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A kiss for Giraffe  by Judith Koppens

A kiss for Giraffe

Judith Koppens

Picture book

Giraffe and Piggy are best friends. Piggy wants to give Giraffe a kiss. But how?

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Bounce! Bounce! Bunny  by Melanie Joyce

Bounce! Bounce! Bunny

Melanie Joyce

Picture book

Teach your little ones all about the power of self-confidence and how they can learn to help others, with this sturdy board book that's ideal for preschoolers. Hop along with Binky as she meets her animal friends, including Pony, Ducky, Puppy, and new...

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Jack at bat  by Mac Barnett

Jack at bat

Mac Barnett

Picture book

The Lady and Rex have a baseball game against the Big City Brats. Jack is not allowed to swing the bat, so he is told to be the Bat Boy. That is, until the Lady Town Ladies and the Big City Brats are tied. It's up to Jack to hit a home run, but on the...

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My best friend  by Julie Fogliano

My best friend

Julie Fogliano

Picture book

Two girls quickly become best friends, even before they learn one another's names.

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Benji, the bad day, and me  by Sally J. Pla

Benji, the bad day, and me

Sally J. Pla

Picture book

Sammy is having a very bad day at school and at home until his autistic brother, Benji, finds a way to make him feel better.

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Bear for breakfast  by Robert N. Munsch

Bear for breakfast

Robert N. Munsch

Picture book

Donovan looks in the fridge but is disappointed to see that there is no bear, since his grandfather says he used to eat bear for breakfast. So Donovan sets off to bag a bear of his own. In a "going on a lion hunt" adventure, he stalks and is stalked by...

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Spider-Man, Spider-Man!  by Shane Clester

Spider-Man, Spider-Man!

Shane Clester

Picture book

Presents the lyrics to the "Spider-Man" theme song with colourful illustrations showing Spider-Man saving the day.

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The elephants' guide to hide-and-seek  by Kjersten Hayes

The elephants' guide to hide-and-seek

Kjersten Hayes

Picture book

The Elephant Hobby and Sport League provides tips for elephants who love their human friends but are tired and frustrated by their own inability to hide and not be found.

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Your birthday was the best!  by Maggie Hutchings

Your birthday was the best!

Maggie Hutchings

Picture book

A plucky young cockroach gate-crashes a birthday party with hilarious results.

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I don't want to be quiet!  by Laura Ellen Anderson

I don't want to be quiet!

Laura Ellen Anderson

Picture book

From the excellent Laura Ellen Anderson, this is a very funny picture book about taking notice of the quieter things in life. Stairs are for STOMPING, spoons are for DRUMMING, and when my mum's working, I help her by HUMMING. Making noise is a LOT of...

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Facts vs. opinions vs. robots  by Michael Rex

Facts vs. opinions vs. robots

Michael Rex

Picture book

Robots try to figure out the difference between facts and opinions.

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Bilal cooks daal  by Aisha Saeed

Bilal cooks daal

Aisha Saeed

Picture book

Bilal and his father invite his friends to help make his favorite dish, daal, then all must wait patiently for it to be done.

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Clever little witch  by Muon Van

Clever little witch

Muon Van

Picture book

Little Linh, the cleverest witch on Mãi Mãi Island, has everything she needs plus an impossible little brother, Baby Phu, and she will do anything to get rid of him.

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Superhero Gran  by Timothy Knapman

Superhero Gran

Timothy Knapman

Picture book

All grandmothers are wonderful and the gran in this story is no exception. She might not lift buildings or go whooshing through the sky, but she can plan super sleepovers, tell super-funny stories and even put together super disguises. This gran really...

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Flubby is not a good pet!  by J. E. (Jennifer E.) Morris

Flubby is not a good pet!

J. E. (Jennifer E.) Morris

Picture book

Flubby is a large, sleepy cat who refuses to do the things that other pets do. He won't sing, catch, or even jump! But when a scary situation brings Flubby and his owner together, they realise they really do need each other - and that makes Flubby a good...

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Paolo, Emperor of Rome  by Mac Barnett

Paolo, Emperor of Rome

Mac Barnett

Picture book

When Paolo the dachshund finally escapes the hair salon where he lives, he has adventures beyond his wildest dreams amid the beauty and culture of Rome.

