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Hike by Peter Oswald
Take to the trails for a celebration of nature -- and a day spent with dad.
In the cool and quiet early light of morning, a father and child wake up. Today they're going on a hike. Follow the duo into the mountains as they witness the magic of the wilderness, overcome challenges, and play a small role in the survival of the forest. By the time they return home, they feel alive -- and closer than ever -- as they document their hike and take their place in family history
Loki: A Bad God's Guide to Being Good by Louie Stowell
After one trick too many, Loki is banished to live on Earth as a "normal" school boy. Forbidden from using his AWESOME godly powers, Loki must show moral improvement. As he records his lies THE TRUTH in his magical diary, it becomes clear Loki hasn't a clue how to tell good from evil, trust from tricks, or friends from enemies.
The River by Tom Percival
Rowan loves the river; it's just like he is. On some days, it's quiet and calm, on others it's light and playful, and then there are the days when it roars along, wild and angry. But when Rowan goes through a particularly difficult winter, the river freezes - just like Rowan. Can Rowan find a way to release his frozen feelings, and allow the river to flow freely once more?
The Hatmakers by Tamsin Merchant
Cordelia comes from a long line of magical milliners, who weave alchemy and enchantment into every hat. In Cordelia's world, Making - crafting items such as hats, cloaks, watches, boots and gloves from magical ingredients - is a rare and ancient skill, and only a few special Maker families remain.
When Cordelia's father Prospero and his ship, the Jolly Bonnet, are lost at sea during a mission to collect hat ingredients, Cordelia is determined to find him. But Uncle Tiberius and Aunt Ariadne have no time to help the littlest Hatmaker, for an ancient rivalry between the Maker families is threatening to surface. Worse, someone seems to be using Maker magic to start a war.
Oceanarium by Loveday Trinick
If you prefer non-fiction........
With remarkable illustrations that will make anyone want to dive in and learn more about the wondrous oceanic realms, this is a brilliant addition to the now extensive “Welcome to the Museum” series, which has featured the planets, plants, history and more.
My Skin. Your Skin by Laura Henry-Allain
This important non-fiction book explores the concept of racism for a young audience, explaining what it is and why it is always wrong. It examines what makes people unique, from skin colour to family set-up and religious beliefs, emphasising that these differences make the world a richer place and should be celebrated.
The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher
This is a story about a boy named William Trundle and a dinosaur named the Christmasaurus.
It's about how they meet one Christmas Eve and have a magical adventure. It's about friendship and families, sleigh bells and Santa, singing elves and flying reindeer.
It's about discovering your heart's true desire, and learning that the impossible might just be possible . . .
A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig
You are about to read the true story of Father Christmas.
It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible.
If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you.
Because this book is FULL of impossible things.
Are you still reading?
Then let us begin . . .
A tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and an eleven-year-old boy called Nikolas, who isn't afraid to believe in magic.
Boy Giant by Michael Morpurgo
War has forced Omar and his mother to leave their home in Afghanistan and venture across the sea to Europe. When their boat sinks, and Omar finds himself alone, with no hope of rescue, it seems as if his story has come to an end.
But it is only just beginning.
Because in the end, a little hope makes a big difference…
A thrilling adventure inspired by the classic story of Gulliver’s Travels, this is also a gripping modern narrative of rescue and refuge, from a writer at the height of his powers. A book about breaking down walls, at a time when many are trying to build them. And a timeless reminder of humanity’s infinite capacity for good… even when those humans are very small indeed.
The Day War Came by Nicola Davies
Imagine if, on an ordinary day, war came. Imagine it turned your town to rubble. Imagine going on a long and difficult journey – all alone. Imagine finding no welcome at the end of it. Then imagine a child who gives you something small but very, very precious...
A great book to introduce the concept of refugees to your child.
Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman
Pink is for boys . . . and girls . . . and everyone!
Pink Is for Boys encourages girls and boys to enjoy what they love to do, whether it's racing cars and playing football, or loving unicorns and dressing up.
The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millward Hargrave
When Isabella’s best friend Lupe vanishes into the vast forbidden forest of the island of Joya, as a cartographer’s daughter Isabella knows she is the only chance of bringing back Lupe alive. Joining the search party venturing into the island’s interior - a land brimming with monsters and legend - she must draw on every ounce of courage and knowledge she has to overcome the impossible.
A fabulous adventure story!
The Pencil by Alan Ahlberg
Say hi to Banjo! Once a pencil draws him, there's no telling what will come next – a dog, a cat, a chase (of course), and a paintbrush to colour in an ever-expanding group of family and friends. But it's not long before the complaints begin – "This hat looks silly!" "My ears are too big!" – until the poor pencil has no choice but to draw … a rubber. Oh no!
The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson
Freddie Yates likes facts. Just not the one staring him in the face - that his secret plan is not, in fact, secret.
Because Freddie's journey wasn't meant to involve Big Trev and the onion-eating competition or the loo-exploding pear-and-potato turnovers. And Freddie definitely didn't expect to end up, with his two best friends, on national television in a supergirl costume.
But journeys never take you where you think they will. And for Freddie, that fact might just have to be enough...