Your little darlings are now back at School and as the nights draw in, what’s better for them then a good book to spark their interest… Bedtime Stories for Mums and Dads to read, Easy reading for Inbetweenies and books to get the older kids engrossed – we have them all here by category, so you can decide which are best!
Happy Birthday with Ant and Bee, Angela Banner
The much loved characters are back to teach a new generation of children to read along and aloud. These classic titles have been re-illustrated by the original author Angela Banner, 50 years after they were first published. Happy Birthday Ant & Bee introduces 4 letter words and days of the week.
The Big Book of Equestria, My Little Pony
Welcome to Equestria, a world of friendship and magic. Meet Twilight Sparkle and her best friends as they explore the land of Equestria, from Ponyville to Canterlot. Join the pony friends on their adventures and discover secrets, magic and fun!
This fun-filled introduction to the magical kingdom of Equestria contains five exciting My Little Pony adventures. A beautiful book with a super-sparkly padded cover, this is the perfect gift for all My Little Pony fans.
Mr Tumble’s Big Book of Counting, Amazon Books
Children will love lifting the big flaps on each spread to reveal lots of silly things to count – including Mr Tumble’s friends, cakes, balloons and even a pair of pants!
There’s an opportunity for children to trace over the big numbers with their fingers as well as joining in with the counting out loud.
With each page dedicated to one number, the pages are simple and bright – perfect for those just beginning to have fun with numbers.
Octopus’s Garden, Ringo Starr, Ben Cort
Based on the lyrics of the world famous Beatles song, this glorious picture book follows five children on a magical journey through the Octopus’s garden. The playful Octopus takes them on a wondrous underwater adventure – riding on the backs of turtles, playing pirates in a sunken city and sheltering from a storm in the octopus’s cave. The book comes with an accompanying CD which includes an exclusive reading by Ringo Starr and a never-before-heard version of the song.
The Slightly Annoying Elephant, David Walliams, Tony Ross
A slightly annoying elephant, of course!
Introducing a maginficently warm and funny picture book from two remarkable talents.
Shhh! Don’t Wake the Royal Baby, Martha Mumford
The Royal Family has tried everything to pacify the little bundle of joy – from proferring the golden royal dummy to death-defying parachute jumps with the Queen. But, just when the little one seems to be settling, another disturbance is just around the corner. From yip-yapping corgis to marching guards and noisy party planning, the palace is awash with noise. Will it ever be peaceful enough to lull the baby off to sleep?
A laugh-out-loud celebration of the new addition to the Royal Family, guaranteed to raise a few giggles.
Rosie the Honey Bear Fairy, Daisy Meadows
Kirsty Tate and Rachel Walker are having a fantastic time helping out at the Wild Woods Nature Reserve. But nasty Jack Frost has stolen the Animal Rescue Fairies’ magical key rings, so he can have his own personal zoo. Rosie the Honey Bear Fairy needs Rachel and Kirsty’s help! If she can’t get her magical key ring back, then Billy the bear cub will be whisked off to the Ice Lord’s zoo, never to be seen again…
The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star, Jill Murphy
In The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star, Mildred, notoriously the worst witch at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, makes a wish on a shooting star – and to her great surprise it comes true! But it also spells trouble. Mildred’s wish-come-true is a small dog but she has to keep him a secret from her friends, and especially the formidable Miss Hardbroom. It’s a disaster waiting to happen…and it does…!
The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star launches a stunning new cover look and an appealing squarer format across the whole of the Worst Witch series.
The River Singers, Tom Moorhouse
Knowing their lives are under threat, Sylvan and his brother and sisters have no choice but to abandon their burrow for ever. Together they set out on an epic journey along the Great River; but with dangers lurking at every turn, will they ever find a safe place to call home?
Adventurous, exciting, and bursting with charming illustrations – this is a book you’ll want to treasure for ever.
