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Each month each of our stores champions a selection of kids' books that they feel passionately about, a mix of old and new, classics and innovators. You'll have to visit the individual stores to see what's on offer but here are some current and recent picks from across our stores. Look for the book bug sticker that tells you we love this book!


Picture Books

Barry the Fish With Fish Finger by Sue Hendra

Fish come from all the sea to watch Puffy the Puffer Fish Barry blow his magnificent bubbles - but there's a new fish on the block - Barry has arrived and he's causing a commotion in the ocean thanks to his unique feature - this fish has fingers and he plays mean piano!


The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis

The Bog Baby is the tale of two sisters who go fishing in a magic pond and discover a very cute, yet very naughty creature. Enchanting illustrations and an important message make this an unforgettable read, and one to keep on your bookshelf forever.


The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Laird and Janet Burroway

What would you do if your village was invaded by 4 million wasps? What any sensible person would do of course- build a giant jam sandwich!! Marvel at the harebrained schemes and inventions of the people of Itching Down in this rhyming childhood favourite!


For ages 5- 8

Madame Pamplemousse and her Incredible Edibles by Rupert Kingfisher

Madame Pamplemousse cover A very French tale written by an Englishman. Madeleine has been dumped in Paris by her jet setting parents to live under the dictatorship of tyrannical Uncle Lard. Doomed to wash pots in his awful restaurant for what seems like eternity, all the while secretly dreaming of creating great feasts of fantastic food, suddenly, she is saved. A chance sighting of an oddly human cat propels her into the magical world of Madame Pamplemousse.



For ages 9-12

Secret Ministry of Frost by Nick Lake

Secret Ministry cover A dark adventure, ranging from Ireland to the Arctic, with an unusual heroine in Light - half Inuit, half Irish and all albino. Light's epic journey into the Arctic wasteland to confront an age old enemy, grabs you right from the start. The Inuit folklore she thought to be fairy tales merges with reality when Light is drawn into an age-old intrigue between Setna, the ruler of the sea and Frost, king of the cold.

The action is relentless and at times brutal - not surprising given that her friends include the Tupilak, half shark, half polar bear, and a Raven God. Frightening and intelligent - all kids' books should be as good as this.


Once by Morris Gleitzman

It's 1942 and Felix is living in a convent orphanage in the Polish mountains. An optimistic young man, Felix is convinced his parents will return for him despite the dangers of Nazi occupation. Once emphasises the courage and humanity of this time in history and is a must read for the young and old alike.


Wildwood by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis

Prue's baby brother has been kidnapped by crows and taken to Wildwoodthe Impassable Wilderness. Much like the Bog of Eternal Stench, going there is not recommended, Prue, however, is made of sterner stuff and finds herself in a realm of talking animals, bandits, and (most importantly) magic. A modern fairytale with amazing illustrations, this is a perfect debut novel

Young Adult


How the Light Gets In by M.J. Hyland

Lou is a gifted Australian student staying with a seemingly perfect American family. Escaping a life of poverty in Sydney she thinks she has finally landed on her feet, but things slowly start to unravel in this brilliantly taught and atmospheric coming of age novel. Not recommended for younger readers, ages 13 up.


What I Saw cover What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

Set in decadent, and newly wealthy post WWII America, this is an excellent story of secret, lies and first love. Why has Evie's stepfather taken them to Florida? How did he make his riches and who is the mysterious young GI who appears from nowhere?


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