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A Beach-Cleaning Legacy

This week is The Great British Beach Clean and we at Nosy Crow, along with our publishing partners at the National Trust, wanted to take a moment to reflect on the inspiring lives of National Trust members and benefactors, Gary and Pam, who together have harboured a longstanding determination to keep our beaches clean. Sadly, Pam has now passed away, but her passion for protecting our seas and coastlines lives on in the work of Gary and her friends and family.

In Gary’s own words, this is Pam’s story:

When my wonderful wife, Pam Billington, was told in 2016 that she had maybe only a few months to live, she decided she didn’t want to define the rest of her life as a battle with cancer. Rather she chose to see her remaining time as a celebration of the people, things and places that she loved.

High on the list of things Pam wanted to do was to spend as much time as possible on the Northumberland coast. We had planned to retire there, but sadly that was not to be, however it was the place she loved the most in the world.

As it turned out, thanks to wonderful help from the NHS, Pam lived for another two and a half years and we managed many more trips to the Northumberland coast to enjoy seeing the wildlife, especially puffins, terns, gannets and Pam’s favourite, eider ducks.

As the end approached, she made a plea for family and friends to honour her life by visiting a beach and spending some time picking up litter, especially plastic. It is a source of comfort to me that many people have taken up this challenge and sent me photographs of the mounds of ‘stuff’ that an hour’s effort can remove from our lovely beaches.

Shortly before she died, Pam wrote a poem called ‘I am Sunshine’. In the poem she envisaged herself paddling on Bamburgh beach (with me staying dry and carrying her towel), and the cancer as a storm that would pass while her love carried on.

I am Sunshine
By Pam Billington

I am sunshine
I am not rain
I am sunshine
I will shine again

I will shine when I choose be it day or night
I did not lose, there was no fight
For I am paddling now and the water’s warm
You were nothing but a passing storm.

A tiny part of a life lived full
A perfect love, you did not rule
You could never take all the love I’ve known
For it comes with me, you’re on your own.

I am sunshine
I am not rain
I am sunshine
I will shine again.

Photo of Pam and Gary, National Trust members who were passionate about keeping our beaches clean
Pam and Gary at Bamburgh Beach

Join a Beach Clean!
To get involved in a beach clean, all you need are two bags, one for rubbish and one for recyclables, access to a beach, and a little bit of time. By working together to care for our coastlines, we can protect wildlife and make sure our beaches stay safe and beautiful for everyone. You can find a beach clean event in your area on the Marine Conservation Society’s website, here.

If you’ve been inspired by Gary and Pam’s words, please do share photos of your beach-cleaning efforts with Nosy Crow and the National Trust via social media (you can find us on Twitter here and Instagram here) with the hashtag #BeachCleanForPam.

Photo of beach clean

 

For anyone who would like to introduce a young child to ideas around the importance of caring for our coastlines, and how by working together we can make a difference, The Wide, Wide Sea by Anna Wilson and Jenny Løvlie, published in collaboration with the National Trust, is a very gentle picture book introduction to the topic of plastic pollution.

You can take a look inside the book below:

Take a look inside The Wide, Wide Sea

Next month we’re absolutely delighted to be publishing The Wide, Wide Sea, written by author and wild-swimmer Anna Wilson and illustrated by Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winner Jenny Løvlie – an inspiring and moving picture book about protecting wildlife from plastic pollution.

And today we’re very pleased to be sharing an early preview of this beautiful book!

When a young child forges a special connection with a seal on a trip to the seaside, their imagination takes them on an unforgettable journey. Through their eyes, we have a chance to explore everything the amazing beach and wide, wide sea has to offer . . . until suddenly a violent storm blows in. The next morning the beach is ugly . . . and covered in litter. Whose fault is it? And who can fix it? Together, the child, their grandmother, and the rest of the community clean the beach, and the child makes a promise to the seal that things will change for the better.

Beautifully illustrated, and with a moving message of conservation at its heart, The Wide, Wide Sea will inspire and delight children who love wildlife.

