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The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis - £6.99
Aventurine is the fiercest, bravest kind of dragon, and she's ready to prove it to her family by leaving the safety of their mountain cave and capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human.   But when the human she captures tricks her into ... more
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Monster Cafe by Sean Leahy and Mihály Orodán - £9.99
In every town, there is one shop that always changes its face. In Stapleton, it was the very last shop in town.   Bib is an adventurous sort of a boy, so a new café wouldn’t faze him, even if it was run by monsters! Excited by the idea of ... more
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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison - £7.99
This beautifully illustrated book introduces readers 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 boundar ... more
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Planetarium (Junior Edition) by Raman Prinja, illustrated by Chris Wormell - £10.99
Welcome to Planetarium.   This museum is open all hours. It houses an incredible collection of astronomical objects, from small, icy moons to huge swirling galaxies. So how big is the Universe? How did it begin and what mysteries does it hold? ... more
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Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders by Kate Pankhurst - £6.99
Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, is back with a brand new wildly brilliant and accessible book about incredible women in the world of work.  What do you want to be when you grow up? It's a BIG question that everyone is asked ... more
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Wing Jones by Katherine Webber - £7.99
Debut novel about a mixed-race family hit by tragedy in 90s Atlanta, from a talented young writer.   For fans of David Levithan, Jandy Nelson and Rainbow Rowell: a sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA.  With a ... more
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Wisp: A Story of Hope by Zana Fraillon, illustrated by Grahame Baker Smith - £6.99
A refugee picture book of extraordinary power and beauty from the Amnesty CILIP Honour-winning author of The Bone Sparrow, Zana Fraillon, and Kate Greenaway Medal-winning illustrator Grahame Baker Smith.   Idris is a child refugee, born into a wor ... more
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Hedgehogs Don't Live in the City! by Lucy Reynolds and Jenna Herman - £7.99
‘A whistle and a purr make Grace stop in her tracks. Every time the leaves stir: 'Listen - what was that?'   Help Grace and Archie discover one prickly, precious creature as dusk begins to fall... ... more
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All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold, illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman - £6.99
No matter how you start your day, What you wear when you play, Or if you come from far away, All are welcome here.   Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcome. A school where children in patkas, hijab ... more
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Small Things by Mel Tregonning - £16.99
A stunning graphic novel from an extraordinarily talented illustrator. On the cusp of having everything slip from his grasp, a young boy has to find a way to rebuild his sense of self.   An ordinary boy in an ordinary world.   With no words, o ... more
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Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Steven Salerno - £13.99
In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today's wor ... more
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Just Breathe: Meditation, Mindfulness, Movement, and More by Mallika Chopra, illustrated by Brenna Vaughan - £9.99
For kids ages 8 to 12, this is an accessible and fun meditation and mindfulness how-to book filled with full-color illustrations, written by Mallika Chopra and with a foreword by Deepak Chopra.   Just Breathe is a fun and accessible, fully i ... 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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Once Upon a Snowstorm by Richard Johnson - £6.99
A wordless picture book by an exceptionally talented illustrator/animator to follow in the footsteps of The Snowman.   The story of a father and his son who live by themselves in a cosy cabin in the woods. But, one day they are separated out i ... more
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Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann - £6.99
A heart-warming story about helping outsiders that highlights the plight of polar bears in today’s changing climate – now in paperback!   When a polar bear arrives unexpectedly in the woods, the other animals fear and avoid him – and his ... more
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A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge - £7.99
Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2017.   Frances Hardinge weaves a dark, otherworldly tale in A Skinful of Shadows, her first book since the Costa Award-winning The Lie Tree.   When a creature dies, its spirit can go looking for som ... more
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Tidy by Emily Gravett - £6.99
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017  From the creator of Meerkat Mail and Dogs, comes a very funny rhyming woodland story about the perils of being too tidy.  Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all ... more
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100 Dogs by Michael Whaite - £6.99
Small dog, tall dog, playing with a ball dog, big dog, dig dog burying a bone...  Can there really be 100 dogs doing 100 doggy things packed into the pages of this picture book?  Yep, we've counted and we're pawsitive!  Follow ... more
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The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg - £12.99
