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All the ways to be smart

by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys

From the award-winning creators of The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade and Under the Love Umbrellacomes this joyful ode to all the unique and wonderful qualities that make children who they are. 

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Am I There Yet? - Mari Andrew
Am I There Yet?
by Mari Andrew

Am I There Yet?

by Mari Andrew

This on-point guide to growing up by Instagram sensation Mari Andrew captures the feelings and comical complexities of millennials and adulthood with essays and illustrations. In the journey toward adulthood, it is easy to find yourself treading the path of those who came before you; the path often appears straight and narrow, with a few bumps in the road and a little scenery to keep you inspired. But what if you don’t want to walk a worn path? What if you want to wander? What if there is no map to guide you through the detours life throws your way? 

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Cicada - Shaun Tan
by Shaun Tan


by Shaun Tan

The story of a cicada who works in an office, and all the people who don’t appreciate him. The new picture book from multi-award-winner Shaun Tan, author of The Arrival, The Lost Thing and Rules of Summer.

Cicada work in tall building.
Data entry clerk. Seventeen year.
No sick day. No mistake.
Tok Tok Tok!

Cicada works in an office, dutifully toiling day after day for unappreciative bosses and being bullied by his coworkers. But one day, cicada goes to the roof of the building, and something truly extraordinary happens …

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Anne Frank : Little People, Big Dreams : Little People, BIG DREAMS - Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Little People, Big Dreams Anne Frank

by Isabel Sanchex Vegara and Sveta Dorosheva (Illustrator)

New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the life of Anne Frank, the writer whose diary captured the hearts of the public, in this true story of her life. 

Little Anne was born in Germany to a liberal Jewish family. But when the Nazis came into power she was forced to go into hiding with her family. With innovative illustrations and extra facts at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world. From designers and artists to scientists, all of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream.

These books make the lives of these role models accessible for children, providing a powerful message to inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world!

No Lie, I Acted Like a Beast!
by Nancy Loewen and Christian Bernardini

No Lie, I acted like a Beast!

by Nancy Loewel and Christian Bernardini (Illustrator)

Every story has two sides – even famous fairy tales! Get the real truth about “Beauty and the Beast”. Inside every beast beats the heart of an actor – or so the Beast would have you believe! This retelling of the classic story “Beauty and the Beast”, told from the Beast’s point of view, paints a picture of a kind-hearted prince who want nothing more than his turn on the stage. It is a fun read that flips what you know of the fairy tale on its ear! It is a dual purpose title: can be enjoyed purely for the story or used to explore the concept of “point of view”. It features light-hearted full-colour original art. It is appealing for both boys and girls. It can encourage discussion: whose side of the story do you believe and why?

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Pig the Grub : Pig the Pug - Aaron Blabey
Pig the Grub
by Aaron Blabey

Pig the Grub

by Aaon Blabey

Eww! What a stinker!

Pig isn’t just the world’s greediest Pug, he’s the DIRTIEST too. 

It’s high time he had a bath! But try telling Pig that . . .

Over two million Pig books are now in print around the world!

Runny Babbit : A Billy Sook - Shel Silverstein
Runny Babbit A Billy Sook
by Shel Silverstein

Runny Babbit A Billy Sook


Shel Silverstein

Runny Babbit lent to wunch And heard the saitress way, “We have some lovely stabbit rew — Our Special for today.”

From the legendary creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, and The Giving Tree comes an unforgettable new character in children’s literature. 

Welcome to the world of Runny Babbit and his friends Toe Jurtle, Skertie Gunk, Rirty Dat, Dungry Hog, Snerry Jake, and many others who speak a topsy-turvy language all their own.

So if you say, “Let’s bead a rook That’s billy as can se,” You’re talkin’ Runny Babbit talk, Just like mim and he.

Stories for Kids Who Dare to Be Different - Ben Brooks
Stories for Kids who Dare to be Different
by Ban Brooks and Quinton Wintor (Illustrator)

Stories for Kids who Dare to be Different


Dan Brooks and Quinton Wintor (Illustrator)

Boys will be boys and girls will be girls? Not in this book.
The follow-up to Ben Brooks’s New York Times bestselling Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different, this book offers more extraordinary true stories of amazing people who broke the mold and changed the world for the better. The resulting message? Be yourself, and your dreams might come true.

With the help of Quinton Winter’s striking full-color illustrations, Brooks offers an accessible compilation of 76 famous and not-so-famous influencers from the past to the present day, every single one of them a rule-breaker and stereotype-smasher in his or her own way. Entries include Emma Gonzalez, Andy Warhol, Bjork, Hans Christian Andersen, Sally Ride, and so many more — heroes from all walks of life and from all over the world.

Tales from the Inner City - Shaun Tan

Tales from the Inner City

by Shaun Tan

A stunning companion to Tales from Outer Suburbia, this collection of illustrated short stories is sure to delight Shaun Tan fans of all ages.

A stunning companion to Tales from Outer Suburbia, this collection of illustrated short stories is sure to delight Shaun Tan fans of all ages.

Where can we live if not in each other’s shadow?

World-renowned artist Shaun Tan applies his unique imagination to a reflection on the nature of humans and animals, and our urban coexistence. From crocodile to frog, tiger to bee, this is a dark and surreal exploration of the perennial love and destruction we feel and inflict – of how animals can save us, and how our lives are forever entwined, for better or for worse.

Tales from the Inner City is a masterful work, bearing all of Shaun Tan’s trademark wit and poignancy in both its prose and exquisite illustrations.
Vardaesia : Medoran Chronicles : Vardaesia : Book 5 - Lynette Noni


by Lynette Noni

Embrace the wonder

“When Day and Night combine and fight against one Enemy,
then Dark and Light shall meet mid-strike and set the Captives free.”

In the wake of loss and devastation, Alex must cast aside her grief to seek aid from those who banished the Meyarins long ago. But the proud Tia Aurans care little for the woes of mortals and demand that Alex-and her friends-undergo the Gates of Testing to prove their world is worth saving. 

With an ancient prophecy looming, Alex must confront the secrets of her past if she is to survive long enough to see the future. For if she returns to Medora without the Tia Aurans by her side, all hope for her world will be lost. 

In this explosive conclusion to The Medoran Chronicles, the fate of Medora hangs in the balance as Alex readies herself to face Aven one final time. 

“If, however, darkness wins, there is no strategy
to keep from all that will be lost, and so will always be.”

Wundersmith : The Calling of Morrigan Crow : Nevermoor Series : Book 2 - Jessica Townsend

Wondersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow

by Jessica Townsend

Return to the magical world of Nevermoor! Morrigan Crow’s perilous adventures continue in the most anticipated sequel of the year, a treat for all fans of magic and Wunder.

Morrigan Crow has been invited to join the prestigious Wundrous Society, a place that promised her friendship, protection and belonging for life. She’s hoping for an education full of wunder, imagination and discovery – but all the Society want to teach her is how evil Wundersmiths are. And someone is blackmailing Morrigan’s unit, turning her last few loyal friends against her. Has Morrigan escaped from being the cursed child of Wintersea only to become the most hated figure in Nevermoor? 

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