‘Millie loved her monkey. He was her very special toy and she would not share him with anybody, not even with her best friend Lily.’

A beautiful picture book perfect for introducing the concept of sharing, from the author of Monkey and the Little One. Ideal for kids who loved Julia Donaldson’s Sharing a Shell.

Millie loves her monkey. He is her very special toy. But when best friend Lily wants to play with Monkey too, Millie is not happy. She takes away ALL the toys and plays with them by herself in the playhouse . . .

But soon she hears laughter coming from outside. Everyone is having fun without Millie, and nobody wants to play with her now.

Will Millie ever learn to share?

From the author of ‘Back to Front and Upside Down’ and ‘Lucy and the Bully’ comes a beautiful story of love and friendship.

Monkey lived all alone in the jungle. He liked it that way.

Monkey lives a quiet life, alone in the jungle. At least, he does until a visitor arrives and spoils his peace. The Little One makes himself right at home, he wants to share Monkey’s jungle and life. Will this odd couple get along or go their separate ways?

A charming, warm-hearted tale of the importance of friendship and the power of jam sandwiches.

The perfect story time read for kids ages 3 and up.

Look out for Millie Shares and The Best Bit of Daddy’s Day.

Claire earned a Degree in Fine Art in Canterbury then moved to London in 1995. She tried various jobs until settling down as a portrait painter and children’s book author/illustrator in 2003. Millie Shares, Claire’s first book for Egmont, was a tender story about sharing.  She has also published many other fantastic titles including Small Florence, Back to Front and Upside Down and  Lost in the Snow.

The story the horses loved most was the one that told of the great white horses, with their flowing manes and thundering hooves, dancing the in the waves… Guided by the shell, it’s strong, clear song and its stories of distant oceans, the boy and the horse set out on a thrilling journey to the sea. But what will they find at their journey’s end? Will the magical white horses rise from the waves and offer the horse his dream of galloping with them?

Talk about fast food! A hilarious, high-speed tale from the inimitable Allan Ahlberg – catch it if you can!

The celebrated Allan Ahlberg is in his element in this fast-paced, funny story about what happens when dinner decides that it doesn’t fancy being eaten. Just as hungry little boy Banjo is about to tuck into his sausage, it jumps right up off the plate and runs away! But the sausage – whose name is Melvin – isn’t alone… He’s followed by the fork, the knife, the table, the French fries and even the peas. And so the chase is on! Will Banjo ever catch up with his runaway dinner? And what (gulp) happens to Melvin if he does? Gloriously illustrated by the award-winning Bruce Ingman, this is a whacky, whimsical romp perfect for reading aloud.

From the creators of The Pencil and The Runaway Dinner comes the story of a loaf of bread, told slice by yummy slice!

Three cheers for bread, HIP-HIP-HOORAY! Early in the morning the baker bakes a lovely loaf of bread. SO lovely, in fact, that by the time the sun goes down it’s been gobbled up! Every. Last. Slice. Who eats it all? Well, the baker munches on its crunchy crust. The baker’s wife eats delicious marmalade toast and the baker’s son gets a tasty cheese and ham sandwich for his lunch. Let’s not forget the dog, even he gets his share! HOORAY FOR BREAD! Slice by slice and crumb by crumb, everyone eats their fill of bread, with a teeny tiny mouse nibbling up the very last scrap. “Hooray” – squeak-squeak – “for bread!” But wait – there are some missing slices! Where could have they gone? Is there a tasty double spread just for YOU?

Laila Levenson has always been the baby of the family, but now with her older siblings, Mira and Krish, leaving home just as she starts secondary school, everything feels like it’s changing… can the reappearance of Nana Josie’s Protest Book and the spirit it releases in Laila, her friends and her local community, help her find her own voice and discover what she truly believes in? 
 

A powerful chime rings through Laila’s mind, guiding her to walk the footsteps of the past on her way to discover her own future.

Two children must risk everything to escape their fate and find the impossible . . . bold adventure, timely climate change themes and breathtaking writing, from award-winning author Sita Brahmachari.

‘Lavishly written and full of love of the natural world.’ – Sunday Times

Shifa and her brother, Themba, live in Kairos City with their father, Nabil. The few live in luxury, whilst the millions like them crowd together in compounds, surviving on meagre rations and governed by Freedom Fields – the organisation that looks after you, as long as you opt in.

The bees have long disappeared; instead children must labour on farms, pollinating crops by hand so that the nation can eat. The farm Shifa and Themba are sent to is hard and cruel. Themba won’t survive there and Shifa comes up with a plan to break them out. But they have no idea where they are – their only guide is a map drawn from the ramblings of a stranger.

The journey ahead is fraught with danger, but Shifa is strong and knows to listen to her instincts – to let love guide them home. The freedom of a nation depends on it . . .S

A BLEAKLEY BROTHERS MYSTERY by OSBERT THE AVENGER author Christopher William Hill

What’s that you say? You’re off to Bleakley Manor? On Michaelmas eve? But dear child, hasn’t anyone told you the legend of Old Bramble Head, who rises once a year to claim another victim from the unfortunate Bleakley household…

Which one will it be this time? And could there be foul play? Crime-busting brothers Horatio and Eustace Bleakley feel certain they smell a rat. Or is that Cook’s dinner?

More importantly, can they solve the mystery before another Bleakley bites the dust?

Go ahead and find out… if you dare!

Ovid and Lorelli Thornthwaite have been trying to kill each other for so long that neither twin can remember which act of attempted murder came first. But whoever struck first, trying to take each other’s lives is simply what they do. Until one day a lawyer arrives at their house to take stock of its contents, and his accompanying son attracts their attention. Soon a new battle evolves – one in which the twins have to work together to solve the mystery of their parents’ deaths. Can Lorelli and Ovid overcome their old animosities, and will they ever get to finish that game of chess?

When detective Dirk Dilly gets a call from Holly, a young girl whose pet cat has gone missing, the dragon ends up with not only a new case to solve but also a self-appointed partner-in-solving-crime. And it turns out that Holly’s cat is just the beginning! As the pair hunt for clues, Dirk spots other dragons flying over the city – and not the good kind. Dirk has a hunch they might just be involved, but will he and Holly be able prevent further cat-astrophe before it’s too late?