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Fantastically Great Women Who Made History by Kate Pankhurst, published by Bloomsbury

This beautiful title looks at the stories, accomplishments and adventures of many more brilliant women from throughout history. Travel through the Underground Railroad with the brave and courageous Harriet Tubman, turn the pages of the famous Frankenstein with the incredibly talented Mary Shelley and prepare to meet countless other remarkable women.

Find out more about Valentina Tereshkova, Elizabeth Blackwell, Ada Lovelace, Mary Wollstonecraft, Josephine Barker, Hatshepsut, Boudicca, Flora Drummond, Sayyida al Hurra, Pocahontas, Qui Jin and Noor Khan. Overflowing with vibrant and beautiful illustrations, and wonderfully engaging text, Fantastically Great Women Who Made History is a celebration of some of the inspirational women who put their mark on the world we live in.

Find out how well you know the Fantastically Great Women in our activity pack here, and read an extract from the book here.

The Nothing To See Here Hotel by Steven Butler and Steven Lenton, published by Simon & Schuster

Welcome to The Nothing to See Here Hotel! A hotel for magical creatures, where weird is normal for Frankie Banister and his parents who run the hotel.

When a goblin messenger arrives at The Nothing to See Here Hotel, announcing the imminent arrival of the goblin prince Grogbah, Frankie and his family rush into action to get ready for their important guest. But it soon becomes obvious that the Banister family are going to  have their work cut out with the demanding prince and his never-ending entourage, especially when it turns out the rude little prince is hiding a secret…

The first book in a fabulously funny series by bestselling author Steven Butler, with a host of whacky characters brought to life with illustration from the wonderful Steven Lenton!

Win a copy of The Nothing To See Here Hotel by entering our competition here.

Mummy Fairy and Me by Sophie Kinsella, published by Puffin

Hello. I’m called Ella Brook and I live in a town called Cherrywood. I have blue eyes and dark brown hair. My best friends at school are Tom and Lenka. My worst enemy is Zoe. And then there is my mummy. She looks normal, like any other mummy . . . but she’s not. Because she can turn into a fairy. She just has to shut her eyes tight, say ‘Marshmallow’ . . . and POOF! She’s Mummy Fairy.

Ella’s family have a big secret . . . her mummy is a fairy! She can do amazing spells with her computawand to make delicious cupcakes, create the perfect birthday party and cause chaos at the supermarket. But sometimes the spells go a bit wrong and that’s when Ella comes to the rescue!

Magic and mayhem in this sweet and funny new series for 5-7 year olds from global bestselling author Sophie Kinsella.

My Worst Book Ever by Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman, published by Thames & Hudson

Picture books are such good fun and so is making them but who knew there were so many things that could go wrong?
This is the story of a picture book doomed from the very start.

Allan has a good idea for book about a crocodile, but every time he sits down to write he’s interrupted. The manuscript gets soaked in tea and nibbled by snails. And then when Bruce gets started on the pictures, he gets over-excited and draws a hippo not a crocodile. The publishers get over-excited too – they want a dinosaur and experiment with all kinds of different fonts. Allan and Bruce think they’ve straightened things out, but then when the book goes off to the printer – you guessed it – there’s MORE trouble. Pages in French and Chinese get muddled with the English, and somehow Bruce’s hippos and dinosaurs get mixed up with them too!

Read our Q&A with Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman here.

The Pirates of Scurvy Sands by Jonny Duddle, published by Templar

This summer, Matilda is going on holiday with her friends, the Jolley-Rogers. Their destination is the island of Scurvy Sands – a favourite holiday destination for pirates.

When Matilda arrives, the swashbuckling residents are not too impressed with her. She has clean teeth, tidy clothes and doesn’t smell like she’s been at sea for six months without washing – she’s definitely no pirate. But when Matilda discovers the secret of the legendary treasure of Scurvy Sands, the pirates decide that maybe some lubbers aren’t so bad.

A scurvy sequel to the bestselling The Pirates Next Door.

Sam Wu is NOT afraid of Ghosts by Katie and Kevin Tsang, illustrated by Nathan Reed, published by Egmont

A laugh-out-loud new series about the bravest scaredy-cat in the world!

Sam Wu is NOT a scaredy-cat (except he is). When a trip to the Space Museum goes terrifyingly wrong, Sam begins a mission to prove to the school bully, and all of his friends, that he is a fearless space adventurer.

A truly laugh-out-loud, voice-led and madcap story of ghost hunting, snakes and mischievous pet cats called Butterbutt.

Look out for Sam’s jawsome follow-up adventure – Sam Wu is Not Afraid … of Sharks! coming in July 2018.

Win a copy of Sam Wu is NOT afraid of Ghosts in Egmont’s book bundle competition here.

Frankie’s Magic Football: Game Over by Frank Lampard, published by Hachette Children’s

Frankie and his team love playing football. There’s always time for a game – whether it’s real or on-screen!

