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Building a Home is a beautifully illustrated picture book guide to exactly how an old building can become a brand-new home.
With action-packed artwork from Klas Fahlen and a gentle narrative text by Polly Faber, find out all about the people, machines, processes and tools involved in breathing new life into an old building. Packed with builders, cranes, diggers, cement mixers and a host of other exciting tools and machinery, follow a crumbling old factory on the edge of town as it goes from being an empty shell to something entirely new . . . a home.
(Hardcover / 32 pages / $26)
Our personal note: We think this book could give young readers an understanding of how their HDB homes are built and help them appreciate the hard work of our construction workers.
So you hate reading. That's fine. Don't carry on. Stop. And certainly don't pick up this fun, exuberant book, full of tips on how to get through the dreaded twenty minutes' reading a day...
Written and designed by debut author Beth Bacon - with a lot of help from her two young sons - this book is the most fun that a parent and reading-reluctant child can have together. Each page is a bold blast of colour with powerful, exclamatory text that will have young readers laughing out loud, turning the pages, and reading.
~ Beth Bacon is an author of children's books and a high school French teacher. Her books bring humour to the experience of struggling readers. She has an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in the northwest of the USA
(Hardcover / 112 pages / $23)
Meet Marie Tharp (1920-2006), the first person to map the Earth’s underwater mountain ridge, in this inspiring picture book biography from the author of Shark Lady.
From a young age, Marie Tharp loved watching the world. She loved solving problems. And she loved pushing the limits of what girls and women were expected to do and be.
In the mid-twentieth century, women were not welcome in the sciences, but Marie was tenacious. She got a job at a laboratory in New York. But then she faced another barrior: women were not allowed on the research ships (they were considered bad luck on boats). So instead, Marie stayed back and dove deep into the data her colleagues recorded. She mapped point after point and slowly revealed a deep rift valley in the ocean floor. At first the scientific community refused to believe her, but her evidence was irrefutable. She proved to the world that her research was correct. The mid-ocean ridge that Marie discovered is the single largest geographic feature on the planet, and she mapped it all from her small, cramped office.
~ Jess Keating is a zoologist-turned-author who writes with the sort of wisdom you can only get from multiple crocodile bites and skunk sprays.
(Hardcover / 34 pages / $31 / 4 - 8 years)
An utterly hilarious step-by-step guide to writing a book, as told by a child “author.“
Want to write a book? Well, the spunky, know-it-all narrator of this side-splitting story can tell you just how to do it. She walks readers through the whole process, from deciding what to write about (like dump trucks or The Olden Days) to writing a story that doesn’t put everyone to sleep and getting people to buy your book (tips: be nice, give them cookies, and if all else fails, tie them to a chair).
Packed with wit and charm and whimsical illustrations, this picture book delivers an outrageously silly story that is sure to have young readers–and writers!–howling with laughter.
(Hardcover / 40 pages / 4 - 8 years / $31)
How should I sound?
How should I look?
When it’s my turn to speak,
I go quiet.
Here is the story of an introverted girl, hiding in silence in a world that seems overpowering and hostile. In the power of imagination and the pages of books, she sees possibilities for herself and discovers a place where her words ring loud and true.
David Ouimet’s exquisite debut translates the interior world of an anxious child into intricate paintings that convey how it feels to be lonely, isolated, and scrutinized―and how it feels to break free and soar. I Go Quiet will resonate with anyone who has struggled to find their voice.
(Hardcover / 48 pages / 6 - 8 years / $27)
This enchantingly illustrated natural history of fairies, compiled in the 1920s by the botanist Professor Elsie Arbour for her niece, is now unveiled for readers of today.
Featuring a gold foil–embossed cloth cover, a ribbon marker, and sprayed gold edges, this gorgeous volume is filled with colorful sketches and precise notes detailing the secret life of fairies and their important role in the natural world.
Inside, you will discover the wide and wonderful array of different species of fairy around the globe and explore where and how they live. Delight in this hidden world as you learn all about:
Concluding with a reminder that we must protect the endangered habitats of fairies, and all other creatures too, this is a book to be treasured for a lifetime.
(Hardcover / 64 pages / $43)
This magical and fun-filled story about how unicorns got their horns is the first in a new series about how magical creatures came to have their gifts.
Do you know how unicorns got their horns? It all began once upon a magic forest, when a little girl called June discovered tiny horses learning how to fly in her garden. But one of the poor horses couldn’t fly at all! So, with the help of her parents, June thought of a very sweet and very delicious way to make her new friend happy. I wonder what it could have been…
Themes of kindness, perseverance and never being afraid to ask for help are threaded into this joyful tale full of magic, colour and happiness.
