Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of the Dark!, by Katie and Kevin Tsang, illustrated by Nathan Reed, published by Egmont
The third book in the brilliantly funny SAM WU series about the bravest scaredy-cat in the world! Perfect for reluctant readers and fans of Pamela Butchart.
Sam Wu is NOT afraid of anything. Except for quite a lot of things. Like ghosts. Sharks too. And also THE DARK! And so when Sam goes camping in the woods with his friends and cousin Stanley, who knows what scary kind of things they’ll face . . .?
Captain Cat and the Treasure Map, by Sue Mongredien, illustrated by Kate Pankhurst, published by Macmillan Children’s Books
Illustrated by the bestselling author and illustrator of Great Women Who Changed the World, Kate Pankhurst, Captain Cat and the Treasure Map is a laugh-out-loud piratical adventure from Sue Mongredien, perfect for newly confident readers or to enjoy together.
Patch is a ship’s cat who lives aboard The Golden Earring. Along with her friends, Cutlass the parrot and Monty the monkey, Patch frequently gets the pirate crew out of trouble – although they never realise quite how much she does to save their skins . . .
In their first adventure, the pirate crew discover a treasure map and set out to find where X marks the spot. But little do they know that the treasure is cursed and it’s up to Captain Cat to stop them, before it’s too late!
Julian is a Mermaid, by Jessica Love, published by Walker Books
While riding the subway home with his nana one day, Julian notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train carriage. When Julian gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies and making his own fabulous mermaid costume. But what will Nana think about the mess he makes – and even more importantly – what will she think about how Julian sees himself?
A story about the power of self-confidence, acceptance and being true to oneself, embracing the mermaid within us all.
On The Origin of Species, retold and illustrated by Sabina Radeva, published by Penguin
The first ever picture-book retelling of Charles Darwin’s On The Origin of Species; this accessible work brings evolution to the younger generation through stylish illustrations and a simple, easy-to-understand text. On The Origin of Species has been the definitive explanation of the theory of evolution since it was first published in 1859. Now molecular biologist and illustrator Sabina Radeva unites her two passions to create a 48-page retelling of this seminal text.
Pulling together Darwin’s observations from his travels around the world and his groundbreaking – and controversial – explanation of how species form, develop and change over hundreds of thousands of years, On The Origin of Species is as relevant and important now as it ever was.
Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders, by Kate Pankhurst, published by Bloomsbury
What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a BIG question that everyone is asked from an early age. Discover eye-opening facts about a collection of go-getting women who have pioneered careers in a kaleidoscope of different industries. Join scientists, doctors, athletes, hot-air balloonists and more, journey back in time with these brave, bold and brilliant women and discover that anything is possible when you make the most of YOUR talents.
List of women featured: Junko Tabei, Sophie Blanchard, Maria Merian, Elizabeth Magie, the London Matchgirls, Rosa May Billinghurst, Katherine Johnson, Annette Kellerman, Katia Krafft, Rosalind Franklin, James Barry, Madam C.J. Walker, Lotte Reiniger.
Secret Seven: Mystery of the Theatre Ghost, by Pamela Butchart, published by Hachette Children’s Group
The Secret Seven are excited to be chosen as extras in a local play, but during the opening performances, things go seriously wrong. Could someone be trying to sabotage? The cast and crew are adamant that a theatre ghost must be causing the mysterious accidents, but the Seven aren’t convinced. It’s up to the gang and their spaniel Scamper to find out who is really behind the mischief – and why!
Alba the Hundred Year Old Fish, by Lara Hawthorne, published by Big Picture Press
Alba the fish has spent her entire life collecting precious objects that drift down to the ocean floor. From delicate shells to brightly coloured coral, each year on her birthday she gathers one more precious item. But over the years, Alba notices her collection is losing its sparkle and that the world is changing. What are these bits of plastic and metal? As the coral reef fades, Alba decides to leave her home behind. Can an old fish teach the world how to bring colour back to the ocean?
Alba the Hundred Year Old Fish gently highlights the issue of pollution. A beautifully illustrated picture book from exciting new talent Lara Hawthorne.
My Best Friend: The Evacuee, by Sally Morgan, illustrated by Gareth Conway, published by Scholastic
Join two best friends as history is made in 1941. Teddy and Harriet have been joined at the hip for as long as they can remember – but then the WAR started. Teddy is EVACUATED all the way across the ocean to the United States and Harriet is left in London to face the BLITZ! The pair promise to write to each other as often as they can, but soon Teddy is swept up in his new life, while Harriet feels lonely and frightened whenever the sirens begin to howl… Commemorating eighty years since the start of World War Two, My Best Friend the Evacuee is an exciting read for children aged 6+, packed with fascinating historical details.
