NEW BOOKS FOR 0-5 IN FEBRUARY

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A Busy Day for Birds, by Lucy Cousins, published by Walker Books
Flap your wings, fly up high, open your beak and sing in this fun action rhyme story about fantastical birds by multi-award-winning author Lucy Cousins. “Can you imagine . . . just for one day . . . you’re a busy bird? Yes, a bird! Hooray!” Can you stand on one leg like a flamingo or waddle like a penguin? How about say “cock-a-doodle-doo!”, “tuwit-tuwoo” and even “tra-la-la”? What a busy day you will have! A bouncy read-aloud book to be enjoyed; beautifully illustrated with bold, bright colours and packed with all sorts of wild and wonderful birds!

A Busy Day for BirdsGo behind the scenes with Lucy Cousin here

For fun activity sheets to keep little fingers busy click here

To win a limited edition print and copy of the book, click here

CurlyHairI Don’t Want Curly Hair, by Laura Ellen Anderson, published by Bloomsbury
NO! I do not want this BIG CURLY HAIR!

It’s messy and silly and just plain unfair.

 All Curly Haired Girl has ever wanted is straight and luscious locks, but when she meets a little girl with the smoothest, silkiest hair, who says all she’s ever wanted is spirally, squiggly hair, they are BOTH confused!

A hilarious tale about loving what we have. And hair, lots and lots of hair.

I Don’t Want Curly Hair! is glorious new picture book for little people who always want what they can’t have! From the brilliant Laura Ellen Anderson – illustrator of the bestselling Witch Wars series.

Take a look at an extract here

Laura Ellen Anderson has illustrated many picture books, including CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell’s Snowflakes and many others. She is also the creative tour de force behind Evil Emperor Penguin, and is the illustrator of Bloomsbury’s very own Witch Wars series, which has sold over 30,000 copies. Laura has also worked for Scholastic, Penguin Random House and Orchard Books. I Don’t Want Curly Hair is her first written and illustrated book with Bloomsbury. Laura lives in London.

www.lauraellenanderson.co.uk  @Lillustrator

If I Had a Dinosaur, written by Gabby Dawnay and illustrated by Alex Barrow, published by Thames & Hudson If I Had a Dinosaur
If I Had a Dinosaur is an imaginative new picture book from Thames & Hudson. Written by author and poet Gabby Dawnay and illustrated by the Art Director of OKIDO magazine Alex Barrow, this charming and witty story is sure to delight children aged 3+.

A little girl dreams of having her very own pet. But what kind of animal would make the best companion? A mouse is too small; a cat is too ordinary; and a fish is too… wet! As she plays with her toy dinosaur, inspiration strikes. What about a real, live dinosaur? She could ride it to school. It would need lots of food to eat, a swimming pool to drink from, and a dino flap so it could come and go. At the end of a day spent busily imagining, the girl trudges up to bed with her little plastic dinosaur. As she falls asleep, the dinosaur from her daydreams stands in the garden with its head poking through the bedroom window, making her dreams come true.

If I Had a Dinosaur spread

To read our exclusive blog about the inspiration behind If I Had a Dinosaur, click here. To win a copy, click here

Life is Magic, by Meg McLaren, published by Andersen Press HR-RGB-LifeIsMagic
Magician Monsieur Lapin is auditioning assistants and Houdini the rabbit is the obvious choice – he loves magic and knows how to take care of everyone and everything in the theatre. So one night when things go wrong, Houdini tries to carry on with the show . . . and unfortunately that spells rabbit-shaped disaster for his human magician.

Amazing Animal BabiesAmazing Animal Babies, by Chris Packham and Jason Cockcroft, published by Egmont
Every day, billions of animals are just starting out their lives. Travel around the globe and meet some incredible baby animals as they begin their journey through life in this beautiful, fact-filled non-fiction picture book by wildlife expert, Chris Packham.

Jane Foster’s Animal Sounds & Jane Foster’s Things That Go, by Jane Foster, published by Templar  Jane Foster's Animal Sounds Jacket Image
Jane Foster is back with two new bold and stylish board books, ready to introduce children to animal sounds and things that go. From hooting owls and mooing cows, to buzzing bees and splashing whales in Animal Sounds and beeping buses and zooming rockets in Things That Go, these charming introduction books are filled with vibrant, retro-inspired images and make the perfect gift for a new baby or first birthday.