I Wonder, Annaka Harris, John Rowe
“I Wonder” offers crucial lessons in emotional intelligence, starting with being secure in the face of uncertainty. Annaka Harris has woven a beautiful tapestry of art, storytelling, and profound wisdom. Any young child – and parent – will benefit from sharing this wondrous book together.”–Daniel Goleman, author of “Emotional Intelligence” “”I Wonder” captures the beauty of life and the mystery of our world, sweeping child and adult into a powerful journey of discovery. Magnificent!”–Dr. Daniel Siegel, author of “Mindsight” and “The Whole-Brain Child” Eva takes a walk with her mother and encounters a range of mysteries: from gravity, to life cycles, to the vastness of the universe. She learns that it’s okay to say “I don’t know,” and she discovers that there are some things even adults don’t know–mysteries for everyone to wonder about together! “I Wonder” is a book that celebrates the feelings of awe and curiosity in children, as the foundation for all learning.
Ella Bella Ballerina and the Nutcracker, James Mayhew
Join Ella Bella Ballerina as she twirls into the enchanting world of The Nutcracker ballet with its magical dancing snowflakes, tantalising swirling sweets and, of course, the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy. But can Ella Bella help the Nutcracker to defeat his arch enemy, the wicked Mouse King?
James Mayhew’s richly detailed storytelling and his exquisite, retro art-style make this book perfect for all would-be prima ballerinas. The final page is devoted to ballet facts, so children can learn about the original ballet The Nutcracker.
Octonauts Creature Report, Amazon Books
The Octonauts have roamed the seven seas meeting the most extraordinary creatures! Did you know that humpback whales can sing for up to 24 hours? Or that cuttlefish can change colours but are colour-blind? In the Octonaut’s Creature Report, learn all about angler fish to orcas in this exciting new sticker book! Use the over 150 stickers included to complete each report compiled by Captain Barnacles, Peso, Kwazii and all the Octonauts! Perfect for your little Jacques Cousteau or mini David Attenborough at home.
Spooky Winnie, Laura Owen, Korky Paul
Here’s just the book to enjoy whenever you feel like adding a little spookiness to your life. Whether she’s telling ghost stories, turning back time, battling with mischievous wands, or getting ready for a night of trick-or-treating, Winnie brings her very own brand of muddled-up magic to everything she does.
Fans who have grown up with Winnie, or those new to her charms, can enjoy her chaotic capers in this latest young fiction title, perfect for reading alone or for sharing at bedtime. Korky Paul’s exuberant black line illustrations complement the humour, slapstick, and moments of real drama that run through each story. Pure magic!
Little Foxes, Michael Morpurgo
From master storyteller Michael Morpurgo comes “Little Foxes”. Bullied at school, nagged in Aunty May’s tenth-floor council flat, there’s only one place Billy really feels alive – in the wilderness by the canal. There he watches a cygnet on the water and protects a family of fox cubs. Then his secret place is discovered and the fox family decimated. Unwanted and unloved, Billy and the last fox run for their lives.
May Be Contagious (The World of Norm), Jonathan Meres
Before long a dog-related injury prevents him from biking, and an old “friend” threatens the one thing even more important to Norm than his bike. And we’re not talking pizza! Upset plans and upset stomachs…Norm’s out of luck. And it may be contagious!
An award-winning, laugh-out-loud series for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and David Walliams.
Bleach 58, Tito Kubo
Ichigo Kurosaki never asked for the ability to see ghosts – he was born with the gift. When his family is attacked by a Hollow – a malevolent lost soul – Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper, dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured spirits themselves find peace. Find out why Tite Kubo’s Bleach has become an international manga smash-hit! A mysterious group calling themselves the Vandenreich launches a simultaneous attack against the Soul Society and Ichigo in the World of the Living. After invading the Soul Society, the Vandenreich’s strongest warriors launch a relentless attack as the Soul Reaper captains start falling one by one. It will be up to General Captain Yamamoto unleashes to defeat the Vandenreich’s king and save the Soul Society!
