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NEW books for 0-5 year olds in February

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Ballet DreamsBallet Dreams by Cerrie Burnell and Laura Ellen Anderson

Enter a world of enchantment with Cerrie Burnell and Laura Ellen Anderson’s latest picture book. Once there was a little girl who dreamed of dancing, of skipping over rooftops and pirouetting around the moon. One day she sees the ballet practice for Swan Lake, and decides that all she wants is to become a ballerina. When she gets her very first pair of silken ballet shoes from Grandpa, her face lights up like a star! A gorgeous tale about following your dreams, this is the perfect story to captivate little readers.





Solomon and MortimerSolomon and Mortimer by Catherine Rayner

Solomon Crocodile and his friend Mortimer are bored. They want to find some fun, but what can they do? Tree-climbing is tricky, chasing lizards doesn’t end well and flying turns out to be a lot harder than it looks. But then they spot the biggest hippo in the river. Just imagine the splash he’d make if two naughty crocodiles were to surprise him! But Solomon and Mortimer are about to get a whole lot more than they bargained for…

Sure to delight fans of the original Solomon Crocodile, which has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide, this warm, funny and charming tale from the Kate Greenaway Medal winning Catherine Rayner is one that young children will ask for again and again.

Grrrrr PBGrrrr by Rob Biddulph

Come join Fred the Bear on a stunningly illustrated journey to be crowned the best bear in the wood and, just maybe, learn that there might be more to life than training…

Each year, for as long as the forest has stood,

A contest is held for the bears of the wood…

And Fred is the champion. He’s just that good.

Fred is the Best Bear in the Wood – and he’s got the medals to prove it.

Being the best takes a lot of hard work, and time on your own, but Fred doesn’t mind.

Until a new bear moves to town, and Fred’s champion GRRRRR goes missing…

How will he ever win now?

Or will Fred instead learn that some things are more important than winning?

9780192744104_UNSTOPPABLE_MAXUnstoppable Max by Julia Patton

Unstoppable Max. Unstoppable fun!

It’s time for Max to get ready for bed – but his imagination just gets in the way! Join this irrepressible new character in a high-energy picture book. Max is more than a character – he’s an avatar on the page for non-stop children everywhere!





Five Mins Peace for WBDFive Minutes’ Peace by Jill Murphy

Celebrate thirty years of the Large family in this special anniversary paperback edition of a family picture book favourite by Jill Murphy, one of Britain’s most treasured author-illustrators.

A warm and funny modern classic of family life, this is the story of Mrs Large the elephant – who just needs five minutes of peace and quiet away from her boisterous children! So, taking refuge in the bathroom, she fills herself a hot, foamy bubble bath and takes in a tray of her favourite breakfast and the morning paper. But there’s never a dull moment with the Larges, and it soon becomes clear that mum’s quiet time is to be very short-lived!

For adorable colouring sheets, click here

WIN! A copy of Five Minutes’ Peace here…

9781408845554A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting by Michelle Robinson and David Roberts

Bearspotting is a dangerous business – you ought to take it seriously, you know. So here’s what you need to know for starters – black bears are dangerous and black, brown bears are dangerous and brown. Although sometimes black bears can be a little brown, and brown bears can be a little black. Are you following? You really need to focus here. If you do, this guide will tell you all you need to know when walking in BEAR COUNTRY. Don’t leave home without it. Are you ready? Good! Let’s go…

A Beginner’s Guide to Bearspotting is the laugh-out-loud, essential guide for all would-be bearspotters. To be studied with due care and attention. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…


LR-RGB-TheAdventuresOfBeekleThe Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

This unforgettable tale of friendship, imagination, and finding your place in the world won the 2015 Caldecott Medal.

On one very special day an imaginary friend is born on an island far away. Here the imaginary friends are hoping to be picked by a real child. But this particular imaginary friend waits and waits, and still no child imagines him. So he does the unimaginable – he sets off into the real world.




9780723299868 Pass it OnPass It On by Sophy Henn

A joyful and uplifting picture book about finding happiness in the smallest of things, from picture book star Sophy Henn – World Book Day illustrator and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.






9781782956457 Alfie and MumAlfie and Mum by Shirley Hughes

Meet Alfie’s mum. She has reddish brown curly hair which often gets untidy, but Alfie likes it like that.
Alfie and Mum love to tell stories together, to explore and have adventures – over fields, across streams, and even into big dark houses! But Alfie isn’t ever frightened when he’s with Mum – she’ll always be there to take care of him.
Two previously published stories from Shirley Hughes, gathered together in one special celebration of Mums.

Win your own copy here

And have some fun with our extra special Alfie colouring sheets:

Alfie Activity pack