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​Rivers and Coasts

​Izzi Howell

Rivers and Coasts

​​Learn about rivers and coasts and how water shapes the landscapes in different ways. Follow rivers from their source to the sea and explore coasts around the world. Find out how erosion creates stunning waterfalls and see how water affects our lives, from tourism and industry to the risks of flooding.

13/08/2018 14:00

​Strike of the Shark

​Bear Grylls


​When Beck Granger is ship-wrecked in the open seas, he needs all of his survival skills to save a small group of passengers.

But the sinking was no accident. In order to stay alive, they'll have to work out who wants him dead, and why.

That is, if the sharks don't get him first . . .

An explosive adventure from real-life survival expert Bear Grylls​

13/08/2018 14:00

​The Bolds

​Julian Clary 


​"Mr and Mrs Bold are just like you and me- they live in a nice house (in Teddington), they have jobs (like writing Christmas cracker jokes) and they love to have a bit of a giggle. One slight difference- they're hyenas. Yes, that's right - they're covered in fur, have tails tucked into their trousers, and they really, really like to laugh. So far, the Bolds have managed to keep things under wraps, even when their children Bobby and Betty were born. But the nosy man next door smells a rat (or a hyena), and a trip to the local wildlife park, and the brilliantly wacky heist that results, could be the end of Teddington's best-kept secret. Whatever will the neighbours think?

13/08/2018 14:00

​The Animals' Football Camp

​Clare De Marco and Trevor Dunton


​Jungle United are training hard at a special camp. But Lion thinks he is already brilliant and refuses to train with the others. Will he ever learn to play as part of a team?

The Leapfrog series is perfect for children who are reading on their own, with fun stories of no more than 200 words.

13/08/2018 14:00

​Ocean Wonders: Come face to face with life in the ocean deep

​Margaret Hynes


​How much of the world is covered in water? What is the deepest-living fish? How are waves caused? Why are coral reefs in danger? Take a journey beneath the waves and into the deep, and collect some bite-size facts about oceans, marine life, and sunken treasures along the way. Fast Facts is a series of high-interest, lower reading ability books aimed at fact-hungry children who enjoy information books but may be less confident readers or have difficulty with the usual quantity and level of text aimed at their age group.

06/08/2018 16:00

​SuperCat vs the pesky pirate

​Jeanne Willis


​Everybody's favourite all-action cat is back in the third instalment of the hilarious cat-superhero series, from award-winning author and queen of comedy, Jeanne Willis. When all the grown-ups disappear from the family funfair Supercat and his sidekick James suspect the evil Count Backwards is behind it. The crime-fighting duo track the count to his underwater headquarters - but can they sneak on board a submarine and save the day or will they end up as fish food?

06/08/2018 16:00

​Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Mash-up​

​Simon Cherry


Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Mash-up

​When Eddy finds a pirate in his gran's bath, his miserable summer holiday becomes a treasure hunt! Setting sail in a ship-shaped shed, crewed by an old lady and a grumpy penguin, what could possibly stop their quest for booty? (Apart from the world's most evil shopkeeper, a man-eating beast, and the maddest, baddest villain in all the seven seas.)

06/08/2018 16:00

​Goat in a Boat

​Sally Grindley


​Will Goat and Toad catch their coach? Goat in a Boat is one of a fantastic new fiction reading series for children aged 5+ that combines structured phonic progression with great artwork and fun stories. Devised with the help of an expert consultant, it is sure to enable children to achieve reading success. Specially created for use by both parents and teachers, I Love Reading Phonics is a dedicated, comprehensive reading scheme based on Synthetic Phonics.

06/08/2018 16:00

​The Pirates on Holiday

​Adam Guillain

The Pirates on holiday

​The Plankton Pirates have been so busy working that they need a holiday! Bored of the tropical paradise, they turn to the Windy View Caravan Park as their perfect place to unwind. But will they really fit in?
Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading.​

23/07/2018 14:00

​More boredom busters : over 50 awesome activities for children aged 7 years +​​

​Caroline Fernandez​

More Boredom Busters

​Be bored no more! You'll love all the fun things to do and make in "More Boredom Busters." There's a chapter of activities for each season of the year, and within those, you'll also find ideas for your favorite holidays, such as Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, and Father's Day. Get set to enjoy awesome activities, from Permanent Marker Mugs--add your own designs to a mug for yourself or as a gift--to Woven Magazine Mats that use up old magazines, helping you to recycle at the same time as crafting. The summer Fruit Kebobs are delicious, while the Halloween Party Food, including banana ghosts and clementine "pumpkins," not only looks great for parties, but tastes delicious, too. Getting messy with paint is always fun, so why not create some Snowman Handprint pictures? You can even tie-dye T-shirts using food coloring, to make yourself a brightly-patterned new outfit. Every activity has easy instructions and uses simple materials found around the home or classroom, so you can get started straight away!​

