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Learn to Catch with Katy and Friends!
Steven Perkins
Reading age 2+

Join Katy and her friends as they show you lots of easy ways to learn to catch! Playing catch is a great way to start enjoying all kinds of sport and having fun with your friends …and, it’s brilliant for developing your fine and gross motor skills, too! Learning to catch leads to inclusion in the playground, success on the sports field and ultimately a positive outlook on sport, fitness and well-being. A simple catch can lead to greatness.

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This Book Just Ate My Dog
Richard Byrne
Reading age: 3+

A little girl, a big dog, and a badly-behaved book! Bella is taking her dog for a wander across the page when something peculiar happens. Her dog disappears and it becomes evident to Bella, her friend Ben, and the rescue services that danger lurks within the pages of the book. But, where the police and fire brigade fail, you can help!

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The Mouse Who Reached the Sky
Petr Horacek
Reading age: 4+

A charming story about Little Mouse and her friends from the much loved and award-winning Petr Horacek.
What is that red, shiny thing hanging from the tree? Little Mouse thinks it’s a marble, but Mole is sure it’s a balloon and Rabbit says it’s a ball. None of them can reach it by themselves, so how will they find out what it really is? Enjoy lifting the flap to reveal the surprise at the end.

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There’s a Tiger in the Garden
Lizzy Stewart
Reading age: 4+

When Grandma says she’s seen a tiger in the garden, Nora doesn’t believe her. She’s too old to play Grandma’s daft games! Tigers live in jungles, not gardens. When Nora sees butterflies with wings as big as her arms, plants that try and eat her toy giraffe, and a polar bear that likes fishing, she knows there’s absolutely no way there could be a tiger in the garden …Could there?

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The Amazing Dinosaur Detectives
Maggie Li
Reading age: 6+

The Amazing Dinosaur Detectives is a fun insight into the world of everything dinosaur. Explore fossils, see how long the dinosaurs lived on Earth and see what the Earth actually looked like in their time. Which dinosaur was the longest? Which was the fastest? Which was the loudest? Find out who was a clever dinosaur, and who was not… The Amazing Dinosaur Detectives reveals what they ate and how they ate it, how they entertained themselves, how they battled with each other, how they made their homes and what eventually caused their extinction.

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Hello World: A Celebration of Languages and Curiosities
Jonathan Litton
Reading age: 7+

Learn to greet people around the globe in this interactive atlas of language. With over 150 languages, flaps to reveal pronunciation and fact-files explaining how to write ‘hi’ in hieroglyphs and much, much more. Hello World opens up a world of exploration into communication.

The Wonder Garden
Jenny Broom
Reading age: 8+
Open the gates of the Wonder Garden to explore five of Earth’s most extraordinary habitats, each filled with incredible creatures and epic scenery. Trek through the Amazon Rainforest, travel to the Chihuahuan Desert, dive in the Great Barrier Reef, delve deep into the Black Forest and stand on top the Himalayan Mountains. See nature at its wildest. Breathtaking illustrations bring to life Earth’s spectacular Wonder Garden.

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23 Ways to be an Eco Hero
Isabel Thomas
Reading age: 8+

The perfect book for budding conservationists and eco warriors! The book is packed full of step-by-step projects for crafty kids eager to reuse, recycle, and do their bit for the environment. With a mixture of simple and challenging projects, readers can learn how to create new objects from scrap materials, make their homes more eco-friendly, and turn even the smallest outdoor space into a wildlife haven.

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My Parents are Driving Me Crazy
Pete Johnson
Reading age: 8+

When Louis’s parents are forced to swap roles there is soon total chaos. Dad serves up meals no one can eat, messes up all the laundry and worst of all, decides Louis is his new best friend. But you can’t hang out with your dad, can you?! Louis decides dads just can’t be mums – but then he’s in for a huge surprise…

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Peace Maker
Malorie Blackman
Reading age: 9+

Michela knows the law – everyone must wear a Peace Maker device at all times, and it must never be tampered with. Non-aggression is her society’s founding principle, and the Peace Maker the means by which is it enforced. But Michela is desperate to experience the full range of human emotions in her own fantasy world of books and games, and the Peace Maker is the only thing stopping her. And when her mother captains their ship into enemy airspace and they come under attack, it seems that Michela’s freedom from the Peace Maker may be the only thing that can save them.

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Rent a Bridesmaid
Jacqueline Wilson
Reading age: 9+

Tilly can’t believe it when her best friend Matty is asked to be a bridesmaid. In Tilly’s favourite daydream, she’s wearing the most beautiful bridesmaid dress, walking down the aisle behind a stunning bride. The one wedding she’d really like to attend is her own mum and dad’s. But as that’s never going to happen, it’s time for Tilly to make her own dream come true – and put her bridesmaid services up for hire . .

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Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket
Caleb Krisp
Reading age: 10+

Ivy is the beloved daughter of Ezra and Mother Snagbsy, coffin makers, even if she does have to work rather like a maid. Their trade is roaring, and Ivy is happy. Especially when she escapes to the library to talk to the devastatingly sympathetic Miss Carnage. Ivy guesses that all is not as it seems with her parents, and discovers that she can pass into the world of the Clock Diamond. There, she sees her friend Rebecca, horribly sad. Can Ivy save Rebecca, and what do a missing aristocrat, a forbidden love affair and a bullfrog have to do with her mission?

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Booked
Kwame Alexander
Reading age: 10+

Twelve-year-old Nick is a football-mad boy who absolutely hates books. Football, family, love, and friendship take centre stage as Nick tries to figure out how to navigate his parents’ break-up, stand up to bullies, and impress the girl of his dreams. These challenges – which seem even harder than scoring a tie-breaking, game-winning goal – change his life, as well as his best friend’s.

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