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The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie - £5.99
Imagine if you could grow dragons ... in your very own garden! A wonderfully funny and sparky series!  When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of this grandpa's garden, he doesn't think much of it. But he takes the funny fruit fro ... more
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Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow - £6.99
Elephant wants to play hide and seek. You can play too, but you’ll have to try your best – he’s VERY good!   Have You Seen Elephant is an absurd and heart-warming picture book from a brilliant storyteller with perfect comic timing. Watch ... more
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Chocolate Cake by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Kevin Waldron - £6.99
When I was a boy, I had a favourite treat. It was when my mum made...   CHOCOLATE CAKE!   Ohhh! I LOVED chocolate cake.   Fantastically funny and full of silly noises, this is Michael Rosen's love letter to every child's favourite treat, c ... more
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The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge - £6.99
It’s Maisie’s birthday and she can’t wait to open her presents. She’s hoping for the things she needs to build her own nuclear reactor. But she wakes to an empty house and outside the front door is nothing but a terrifying, all-consuming blac ... more
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Dear Martin by Nic Stone - £7.99
Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.  Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League – but none of that matters to the police officer who just pu ... more
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Outfoxed by Claudia Boldt - £8.99
Harold is unlike any other fox. He hates the thought of eating chicken, for one thing, and he wants to be a detective when he grows up.  When Harold’s father challenges him to catch his first chicken, Harold finds himself faced with a dilemma — ... more
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The Day War Came by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb - £10.00
A powerful and necessary picture book – the journey of a child forced to become a refugee when war destroys everything she has ever known.  Imagine if, on an ordinary day, war came. Imagine it turned your town to rubble. Imagine going on a long ... more
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Bingo Love by Tee Franklin, Jenn St-Onge and Joy San - £8.99
When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families.   Decades later, now in their mid-’60s, Hazel an ... more
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Feminist Baby Finds Her Voice! (Board Book) by Loryn Brantz - £10.99
Feminist Baby is learning to talk She says what she thinks and it totally rocks! Feminist Babies stand up tall “Equal rights and toys for all!”   Feminist Baby is back for more adventures - with new friends in tow! - in this refresh ... more
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This Is Sadie (Board Book) by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by Julie Morstad - £6.99
Sadie is a little girl with a big imagination. She has been a girl who lived under the sea and a boy raised by wolves. She has had adventures in wonderland and visited the world of fairytales. She whispers to the dresses in her closet and talks to bi ... more
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Sunny and the Mysteries of Osisi by Nnedi Okorafor - £7.99
Sunny Nwazue is back in this gripping sequel to Nnedi Okorafor's What Sunny Saw in the Flames.  Sunny has settled into life at the Leopard Society, with friends Orlu, Chichi and Sasha. Her magic powers continue to grow under the tutelage of h ... more
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Greta Zargo and the Amoeba Monsters from the Middle of the Earth by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton - £6.99
Greta Zargo doesn't know it, but once again she is about to unwittingly and unknowingly save the world...   Intrepid young schoolgirl-turned-reporter Greta Zargo is always in search of a Big Scoop and for once there are plenty of strange going ... more
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Make More Noise! by Various authors - £7.99
"You have to make more noise than anybody else"(Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the British Suffragette movement) An incredible collection of brand new short stories, from ten of the UK’s very best storytellers, celebrating inspirational girls ... more
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We Wear Pants by Katie Abey - £6.99
Pandas wearing pants? Surely not! And what about wombats wearing wellies, sloths in socks, or even giraffes wearing scarves? Whatever you do today...don't forget to get dressed! For any parent who has ever struggled to get their kids dressed - thi ... more
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Ottoline and the Purple Fox by Chris Riddell - £6.99
Ottoline is back in Ottoline and the Purple Fox, a beautifully illustrated adventure from former Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell.   Ottoline and Mr Munroe love puzzles, clues and mysteries. One day, they meet an enigmatic purple fox, who of ... more
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Inkheart by Cornelia Funke - £7.99
Meggie loves stories, but her book-binding father, Mo, hasn't read aloud to her since her mother mysteriously disappeared some years ago.   When a stranger who knows her father knocks at their door, Mo is forced to reveal an extraordinary secr ... more
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Arthur Bee Has a Secret by Shaun Millea, illustrated by Carole Chevalier - £7.99
Arthur Bee has a secret!   It's a secret that he's too embarrassed to talk about. It's secret that bees aren't expected to have, and the whole beehive is affected.   How will Queen Bee react when she finds out Arthur's secret? ... more
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A Rule is to Break: a Child's Guide to Anarchy by John & Jana - £10.99