(40 pages / 4 - 7 years / $16)
Celebrate the magic of Christmas time with this well-loved traditional poem, The Twelve Days of Christmas, beautifully illustrated by Laura Hawthorne.
Take a walk through each beautiful scene brimming with details that will remind you of the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. Perfect to read with your true love.
"Hawthorne’s illustrations have a busy, folk-art style that will invite readers to pore over pages to find the animals, items, and people named in this old Christmas carol. Foil detailing on the cover art adds festive flair to the book’s design...Readers are invited to play an I spy sort of game with the pages, seeking out everything from the single partridge in a pear tree to the 12 drummers drumming at the book’s end." Kirkus review
(Hardcover / 32 pages / 2- 12 years / $24)
A great magician never reveals their secrets, but Marvelous Magicians reveals the names of eight groundbreaking illusionists, both famous and lesser-known, who shaped modern magic.
Through a magical blend of biography, history, and illustration, this book spotlights an array of magicians, including one of the first female magicians, Adelaide Herrmann; African American illusionist Richard Potter, “The Handcuff King” Harry Houdini, and Houdin, Houdini’s namesake and inspiration.
With two spectacular fold-out pages revealing the secret workings of the Automaton Chess Player and Howard Thurston’s dramatic transformation of an empty box into a world of wonders, this book examines the early history of magic, the eight magic effects on which all tricks are based, the necessary components of a magician’s toolbox, and the underrated role of the magician’s assistant.
The book’s grand finale features advice on becoming a magician, an introduction to contemporary magicians from around the world, and an exploration of the hidden societies who have kept the secrets of illusions closely guarded for decades.
Vibrantly illustrated and written in a theatrical style, Marvelous Magicians is the perfect magical book for Christmas.
(Hardcover / 48 pages / 9 - 12 years / $29)
Children Draw is a concise, richly illustrated book, aimed at parents, teachers, and caretakers, that explores why children draw and the meaning and value of drawing for youngsters—from toddlers aged two to pre-adolescents aged twelve.
Informed by psychology and practical teaching with children, it guides readers through the progressive stages and characteristics of drawing development as children grow and change mentally, physically, socially, emotionally, and creatively. It offers parents tips about encouraging children to express their ideas visually, age-appropriate art materials, workspaces, and different media, as well as suggestions for making an art museum visit more meaningful—not to mention more fun—for both parents and kids.
Packed with many delightful examples of children’s art, Children Draw is an essential book for parents interested in their child’s art activities.
(192 pages / $28)
This beautiful deluxe edition contains the complete and unabridged text of Roald Dahl’s beloved novel with brand-new illustrations throughout by Sarah Walsh.
Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different, but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull, she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It will take superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves, and Matilda may be just the one to do it!
(Hardcover / 192 pages / 6 - 9 years / $43)
With a strong message of hope, interconnectedness, and empowerment, This Small Blue Dot features a little girl explaining the world to her baby sister. She hits on small wonders, big lessons, and everything in between, from sharing the joy of silly dances to contemplating the nature of this “small blue dot” we all live on.
Author and illustrator Zeno Sworder, who hails from a multicultural background, wrote this story when his daughter was unable to find picture books with characters who looked like her. His precocious young narrator has opinions on plenty of things: nature and the environment, embracing difference, the power of imagination―and the trouble with broccoli.'
Rich pencil and crayon illustrations conjure up memories of childhood in this celebration of who we are, where we come from, and where our dreams may take us. In This Small Blue Dot, Sworder captures not only life lessons but also the fun, often strange experience of being a member of the human family on planet Earth.
(Hardcover / 32 pages / $23)
It's OK not to be OK acknowledges and explores common mental health disorders such as depression, eating disorders, and anxiety. Get the low down on these issues, why they happen, and discover ways of looking after mental health in our fast-moving world.
This book will help children and young people develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.
Dr. Tina Rae is a Child Psychologist, author, and expert on the social, emotional, and mental health of children and young people. She has over 30 years' experience working with children, adults, and families in both clinical and educational contexts within local authorities and specialist educational services.
Tina is a member of the British Psychological Society, the editorial board for the journal Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, and for the International Journal of Nurture in Education. She also provides supervision for school based staff in both special and mainstream contexts as well as Educational Psychology and specialist teaching services.
(64 pages / 9-11 years - $23)
Join the call for a better world with this picture book about a school where diversity and inclusion are celebrated.
Discover a school where—no matter what—young children have a place, have a space, and are loved and appreciated.
Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where students from all backgrounds learn from and celebrate each other’s traditions. A school that shows the world as we will make it to be.
(Hardcover / 44 pages / 4 - 8 years / $31)
The perfect graduation gift, encouraging readers to have a positive outlook as they learn to face life’s obstacles.
As one artist incorporates accidental splotches, spots, and misshapen things into her art, she transforms her piece in quirky and unexpected ways, taking readers on a journey through her process. Told in minimal, playful text, this story shows readers that even the biggest “mistakes” can be the source of the brightest ideas—and that, at the end of the day, we are all works in progress, too.
“Mistakes in art–as in life–happen, and Luyken shows young readers in a glorious way how they often lead to bigger and better outcomes than anyone could imagine.”–BookPage
(Hardcover / 56 pages / 4 - 8 years / $32)
You probably remember the story of the bear who found the piano in the woods and grew up to become a huge star. He played his music in front of millions of adoring fans and all of his wildest dreams came true. But now, the audiences are smaller, the pianos less grand, and the applause is dying away. So Bear decides to retire.
Back in the woods, he is sad that his dream is over but he soon has something to distract him: Little Bear! When Little Bear stumbles upon his piano in the woods, she can’t believe it when her father says that no one wants to hear his music anymore. So she comes up with a plan to prove him wrong.
The final book in the award-winning, best-selling trilogy shows that while fame and fortune might be temporary, the best songs stay in your heart forever.
(Hardcover / 40 pages / $24)
Freja arrives in Singapore during the month of the hungry ghost, when old spirits are said to roam the streets and families must make offerings to appease their ancestors. She’s homesick for her Danish hometown and isn’t sure she fits in with the ‘happy family’ of her father, her step-mother and twin step-brothers.
As Freja tries to settle into her new life, a mysterious girl in a white dress starts to appear to her, seeming to beckon her on. Following this figure, Freja begins to unravel an old family mystery – one that must be solved before the month is over, to allow both girls to be freed from secrets long-buried.
The Hungry Ghost is an adventure story for middle-grade readers, set in the real world with fantasy elements. At its heart is a mystery and a deep love of family—both the living and those we have lost.
(256 pages / $17)
I know what it's like to be small in the city...
Being small can be overwhelming in a city. People don't see you. The loud sounds of the sirens and cyclists can be scary. And the streets are so busy it can make your brain feel like there's too much stuff in it. But if you know where to find good hiding places, warm dryer vents that blow out hot steam that smells like summer, music to listen to or friends to say hi to, there can be comfort in the city, too.
We follow our little protagonist, who knows all about what it's like to be small in the city, as he gives his best advice for surviving there. As we turn the pages, Sydney Smith's masterful storytelling allows us to glimpse exactly who this advice is for, leading us to a powerful, heart-rending realization...
(40 pages / age 4 + / $18)
Rice from Heaven is a true story about compassion and bravery as a young girl and her community in South Korea help deliver rice via balloons to the starving and oppressed people in North Korea.
Yoori lives in South Korea and doesn't know what North Korea is like, but her father (Appa) does. Appa grew up in North Korea, where he did not have enough food to eat. Starving, he fled to South Korea in search of a better life. Yoori doesn't know how she can help as she's only a little "grain of rice" herself, but Appa tells her that they can secretly help the starving people by sending special balloons that carry rice over the border.
Villagers glare and grumble, and children protest feeding the enemy, but Yoori doesn't back down. She has to help. People right over the border don't have food. No rice, and no green fields.
With renewed spirit, volunteers gather in groups, fill the balloons with air, and tie the Styrofoam containers filled with rice to the tails of the balloons. With a little push, the balloons soar up and over the border, carrying rice in the darkness of the night over to North Korea.
(40 pages / 4 - 8 years / $34)
Moving from one home to another is often stressful for adults and children alike – even more so if it involves frequent relocations to different countries. On top of the physically exhausting processes like house hunting and packing, the constant change in environment can also take a heavy toll on one’s emotions, particularly affecting the young.
Eugenia Mello was inspired by her own nomadic childhood to tell the story of a lonely young girl who eventually finds a ‘family’ within her new community through art, dance, and music. Besides its simple yet compelling narrative, Moving also features stunning illustrations that reflect the subtle beauty in the author’s perspectives and experiences.
(Hardcover / 5 - 8 years old / 40 pages / $26)
Long ago, in ancient Japan, two ninja warriors had everything they wanted in life, except for a child. So they decided to bake one! Out of the oven leaped a speedy, sneaky, and brave Ninjabread Man... who went on to cause absolute chaos! This hilarious tale will be sure to thrill readers aged 6+.
