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The Smartest Giant in Town Anniversary Edition, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Sheffler, published by Macmillan Children’s Books
A new, limited edition of the modern classic The Smartest Giant in Town.

George wished he wasn’t the scruffiest giant in town. So when he sees a new shop selling giant-sized clothes, he decides it’s time for a new look: smart trousers, smart shirt, stripy tie, shiny shoes. Now he’s the smartest giant in town . . . until he bumps into some animals who desperately need his help – and his clothes! Join George on his journey in this special anniversary edition.

Children will love this funny and big-hearted tale from the unparalleled picture- book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. The Smartest Giant in Town 15th Anniversary Edition comes complete with early never-before-seen drawings from Axel’s sketchbook, a letter from Julia detailing where George the Giant and his story came from, and a shiny foiled cover. An absolute must for all The Smartest Giant in Town fans!

lr-rgb-oddsocksOdd Socks, by Michelle Robinson and Rebecca Ashdown, published by Andersen Press
Odd Socks is an epic love story that starts in a sock drawer, from award-winning author Michelle Robinson and up-and-coming illustrator Rebecca Ashdown.

Suki and Sosh love their life. Each day they go to work together on their pair of feet, and each night they snuggle together in their sock drawer. But then disaster strikes: Sosh spots that Suki has a hole. Darn it! Sure enough, his warm, woolly wife starts to unravel, until one day Suki is nowhere to be found. The rest of the underwear warn him not to go it alone – no one likes an odd sock. But Sosh swears to find her.

This warm woolly adventure will capture your heart!

Download the Odd Socks activity sheets: how to make a sock puppet, a Valentines card, and a pairing game.

Be Brave, Little Penguin, written by Giles Andreae and illustrated Guy Parker-Rees, published by Orchard Books be-brave-little-penguin
Be Brave Little Penguin is the eagerly awaited new picture book from the creators of the bestselling Giraffe’s Can’t Dance. Written in true Giles Andreae style, this feel-good rhyming story portrays a positive message about confidence and self-esteem.

Little Penguin Pip-Pip would love to join in with all his friends swimming in the sea, but there’s just one problem . . . he’s scared of water. Can Pip-Pip overcome his fears and finally take the plunge? This irresistible story shows that sometimes all it takes is a little bit of encouragement – and a whole lot of heart – to finally make that leap!

Illustrated with humour and warmth by Guy Parker Rees, this touching tale will soon become a new family favourite.

captain-mcgrew-wants-you-for-his-crewCaptain McGrew Wants You For His Crew! by Mark Sperring & Ed Eaves, published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Meet Captain McGrew:
He’s in need of a crew
to do all those jobs
that pirate crews do.

Can you sploosh down the poop deck? Get up that rig? Find X marks the spot and get ready to dig?

Could this be the job for you?

A rollicking tale of some kids who just might find that being a pirate isn’t quite as fun as they think! By a super commercial author and illustrator pairing with combined sales of over 230,000 in the UK alone.

Mark Sperring studied at Bath Academy of Art and Camberwell College of Art before working as a printer and a bookseller, and later becoming a children’s book author. Mark is the author of The Shape of My Heart, Snappy Birthday, Dino-Mummy, Dino-Baby, Dino-Daddy and Four Silly Skeletons (Bloomsbury), Captain Buckleboots on the Naughty Step (Puffin) and The Sunflower Sword (Andersen). He lives in Bristol.

Ed Eaves has been working as an illustrator since 2000, when he graduated from Kingston University in Surrey with a first class honours degree. Ed is the award-winning illustrator of Welcome to Alien School and How to Grow a Dinosaur (both published by Simon & Schuster). Ed now lives in a village on the Kent coast with his wife and fellow illustrator Rebecca Finn and their two dogs.

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This Bear That Bear, by Sian Wheatcroft, published by Templar this-bear-that-bear-jacket
In this colourful, energetic tale, Little Bear and his dad enjoy a fun day out at the bear parade.

Who will Little Bear see there? Will it be ‘This bear, that bear, likes to wear a hat bear?’ One thing is for sure – the day will be full of surprises!

