The Most-Loved Bear
by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Sam Usher
HB £11.99 published by Macmillan Children’s Books


Beautiful illustrations bring to life this brand new edition of a little-known story by the best-selling author of Guess How Much I Love You. Growly Bear and Mary Rose do everything together, until one day Growly Bear is left behind on a train. Will he ever find his way back to Mary Rose? Or will this be the start of his biggest adventure yet? The book introduces children to the idea of time and the changes it brings with themes of family, friendship and feeling thankful for what we have.


Scratch and Discover World Atlas
by Charlotte Trounce
HB £11.99 published by Quarto


Go on a treasure hunt around the world as you scratch and discover animals, famous buildings, people and icons from across the globe in this innovative and interactive format. Every spread features a fully illustrated map with dozens of icons, paired with a search-and-find activity that prompts readers to search for and scratch to reveal ten items on every spread. An appealing, interactive first introduction to the world, perfect for car journeys and a fun way to implement a love of geography in your child’s life.

Franklin and Luna Go to the Moon
by Jen Campbell & Katie Harnett
HB £11.95 published by Thames & Hudson


Luna and her best friend, Franklin the dragon, love stories and want to visit all the places they’ve read about in books. But for all their reading they still don’t know where dragons come from. And Franklin is now so old – 605 to be exact – he can’t remember himself! They search high and low, but to no avail. Until one evening, Luna’s tortoise, Neil Armstrong, notices something far away in the sky… The three friends set out on their biggest adventure yet – all the way to the moon – in the hope of reuniting Franklin with his long lost family.

The Grinch: The Story of the Movie
PB £5.99 published by Harper Collins Children’s Books

AGE 7+

Based on the Dr Seuss classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the new glorious adaptation from the creators of Despicable Me is sure to be one of the stand out films the kids are all clamouring to see this festive season. With a heart two sizes too small, the Grinch is the meanest creature you’ll ever meet. He hates Christmas, but when he hatches a dastardly plot to steal it, he’s in for a big surprise! This is a perfect stocking filler for young fans who will also love the accompanying The Grinch Movie Sticker Book(7.99) and Movie Colouring Book (£3.99).



Charles Darwin: Little guides to Great Lives
by Dan Green, illustrated by Rachel Katstaller
HB £8.99 published by Laurence King

AGE 7+

From artists to aviators and scientists to revolutionaries, Little Guides to Great Lives is a brand new series of handy, accessible guides, each beautifully depicted by a different illustrator. The guides introduce children to the most inspirational figures from history. Charles Darwin’s ideas about evolution caused both outrage and wonder, and quickly made him one of the most famous men in history. From his five-year voyage across the high seas to 20 years of research, follow Darwin on his adventure to prove a theory that would change the world.


by Amy Wilson
PB £6.99 published by Macmillan Children’s Books

AGE 9+

Snowglobe tells the story of daydreamer Clementine who has been trying to avoid her magic for a while but it has been getting stronger, and harder to ignore. When she is drawn to a mysterious house in the middle of town she finds the place is full of hanging snowglobes, each one containing a trapped magician lost in time. Clem ventures into the glassy domes in an attempt to release them and in the process discovers her own powerful connection to the magic of these miniature worlds. With vivid characters, a beautiful but flawed landscape and an exciting plot, Amy Wilson’s third novel is a book which whisks the reader away on a tide of adventure.

Heather Black

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