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The best new children’s books for Summer 2019, chosen by independent booksellers

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Today marks the start of Independent Bookshop Week (15th to 22nd June), and to mark the occasion, The Guardian have published a guide to the best new children’s books for Summer 2019 – featuring picks by independent booksellers from around the country.

And we’re delighted to see that seven Nosy Crow titles have been selected across four age categories – the most for any publisher!

In the babies category, Animal Families: Safari, illustrated by Jane Ormes, has been featured by Carrie Morris from Booka Bookshop and Cafe in Oswestry. Carrie writes:

“Perfect for babies and little learners as they discover the roles and names within animal groups. A final double- page fold out provides a panoramic surprise of collective nouns for wild animals. The dazzling illustrations bring this simple book to life. ROAR!”

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And A Book About Marley Bear at the Farm, illustrated by Melissa Crowton, has been featured by Ruth Swindon from The Bookworm Ltd in London. Ruth writes:

“With large felt flaps and mirrors, this touch-and-feel board book is a great way to introduce small children to animals, farm life and noises while supporting early speech and confidence building.”

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In the 3-5 category, The Suitcase, written and illustrated by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros, has been featured by Louise Chadwick from Button and Bear in Shrewsbury. Louise writes:

“With a message of tolerance, acceptance, kindness and respect for others, this outstanding picture book has a powerful message that will stay with you long after you have read it.”

Here’s a look inside the book:

And Busy Little Bees: Sunflower Shoots and Muddy Boots, written by Katherine Halligan and illustrated by Grace Easton has been featured by Louise Haines from The Bookcase in Lowdham. Louise writes:

“From growing a garden den to sprouting baby beans in a jar, this informative book is full of ideas for green-fingered fun both outdoors and indoors.”

Here’s a look inside the book:

In the 6-8 category, An Otter Called Pebble, written by Helen Peters and illustrated by Ellie Snowdon, has been featured by Tereze Brikmane from Tales on Moon Lane in London. Tereze writes:

“Jasmine and Tom find an otter cub by the river. Following advice from the Wildlife Trust, they set out to find its family. A story packed full of otter facts; perfect for the young animal enthusiast.”

Here’s a look inside the book:

And Find Tom in Time, Ancient Egypt, illustrated by Fatti Burke, has been featured by Nicola Lee from Children’s Bookshop in Huddersfield. Nicola writes:

“Tom and his cat Digby travel back in time. Short snippets of information about various aspects of Ancient Egypt are interspersed with spotting Egyptian artefacts (and, of course, Digby) in this great interactive book.”

Here’s a look inside the book:

And in the 9+ category, No Ballet Shoes in Syria by Catherine Bruton has been featured by Sanchita Basu De Sarkar from The Children’s Bookshop, Muswell Hill in London. Sanchita writes:

“Filled with warmth and kindness, the story of Aya and her family will resonate long after the last page. Aya’s longing to join a prestigious ballet school sits alongside flashbacks to her life in Syria – and offers her the hope of rebuilding her life.”

Here’s a look inside the book:

Thank you to all of the independent bookshops and booksellers who have championed our books – we are so incredibly grateful for your support!

You can find the full guide to the best children’s books for Summer 2019 in today’s edition of The Guardian – and you can find out more about Independent Bookshop Week (along with a guide to finding your local independent bookshop) here.

Happy Independent Bookshop Week!

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