Take a look inside:

You can pre-order a copy of The Wide, Wide Sea from Waterstones here, Bookshop.org here, or Amazon here. And if you’d like to stay up-to-date with all of our latest books news, including awards, exclusive previews, giveaways and more, you can sign up to our newsletter here.

New books out in April!

It’s our April publication day! From a Bizzy Bear first words book and egg hunt adventures to the first in a loveable new picture book series by David Melling, an inspiring story about looking after our coastlines and a bunch of fantastic new fiction to keep them entertained, we’ve got something for everyone this month.

Here’s a closer look at the new Nosy Crow books you can find in bookshops, and available online, now.

Bizzy Bear’s Big Book of Words, by Benji Davies:

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Sing Along With Me! Hey Diddle Diddle, by Yu-hsuan Huang:

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I’m Thinking of a Pet, by Adam GuillainCharlotte Guillain & Lucia Gaggiotti:

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The Body Book, by Hannah Alice

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This is NOT a Unicorn, by Barry Timms and Ged Adamson:

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Ruffles and the Red, Red Coat, by David Melling:

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National Trust: Out and About Minibeast Explorer, by Robyn Swift & Hannah Alice:

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British Museum: Find Tom in Time, Ancient Rome, by Fatti Burke (now available in paperback):

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How to Be Me, by Cath Howe:

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Waiting for Murder, by Fleur Hitchcock:

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Sunshine Stables: Poppy and the Perfect Pony, by Olivia Tuffin & Jo Goodberry:

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A Forever Home for Fluffy, by Linda Chapman & Sophy Williams

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Earth Friends: Fair Fashion, by Holly Webb:

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Congratulations to all of the authors and illustrators with books out today!

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Take a look inside The Great Big Egg Hunt – a brand new Easter egg hunt book for toddlers!

This month we’re delighted to have published The Great Big Egg Hunt, illustrated by Ekaterina Trukhanin – a charming interactive egg hunt book, perfect for sharing with toddlers and the very young this springtime!

Follow Rabbit as she sets off on an exciting lift-the-flap egg hunt adventure. But all is not quite as it seems… Will Rabbit ever find any eggs to put in her basket? Or will she find something even better along the way?

With lots of sturdy flaps to lift on every page and a simple story introducing cute animal characters, this delightful springtime board book is full of surprises.

Take a look inside:

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The Great Big Egg Hunt is available now – you can buy a copy from Waterstones here, Bookshop.org here, or Amazon here. If you’re looking for more interactive books for babies and toddlers, you might also be interested in Where’s Mrs Car? and Peekaboo Cow this month which we this month.

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New books out in January!

We’re beginning the new year with a bunch of brilliant new children’s books! From new board books to magical picture books, fantastic non-fiction, and four new fiction titles – including a new book in the Baby Aliens series by Pamela Butchart, a thrilling new adventure from Nizrana Farook, and the third magical instalment in The Dragon In the Library series.

Here’s a closer look the new Nosy Crow books available this month.

Love, by Emma Dodd (now available in whiteboard):

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Sing Along With Me! Five Little Ducks, by Yu-hsuan Huang:

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Sing Along With Me! Hickory Dickory Dock, by Yu-hsuan Huang:

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Where’s Mrs Tiger?, by Ingela P Arrhenius:

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Peekaboo Love, by Camilla Reid and Ingela P Arrhenius:

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Make Tracks: Farm, by Johnny Dyrander:

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Out of Nowhere, by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros:

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Making A Baby: An Inclusive Guide to How Every Family Begins, written by Rachel Greener and illustrated by Clare Owen:

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National Trust: The Castle the King Built, written by Rebecca Colby and illustrated by Tom Froese:

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British Museum: Find Tom in Time, Ancient Egypt, by Fatti Burke (now available in paperback):

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Welcome to Our World, written by Moira Butterfield and illustrated by Harriet Lynas (now available in paperback):

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The Boy Who Met a Whale, by Nizrana Farook:

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The Broken Leg of Doom, written by Pamela Butchart and illustrated by Thomas Flintham:

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The Wizard in the Wood, written by Louie Stowell and illustrated by Davide Ortu:

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Zoe’s Rescue Zoo: The Rowdy Red Panda, written by Amelia Cobb and illustrated by Sophy Williams:

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Congratulations to all our authors and illustrators with new books out today! If you’d like to keep up-to-date with all of our book news and future releases, you can sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page.

