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Ernest  by Catherine Rayner

Ernest

Catherine Rayner

Picture book

Ernest is a rather large moose with a rather large problem. He is so big, he can't fit inside his book! Luckily Ernest is also a very determined moose, and he and his little chipmunk friend aren't going to give up easily. Will they find a way for Ernest...

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Moon babies  by Karen Jameson

Moon babies

Karen Jameson

Picture book

Illustrations and rhyming text follow baby moons as they awaken in their crescent cradles, have an outing, storytime, and more, then get kisses from Grammies as they return to sleep.

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Moomin and the golden leaf  by Richard Dungworth

Moomin and the golden leaf

Richard Dungworth

Picture book

Tonight everyone in Moominvalley will be going to the Autumn Ball and Moomintroll and Sniff are busy helping with preparations. But when they discover an extraordinary golden leaf on the forest floor, will they be able to find a tree full of golden leaves...

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Finding Christmas  by Robert N. Munsch

Finding Christmas

Robert N. Munsch

Picture book

Every year Julie finds the Christmas presents her parents hid, but this year it's Christmas Eve and she has found nothing. Her investigation takes her to a mysterious box on the rooftop which houses all of the gifts, but she becomes trapped inside, c...

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My tooth is lost!  by Drew Daywalt

My tooth is lost!

Drew Daywalt

Picture book

Monkey is upset because he has lost a tooth, so Cake tries to make him feel better by telling him about the Tooth Fairy but Monkey just wants his tooth named Kevin.

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Rabbit's year  by Melissa Keil

Rabbit's year

Melissa Keil

Picture book

"It's supposed to be Rabbit's special year. But Rabbit has on one to share it with. Rabbit needs a friend. What can he do to find one?" --Back cover.

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Aladdin  by Amanda Enright

Aladdin

Amanda Enright

Picture book

First Stories: Aladdin is the perfect introduction for young children to this classic fairy tale. Push, pull and turn mechanisms bring the story of Aladdin, his lamp and the magical genie to life. This well-loved fairy tale is beautifully imagined for...

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The marvelous toy  by Tom Paxton

The marvelous toy

Tom Paxton

Picture book

A father gives to his young son the same marvelous toy that his father had given to him many years before.

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A flair for hair  by Bilyana Di Costanzo

A flair for hair

Bilyana Di Costanzo

Picture book

What do you do to your hair when you are getting ready for the day? This fun children's book is a humorous look at modern hairstyles put on animals with caricature-style illustrations.

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There was a black hole that swallowed the universe  by Chris Ferrie

There was a black hole that swallowed the universe

Chris Ferrie

Picture book

From the #1 bestselling science author for kids comes a hilarious new take on the universe and everything in it. Using the familiar rhythm of "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," follow along as the black hole swallows up everything that exists,...

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How Maui slowed the sun  by Donovan Bixley

How Maui slowed the sun

Donovan Bixley

Book

Donovan Bixley re-tells the story of how Maui slowed the journey of the sun through the sky each day! The traditional tale but with Donovan's unique twist and trademark humour. The pictures are bright and bring their own level of humour to the book. ...

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Hello dinosaurs!  by Joan Holub

Hello dinosaurs!

Joan Holub

Picture book

Join a herd of dinosaurs waiting for eggs to hatch in this action-packed next-step-concept book about comparisons.

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Ninja Boy's secret  by Tina Schneider

Ninja Boy's secret

Tina Schneider

Picture book

The sweet story of being invisible and becoming seen. Ninja Boy has a secret. It's not that he's flunking out of Ninja Academy, his dad knows that. It's that Ninja Boy doesn't like skulking about quietly in the night, clad in black like a thief, leaving...

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Mum's jumper  by Jayde Perkin

Mum's jumper

Jayde Perkin

Picture book

If Mum has gone, how do you carry on? Missing her feels like a dark cloud that follows you around, or like swimming to a shore that never comes any nearer. But memories are like a jumper that you can cuddle and wear. And Mum's jumper might be a way to...

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Poppy and Sam's Halloween party  by Sam Taplin

Poppy and Sam's Halloween party

Sam Taplin

Picture book

Poppy and Sam are getting ready for Halloween - but where's Rusty the dog? Little children will love looking through the peep holes and following the fingertrails in this charming board book, spotting lots of the animals of Apple Tree Farm along the ...

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Unicorn Club  by Suzy Senior

Unicorn Club

Suzy Senior

Picture book

Amy is starting a unicorn fan club with cupcakes and painting and prizes to win. But is that a UNICORN up in the treehouse? It's time for some magic, so come and join in!