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Green lizards and red rectangles and the blue ball  by Steve Antony

Green lizards and red rectangles and the blue ball

Steve Antony

Picture book

The green lizards and the red rectangles have finally learned to live in harmony together ... but what happens when a blue ball appears from nowhere? A timely story about celebrating diversity and learning to get along, told with style and simplicity...

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Prima's missing bunnies  by Kate Hindley

Prima's missing bunnies

Kate Hindley

Picture book

It's the night of the Dance School's first performance, but all of Prima Pavlova's star bunnies have gone missing! Can you help her find them?

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Just a Little Critter collection  by Mercer Mayer

Just a Little Critter collection

Mercer Mayer

Picture book

Collects seven stories featuring Little Critter, including "Just for You," the first Little Critter book.

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There's a dinosaur in the park!  by Rodney Martin

There's a dinosaur in the park!

Rodney Martin

Picture book

A boy finds a dinosaur in the park.

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给爸爸的吻  by Frances Watts

给爸爸的吻

Frances Watts

Picture book

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好饿的毛毛虫  by Eric Carle

好饿的毛毛虫

Eric Carle

Picture book

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昆虫决斗大赛  by 信实

昆虫决斗大赛

信实

Picture book

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地下鼹鼠列车  by 信实

地下鼹鼠列车

信实

Picture book

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海豚幼儿园  by 信实

海豚幼儿园

信实

Picture book

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学会分享  by 李亚男

学会分享

李亚男

Picture book

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说实话真好  by 李亚男

说实话真好

李亚男

Picture book

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一起玩真好  by 李亚男

一起玩真好

李亚男

Picture book

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不怕被拒绝  by 李亚男

不怕被拒绝

李亚男

Picture book

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认真听,有礼貌  by 李亚男

认真听,有礼貌

李亚男

Picture book

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你很棒  by 李亚男

你很棒

李亚男

Picture book

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嘘!安静  by 李亚男

嘘!安静

李亚男

Picture book

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拉拉手,好朋友  by 李亚男

拉拉手,好朋友

李亚男

Picture book

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The big trip  by Alex Willmore

The big trip

Alex Willmore

Picture book

Bear thinks that he is the coolest guy in the forest. He loves to strut his stuff, he loves to do whatever he wants and he never worries about a thing! One day, Bear is strutting his stuff as usual in the forest, not minding where he is going, when he...

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The pirates are coming!  by John (Children’s author) Condon

The pirates are coming!

John (Children’s author) Condon

Picture book

Tom is on the lookout for pirates! But every time he sees a ship, it turns out to be a false alarm. Everyone is fed up of Tom's warnings. So what will happen when the pirates really do arrive?

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This is the way in Dog Town  by Ya-Ling Huang

This is the way in Dog Town

Ya-Ling Huang

Picture book

Sing along to the rhyme with this delightful book of first experiences set in a town populated by dogs!

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Double bass blues  by Andrea J. Loney

Double bass blues

Andrea J. Loney

Picture book

After school orchestra practice, young Nic carries his double bass through rough neighborhoods to his grandfather's home, where he and Grandaddy Nic play jazz music with friends, delighting the neighbors.

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We are water protectors  by Carole Lindstrom

We are water protectors

Carole Lindstrom

Picture book

Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all... When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people's water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth's most sacred resource. Inspired by the many indig...

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Sense & sensibility  by Jennifer Adams

Sense & sensibility

Jennifer Adams

Book

A novel introduction for young children to the classic tale by Jane Austen.

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Bob goes pop!  by Marion Deuchars

Bob goes pop!

Marion Deuchars

Picture book

There's a new artist in town making a new art, knocking Bob's beak out of joint. The subsequent competition to see who is the best artist escalates as the two artists try to outdo each other. It all ends in tears, and the two realise that they are be...

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My daddy is different  by Suzi Faed

My daddy is different

Suzi Faed

Picture book

I used to have a Daddy who was like all other Daddies. One who would go to work, and play with me when he was home. But one day, something changed. He started saying strange things, doing strange things. I was confused. Sometimes people can act strangely...

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Save it!  by Cinders McLeod

Save it!

Cinders McLeod

Picture book

With advice from her father, Honey saves her allowance to buy a playhouse in which she can get privacy from her five loud, bouncy siblings.

