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    There’s something under my bed! What if it grabs my leg?

    What do children fear the most? From dark nights and eerie shadows to terrifying clowns, scary insects and huge monsters under their beds, conquer the biggest childhood terrors with this enchanting picture book.

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  • Flights of Fancy

    Quentin Blake – Anne Fine – Michael Morpurgo – Jacqueline Wilson – Michael Rosen – Anthony Browne – Julia Donaldson – Malorie Blackman – Chris Riddell – Lauren Child

    The exceptional talents behind some of the nation’s best-loved books – from The Gruffalo to The BFG, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt to the Charlie and Lola series the Children’s Laureates are the perfect ambassadors for children’s literature. This beautiful gift anthology contains stories, poems and pictures by all ten former honourees. Among others, Quentin Blake tells the stories behind his pictures of weird and wonderful beasts, Michael Morpurgo draws on childhood memories for a moving wartime tale and Michael Rosen plays with language and shapes in his witty, read-aloud poems. Each contribution is designed to inspire children to create their own work, and is accompanied by a note from the authors – rare insights from the finest talent in the world of children’s books. Above all else, Flights of Fancy celebrates the Laureateship’s most important achievement: encouraging children to let their imaginations soar.

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  • Nature Poems: Give Me Instead of a Card

    Baby birds singing in the spring; bees humming on a summer’s day; an autumn harvest of sweet, juicy apples; the “criss-cross patterns” of bare branches in winter… Originally appearing in the award-winning anthology A First Book of Nature, the ten poems collected here perfectly capture the simple loveliness of the world around us. Nicola Davies skillfully interweaves fact and fiction in her keenly observant verse, while Mark Hearld’s pictures beautifully reproduce the colours of the seasons on woodfree paper. With a space inside the jacket for you to write your own message, this pocket-sized pamphlet is the perfect present for any time of year – and comes in a packet including an envelope, ready for popping in the post!

    “Nicola Davies is one of our finest writers for children about the natural world” – The Sunday Times

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  • Animal Poems: Give Me Instead of a Card

    The wiggling tails of lambs in spring; the chirruping song of crickets in summer; first two or three, then ten ducks hurrying your way in winter, “as if pulled by a string”… Nicola Davies skillfully interweaves fact and fiction in nine keenly observant poems, which celebrate a child’s first animal encounters. Originally appearing in the award-winning collection A First Book of Nature, Hearld’s richly-textured, nostalgic illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to her words, and are reproduced here in full colour. With a space inside the jacket for you to write your own message, this pocket-sized poetry pamphlet is the perfect present for any time of year – and comes in a packet including an envelope, ready for popping in the post!

    “Nicola Davies is one of our finest writers for children about the natural world” – The Sunday Times

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  • The Happy Prince and Other Stories

    A haunting, magical fairy-tale collection, in which Oscar Wilde beautifully evokes (among others) The Happy Prince who was not so happy after all, The Selfish Giant who learned to love little children and The Star Child who did not love his parents as much as he should. Each of the stories shines with poetry and magic and will be enjoyed by children of every age.

    A perfect collection for children young and old, introduced by Markus Zusak, bestselling author of The Book Thief.

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    Introducing a host of wonderful characters who will make bedtime fun for the whole family!

    Meet Jaya and her shell-ship; Meena with her huffy-puffy chapattis; Thangi and her friend the sun; the flying house; the wandering elephant; the helpful yeti and a host of other delightful characters. Travel around the world and to faraway galaxies, learn how to tie new kinds of turbans and hear about the antics of the talking furniture in this gorgeously illustrated and wonderfully imaginative collection of stories from India.

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    Explore an exciting and beautiful underwater world with Panna. Watch little blue bird Podna fight a mighty king for his little brown Podni. Join Lord Ganesha on his quest for a pot of kheer. Read about lovelorn Lord Surya pining for his Harshringar, leaving the world in darkness. Help the dove get her egg back.