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The doorbell rang  by Pat Hutchins

The doorbell rang

Pat Hutchins

Picture book

Each time the doorbell rings, there are more people who have come to share Ma's wonderful cookies.

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Five little monkeys

Five little monkeys

Picture book

Sing along to the classic nursery rhyme 'Five little monkeys' with a Wiggly twist!

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Baa baa black sheep

Baa baa black sheep

Picture book

Sing along to the classic nursery rhyme 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' with a Wiggly twist!

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The proudest blue  by Ibtihaj Muhammad

The proudest blue

Ibtihaj Muhammad

Picture book

Faizah relates how she feels on the first day her sister, sixth-grader Asiya, wears a hijab to school.

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Alfred's book of monsters  by Sam Streed

Alfred's book of monsters

Sam Streed

Picture book

Alfred loves the monsters in his book, and he does not like teatime with his aunt--until he decides to invite three of his favorite monsters to join him for tea.

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The bookworm  by Debi Gliori

The bookworm

Debi Gliori

Picture book

Max really wants a pet. His parents aren't so sure. Puppies chew, parrots screech and sharks have too many teeth. How about a dragon? Max's parents say that dragons don't exist, so Max settles for a pet worm instead. Except this particular worm turns...

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Sun  by Alison Oliver

Sun

Alison Oliver

Picture book

Sun loves playing soccer but after seeing his brother, Pablo, making art he goes on an adventure with a fox and reconnects with his creative side.

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Llama destroys the world  by Jonathan Stutzman

Llama destroys the world

Jonathan Stutzman

Picture book

Meet Llama, a true hero for the ages, who has most definitely driven a bus and who loves cake way more than you. On Monday, Llama discovers a pile of cake, which he promptly eats. On Tuesday, Llama squeezes into his dancing trousers, which he promptly...

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A different pond  by Bao Phi

A different pond

Bao Phi

"As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Between hope-filled casts, Bao's ...

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Sometimes rain  by Meg Fleming

Sometimes rain

Meg Fleming

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text celebrate the seasons of the year and the joy each one brings.

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Here and there  by Tamara Ellis Smith

Here and there

Tamara Ellis Smith

"After Ivan's parents separate, he has trouble finding joy at either of their homes until he discovers that the birds and music that he loves may be found in both places." --

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Juneteenth for Mazie  by Floyd Cooper

Juneteenth for Mazie

Floyd Cooper

Little Mazie wants the freedom to stay up late, but her father explains what freedom really means in the story of Juneteenth, and how her ancestors celebrated their true freedom.

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A place to stay  by Erin Gunti

A place to stay

Erin Gunti

"This simple, touching picture book shows readers a women's shelter through the eyes of a young girl, who, with her mother's help, uses her imagination to overcome her anxiety and adjust. Includes factual endnotes detailing various reasons people exp...

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Too many carrots  by Katy Hudson

Too many carrots

Katy Hudson

Rabbit has lots of carrots, and when he attempts take them with him when he moves in with friends--until he realizes that the best thing to do is share his carrots with all his friends.

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Remarkably you  by Pat Zietlow Miller

Remarkably you

Pat Zietlow Miller

Rhyming text encourages young readers to discover what they are good at and use it to make a difference in big ways or in small ones.

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That's what dinosaurs do  by Jory John

That's what dinosaurs do

Jory John

This is William. William is a dinosaur who loves to roar. Because, well, he's a dinosaur. But when William gets a sore throat, the doctor tells him, No roaring for a week! No roaring at the mailman or the bus driver. No roaring in line or at the park....

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Nobody hugs a cactus  by Carter Goodrich

Nobody hugs a cactus

Carter Goodrich

Hank, a cactus who is as prickly on the inside as he is on the outside, decides he wants a hug.

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Unicorn is maybe not so great after all  by Bob Shea

Unicorn is maybe not so great after all

Bob Shea

Picture book

You remember Unicorn. You know, Goat's friend? The one who can fly, make it rain cupcakes, and turn things into gold? On the first day of school, Unicorn expects to make his usual big splash. But no one pays him much attention, the other kids are much...

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The school book  by Todd Parr

The school book

Todd Parr

Picture book

Todd Parr introduces readers to all the things they can do at school.

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Superbuns!  by Diane Kredensor

Superbuns!

Diane Kredensor

Picture book

Despite what her younger sister thinks, Blossom is sure that kindness is not a superpower, until the sisters meet a fox that changes Blossom's opinion.