Simply celebrating childhood: the joy, the wonder of discovery, the spontaneity, and strong emotions. . . . Wild Child is free to do as she pleases. A Rule Is To Break: A Child's Guide to Anarchy follows Wild Child as she learns about just being hers ... more
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - £7.99
A powerful and brave YA novel about what prejudice looks like in the 21st century. "A stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time."(John Green, No. 1 New York Times bestseller) Sixteen-year-old ... more
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The Tale of Angelino Brown by David Almond, illustrated by Alex T. Smith - £6.99
A warm and witty tale from a master storyteller, author of Carnegie Medal-winning Skellig and internationally bestseller The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas.   Bert and Betty Brown have got themselves a little angel. Bert found him in his top pocke ... more
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Listen to the Music from Around the World (Board Book) by Marion Billet - £7.99
Adults and children alike will be enchanted by this stunning new addition to the popular Listen to the... board book series.  Aimed at the very young, this book has a button on every spread, which triggers one of six different types of instrumen ... more
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Under the Love Umbrella by Davina Francesca Bell Allison Colpoys - £6.99
Whatever you fear, come close my dear You’re tucked in safe for always here And I will never not be near Because of our love umbrella   From this award-winning creative duo comes a book about the wonder of ever-present love. A stunnin ... more
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Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Lauren Tobia - £6.99
Bouquets of babies sweet to hold: cocoa-brown, cinnamon, and honey gold. Ginger-coloured babies, peaches and cream, too – splendid skin for me, splendid skin for you! A delightfully rhythmical read-aloud text is paired with bright, bustling art fro ... more
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Little Feminist Board Book Set by Lydia Ortiz and Emily Kleinman - £12.99
Mudpuppy's Little Feminist Board Book Set is comprised of colorfully illustrated portraits of real women who have made a historical impact on the world.   Illustrations by Lydia Ortiz and words by Emily Kleinman introduce children to these im ... more
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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor - £10.99
Affectionately dubbed "the Nigerian Harry Potter," Akata Witch weaves together a heart-pounding tale of magic, mystery, and finding one's place in the world.  Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are Afr ... more
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My Feminist ABC (Board Book) by Irene Pizzolante - £6.99
A board book written and illustrated for the next generation of feminists.   E is for Equal Rights, F is for Feminism, G is for Girl Power and also for Grit. This inspiring board book teaches little ones an esteemed alphabet of female (and hu ... more
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Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present by Jamia Wilson, illustrated by Andrea Pippins - £14.99
Meet 52 icons of color from the past and present in this celebration of inspirational achievement — a collection of stories about changemakers to encourage, inspire and empower the next generation of changemakers.   Jamia Wilson has careful ... more
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The Wooden Camel by Wanuri Kahiu, illustrated by Manuela Adreani - £7.99
*NOMINATED FOR THE KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL 2018* *21 MUST READS for EMPATHY by EmpathyLabUK and The Sunday Times* *SLJ Books to Celebrate Black History Month*   Etabo dreams of being a camel racer. One day he might even beat his older broth ... more
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The Gruffalo Spring and Summer Nature Trail by Julia Donaldson - £7.99
Calling all nature explorers! Grab your wellies and learn all about the natural world around you with this colourful spotter guide. The Gruffalo Spring and Summer Nature Trail is packed with fun spring and summer themed outdoor activities and hundred ... more
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Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks, illustrated by Quinton Winter - £17.99
A beautiful and inspiring collection of stories about boys who changed the world without killing a single dragon or saving a single princess. "This book can save lives. This book can change lives. This book can help to bring forth another generati ... more
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The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler - £7.99
Fifteen-year-old Virginia feels like a fat, awkward outsider in her perfect family, especially next to her golden-boy big brother Byron. She's got a lot to deal with – her weight, her best friend moving away, the mean girls at school – not to men ... more
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Corpse Talk: Ground-Breaking Women by Adam and Lisa Murphy - £9.99
The second amazing thematic Corpse Talk book - all about the most amazing women from history ever!  Adam Murphy interviews the dead famous women who changed the world - getting their stories straight from the corpses' mouths! Reading Corpse Talk ... more
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How to Say 'I Love You' in 5 Languages (Board Book) by Kenard Pak - £8.99
Learn to say 'I Love You' in French, Japanese, Mandarin, English and Spanish with this fun press and listen board book.  Meet a child from each country who loves a different person, from George in England who loves his dog, to Jia in China who l ... more
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Franklin's Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell - £11.95
A spellbinding story about the magic of books for children aged 3+   Franklin the dragon loves stories and loves reading stories to people too, but everyone is too scared to even look at him. One day he meets a girl named Luna who, far from be ... more
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The Drum by Ken Wilson-Max, illustrated by Catell Ronca - £9.99