Wizard vs. Lizard, by Simon Philip, illustrated by Sheena Dempsey, published by Simon & Schuster
You see, Fred is absolutely, completely, embarrassingly terrible at magic. At school, he’s stuck in a class of wizards half his age, endlessly teased by his siblings and always a disappointment to his parents. All Fred wants is to become a better wizard, but can’t think how. Until one day, he spots a competition to win a prize to meet Merlin and learn the world’s most Important and Impressive Spell. The catch: the successful wizard needs to capture the tail of the evil, terrifying, fire-breathing lizard…
The Sea Book, by Charlotte Milner, published by DK
Featuring fascinating fishy facts accompanied by bright, bold, and beautiful illustrations, this book takes children on a journey through the sea and all its zones. Touching on mammals, fish, invertebrates, and reptiles, The Sea Book explores a wealth of incredible marine animals and their habitats, from up on the ice, down to colourful coral reefs, underwater forests, and right down to the deepest darkest depths where the weird and wonderful lurk.
Following on from The Bee Book, Charlotte Milner continues to highlight to children important ecological issues, this time with a focus on marine life and the damaging effects humans are having on our seas. Children will discover what they can do to help, discover tips on how to live plastic-free, and even how to craft their own recycled shopping bag! This charming celebration of the sea shows children just how extraordinary our oceans are, and is a reminder that it is up to us to keep it that way.
Magical Creatures Magic Painting Book, published by Usborne
An activity book filled with scenes of magical creatures and enchanted places, from mermaids, narwhals and unicorns to enchanted owls, flamingos and fairies. Dip the brush in water and sweep it across the pages to reveal stunning colours, from fiery shades on a phoenix to rainbow feathers on the wings of a pegasus.
Sensational Butterflies, by Ben Rothery, published by Penguin
Butterflies and moths are some of the most amazing creatures in nature. There are over 180,000 different kinds and they can be found on every continent except the Antarctic. From Monarchs to swallowtails, Blue Morphos to birdwings, the intricate beauty of butterflies spans the globe and yet also settles close to home in a child’s garden, local park or window box.
This large-format book brings the vibrancy and ecosystem of butterflies to life with simple text and gorgeous illustrations, covering the key butterfly and moth families and including scores of fascinating facts. Learn the unique way that butterflies see, or be amazed by the multiple double-page spreads showing wingspans in sensational detail. With Ben Rothery’s obsessive attention to detail, this book heralds the arrival of a major new talent in non-fiction publishing, exclusive to Ladybird.
Me and Mister P: Joe’s New World, by Maria Ferrer, illustrated by David Rieley, published by Oxford University Press
In the fourth book in this heart-warming series, Joe and his parents move to a new country, but things take a strange turn from the moment they arrive. Not only does Joe’s suitcase disappear, he seems to have ended up with a polar bear instead! So much for trying to blend in – not much chance of that with an enormous bear in tow.
The Dragonsitter in the Land of Dragons, by Josh Lacey & Garry Parsons, published by Andersen Press
The Dragonsitter in the Land of Dragons is the tenth book in the Dragonsitter series, and is an extra action-packed tale of misunderstandings, monsters and Mars bars, told entirely through emails between Eddie and his mum.
Eddie has travelled with his uncle Morton to Mongolia in hope of being one of the few people to watch the Great Dragon Battle Ceremony. But wild dragons are not nearly as friendly as pet ones, and the mountains are a dangerous place to be stuck with nothing but chocolate bars. Meanwhile, back at home, Mum can’t quite believe her son has really run off to Mongolia, and now she has been left with the tricky task of dragonsitting…
The Ear, by Piret Raud, published by Thames & Hudson
When the artist Vincent van Gogh cuts off his ear, the ear is suddenly left alone and headless. What will become of her? Where should she go? What should she do? Acutely aware of how small and insignificant she is in the big, wide world, the ear experiences something of an identity crisis. She simply doesn’t know who she is anymore. But thanks to a downcast frog with a heavy heart who simply needs listening to, she realises what she can offer to the world: a sympathetic ear. Through helping her friends, she discovers a fresh perspective on life.
Little People, Big Dreams: Stephen Hawking, by Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Matt Hunt, published by Lincoln Children’s Books
When Stephen Hawking was a little boy, he used to stare up at the stars and wonder about the universe. Although he was never top of the class, his curiosity took him to the best universities in England: Oxford and Cambridge. It also led him to make one of the biggest scientific discoveries of the 20th century: Hawking radiation. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the brilliant physicist’s life. Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!