(Hardcover / 6 - 8 years / 32 pages / $9)
Irresistible, laugh aloud story all about the power of books and the imagination
You have opened a very special book. This book can do something that has NEVER been achieved before. This book can read your mind. I will just need you to think of something, but whatever you do, don't think of anything SILLY. You know, like a pink elephant…When the page is turned, sure enough, a pink elephant appears!
This funny interactive book plays on the idea that when you’re told NOT to think of something, somehow it is all you can think about. What if the scientist tells you not to think of the elephants on unicycles playing the tuba? Or wearing silly pants? As the book continues, and more and more silliness ensues, the scientist is distraught but there is plenty of fun in store for the reader. This is a hilarious book to occupy young children who are cooped up indoors.
(Hardcover / 32 pages / 2 - 5 years / $23)
When the wicked Star Queen shipwrecks her daughter, Snow White, on a remote forest planet, the plucky princess uses her engineering know-how to rebuild her ruined spacecraft into robot helpers! Can she and her mechanical friends find a way to defeat the Star Queen once and for all?.
(Hardcover / 6 - 8 years / 32 pages / $9)
From World War II London to outer space, meet the coolest cats in history in a colourful illustrated compendium of famous felines and cat facts.
Drawing from the thrilling lives of more than 30 adorable cats throughout history, Kimberlie Hamilton retells the fascinating tales of cats through the centuries. '
Meet Mrs. Chippy, a cat who joined a daring ocean journey to Antarctica, or Simon, the only cat to receive a medal for wartime bravery, and dozens more. Filled with colourful depictions of each cat and feline facts throughout, this is the perfect gift for cat and history lovers alike.
(Hardcover / 8 - 12 years / 160 pages / $22)
A wittily illustrated anthology of poems, designed to be read aloud. 20 poems by the award winning Joseph Coelho will arm children with techniques for lifting poetry off the page and performing with confidence. Perfect for confident children and shy readers alike, this book teaches all sorts of clever ways to performing poetry. Children will learn 20 techniques for reading aloud by trying out 20 funny and thoughtful original poems.
There are tongue twisters, poems to project, poems to whisper, poems to make you laugh. There are poems to perform to a whole class and others to whisper in somebody's ear. Richly textured, warm and stylish illustration by Daniel Gray-Barnett bring each page to life.
(Hardcover / 5 - 10 years old / 40 pages / $26)
Did you know that everything you touch has been designed? Your toothbrush, your clothes, your scooter. . . and this book!
A design can be as small as a toothbrush . . . or as BIG as a skyscraper. Every design starts in someone's imagination - an imagination just like yours.
Travel through one day and discover how the world around you has been designed - even though we don't always realise it! Question HOW everyday items have been designed, and WHY they look the way they do.
Guaranteed to make you see the world a little differently, pick up your pencil and imagine your own designs. What will you design?
With facts and questions to inspire all budding designers and get creative minds whirring - and featuring iconic designs from the enthusiasts at the V&A.
(Hardcover / 48 pages / 4 - 8 years / $28)
The ultimate craft inspiration for creative children.
Everyday materials are transformed into all kinds of stunning and practical projects, from toy animals and vehicles to dressing-up props, decorations, games, and even fun storage solutions. Each section is dedicated to a different base object: cardboard boxes; paper plates; cardboard tubes; materials from nature; and egg cartons. With twenty projects per section to choose from, and 100 projects overall, this book will appeal to a wide range of ages and interests.
Children will be entertained for hours with this invaluable collection of crafty makes, and even the whole family can be involved in recycling everyday objects and turning them into exciting projects.
(Hardcover / 160 pages / 4 - 7 years / $28)
Little Lucy Lupin is sweet and dimpled – and a dreadful LIAR. The trouble is, it’s impossible not to believe her – she’s so perfectly cute. Not once, not twice, but three times the library is evacuated when Lucy says there’s a terrifying lion on the loose. But what will happen when Lucy’s lie comes true . . .?
A hilarious reimagining of The Boy Who Cried Wolf – with a truly DELICIOUS twist!
(32 pages / 4- 8 years / $16)
Once upon a time, a princess slept in a magical tower cloaked in thorns and roses.
When she woke, she found no Prince Charming, only a surfeit of hair and grotesquely long fingernails—which was, honestly, better than some creep who acted without consent. She cut off her long braids and used them to escape. But she kept the beard because it made a great disguise.
This is not a story about finding true love’s kiss—it’s a story about finding yourself. On a pirate ship. Where you belong.
