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New books in July (ages 0-5)

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Billy and the Dragon by Nadia Shireen, published by Random House

A story of empowerment with fairytale twists, bags of humour and an adventurous heroine to boot. Our fearless heroine Billy is back!

Whilst at a fancy-dress party, something terrible happens: Billy’s loyal sidekick Fatcat is kidnapped by a fire-breathing dragon. Uh-oh!

But luckily for Fatcat, Billy won’t stand for that: off she goes on a brave rescue mission…


Clem and Crab by Fiona Lumbers, published by Andersen Press

Clem is an explorer, a collector, a protector of the seas! Treasure hunting on her beloved beach, she stumbles across Crab, his claw stuck in a plastic bag. Crab will be much safer and happier in the city with Clem, but doesn’t he belong on the beach?

A stunningly illustrated timely tale of cleaning up our beaches, with the message that every small action helps.

Download Clem and Crab colouring sheets here!


Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Mermaid, written by Rhiannon Fielding and illustrated by Chris Chatterton, published by Penguin

Written specifically for bedtime, this story is full of shimmering fish, dancing crabs, a friendly whale… and one adventurous little mermaid!

Weaving a journey from lively beginning to gentle end, the ten minute countdown to bed is at the heart of this enchanting story. But will Splash get to bed on time? This beautifully illustrated picture book is the perfect length for sending little ones off to sleep.


The FurFins: TinyTail and the Lost Treasure, written by Alison Ritchie and illustrated by Aless Baylis, published by Bloomsbury

Beneath the silvery waves, nestled in a kaleidoscope of colourful coral, lies the magical Kingdom of Coralia. This is where the FurFins live: TinyTail, StarTail, CherryTail and a host of underwater creatures including clown fish, Giggle and Hee-hee, Cariad the octopus and the Travelling Turtles. 

When TinyTail loses her first scale, she can’t wait for the Scale Fairy to come and replace it with a glittering new scale. But disaster strikes when she drops her old scale in the deep ocean … Luckily her best friend StarTail comes to the rescue.

Packed with gorgeous colour illustrations, this charming underwater adventure is the first in an exciting new picture-book series featuring the endearing FurFins with their glittery tails and adorably furry faces!

Win 1 of 5 copies of The FurFins: TinyTail and the Lost Treasure


The Boy Who Knew Nothing by James Thorp and Angus Mackinnon, published by Templar Books

“On the day he was born, before he could crawl, the boy who knew nothing, knew nothing at all.”

There is a boy who knows nothing at all – everyone tells him so.

One day he discovers a strange creature in his parents’ wardrobe and – surprise, surprise – he doesn’t know what it is. The funny thing is that his mum and dad can’t tell him either. Determined to identify his new friend, the boy who knows nothing sets out on a quest for information!

Win 1 of 5 copies of The Boy Who Knew Nothing


Press and Play Noisy Animals, published by DK

Go on a counting adventure with your favourite animals in this noisy board book for little ones. With six high-quality animal sounds to press and count, easy-to-grip tabbed pages, and lots of cute animals to meet, this interactive book will appeal to young children and encourage early learning skills. Children will love meeting the playful animals, including one tooting elephant squirting water, two oinking pigs splashing in the mud, and three lions playing chase.

The lively pictures, together with the fun rhyme, ensure that children will be eager to return to this animal book again and again. Learning to count and name animals has never been so much fun!


Oi Duck-Billed Platypus by Kes Gray and Jim Field, published by Hodder Children’s Books

Oi! Where are duck-billed platypuses meant to sit? And kookaburras and hippopotamuses and all the other animals with impossible-to-rhyme-with names…

Over to you Frog! The laughter never ends with Oi Frog and Friends.


Beautiful Bananas by Elizabeth Laird and Liz Pichon, published by Oxford Children’s Books

Beatrice is taking a bunch of beautiful bananas to her grandad, but on the way a giraffe flicks them into the stream – splash! How will Beatrice get the bananas back? Find out and, on the way, meet hungry bees, playful monkeys, and even a sneezing elephant. A new edition of this timeless picture book by Elizabeth Laird and Liz Pichon.

Win one of three copies of Beautiful Bananas 


Mole and the Hole by Brayden Kowalczuk, published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Mole is stuck inside his hole. Every day he tries to get out, and every day the rocks block his way. Mole can’t understand it. After all, he’s never been any trouble to anyone. Has he?

Find out whether Mole will ever get above ground again in this riotously funny story about how NOT to be a good neighbour from debut picture-book artist Brayden Kowalczuk.


Bedtime for Baby Shark: Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo, illustrated by John Bajet, published by Scholastic

Sing and dance along with Baby Shark as he gets ready for bed in this playful song and story – the follow-up to the bestselling picture book! How does Baby Shark get ready for bed?
Brush your teeth! Doo doo doo doo doo doo!
Take a bath! Doo doo doo doo doo doo!
Read a book! Doo doo doo doo doo doo!
Off to sleep!

Sing, dance and read along to this brand-new bedtime song, featuring Baby Shark, Mama Shark, Daddy Shark, and more underwater friends. Also features helpful picture guides so readers can dance along, act out the hand and foot movements and develop their fine motor skills.


The Runaway Pea, written by Kjartan Poskitt and illustrated by Alex Willmore, published by Simon & Schuster

It’s time for tea, but one pesky pea has decided to ping himself off the plate in search of a party!

The rogue pea shoots, flings and bounces across the kitchen as he embarks on his perilous adventure – but will he find the fun he is looking for or is the kitchen a scarier place than he thought?

Download The Runaway Pea activity sheets here!


Prudence by Charlotte Gastaut, published by Thames and Hudson

Prudence’s parents are calling her to hurry up: it’s time to go! But she also must tidy up her room before going out. Prudence would much prefer to dream about other worlds… A surprise book full of cut-outs and transparent papers to play with, dream in and escape from one world to another over the pages.



Hello Horse, written by Vivian French and illustrated by Catherine Taylor, published by Walker Books

From much-loved author Vivian French and award-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner comes a charming new Nature Storybook about horses. Hello, Horse!gently introduces young children to Shannon, a friendly chestnut mare, and offers encouragement to children unfamiliar with or a little nervous of these large, beautiful creatures. The subtext is packed with practical tips, such as the right way to offer an apple, and also covers their behaviour – horses’ need for company, for example – and life cycle. Tender words and art combine to create a warm and witty introduction to horses … from the safety of the page!


Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Car Ride, published by Penguin

Peppa can’t wait to go for a day out with her family in their red car. But things don’t quite go to plan and the car starts making funny noises. Grandad Dog gives them a new blue car to use while he’s mending the red car, but when it starts to rain, Daddy Pig isn’t sure how to put up the roof . . . Oh no!


Alfie on Holiday by Shirley Hughes, published by Random House

Alfie is heading off to the seaside with his grandma, and makes a new friend on the beach!

But unfortunately all’s not fair in love and friendship, and Alfie – with a little help from Grandma and Bernard – has to discover what a true friend looks like.

A summer adventure which speaks to our experiences making friends from national treasure, Shirley Hughes