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My butterfly bouquet  by Nicola Davies

My butterfly bouquet

Nicola Davies

Picture book

With breathtaking illustrations and a touching story, this dazzling picture book introduces young readers to one of nature's most magnificent and essential insects: the butterfly. See how a little girl recovering from poor health finds wonder in nature...

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There's a lion in the library!  by Dave (Comedian and comedy writer) Skinner

There's a lion in the library!

Dave (Comedian and comedy writer) S...

Picture book

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....

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Silky's story  by Jeanne Willis

Silky's story

Jeanne Willis

Book

The perfect introduction to the wonderful world of the Faraway Tree. Discover the magic! Explore the Enchanted Wood with Joe, Beth and Frannie and meet their very special friends, Silky the fairy, Moonface and Saucepan Man. When a runaway elephant visits...

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Peppa loves our planet  by Lauren Holowaty

Peppa loves our planet

Lauren Holowaty

Picture book

Learn simple ways to help the planet with Peppa and George in this brand new story! It is Love Our Planet Week at playgroup, and Madame Gazelle asks the children to make a scrapbook of all the things they can do to help look after our planet. Peppa and...

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The weed  by Quentin Blake

The weed

Quentin Blake

Picture book

The world was becoming hard and dry, old and tired and difficult to live in... After the Meadowsweet family suddenly and unexpectedly find themselves at the bottom of a giant crack in the earth, they must trust in their mynah bird, Octavia, and a special...

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Easter egg day  by Tara Knudson

Easter egg day

Tara Knudson

Picture book

It's time for Easter eggs, yellow, green, blue, and red! Read along and watch as plain white eggs take on colorful zigzags, stripes, and patterns as you celebrate this fun Easter tradition.

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Pride colors  by Robin Stevenson

Pride colors

Robin Stevenson

Picture book

In this photographic concept book, babies and toddlers are introduced to the PRIDE flag and the meaning behind each color.

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Mr. Buttonman and the great escape  by Joelle Gebhardt

Mr. Buttonman and the great escape

Joelle Gebhardt

Picture book

This is a wordless picture book featuring embroidered illustrations. A simple walk in the park becomes a grand adventure for Mr. Buttonman in this wordless picture book featuring the embroidered illustrations of Joelle Gebhardt. Gebhardt uses bright ...

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You're snug with me  by author Chitra Soundar

You're snug with me

author Chitra Soundar

Picture book

A mother polar bear answers the questions of her two curious cubs about what lies beyond their cozy winter den as they wait for spring to arrive.

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The Huffalots  by Eve Coy

The Huffalots

Eve Coy

Picture book

When Mom wakes up her Huffalots, nothing is right--they don't like their clothes, their breakfast is yucky, and they just don't like each other. When one of them trips, the other offers a hug, and they magically transform into Huffalittles, then Love...

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Mummy days  by Sue DeGennaro

Mummy days

Sue DeGennaro

Picture book

Hooray! It's Mummy Day. Some days are full of tree climbing, cloud watching, and games of hide-and-seek. Other days are for rushing through the shops or answering emails. But no matter what kind of Mummy Day it is, there's always fun to be had and hugs...

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Madeline Talbot has a bunny on her head  by Kiah Thomas

Madeline Talbot has a bunny on her head

Kiah Thomas

Picture book

Madeleine Talbot has a bunny on her head, which is strange, sure, but wait until you discover why she can't take it off.

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My wonderful grandmother  by Kate Knapp

My wonderful grandmother

Kate Knapp

Picture book

What's wonderful about my grandmother is she wears x-ray spectacles. She can see deep inside me and knows just what I'm feeling. Ruby Red Shoes is an aware hare who lives in a colourful caravan with her grandmother, Babushka Galina Galushka. Ruby loves...

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The magic bubbles  by Isabel Otter

The magic bubbles

Isabel Otter

Picture book

Oliver knows that his bubbles are magic. They take him on wonderful journeys to faraway places. Then one day it seems that the bubbles have lost their power... was the magic really inside Oliver all along? An uplifting tale about the beauty of imagin...

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Nine lives Newton  by Alice McKinley

Nine lives Newton

Alice McKinley

Picture book

If Newton's got nine lives, he can be a daring dog of danger! Or can he. . .? Meet Newton - the dog who thinks he has nine lives and infinite luck. And if Newton has nine lives, then that means he can do all his favourite things but be MUCH more daring....

