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A great take on the boarding school genre. Or are these problems just too big for Funfair Moon? Verbal and visual jokes about in this fantastical adventure. Tim and his family move to the country when his dad decides to become a farmer. Bankruptcy is looming when Tim persuades his dad to take in a pack of llamas. For various unlikely reasons, the llamas turn out to be footballing geniuses, the Ronaldos and Messis of the animal world, and are soon competing at a very high level.

Silly, and as satisfying as stories of unlikely champions always are, the book is also full of quality descriptions of the footballing action as Llama United progress up the league. And what a time they have, passing all the planets from Mercury to Pluto before returning home, navigating their way through an asteroid belt on the way. Each short chapter is full of information about the galaxy, and packed with illustrations by Tony Ross too.

Lots to learn, and lots of fun to be had while publisher Barrington Stoke makes sure that this is a book that is particularly easy to read. Here on Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting new titles and refreshing our special dyslexia friendly category. Click here to view our current selection which is broken down by age range. Rover, star of The Giggler Treatment and others, is back for a new and equally hilarious dog-poo centred adventure. As ever, Rover needs to collect dog poo to keep the Gigglers well-supplied. Probably not, but a camping trip certainly allows for lots of comic adventure.

The jokes come thick and fast and mostly from the nether regions and the story is told as much through cartoon illustration as through the text making this a super accessible read for everyone. Danny Dingle does just that with it's all-singing, all-farting, larger-than-life characters and irreverent tone. It is a treat to work on a book that's so genuinely funny and full of personality, which can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. The book's universal appeal is something that is mentioned over and over in reviews, and it is one of the reasons it is so brilliant for engaging reluctant readers.

Danny's witty, imaginative and relentlessly optimistic personality is infectious: Doing exactly what it says on the tin, this book is indeed packed with things for kids to do with science and the great news is that all of them are fun and generally easy to do, and that they can be created from craft materials or items that all of us will have readily to hand. Diagrams and colour photos make it more accessible and attractive to look at too. With activities that can be carried out indoors and outdoors, this will be great for the Easter and summer holidays. British Science Week is 10—19 March - find out more at www.

She wishes she could take Neil, her puffin, with her. In a nice touch we see that mum is feeling a bit sad about it too. Fortunately, the teacher sees a way to make things right. Children will understand exactly how Polly feels while guest appearances by Neil and Skittles the parrot add excitement and more humour. The short text, lively adventure and frequent illustrations make this just the thing for readers at the start of their own schooldays. March Book of the Month In a nutshell: Hamish comes in to find his mum and brother lying flat on their backs, on the ceiling. Along with a bowl of fruit, six batteries and a wind-up meerkat.

When Dung Guzzler beetles arrive from the former star Dun-Glowing, things look bad: How will agent Biskit and his new partner Mitzy the cat stop them? Garth P Jones has a deservedly dedicated fan-base and they will love this new series. Dan is a teddy bear accidentally built times stronger than he should have been; Arabella is a rag doll with the attitude of a bad-tempered rattlesnake; and Flax the rabbit is actually a custom-made police robot.

A fast-moving adventure ensues, a mix of daft but exciting action scenes, wisecracks, slapstick and some proper character development too. Black and white illustrations by Tim Wesson add to the all-round appeal. Funny, surprising, original, it unfolds as smoothly as treacle dripping off a spoon, but much much faster. Oliver is struggling at school, and the other children laugh at him.

Though he has problems with his hearing and his sight, Flow is just such a dog, and when a time comes in which Oliver is in real danger, Flow stands by him. This is a lovely, satisfying story that delivers important messages about bravery and friendship. It will be enjoyed by any young reader who, like Oliver, longs for a dog and will speak to any who, like Oliver, struggle with dyslexia.

A reissue, this book was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize on publication. They are as lively a pair of protagonists as you could hope to meet and there are twists, turns and surprises galore as the story unfolds. Each chapter opens with a Komodo Jones comic front cover — someone should publish those stories too! Award-winning Michael Morpurgo weaves a charming and witty story around sport and history as they have come together in the recent twin triumphs of the City of Leicester with the discovery of the remains of King Richard III in a car park and Leicester City football club winning the Premier League.