It's Christmas Eve and the Jolly Postman is delivering greetings to everyone's favourite fairy-tale characters.  He has a card for Baby Bear, a game for Red Riding Hood, a get-well jigsaw for poor Humpty Dumpty and lots more packages to deliv ... more
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The Snowman: A new story inspired by the original story by Raymond Briggs by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Robin Shaw - £12.99
Beloved children's author Michael Morpurgo has re-imagined Raymond Briggs' classic The Snowman for a new generation of readers.  One December morning, James is thrilled to wake up to see snow falling.   He spends the whole day making his perfe ... more
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Once Upon a Wild Wood by Chris Riddell - £12.99
Little Green Raincape is on her way to Rapunzel's party, deep in the wild woods. The way is long and dark, but Green is a smart girl. Smart enough to turn down apples offered by kindly old ladies, smart enough to turn down travel advice from helpful ... more
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Power to the Princess: 15 Favourite Fairytales Retold with Girl Power by Vita Murrow, illustrated by Julia Bereciartu - £12.99
What if princesses didn’t always marry Prince Charming and live happily ever after? In this stunning anthology – elegantly presented in a red, clothbound hard cover with gold-toned metallic debossing – 15 favourite fairytales have been retold f ... more
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Little Leaders: Visionary Women Around the World by Vashti Harrison - £12.99
Meet the little leaders. They're brave. They're bold. They changed the world.  Did you know that WIFI was invented by a glamorous Hollywood star? Or that the first computer programmer was a woman born in 1816?   These amazing little l ... more
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Don't Call Me Princess! by Kate Evans - £9.99
A children's picture book which takes down the concept of 'princess'. Well-known cartoonist Kate Evans takes a punchy pop at six classical fairy tales: The Princess and the Pea, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel and The Litt ... more
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Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love - £11.99
A glimpse of three women dressed as mermaids leaves one boy filled with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.  Mesmerizing and full of heart, this is a picture book about self-confidence and love, and a radiant celebration of individuality.  ... more
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The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill - £15.99
From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of ... more
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Sweep by Louise Greig, illustrated by Júlia Sardà - £6.99
An uplifting story about confronting big emotions from the author of The Night Box, stunningly illustrated by Júlia Sardà.   Ed's bad mood begins as something really small, hardly a thing at all. But before long it grows, gathers pace, and spre ... more
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The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig, illustrated by Chris Mould - £9.99
A brand new story for younger readers from number one bestselling author Matt Haig, brilliantly illustrated throughout by Chris Mould. It’s Reasons to Stay Alive for children: helping kids to feel okay about who they are.   From number one bests ... more
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Stories for Kids Who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks, illustrated by Quinton Winter - £20.00
True, inspirational and amazing tales of boys and girls who stood up and stood out.   Björk, Dr Seuss, Whoopi Goldberg, Andy Warhol, Ellen MacArthur, Greta Gerwig, Andrea Bocelli, Hua Mulan... these are men and women who all dared to be diffe ... more
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Lulu Gets a Cat by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw - £7.99
Lulu really wants a cat. But Mummy says pets are a lot of work, so Lulu is eager to find out more...  She reads all about cats at the library. She takes care of her stuffed toys and shows Mummy how responsible she can be.  When she finally ... more
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What is Race? Who are Racists? Why Does Skin Colour Matter? And Other Big Questions by Claire Heuchan and Nikesh Shukla - £13.99
An important and timely book on race and racism, encouraging children to think for themselves about the issues involved.  Talk about race is often discouraged, but this book aims to bring everyone into the conversation. It explores the history ... more
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Grandma Bird by Benji Davies - £6.99
A tender and heart-warming new story from the world of The Storm Whale.   Noi isn’t at all sure about staying at Grandma’s. Grandma boils seaweed for soup, and there’s not much to do on the tiny island where she lives where the wind cuts in ... more
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Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan, illustrated by Karen Vaughan - £8.99
The highly acclaimed, multi-prize-winning collection of retold fairytales; Tangleweed and Brine from Deirdre Sullivan and illustrated by Karen Vaughan is now available in paperback and includes an exclusive new short story, ‘Waking Beauty’.  ... more
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An Anty-War Story by Tony Ross - £11.99
The only ant with his own name, Douglas is born into the wonderful Antworld and dreams of one day joining the line to hunt out food. But his superiors have other plans for him: Douglas is to be a soldier. They tell him his job is all about parading, ... more
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Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens by Marieke Nijkamp (Editor) - £13.99
This anthology explores disability in fictional tales told from the viewpoint of disabled characters, written by disabled creators. With stories in various genres about first loves, friendship, war, travel, and more, Unbroken will offer today's teen ... more