23/07/2018 13:00

​Wilf the Mighty Worrier battles a pirate​

​Georgia Pritchett​

Wilf the Mighty Worrier Battles of a Pirate

​Things Wilf was worried about before:
1. Lion dentists.
2. Creepy crawlies wearing wigs.
3. Marmite.
Things Wilf is worried about now:
4. The most evil man in the world.
5. Anyone called Alan.
6. Alan deciding to become a pirate and destroy the world.
Alan is Wilf's self-styled evil lunatic next-door-neighbour. He has a grumpy robot sidekick and a silent right-hand-dog, Kevin Phillips. He is ridiculous. But when Alan decides that pirating is an excellent way to destroy the world, Wilf knows he will have to overcome his fear of parrots and walking the plank to stop him...

23/07/2018 13:00

​Kidnap in the Caribbean​

​Lauren St. John​

Kidnap in the Carribean Sea

​From Cornwall to the Caribbean, 11-year-old ace detective Laura Marlin comes face to face with pirates, sharks, criminal masterminds and an erupting volcano in her second mystery adventure, from award-winning author Lauren St John.
Laura cannot contain her excitement when she wins a trip to the Caribbean for herself and her uncle, Calvin Redfern, especially when her best friend, Tariq, and her three-legged husky, Skye, accidentally find themselves on board too. But when they dock at Antigua, they discover that Calvin Redfern has vanished, and Laura and Tariq are about to be kidnapped by the fearsome Straight A gang. Dramatic escapes, an erupting volcano and a race against time to stop the deadly undercover 'Marine Concern' make Laura's second adventure every bit as exciting as the first.​

23/07/2018 13:00

​My Family gets funnier

​Chris Higgins


​Nine-year-old Mattie is excited. Uncle Vez's brother and his wife have come to visit! With their Australian guests, life in the Butterfield household is even more chaotic than usual. Mattie just has one worry on her Worry List ... Has Grandma met her match in Aunty Sheila?

16/07/2018 18:00

​Little Mermaid's Deep Sea Rescue​

​Laura North and Dylan Gibson


​A follow up story to the classic 'Little Mermaid', this story adds a new twist to the tale. Little Mermaid is out swimming when she gets trapped by fishing nets and hauled aboard a ship. She encounters a handsome young sailor who frees her. Later, while the sailor, who has fallen in love, tries to track the mermaid down, he gets into very big trouble with a hungry shark! Little Mermaid to the rescue...!
Hopscotch Twisty Tales combine carefully controlled text levels and a word count of under 500 words with highly entertaining and original stories. They are perfect for children starting to read independently aged 5 or who read book bands 7-8. Each book also contains fun puzzles at the back to reinforce story sequencing and character and dialogue work.​​

16/07/2018 18:00

​Alpha, Brava, Charlie: The Complete Book of Nautical Codes

​Sara Gillingham​


​A graphically stunning, first-ever volume of nautical codes for children
This extraordinary visual reference is an introduction to maritime communication through nautical flags, along with morse code, the phonetic alphabet, and semaphore signaling.
Today's system of international maritime signal flags was devel-oped in the 19th century, and is still used for communication between ships, or between ship and shore. Each flag, boldly colored for visual distinction at sea, stands for a letter as well as a phrase relevant to seafaring. The resulting code is both beautiful and functional, inviting readers to code and decode messages of their own!
Created for ages 6-8 years

16/07/2018 17:00

​​The Great Shelby Holmes, Girl Detective

Elizabeth Eulberg


​Shelby Holmes is not your average nine-year-old. For one, she happens to be the best detective her neighbourhood has ever seen, using her uncanny analytical mind and sassy attitude to solve crimes which stump even the police department.
But when eleven-year-old John Watson moves in to her block of flats, Shelby finds a solution to the one puzzle that's eluded her up until now- friendship.
This dynamic duo find themselves swept up in a dog-napping case that'll take both their talents to crack.​

16/07/2018 17:00

​The Seashore​

​Peter Riley

The Seashore

​The Seashore looks at some of the different habitats along the coast and the plants, animals and objects that you will find there. From sand lizards hiding in the sand dunes, to all sorts of shells, crustaceans and seabirds. Children will love discovering a bit more about this favourite location. The mixture of full-colour photographs and illustrations ensure maximum impact and levels of detail but without feeling overly educational - even though this book is brimming with science​

03/07/2018 11:00

​Holiday ha, ha, ha!​

​David Solomons


​Get ready to laugh your summer socks off with this collection of hilarious short stories - from disastrous car journeys to super-powered grannies to gruesomely funny ghost hunters there's something for everyone in this side-splitting anthology! Featuring a stellar line-up of much-loved authors including Steve Cole, David Solomons, Joanna Nadin, Jeremy Strong, William Sutcliffe, Steven Butler, Candy Harper and Jonathan Meres.