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The link between the two? A family of foxes! When Daddy Fox finds the ghost of the king and helps to release him from an unseemly grave he is granted one royal wish. What will it be? As a mad-keen footballing family the Foxes have one over-riding wish; that Leicester City can go top of the League.

Can the King do it? You bet he can! Michael Foreman captures the spirit of this entertaining adventure perfectly. There are shades of Watership Down in the story of Shylo, the runt who embarks on a daring adventure, but it brings to mind Wind in the Willows too, in the depictions of the English countryside and the creation of eccentric yet believable animal characters.

As ever, Sunny and Mimi have a lot to do just to keep the hilarious show on the road. I did NONE of these things. Stay awake in lessons it helps. AVOID the class bully to stay out of trouble. Technically not a school issue - but still important.

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Ava and her family are going to a country fair and she is determined that Squishy will win the Prettiest Pet competition. Steve Cole is a national treasure: Invisible Inc, in which a young boy is accidentally made invisible and then joins forces with a Victorian lady scientist, medieval knight and horse all also invisible to save the world, has all his trademarks: As kings go, Edwin is lovely, always distributing chocolate to his subjects.

Andy Riley cleverly lampoons comic book conventions while simultaneously constructing an action story that will thoroughly satisfy their readers. Karen has made a name for herself with teachers, reading charities and librarians for producing fun and fast-paced stories that get the most reluctant of readers turning the pages. Walter Brown and the Magician's Hat is a magical story bursting with adventure and excitement.

Walter is woken on his 10th birthday by his cat Sixpence, and as he opens his presents he receives a rather special hat, with some rather special abilities. Black and grey illustrations bring the story to life, and Sixpence in particular looks very real and more than a little mischievous. Amusing, imaginative and entertaining, this story is a perfectly magical treat. This really keeps me on my toes well, fingertips I suppose… and the great news is that every one of my readers wins.

I also often get comments about how refreshing it is to have a book that can be read in a short space of time due to its manageable length. Many children who are not natural bookworms get a great sense of achievement from this — and those that read regularly find time to easily fit in my books alongside all the other distractions available to them. So I hope I am doing my small part to inspire and support a love of reading.

Trevor is determined not to let this happen and with his NOT-girlfriend Tina works out a clever plan. Meanwhile, someone is kidnapping dogs, the fancier, the better. The plot proceeds at the kind of speed even Streaker would be pushed to match and this is joyfully, inspiringly ludicrous. Fans will be more than satisfied. I have been very fortunate to get this far, fortunate with both my readers and my publishers to whom I am most grateful. It's a disconcerting feeling, and an exciting one too, to know that you've published a hundred titles for children.

I find myself sitting here thinking: When did I do all that? I have spent the last thirty seven years writing and publishing, nevertheless it certainly doesn't feel like thirty seven years. Ten feels more like it, and even that seems a lot. Janey Louise Jones Format: Superfairies is a sweet new series about four little fairies, in which the emphasis is very much on kindness and helping others. In this springtime story the fairies are working together to clean their home inside the cherry blossom tree, when they get a call that one of their animal friends needs help.

They climb into the fairycopter and fly to the rescue as always. Little Basil the bear cub has got into trouble in the river and things are scary until the fairies manage to help him out. With just the right amount of risk and reassurance, and a gentle message about the danger of playing near water, this will charm young readers. I also had a wonderful illustrated book about the tooth fairy that included, most importantly, instructions on how to ensure my tooth was not missed in exchange for some pocket money.

So when Curious Fox was introduced to Rose, Berry, Silk and Star, we knew we wanted to bring the Superfairies to the next generation of girls and boys! The Superfairies live in a cherry blossom tree in Peaseblossom Woods, alongside their animal chums. A celebration for the changing seasons and the beauty of nature is always round the corner, and with summer fairs, petal parades and winter feasts, their active social lives alone could keep their calendar full all year round.

