The Story of Costume
Fashion changed slowly in the centuries before the modern era and resulted in some odd and impractical styles, such as the long, pointed men’s shoes of the 15th century or the 19th century’s bustles and crinolines. This children’s history of costume tells the story of fashion from the ancient Egyptians and Greeks to the modern era through a series of 325 colour illustrations. Age 8+
Bible for Children
Arranged by stories, from the creation to Daniel in the lion’s den, and from the birth of John the Baptist to St Paul’s last letter to Timothy, this is an engaging retelling of the Old and New Testaments, suitable for reading aloud as well as accessible for young readers. The book includes chapter and verse references and numerous ‘Did you know?’ boxes, providing facts about Biblical times and traditions.
Grimm's Fairy Tales
Val Biro has chosen eight tales from the Brothers Grimm’s famous collection, including some of the best-known – ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel’ – and the book ends with a note about the Grimms and the history of their Nursery and Household Tales.
Treasury of Fairy Tales
Retold from original tales by Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, and brought to life in Biro’s colourful, all-action illustrations, here are seven favourite stories: ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘The Ugly Duckling’, ‘Puss in Boots’, ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’, ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ and ‘Cinderella’.
Treasury of Aesop's Fables
The Hare and the Tortoise, The Boy Who Cried Wolf and The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs… The popular children’s author and illustrator, Val Biro retells these and 13 more of the best-loved tales from Aesop in simple language for younger children, and with bold, colourful paintings full of amusing detail and expression.
Ladybird Bedtime Tales for Children
Eight bedtime-length stories are retold for young children in this colourful book: The Emperor’s New Clothes (with a strategically placed dog); Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Rapunzel; The Wizard of Oz; Rumpelstiltskin; The Enormous Turnip; Heidi; and Chicken Licken. Age 3+
Ladybird Favourite Stories
Retold for young children and illustrated by Estelle Corke, here are eight traditional tales of much-loved heroes and villains: Jack and the Beanstalk; The Gingerbread Man; The Pied Piper of Hamelin; Three Little Pigs; Sly Fox and Red Hen; Town Mouse and Country Mouse; The Elves and the Shoemaker; and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Age 3+
Ladybird Favourite Nursery Rhymes
Have fun learning to count with ‘There Were Ten in a Bed’, sing along with ‘Old MacDonald’ or get into a complete pickle with ‘One Finger, One Thumb’. There are more than 100 illustrated rhymes in this Ladybird collection, with some less-familiar verses as well as favourites such as ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’ and ‘Old King Cole’. Age 3+
Ladybird Favourite Fairy Tales
Evil witches, big bad wolves, wicked sisters… Full of children’s favourite villains and the odd fairy godmother and handsome prince, here are eight classic stories, among them Sleeping Beauty, The Ugly Duckling, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and The Magic Porridge Pot. Age 3+
How to Change the World with a Ball of String
Random Acts and Objects that Made History
The Inca system of record-keeping by tying knots in string (quipu) provided the title of this history book for children. Fact boxes, colourful illustrations, jokes and practical activities make for an anarchic approach to topics ranging from Ancient Sumer and Genghis Khan to Darwin and the moon landings. 8–12 years.
Royal Rabbits Of London
Shylo is the smallest, weakest rabbit in his family, but when he overhears a band of rats (the Ratzis) plotting to take a photo of the Queen in her nightie, it’s up to Shylo to be a hero. He must travel to London, alert the secret society of Royal Rabbits who live under Buckingham Palace to protect the royal family, and save the day. Age 6+. Signed by the author.
Dance Me a Story
Twelve Tales from the Classic Ballets
Jane Rosenberg retells twelve great ballets as fairy tales, through the medium of dance. For the first time, the stories evoke the onstage worlds created in the performance of classics such as Cinderella, Coppelia, Giselle, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Filled with enchantment, these fairy tales are also an introduction to the plot, setting and characters of each ballet. Age 8+
Miffy and Friends Colouring Book
This activity book is great fun, with appealing pictures to colour in and short sentences in big letters describing each scene, from springtime in the park to making snowmen in winter. The activities encourage imagination and can improve dexterity and concentration. Age 2+
And Other Stories from the Court of King Arthur
Based on Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, this intriguing version of the ancient legends of Camelot tells the stories of the women: Igrayne, the mother of King Arthur; his queen, Guinevere; Nimue, the Lady of the Lake; and Arthur’s half-sisters, Morgause, Elaine and the enchantress Morgan le Fay. The nine stories are illustrated by Christina Balit. Age 9+
Tell Me a Picture
Adventures in Looking at Art
First published to accompany an exhibition at The National Gallery, this book reproduces the pictures chosen by Quentin Blake as curator because each one tells a story. They are arranged alphabetically from A Winter Scene by Hendrick Avercamp (1585–1634) to an illustration from Dwarf Nose by Lisbeth Zwerger (b.1954), with comments from Blake’s cartoon family of gallery visitors. Age 5+
How the Whale Became
And Other Stories
Hare got moonlight in his eyes from gazing at the moon, and he got faster and faster by chasing her from hill to hill; Bee was created from the tears of a lonely demon… Ted Hughes's creation tales tell of eleven creatures who didn't follow the normal route of becoming what they wanted to be by patiently practising. This fine, large format edition is illustrated by Jackie Morris. Age 5+.
The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales
Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand is passionate about sharing Jewish wisdom in new and inspiring ways. In this storybook for children she retells classic tales from the Book of Kings, Hasidic literature and Jewish folk legends. The stories are illustrated and decorated with Amanda Hall’s brightly coloured paintings and patterns, and also read aloud by Debra Messing on the two accompanying audio CDs. Age 7+
The Lynburn Legacy, Book 2
Sarah Rees Brennan’s Gothic fantasy returns to Sorry-in-the-Vale, the sleepy English town first encountered in Unspoken. It is a place of magic where Kami Glass and her friends must confront the sorcerer Rob Lynburn, who aims to return the town to the old ways. Young Adult.
Elmer and the Whales
Elmer, the patchwork elephant, and his cousin Wilbur are visiting their Grandpa Eldo. ‘When I was your age’, says Grandpa, ‘I used to follow the river down to the coast and watch the whales go by’, Elmer and Wilbur set off, rafting down the river and out to sea – and they do meet the whales. Age 2+
One day, a princess forgets to lock her songbird’s cage and he flies away. She runs through the castle and he escapes from every room, until the princess reaches the garden and catches him - but will he sing again? In this story about freedom, children open the flaps to let the bird fly free, and there are ten things to find on every page. Age 4+
Alex and Lulu
Two of a Kind
Noisy Alex and artistic Lulu are quite different, but that doesn't stop them being best friends and there are lots of things they enjoying doing together. This storybook with its quirky illustrations introduces the concept of opposites and the idea that difference is not a barrier to friendship. Age 3+
The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr Punch
In his grandfather's failing seaside arcade, a young boy encounters a mysterious Punch and Judy man and a woman who plays a mermaid. In this dark tale, told by bestselling novelist Neil Gaiman and with painted illustration by Dave McKean, the strange and violent puppets unleash nightmarish secrets of the past.
In this madcap race through Paris, an unlucky family tries to make it to the airport through a chain of catastrophe. With no taxis to be found, a crashed pink limousine, an escaped elephant and a diversion down a sewer, will they catch their plane in time? The brightly coloured illustrations and outlandish events are sure to appeal to crazy kids everywhere. Age 3+