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Books we love in April 2021

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From having brilliant fun on a digger to incredible space adventures, explore our pick of the best children's books in April 2021.

  • Peekaboo Bear

    Author: Camilla Reid Illustrator: Ingela P Arrhenius

    Interest level: 0-3

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  • Peekaboo Bear

    Author: Camilla Reid Illustrator: Ingela P Arrhenius

    Interest level: 0-3

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    Add new elements to a game of peekaboo with this exciting board book that has 9 sliders and a mirror for hours of interactive enjo…

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  • Busy Grow

    Author: N/A Illustrator: Diana Bedoya

    Interest level: 2-3

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  • Busy Grow

    Author: N/A Illustrator: Diana Bedoya

    Interest level: 2-3

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    A little girl and a little boy plant seeds in the earth and water them. Over time, the plants grow and start to produce flowers, a…

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  • Let's Go! On A Digger

    Author: Rosalyn Albert Illustrator: Natalia Moore

    Interest level: 2-3

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  • Let's Go! On A Digger

    Author: Rosalyn Albert Illustrator: Natalia Moore

    Interest level: 2-3

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    This lovely rhyming board book for toddlers tells a little story about a girl experiencing the dream of many toddlers – getting to…

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  • Stop That Dinosaur!

    Author: Alex English Illustrator: Ben Cort

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Stop That Dinosaur!

    Author: Alex English Illustrator: Ben Cort

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

    A young girl must save her Granny from a runaway brontosaurus in this hilarious rhyming picture book.

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  • Get Up, Elizabeth!

    Author: Shirin Yim Bridges Illustrator: Alea Marley

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Get Up, Elizabeth!

    Author: Shirin Yim Bridges Illustrator: Alea Marley

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

    Before she became Queen Elizabeth I, Bess was just a little girl who struggled to get out of bed in the morning - just like everyo…

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  • Alley Cat Rally

    Author: Ricky Trickartt

    Interest level: 4-6

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  • Alley Cat Rally

    Author: Ricky Trickartt

    Interest level: 4-6

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    When Asta the cat spots three alley cat racers speed past in their soapbox cars, she decides to give them a run for their money. W…

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  • Stupid Baby

    Author: Stephanie Blake

    Interest level: 2-4

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  • Stupid Baby

    Author: Stephanie Blake

    Interest level: 2-4

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    Sam is NOT impressed with his new baby brother. All he's done is stop Simon playing with his blocks and ruin his fun - but when Si…

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  • No! said Rabbit

    Author: Marjoke Henrichs

    Interest level: 2-4

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  • No! said Rabbit

    Author: Marjoke Henrichs

    Interest level: 2-4

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    No matter whether it's time for breakfast, time to get dressed, or a lovely day to go and play - Rabbit's answer is NO! Ideal for …

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  • No Buddy Like A Book

    Author: Allan Wolf Illustrator: Brianne Farley

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • No Buddy Like A Book

    Author: Allan Wolf Illustrator: Brianne Farley

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

    All aboard the Book Express! Young people are encouraged to develop a love of reading in this inspirational picture book, which ce…

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  • Books Make Good Pets

    Author: John Agard Illustrator: Momoko Abe

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Books Make Good Pets

    Author: John Agard Illustrator: Momoko Abe

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

    In this delightful book about books, readers go on an imaginative journey through the amazing worlds of adventure that a good book…

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  • What Happened To You?

    Author: James Catchpole Illustrator: Karen George

    Interest level: 4-8

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  • What Happened To You?

    Author: James Catchpole Illustrator: Karen George

    Interest level: 4-8

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    Joe just wants to play pirates, but the other children notice that he only has one leg and start asking him a barrage of questions…

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  • The Great Barrier Reef

    Author: Helen Scales Illustrator: Lisk Feng

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Great Barrier Reef

    Author: Helen Scales Illustrator: Lisk Feng

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

    This lovely non-fiction book is filled with incredible facts about the Great Barrier Reef, from the weird and wonderful creatures …

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  • Poppy Goes Wild

    Author: Nick Powell Illustrator: Becca Hall

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Poppy Goes Wild

    Author: Nick Powell Illustrator: Becca Hall

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    Poppy loves listening to her grandpa's stories of the wildlife that used to make his farm their home - but modern farming techniqu…

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  • Milo Imagines The World

    Author: Matt de la Peña Illustrator: Christian Robinson

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Milo Imagines The World

    Author: Matt de la Peña Illustrator: Christian Robinson

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

    Milo and his big sister are on their way to visit their mum in prison. On the way, Milo imagines all the different lives of the pe…

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  • Two Terrible Vikings

    Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Steve May

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Two Terrible Vikings

    Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Steve May

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

    Hack and Whack are two terrible Viking twins who love stealing, raiding islands, and being generally horrible! Early readers will …

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  • Space Detectives

    Author: Mark Powers Illustrator: Dapo Adeola

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Space Detectives

    Author: Mark Powers Illustrator: Dapo Adeola

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    A summer holiday job selling ice cream aboard the exotic space station of Starville turns into a race against time to avoid a cata…

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  • Show Us Who You Are

    Author: Elle McNicoll

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Show Us Who You Are

    Author: Elle McNicoll

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 10+

    When 12 year old Cora meets Adrien, they become inseparable. But when Cora starts to visit Adrien's dad's company - which creates …

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  • City of Rust

    Author: Gemma Fowler

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 9+

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  • City of Rust

    Author: Gemma Fowler

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 9+

    Engineer Railey and her bio-robotic gecko Atti dream of winning the big drone races - but when a bounty hunter comes looking for t…

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  • Skin Taker

    Author: Michelle Paver

    Interest level: 9-14

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Skin Taker

    Author: Michelle Paver

    Interest level: 9-14

    Reading age: 9+

    Fall into a prehistoric world of myth, mage craft, demons and the fight for survival in this spectacular fantasy adventure set in …

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  • Science and Me

    Author: Ali Winter Illustrator: Mickaël El Fathi

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Science and Me

    Author: Ali Winter Illustrator: Mickaël El Fathi

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    This beautifully-designed, mixed media non-fiction book introduces young people to a selection of exceptional scientists, all of w…

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  • Amber Undercover

    Author: Em Norry

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Amber Undercover

    Author: Em Norry

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    Shy, cool-headed Amber has just been chosen to be a spy by a mysterious agency - and before long she's sent to foil an evil cyberc…

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  • The Soul Hunters

    Author: Chris Bradford

    Interest level: 9-14

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Soul Hunters

    Author: Chris Bradford

    Interest level: 9-14

    Reading age: 9+

    Genna is a First Ascendant - a reincarnating soul from the dawn of humankind - being relentlessly pursued by Soul Hunters intent o…

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  • Swordswoman!

    Author: Devika Rangachari Illustrator: Amerigo Pinelli

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Swordswoman!

    Author: Devika Rangachari Illustrator: Amerigo Pinelli

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 9+

    Truth really is more exciting than fiction in this dramatic, real-life adventure showcasing the bravery, compassion and military p…

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  • Three Keys

    Author: Kelly Yang

    Interest level: 10-12

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Three Keys

    Author: Kelly Yang

    Interest level: 10-12

    Reading age: 9+

    The sequel to Front Desk - Mia's best friend is from an undocumented migrant family, and it means she may be thrown out of school.…

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  • Future Girl

    Author: Asphyxia

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Future Girl

    Author: Asphyxia

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    When 16 year old Piper, who is deaf, falls in love with Marley, she becomes captivated by the beauty and freedom of expression of …

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