. And he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it.
 
Each animal says no (some more elaborately than others).
 
But just as it he begins to lose hope, lying flat on his back in despair, a deer comes by and asks a rather obvious question that suddenly sparks the bear's memory and renews his search with a vengeance...
 
Told completely in dialogue, this quirky, hilarious, read-aloud tale plays out in sly illustrations brimming with visual humour and winks at the reader who will be thrilled to be in on the joke.
 
 
 

Older Readers (ages 8-12)
 

War is Over by David Almond & David Litchfield (Walker Books) £6.99

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From the bestselling, award-winning author of SKELLIG comes a vivid and moving story, beautifully illustrated, which commemorates the hundred-year anniversary of the end of the First World War. "I am just a child," says John. "How can I be at war?"It's 1918, and war is everywhere.
 
John's dad is fighting in the trenches far away in France. His mum works in the munitions factory just along the road. His teacher says that John is fighting, too, that he is at war with enemy children in Germany.
 
One day, in the wild woods outside town, John has an impossible moment: a meeting with a German boy named Jan.
 
John catches a glimpse of a better world, in which children like Jan and himself can come together, and scatter the seeds of peace.
 
Gorgeously illustrated by David Litchfield, this is a book to treasure.
 
 

The Maker of Monsters by Lorraine Gregory (OUP) £6.99

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Brat has always lived in the isolated castle on the island, taking care of the vicious creatures that his master creates, waiting in terror for the moment when they are ready to be put to use.
 
But then the unthinkable happens. The monsters get out. Now Brat must overcome his fears, and venture into the world he has hidden from his whole life.
 
For the fate of everyone rests on his shoulders alone. . . A thrilling new standalone adventure from Lorraine Gregory.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Young Adult (12+)

 

The Stuff of Nightmares by Malorie Blackman (Penguin Random House) £7.99

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Kyle has always been afraid of things, especially dying. But when he gets on the train that is taking him and his class on a school trip, he has no idea how close to Death he is going to come. Death enters the train and Kyle moves with him, past his friends, who are frozen in time, in life-or-death situations.

Kyle finds that he can pick up on their deepest, darkest fears - real things that have happened to them, or may happen in the future, and sometimes their surreal nightmares too. Kyle realises that he isn't the only one who has buried fears and, more importantly, he now burns with the desire to live, and to live without fear. But will Death release him?

 

 

 

The Call by Paedar O'Guilin (David Fickling Books) £7.99

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When THE CALL comes, you have to be ready to run or fight to the death. THE CALL will grab you by surprise - you could be studying or hanging out with friends when suddenly you're pulled into a terrifying land, alone and hunted by the ENEMY. You don't know them, but they know you and they want to kill you, slowly and painfully.

Only one-in-ten return alive and no one believes Nessa can make it, but she's determined to prove them wrong! CAN NESSA SURVIVE THE CALL?

 

 

 

Non-Fiction

 

Children Who Changed the World by Marcia Williams (Walker Books) £8.99

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Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Rights of the Child and the amazing children who have stood up for them all over the world. From the heroes familiar to everyone, such as Malala Yousafzai, to the amazing activists you might not have heard of, like Baruani Ndume, the teenager who gave a voice to fellow refugee children in Tanzania, discover the incredible true stories of child activists.
 
An inspirational and moving book from beloved author-illustrator Marcia Williams, providing the perfect introduction to an important subject and marking 30 years since the Convention on the Rights of the Child was signed by the United Nations General Assembly.
 
 
 
 

You Are Mighty by Caroline Paul & Lauren Tamaki (Bloomsbury) £10.99

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You may be a kid, but you are mighty - and now is the time to put your strength to use!
 
This is a book to inspire you and show you how to be a change-maker.
 
Being a good citizen means standing up for what's right and here's just the way to start.
 
This fantastic guide to activism is the perfect book for those with a fierce sense of justice, a good sense of humor and a big heart.
 
There are brilliant tips, tonnes of DIY activities and stories about the kids who paved the way before you, from famous activists such as Malala Yousafzai to the everyday kids whose actions have triggered huge ripple effects.
 
So make a sign, write a letter, volunteer! You're never too young to change the world.