But nature also brings challenges. The fairies are torn: There are plenty of times, however, that the animals need no help at all to get themselves in sticky situations. Wonder, curiosity and refusing to back down from dares are the prime culprits in keeping the Superfairies on red alert. Nature and technology harmoniously mix to aid animal rescues. Each fairy has a special power: Berry uses her super eyesight to scout for missing animals and Silk spins super strong webs to make ladders or catch falling friends.

When they work together, they can solve any problem. This happy union is echoed by the author and illustrator, who are partners in crime and friends in real life. Join the Superfairies on their rescues with books 1 to 4 available now, and books 5 and 6 publishing in August this year. A classic Roald Dahl title, a most touching story of a boy and his very special father.

Danny and his father live in a caravan parked right next to the garage where his father works. Danny father teaches him how to fix bits of car, reads him bedtime stories and introduces him to the wonders of nature. One night, Danny discovers his father has a secret. He is a brilliant poacher and he is determined to outwit the local gamekeepers.

How Danny helps his father carry out his most daring plan of all without being caught is a thrilling read and a triumph for father and son. Jeremy Strong knows just how to pitch a story to junior readers and the three different adventures in this collection have all his hallmarks: Pudding Lane Primary, as explained in the first story, is the proud owner of a pet ostrich, Iris aka Mad Iris. Loveable world-class detective Timmy Failure is back for a new adventure.

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And his business partner and side-kick Total, a. Can Timmy keep out of trouble at school and ahead of the game? There are laughs a plenty as Timmy finds himself in — and out - of some ludicrous situations. The combination of hilarious words and drawings will have even the most reluctant readers laughing their way through another great story from Stephan Pastis.

Michael Morpurgo has created a fresh version of the classic story of Pinocchio, the wooden puppet with a terrible habit of telling lies who comes alive and has some incredible adventures. Bouncing from one adventure to another Pinocchio certainly tells a story that more than lives up to his description of it! Madcap fun and mystery in this somewhat eccentric yet addictive series from the huge bestselling author of A Series of Unfortunate Events. This is Book three in the critically acclaimed four-part mystery series. The crew of the Leaky Battery are a rum bunch alright: Originally designed to be servants, they choose piracy as a new career, as it offers adventure, the chance to see the world, and freedom.

This brings them up against the cruel and snobby Iron Duke who is determined to send them for scrap. The steampunk twist gives this fun piratical adventure an original touch, and the metal pirates themselves are refreshingly moral free. There are great illustrations of the pirate crew too to add to the enjoyment. Hard Luck, book 8 of the hilarious, globally-bestselling and award-winning Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, is now out in paperback.

The Long Haul, is the funniest yet. The eighth book in the series, Hard Luck, had a UK first printing of , copies, making it Penguin's biggest-ever first printing of a children's book. And all because…Dad has to go out and by the milk! Children of all ages and lots of childish grown-ups will be swept along laughing with glee as Dad tries to get the milk home In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Fortunately, The Milk A thrilling adventure in which you the reader decide the route of the adventure, using your knowledge and learning more from the book about robotics and inventions.

You may have to sneak past sensors, pull the power on a monster robot and outwit an evil genius to make it out alive and save the day. The Rubik's Quest Robot's Revenge is part of a series of four exciting books. Each one takes the reader on an engaging adventure into the science and maths behind the Rubik's Cube which in celebrates its 40th birthday. Readers must use their problem-solving skills in a twisting-turning world of toys and puzzles.

Join Tom on an incredible treasure hunt through time and battle history's mightiest warriors. The twelfth book in an action-packed, time-travelling series - perfect for fans of Beast Quest. We asked some of our Lovereading members to review the first in the Time Hunters series, Gladiator Clash. It's full of great characters and takes you on a journey through time. Read more reviews of Gladiator Clash here! Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: Love the new CBBC series? Read the original books! TV tie-in edition of the New York Times bestselling series about the hilarious adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero.

In this story, Hank is the star in the school play, but a costume disaster on opening night threatens the whole show. Twelve-year-old Hank is a likeable, struggling hero that readers will adore. He is a smart and resourceful boy with a unique perspective on the world. Hank has dyslexia, and when problems arise, he deals with them in a way no one else would - putting him on a direct collision course with his teachers and parents. Meet the amazing monster customers and try the foul-food at Fuzzby's diner - the third book in the hilarious 'Monster and Chips' series from author and illustrator, David O'Connell.