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The Smeds and the Smoos  by Julia Donaldson

The Smeds and the Smoos

Julia Donaldson

Picture book

The Smeds (who are red) never mix with the Smoos (who are blue). So when a young Smed and Smoo fall in love, their families strongly disapprove. But peace is restored and love conquers all in this happiest of love stories. There's even a gorgeous purple...

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Peppa Pig and the Christmas play.

Peppa Pig and the Christmas play.

Picture book

As Peppa's class excitedly prepares for their Christmas play, she hopes Santa will have time to see the show.

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Adventure with monsters  by Adam Hargreaves

Adventure with monsters

Adam Hargreaves

Picture book

Little Miss Scary and her friends become stranded near a haunted house and encounter some spooky monsters including a mummy, a vampire and a werewolf! But when Mr Jelly accidentally chooses Big Foot's boot as his hiding place from the monsters, he learns...

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Curious George goes to the beach

Curious George goes to the beach

Picture book

Enjoy a day at the beach with Curious George! This storybook, featuring illustrations in the classic style of H.A. Rey, takes George on a sunny, seaside adventure. Everyone's favorite curious little monkey tries lifeguarding (he loves the tall chair ...

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Forest  by Jane Ormes

Forest

Jane Ormes

Picture book

Find out the different names for mummy and daddy animals in the forest - and then lift the flap to find the babies! A striking, satisfying introduction to animal families, with screen-printed artwork from Jane Ormes and bold neon ink to capture the a...

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That's not my bat...  by Fiona Watt

That's not my bat...

Fiona Watt

Picture book

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of That's not my... with this delightfully spooky Halloween addition to the series, complete with purple holographic page edges and adorable bats with hairy ears, fluffy tummies and shiny eyes. The bright pictures and textures...

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One more time  by Nancy Loewen

One more time

Nancy Loewen

Picture book

One More Time (Bright Start) a touching new series of board books which combines sweet stories with charming illustrations to nurture emotional intelligence and develop perseverance. Whee! Whoa! Whoops! Ready to try again? One More Time introduces and...

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Peppa's Diwali  by Mandy Archer

Peppa's Diwali

Mandy Archer

Picture book

It is Diwali and Peppa and her family are learning all about this very special celebration. Mummy and Daddy Pig are cooking a feast, and Granny and Grandpa Pig bring everyone special clothes to wear. Then it's time for the party to begin!

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Baby's first Diwali  by Eleanor Bates

Baby's first Diwali

Eleanor Bates

Picture book

Celebrate Diwali with this delightful baby board book that little ones will adore. The bright and colourful images in this book are the perfect way to discover Diwali together. From the shining diyalamps that gave the festival its name, to colourful ...

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Flamingo  by Patricia Hegarty

Flamingo

Patricia Hegarty

Picture book

Discover a world of flamingos in this playful book of numbers! With bright artwork, lots of finger-holes, and a fun rhyming story, learning is brought to life!

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Untraditional you  by Mallory Belville

Untraditional you

Mallory Belville

Picture book

One couple dreams of becoming a Mommy and Daddy, but when things do not go as planned, they will stop at nothing to make their wish of having a baby come true. With the help of science and in vitro fertilization, they will finally receive the miracle...

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Christopher Pumpkin  by Sue Hendra

Christopher Pumpkin

Sue Hendra

Picture book

Meet Christopher Pumpkin - the Halloween pumpkin who doesn't want to be scary! A funny rhyming story from the authors of Supertato and the creators of Simon Sock. Christopher Pumpkin is delighted to be magicked to life by a witch - until he discovers...

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Where, oh where is Rosie's chick?  by Pat Hutchins

Where, oh where is Rosie's chick?

Pat Hutchins

Picture book

Rosie has lost her baby chick. She looks under the hen house. She looks behind the wheelbarrow. But little baby chick isn't there. But watch out Rosie - there's someone following you, and it's not just your baby chick! The funny sequel to the much-loved...

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There's a lion in my cornflakes  by Michelle (Michelle Jane) Robinson

There's a lion in my cornflakes

Michelle (Michelle Jane) Robinson

Picture book

When Dan and his brother decide to collect 100 coupons so that they can have their very own lion, they assume the task will be easy enough. How wrong can you be?! If you ever see a packet of cornflakes offering a free lion, ignore it! This is the hai...

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Big yellow digger  by Julia Jarman

Big yellow digger

Julia Jarman

Picture book

Ben and Bella are off on another adventure and, of course, all the animals want to join them. The destination this time is Australia, so the digger digs and judders, as Moose, Zebra, Rhinoceros, Mole and lots of other animals all clamber on. Even Little...