But these are no ordinary pirates aboard The Puffy Peach, serving under Filthy Lucre, the one-eyed parrot pirate captain. First there’s Vic, a swole and misogynistic centaur on a mission to expunge himself of the magic that causes him to conjure tea and dainty cupcakes in response to stress. Then there’s Tempest, who’s determined to become the first dryad lawyer—preferably before she takes her ultimate form as a man-eating tree. They’re joined by Alobartalus, an awkward and unelfly elf who longs to meet his hero, the Sn’archivist who is said to take dictation directly from the gods of Pell. Throw in some mystery meat and a dastardly capitalist plot, and you’ve got one Pell of an adventure on the high seas!
In this new escapade set in the magical land of Pell, Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne lovingly skewer the tropes of fairy tales and create a new kind of fantasy: generous, gently humorous, and inclusive. There might also be otters.
(400 pages / Age 14+ / $29)
Elise Gravel is back with a whimsical look at one of her family’s most beloved pastimes: mushroom hunting!
Combining her love of getting out into nature with her talent fora anthropomorphizing
everything, Gravel takes us on a magical tour of the forest floor and examines a handful of her favorite alien specimens up close. While the beautiful coral mushroom looks like it belongs under the sea, the peculiar lactarius indigo may be better suited for outer space!
From the fun-to-stomp puffballs to the prince of the stinkers—the stinkhorn mushroom—and the musically inclined chanterelles, Gravel shares her knowledge of this fascinating kingdom by bringing each species to life in full felt-tip marker glory.
The Mushroom Fan Club promises to inspire kids to look more closely at the world around them and seek out all of life’s little treasures, stinky or not!
(Hardcover / 56 pages / $30)
Featuring 20 outstanding women from the internationally best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series—including famous scientists, writers, activists, artists, and adventurers—this stylishly illustrated matching game is an entertaining way to inspire and sharpen the minds of little dreamers everywhere.
Discover inspiring female role models by matching the famous faces of: Maya Angelou, Jane Austen, Josephine Baker, Coco Chanel, Agatha Christie, Marie Curie, Simone de Beauvoir, Amelia Earhart, Ella Fitzgerald, Anne Frank, Jane Goodall, Audrey Hepburn, Frida Kahlo, Ada Lovelace, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Geogia O’Keefe, Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks, Mother Theresa, and Harriet Tubman.
With three different ways to play, this game offers endless hours of fun and learning. With two or more players, lay the cards in row and, for each turn, turn two over and look for a match. You’ll need to use your observation, concentration, and memory skills to win! You can also use them in a storytelling memory game, where one person begins a story using any card, then the players take turns repeating the story and then adding new characters elements with each turn. You can also play on your own by mixing the cards up and looking for matches, or use the cards as storytelling prompts.
Little People, BIG DREAMS is an empowering series that offers inspiring messages to children of all ages.
(20 pairs of cards to match / $28)
Raffles Hotel is the best known, oldest and most elegant hotel in Singapore. When it was first built in 1887, it stood on Beach Road, opposite the sea. Nowadays, Beach Road is in the middle of a thriving, modern city.
There are many tales of weird and wonderful events at this beautiful hotel. And hundreds of famous people have stayed there. Here, in the Raffles Readers, you will meet some characters who maybe, just maybe, could have stayed in the hotel. Who knows? Stories spanning from the 1920s to 2000s, these imaginative tales draw in the young readers to the wonderous world inside the iconic Raffles hotel and the adventures
of its eclectic guest list.
(304 pages / $30)
My Story: Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan is the thrilling story of British-Indian World War Two heroine, Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan.
It’s 1940 and hundreds of families are being forced to flee Nazi-occupied France. Noor refuses to stand by while Nazi forces invade her home and terrorise her people, so she travels to England and signs up to join the war efforts, despite her mother’s wishes.It isn’t long before her talents are noticed and she is chosen by Winston Churchill to sneak back into France as an undercover agent. Noor returns home – but this time, as a secret agent…Can Noor keep her true identity hidden, report her findings back to London and help the Allies win the war?
Noor Inayat Khan, the ravishingly beautiful Sufi princess, musician, celebrated author and resistance fighter against the Nazi regime. She served as a secret agent in France during the Second World War and was ultimately murdered by the Nazis in Dachau concentration camp.
(208 pages / 8 - 12 years / $16)
Can two children escape North Korea on their own?
North Korea. December, 1950.
Twelve-year-old Sora and her family live under an iron set of rules: No travel without a permit. No criticism of the government. No absences from Communist meetings. Wear red. Hang pictures of the Great Leader. Don’t trust your neighbors. Don’t speak your mind. You are being watched.
