Fall into a good book this autumn…

My Art Book of Love by Shana Gozansky
HB £14.95 published by Phaidon

A beautiful introduction to fine art, curated specifically for young children to connect with some of the finest artworks in history, through an emotion familiar to all young children… love.Every artwork is accompanied by gentle read-aloud text, for example ‘A Goodnight Hug’ by Mary Cassatt is paired with ‘Love feels… cosy like the sun on your skin’ while a red painting by Mark Rothko is matched with the description ‘Love looks like… the rosiest of reds’.A dedication page at the front of the book makes it the perfect, personalised gift for young children from someone who loves them.


The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
PB £6.99 published by Puffin
Age Pre-School+

This is the first collaboration between the author of The Gruffalo and the illustrator of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, two icons in children’s publishing. Rabbit was hopping home one day when he heard a loud voice coming from inside his burrow. ‘I’m the Giant Jumperee and I’m as scary as can be!’ When rabbit’s friends come to help they too are each scared away by the mysterious voice. But just who IS the Giant Jumperee? Julia Donaldson is at her storytelling best and this tale is sure to become as much-loved as her other picture books.


Johnny Smidgeon Wood Pigeon by Craig McGivern
PB £6.99 published by Cardy Wood Books
AGE 3+

Local dad Craig McGivern started writing stories for his daughter when she was around four years old as a hobby and his third book carries a message to younger readers of the importance of friendship, trust and teamwork. Perfect for autumn, with lots of appearances from woodland creatures such as Freddie Fox, Billy Badger and a wise owl, the story is set in beautifully illustrated forest scenes by Ken Maze, and has a nice little dollop of Norn Iron humour thrown in too.

The Antlered Ship by Dashka Sater
HB £12.99 published by Lincoln Children’s Books
AGE 3+

An inquisitive fox sets off on a seafaring voyage with a crew of deer and pigeons in this enchanting tale of friendship and adventure. Marco the fox has a lot of questions, like how deep does the sun go when it sinks into the sea? And why do birds have such a lizardy feel? But none of the other foxes share his curiosity. So when a magnificent ship adorned with antlers and with a deer for a captain arrives at the dock looking for a crew, Marco volunteers, hoping to find foxes that can answer his questions.


Ladybird Tales of Adventurous Girls – Various
HB £12.99 published by Ladybird
AGE 6+

A collection of six classic tales of adventurous girls from around the world, beautifully illustrated by six female artists and with a special introduction from award-winning author and adventurer of imagination Jacqueline Wilson. Girls can save the day too, they always have, Ladybird’s curated collection of empowering tales shows that girls can be the heroes of any story. Join six heroines from around the world: Gretal, Tamasha, Chandra, Sea Girl and Gerda as they use their wits, courage and strength to overcome the odds.


Dictionary of Dinosaurs Illustrated by Dieter Braun and edited by Dr. Matthew G Baron
HB £14.99 Published by Quarto Kids
Age 6+

Find out about every dinosaur that’s ever been discovered in this Dictionary of Dinosaurs! From Aardonyx to Zuniceratops, read about when they lived, where they lived, what they ate and much more. Featuring epic artwork from Dieter Braun, and up-to-date facts from top dinosaur experts. Includes the world’s best loved dinosaurs such as Diplodocus, T-rex, Triceratops,Velociraptor, Stegosaurus and Brachiosaurus. Each dinosaur is accompanied by a fearsome fact file and a pronunciation guide. A few also show you the scale – to illustrate how large they were in comparison to humans.

The Element In the Room by Mike Barfield and illustrated by Lauren Humphrey
HB £14.99 Published by Laurence King
Age 7+


Just about everything in the universe is made from only 92 elements, from aluminium to zinc and many of them are hiding in your home! Help scientific sleuth Sherlock Ohms and friends with their enquires, investigating the atomic ingredients that make up everything around us. Comic strips, exciting experiments and fun facts make this funny and fascinating book the perfect introduction to the atomic elements.


The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown
PB £6.99 published by Piccadilly Press
AGE 8+

The sequel to New York Times bestselling The Wild Robot by award-winning author Peter Brown, comes the tale of Roz, who is no ordinary robot. After being washed up on the shore of a remote and wild island, she learned to adapt and make it her home, befriend its animal inhabitants and even adopt a small orphaned gosling, Brightbill. But now she has been taken away back to civilisation where she must pretend to be a robot like any other.




The Trouble With Perfect by Helena Duggan
PB £6.99 published by Usborne
AGE 9+

Debut Irish author Helena Duggan’s A Place Called Perfect took the world by storm and now Violet and Boy are
back, and all is not well in a place called Perfect. Having uncovered the secrets that lay behind the spookily pristine town, Violet and the townsfolk are enjoying their new freedom from the maniacal rule of the evil Archer twins. But why is Boy acting strangely? And who is masterminding a scary zombie army?

Nadia Duncan

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