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright wins a 2020 Books Are My Bag Readers Award!

Last night the winners of the Books Are My Bag Reader Awards were announced – and we’re delighted that Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright: An Animal Poem for Every Day of the Year, collected by Fiona Waters and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup, has won the Poetry Award!

Launched in 2016 and sponsored by the National Book Tokens, the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards are the industry’s only awards curated by bookshops and voted for by readers. Last year, No Ballet Shoes In Syria by Catherine Bruton, won the Children’s Fiction Award – and we are thrilled to have another Nosy Crow book recognised this year!

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright is a lavishly illustrated gift book of 366 animal poems – one for every day of the year – ranging from unforgettable classics to contemporary works from around the world, including poetry in translation. From William Blake and Roger McGough to Grace Nicols, Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson and many more, this is a breathtaking collection, complemented by artwork that brings the richness and wonder of the animal kingdom to life.

Here’s what some people have said about the book:

“There is a whole world inside this glorious book; a poem for every day. This is a wonderful introduction to nature and all our fellow creatures.” – Michael Morpurgo

“A thing of visual and verbal beauty […] this rewarding safari will brighten a year of bedtimes and lodge in the minds of children for a lifetime.” – Sunday Times

“One of the most stunning children’s books of the year, it’s a tome that will be treasured by generations to come.” – The Independent

You can watch the book trailer here:

And take a look inside the book:

You can find out more about the awards here – and you can buy a copy of Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright from Nosy Crow here, Waterstones here, or the Hive here.

Thank you to everyone who voted in the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards. Congratulations, Fiona and Britta!

A Cosy Homemade Christmas – a guest post by Anna Wilson

Last month we published the National Trust: 2021 Nature Month-By-Month: A Children’s Almanac, written by nature-lover and wild swimmer Anna Wilson and beautifully illustrated by Elly Jahnz. This fantastic, fully illustrated guide to 2021 includes nature spotter guides, indoor and outdoor craft and activity ideas, seasonal recipes and celebrations of religious festivals and special events.

And today we’re very pleased to share a piece by Anna on some cosy Christmas activities featured in the book, which you can read below.

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Christmas might be a bit different this year, depending on where you are living at the moment. You might not be able to see all the people you would usually get together with but hopefully we can all still have fun and enjoy the festivities. We certainly need something to cheer us all up after this tricky year!

One of the best things about Christmas is the preparation and the excitement in the build-up to the big day. I have always enjoyed making things for Christmas, whether it’s baking, or making decorations, or making jam and mincemeat to give away as presents. I usually put on some Christmas music while I am doing this, to get me in the mood.

This Santa table decoration activity is one that I did with my own children when they were small. They are both grown up now, but we still have to get the decorations out every year to avoid disappointment, otherwise I find I am in big trouble! The Santas and reindeer are a bit bashed about nowadays, but they are still as well-loved as they were when they were first made.

Remember to put the decorations away carefully once Christmas is over so that you can get them out again next year!

I love all the cooking before Christmas. I usually get all my ingredients ready for the Christmas pudding, mincemeat and cake at the end of November on a day traditionally called ‘Stir-up Sunday’. This year Stir-up Sunday is on November 22nd. This is the last Sunday before Advent, which is the period of time in which Christians prepare for Christmas. In the old days, it was a time for families to get together to mix and steam the pudding. Everyone would take a turn to stir the pudding and make a special wish for the year ahead. In some houses silver coins were added to the pudding mix as finding a coin on Christmas Day was supposed to bring good luck.

Here is a recipe for homemade mincemeat for your mince pies – make it on November 22nd and leave it for a few weeks so that it develops a lovely flavour for your pies! It also makes a great gift for the grown-ups in your family.

