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Nat the Cat’s Sunny Smile is the heart-warming story of Nat the Cat and her sunny smile. Nat the Cat jumps out of bed one morning eager to attend a picnic with her friends, Billy Goat and Hugo Hare. But Billy and Hugo are both feeling down. They are just not in a picnicky mood. Nat carries on alone, but she soon finds that her smile is gone. Luckily, she’s passed on her smile to her friends and they soon come along to cheer her right back up again!

This wonderful rhyming story from Jez Alborough explores sharing, feelings and friendship. It is perfect for reading aloud with Early Years and Key Stage 1 children. Nat the Cat’s Sunny Smile includes a special song that children will love to learn and sing together. You can watch Jez reading Nat the Cat’s Sunny Smile and talking about the book via our You Tube channel.

Visit Jez’s website more information and to download free resources.

Ten-year-old Darcy Burdock is one of life’s noticers. Curious, smart-as-a-whip, funny and fiercely loyal, she sees the extraordinary in the everyday and the wonder in the world around her.In this first book, we are introduced to her family: Mum, who Darcy loves as much as her favourite fried egg and chips, Dad, who is kind and fair if a bit hopeless, and little siblings Hector and Poppy, who Darcy likes dressing up in ridiculous outfits and having dance-offs with, respectively. Plus there’s her non-bleating pet lamb, Lamb-Beth and best friend, Will, to have adventures with.Darcy learns that turning into an angrosaurus-rex and causing chaos just gets her in trouble, trying to run away from home with a reluctant lamb in tow leads to sore kneebows, it’s best not to throw a massive strop just before your surprise birthday party, Hallowe’en is all about spider costumes and having a pumpkin with a wonky eye, and if she’s ever in a situation at home or at school where she’s not sure what to do, she should write a story around it and the truth will be illuminated by her imagination.

Churchill’s Tale of Tails by Anca Sandu
Wonder by R J Palacio

Churchill is a pig with a big personality who couldn’t be prouder of his perfect tail.

Until one day it goes missing…
So Churchill tries on a whole host of other tails – tails that make his personality even more colourful. But along the way, Churchill forgets what really matters most to him – his friends.

Can Churchill learn to value his friendships and solve the mystery of his missing tail?

‘My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.’Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things – eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside. But ordinary kids don’t make other
ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren’t stared at wherever they go.Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it.
All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.




Tug of War by John Burningham


The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket
by John Boyne

Hippopotamus and Elephant live in the jungle, and when they’ve nothing better to do they pick on Hare teasing him for his long ears and twitching nose. One day Hare finally gets fed up and challenges the two larger animals to a tug of war. Cunning Hare finally proves himself not the strongest but definitely the cleverest of the three in this retelling of a classic African fairytale.

Tug of War was first published in 1968, with John’s illustrations and words by Letta Schatz. John has written a brand new text for this glorious edition.

John Burningham is one of the most admired author illustrators working today. His first book, Borka the Goose with No Feathers will celebrate its 50th anniversary since publication next year, whilst his books like Mr Gumpy’s Outing and Would you Rather have become classic picture books, both winning the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. John Burningham in London with his wife the author illustrator Helen Oxenbury. He is available for interview.



Fast-paced, warm-hearted story with colourful, Dahl-esquecharacters, lots of exciting twists and an important message. Perfect for reading alone or aloud; a story for any age. Plus, beautiful illustrations from awardwinning Oliver Jeffers

There’s nothing unusual about the Brockets. Boring, respectable and fiercely proud of it, Alistair and Eleanor Brocket turn up their noses at anyone strange or different. But from the moment Barnaby Brocket comes into the world, it’s clear he’s anything but normal. To the horror and shame of his parents, Barnaby appears to defy the laws of gravity – and floats.

Little Barnaby is a lonely child – after all, it’s hard to make friends when you’re ten feet in the air. Desperate to please his parents, he does his best to stop floating, but he just can’t do it. Then, one fateful day, Barnaby’s mother decides enough is enough. She never asked for a weird, abnormal, floating child. She’s sick and tired of the newspapers prying and the neighbours gossiping. Barnaby has to go . . .

Betrayed, frightened and alone, Barnaby floats into the path of a very special hot air balloon. And so begins a magical journey around the world; from South America to New York, Canada to Ireland, and even a trip into space, Barnaby meets a cast of truly extraordinary new friends and realises that nothing can make you happier than just being yourself.


The Queen’s Knickers by Nicholas Allan


The Emerald Atlas: The Books of Beginning by John Stephens

As enjoyed by the Queen herself at a Norfolk nursery, this is an affectionate, charming classic that every child should share. A perfect title to celebrate the Jubilee.

It’s a busy year for the Queen – she has lots of important events to attend. Meanwhile, a little girl is wondering what knickers Her Majesty will choose to wear on a school visit! Will they be her ‘at home’ knickers – adorned with corgis – or her ‘garden party’ knickers, or perhaps her woolly Balmoral ones…?

Both children and adults will love this very special and endearing insight into a child’s imagination, from the best-selling author-illustrator of Father Christmas Needs A Weeand Jesus’ Christmas Party.

Recently, the Queen visited a nursery in Norfolk and enjoyed a display based on the book:

“…just to make it special, there was one element that was not quite so traditional: pants. These were not just any pants, either. They were the Queen’s Knickers, and at Dersingham Infant and Nursery School, in Norfolk, they were put on special display in honour of their royal visitor. The Royal Laundry, inspired by The Queen’s Knickers, a children’s book by Nicholas Allan, included a washing machine, a line of bloomers… and an array of pants decorated by the children.” ~ Valentine Low, The Times


The first thrilling book in the most exciting children’s fantasy series since Harry Potter.

They were taken from their beds one frozen night, when the world was covered in snow. The silhouette of a tall, thin man has haunted Kate ever since.

Ten years on, Kate, Michael and Emma have grown up in a string of miserable orphanages, and all memories of their parents have faded to a blur. Arriving at Cambridge Falls, the children quickly realise there is something different about this place – and Kate feels sure she has seen the dark, crooked house before.

As they explore, they discover an old, empty leather book. The moment they touch it, an ancient magical prophecy is set irrevocably in motion, and the children are thrown into a dangerous alternate reality of dark enchantments and terrifying monsters. Only they can prevent the terrible event that will ruin Cambridge Falls – and stop the world from falling into complete devastation.

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