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*** Book of the Month ***

Like the Ocean We Rise by Nicola Edwards

We just love this book – beautiful, involving and hopeful!

Our planet is vast and it’s beautiful too.

But it needs our help; it needs me, it needs you!

This timely peek-through picture book explores humans’ impact on our Earth and how we can all make a difference.

Celebrate the international youth movement making waves to save our beautiful planet.

Little Tiger, the publisher of Like The Ocean We Rise, have a colouring sheet and also make your own placard! which you can dowloand and get creative with.

They also have lots of other great activity sheets for younger readers: http://littletiger.co.uk/index.php?route=activity/category&actpath=1

Detectives and spies

Hmm… suspicious… lots of books for sleuths in training!

Fun at home

Bored? Seriously?! How can you be when there is gardening, cooking, colouring, making and baking to be done!

Browse all children’s activity books

I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast

by Michael Holland and Philip Giordano

This is a bold, beautiful and delightful celebration of plants around the world.

From expert ecologist and educator Michael Holland, this illustrated compendium celebrates the plants in your life, from minty toothpaste to the floral names in your classroom. This comprehensive guide covers everything from the parts of a plant through to conservation, and also features DIY projects for young gardeners.

“Funny and clever, with illustrations that are a feast for the eye. An Instant classic.” – Sir Tim Smit KBE, co-founder of The Eden Project

Browse all Children’s Geography, Nature & Outdoors

Look Up!

by Nathan Bryon and Dapa Adeola

Meet hilarious, science-mad chatterbox, Rocket – she’s going to be the greatest astronaut, star-catcher, space-traveller that has ever lived! But… can she convince her big brother to stop looking down at his phone and start LOOKING UP at the stars? 

Watch this great Puffin storytime and draw-along, with the author Nathan Bryon and illustrator Dapa Adeola. Settle down to watch Look Up! then grab your crayons and draw Luna the cat in six easy steps.

New picture books

Snuggle up, squidge in close, time to read together…

Oi Puppies

by Kes Gray

We’re delighted to have early copies of these already in stock.

Another brilliantly funny, rhyming read-aloud picture book, jam-packed with cute puppies and silliness. From the bestselling, multi-award-winning creators of Oi Frog!

Dog is looking after some puppies. Quite a few puppies, actually, and none of them will sit! Not even on guppies, like they’re supposed to! They’re getting a little out of hand. But luckily Frog’s got a cunning plan . . .

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Counting on Katherine

By Helaine Becker, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk

Katherine Johnson is the maths genius who helped make the historic moon landings possible and helped get Apollo 13 home safely when it was in terrible danger.

As a child, Katherine loved to count. She counted the steps on the road, the number of dishes and spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, everything! An excellent biography that will inspire young readers to do what they love.

From Katherine’s early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, this is the true story of a groundbreaking African-American woman who went above and beyond what was expected of her in the 1960s.

In our special Space edition of Bookmark magazine one of our young readers, Eloise aged 10, wrote a review and a Q & A about Counting on Katherine.

Read her article, the rest of the Space edition and the the other editions of Bookmark created by our Young Readers: Bookmark magazine.

Browse all children’s science and space books

Literally

By Patrick Skipworth and Nicholas Stevenson

Amazing words and where they come from.

Did you know that English words come from all over the world and that their meanings have changed along their journey? Our word ‘zero’ comes from the Arabic word for empty space. ‘Companion’ is from the Latin for with bread.

With simple descriptions and dazzling, evocative and witty illustrations, this is a fascinating introduction to the rich history and cultural diversity of our language.

Words included: karaoke (Japanese); zero (Arabic); guru (Sanskrit); ukulele (Hawaiian); jaguar (Tupi); royalty (Norman French); companion (Latin); kookaburra (Wradjuri); worm (Old English); mummy (Persian); caribou (Algonquin); safari (Swahili).

Browse all Children’s Reference, Dictionaries and Language books

New books for children aged 5 to 8

Browse all stories for 5 to 8 year olds

Equal to Everything

by Afua Hirsch

Beautifully illustrated, fictionalised tale based on the life of Lady Hale, President of the Supreme Court of England and Wales – the most important judge in the land.

It tells the story of Ama, a girl from Richmond in Yorkshire, who visits the Supreme Court on a school trip and learns all about the work of the court and how another little girl from her own town went on to become its president.

The story highlights some interesting cases Judge Brenda was faced with and explains how judges make difficult decisions and teaches children about fairness, justice and how the law can be used for good and to protect us all. An inspiring story of a little girl who worked hard at school and went on to be extraordinary. It aims to empower children to believe they can achieve their dreams and never letting other people tell them they are not good enough.

How High the Moon

By Karyn Parsons

This brilliant story is the debut novel from the actress best known for playing Hilary Banks in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Boston was nothing like South Carolina. Up there, colored folks could go anywhere they wanted. Folks didn’t wait for church to dress in their fancy clothes. Fancy was just life. Mama was a city girl . . . and now I was going to be one too.

It’s 1944, and in a small, Southern, segregated town, eleven-year-old Ella spends her summers running wild with her cousins and friends. But life isn’t always so sunny.

And here’s a great video of Karyn Parsons reading from her book, How High the Moon:

Wizards of Once: Knock Three Times

by Cressida Cowell

The No.1 bestselling series from current Waterstones Children’s Laureate and author of How To Train Your Dragon, Cressida Cowell. Enter a land of wizards, warriors, mythical creatures and powerful Magic in an exciting fantasy adventure.

Wish and Xar are outlaws on the run, hunted by Warriors, Wizards and worst of all by WITCHES …

Can they find the ingredients for the spell to get rid of Witches before the Kingwitch gets his talons on the Magic-that-Works-on-Iron?

Their next Quest is the most terrifying and treacherous of all … and someone is going to betray them. Are you ready to KNOCK THREE TIMES?

New books for children aged 9 to 12

Browse all stories for 9 to 12 year olds

Lark

by Anthony McGowan

Winner of the 2020 Carnegie Award.

This is the oldest and best known children’s book award – chosen each year by children’s librarians.

Anthony McGowan talking about his book:

“On one level, Lark is a simple adventure story. Two woefully ill-equipped teenage boys, and their old Jack Russell terrier go for a walk on the North Yorkshire Moors. A blizzard descends and their fun day out, their ‘lark’ turns into a desperate battle for survival. On another level, the book is about the unshakable love between two brothers, one of them with special needs, after enduring family break-up, poverty, bullying and cruelty. Lark is also a story about the power of stories and the way they weave through our lives. The book ends with the words ‘Tell me a story,’ and with those words we are led back again to the beginning.”

Stamped

By Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendy

This genuinely seems to us to be the book so many people are looking for right now – a really good, super-readable, book about racism for older children and teens.

It is based on a book originally published for adults, written by the eminent historian Ibram X Kendi. He worked with children’s super author Jason Reynolds (look him up! he’s amazing!) who wrote this version for teens, using the exact same meticulously researched history. It’s gripping and fast paced – not a history book, but a book with history in it (to quote Jason) –  imagine something as complicated as the origins of racism told and brilliantly explained by an impossibly super-cool older cousin!

We have copies of Stamped on order and expect to receive them later in July. Preorder now and we will deliver it to you as soon as it arrives.

New books for teens

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Celebrating black lives and black writers

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