Cosy up with a wonderful winter story…

Age Pre-school+
Moon and Me: The Little Seed by Andrew Davenport, illustrated by Mariko Umeda, HB £12.99 published by Scholastic

This brand-new story featuring Pepi Nana, Moon Baby and friends is the first in the range of Moon and Me: Storyland Adventures each featuring an episode of the brand new CBeebies show. Perfect to read aloud at bedtime, each charming adventure finishes with the toys getting ready to sleep before drifting off to dream land. In this fully illustrated original gift book readers will discover how Pepi Nana meets Moon Baby and all the toys wake up for an adventure.

Age 5+
Read This Book If You Don’t Want a Story, HB £12.99 published by Tilbury House

Mr. Book With No Story wants his pages uncluttered by pictures and plot lines but images, questions and ideas keep invading the unruly pages he is trying to police, ignoring his efforts to chase them away.Mr. Book is determined to share nothing with readers, but his pages have other ideas. It turns out that Mr. Book’s big fear is having nothing worthwhile to say, but in this fun, zany tribute to the creative process, he needn’t have worried. Stories are fun, and all of us can tell them.

 

 

Age 7+
Cinders and the Sparks: Fairies in the Forest by Lindsey Kelk, PB £6.99 published by Harper Collins Children’s Books

A heartwarming, hilarious twist on the Cinderella story with a girl heroine who doesn’t need anyone to save her! In the second adventure Cinders and her talking dog Sparks are on the run in the Deep Dark Forest, after Cinders performed magic at the castle and made everyone think she was a witch. In the forest they will find three bears, a multitude of ridiculous adventures and one woman called Rapunzel in a tower. But Rapunzel may not be what she seems…

 

Age 7+
Tales of Amazing Animal Heroes by Mike Unwin, introduction by Michael Morpurgo, HB £12.99 published by Puffin

Be truly inspired by these powerful true stories of animal heroes. Meet heroic bears, drone-catching eagles, loyal dogs, sassy cats, and much more! This book brings you the heart-wrenching stories of the real animals who traversed treacherous paths, made daring rescues and went above and beyond to save human lives. When faced with human conflict, these animals have all shown bravery, friendship, or brought comfort. Journey throughout history from Hannibal’s elephants to a guide dog in the Twin Towers and uncover 34 amazing animal tales.

 

 

Age 7+
Dare to Dream: Irish People Who Took On The World (And Won!) by Sarah Webb, illustrated by Graham Corcoran, HB £14.99 published by The O’Brien Press

More true stories for everyone who dreams of changing the world. From inspirational athlete Cora Staunton to world-famous novelist James Joyce, Antarctic explorer Tom Crean to renowned jellyfish expert Maude Delap and trade union activist Rosie Hackett to the greatest hat-maker in the world, Philip Treacy. These are the stories of Irish people, famous and not-so-famous, who followed their dreams, fearlessly striving to be the very best they could be, to discover and explore, to help those in desperate need, or to test the limits of artistic expression.

Age 8+
The Taylor TurboChaser by David Baddiel, illustrated by Steven Lenton, PB £10.99 published by Harper Collins Children’s Books

 

A non-stop thrill-ride adventure from highly acclaimed comedian, novelist, television presenter and author David Baddiel. Amy Taylor loves cars, and dreams of being a driver. But there’s a major catch – her slow old wheelchair with its broken wheel. When Amy finally gets a new electric one, it’s exciting… at first. But standard engines only have so much power and that’s where Rahul comes in – Amy’s best friend and genius inventor. Soon Rahul turns a wheelchair into a supercar – and so the Taylor TurboChaser is born! But when it all goes suddenly wrong Amy is going to have to hit the road – and drive…

Nadia Duncan

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