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Books to inspire your imagination

Use Your Imagination

These picture books are all about the power of imagination.

Be inspired to imagine new worlds and new words with your children!

  • Nightlights

    Author: Lorena Alvarez

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Nightlights

    Author: Lorena Alvarez

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 10+

    A remarkable, haunting and beautiful graphic novel for younger readers, Nightlights is a magical fable about creativity and believ…

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  • Play the Shape Game

    Author: Anthony Browne

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Play the Shape Game

    Author: Anthony Browne

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 5+

    Celebrities, authors and illustrators join the Children's Laureate Anthony Browne in this fun novelty book encouraging children to…

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  • Nimesh the Adventurer

    Author: Ranjit Singh Illustrator: Mehrdokht Amini

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Nimesh the Adventurer

    Author: Ranjit Singh Illustrator: Mehrdokht Amini

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    This captivating picture book will delight young children, encouraging them to invent their own imaginative adventures. The striki…

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  • Footpath Flowers

    Author: JonArno Lawson Illustrator: Sydney Smith

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 3+

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  • Footpath Flowers

    Author: JonArno Lawson Illustrator: Sydney Smith

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 3+

    A little girl spreads joy and colour through the grey townscape, when she picks and presents flowers from the pavements to the peo…

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  • Return

    Author: Aaron Becker

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 0 (as there are no words)

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  • Return

    Author: Aaron Becker

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 0 (as there are no words)

    A lonely little girl can't distract her hardworking dad, so she takes her amazing red pen and draws herself into an adventure. Thi…

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  • A Child of Books

    Author: Oliver Jeffers Illustrator: Sam Winston

    Interest level: 5-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • A Child of Books

    Author: Oliver Jeffers Illustrator: Sam Winston

    Interest level: 5-7

    Reading age: 5+

    A little girl sails across the sea of her imagination to ask a little boy to come away with her to find stories again, worried tha…

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  • Are We There Yet?

    Author: Dan Santat

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Are We There Yet?

    Author: Dan Santat

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 6+

    A little boy is on the way to his Grandma's birthday party in the car with mum and dad, but after the first hour, the journey gets…

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  • Also an Octopus

    Author: Maggie Tokuda-Hall Illustrator: Benji Davies

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Also an Octopus

    Author: Maggie Tokuda-Hall Illustrator: Benji Davies

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

    This is a lovely story about storytelling which extends the invitation to the reader to continue the tale after the last page has …

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  • Her Idea

    Author: Rilla Alexander

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Her Idea

    Author: Rilla Alexander

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

    Inspired by Rilla Alexander's own experiences of working with children who can get frustrated about finishing a story or a picture…

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  • The Black Book of Colours

    Author: Menena Cottin Illustrator: Rosana Faria

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • The Black Book of Colours

    Author: Menena Cottin Illustrator: Rosana Faria

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 6+

    A visually impaired boy introduces us to colours as he experiences them – through his senses of hearing, touch, smell and ta…

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  • Use Your Imagination

    Author: Nicola O'Byrne

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Use Your Imagination

    Author: Nicola O'Byrne

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

    Rabbit is bored, so librarian Wolf suggests that he writes a story. Rabbit is delighted - what a brilliant idea! Wolf is full of g…

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  • The Day the Crayons Quit

    Author: Drew Daywalt Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Day the Crayons Quit

    Author: Drew Daywalt Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 7+

    Award-winning illustrator and artist Oliver Jeffers has teamed up with film writer and director Drew Daywalt to create this gorgeo…

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  • Yokki and the Parno Gry

    Author: Richard O’Neill and Katharine Quarmby Illustrator: Marieke Nelissen

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Yokki and the Parno Gry

    Author: Richard O’Neill and Katharine Quarmby Illustrator: Marieke Nelissen

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 6+

    Yokki and his family are travellers. After a particularly poor harvest, Yokki raises people's spirits with his uplifting stories o…

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  • The King and the Sea

    Author: Heinz Janisch and Wolf Erlbruch Translator: Sally-Ann Spencer

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 8

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  • The King and the Sea

    Author: Heinz Janisch and Wolf Erlbruch Translator: Sally-Ann Spencer

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 8

    The King and the Sea is a collection of 21 extremely short stories that each feature the same little king. Each story is presented…

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  • A River

    Author: Marc Martin

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 3-6

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  • A River

    Author: Marc Martin

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 3-6

    A lovely, poetic story following a girl's imaginary journey from the city to the sea, complete with immersive illustrations.

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