Another lovely homemade present is cranberry jam. This can be used to eat with the cold meat after Christmas and is also delicious on toast or crumpets for a Christmassy breakfast or teatime snack.

You will need:

Large saucepan
Wooden spoon
Metal spoon
Sterilised jars
Waxed paper discs

225 g fresh or frozen, defrosted, cranberries
225 g caster sugar
Zest of one orange

1. Heat the cranberries and sugar over a low heat for about 10–15 minutes until the sugar dissolves and the cranberries begin to pop.
2. Add the orange zest and stir in.
3. Turn up the heat and boil the mixture rapidly for about 7 minutes.
4. Do the ‘wrinkle test’ to check that the jam has set.
3. Take off the heat and put into sterilized jars.

Top tip: The ‘wrinkle test’ involves dropping a teaspoon of jam on to a plate that you have put in the freezer before starting to make the jam. The hot jam hits the freezing surface and if it has set, it will wrinkle when you push it gently with your finger.

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Thank you, Anna! The National Trust: 2021 Nature Month-By-Month: A Children’s Almanac is available now, here. You can take a look inside the book below:

Take a look inside The Castle the King Built

In January we’re excited to be publishing The Castle the King Built – a brilliant new guide to what goes on inside medieval castles, based on the classic rhyme ‘This is the House that Jack Built.’ Featuring striking retro artwork by new illustrator Tom Froese, and carefully researched rhyme from author Rebecca Colby, this promises to be a fun and stylish guide to medieval life.

And today you can take a first look inside the book!

How many people does it take to build a castle? And what exactly does each person do? Discover masons to merchants and bakers to blacksmiths in this unique take on the classic rhyme ‘This is the House that Jack Built’. Beautifully produced on wood-free paper with stunning silver foil on the cover and a visual glossary of characters at the end.

Take a look inside:

The Castle the King Built will be published in January – you can pre-order a copy from Waterstones here or Amazon here. If you’d like to stay up-to-date, with all of our books news, sign up to our books newsletter on this page or with the form below.

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright! An Animal Poem For Every Day of the Year shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year

The shortlist for the 2020 Waterstones Book of the Year has been announced today, and we are delighted that Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright! An Animal Poem for Every Day of the Year, illustrated by Britta Teckentrup and with poetry collected by Fiona Waters, has been recognised.

The ambitious sequel to our award-winning, highly-acclaimed first poetry collection, I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree: A Nature Poem For Every Day of the Year (winner of the inaugural Waterstones Children’s Gift of the Year award), Tiger, Tiger is a lavishly illustrated gift book of 366 animal poems – one for every day of the year – ranging from unforgettable classics to contemporary works from around the world, including poetry in translation. From William Blake and Roger McGough to Grace Nicols, Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson and many more, this is a breathtaking collection, complemented by artwork that brings the richness and wonder of the animal kingdom to life.

You can watch our trailer for Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright! below:

And here’s a look inside the book:

You can find the full Waterstones Book of the Year shortlist here – and you can buy Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright! from Waterstones here.

Congratulations, Britta and Fiona – and good luck!

New books out in October!

It’s our October publication day! We’ve got fifteen incredible new books coming your way this month – from brand new board books and picture books to illustrated non-fiction and fiction, there’s something for everyone.

Four of the books below will be published on October 15th – Listen to the Carnival of the Animals, National Trust: 2021 Nature Month-By-Month: A Children’s Almanac, A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes and Poems, and our new edition of Earth Heroes – which you can pre-order now.

Here’s a closer look at the new Nosy Crow books you can find in bookshops, and online, this month.

Listen to the Carnival of the Animals, illustrated by Marion Billet (published October 15th):

Pre-order the book.

Pip and Posy: The Christmas Tree, by Axel Scheffler (now available in board book):

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Peekaboo Bear, written by Camilla Reid and illustrated Ingela P Arrhenius:

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Peekaboo Apple, written by Camilla Reid and illustrated Ingela P Arrhenius:

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Who’s Hiding in the Snow, illustrated by Katharine McEwen:

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There’s a Mouse in My House, by Ross Collins:

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Dinosaur Christmas!, by Penny Dale:

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National Trust: 2021 Nature Month-By-Month: A Children’s Almanac, written by Anna Wilson and illustrated by Elly Jahnz (published October 15th):

Pre-order the book.