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Hugo  by author Atinuke

Hugo

author Atinuke

Picture book

A Parisian pigeon passionate about people makes a new friend - with gentle themes of community and inclusivity. Hugo the pigeon has an important job. He looks after the park and everyone who lives there. Everyone except for the Somebody whose curtains...

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Follow me, Flo!  by 1985- author Jarvis

Follow me, Flo!

1985- author Jarvis

Picture book

We're off to somewhere new. So stick to me like glue. Follow me, Flo! Come on, let's go! We're sure to be there soon.

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A fox called Herbert  by Margaret Sturton

A fox called Herbert

Margaret Sturton

Picture book

Meet Herbert: the rabbit who knows he was born to be a fox. When his mummy isn't looking, he puts on pointy fox ears, makes himself a bushy tail, and asks his sister to paint him orange, just like a fox. But Mummy doesn't understand: why can't he just...

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You can't count on dinosaurs!  by Philip Ardagh

You can't count on dinosaurs!

Philip Ardagh

Picture book

Let's count dinosaurs! Rex the T-Rex is 1. Add Patty the Diplodocus, that's 2. And here's comes Brian the Anklyosaurus to make 3. But wait, where's Brian gone? Rex? Rex! You didn't EAT him, did you?

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Jack goes West  by Mac Barnett

Jack goes West

Mac Barnett

Picture book

Jack and the Lady take the train West to visit a dude ranch. One night, there's a bank robbery next door, and Jack is pegged as the bandit. But thanks to Jack's new rope tricks, the real robber is caught, and Jack leaves the Wild West a free rabbit with...

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Willow the wildcat  by Lynne Rickards

Willow the wildcat

Lynne Rickards

Picture book

Willow the wildcat kitten and her brother Corrie live in a cozy den in the forest with their mom. But disaster strikes when a nosy sheepdog collapses their den. Can the kittens stop fighting long enough to learn how to work together and find a warm, safe...

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Nesting  by Henry Cole

Nesting

Henry Cole

Book

Two robins build a nest together and raise their chicks, navigating a year of changing seasons and serpentine predators.

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I'll always be older than you  by Jane Godwin

I'll always be older than you

Jane Godwin

Picture book

I'll teach you to peel bananas, eat ice-cream in a cone. It's lucky you've got me, I had to learn this on my own. A big sister marvels at how she will always be older than her baby brother, no matter how much he grows. A celebration of the bond betwe...

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The seedling that didn't want to grow  by Britta Teckentrup

The seedling that didn't want to grow

Britta Teckentrup

Picture book

It's early spring and below the earth's surface seeds are just starting to sprout. One by one they stretch through the dirt and towards the sun, extending their shoots and leaves and growing tall. All except for one seedling, who isn't quite ready. Each...

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Good night, Baboon!  by Sabrina Moyle

Good night, Baboon!

Sabrina Moyle

Picture book

Good Night, Baboon! stars one very cheeky baby baboon who's just too jazzed to slumber as he bounces through a countdown of sleepy animals brushing their teeth, reading bedtime stories, until finally: 2 lazy llamas, all tucked in snug. Now look who’s...

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Let's go into space!  by Petr Horáček

Let's go into space!

Petr Horáček

Picture book

A peep-through space adventure to share with your baby. 3, 2, 1, blast off! What can you see in space? Peep-through the rocket windows to find out, in this colourful board book from award-winning author-illustrator Petr Horacek.

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Peep inside how a plane works  by Lara Bryan

Peep inside how a plane works

Lara Bryan

Picture book

Peep inside a plane to discover how it works. Peep into the cockpit, push the throttle and flap down the wheels as you follow the plane on a journey around the world. With lots of flaps to peep under and holes to look through, little ones will enjoy....

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Shapes with Little Fish  by Lucy Cousins

Shapes with Little Fish

Lucy Cousins

Picture book

Take your finger and trace! Little Fish invites little fans to get a feel for shapes in an adorable early concept book.

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ABC dance!  by Sabrina Moyle

ABC dance!

Sabrina Moyle

Picture book

Shake your boots with newts, lambada with llamas, and slide with sloths as you dance through the alphabet from Aardvark to Zebra.