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  • I Saw Esau

    “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

    That’s what children chant when they are being teased; it’s what their parents chanted, and their grandparents and their great-grandparents before them. Collected in this invaluable book are the wit and wisdom of generations of schoolchildren — more than one hundred and seventy rhymes ranging from insults and riddles to tongue twisters, jeers, and jump-rope rhymes. With Iona Opie’s introduction and detailed notes and Maurice Sendak’s remarkable pictures — vignettes, sequences, and full-page paintings both wickedly funny and comically sad — here is a book that deserves a place among the classic texts of childhood.

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    Days Like This is a book of celebration — whether it’s the novelty of sleeping outdoors, the delight of picnicking on the beach, or the sheer joy of bouncing on the bed in the afternoon. These small poems have been carefully selected by acclaimed author-illustrator Simon James, whose expressive line and watercolors portray an everyday world overflowing with wonder and possibility. With words and pictures given space to breathe, this is a collection of poems to read and revel in from beginning to end.

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  • Snow in the Garden: A First Book of Christmas

    A beautiful Christmas anthology packed full of winter adventures, seasonal poems, festive recipes and easy-to-make craft activities as well as Shirley Hughes’ trademark warm and classic illustrations. Whether reading stories and poems to little ones or encouraging them to make beautiful crafts and Christmas treats, this book is the perfect introduction to this very special time of year.

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  • The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems

    Find a patch of unbroken snow; dye your hair green with purple spots; slowly breathe in and out; bounce in your space-boots … and don’t take off your helmet, whatever you do! A “how-to” poem shows the steps in a process – here, award-winning anthologist Paul B. Janeczko presents charming examples of the genre. There are over thirty poems in this beautiful, memorable treasury, each one illustrated with elegance and flair. The poets featured are from around the world and through history, bringing together classic writers, like Christina Rossetti and Robert Louis Stephenson, and modern stars, such as Kwame Alexander and Nikki Grimes. And their poems pose all sorts of questions. Some are lyrical (How do you build a poem?), others seemingly practical (How do you mix a pancake?), many more wry (How do you pay attention?). But they all share something in common: answers that are certain to delight and intrigue…

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  • Flights of Fancy

    Quentin Blake – Anne Fine – Michael Morpurgo – Jacqueline Wilson – Michael Rosen – Anthony Browne – Julia Donaldson – Malorie Blackman – Chris Riddell – Lauren Child

    The exceptional talents behind some of the nation’s best-loved books – from The Gruffalo to The BFG, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt to the Charlie and Lola series the Children’s Laureates are the perfect ambassadors for children’s literature. This beautiful gift anthology marks twenty wonderful years of the Laureateship, with stories, poems and pictures by all ten former honourees. Among others, Quentin Blake tells the stories behind his pictures of weird and wonderful beasts, Michael Morpurgo draws on childhood memories for a moving wartime tale and Michael Rosen plays with language and shapes in his witty, read-aloud poems. Each contribution is designed to inspire children to create their own work, and is accompanied by a note from the authors – rare insights from the finest talent in the world of children’s books. Above all else, Flights of Fancy celebrates the Laureateship’s most important achievement: encouraging children to let their imaginations soar.

    £1 from every copy sold goes to Booktrust.

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    A collection of gorgeous, classic stories from award-winning Philippa Pearce, bringing a little bit of magic to the everyday!

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  • Polly And the Wolf Again

    A second book of stories written for the author’s daughter, who was scared of the wolf under the bed. The blundering, endearing wolf is still determined to prove himself cleverer than Polly – but the resolute and affectionate Polly outwits him every time!
    Skilfully blending fantasy and reality, these stories are bursting with humour, originality and charm.

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  • The Puffin Book of Stories for Six-year-olds

    With a martian in a supermarket, a monkey in trouble and a magic pearl tree, there’s something for everyone to discover in this special collection.

    Perfect for six-year-olds to share or read alone.

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  • The Puffin Book of Stories for Five-year-olds

    From a naughty pirate to a very lonely lion, children will love the amazing characters they meet in this timeless collection of stories.

    Perfect for five-year-olds to share or read aloud.

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    Have you ever wondered what some of your body parts do? How many times a year your heart beats? How big your small intestines are? Which of your muscles looks most like a slug? Certain to appeal to elementary-school children, these thirty-four humorous, anatomically accurate poems explore the workings of our bodies with great verve and enthusiasm — and plenty of outrageous illustrations.

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