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Win a bumper bundle of Quarto books! For ages 5-8

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Win this bumper bundle of six books – Lights on Cotton Rock, Apple Cake, The Red Suitcase, A Little Bit Different, Winter Sleep and Wild in the Streets!

To win one bundle of books, please email amber.sherlock@quarto.com your name and full address details with the subject line: WBD SEPT. Do not change the subject line, emails without these details will be deleted. Competition closes at midnight on the 26thof September.

Read on for details of all these fantastic books!

 

Lights on Cotton Rock by David Litchfield

Heather is a little girl who wants to go to Outer Space, where the stars sparkle with magic and wonder. When a spaceship lands at Cotton Rock, it seems that all of her dreams have come true. But soon the alien has to leave. Will the spaceship ever come back? And if it does, is Heather ready to leave everything on Earth behind? In this new story, best-selling author and illustrator David Litchfield travels into space and through time to show that what we are looking for might be closer than we think.

 

Apple Cake: A Gratitude, written by Dawn Casey and illustrated by Genevieve Godbout

Thank you, hedge, / Thank you, tree. / Thank you, flower, / Thank you, bee. / Thank you, rain, / Thank you, sun. / Thank you, farmers, / every one.
 In this simple rhyming story from the author of Held in Love, a child says thank you for the gifts nature provides, from hazelnuts in the hedge to apples from the tree, eggs from the hens to milk from the cow. Eventually, the family has enough ingredients to make something special… a delicious apple cake!
 With captivating illustrations that brim with emotion, this sweet picture book encourages children to be grateful for the world around them – the perfect read for Thanksgiving. A recipe for apple cake at the end allows you and your child to share in the joyful gratitude.

 

The Red Suitcase, written by Giles Baum and illustrated by Amandine Piu

A beautiful and touching journey of one little dragon fleeing a home that has become dangerous and finding refuge in a new place and with new friends.
The Red Suitcase is a simple and allegorical story with evocative illustrations and minimal text depicting the plight of refugees. From the unrest they leave behind, the treacherous journey they undertake, the fear they are met with and finally the acceptance and helping hand that is, and should always, be offered to them. The Red Suitcase tells this story in its simplest form in a way that young children can understand and enjoy as one of friendship and acceptance. 

 

A Little Bit Different by Claire Alexander

A light and fun story depicting the journey from ignorance to acceptance and celebration. A Little Bit Different by Clare Alexander is a beautiful story exploring acceptance and joy in being different. Meet the ploofers. The ploofers have been practising something special which they all want to do at the exact same time – but wait! What’s that? One of them does something different! When one little ploofer goes against the usual flow of things, the rest of them turn their backs on him. But all it takes is for one person to recognise the beauty in being different to spark a change in attitude of everyone.
 With simple and striking illustrations, A Little bit Different is a joyful reading experience for both you and your child, with the opportunity to spark more meaningful discussions about people’s differences and how we accept and value them. 

 

Winter Sleep: A Hibernation Story by Sean Taylor, Alex Morss and Cinyee Chiu

In this cozy bedtime story, follow a child and his grandma through a winter landscape to explore how the Earth goes to sleep for winter. Spot the sleeping animals as the tale unfolds, then learn about their hibernation habits from the information pages at the end.
Co-authors Sean Taylor (picture book author) and Alex Morss (ecologist, journalist, and educator) offer a gentle introduction to the concept of hibernation. In the frosty, quiet forest, the snow blankets the ground and the trees have shed their leaves. Where have all the animals gone? Are they asleep too?
In each cutaway scene, see what the child cannot – that underground below his feet are dens with sleeping creatures, and within the hollow trunks of trees, animals are nesting. After the story, annotated illustrations explain the hibernation facts for each animal and what they will do when they wake up for spring.Cozy up as you expand you and your child’s knowledge of the natural world.

 

Wild in the Streets: 20 Poems of City Animals, written by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Mr Gordy Wright

This beautifully illustrated book pairs poetry with non-fiction, telling the fascinating stories of the animals who have found homes in our urban landscapes across the world, from the pythons traveling Singapore’s sewers to the monkeys living in India’s temples. Humans may have built towns and cities, but we aren’t the only ones who live in them. Given the smallest chance – a park, a garden, a window box; a basement, a subway tunnel, a bridge – wildlife manages to survive in the city. Among colourful illustrated pages buzzing with city life and animal activity, you’ll discover the host of wild animals who live among humans: butterflies, bats, spiders, honeybees, coyotes and more. Each animal’s story is told through a short poem accompanied by an informational paragraph. Some poems are comical, some poignant, and all make the reader see the world in a different way. After a rousing exploration of animal life, find definitions of the various types of poetry forms used in the book: haiku, cinquain, sonnet, terza rima, villanelle, triolet, reverso, acrostic and free verse.
Look around—you may discover you’re in an urban jungle!

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