Amelia Fang and the Half-Moon Holiday, by Laura Ellen Anderson, published by Egmont
A brand new title in the bestselling gorgeously Gothic and wickedly funny Amelia Fang series
It’s the half-moon holiday in gloomy Nocturnia which means no school for Amelia and her friends! Instead they are going to spend it with their Rainbow Rangers troop, (led by unicorns Ricky and Graham) earning badges on Sugarplum Island. But whilst exploring, Amelia and the gang stumble upon an ancient curse – and are shrunk to the size of bugs! How will they make the bloodcurdlingly BIG journey to break the curse when they are all so very TINY?
Sea-ing is Believing! by Steven Butler, illustrated by Steven Lenton, published by Simon & Schuster
When the unexpected spook reveals a secret UNDERWATER wing of the hotel that’s been hidden away for years, the Banister’s decide there’s only one thing for it … a whopping welcome home bash in the BRINY BALLROOM!
But Memories aren’t the only things waiting at the bottom of the ocean. Secrets and sea monsters are lurking in the shadows, and is everything as it seems with Grandad Abraham’s ghost? Or is there something fishy going on?
The Bolds Go Wild, by Julian Clary & David Roberts, published by Andersen Press
The Bolds receive a surprise visitor all the way from Africa: Granny Imamu. But she is not impressed by their life in Teddington. She wants her grandchildren to act more like wild hyenas and get in touch with their beastly side. Meanwhile, the twins’ teacher has a rather unusual problem: her grown-up son Jeffrey would rather monkey about than act like a human. If animals can become people, could it happen the other way around…?
Find out more about the Bolds series by Julian Clary and David Roberts at: www.theboldsbooks.co.uk
Malala’s Magic Pencil, by Malala Yousafzai, published by Penguin
As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil that she could use to redraw reality. She would use it to give gifts to her family, to erase the smell from the rubbish dump near her house, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. As she grew older, Malala wished for bigger and bigger things. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.
This beautifully illustrated picture book tells Malala’s story, in her own words, for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed her to hold on to hope and to make her voice heard even in the most difficult of times.
The Lost Book of Adventures, by Unknown Adventurer, published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
The Quarto Group have won an 8-way auction to a bundle of sketchbooks believed to have been written by an ‘unknown’ adventurer. Discovered by nature enthusiast Teddy Keen on a recent trip to the Amazon, the tattered sketchbooks are filled with details of extraordinary adventures and escapes, expedition advice and survival methods, annotated with illustrations. It is thought that the sketchbooks were created for two young relatives of the author.
Drawing on Teddy’s outdoors knowledge, the creative team at Frances Lincoln Children’s Books are beginning the task of carefully deciphering and transcribing the pages of the sketchbooks for young readers, as they were originally intended.
The Winged Horse Race, by Kallie George, illustrated by Lucy Eldridge, published by Macmillan Children’s Books
Pippa is a foundling working in a stables in ancient Greece, until one day she catches a glimpse of an enormous silver wing in the clouds. When she wakes the next morning on Mount Olympus, Pippa discovers that she has been selected as one of the riders in Zeus’s Winged Horse Race. The winner’s prize is immortality.
Pippa falls instantly in love with her easily-distracted young horse, Zeph and they quickly become a fantastic team, exploring the mountain and meeting the interesting characters who live on Olympus. But as race day approaches, it’s difficult for Pippa to know who her real friends are and it’s a tough job to outsmart the Gods and their games.
RHS The Magic and Mystery of Trees, published by DK
An extraordinarily beautiful illustrated children’s introduction to the world of trees above and below ground, learn about the amazing natural science of trees in this gorgeously illustrated nature and science book. From the highest branch and leaf down to the complex “wood wide web” of roots, every part of a tree plays an important role in its own growth and the habitat of the whole forest or woodland.
Did you know that trees take care of each other and that the whole forest is connected? RHS The Magic & Mystery of Trees takes children on a fascinating journey of exploration, showing them just how special these mighty organisms are. Discover how they communicate and warn each other of predators, how they nurture their networks, record the past, and anticipate the future to ensure their survival. Learn amazing tree facts, meet extraordinary trees from around the world and learn about the habitats they create. Find out what trees do for us and how to make your community a greener place by planting your very own tree!
Horrid Henry: Up, Up and Away by Francesca Simon published by Hachette Children’s Group
Contains four brand-new stories, featuring Horrid Henry wreaking havoc on an airplane, being forced to write an essay about the Tudors, sabotaging the school play and sneaking on to a forbidden rollercoaster.
Illustrated by Tony Ross, these timeless stories offer an irresistible introduction to reading for pleasure, featuring one of the best-loved characters in children’s fiction.
Has Anybody Seen a Story? by Mandana Sadat, published by Thames & Hudson
This delightful book by the acclaimed illustrator Mandana Sadat follows three friends as they head off in search of adventure down Fairytale Trail, Poetry Path, Bedtime Boulevard, Future Freeway and the Maze of Mumblings. They soon find out that ‘what ifs’ are what stories are all about…
Mummy Fairy and Me: Unicorn Wishes, by Sophie Kinsella, published by Penguin
My mummy looks normal, like any other mummy . . . but she’s not. Because she can turn into a fairy. All she has to do is stamp her feet three times, clap her hands, wiggle her bottom and say ‘Marshmallow’ . . . and POOF! She’s Mummy Fairy.
Ella’s family has a big secret – her mummy is a fairy! But sometimes Mummy Fairy’s magic goes wrong, and it’s up to Ella to help… In this third book of adventures about Mummy Fairy and Ella, you’ll find flying cars, enchanted ballet shoes, a unicorn in the kitchen, and Ella’s very own magical wardrobe.
Planetarium Activity Book, by Raman Prinja and Chris Wormell, published by Big Picture Press
Informative, imaginative and artistic activities for young astronomers everywhere. Bursting with fascinating facts and puzzles, this book offers hours of entertainment to artists and space lovers. Beautiful and inspiring, the myriad activities in this book challenge the reader to discover something new and use their imagination to draw, decorate and design on every pull-out page.
Fantastic Faces by National Theatre, published by Walker Books
Follow the simple step-by-step instructions to transform yourself into twelve dramatic characters, including a phoenix, zombie, pirate and rock star. Created by the experts at the National Theatre, the book is full of original top tips and tricks, such as the techniques for scars, bruises and wrinkles. With clear photographs throughout, the looks are all easy to create using face paints, and will make you the star of any show.