We asked a small number of our Lovereading members to review the first in this funny series - Monster and Chips. Here's a taster of what they thought Mildred, notoriously the worst witch at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, makes a wish on a shooting star - and to her great surprise it comes true! But it also spells trouble.

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Mildred's wish-come-true is a small dog but she has to keep him a secret from her friends, and especially the formidable Miss Hardbroom. S F Said Format: All of that should make him invincible but Sally bones who leads the most dangerous gang in the city knows all of that too — and more. Can Varjak survive in this cat-to-cat world? The claws are out in this great feline adventure. There are two halves to the story: It makes for lively reading — another winner from a writer who always finds the net.

Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher of dyslexia friendly books and those for reluctant readers. Rachel Renee Russell Format: The story will satisfy its readers thoroughly and Max looks set to give Dork diarist Nikki a run for her money. Finding out just what leads up to this is very funny indeed and readers will be pleased to hear that Rafe still returns home something of a hero. How do you see off the school bully? A farm boy himself he is quite at home with the big bully Olly and he dares Darren to come up close too.

A gripping story with a surprising ending. Written in partnership with the National Trust in the form of the diary of a young boy, page to a knight at Widemoat Castle, the story recounts an exciting episode in his life culminating in an attack on the castle by the rebellious Welsh. You can always rely on Philip Ardagh to add humour and this rollicking story has some very good jokes as well as appealing characters. In the words of the great Bill Shankly: It's much more serious than that.

From Hillsborough to Munich and the Heysel Stadium, Alan Gibbons examines the worst events in football in a way that enables young fans to understand what happened and why. A fan himself, his book still celebrates the best of football too as a way to bring people together. Meres gives almost-eleven-year old Darren a very authentic voice, and his diary extracts are broken up at regular intervals by lists and fun facts, making this very accessible. A fun and satisfying story to make reading rock!

September Fascinating Facts Book of the Month Anything you can imagine, you can animate says this stimulating book, and it explains clearly and simply the ten key skills readers need to become expert animators, starting with flipbook loops and ending with special effects, lighting and camera skills.

The instructions are carefully worded to be friendly and easy to follow, while the colour illustrations on every page help to explain the different processes, and keep it all feeling fun and uncomplicated. There are lots of extra handy tips in text flashes, a page of useful links and a glossary with definitions of technical and unfamiliar terms. This is an inspiring and really useful guide for young would-be animators. This is a hilarious story of dead fish, gorillas with bananas in their ears, poetry, cunning plans and highly legal documents kind of.

Oh and iPads, iPhones and vlogging of course. Oh the horror, the indignity! The days when people would sit around the fire playing board games, take long walks and do jigsaw puzzles — all the time. Will Louis convince his parents that social media and technology are good things after all? Or will Louis have to find another way to make his voice heard? In an age where the issue of technology and social media addiction is becoming ever more topical and debated, How to Update Your Parents provides a fresh outlook on the subject and shows both sides of the argument in a thoroughly entertaining, non-judgmental, and hilarious way.

A successful mix of pedal-action, friendship and fantasy adventure, this is a very satisfying story for newly confident readers. Anthony Horowitz, Antony Johnston Format: Brilliantly visualised, these graphic novel versions of the best-selling stories of boy spy Alex Rider add a fantastic new dimension to the original and terrific for getting even the most reluctant of readers to enjoy the experience of reading. Following the death of his guardian, Alex is forcibly recruited into MI6 and so finds himself off on some seriously hair raising missions in which he faces terrible danger and the real risk of death.

In the second in the series, PointBlanc he is taken from his own school and sent to infiltrate the mysterious Point Blanc Academy. Can he uncover the horrible secret behind what is going on? Alex Rider is a perfect hero. This is another brilliantly funny survival guide, the kind of book readers carry around so that they can read favourite passages out loud to friends and family. Huge fun and great for dipping into. Chris and I, via the delusions of the world's premier only dangerologist Docter Noel Zone, are delighted to get this opportunity from Puffin to terrify children with tales of awful made-up things that could happen.