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I didn't do it!  by Michael Foreman

I didn't do it!

Michael Foreman

Picture book

Quick, quick! The Big Cycle Race is coming to town, and Milo does not want to miss it. On his way to the finish line, Milo unwittingly causes havoc that follows him all along the route... but when someone tries to steal the trophy, who will save the ...

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开餐厅  by 相原博之

开餐厅

相原博之

Picture book

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I can be anything!  by Shinsuke Yoshitake

I can be anything!

Shinsuke Yoshitake

Picture book

A pre-bedtime game of charades between a child and her mother leads to a series of wildly imaginative interpretations of everyday objects and feelings.

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Everybody has a body  by Jon Burgerman

Everybody has a body

Jon Burgerman

Picture book

Everyone's body is different in some way and that's OK! Whether your body is big, small, short or tall, Jon Burgerman shows us that it is something to celebrate and be proud of.

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We can go anywhere  by Glen Dick

We can go anywhere

Glen Dick

Picture book

In this beautiful example of a child's innocence we are taught that a little imagination can take us a long way. What the rest of the world sees as a limitation becomes a great source of adventure and freedom. Little Elaina shows her dad there is much...

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Let's go under the sea!  by Petr Horáček

Let's go under the sea!

Petr Horáček

Picture book

A peep-through underwater adventure to share with your baby.What can you find under the sea? Peep-through the submarine window to find out in this colourful board book from award-winning author-illustrator Petr Horáček.

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Ten little figs  by Rhiân Williams

Ten little figs

Rhiân Williams

Picture book

A child counts down the figs on the backyard fig tree, as each one is snatched away by a different Australian animal, in this ode to Australia's natural landscape.

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The bear who did  by Louise Greig

The bear who did

Louise Greig

Picture book

Who stole the honey? Follow the bear who did in this action-packed, rhyming picture book from Louise Greig, author of The Night Box, and Laura Hughes, the award-winning illustrator behind There's a Pig Up My Nose!. A rollicking rhyming story about two...

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Numenia and the hurricane  by Fiona Halliday

Numenia and the hurricane

Fiona Halliday

Picture book

Thousands of birds are migrating from the Arctic to the Caribbean when a hurricane rips a young whimbrel, Numenia, from her sisters, forcing her to struggle on alone. Includes note about the true story that inspired the book.

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Winnie and Wilbur at Chinese New Year  by Valérie Thomas

Winnie and Wilbur at Chinese New Year

Valérie Thomas

Picture book

When Winnie and Wilbur decide to celebrate Chinese New Year, the party is going with a swing. Family? Check! Friends? Check! Food? Check! Fun? Check! But just when Winnie waves her wand to make parade costumes for everyone, Wilbur goes missing. Oh no!...

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Chameleon's colours  by Harriet Evans

Chameleon's colours

Harriet Evans

Picture book

Can you see all Chameleon's colours? Jump into the jungle with this animal-shaped board book and join the creatures for a raucous rainbow romp.

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Library babies  by author Puck

Library babies

author Puck

Picture book

Here come the library babies, ready to give you a tour of their favorite local library! There's no place more magical than a library, where adventures can be had both inside the pages of a book and out. Here you can find hidden nooks for reading, encounter...

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How to put an octopus to bed  by Sherri Duskey Rinker

How to put an octopus to bed

Sherri Duskey Rinker

Picture book

When mommy octopus tells little Floyd that it is time for bed, he decides that his parents want help getting their baths and putting on their pajamas (not what Mommy-O meant)--soon all three are covered with water and bubbles, and his parents are so ...

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The book hog  by Greg Pizzoli

The book hog

Greg Pizzoli

Picture book

The Book Hog loves books and has a large collection, although he never learned to read.

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Tomie DePaola's the cloud book. by Tomie DePaola

Tomie DePaola's the cloud book.

Tomie DePaola

Picture book

You see, clouds are fun, silly, and very interesting. Tomie dePaola--best-selling author of Strega Nona, Quiet, and many others--knows a lot about clouds. He also knows a lot about what people think of them. Some people see animals and pictures in clouds....

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Following the tractor  by Susan Steggall

Following the tractor

Susan Steggall

Picture book

Follows the story of a tractor as it plows, sows, and harvests the fields throughout the course of a year, with a little help from some other farm machinery.

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