Lost City of the Templars, Paul Christopher
Retired Army Ranger turned historian John Holliday has thwarted the plots of Rex Deus, the twenty-first-century incarnation of the Templars, all over the world. Now, the lost journal of explorer Percy Fawcett leads Holliday deep into the South American jungles on a quest to uncover the greatest mystery of the Middle Ages …
Trailed by an infamous tomb raider and menaced by a tribe of hostile natives, Holliday and his crew uncover a five-hundred-year-old society hidden in the cauldron of the Amazon. Descendants of the Templar Knights, they exist for one reason: to hide and protect the holy artefact taken from the original Temple of Jerusalem by the first Templars: the legendary Ark of the Covenant. Will Holliday’s obsession with the truth finally kill him?
Lost City of the Templars is Paul Christopher’s latest action-packed conspiracy thriller that will take readers to the heart of an ancient secret society.
No Matter How I Look at it, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular, Nico Tanigawa
As a middle schooler, Tomoko Kuroki dreamed of making her high school debut as the most popular girl in school. But all of her experience playing video game dating simulations may have backfired. Instead of preparing her for the real world, her gaming has kept her from it for so long that even the most mundane human interactions have become a stumbling block! How can she impress her classmates when she can’t even speak to them?!
Hello World – Computer Programming For Kids, Warren and CarterSande
Computer savvy kids and can be found surfing the web, chatting with friends, downloading music, and playing games—all at the same time. Many, however, want to do more. Not only do they want to use computers to stay connected to the world, they want to understand what makes them work, and they want to make computers work for them; they want to learn programming. Warren and Carter Sande, a father and son team, created just the book to get them started.
Hello World! Second Edition is a fun, easy-to-use guide with copious illustrations and engaging examples. It takes the reader on a playful tour of basic programming concepts and then puts those concepts together to make fun and useful programs. It uses Python, a programming language that is one of the easiest to read, write, and understand.
Like the first edition, Hello World! Second Edition is not just for kids. While the tone is light and engaging, it doesn’t “talk down” to the reader, and beginners of any age will love its readability and sense of humor.
Named of the Dragon. Susanna Kearsley
When one of her authors invites her to Wales for the Christmas holidays, literary agent Lyn Ravenshaw hopes to escape the nightmares that have plagued her since the death of her baby five years before. But Lyn’s painful memories are brought to the surface when she meets Elen, an emotionally fragile widow with an eight-month-old child. Mysteriously afraid for her son’s safety, Elen seems to view Lyn as his protector. But what makes Elen so sure that Lyn has been sent to guard little Stevie? With the help of brooding neighbour Gareth Gwyn Morgan, Lyn begins to untangle the myths surrounding the child. As her dreams grow ever more disturbing, she finds herself pulled into an ancient Celtic world of haunting legends, dangerous prophecies, and a child destined for greatness …
Once Upon a Time, Titan Comics
Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, writers of Lost, have created a modern take on fairy tales with a female lead character, Emma Swan, who has moved to Maine. The show revolves around the adaptation of fairytale characters such as Snow White and Prince Charming who have been brought into the real world with no knowledge of their true identities, due to the Evil Queen.
Guiness World Records 2014, Gamers Edition
The Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition is the ultimate guide to videogames. The all-new 2014 book is bursting with news and views from the gaming world, alongside the latest and very best records relating to the world’s most popular games. Amazing trivia sits alongside hard facts and top tips on how to achieve greater feats on the games you love. This edition also brings you an “At a glance” feature on every game spread for those who crave the essential lowdown on each game’s genre, characters and strategy. “Best of the rest” wraps up all of the games we couldn’t squeeze into the other pages, widening the already panoramic scope of the book. And our reader’s poll reports back on the most fundamental question you can ask any gamer – what is the greatest videogame of all? With a brand-new, visually dynamic design intended to reflect exciting developments in technology, Gamer’s Edition continues to be the world’s greatest video-gaming almanac.