Win a Jane Foster bundle here

9780141375182 I Can Only Draw WormsI Can Only Draw Worms, by Will Mabbitt, published by Puffin
This book is about worms. I can only draw worms. You might think worms are boring – but you’d be wrong. These worms have INCREDIBLE adventures! I can’t draw those bits, though, so you’ll have to imagine them.

A hilarious and superbly silly book that will have children in stitches and begging for more.

Love Is My Favourite Thing, by Emma Chichester Clarke, published by Jonathan Cape Love is my Favourite Thing 9780857551931
Plum has lots of favourite things: catching sticks, her bear, her bed – but really LOVE is her absolute favourite thing. She loves her family, and they love her. But trouble loves Plum too; sometimes she just can’t help doing slightly naughty things.

Will everyone still love Plum then?

An exuberant celebration of love, mischief and a very childlike joie-de-vivre.

Emma Chichester Clark began the website Plumdog Blog in 2012, chronicling the real-life adventures of her lovable “whoosell” (whippet, Jack Russell and poodle cross), Plum. Emma soon gained thousands of loyal Plumdog devotees, and in 2014 a book of the blog was published by Jonathan Cape. This picture book story is the first Plumdog book for children.

Everywhere Bear jacket imageThe Everywhere Bear, by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, published by Macmillan Children’s Books
The Everywhere Bear has a home on a shelf
But he doesn’t spend very much time by himself,
For each boy and girl in the class is a friend
And he goes home with one of them every weekend.

The Everywhere Bear has a wonderful time with the children in Class One, but one day he gets more than he bargained for when he falls unnoticed from a backpack and embarks on his own big adventure! He’s washed down a drain and whooshed out to sea, rescued by a fishing boat, loaded onto a lorry, carried off by a seagull . . . how will he ever make it back to Class One?

The Everywhere Bear is a warm and engaging story from Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb, the creators of The Paper Dolls, which has sold over 200,000 copies worldwide and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenway Medal.

Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory, by Elys Dolan, published by Oxford University Press 9780192746191_Mr Bunny
Industrialist factory owner Mr Bunny has ordered his hardworking factory staff to work all day and all night to crank chocolate production up to the max. As he sits behind his desk getting richer and richer, the workers are getting more and more fed up. Edgar, the quality control unicorn is finding more bad eggs than ever and Debbie the chicken has fallen into the giant chocolate vat. Will Mr Bunny learn the importance of fairness and teamwork before it’s too late?

I Love MY GrandadI Love My Grandad by Giles Andreae and Emma Dodd, published by Orchard Books
From the author of Giraffes Can’t Dance and the award-winning team behind I Love My Mummy and I Love My Daddy, comes a celebration of grandparents and the special role they play in family life. The joy of spending a fun-filled day with grandad is explored with true-to-life humour and lovely pictures. The perfect present for every family – on Grandparent’s Day, or indeed at any time of the year! – this book will delight time and time again.

From bestselling author Giles Andreae, whose rhyming text perfectly captures the joys of everyday family life; and award-winning illustrator, Emma Dodd, whose exuberant but tender illustrations delight children and their parents everywhere.

Norton and Alpha, by Kristyna Litten, published by Simon & Schuster Norton and Alpha Cover
Norton the Robot is intrigued by his discovery of a lone flower one day and sets about trying to care for it, with amusing and ultimately poignant results.

A new book from the acclaimed creator of Blue & Bertie, Kristyna Litten, about making friends, appreciating the wonder of nature, and seeing that sometimes there is more to life than it might seem.

Let's Find FredLet’s Find Fred, by Steven Lenton published by Scholastic Children’s Books
Every night, Stanley the zookeeper says goodnight to all of the animals and tucks them up in bed. But one night, he can’t find Fred… where could he be? With stunning, graphic artwork from rising star Steven Lenton, a novelty cover with moving eyes and a spectacular fold-out final spread, children will love spotting Fred as he hides at the market, in the park, at the funfair and, finally, at a panda-tastic black-and-white ball

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