But war is coming, war between North and South Korea, between the Soviets and the Americans. War causes chaos–and war is the perfect time to escape. The plan is simple: Sora and her family will walk hundreds of miles to the South Korean city of Busan from their tiny mountain village. They just need to avoid napalm, frostbite, border guards, and enemy soldiers.
But they can’t. And when an incendiary bombing changes everything, Sora and her little brother Young will have to get to Busan on their own. Can a twelve-year-old girl and her eight-year-old brother survive three hundred miles of warzone in winter?
Haunting, timely, and beautiful, this harrowing novel offers readers a glimpse into a vanished time and a closed nation.
(Hardcover / 320 pages / 8 - 12 years / $31)
“If you like, I’ll tell you the story of a boy who learned to fly.”
Through an enchanted conversation with a young girl in a horse-drawn coach, Hans Christian Andersen shares his life’s struggles, dreams, and triumphs—whose threads can be found woven into his greatest stories. He tells her about the “fairy tale of his life” and how the son of a shoemaker became a celebrated writer.
Heinz Janisch paints a sensitive portrait of Andersen and his literary work. Maja Kastelic has developed a well-suited illustration concept for this story that combines sumptuous art of a picture book with elements of a graphic novel. Thus, for the first time, H. C. Andersen’s life and work become a fascinating collage in picture book form.
A moving, inventive story about the life of Hans Christian Andersen.
(Hardcover / 56 pages / 4 - 8 years / $33)
The true story of Fauja Singh, who broke world records to become the first one hundred-year-old to run a marathon, shares valuable lessons on the source of his grit, determination to overcome obstacles, and commitment to positive representation of the Sikh community.
Every step forward is a victory.
Fauja Singh was born determined. He was also born with legs that wouldn't allow him to play cricket with his friends or carry him to school miles from his village in Punjab. But that didn't stop him. Working on his family's farm, Fauja grew stronger to meet his own full potential.
He never stopped striving. At the age of 81, after a lifetime of making his body, mind, and heart stronger, Fauja decided to run his first marathon. He went on to break records all around the world and became the first person over 100 to complete the grueling long-distance race. He is now 109 years old.
With exuberant text by Simran Jeet Singh and exhilarating illustrations by Baljinder Kaur, the true story of Fauja Singh reminds us that it's both where we start and how we finish that make our journeys unforgettable.
(Hardcover / 48 pages / 4 - 8 years / $31)
A touching story about Japanese American children who corresponded with their beloved librarian while they were imprisoned in World War II internment camps.
When Executive Order 9066 is enacted after the attack at Pearl Harbor, children’s librarian Clara Breed’s young Japanese American patrons are to be sent to prison camp. Before they are moved, Breed asks the children to write her letters and gives them books to take with them.
Through the three years of their internment, the children correspond with Miss Breed, sharing their stories, providing feedback on books, and creating a record of their experiences. Using excerpts from children’s letters held at the Japanese American National Museum, author Cynthia Grady presents a difficult subject with honesty and hope.
(32 pages / 4-8 years / $14).
This empowering picture book teaches readers that even great ideas sometimes get a NO―but that NO can actually help great ideas become the best ideas!
There was a little girl who had a great idea. She had the most amazing, superb, best idea ever!
NO? Wait, what do you mean NO? NO again?
What is she supposed to do with all these NO's?
NO after NO after NO come the little girl's way, twisting and squishing her idea. But by persevering, collaborating and using a little imagination, all those NO's become the building blocks for the biggest YES ever!
A Thousand NO's is a story about perseverance and innovation. It shows what amazing things can happen if we don't give up, and teaches kids not to let expectations of how things should be get in the way of what could be.
(Hardcover / 40 pages / 4 - 8 years / $31)
Something smells like trouble! Can five princess heroes and one Goat Avenger pool their talents to vanquish a monstrous stink?Everyone's favourite princess returns for her smelliest battle yet. A foul cloud is plaguing the goat pasture, and it smells worse than sweaty socks and mouldy milk on a hot summer's day. But every time the Princess in Black and her friend the Goat Avenger manage to get rid of the odour, they accidentally blow it to another kingdom! Other masked heroes and their trusty companions show up to help, but how do you battle a stench when your ninja moves fail? Featuring three new princess superheroes and an unbearably big stink.
(96 pages / age 5+ / $14)
David Attenborough: explorer, broadcaster, natural historian. Explore the beauty of the world we inhabit with national treasure, David Attenborough.
A Life Story: this gripping series throws the reader directly into the lives of modern society's most influential figures. With striking black-and-white illustration along with timelines and fascinating facts.
