Thursday, 17 March 2022

It's Mine! by Emma Yarlett - The perfect book for Easter!

A hilariously funny, read-aloud story with cut-through reveals, from internationally celebrated author-
illustrator, Emma Yarlett. 




Once there was a mysterious thing. Nobody knew how it got there, it just was. “It’s mine, all MINE!” say Mouse, Frog, Fox and Bear. But is it a piece of fruit, a wheel, a ball, a chair or something else altogether? And who will get to keep it in the end?

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Also from Emma Yarlett...


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Available from all good booksellers.

Perfect books to celebrate mummies

Mother's Day is just around the corner and we have selected some of our favourite books that celebrate mums and grandmas! 

Mum, Me and the Mulberry Tree
by Tanya Rosie and illustrated by Chuck Groenink



As the sun starts to rise, a mother and daughter head out, hand in hand, on their annual outing together. A special tradition, just the two of them. They’re leaving the town behind and going to the wild fields, where their mulberry tree is waiting. There’s juice on their hands and stains on their shirts as they collect berries and share a picnic; then it's home to savour crumbly, sticky slices of fresh mulberry pie...

Brought to life by Chuck Groenink’s soft and vivid illustrations, this is a deeply resonant story, warm with the joy of tradition and the sweetness of moments spent with people we love.


Little Fish and Mummy
by Lucy Cousins


This heart-warming story follows Little Fish and Mummy on a rhyming adventure under the sea! Join them on their special day as Mummy Fish teaches Little Fish how to swim, blow big bubbles and say hello to all their friends. Little ones will love to read this story about the special bond between mother and child, perfect for Mother's Day gifting. This sturdy fish-shaped board book is ideal for tiny hands.

Mother's Day 
by Shirley Hughes


In this stunning gift edition of a classic story by Kate Greenaway-winning author, Shirley Hughes, Katy and her little brother Olly tell us about their day with Mum. From the fun of waking Mum and Dad up in the morning, getting the bus into town with Mum or even stories all together at bedtime, this joyous tale gives readers a snapshot into a child's day and celebrates the special bond between a mother and child.


Five Minutes' Peace: Books and Toy Gift Set
by Jill Murphy


"If you are not familiar with these stories, you really have not lived ... you just couldn't get better." Guardian

Mums everywhere will understand the plight of poor Mrs Large. All she wants is five minutes' peace and quiet away from her boisterous children! So, taking refuge in the bathroom, she fills herself a hot, foamy bubble bath and takes in a tray of her favourite breakfast and the morning paper. But there’s never a dull moment with the Large family, and it soon becomes clear that mum's quiet time is to be very short-lived! Family life is beautifully observed in this warm and funny modern classic from Jill Murphy, now available in this book and toy gift set! 


Baby, Sleepy Baby
by Atinuke and illustrated by Angela Brooksbank


A beautiful and lyrical book that celebrates the warmth and tenderness of wrapping baby in night-time's embrace. Based on a Nigerian lullaby sung to Atinuke by her father, this story delights in the magical moments shared with a whole family and their baby at bedtime.

My Grandma and Me 
by Mina Javaherbin and Lindsey Yankey 


While Mina is growing up in Iran, the centre of her world is her grandmother. Whether visiting friends next door, going to the mosque for midnight prayers during Ramadan, or taking an imaginary trip around the planets, Mina and her grandma are never far apart... At once deeply personal and utterly universal, this story is a love letter of the rarest sort: the kind that shares a bit of its warmth with every reader.

Heather Has Two Mummies
by Leslea Newman and illustrated by Laura Cornell


Heather's favourite number is two - she has two arms, two legs, two pets and two lovely mummies. But when Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy... and Heather doesn't have a daddy. But then the class all draw portraits of their families, and not one single drawing is the same. Heather and her classmates realize - it doesn't matter who makes up a family, the most important thing is that all the people in it love one another very much.

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Available from all good booksellers!

10 years of Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton

 


The hilarious read-aloud story by the multiple award-winning author-illustrator of A Bit LostShh! We Have a Plan, Goodnight Everyone, Don't Worry, Little Crab, and Maybe.

 Harris is off to do some shopping. "Will you be good, George?" he asks his dog. George hopes he can. He really wants to ... but chocolate cake is just so very delicious and he does love to chase cat... What will George do now?


Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Chris Haughton's distinctive artwork perfectly accompanies the innocent charm of affable George, a dog trying to be good – with hilarious results!


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The 10th Anniversary Edition of  Oh No, George! is now available to buy from all good booksellers, click here to find out more!

Thursday, 3 March 2022

New March Picture Book Releases

Check out a selection of our March releases below! 


The Boy with Flowers in His Hair
by Jarvis



David is the boy with flowers in his hair. He’s sweet and gentle, just like his petals. But when David’s flowers begin to fall – a single petal at first, then every last blossom – his best friend never leaves his side. And through kindness and creativity, he even finds a way to give David his colour back…

Beautifully illustrated and sensitively told, this story is about being there for someone when they are at their most vulnerable, and brings to life a pure and poignant friendship that children will never forget.



