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A Song of Gladness
  • 3+
  • Michael Morpurgo & Emily Gravett
  • Macmillan
Travel the globe in this beautiful, inspiring journey through the animal kingdom, which encourages children to value the natural world and their place within it.
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I’m Sticking With You
  • 5+
  • Smriti Halls
  • Simon & Schuster
It's wonderful to have good friends to see you through the good times and the bad. But sometimes, friends can also be a bit . . . well . . . overbearing.
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Tad
  • 4+
  • Benji Davies
  • HarperCollins
A big story about a tiny tadpole – about growing up, branching out, and taking a leap into life.
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The Snowflake
  • 4+
  • Benji Davies
  • HarperCollins
An enchanting and timeless winter tale from one of today’s most celebrated picture book stars.
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Age 5-7

Claude In The City
  • 5+
  • Alex T Smith
  • Hachette
When Mr and Mrs Shinyshoes set off for work, Claude decides what adventure he wants to have that day. Today he and Sir Bobblysock go to the city for the very first time.
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Mermaid School
  • 6+
  • Lucy Courtenay
  • Anderson Press
Filled with fabulous fishy fun, Mermaid School is perfect for fans of Unicorn Academy and Dork Diaries!
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The Jolley-Rogers and the Pirate Piper
  • 5+
  • Jonny Duddle
  • Templar
One morning the townspeople of Dull-on-Sea wake to find that their town is overrun with rats.
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The Dragonsitter
  • 5+
  • Josh Lacey and Garry Parsons
  • Andersen Press
'Dear Uncle Morton. You'd better get on a plane right now and come back here. Your dragon has eaten Jemima.'
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Age 7-9

InvestiGators
  • 7+
  • John Patrick Green
  • Macmillan
Mango and Brash are the InvestiGators: sewer-loving agents of S.U.I.T. and scourge of supervillains everywhere!
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The Nothing To See Here Hotel
  • 7+
  • Steven B and Steven L
  • Simon & Schuster
Welcome to The Nothing to See Here Hotel! A hotel for magical creatures, where weird is normal for Frankie Banister and his parents who run the hotel.
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The Boy Who Grew Dragons
  • 7+
  • Andy Shepherd
  • Piccadilly Press
When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of his grandad's garden, he doesn't think much of it. But he takes the funny fruit from the tree back into the house - and gets the shock and delight of his life when a tiny dragon hatches!
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The Dragon and her Boy
  • 7+
  • Penny Chrimes
  • Hachette
A story of a the very last living dragon, stuck living in a tunnel under London, and the boy who unintentially finds himself as her protector.
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Age 9-11

The Ickabog
  • 9+
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Hachette
The Ickabog is coming… A mythical monster, a kingdom in peril, an adventure that will test two children’s bravery to the limit. Discover a brilliantly original fairy tale about the power of hope and friendship to triumph against all odds, from one of the world’s best storytellers. The Ickabog © J.K. Rowling 2020
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Rumaysa: A Fairytale
  • 8+
  • Radiya Hafiza
  • Macmillan
Step into a Once Upon a Time where anything is possible... Radiya Hafiza's enchanting and funny debut weaves together three stories, spinning the classic fairytale to show that anyone can be a hero.
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Coming To England
  • 9+
  • Floella Benjamin
  • Macmillan
This is the incredible story of Floella's journey from Trinidad to London, as part of the Windrush generation, to the House of Lords. It is gloriously illustrated throughout by Joelle Avelino.
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Murder on the Safari Star
  • 9+
  • M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman
  • Macmillan
Harrison Beck and his Uncle Nat are on the journey of a lifetime aboard the Safari Star – a luxurious steam train that will take them from Pretoria to the stunning Victoria Falls.
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Age 11+

Bad Habits
  • 12+
  • Flynn Meaney
  • Penguin Random House
Fed up with life inside the hallowed halls of St. Mary's, Alex decides to take matters into her own hands. She's going to stage the school's first ever production of The Vagina Monologues.
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That Time I Got Kidnapped
  • 9+
  • Tom Mitchell
  • HarperCollins
Jacob finds himself on the road-trip of a lifetime with an unwitting partner in crime. Will he make it to LA in time – and in one piece? A funny, filmic, page-turning adventure, ideal for readers aged 11+.
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Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean
  • 10+
  • Justin Somper
  • UCLan
Caught in a vicious storm, twins Connor and Grace are shipwrecked and separated in the cold, cruel ocean. Connor is saved by The Diablo (a notorious pirate ship) and Grace is saved by a ship of Vampirates.
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The Valentines: Happy Girl Lucky
  • 13+
  • Holly Smale
  • HarperCollins
Sisters Hope, Faith and Mercy have everything: fame, success, money and beauty. But what Hope wants most of all is love, and it doesn’t matter how far she has to go to find it.
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Non-fiction and Poetry

The Queen’s Wardrobe
  • 7+
  • Julia Golding & Kate Hindley
  • Macmillan
The story of the life of Queen Elizabeth II, told through her clothes and jewellery – and a gorgeous gift to treasure.
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You Are Awesome
  • 7+
  • Matthew Syed
  • Hachette
Practical, insightful and positive, this is the book to help children build resilience, embrace their mistakes and grow into successful, happy adults.
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Dare To Be You
  • 9+
  • Matthew Syed
  • Hachette
This groundbreaking, practical and positive book will help kids develop the inner confidence to grow into happy adults who know - and, more importantly, LIKE - themselves.
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How To Change The World
  • 5+
  • Rashmi Sirdeshpande
  • Penguin Random House
Discover the astonishing things humans can achieve: from the campaign for women's votes, to the efforts to heal the ozone layer.
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