(256 pages / 9 - 10 years / $14)
A compelling story that pays tribute to the power of imagination, education and family, set against the backdrop of World War One
In this astonishingly-drawn wartime story, a little girl called Rosalie is a captain on a very secret mission – a mission to learn how to read. Mother reads often to Rosalie, especially when Father sends them letters from the front line describing the forest in the distance, the churned-up soil and the soldiers hiding in holes. But as Rosalie gets further along in her mission and begins to piece together the words in her father’s letters, the truth about the consequences of war are finally and irrevocably revealed.
(64 pages / 8 - 12 years / $16)
How does the Royal Family live so happily when they have nothing?
In the kingdom of Nothing, there really was nothing. No toys or TVs. No tablets or phones. No bicycles or tricyles or anything at all. Yet, with nothing in their kingdom, the Queen and the King, the Princess and the Prince, were still the happiest family in the land. And the reason why is simple. They all knew that the things in life that can bring you the most joy are around you all the time. You just need to know where to look for them.
(Hardcover / 52 pages / 3 - 6 years old / $28)
This inspiring collection of 15 stories from around the world showcases narratives that celebrate strong, independent women. These heroines aren't reduced to being wives or witches! They run free and possess the qualities we would hope for in our daughters and friends: self-confidence, strength, wits, courage, fearlessness, and independence. They live freely, happily ever after, without restraint or narrowly defined roles.
(Hardcover / 128 pages / 8 - 12 years / $34)
From mermaids and giant flowers to magical robes and mysterious characters, this full-color collection of old and new art from Emily Winfield Martin will inspire the artist and writer in you! Each glorious image is given a mysterious or magical one-line caption–the beginning of a story, or maybe the middle–you imagine the rest.
The captions are hand-written on vintage scraps of paper, envelopes, postcards and more. Akin to the Chris van Allsburg book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, The Imaginairies is destined to become a cult classic in its own right.
The book is unjacketed with foil and a matte finish on the cover; a treasure to keep and display and pore over for years.
(Hardcover / 8 - 12 years old / 80 pages / $33)
Why Do I Feel Like This? follows a child’s hilarious, wildly inventive train of thought as she walks home in a bad mood.
Where do sad or angry feelings come from? What’s the best way to make them go away? And is there any way to stop them from coming back?
This imaginative story will help young readers to think about their emotions and find creative ways to deal with bad days..
(Hardcover / 32 pages / $18)
When you have to leave behind almost everything you know, where can you call home? Sometimes home is simply where we are: here. A imaginative, lyrical, unforgettable picture book about the migrant experience through a child’s eyes.
When a little girl and her younger brother are forced along with their family to flee the home they’ve always known, they must learn to make a new home for themselves — wherever they are. And sometimes the smallest things — a cup, a blanket, a lamp, a flower, a story — can become a port of hope in a terrible storm. As the refugees travel onward toward an uncertain future, they are buoyed up by their hopes, dreams and the stories they tell — a story that will carry them perpetually forward.
This timely, sensitively told story, written by multiple award–winner Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Sendak Fellowship recipient Rashin Kheiriyeh, introduces very young readers in a gentle, non-frightening and ultimately hopeful way to the current refugee crisis.
(Hardcover / 3 - 7 years old / 40 pages / $31)
Ron is a rhino like no other. He doesn’t like to live by the other rhino rules – the other rhinos are grumpy, solitary and they will charge at anything that gets in their way. But not Ron. Ron likes music, art and only wants to have fun. He is determined to live his best life and not conform to the herd. When Ron paints himself into a bright unicorn, all of the other animals think he’s the coolest animal ever, but his rhino family are less impressed. Will they learn to embrace Ron for who he really is?
An uplifting and funny new picture book story about daring to be different.
(32 pages / 3 - 5 years / $16)
A diverse cast of children shows everyday acts of kindness and generosity through thoughtful and vibrant illustrations. Whether it be donating blankets to the animal shelter, helping with chores, or standing up for what’s right, this is the perfect book to spark conversations at home or in the classroom about the concepts of empathy and compassion.
Featuring durable cardstock pages and approachable language, this book will encourage children to be their best selves wherever they go.
(Hardcover / 2 - 5 years / 26 pages / $22)
sweet and charmingly illustrated picture book about the ways we express love."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.
(32 pages / age 3 + / $18)
$19A perfect book for tomorrow's leaders, Little Heroes of Color educates and inspires by showing readers 50 trailblazers from a range of races and ethnicities. Bold colors and simple captions bring the youngest readers face-to-face with those who've shaped history and broken boundaries in science, the arts, government, and more.