A joyous celebration of bears in all shapes, sizes and styles by a new talent.

abc-love-copyABC Love, by Christiane Engel, published by Walter Foster Jr.
ABC Love pairs each letter of the alphabet with a word that teaches young children about important concepts like love, acceptance, affection, values and warmth. A fun family read with playful, rhyming text, ABC Love makes learning the alphabet interactive and fun for preschool children and older. Its engaging illustrations and text promote togetherness between children and their family and encourages them to act out each “love list” item, including everything from “embrace” for the letter “E” and “laugh” for “L” to “trust” for “T.”

Christiane Engel is an award-winning illustrator and published author. Her work can be found in a huge variety of children’s books all over the world, including a children’s bible and atlas. https://chengel.myportfolio.com/

I Don’t Know What to Call My Cat, written Simon Philip and illustrated by Ella Bailey, published by Simon & Schuster i-dont-know-what-to-call-my-cat
Every cat needs a name. One name, one word, just a sound . . . It should be easy to choose one, right? WRONG!!! I just don’t know what to call my cat!

Choosing the right name for a new pet is very important! Find out just what this cat’s name turns out to be in this clever and witty story from an exciting debut author and talented young illustrator.

also-an-octopusAlso an Octopus, by Maggie Tokunda-Hall and Benji Davies, published by Walker Books
Every story starts with nothing, so . . .  why not an octopus who wants to fly in a spaceship? A delightfully meta picture book that will set imaginations soaring.

From Benji Davies, the illustrator of The Storm Whale and Grandad’s Island, comes a metafictive story about . . . how to build a story! First, a story needs a character. So why not a ukulele-playing octopus? And since this is a story, the octopus has to want something – maybe it dreams of travelling to faraway galaxies in a purple spaceship. But every character needs an obstacle to overcome, and when the octopus sets out to build its own spaceship out of glue, umbrellas, glitter and waffles. . . well, he doesn’t have much luck. Could there be another character that could help? Debut author Maggie Tokuda-Hall sets up a funny, smart and warm-hearted story all about storytelling, then hands the baton to imaginative readers, who will be more than prepared to take it away.

Click here to win a copy of Also an Octopus and a limited edition print.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Baby Record Book, published by Puffin very-hungry-caterpillar-record-book
Show your very special baby how much you love them by recording all the fascinating details of their first year from bump to birth and beyond. Includes a keepsake envelope and places to stick pictures, all in a beautiful box. With a luxury padded, embroidered cover, this book is a perfect baby shower gift.

theres-a-pig-up-my-noseThere’s a Pig Up My Nose, by John Dougherty & Laura Hughes, published by Egmont
When Natalie goes to school with her nose OINK-ing all day long, her classmates all have to work together to find a way to get a pig out of her nose! But how will they do it?

Dylan the Shopkeeper, by Guy Parker-Rees, published by Scholastic dylan-the-shopkeeper
Dylan the Shopkeeper is the second picture book in a series featuring an exuberant stripy dog who loves to play. Created by bestselling illustrator Guy Parker-Rees, Dylan uses playing and fun to help toddlers explore and understand their world. Today Dylan is playing at being a shopkeeper. It’s all great fun, until his friends, Jolly Otter and Purple Puss, decide they want to be shopkeepers, too! Join in with the story with Dylan’s friend, Dotty Bug!

more-hugsSAGO Mini books: More Hugs, Jinja’s Surprise! and Wake and Sleep, published by Studio Game
Join the popular SAGO mini characters in their various endeavours and become immersed in their colourful world through stories of happiness, sadness and tiredness, themes that are relatable to both parent and child.

In More Hugs! readers are encouraged to think about ways to cheer up Hugbot and give him hugging energy when he is feeling worn out. While in Jinja’s Surprise they can join the characters as they plan a surprise party for Jinja. Lastly, in Wake and Sleep use the interactive lift-the-flap pages to help wake up the SAGO Mini characters.

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Plenty of Love to Go Round, by Emma Chichester Clarke, published by Red Fox Picture Books plenty-of-love-to-go-round
Plumdog is back in her second adventure – and this time there is a pesky cat to contend with.

When Binky the cat moves in next door, Plum can’t understand why everyone likes him so much. But she soon learns that there’s no need to be jealous and there’s plenty of love to go round.

Inspired by her hugely popular Plumdog Blog, this charming story explores how to deal with feelings of jealousy.

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