03/07/2018 11:00

​The Wind in the Willows

​Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows

​Kenneth Grahame's classic story of adventure and loyalty has been stunningly re-imagined through the illustrations of David Roberts in this lovely small format paperback edition. The Wind in the Willows (1908) was based on bedtime stories and letters to his son and it is where the characters Rat, Badger, Mole and Toad were created.

03/07/2018 11:00

​Fun at the Beach

​Damien Harvey and Srimalie Bassani

Fun at the Beach

​Koko and Kenzo go to the beach with Mum and Dad. Who is having all the fun?

03/07/2018 11:00

​​First Dinosaur Encyclopedia

​A Dorling Kindersley (DK) book


​First Dinosaur Encyclopedia

​Learn about a vast variety of dinosaurs.

25/06/2018 12:00

​Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done​

​Stephan Pastis

Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done

​Timmy Failure is the founder, president and CEO of the greatest detective agency in town, probably the country, perhaps the world. And he's about to crack the biggest case of his generation: a school competition to find a stolen globe, and win the $500 prize which will set him up for life. But someone is clearly trying to cheat.

25/06/2018 12:00

The stones of winter​​

Oskar Jensen

The Stones of Winter

​A Viking tale of myth and magic.​

25/06/2018 12:00

​Hansel and Gretel and the Space Witch

​Laurence Anholt

Hansel and Gretel and the Space Witch


​Hansel and Gretel's evil stepmother sends them into space - and into the clutches of the even more evil Space Witch!

25/06/2018 12:00


​Sarah Lean


​Leo feels invisible - at school and at home. When he's not doing homework with his one friend, George, Leo spends most of his time in his imagination. It's easy to feel brave if he's pretending to be a gladiator. When an accident at school brings Leo overnight fame he likes being centre of attention, for once. But then Leo finds himself doing things he knows are wrong, just to impress his new 'friends'. And George no longer wants to be friends with a liar. Disaster strikes when a meteor hits the town. A little dog belonging to Leo's neighbour is missing and Leo knows he must be trapped. If Leo can bring the dog home, can he make it up to be the people he's hurt? Can he be a real hero?

18/06/2018 16:00

​Tom's Tooth​

​Sam Hay

Tom's Tooth

​Tom's Tooth is a fun story for all children expecting a visit from the tooth fairy and who are beginning to read on their own. Perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 2 red.
Tom wiggles and jiggles his wobbly tooth until it's out. He's so happy but, at bedtime, he cannot find it. Can his brother and sister help?

18/06/2018 16:00

​American Supercars

​Paul Mason​

American Supercars


​Get your young petrolhead into gear with the perfect introduction to the newest, hottest, fastest American supercar marques on the planet. Featured inside are: CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1, DODGE CHALLENGER SRT HELLCAT, FORD GT, SHELBY SUPER SNAKE and more!

Written specifically for car lovers aged around 9 years old, this series is ideal for reading on the go and to encourage reading for pleasure. Each title features superb photography and easy-to-read, informative text.

18/06/2018 15:00


​Daniel Postgate​​



​In this fun, rhyming story, a little girl called Debra has a super-talented family. She has yet to find her special gift, but perhaps she has a trick up her sleeve.​

18/06/2018 15:00

​Tasty Drinks and Snacks


​Rita Storey

Tasty Drinks and Snacks

​Snacks and drinks are a useful way of boosting your energy between meals. But many savoury snacks are high in salt and fat and many sweet snacks and drinks are high in sugar. This book provides lots of ideas for healthy, but very tasty, snacks and drinks. The recipes include mini-wraps, cheese dip, blueberry milkshake and banana muffins.
The 'Plan, Prepare, Cook' series has brilliant step-by-step photographs and easy-to-follow instructions so that you will soon be creating your very own delicious food. Learn basic techniques, find out about the equipment you need, and pick up lots of helpful hints and tips along the way.​

12/06/2018 15:00

​The Foot Book

​Dr. Seuss

The Foot Book

​Wet foot. Dry foot. Low foot. High foot. Early readers will enjoy marching in time to the beat of many, many feet with Dr. Seuss's fun exploration of opposites. With his unique combination of hilarious stories, zany pictures and riotous rhymes, Dr. Seuss has been delighting young children and helping them learn to read for over fifty years.

12/06/2018 15:00
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