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Poems to Live Your Life By by Chris Riddell (illustrator) - £10.99
In Poems to Live Your Life By, Chris Riddell, political cartoonist for the Observer, has selected his very favourite classic and modern poems about life, death and everything in between.   This gorgeously illustrated collection includes forty-six ... more
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Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts - £8.99
Rosie Revere is no stranger to flops and fails, kerfuffles and catastrophes. After all, engineering is all about perseverance! But this time, Rosie has a really important project to tackle—one that feels much bigger than herself.  Rosie’s ... more
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Things You Find in a Poet's Beard by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Chris Riddell - £9.99
Things You Find in a Poet’s Beard is a collection of poems that have been shouted at children from schools to church halls. They are a curation of silly tales that have been illustrated and bound into a book.   Perhaps you’ll want to annoy yo ... more
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Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived - Amazing Tales for Future Time Lords by Christel Dee and Simon Guerrier - £16.99
Meet the women who run the Whoniverse.   From Sarah Jane Smith to Bill Potts, from Susan Foreman to the Thirteenth Doctor, women are the beating heart of Doctor Who. Whether they’re facing down Daleks or thwarting a Nestene invasion, these women ... more
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A Kid in My Class by Rachel Rooney, illustrated by Chris Riddell - £10.99
He’s not scared of nothing. Nobody. Never. Nah. Which means that he is. Tough kid. Not tough enough. I know - I once met his dad. ​  They’re all here... every kid in the class. The pushy one, the shy one. The whizz kid and th ... more
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Doctor Who: One Doctor, Two Hearts by Adam Howling - £7.99
Learn your 1, 2, 3 across the stars, with the help of the Doctor and friends!   One Doctor. Two Hearts. Three Knocks. Four Daleks...   A Doctor Who counting book with a timey-wimey twist on every page! Featuring Doctors, companions and m ... more
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Doctor Who: T is for TARDIS by Adam Howling - £7.99
A is for Angel. B is for Bow Tie. C is for Cyberman. D is for Doctor!   Featuring Doctors, companions and monsters both past and present, kids of all ages will love this Doctor Who alphabet book.   Includes stunning original illustratio ... more
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Toto the Ninja Cat and the Incredible Cheese Heist by Dermot O’Leary, illustrated by Nick East - £6.99
Toto is no ordinary cat, and she can't wait for you to join her on her SECOND ninja adventure! From one of the UK's best-loved broadcasters.   Toto, the amazing ninja cat, is back and cooler than ever! Toto is almost blind, but that doesn't s ... more
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The Good Guys: 50 Heroes Who Changed the World with Kindness by Rob Kemp, illustrated by Paul Blow - £12.99
A gloriously illustrated celebration of men who have changed the world with kindness and compassion.   A life-changing book that shows kids it's cool to be kind.   A gloriously illustrated celebration of heroes who have changed the worl ... more
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Voices of the Future: Stories from Around the World by Various authors - £14.99
A wonderful anthology of eight stories addressing children's rights and sustainable development, written by child authors from all around the world and produced in conjunction with UNESCO's Voices of Future Generations initiative.   UNESCO's Voice ... more
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Doctor Who: The Day She Saved the Doctor - Four Stories from the TARDIS by Susan Calman, Jenny T. Colgan, Jacqueline Rayner, and Dorothy Koomson - £12.99
The Doctor's Companion: A person who explores time and space with the Doctor, fights enemies with the Doctor, and often has to save the Doctor's life.  If it wasn't for the companions, the Doctor probably wouldn't have made it out of so many ... more
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Lily and the Polar Bears by Jion Sheibani - £6.99
One day Lily was playing on the beach with her Grandpa when she spotted something in the distance...  POLAR BEARS! Lots of polar bears! All floating on pieces of melting ice.   One evening, Lily is playing on the beach... And who should float in ... more
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Everybody's Welcome by Patricia Hegarty, illustrated by Greg Abbott - £7.99
Wouldn’t it be great if you could build a home that opened its doors to everyone – tall or short, fat or thin, rich or poor... Well, perhaps if everybody pitches in to help, one little mouse can achieve that dream.  This heart-warming sto ... more
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Girls Can Do Anything! by Caryl Hart and Ali Pye - £6.99
Do you want to climb a mountain? Drive a fire engine? Or maybe become the prime minister when you grow up? Well – the girls in this picture book know that they can do anything. And guess what: so can you!   Join a gang of go-getting girls f ... more
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Want to Play Trucks? by Ann Stott, illustrated by Bob Graham - £7.99
Jack likes trucks. Alex likes dolls. What will they play together? Their new favourite game, of course!  From Ann Stott and Bob Graham, the multi award-winning creator of Silver Buttons and A Bus Called Heaven, comes a story of friendship, pe ... more
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England: Poems from a School by Kate Clanchy (Editor) - £9.99
"Not just good for school children, but great by any standard’"(Phillip Pullman) Oxford Spires Academy is a small comprehensive school with 30 languages – and one special focus: poetry. In the last five years, its students have won every prize ... more
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