A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes and Poems, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon (published October 15th):

Pre-order the book.

Earth Heroes, written by Lily Dyu and illustrated by Amy Blackwell (published October 15th):

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Be Kind, Be Cool, Be You, illustrated by Nikki Miles:

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Clifftoppers: The Frost Castle Adventure, by Fleur Hitchcock:

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A Donkey Called Mistletoe, written by Helen Peters and illustrated by Ellie Snowdon:

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A Chase In Time, written by Sally Nicholls and illustrated by Rachael Dean:

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A Christmas In Time, written by Sally Nicholls and illustrated by Rachael Dean:

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Congratulations to all of our authors and illustrators with books out today! If you’d like to keep up-to-date with all of our book news and future releases, you can sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page.

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright shortlisted for the 2020 Books Are My Bag Readers Awards

We’re thrilled that Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright: An Animal Poem for Every Day of the Year, collected by Fiona Waters and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup, has been shortlisted for the 2020 Books Are My Bag Readers Awards! Launched in 2016 and sponsored by National Book Tokens, The Readers Awards are the industry’s only awards curated by bookshops and voted for by readers. You can vote for your favourite, here.

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright is a lavishly illustrated gift book of 366 animal poems – one for every day of the year – ranging from unforgettable classics to contemporary works from around the world, including poetry in translation. From William Blake and Roger McGough to Grace Nicols, Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson and many more, this is a breathtaking collection, complemented by artwork that brings the richness and wonder of the animal kingdom to life.

With sumptuous finished including cloth binding, full-colour illustrations throughout, textured paper jacket, and ribbon marker, this is the perfect gift and a book to treasure.

“There is a whole world inside this glorious book; a poem for every day. This is a wonderful introduction to nature
and all our fellow creatures.” – Michael Morpurgo

“A thing of visual and verbal beauty […] this rewarding safari will brighten a year of bedtimes and lodge in the minds of children for a lifetime.” – Sunday Times

“One of the most stunning children’s books of the year, it’s a tome that will be treasured by generations to come.” – The Independent

You can watch the book trailer here:

And take a look inside this stunning collection:

Buy the book.

The winners of the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards will be announced on Tuesday 10th November at the award ceremony. You can find out more information about the award, and to place your vote, here.

Congratulations Fiona, Britta, and everyone else involved in creating this collection!

New books out in September!

It’s our September publication day! We’ve got a fantastic collection of new children’s books coming your way today – with brand new board books, picture books, illustrated non-fiction, activity books, and middle-grade fiction in shops, there’s something for everyone.

Here’s a closer look at the new Nosy Crow books you can find in bookshops, and online, this month.

Where’s Mrs T-Rex?, by Ingela P Arrhenius

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Jeremy Worried About the Wind, written by Pamela Butchart and illustrated Kate Hindley

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What Are Little Girls Made of?, written by Jeanne Willis and illustrated Isabelle Follath

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We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt!, written by Goldie Hawk and illustrated Angie Rozelaar

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Wanda’s Words Got Stuck, written by Lucy Rowland and illustrated by Paula Bowles

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Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright: An Animal Poem for Every Day of the Year, with poems selected by Fiona Waters and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup

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British Museum: Press Out and Decorate: Fantastic Creatures, by Kate McLelland

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National Trust: Mother and Daughter Dress-Up Dolls: Fashion From Long Ago, written by Gracie Swan and illustrated by Felicity French

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YouthQuake: 50 Children and Young People Who Shook the World, written by Tom Adams and illustrated by Sarah Walsh

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Sticky Pines: The Thing At Black Hole Lake, by Dashe Roberts

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My Life as a Cat, by Carlie Sorosiak

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A Forever Home for Pip, written by Linda Chapman and illustrated by Sophy Williams

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Congratulations to all of our incredible authors and illustrators with books out today! If you’d like to keep up-to-date with all of our book news and future releases, you can sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page.