I mean, are you completely sure that your cat isn't a baby dinosaur? In Stormbreaker, the first in the series, he pits his wits against a sinister organisation run by arch crook Darrius Sayle. To view other graphic novels click here. Alexander Mccall Smith Format: He spends some of the proceeds on tickets to the cinema and particularly likes musicals. When he accidentally stumbles onto a real film set, his special talent is suddenly revealed: It makes him a local celebrity then, with the help of his friend Mr Ram, Hari uses his gift to spread happiness further afield.

With his mother badly injured and in a coma he goes to stay with his uncle in his strange, crumbling house. Fast-moving, with a great sense of the natural world as well as hints at supernatural beings — good and bad — this is a thoroughly satisfying tale of young people saving the day. Other authors creating addictive and irresistible page-turners for young readers include Steve Cole, Liz Pichon and Jim Smith. October Book of the Month In a nutshell: Jimmy is determined to follow his dream of a company run by kids for kids, despite the scepticism of parents, teachers and the bank.

Maddy is a warm, thoroughly engaging central character, with just a touch of the Emma Woodhouse about her, and the ballet scenes will leave readers itching to stand at the barre. A different take on the football story, this is fun and easy to read, and the banter between George and her mates is top division stuff.

But can he win over Miss Vowel, who seems to care more for her growing collection of school pets than any of her pupils? Guy hascreated a wonderfully grotesque cast of characters, headed up of course by awful Aidan, for whom I have a ridiculous soft spot, horrid creature though he is. A special 15th anniversary edition of this award-winning classic adventure from Eva Ibbotson in which orphaned Maia travels from England to the Amazon with her governess. Journey to the River Sea is about orphaned London schoolgirl, Maia, who, accompanied by her strict but kind governess, is sent to live with her ghastly relatives in South America.

Unlike her nature-phobic relatives, Maia loves her exotic, colourful new world. This is a journey of the spirit as well as the globe and the way Maia unfurls like a flower with each new adventure and encounter is one of the many reasons Journey to the River Sea is a classic. A warm, joyous book to be enjoyed by any generation. Orphaned Maia is sent off to stay with her relatives far, far away in the heart of the Amazon jungle.

As the horror of that is sinking in, the situation gets even more frightening and he meets a dangerous girl who is able to control others with her thoughts. Each title has a host of unique accessibility features to offer cracking reads to more children including reluctant and struggling readers and those with dyslexia or visual stress. Here at Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting the best of their new and backlist titles to recommend to you.

This time the Kidds are in Russia and hot on the trail of some missing masterpieces of the art world. Chapter are short but always full of action, and full of appealing illustrations too. The Kidds are a fun bunch of people to spend time with and kid readers will feel well and truly part of the action. This is fiction to get even the most reluctant readers avidly turning the pages.

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Each child has an obvious revolting characteristic and each of their stories is hugely disgusting, richly inventive and cheeringly anarchic. Walliams has created a unique take on the classic cautionary tale. There is a huge emphasis on surreal humour in this book. I hope children around the world will enjoy it, even the most reluctant reader. These stories are a joy and will have children everywhere reading all summer long. Only David Walliams could deliver such a wonderful book as such a terrific surprise. In a short book of less than 80 pages Malorie Blackman delivers an exciting, incisive story with a credible, interesting central character and powerful message about the importance of taking a stand and fighting for what you believe in.

Michela travels through space with her people on an Alliance spaceship commanded by her mother. Like all her friends she wears a Peace Maker non-aggression gadget. When an apparently hostile spaceship demands they put forward a champion or face destruction, Michela steps up, with surprising results. The background is vividly described, and fascinating, whether you know your nunchaku from your shuriken or not, and Chris Bradford is an expert at keeping the tension high.

