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GIRAFFES CAN’T DANCEGiraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae, illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees by Giles Andreae, illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees

Ages 0-5

Gerald the giraffe longs to go to the great Jungle Dance, but how can he join in when he doesn't know how to tango or two-step? Everyone knows that giraffes can't dance ... or can they?

A funny, touching and triumphant story about being yourself and finding your own tune, GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE has been a family favourite for 20 years.

 

Download the GIRAFFES CAN’T DANCE colouring sheets

Download the GIRAFFES CAN’T DANCE word search

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Little Bilby's Aussie Easter Egg Hunt by Yvonne Mes, illustrated by Jody PrattLITTLE BILBY’S AUSSIE EASTER EGG HUNT by Yvonne Mes, illustrated by Jody Pratt

Ages 0-5

A group of baby bilbies are on an Easter egg hunt. They find all kinds of eggs - a kookaburra's egg, a turtle's egg, a cassowary's egg - before the little bilbies finally find what they've been looking for: Easter eggs to share with all their friends.

This colourfully illustrated picture book showcases the diversity of Australia's egg-laying animals. Each spread reveals an egg in its natural environment and asks the question 'Whose egg could this be?'. After turning the page, the egg is matched with the animal it belongs to.

 

Download the LITTLE BILBY’S AUSSIE EASTER EGG HUNT colouring sheets


Oi Frog! by Kes Gray, illustrated by Jim FieldOI FROG by Kes Gray, illustrated by Jim Field

Ages 0-5

Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools and gofers sit on sofas, but Frog does not want to sit on a log! Jam-packed with animals and silliness, this original rhyming story will have young children in fits of laughter.

 

Download the OI SERIES colouring sheet

Download the OI SERIES word search

Download the OI SERIES matching game

Download the OI SERIES origami activity

Download the OI SERIES spot the difference

Download the OI SERIES teachers resources


One Thing by Lauren ChildONE THING by Lauren Child

Ages 0-5

Perfectly funny and perfectly formed, this hilarious picture book sees top negotiator Lola take on numbers in everyday life and bend them to her endearing and unique will.

 

Download the CHARLIE AND LOLA activity pack


PESTS by Emer StampPESTS by Emer Stamp

Ages 7-9

Stix is the size of an egg cup, can jump the width of a dog's bottom, and LOVES cheese. That's because Stix is a mouse. He probably lives behind your washing machine, but you wouldn't know it, because his grandma taught him to always stay out of trouble and NEVER let the humans know he's there. But now Stix has stumbled across PESTS - the Peewit Educatorium for Seriously Terrible Scoundrels - in the basement of his building, and along with a whole host of new pesty friends (and enemies), he's about to rip up Grandma's rule book and make a REAL pest of himself...

 

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Stories for Kids Who Dare to be Different by Ben BrooksSTORIES FOR KIDS WHO DARE TO BE DIFFERENT by Ben Brooks

Ages 7-9

Boys will be boys and girls will be girls - or so the meaningless saying goes. Because what if you're a girl and you like cage fighting? Or you're a boy and you love ballet? And what if you've always dreamed of being a scientist but you can't see anyone who looks or sounds like you, and who has left a legacy - in the form of microscopes and Bunsen burners - for you to follow?

This is the book for children who want to know about the lives of those heroes who have led the way, changing the world for the better as they go.

 

Download the STORIES FOR KIDS WHO DARE TO BE DIFFERENT activity pack

Download the STORIES FOR KIDS WHO DARE TO BE DIFFERENT teachers resources


Squidge Dibley Destroys the School by Mick ElliottSQUIDGE DIBLEY DESTROYS THE SCHOOL by Mick Elliott

Ages 7-9

Things are going downhill fast for class 6PU at Craglands South Primary School. They've changed teachers more times than most kids change their socks, and their latest one is so strict they aren't even allowed to sneeze. But just when it seems like the school term has been turned into a prison term, a new kid arrives.
A kid unlike any other kid at Craglands South.
A kid named Squidge Dibley.
He's small, quiet and strangely ... squidgy.
And he's about to change everything.

 

Download the SQUIDGE DIBLEY colouring sheet

Download the SQUIDGE DIBLEY drawing activity

Download the SQUIDGE DIBLEY spot the difference


Nevermoor by Jessica TownsendNEVERMOOR by Jessica Townsend

Ages 9-11

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day, she is blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks - and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on Eventide.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It's there that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organisation: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart. Except for Morrigan, who doesn't seem to have any special talent at all.

To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests - or she'll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

 

Download the NEVERMOOR colouring sheets

Download the NEVERMOOR printable poster

Download the NEVERMOOR printable umbrellas

Download the NEVERMOOR teachers resources

Download the WUNDERSMITH teachers resources


Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valour by Ally CarterWINTERBORNE HOME FOR VENGEANCE AND VALOUR by Ally Carter

Ages 9-11

When 11-year-old April joins a group of kids living at Winterborne Home she doesn't expect to be there for very long. But she soon learns that this home isn't like any of the others - especially when she unearths the secret of the missing-and-presumed-dead billionaire, Gabriel Winterborne, who is neither missing nor dead but is actually living in a basement lair, sharpening his swords and looking for vengeance.

Now that April knows Gabriel Winterborne is alive, she must turn to the other orphans to keep him that way. As a looming new danger threatens to take Gabriel down once and for all, they must use their individual talents to find a way to make sure this home for misfits isn't lost to them for ever.

Because at the Winterborne Home, nothing is what it seems, no one is who they say they are and nowhere is safe. And now a ragtag group of orphans must unravel the riddle of a missing heir, a supposed phantom and a secret key, all without alerting the adults of Winterborne House that trouble is afoot.

 

Download the WINTERBORNE HOME FOR VENGEANCE AND VALOUR house of mysteries activity

Download the WINTERBORNE HOME FOR VENGEANCE AND VALOUR spot the difference

Download the WINTERBORNE HOME FOR VENGEANCE AND VALOUR word search


The Wizards of Once by Cressida CowellTHE WIZARDS OF ONCE by Cressida Cowell

Ages 9-11

Once there was Magic, and the Magic lived in the dark forests. Until the Warriors came...

Xar is a Wizard boy who has no Magic, and will do anything to get it. Wish is a Warrior girl, but she owns a banned Magical Object, and she will do anything to conceal it.

In this whirlwind adventure, Xar and Wish must forget their differences if they're going to make it to the dungeons at Warrior Fort. Where something that has been sleeping for hundreds of years is stirring...

 

Download THE WIZARDS OF ONCE word search

Download THE WIZARDS OF ONCE teachers resources (creativity)

Download THE WIZARDS OF ONCE teachers resources (empathy)

Download THE WIZARDS OF ONCE teachers resources (intelligence)

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