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Big blue train  by Julia Jarman

Big blue train

Julia Jarman

Picture book

Toot toot! Hold tight! Ben and Bella are off on another adventure! This time with the Big Blue Train! They set off for the seaside, with various animal friends jumping, leaping and squashing aboard along the way, but will everyone manage to squeeze on,...

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Weslandia  by Paul Fleischman

Weslandia

Paul Fleischman

Picture book

Wesley's garden produces a crop of huge, strange plants which provide him with clothing, shelter, food, and drink, thus helping him create his own civilization and changing his life.

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Don't forget the bacon!  by Pat Hutchins

Don't forget the bacon!

Pat Hutchins

Picture book

A young boy sets out to do the shopping determined to remember his simple list but as the sights and sounds of town distract him he finds himself in a terrible muddle.

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Rosie's walk  by Pat Hutchins

Rosie's walk

Pat Hutchins

Picture book

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My turn, your turn  by Nancy Loewen

My turn, your turn

Nancy Loewen

Picture book

Malik and Cora both want to fly the same toy plane. Watch frustration give way to joy as they try the sharing game proposed by their teacher. With simple stories and engaging illustrations, the Bright Start series of board books opens conversations a...

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Stanley's train  by William Bee

Stanley's train

William Bee

Picture book

Peep! Peep! All aboard Stanley’s Train in this brand-new adventure! Stanley is taking Little Woo, Sophie and Benjamin somewhere special for the day. He prepares the train early in the morning and then, with a chuff, chuff, chuffety-chuff they're off!...

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The suitcase  by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

The suitcase

Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

Picture book

When a weary stranger arrives one day, with only a suitcase, everyone is full of questions. Why is he here? Where has he come from? And just what is in the suitcase? A story full of heart, hope and kindness about how we treat those in need.

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Beth and the bracelets  by Jessica Falconer

Beth and the bracelets

Jessica Falconer

Picture book

"Beth ran and ran. Under Miss Sam's desk was a small place the right size. It was a good space for disappearing in. If she could get to her class room, she would be all right. ... Beth and the bracelets delves into the classroom politics of girls, anxiety...

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Sina  by Leilua Pulotu

Sina

Leilua Pulotu

Picture book

"A gripping story of mother bird Sina and her children ‘Ilai and Tala and their adventures, beautifully told in Samoan and English. It starts with Sina’s journey home where Tala and Ilai are waiting for their mother. Sina had been out collecting food...

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Rabbit and the motorbike  by Kate Hoefler

Rabbit and the motorbike

Kate Hoefler

Picture book

Rabbit lives, happy and content, in a wheat field, never venturing outside its bounds; but he enjoys old Dog's stories of life on the road with his motorbike--so when Dog dies and leaves Rabbit his bike, Rabbit starts to feel the powerful pull of the...

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Apple cake  by Dawn Casey

Apple cake

Dawn Casey

Picture book

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...

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Reading beauty  by Deborah Underwood

Reading beauty

Deborah Underwood

Picture book

In this version of Sleeping Beauty, told in verse, the Princess is threatened with a curse which will start with a paper cut; devastated that all her books have been taken away, she sets out with her dog, Prince, to find the fairy who cast the curse and...

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Australian fun  by Mandy Archer

Australian fun

Mandy Archer

Picture book

Peppa's holiday in Australia is full of fun things to touch and feel. Help her go surfing on a bumpy wave, then cuddle a fluffy koala!

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Hey Grandude!  by Paul McCartney

Hey Grandude!

Paul McCartney

Picture book

Meet Grandude - a super-cool, intrepid-explorer grandfather with some amazing tricks up his sleeve... Grandude is a one-of-a-kind adventurer! With his magic compass he whisks his four grandkids off on whirlwind adventures, taking them all around the globe....

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Waiting for Wolf  by Sandra Dieckmann

Waiting for Wolf

Sandra Dieckmann

Picture book

Fox and Wolf spend all their perfect days together, talking and laughing for hours, swimming together in the big blue lake, and watching the stars come out, one by one. Until one day, Wolf is gone. A beautiful and moving picture book about learning to...

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Baby's first jailbreak  by Jim Whalley

Baby's first jailbreak

Jim Whalley

Picture book

Queues at Baby Frank's famous zoo are dwindling and there's only one person responsible . . . Meet Baby Bruce. He's greedy, fame-hungry and he's opened up a rival zoo nearby. The problem is, all the animals at Baby Bruce's zoo are unhappy. What's Baby...

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Mrs Blackhat and the ZoomBroom!  by Chloë Inkpen

Mrs Blackhat and the ZoomBroom!

