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The Last Chip by Duncan Beedie, published by Templar

The third thought-provoking picture book from brilliantly creative and versatile author/illustrator Duncan Beedie, following on from The Bear Who Stared and The Lumberjack’s Beard.

Percy is a little pigeon, and he’s very hungry. Every time he tries to get hold of a scrap of food, bigger, beefier birds bat him away. He’s about to give up when someone offers him her very last chip.

Win a copy of The Last Chip as well as Duncan Beedie’s previous two titles by entering our competition here (closing date 30th January 2018).

A Squash and a Squeeze 25th Anniversary Edition by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, published by Macmillan

A little old lady lives all by herself in her house but she’s not happy – it’s just too small, even for one. Whatever can she do? The wise old man knows: bring in a flappy, scratchy, greedy, noisy crowd of farmyard animals. When she pushes them all out again, she’ll be amazed at how big her house feels!

The brilliantly funny A Squash and a Squeeze was the first ever picture book written and illustrated by the unparalleled picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.

Neon Leon by Jane Clarke and Britta Teckentrup, published by Nosy Crow

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. In this delightful interactive book, filled with vibrant neon artwork, children can help Leon on his journey by counting his steps, sending him to sleep and giving him lots of reassurance when he’s feeling down.

Winnie and Wilbur: The Explorer Collection by Valerie Thomas, illustrated by Korky Paul, published by Oxford University Press

Winnie and Wilbur have found the perfect ingredients for six of their most adventurous and exciting stories: dinosaurs, pirates, rockets, broomsticks, submarines, and flying carpets – and they would love to share them with you. This great-value box set includes six paperbacks and two special edition CDs featuring more than 90 minutes of stories and music – perfect for storytime, bedtime, and journeys.

Have a go at our Winnie and Wilbur activity pack here.

Words and Your Heart by Kate Jane Neal, published by Simon & Schuster

Your words are amazing! This book is about your heart. The little bit inside of you that makes you, you!

A new mini hardback gift edition of this very timely book about the power of words – and how we use them. Told through the eyes of Pip and Cat, this book beautifully demonstrates the importance of what we say – both positive and negative. Thoughtful, warm-hearted and completely non-preachy, this is a book that has already resonated with large numbers of children, whose teachers report a sea of change in the culture of their classroom after reading it.

Enter our competition for a chance to win a copy of Words and Your Heart (closing date 31st January 2018).

What Are Stars? By Katie Daynes, published by Usborne

We see them twinkle in the night sky, but what ARE stars? Are they really star-shaped? What patterns do they make and which star is the nearest? This charming book zooms in on the answers.

For your chance to win a copy of What Are Stars? enter our competition by 31st January 2018.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, published by Walker

Illustrated by We’re Going on Bear Hunt’s Helen Oxenbury, this is a beautiful 10th anniversary board book edition of a picture book classic, and the perfect gift for a new arrival!

All over the world, babies are different. Yet in some ways they are very much the same: each one has ten little fingers and ten little toes – to play with, to tickle, to wave. And each child is very, very special to its parents…

Mem Fox’s gentle rhyming text makes this a brilliant read-aloud, and Helen Oxenbury’s gorgeous art – featuring babies from a diverse array of backgrounds – will allow all children to see themselves in the story. With gorgeous golden foil on the cover and spine, this edition is one to share and treasure.

Enter our competition by 31st January 2018 for your chance to win one of five copies of Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes.

The Star in the Jar by Sam Hay, Illustrated by Sarah Massini, published by Egmont

Sarah Massini’s artwork glows with warmth and humour and perfectly captures the friendship between the two siblings in this warm-hearted bedtime book.

When a little boy stumbles across a special star, he puts it in a jar and takes it on adventures. Together with his big sister, he takes his special treasure with him everywhere – to the cinema, to the swimming pool and even to the toilet!
But the poor star misses its home…
Can the little boy and his big sister find a way to send the star safely back?

The Great Race by Christopher Corr, published by Quarto

This read-aloud story that the entire family will enjoy brings to life the folktale of how each animal in the Chinese zodiac competed in a race to earn their place in the sky. Children will love following the twists and turns of this exciting story. Can you guess which animals are somewhat sneaky in their bid to win? Which animals work brilliantly as a team? And just what happens between Cat and his friend Rat that will change their relationship to this very day?

CHRISTOPHER CORR is an established author/illustrator whose many books have won him international acclaim. Christopher originally studied at the Royal College of Art, and now lives and works in London as an artist and tutor at Goldsmiths University. Folk art and colour are key inspirations for all his work. Visit his website here.

Enter our competition to win a copy of The Great Race and two other great books from Quarto (closing date 23rd January 2018).

The Weaver by Qian Shi, published by Andersen

Stanley the spider collects seeds, twigs, leaves and all kinds of precious things. He is very proud of his collection, but then it is washed away. In this stunning debut, discover the difference between what you collect in the world and what you collect in your heart.

Lego City Busy Word Book, published by DK

LEGO City© is the perfect place for early readers to encounter lots of exciting words for the first time. Over 500 words label colourful LEGO® scenes and minifigures, providing the building blocks for language. There’s always something happening, whether it’s police officers catching crooks, firefighters training at the fire station or hotdog sellers cooking up tasty snacks! Returning time and again to each page, children learn useful and fun words that they can use in daily life.

©2017 The LEGO Group.

Love From Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, published by Warne

Is there someone you love from the bottom of your heart? Do you sometimes find it difficult to tell them how you feel? This gorgeous book will help you. The heart-warming rhyme will touch the heart of the one you love, and express everything you feel in the cutest way. The clean design and contemporary styling will appeal to existing Peter Rabbit fans and is sure to catch the eye of anyone looking for a gorgeous way to say ‘I love you’.

Love From the Moomins by Tove Jansson, published by Puffin

Love is . . . Loud

Love is . . . Quiet

Join The Moomins for a celebration of love. This delightful little book features all of your favourite Moomin characters and whimsical illustrations by Tove Jansson. The perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, or any other day you want to say I love you!

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