From Toussaint L'Ouverture, the leader of the Haitian Revolution, to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Supreme Court Justice from Puerto Rico, these heroes have persisted through adversity and hardships to bring about positive change.
Children will discover that there is no one way to be a hero, and anyone can accomplish extraordinary things!
(Board book / 24 pages / $19)
66 exceptionally brave adventurers in this celebration of monumental achievements from around the world.
Drive across the world, avoiding danger around every corner, with Aloha Wanderwell on The Million Dollar Wager, dive to the deepest depths of the dark and unexplored ocean with Jacques Piccard, climb to the highest peak of Mount Everest with Junko Tabei or tumble over Niagara Falls in a barrel with Annie Edson Taylor. There is no adventure too big or small for this fearless group of men and women!
This collection of outstanding adventurers is sure to inspire the next generation to reach for the stars.
(Hardcover / 128 pages / 8 - 11 years / $27)
Collecting together all ten former Children's Laureates, this beautiful gift anthology is now available in paperback.
Quentin Blake – Anne Fine – Michael Morpurgo – Jacqueline Wilson – Michael Rosen – Anthony Browne – Julia Donaldson – Malorie Blackman – Chris Riddell – Lauren Child The exceptional talents behind some of the nation's best-loved books – from The Gruffalo to The BFG, We're Going on a Bear Hunt to the Charlie and Lola series – the Children's Laureates are the perfect ambassadors for children's literature.
This beautiful gift anthology contains stories, poems and pictures by all ten former honourees. Among others, Quentin Blake tells the stories behind his pictures of weird and wonderful beasts, Michael Morpurgo draws on childhood memories for a moving wartime tale and Michael Rosen plays with language and shapes in his witty, read-aloud poems.
Each contribution is designed to inspire children to create their own work, and is accompanied by a note from the authors – rare insights from the finest talent in the world of children’s books. Above all else, Flights of Fancy celebrates the Laureateship's most important achievement: encouraging children to let their imaginations soar.
(80 pages / age 6+ / $23)
Sometimes, Mama needs a minute—and that's OK!
Mama Needs a Minute is an affirming, entertaining book for moms and toddlers to share. All about balancing a mama's needs with those of her kiddos, this sweet story teaches that love can look a lot of different ways. For kids, the book is a gentle introduction to concepts of self-respect and setting boundaries, and for moms, it’s a reminder to practice self-care.
(Board book / 2- 4 years old / 16 pages / $16)
Henry doesn't understand why everyone in Rabbit Town loves books, he much prefers real life adventures. That is, until he discovers the Lost Book. The Lost Book keeps him company, makes him feel less homesick and leads him on an exciting adventure with a new friend.
(32 pages / 2 - 5 years / $16)
There used to be an empty chair at the back of Mrs. Khan’s classroom, but on the third Tuesday of the school year a new kid fills it: nine-year-old Ahmet, a Syrian refugee. The whole class is curious about this new boy–he doesn’t seem to smile, and he doesn’t talk much. But after learning that Ahmet fled a Very Real War” and was separated from his family along the way, a determined group of his classmates band together to concoct the Greatest Idea in the World–a magnificent plan to reunite Ahmet with his loved ones.
Balancing humor and heart, this relatable story about the refugee crisis from the perspective of kids highlights the community-changing potential of standing as an ally and reminds readers that everyone deserves a place to call home.
(304 pages / (8-12 years / $14)
An inspiring picture book biography about the inimitable Fred Rogers, beloved creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
Fred Rogers was a quiet boy with big feelings. Sometimes, he felt scared or lonely; at other times, he was playful and joyous. But when Fred’s feelings felt too big, his Grandfather McFeely knew exactly what to say to make him feel better: I like you just the way you are.
Fred grew up and created Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the television program that would go on to warm the hearts and homes of millions of Americans. But one day, the government threatened to cut funding for public television, including Fred’s show. So, Fred stepped off the set and into a hearing on Capitol Hill to make his feelings known.
In a portrait full of warmth and feeling, Laura Renauld and award-winning illustrator Brigette Barrager tell the story of Mister Rogers: a quiet, compassionate hero whose essential message—that it is okay to have and to express feelings—still resonates today.
(Hardcover / 4- 8 years / 40 pages / $31)
Do you know why the Moon's so dry and yet our world is wet?
Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of water and discover the story of H20 from its very beginning. Engaging, informative poetry flows over the pages and stunning illustrations bring this story to rushing, gushing life.
(32 pages / 5 - 7 years / $17)
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