Chloë Inkpen

Picture book

Mrs Blackhat the witch has a new broom. And it's not just any broom: it's a whizzy new ZoomBroom, with buttons and bleeps and its very own high-tech app! But when the battery on the ZoomBroom starts to run low, Mrs Blackhat discovers that while technology...

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The Berenstain Bears  by Mike Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears

Mike Berenstain

Picture book

Sometimes you get up on the wrong side of the bed. But the cubs learn that is no excuse to be rude! Good thing Mama Bear is here to set the Bear family straight. And with a little laughter, everyone can find a way to all get along.

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Six sleepy mice  by Heidi Cooper Smith

Six sleepy mice

Heidi Cooper Smith

Picture book

After stuffing themselves with treats in the pantry, six furry trespassers search for a place to sleep off their excesses. Can they avoid discovery and keep the gang together? Six Sleepy Mice is a fast-paced, fun rhyming tale of adventure and comradery,...

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Meet the cadets.

Meet the cadets.

Picture book

Meet the four ace Top Wing cadets! There's Swift, the fastest cadet in the sky! Brody, a real laid back dude! Penny, a smart and fearless penguin! Rod, a funny rooster who is full of energy! At Top Wing Academy they work as a team to get the skills they...

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Double trouble!  by Sarah Dyer

Double trouble!

Sarah Dyer

Picture book

Ellis and Erin are twins, and they love to draw and climb and play but they also love looking for trouble! Will they find trouble in the kitchen or the bathroom? Maybe in their bedroom, or outside in their garden? Follow the twins on a fun-filled jou...

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Be thankful, Pout-pout fish  by Deborah Diesen

Be thankful, Pout-pout fish

Deborah Diesen

Picture book

Gobble! Gobble! It’s Thanksgiving under the sea, and Mr. Fish has much to be grateful for. Toddlers will love swimming along with the pout-pout fish as he turns little pouts into big smiles in this original board book.

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Richard Scarry's busy busy construction site. by Richard Scarry

Richard Scarry's busy busy construction site.

Richard Scarry

Picture book

Little builders will love putting on their hard hats and heading to work alongside huge dump trucks, gigantic bulldozers, powerful ditch-diggers, and more!

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Richard Scarry's busy busy cars and trucks. by Richard Scarry

Richard Scarry's busy busy cars and trucks.

Richard Scarry

Picture book

Unavailable for nearly two decades, this action-packed board book featuring an array of vehicles from the one and only Scarry is back in print in celebration of Scarry's 100th birthday.

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Not quite Snow White  by Ashley Franklin

Not quite Snow White

Ashley Franklin

Picture book

Tameika is excited to audition for the school's Snow White musical, but when she overhears her classmates say she is too tall, chubby, and brown to play Snow White, she questions whether she is right for the part.

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Winnie and Wilbur  by Valérie Thomas

Winnie and Wilbur

Valérie Thomas

Picture book

When Winnie and Wilbur discover life in miniature, the bugs in their garden suddenly seem very big indeed. It's the start of an exciting safari. But when excitement turns to survival, mini Winnie and tiny Wilbur would rather be their rightful size ag...

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Franklin and Luna and the book of fairytales  by Jen Campbell

Franklin and Luna and the book of fairytales

Jen Campbell

Picture book

It's Franklin's birthday! Luna and all the villagers are planning a surprise party, and Franklin's family are visiting from the moon. While the party is being set up, Luna takes Franklin book shopping. They find a padlocked book of fairy tales, which...

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Llama Llama happy birthday!  by Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama happy birthday!

Anna Dewdney

Picture book

It's Llama Llama's birthday, and he can't wait to celebrate with his friends! But they all seem to be busy. Or are they avoiding him? Llama Llama doesn't understand what's going on, and feels left out. Llama Llama might be in for his biggest surprise...

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Pete the Cat and the perfect pizza party  by Kim Dean

Pete the Cat and the perfect pizza party

Kim Dean

Picture book

It's a party, a party, a perfect pizza party! That's what Pete thinks as he piles the pie high with his favorite topping-pepperoni. But then his friends come over and add their own toppings to the pizza. Will Pete's perfect pizza be ruined? There's only...

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Abigail  by Catherine Rayner

Abigail

Catherine Rayner

Picture book

Abigail loves to count. It is her very favourite thing. But when she tries counting Zebra's stripes and Cheetah's spots, they just won't sit still.

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Willy's pictures  by Anthony Browne

Willy's pictures

Anthony Browne

Picture book

Willy's pictures look like great works of art, but not quite. Willy has added himself and his friends to famous paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso and many more. Delight in Willy's portfolio, then open the fold-out pages to see the original pictures...

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