When Frankie is injured just before a five-a-side tournament, he’s worried his team will have to pull out. So, when the magic football brings Frankie’s gaming avatar through into the real world, it seems like they’ve got a perfect substitute.

But E-Frankie starts to cause lots of trouble on and off the pitch. What will it take to get him back into the game where he belongs?

Have you discovered the rest of the series yet? Frankie and his team play football with pirates, dinosaurs, aliens and everything in between!

Bee Boy: Clash of the Killer Queens by Tony De Saulles, published by Oxford University Press

“A bee-rilliant read from beginning to end” – Nick Sharratt

Half BEE. Half BOY. Melvin Meadly is . . . BEE BOY. As a bee, Mel is ready to defend his hive against all enemies taking on killer wasps, terrifying hawkmoths, and battling queen bees. But as a boy, has he got what it takes to protect his bees (and himself) against the greatest menace of all Nasty Norman Crudwell?

Bee Boy is a humorous and heart-warming book packed with fascinating facts about bees, perfect for fans of nature and funny fiction!

Enter our competition and be in with a chance of winning Clash of the Killer Queens.

Doctor Who: Dr. Tenth (Roger Hargreaves) by Adam Hargreaves, published by Puffin

The greatest mash-up in the Whoniverse continues.

Doctor Who meets Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men in this series of fun and charming stories, written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves.

The tenth Doctor is taking a well-earned holiday – until the Sontarans show up! Can he stop the mighty warriors from invading yet another peaceful planet?

Seed School by Joan Holub, illustrated by Sakshi Mangal, published by Seagrass Press

In Seed School, Joan Holub tells the delightful story of friendship, diversity, and the natural world around us. Readers will meet charming seed friends who can’t wait to grow up and become the bright and beautiful fruits, vegetables, and flowers they’re meant to be. But what about the seed with a funny looking cap? Although he seems to grow much slower than his friends, this odd-looking late bloomer finally becomes the strong oak tree he always wanted to be.

Best known for her middle-grade novels and biographies, Joan Holub has also authored a number or science-based picture books. Her previous titles include Apple Countdown.

Quarto have an amazing bundle of books to give away, including Seed School. Find out more and enter here.

A Lamb Called Lucky by Helen Peters and Ellie Snowdon, published by Nosy Crow

 It’s lambing time on the farm and Jasmine has her hands full. She has two orphaned baby birds to care for, as well as a tiny motherless lamb who needs her attention. She’s determined to look after little Lucky and keep him safe. But there are bigger dangers facing the flock, ones that come in the dead of night… The latest addition to the Jasmine Green series by Waterstones Prize shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful line illustrations by Ellie Snowdon, is like Dick King-Smith’s heart-warming tales for a new generation.

Teacup House: Meet the Twitches by Hayley Scott and Pippa Curnick, published by Usborne

Open up the Teacup House, a playful new full-colour series featuring little rabbit heroes with big dreams! 

Meet the Twitches, four tiny toy rabbits who live inside a beautiful Teacup House. Stevie loves playing with the Twitches, but she has no idea just how special they are…because they only come alive when she isn’t looking!

Win a copy of Meet the Twitches here.

Football Forgery (No. 1 Boy Detective) By Barbara Mitchelhill and Tony Ross, published by Andersen

Damian Drooth, the one of a kind detective hero, is back. Criminals beware!

Damian has stumbled onto a new case at the local football ground. Someone is selling forged tickets and it’s up to our hero to find the culprit. After several false starts, the only evidence is a photo taken by a classmate. Damian realizes it’s vital to get that photo if he is to solve the crime and kick out the criminal for good.

Packed with rib-tickling pictures from Tony Ross, this is perfect for newly confident young readers of 6 and up!

The Bee Book by Charlotte Milner, published by DK

This charming illustrated non-fiction picture book takes you on an amazing journey through the world of bees.

Bees are incredibly industrious, brilliant at building, super social, and – most importantly – along with other insects, they are responsible for a third of every mouthful of food you eat! The Bee Book is perfect to teach children age 5 and up all about our fuzzy little friends, how much they matter, why they are declining, and what we can do to help. This dazzling celebration of bees is lavishly illustrated by the talented up-and-coming author and illustrator Charlotte Milner.

Children will be fascinated by beautiful pictures and buzz-worthy facts covering types of bee, bee hives, colonies, pollination, making honey and more. Meet the humble honey bee face-to-face: nature’s hardest worker, and so much more than just a provider of honey in a picture book you will treasure forever.

Uncle Shawn and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure by A. L. Kennedy and Gemma Correll, published by Walker

Badger Bill needs rescuing. He’s been kidnapped by two nasty sisters who are about to make him fight a boxing match against three even nastier dogs.  The four most depressed llamas in the history of llamas need rescuing too. They are about to be turned into llama pies. But never fear – Uncle Shawn is here! He loves rescuing things. He has a rescuing plan, which involves dancing, and a mole, and an electric fence. What could possibly go wrong?

Click here to hear a reading of Uncle Shawn and Bill by A. L. Kennedy.

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