This is the drum. This is the beat. Clap your hands. Stomp your feet!  Babies love song, rhythm and dance. Come along and step to the beat in Tiny Owl’s new Children. Music. Life. series created by the award-winning picture book author and art ... more
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Women in Sport: Fifty Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win by Rachel Ignotofsky - £12.99
This book is filled with stories of women who achieved their greatest dreams - women who pushed themselves to the limit, did the impossible and became legends.  Women in Sport celebrates the success of the tough, bold and fearless women who p ... more
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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison - £12.99
This beautifully illustrated book introduces reader of all ages to 40 women who changed the world.   Featuring forty trailblazing black women in American history, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of breaking boundari ... more
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Neon Leon by Jane Clarke, illustrated by Britta Teckentrup - £6.99
Everyone knows that chameleons are the best at fitting in. But not Leon. Leon is neon! In fact, he’s SO bright that he keeps all the other chameleons awake at night. But poor Leon is lonely, so he goes off in search of somewhere he can blend in.&nb ... more
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Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2 by Elana Favilli and Francesca Cavallo - £25.00
The sequel to the sensational New York Times bestseller, inspiring girls around the world to dream bigger, aim higher and fight harder.  Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 is a entirely new collection of one hundred bedtime stories that celebrate ... more
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Far-Flung Adventures: Hugo Pepper by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell - £6.99
A brilliantly inventive, fabulously illustrated addition to the Far-Flung Adventure series from the award-winning, bestselling author and illustrator team, Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell.   Set in the same world as Fergus Crane and Corby Floo ... more
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Far-Flung Adventures: Corby Flood by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell - £6.99
Corby Flood and her family are about to set sail on the rather ramshackle cruise ship, the S.S. Euphonia. Her boisterous brothers might not have noticed that anything is wrong, but Corby is highly observant and has a lot of time for note-taking and e ... more
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Everyone by Christopher Silas Neal - £6.99
Happy one moment and sad the next – everyone has feelings.   A first book of mindfulness and feelings, award-winning illustrator Christopher Silas Neal invites young readers to explore how we feel what we feel, and how everyone else feels i ... more
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Vanilla Ice Cream by Bob Graham - £6.99
The story of a traveller free to go where he pleases, of a journey, and of how life can take wild and curious paths.   Endorsed by Amnesty International.   In this beautifully illustrated story, Bob Graham shows how all the creatures a ... more
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Little Red Reading Hood by Lucy Rowland, illustrated by Ben Mantle - £6.99
Whilst leaving footpaths should NEVER be done, Straying from stories is all sorts of fun!   Little Red Reading Hood LOVES reading books and making up stories of her own. When she meets a cunning wolf while on her way to the library, he ... more
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Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro, illustrated by Marian Lindsay - £4.99
With magical animals, science, mystery, and adventure -- the Zoey and Sassafras series has something for everyone! Easy-to-read language and illustrations on nearly every page make this series perfect for a wide range of ages.   In this first ... more
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The Last Polar Bears by Harry Horse - £4.99
Grandfather is off on an expedition to the North Pole to find the Last Polar Bears and with him goes Roo - a dog of character and strong views. The intrepid explorers set sail on the good ship Unsinkable and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. &n ... more
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Kick by Mitch Johnson - £6.99
Budi's plan is simple. He's going to be a star.  Budi's going to play for the greatest team on earth, instead of sweating over each stitch he sews, each football boot he makes.   But one unlucky kick brings Budi's world crashing down. ... more
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Wild by Emily Hughes - £6.99
Wild is the story of a little girl who has known nothing but nature from birth. Bears taught her to eat, birds to speak, foxes to play; she is unabashedly, irrefutably, irrepressibly Wild.  That is, until one day she meets a new animal that look ... more
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Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard - £6.99
Darkus is miserable. His dad has disappeared, and now he is living next door to the most disgusting neighbours ever.   A giant beetle called Baxter comes to his rescue. But can the two solve the mystery of his dad’s disappearance, especially ... more
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Dreaming the Bear by Mimi Thebo - £6.99
"When I get up, there's nobody home. Even Mum has gone out. The note says, 'I have to check my emails. I'll snowmobile to the meltline and be back soon. XX Mummy'. And I think, 'Good. I can feed my bear...'"   Darcy's life was never exactly ... more
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A Werewolf Named Oliver James by Nicholas John Frith - £6.99
On his way home one moonlit night, a strange thing happens to Oliver James: he unexpectedly turns into a werewolf! Suddenly, he can run faster than an express train! He can leap higher than tall buildings! He’s stronger than a lion! There’s only ... more
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