100 Hugs, by Chris Riddell, published by Macmillan Children’s Books
100 Hugs is a gorgeous collection of illustrated hugs from Chris Riddell, Children’s Laureate 2015-2017.
This is the perfect gift for a loved one, or to cheer yourself up on a dark day when all you need is a hug. The 100 beautiful and intricate illustrations from the three-times winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal includes a hug for every emotion and occasion. But one thing is for certain: every hug will touch your heart. In a perfect pocket-sized format, 100 Hugs is certain to comfort and raise a smile.
Invent terrific heroes and revolting villains to star in your story! Describe believable characters with Charlie and Mr Wonka. These fun activities and writing tasks help to develop language and vocabulary skills, giving you the tools you need to write your own story. Learn how to create heroes and villains with their own interests, behaviours and backstories.
Roald Dahl’s Creative Writing sparks creativity, builds confidence and inspires young writers through the wonderful worlds of these best-loved stories. Filled with top tips and idea boxes, each book introduces techniques and methods to help you plan and write a phizz-whizzing story of your own!
Beware of the Crocodile, by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura, published by Walker Books
A witty Nature Storybook about crocodiles, with words by award-winning author Martin Jenkins and playful pictures by Satoshi Kitamura. The main thing about crocodiles is they’re really scary – or at least the big ones are. They’ve got an awful lot of teeth and they’re not at all fussy about what they eat, as long as it’s got a bit of meat on it. When it comes to hunting down their dinner, they’re very determined and very cunning … so better beware. But you might be surprised to hear that there’s more to crocodiles than just their appetites: crocodiles make wonderful mothers! This is a fascinating, rounded look at crocodiles, with Martin’s wry text brought to life by Satoshi’s lively watercolour paintings. The back matter includes notes on species, an index and a bibliography.
WARNING: Do not give this book to your own grandma. She might get ideas.
A priceless artefact has been stolen in Russia and Grandma Dangerous wants to find it. Nothing will stand in her way, not even some poisoned caviar, a prison break or a spot of contemporary dance. Can Ollie and Grandma return the treasure and get back home, before being caught by the politsiya? Or worse, before Mum finds out?
Pirate Pug, by Laura James, illustrated by Églantine Ceulemans, published by Bloomsbury
Pug and Lady Miranda are off to the seaside! Pug is dreaming of naps under the beach umbrella, but when a little mishap means he has to wear an eyepatch, things quickly get a lot less snoozy! Soon Pirate Pug and his ragtag crew of friends find themselves on the trail of buried treasure. They have to reach the island where X marks the spot before the other pirates beat them to it. There’s just one problem – Pug is scared of water!
Laura James’s fourth book about a roly-poly pug and his best friend, Lady Miranda, is perfect for fans of Claude and Squishy McFluff.
Meet The Ancient Greeks, by James Davies, published by Big Picture Press
There’s so much to digest when it comes to history – how do you know where to begin? These incredible short introductions are just the thing for readers who are beginning to explore ancient history. Get to know the basics on Ancient Greece from religious ceremonies to day to day life, with easy-to-digest, humorous text that is reminiscent of the bestselling Horrible Histories series. James Davies’ stunning artwork and infographics provide a fresh nonfiction approach that is sure to captivate young readers.
We all worry. This book is full of ways to get worries out of your head and onto paper, with things to doodle, write, scribble and scrunch. This book is for distracting you from any anxieties, calming you down, and providing a place to sort through your worries and thoughts.
Open this book and discover the dazzling magic of the moon! Find out where it came from, why it seems to change shape, how its power affects the earth, and what causes an eclipse. Shoot into space with the Saturn V rocket and travel back in time to join the first men on the moon…
This beautiful new edition, simply told for young readers, breathes new life into the classic tale of Puss in Boots, who used his cunning and trickery to win for his lowly master the hand of the princess in marriage. Brilliantly illustrated in a fun modern style for a new generation to enjoy, this delightful book is part of the much-loved range of Storytime Classics which offers collectable, child-friendly format editions of classic stories to make the perfect home library for children everywhere.
Saviour Pirotta is the best-selling author of over 100 children’s books. Born in Malta and now living in Yorkshire, Saviour has written stories, poems and plays since he was a boy, and has been writing full-time since 1986. He has won the English Association Award as well as Aesop Accolade in the US.
When Sadness arrives, try not to be afraid: give it a name, listen to it and spend some time together. Maybe all it wants is to know that it’s welcome. This beautiful debut takes a poignant but uplifting look at dealing with uncomfortable emotions.
Teach your kids how to focus their thoughts and notice the world around them with this fun mindfulness kids activity book. Mindfulness activities are a great way to teach children about their thoughts and feelings and how to understand them – while having fun at the same time. This book is packed with activities – make a mindfulness jar, learn how to appreciate food with mindful eating, and get out into nature and explore the outside world.
Calm: Mindfulness for Kids has everything you need to know about focusing your child’s mind to help them enjoy and appreciate things that they take for granted every day, while boosting their confidence and self-esteem. Children are guided through each activity, to make sure they achieve maximum enjoyment and awareness. All children will learn and react to each activity in a different way and parent’s notes give advice on how to encourage children to embrace mindfulness in the modern world. Each specially designed activity is flexible for each child’s needs and inspires them to seek calmness and tranquillity in all situations. Calm: Mindfulness for Kids shows that supporting a child’s positive mental health doesn’t need to be expensive, time-consuming, or difficult. Activities help children to de-stress, focus, and get moving while having fun.
Florence and the Mischievous Kitten, by Megan Rix, published by Puffin
The brilliant new book from Megan Rix, telling the story of Florence Nightingale through the eyes of her young ward. Florence loved cats, and had many during her lifetime. This is the perfect introduction to the Lady with the Lamp for young children, told with warmth, humour and adorable animals.
Summer 1888: In a fancy house in London, a kitten called Scamp escapes through an open window and finds himself lost in the middle of the city. Across Hyde Park, a young girl called Beth is marching with thousands of other girls to protest the working conditions in the Bryant and May match factories. When Beth stumbles across the tiny kitten she finds that he belongs to none other than Miss Florence Nightingale, who is now indebted to Beth for returning her beloved pet. So begins an unlikely friendship between the great lady, her mischievous kitten, and Beth the penniless orphan. But when Beth’s sister Iris is struck down with illness in one of the poorest parts of London, can Beth, Scamp and Miss Nightingale find a way to save her before it’s too late