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[New books in October for 5-8,  8-12 and 12+]
Hello Monster! by Clémentine Beauvais, illustrated by Maisie Paradise Shearring, published by Thames & Hudson
You probably know the feeling. You’re  playing happily by yourself in the park, when you’re suddenly told, ‘Go and say hello to that little boy over there!’
But what if you don’t want to say hello? What if the little boy isn’t really a little boy at all? What… what if he’s a MONSTER in disguise?
Welcome to a weird and wonderful ‘what if?’ story where saying hello can lead to all sorts of surprising adventures…
Enter Thames & Hudson’s competition to win a copy (closes 31 October 2018)

Grandma Bird, by Benji Davies, published by Simon and Schuster
 Noi isn’t at all sure about spending the summer at Grandma’s house. Grandma boils seaweed for soup, and there’s not much to do on the tiny island where she lives where the wind cuts in and the grass grows sideways. But that’s before Noi gets swept up in a dramatic rescue that will mark the beginning of a touching new friendship.


My Friend Sleep, by Laura Bakers, illustrated by Hannah Peck, published by Words & Pictures  
Journey with a little girl through her dreams, alongside her friend Sleep. Meet friendly aliens, ride on a dragon’s back and meet a scary monster… who turns out to be not-so scary after all. With Sleep by your side, nothing is as terrifying as it seems. This magical picture book delights in the joy of dreams, opens a door to children’s imaginations and helps to contain their fears around sleep and night terrors. Featuring stunning, atmospheric illustrations, this beautiful story is the perfect book for getting little ones off to sleep at bedtime
Laura Baker grew up in Canada with a passion for stories. She now lives in a lovely coastal town in Wales with her husband, two sons and big basset hound. She loves finding special stories to tell in the everyday, relatable world of a child (or dog).
Hannah Peck is a freelance illustrator based in Brighton, UK. Her work centres around space and memory, with a particular fondness for houses – especially ones that only exist inside her head.
Enter the competition here to win a book bundle that includes a copy of My Friend Sleep (closes 31 October 2018)


The Way Home for Wolf, by Rachel Bright, illustrated by Jim Field, published by Hachette Children’s Group
Wilf is as strong and independent as a wolf cub can be. He doesn’t need help from his friends and family – whatever it is, he can do it ALL BY HIMSELF. But when Wilf finds himself lost and alone in the snow and chill of an Arctic night, he discovers something important – sometimes we all need the help of a friend to keep us safe and show us the way.



Snowball, by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnett, published by Macmillan Children’s Books
Created by bestselling duo Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, Snowball is a brilliantly funny picture book, with wonderfully comical images illustrating the hilarious rhyming story – perfect for Christmas!
A lonely young snowball, stuck at the top of a mountain, decides to visit the local town for a bit of fun – but on his way he trips, falls, and starts to roll . . .  and when a snowball rolls through snow, we all know what happens! This snowball picks up not only snow, but a myriad of other odd things on his way down – a sheep, a line of washing, a bicycling bear, ending up in the Zoo.

Pop-up Peekaboo! Pumpkin, published by DK
A Halloween pop-up baby book with flaps and friendly pop-up surprises to engage toddlers and help them join in the Halloween fun through hands-on learning.
Little ones can help find Little Black Cat and her friends hiding under the flaps in this playful Halloween pop-up book that has fun rhymes, five large flaps, and five friendly pop-up surprises that toddlers will love to discover again and again. As they lift the flaps to find out, they will surely be delighted and say, “Peeka… BOO!”
Click here to enter a competition to win a DK Halloween book bundle which includes a copy of Pop-up Peekaboo! Pumpkin (closes 25 October 2018)

Dragon Post, by Emma Yarlett , illustrated by Emma Yarlett, published by Walker Books
One day Alex finds a dragon living under his stairs. He isn’t sure what to do – but luckily he knows just who to ask for help. Open the envelopes and read the hilarious letters Alex receives from the fire brigade, the butcher and more as he tries to take care of his new friend. Who would have thought having a dragon for a pet would be so tricky? A joyful, touching  and  vibrantly-illustrated interactive book.


Dream Big, Little Leader, by Vashti Harrison, published by Puffin 
This perfect bedtime book is guaranteed to inspire big dreams.
Dream big, little one.
There’s so much you can do.
Just look at all the women who came before you . . .
Based on the New York Times bestselling sensation Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, this board book will inspire all little people of today to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Presto and Zesto in Limboland, by Arthur Yorinks, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, published by Bodley Head
From Maurice Sendak, the unrivalled illustrator of Where The Wild Things Are, and longtime collaborator and friend Arthur Yorinks.
This never-before published tale is an imaginative romp through the world of Limboland. Two great friends – a friendship largely inspired by Maurice Sendak’s and Arthur Yorkink’s own – must brave a monster, a singing cow, and several berserk goats, to complete their quest. And the quest they’re undertaking? To find a present in time for the wedding of the sugar beets!
The pair originally created this tale many years ago, and it has now been reworked by Arthur Yorinks as an ode to their 40-year friendship. With Maurice Sendak’s jubilant illustrations and full of the wit and sheer imagination of this creative duo, this new publication is a song to friendship, creativity, and joy. With the classic Maurice Sendak cocktail of depth, spontaneity and humour, this unseen tale will delight fans of both creators.

Luna Loves Library Day, by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Fiona Lumbers, published by Andersen Press
Every week, Luna looks forward to one special day: the day when she discovers magic among the library shelves; the day she gets to spend with her dad. An inspiring story from one of the UK’s greatest up-and-coming poets for children, captured in all its flights of fancy by newcomer Fiona Lumbers.

Download the Luna Loves Library Day word search
Help Luna find her way around the library here
Design covers for books in Luna’s bag 


We’re Going on an Elf Chase, by Martha Mumford, illustrated by Laura Hughes, published by Bloomsbury
We’re going on an elf chase.
Come and join the fun.
Can we catch them all?
Run, run, run!
Four bunnies set off on a jolly Christmas lift-the-flap adventure to find ten little elves hidden under the flaps. You’ll have to run, run, run if you’re going to catch them all! And there are lots of obstacles along the way, from clippy-cloppy reindeer to roaring polar bears and flippy-flappy penguins. Stuffed with festive frolics, this is the perfect Christmas gift.
From the bestselling Laura Hughes, illustrator of We’re Going on an Egg Hunt and The Birthday Invitation.

Grandpa Christmas, by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Jim Field, published by Egmont
Renowned children’s author Michael Morpurgo teams up with bestselling illustrator Jim Field in this stunning Christmas picture book.
Every Christmas Mia and her family read a letter which her Grandpa wrote to her. His letter is a warm, impassioned and heartfelt wish for a better world for Mia to live in. His letter is a hopeful plea to Mia (and to all of us) to continue to care for and protect our precious world.
This vital and timely story is paired with Jim Field’s emotive illustrations in this gorgeous Christmas picture book, perfect for the whole family to share.

How to Hide a Lion at Christmas, by Helen Stephens, published by Scholastic
When Iris and her lion are forced to spend Christmas apart, the lion embarks on a festive, snowy adventure to find her – and almost bumps into Father Christmas! The fourth irresistible book about Iris and her lion is destined to be a Christmas classic.


Jane Foster’s Christmas, by Jane Foster, published by Templar Books
Jane Foster’s Christmas is the culmination of Jane Foster’s seasonal series of board books. From Father Christmas to Rudolph the reindeer, this vibrant and festive book is the perfect gift for a little one’s first Christmas.
With Jane’s classic stylish illustrations and instantly recognisable Christmas images this book ends the seasonal collection with warmth and cheer that is perfect for the festive season.