That means Martin is always in trouble of one kind or another. What would you do? When Martin asks his friend Padraic for advice about changing the gender balance in the Moone family home, Padraic suggest finding a IF — imaginary friend. Martin is hilarious as he tells of his search for a suitable choice. Just what a kind of a person should he pick? This time the wormhole drops all three into , i. Everyone thinks they know what it's like, going to school. But have you ever wondered what life must be like at a boarding school?

A school for young offenders? A school for the blind? With her trademark humour, insight, sensitivity and razor-sharp wit, Anne Fine explores these different worlds in a short story collection that will fascinate young readers. With crazy inventions, disappearing socks, half-men half-frogs, a moon chameleon invasion and, of course, plenty of super-sonic bottom burps, this is the gang's most explosive adventure yet! Can they stop an alien invasion in its tracks, or is this actually the end of the world? Wimpy Kid fans will love this new boy-diary with a difference.

Saddled with the name Timmy Failure, our narrator has clearly been dealt a tough hand. Luckily, he has a perky temperament and is not easily deflected from his ambitions. Timmy founds Total Failure Inc, the best detective agency in town. Scroll down to read more reviews The boy at the centre of the story — we never learn his name — is poor, lonely and bullied by other children because of his selective mutism. The dog he rescues from a car crash that has killed its owner is subject to its own set of painful compulsions, finding out why is one of the surprises and rewards of the story.

This will absorb readers, from the opening page to its warm, uplifting final line. His life is quite literally an uphill struggle, but his instinct to help others leads him to a healing bond with an extraordinary little dog and ultimately to find his voice again. He doggedly persists until he achieves his goals — working hard to understand what the little dog is trying to communicate to him. The final twist of the story highlights the lightness of touch and humour throughout. I have had a number of different occupations over the last fifty years: A Different Dog draws on many experiences in these fields.

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And of course, it also draws on my own childhood. It was a matter of putting my hand into the lucky dip of my own mind. One of the influences on a writer would have to be the books that he or she has read themselves. But somewhere in the back of our minds are tucked the stories we have enjoyed in the past. Of the books that I loved when I was aged between thirteen and fifteen I can think of three which I turn back to and read again and again. They are still readily available more than fifty years later. Teenagers and adults love these stories.

I still have my old copies and like to look at their torn and worn covers which beckon me from years gone by. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. A boy and a runaway slave on the Mississippi River. How I wished I was on that raft. And little did I know that I would still be amazed by their wonderful adventures all these years later.

The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico. A girl, a bird and disabled man feature in this moving story. When you finish it you just know that there is an untold truth hinted at within the main story and it makes you think for weeks after you have read it. This is a lovely story about a boy, an old man and a fish. I can tell you how I think A Different Dog came into being. When I was eight years old, I had to bury a dead dog. This unpleasant memory was the starting point for my new book. I began writing about how I felt while I was digging the grave for the poor animal.

But as the story developed I dropped this bit out altogether and came up with a dog named Chase that was alive but very strange indeed. As the wrapping paper came off, something else revealed itself and the story changed completely. It was not about death any more but had ended up being about … Well, what do you think? Lionel and the Lion's Share Published: August Lionel the lion always get the lion's share This Zoo is Not for You Published: June Who knew a trip to the zoo could cause such a hullabaloo?

May Help Carter, the crocodile hero of bestselling Open Very Carefully , find his way home in this interactive picture book. March Miss Moon is taking her class on a moonlit nature walk, but someone is NOT listening carefully The Prince and the Pee Published: March A pant-wettingly funny tale, perfect for anyone whoever forgot to 'go' before leaving the house February A perfect bedtime book for comforting sleepy little bunnies who don't like been left alone when it's time to turn the lights out. February A charming, tongue-in-cheek book for dinosaur lovers young and old.

Goldilocks and the Three Potties Published: February Even fairy-tale characters have to go through potty training! The Treasure of Pirate Frank Published: January A pirate treasure-hunt adventure full of fun and surprises, the perfect picture book for every little adventurer. January Help Leon the chameleon find the perfect match in this neon-coloured, interactive picture book! That Bear Can't Babysit Published: January A charming, funny story for all children who've ever teased a babysitter or refused to go to bed. Edgar and the Sausage Inspector Published: December It's hard to say no to a rat in a hat!

