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New books in June (0-5)

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[New books in June for ages 5-88-12 and 12+]

Don’t Go There!
, written by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Hrefna Bragadottir, published by Andersen Press

Lid up, pants down, bottom on the seat!

They mustn’t have toilets in outer space, because this baby Martian keeps going in the wrong place: a bird bath, a bin, an up-turned hat…  Perhaps if he masters The Toilet Song, he might learn where to go.

A laugh-out-loud toilet training story from dream-team Jeanne Willis and Hrefna Bragadottir.


I Really Want to Win by Simon Philip and Lucia Gaggiotti, published by Bonnier

Today is Sports Day. I CAN’T WAIT! And as I know that I’ll be great, I’ve planned how I will celebrate – because I’m going to win.

Our heroine is determined that she’s going to win all the events at school sports day. The problem is that winning isn’t as easy as it looks. She doesn’t win the running race or the tug of war – and she can’t even win a game of hide-and-seek. But maybe winning isn’t really the point?

A joyful picture book with an important message from the author and illustrator of I Really Want the Cake.


Pop-up Peekaboo! Space, published by DK

Take your toddler on a pop-up, space rocket adventure, and fly to the Moon in this lift-the-flap baby book with pictures that pop off the page! This imaginative pop-up peekaboo picture book follows two little astronauts, Daisy and Danny, who are rocketing into space, past the stars and planets, and heading for their first Moon landing.

The lively, read-aloud rhymes encourage literacy and early learning, while the pop-up space scenes hold the attention of curious preschoolers. With the help of parents and caregivers, toddlers will have fun turning the sturdy board book pages, guessing what’s hiding under each flap, and then lifting the flaps to find the space characters and play peekaboo!

Ideal for interactive preschool play, Pop-up Peekaboo! Space will appeal to both parents and children and is certain to keep little ones entertained time and time again!


Christopher Pumpkin by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, published by Hodder Children’s Books

Meet Christopher Pumpkin – the Halloween pumpkin who doesn’t want to be scary! A funny rhyming story from the authors of Supertato and the creators of Simon Sock.

Christopher Pumpkin is delighted to be magicked to life by a witch – until he discovers she wants him and the other pumpkins to get her creepy castle ready for the spookiest party ever! Chris just can’t bring himself to hang cobwebs and cook curried slugs – he’s much more into bunting and fairy cakes!

A delightful story about blazing your own trail, perfect for reading aloud!


Harry in a Hurry, by Timothy Knapman and Gemma Merino, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

Harry in a Hurry is Timothy Knapman and Gemma Merino’s unique twist on the well-loved Aseop’s Fable, The Tortoise and the Hare. Harry the Hare is always in a hurry – he’s not even sure why! He eats fast and talks fast – and if he’s riding on his speedy scooter then you’d better watch out! But when Harry accidentally hurries his way into the local pond, and Tom the Tortoise fishes him out, Harry is forced to take a leaf out of Tom’s book and slow right down. In doing so he not only finds a new friend, but enjoys a whole new world of experiences.


Spot’s Fire Engine written and illustrated by Eric Hill, published by Penguin

A brilliant book and toy in one! Join Spot for a fun day out at the fire station. Then play with the fire-engine shaped book – press the button to bring it to life with sound and flashing light.

Spot is the fun first friend for new experiences, early learning and stories you can play with!


5 WILD SHAPES by Camilla Falsini, published by words&pictures on June 20th2019

While colourful birds perch in the trees, heart-shaped leaves flutter in the breeze.

This innovative board book uses a series of colourful spreads with sliding discs to introduce young children to basic shapes. Young readers can look at the animals in each scene, listen to the gently rhyming text and trace their fingers over the nature-inspired shapes. The books are robust and fun, perfect for encouraging a lively, interactive reading experience for children and adults, and developing young childrens’ motor skills, a key element in Montessori learning. In addition, the books encourage further learning with discussion of the habitat of each animal.


A Dog’s Tale written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Tony Ross, published by Scholastic

When a young puppy needs reassurance, a wise dog is there to offer canine tips for living life to the fullest. Crafted by two children’s book legends, this touching, heartfelt picture book is perfect for celebrating any of life’s big moments!



Supertato Carnival Catastro-Pea! by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, published by Simon & Schuster

It’s carnival time in the supermarket and the veggies are feeling festive! But someone is out to spoil the fun – with a devious device that could ruin EVERYTHING. Can Supertato and the veggies stop their colourful carnival from turning into a carnival catastro-pea?!