Bunnies in a Boat
by Philip Ardagh and illustrated by Ben Mantle



It's time for another wild bunny-tastic adventure! And this time, the bunnies have commandeered a BOAT! All across Sunnytown Beach, the Bunnies are dashing and a-splashing on a speedboat frenzy. They whoosh past the sail-boats, and zoooom across the sand, then it's up on to the jetty where silly billy Bunnies get all covered in spaghetti! But, oh no, where are the bunnies off to now? To the airport, across the tarmac ... it's bunnies on the PLANE. Here we go again...


A Good Place
by Lucy Cousins



Four insect friends are looking for a place to live – one that has flowers for Bee, leaves for Ladybird, a pond for Dragonfly and dead wood for Beetle. But – oh no! – with dangers all around, a good place is not so easy to find.


This brand new picture book from internationally acclaimed author-illustrator Lucy Cousins sees new depth and contrast to her familiar vivid colour palette. The story has a gentle, environmentally-conscious message that brings the natural world to joyful and vibrant life for young readers, inviting them to consider what they can do to help make our planet a good place for all living creatures.


Mum, Me and the Mulberry Tree
by Tanya Rosie and illustrated by Chuck Groenink



Will there be many and will they be ripe?
Mum whispers, "Just wait and see."

As the sun starts to rise, a mother and daughter head out, hand in hand, on their annual outing together. A special tradition, just the two of them. They’re leaving the town behind and going to the wild fields, where their mulberry tree is waiting. There’s juice on their hands and stains on their shirts as they collect berries and share a picnic; then it's home to savour crumbly, sticky slices of fresh mulberry pie...


Brought to life by Chuck Groenink’s soft and vivid illustrations, this is a deeply resonant story, warm with the joy of tradition and the sweetness of moments spent with people we love.


Arabic Folktales
by Rodaan Al Galidi, illustrated by Geertje Aalders and translated by Laura Watkinson


The twenty fables and folktales in this illustrated storybook have taken a long journey. Many have roots that stretch across Europe, Asia and Africa, but when award-winning writer and gatherer of tales Rodaan Al Galidi learned them in his homeland of Iraq, it was as Arabic folktales and as part of the Arabic storytelling tradition. When he migrated to the Netherlands, he shaped twenty of those tales into his debut book for children, which was translated to English by Laura Watkinson.


Filled with wisdom about love and acceptance, and warnings against folly, these elegantly translated stories of donkeys and roosters, kings, sheikhs, and paupers are exquisitely illustrated by cut-paper artist Geertje Aalders.

Beautifully packaged, Arabic Folktales is a rich and varied introduction to the world of Middle Eastern folklore.

Five Minutes' Peace
by Jill Murphy



"If you are not familiar with these stories, you really have not lived ... you just couldn't get better" Guardian

Mums everywhere will understand the plight of poor Mrs Large. All she wants is five minutes' peace and quiet away from her boisterous children! So, taking refuge in the bathroom, she fills herself a hot, foamy bubble bath and takes in a tray of her favourite breakfast and the morning paper. But there’s never a dull moment with the Large family, and it soon becomes clear that mum's quiet time is to be very short-lived! Family life is beautifully observed in this warm and funny modern classic from Jill Murphy.

Available for the first time with the cutest soft toy version of the Little One, this is the perfect present for your own little ones!

Ada and the Galaxies
by Alan Lightman & Olga Pastuchiv and illustrated by Susanna Chapman



There is so much for Ada to do while visiting her grandparents on an island in Maine, but no amount of beachcombing and kayaking during the day can take the place of looking at the bright and beautiful stars at night. She can hardly wait for the sun to set, but will a thick fog spoil her stargazing plans?



Photographs taken from the Hubble telescope are seamlessly layered with charming illustrations to beautifully bring to life this enchanting story of a curious child and her caring grandfather, who share a love for our incredible night sky and the mysteries it holds.

It's Mine!
by Emma Yarlett 



Once there was a mysterious thing. Nobody knew how it got there, it just was. “It’s mine, all MINE!” say Mouse, Frog, Fox and Bear. But is it a piece of fruit, a wheel, a ball, a chair or something else altogether? And who will get to keep it in the end?

Now out in Paperback!

Click here for our It's Mine! Activity Sheets.


Not That Pet!
by Smriti Halls and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw



Hooray! Mabel and her family are getting a pet! There's no time to lose! But which kind of animal should they choose? Not the snake – it's too scary. The elephant's too big. The worms are too wriggly and the hyena too giggly. Then Mabel has a perfect idea. But will her family agree? A laugh-out-loud rhyming story about finding the perfect pet – with plenty of hilarious twists along the way.

Now out in Paperback!

Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small
by Smriti Halls and illustrated by Ben Mantle



"We need more beautifully illustrated and involving non-fiction like this. Wade and Castrill√≥n introduce nanoscience with perfect clarity and inviting pictures." The Sunday Times

Everything is made from something ... but the way we make things, from the materials we use to the science and technology involved, is changing fast. Nano offers a fascinating narrative introduction to this cutting-edge area of STEM, better known by the name "nanotechnology". With words by Dr Jess Wade – a highly skilled physicist and trailblazing campaigner for diversity in STEM fields – and beautiful, dynamic pictures by award-winning artist Melissa Castrill√≥n, this is the perfect book for budding young scientists and engineers.


All of our March releases are now available from all good booksellers.