Harvey the Hero Published: December Not just anyone can be a hero The Winter Fox Published: October A heartwarming Christmas tale of friendship and generosity in a beautiful foiled package. The Princess and the Christmas Rescue Published: October A fabulously festive rhyming picture book celebrating the joy of giving and making!

I'm In Charge Published: September A romping rhyme about a rhino who makes the rules! September Dave love rock. Here Comes the Sun Published: September A reassuring picture book that will have little ones ready for a peaceful night's sleep. August A vibrant, humorous and warmhearted celebration of all the incredible things a dad can do. There's a Moose on the Loose Published: June Moose is on the loose and in a big hurry! The New Friend Published: June A brand new book in the popular series about the dramas of toddler life created by Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo which has sold more than two million copies world-wide.

Nothing Can Frighten a Bear Published: April A humorous, heart-warming tale for any little bears who think they might have heard a monster March Hilarious kitten antics bring playground behaviour to life in this in this funny tale about finding your own way. Don't Wake Up Tiger! March A beautifully designed, boldly illustrated picture book for the very young in which readers are encouraged to get involved in the story through tilting and shaking the book and even singing a lullaby! We Love Dinosaurs Published: March A vibrant celebration of dinosaurs in all shapes and sizes!

February Join everyone's favourite band of dinosaurs as they set sail on the high seas in search of treasure. Little Mouse's Big Breakfast Published: January Little Mouse is looking for the perfect breakfast, but he's not the only one January Exploring the loving relationship between animal parents and their babies, and featuring a tenderly-told rhyming text and heartwarming illustrations, these beautifully designed, padded picture books will be become firm bedtime favourites.

December A charming book about books featuring the adorable and unusual Baxter, who dreams of starring in a book, but discovers that isn't quite as simple as it seems. December A laugh-out-loud story about a restless caveman who discovers there really is no place like home. The Diamond Chase Published: December A thief strikes at the grand ball, but can Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam catch the culprit before he scarpers?

November A warm and gorgeous tale about unlikely friends, following dreams and realising there's just no place like home. Christmas for Greta and Gracie Published: November A cute and hilarious picture book about two siblings sharing the excitement of the run-up to Christmas. There's a Bear on My Chair Published: October With echoes of Dr Seuss, this joyously illustrated picture book by a multi-award-winning talent is perfect for sharing. September Exploring the loving relationship between animal parents and their babies, and featuring a tenderly-told rhyming text and heartwarming illustrations, these beautifully designed, padded picture books will be become firm bedtime favourites.

The Mystery of the Haunted Farm Published: September Strange and spooky things are happening down on the farm, and Farmer Greg knows exactly who to call - Ghost-hunters! August Everyone's favourite machine-loving dinosaurs are back! July Everyone knows that the very last story before bed is best of all. Funny Face Sunny Face Published: June Celebrating all things toddler, this delightful book bursts with fun and laughter, and is a joy to read aloud.

May A beautifully designed, boldly illustrated picture book for the very young in which readers are encouraged to get involved in the story through tilting and shaking the book. Baby That Roared Published: April Mr and Mrs Deer would love to have a baby, and one day their wish comes true: The Cat Burglar Published: April Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam are the two hapless robber dogs who decided on a career-change after one bungled burglary too many.

Who Woke the Baby? March It's early morning in the jungle and little gorilla is NOT happy. February A gentle, reassuring tale which is perfect for all little ones who are about to start school. January From acclaimed illustrator Ed Bryan, this magical retelling of the world's favourite fairy tale is perfect for sharing with the very young. Jack and the Beanstalk Published: Little Red Riding Hood Published: Love Always Everywhere Published: January A joyful, inspirational book that celebrates love in its many forms. All Year Round Published: January Designed to stimulate speech and build vocabulary, this busy book is full of familiar scenes and fascinating detail.

The Three Little Pigs Published: January This hilarious and beautiful retelling of the classic children's fairy tale is sure to get everyone in the family giggling. December Think you know the story of Cinderella? The Fairiest Fairy Published: December A charming rhyming story with an uplifting message about a fairy called Betty who never quite seems to get things right.

Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten Published: November With sparkly glitter on every page, this tactile treat from a new picture book talent follows Princess Penelope's search for her mischievous kitten. November Another fabulously funny picture book for every little girl who knows that she can save the day better than any boy! Big Monster Snoreybook Published: November With masses of monsters to spot and an awesome onomatopoeic text, this is a book that will be enjoyed over and over again.

Snow Bunny's Christmas Gift Published: October From the creator of the highly-acclaimed Snow Bunny's Christmas Wish comes this brand new tale about the little bunny with a big heart, and the true gift of friendship. The Princess and the Giant Published: August A gorgeous rhyming picture book about the power of bedtime stories. Look and Say Published: August Pip and Posy are back in a story about the dramas of toddler life, created by Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo. A Lullaby for Little One Published: August A beautifully lyrical lullaby illustrated by internationally acclaimed artist, Charles Fuge.

Around the World Published: May This picture book for the very young features ten Littleland friends - join them on a fantastic voyage of discovery around the world. Use Your Imagination Published: April An inventive, entertaining story about how an imaginative rabbit outwits a wolf and becomes the hero of his own adventure. Because I Love You Published: April A charming and delightful story, beautifully illustrated and foiled throughout, about a mother's love, that will warm the hearts of readers young and old!

Toot Goes to Dinosaurland Published: February This adorably inquisitive new character from a much-loved picture book team is perfect for dinosaur-mad pre-schoolers. January Dinosaurs, rescue vehicles and adventure combine in this absolutely winning picture book. The Princess and the Presents Published: January A comic tale for pampered princesses everywhere, from the best-selling creators of The Princess and the Peas. Captain Beastlie's Pirate Party Published: August With buckets of yuck appeal and a cast of larger than life characters, this laugh-out-loud, rip-roaring romp of a pirate story is packed with dynamic illustrations from award-winning illustrator Chris Mould.

July A warm and witty picture book about a young girl and a troll who both feel a bit out of place.

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June The third hilarious adventure in this picture book series about a little girl whose Granny is shhh, whisper it! All Day Long Published: March Designed to stimulate speech and build vocabulary, this busy book is full of familiar scenes and fascinating detail.

The Big Balloon Published: February The fourth book of a series about the dramas of toddler life created by Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo which has sold more than two million copies world-wide. Just Right for Two Published: January A beautiful, heartwarming picture book celebrating the importance of friendship. December Digger Dog loves to dig - with diggers! November A paperback edition of a Pip and Posy story about the dramas of toddler, life created by Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo which has sold more than two million copies world-wide.

Open Very Carefully Published: October What would you do if you were settling down for a quiet bedtime story and you realised that a crocodile had fallen out of one story and into yours and was - not to put too fine a point on it - furious? Snow Bunny's Christmas Wish Published: October One snowy Christmas Eve, a small bunny goes in search of Santa to ask him to make her Christmas wish come true.

Whizz, Pop, Granny Stop! October There is more trouble afoot for the little girl whose granny is still whisper it a witch, whom we first met in Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble. Guinea Pig Party Published: September Count to ten and back again with the world's sweetest guinea pigs at a party featuring presents, cakes and games galore! June The dinosaurs are back and this time they're revving, roaring and racing.

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The Princess and the Peas Published: June For royally fussy eaters everywhere, a wittily told rhyming take on a classic fairytale. The Little Puddle Published: March Pip and Posy are friends most of the time! The Super Scooter Published: Goldilocks and Just the One Bear Published: February Many years have passed since Goldilocks caused chaos at the Bears' house in the woods, but what happens when Little Bear as was wanders out of his fairytale and into the big city where Goldilocks now lives? Just Right For Christmas Published: November Rhythmical writing and vibrant, energetic pictures bring to life this lovely story with a Christmas message that giving is as fun as receiving.

Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble Published: October If your granny was a little bit, well, different from other grannies, would you want to change her? December A fantastic picture book that combines a little boy's two favourite things: Kathryn Heyman's tips for writers Alex Miller: Powerpoint slides for lecturers TIFF www.

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