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New books in November, ages 0-5

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Kiki and Jax, written by Marie Kondo and illustrated by Salina Yoon, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

Tidying superstar Marie Kondo brings her unique magic to Kiki and Jax, a charming picture book story about how tidying up can spark joy in the lives of young children.

Kiki and Jax are best friends – Jax enjoys sorting but Kiki enjoys collecting and gathers a lot of stuff. Soon her home is full of things all over the place. Where is Kiki’s ball? What did she do with her swimsuit? Her home has become an obstacle course and it’s hard for Kiki and Jax to play together. But Jax has a plan – he teaches Kiki how to sort everything and to keep only those things that spark joy.

Once she and Jax have tidied up, Kiki has room in her life for those things that matter the most – especially Jax!

An accessible introduction to Marie Kondo – complete with a special step-by-step folding activity – this charming story will make tidying fun for even the youngest of children!

 

The Dinky Donkey, written by Craig Smith and illustrated by Katz Cowley, published by Scholastic

The laugh-out-loud follow-up to the viral sensation The Wonky Donkeyis finally here! The Wonky Donkey has a daughter in this hilarious picture book sequel to the runaway hit.

The Dinky Donkey follows the same formula that made its predecessor a worldwide hit. Readers will love the antics of this stinky punky plinky plonky winky-tinky pinky funky blinky dinky donkey!

The viral internet sensation of “The Scottish Granny” reading The Wonky Donkey story to her grandchild has been viewed over 3 million times, and the picture book, based on the popular song, has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.

Win a copy of The Dinky Donkey

 

Dinosaurs vs Humans by Matt Robertson, published by Orchard Books

Everyone knows that Dinosaurs and Humans can’t play together . . . Or can they?

Dexter the dinosaur and Pearl the cavegirl are the very best of friends. There’s just one problem . . . Dinosaurs and Humans are NOT allowed to play together! No one remembers why. That’s just the way it’s always been.

But, when disaster strikes, can Dinosaurs and Humans learn to work together?

A rhyming adventure about friendship, community and celebrating difference.

 

Follow the Star: A pop-up Christmas Journey by Andy Mansfield, published by Templar
Follow the story of the Christmas star on Christmas Eve – a night when magical things happen. Discover it twinkling at the top of a huge pop-up Christmas tree, shining above Santa Claus to light his way and illuminating the three kings as they journey to Bethlehem. Featuring a foil star on every spread and intricate paper pop-ups, this is a lavish Christmas novelty book sure to make the perfect present.

Win a copy of Follow the Star

 

Aaahhh! by Guilherme Karsten, published by Thames & Hudson

A big noise echoes around the world, causing chaos and confusion. What could it be? A strange force from another world? An out-of-tune saxophonist? A meteor crashing into a horn factory? And where does it comes from? Everyone’s in for a big surprise when the truth comes out!

Win a copy of Aaahhh!

 

Fantastically Great Women boxset, written and illustrated by Kate Pankhurst, published by Bloomsbury

Celebrate some of the most extraordinary women and their remarkable lives with this gorgeous gift set of the wildly successful Fantastically Great Women picture books, written and illustrated by bestselling author and illustrator, Kate Pankhurst. This will make the perfect Christmas gift or birthday present for curious little minds. This brilliant collection includes:
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World
Fantastically Great Women Who Made History
Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders
Marvel at some of the world’s leading game changers and go-getters, read about the suffragettes and their fight for rights, fashion icons, artists and revolutionaries…you will even meet pharaohs, queens, scientists and great literary minds with this fact-packed and inspiring introduction to our history’s female leaders. Be prepared to be inspired by Frida Kahlo, Anne Frank, Emmeline Pankhurst and so many more brilliant women. This is a wonderful children’s non-fiction picture book gem for boys and girls ready to take on the world! A must have for all little bookshelves.

 

A Cats Christmas Carol, written by Sam Hay and illustrated by Helen Shoesmith, published by Simon & Schuster

It’s Christmas Eve and all the staff in the department store are on their way home for Christmas. All except one . . . Clawdia, the department store’s security cat! She doesn’t see the point in silly festive celebrations and would much rather prowl the corridors making sure everything is in order. But when three cold and lonely visitors turn up at the store, they teach Clawdia a few key lessons about the true meaning of Christmas.

 

The Boy Who Loved Everyone, written by Jane Porter and illustrated by Maisie Paradise Shearring, published by Walker Books

“I love you,” Dimitri tells everyone, from his friends at nursery to the big tree in the playground. But why does no one say it back? Dimitri worries no one loves him – until he finds out there are lots of different ways love can spread through the world. A touching and uplifting story, perfect for sharing.

 

100 First Dinosaur Words, published by DK

Help little dinosaur fans spot all their favourite prehistoric friends! Meet more than 40 mighty dinosaurs, with helpful pronunciation guides for their names, as well as other prehistoric creatures, dinosaur body parts, their eggs and babies, habitats, and skeletons.

From the biggest and smallest dinosaurs to meat eaters and plant eaters, from spiky, armoured dinosaurs to flying pterosaurs, giant fossil finds, and incredible prehistoric lands, 100 First Dinosaur Wordscovers everything little ones love about these awesome creatures.

The mix of impressive, computer-generated dinosaurs and humorous, cartoon-style pictures provides lots to talk, learn, and smile about, making this colourful dinosaur board book great for sharing, and an attractive baby, toddler, or preschool gift. Cleverly designed to inform and entertain, 100 First Dinosaur Wordstakes your little one on an exciting learning adventure.

 

The Story Orchestra: Swan Lake, written by Katy Flint and illustrated by Jessica Courtney Tickle, published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Discover the spellbinding magic of Swan Lake in this musical retelling of the ballet – push the button on each beautiful scene to hear the vivid sound of an orchestra playing from Tchaikovsky’s score.

This tale of a prince, a beautiful swan princess and an evil sorcerer begins in a woodland clearing far, far away. It is Prince Siegfried’s 21st birthday. He is playing games with his friends when his mother, the Queen, arrives to tell him he needs to stop having fun and start looking after the kingdom. Prince Siegfried dreams of running away.

As you and your little one journey through the magical scenes, you will press the buttons to hear 10 excerpts from the ballet’s music. At the back of the book, find a short biography of the composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, with details about his composition of Swan Lake. Next to this, you can replay the musical excerpts and, for each of them, read a discussion of the instruments, rhythms and musical techniques that make them so powerful. A glossary defines musical terms.

The Story Orchestra series brings classical music to life for children through gorgeously illustrated retellings of classic ballet stories paired with 10-second sound clips of orchestras playing from their musical scores.

 

Numberblocks Wipe Clean, published by Sweet Cherry Publishing

Writing and maths fun with the Numberblocks! Children can practice their number skills again and again in this wipe clean activity book.
Perfect for children aged 3+ who are learning how to count.

 

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