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Books we love in May 2021

Proud of Me

Explore our pick of the best children's books in May 2021: from a lift-the-flap board book to a middle-grade adventure on an island full of treasure. 

  • Do Something for Someone Else

    Author: Loll Kirby with foreword by Michael Platt Illustrator: Yas Imamura

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Do Something for Someone Else

    Author: Loll Kirby with foreword by Michael Platt Illustrator: Yas Imamura

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

    Emphasising that every small act of kindness can make a genuine difference, this thought-provoking picture book is sure to motivat…

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  • Grandad’s Camper

    Author: Harry Woodgate

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Grandad’s Camper

    Author: Harry Woodgate

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

    A little girl helps her grandfather move on from his grief and look forward to fresh adventures. A poignant tale that acknowledges…

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  • Loud!

    Author: Rose Robbins

    Interest level: 4-8

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  • Loud!

    Author: Rose Robbins

    Interest level: 4-8

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    Abigail is always fidgeting and giggling at school until Miss Butler discovers her love of singing and songwriting. …

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  • My Daddies!

    Author: Gareth Peter Illustrator: Garry Parsons

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • My Daddies!

    Author: Gareth Peter Illustrator: Garry Parsons

    Interest level: 4-5

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    This rhyming picture book celebrating same sex parents is a gentle and sweet read, with the added bonus of including mention of a …

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  • Noah's Gold

    Author: Frank Cottrell-Boyce Illustrator: Steven Lenton

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Noah's Gold

    Author: Frank Cottrell-Boyce Illustrator: Steven Lenton

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    Eleven-year-old Noah finds himself marooned on a deserted island that turns out to hold all kind of treasure. A book with a r…

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  • Omar, the Bees and Me

    Author: Helen Mortimer Illustrator: Katie Cottle

    Interest level: 4-8

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  • Omar, the Bees and Me

    Author: Helen Mortimer Illustrator: Katie Cottle

    Interest level: 4-8

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    With a perfect balance of fact and narrative, this heartwarming picture book will engage and delight young children, and inspire t…

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  • Panda at the Door

    Author: Sarah Horne and Anna Wilson

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Panda at the Door

    Author: Sarah Horne and Anna Wilson

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 8+

    Pudding the panda at Edinburgh Zoo is an avid fan of Mary Poppins. She craves a family of her own – so when she receives…

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  • Proud of Me

    Author: Sarah Hagger-Holt

    Interest level: 9-13

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Proud of Me

    Author: Sarah Hagger-Holt

    Interest level: 9-13

    Reading age: 9+

    A beautifully written and everyday story of LGBTQ family life that’s perfect for any middle grade reader, especially for chil…

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  • The Infinity Files

    Author: S M Wilson

    Interest level: 12-14

    Reading age: 12+

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  • The Infinity Files

    Author: S M Wilson

    Interest level: 12-14

    Reading age: 12+

    When Ash's dream of becoming a starfighter pilot is shattered, she's given a new job – the Guardian of the mysterious Library at t…

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  • The Lightning Catcher

    Author: Clare Weze

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Lightning Catcher

    Author: Clare Weze

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    When Alfie moves to the village of Folding Ford, he is baffled by a series of strange occurrences. This exciting, science-packed n…

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  • The Magician’s Map

    Author: Mikki Lish and Kelly Ngai

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Magician’s Map

    Author: Mikki Lish and Kelly Ngai

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

    A quest to find a miraculous artefact that can manipulate time is fraught with danger, filled with excitement, and threatened by t…

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  • We Were Wolves

    Author: Jason Cockcroft

    Interest level: 12-15

    Reading age: 10+

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  • We Were Wolves

    Author: Jason Cockcroft

    Interest level: 12-15

    Reading age: 10+

    A nameless boy tells his version of the violent events that led to the downfall of his father, John. We Were Wolves is v…

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  • What's The T?

    Author: Juno Dawson

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 12+

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  • What's The T?

    Author: Juno Dawson

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 12+

    Juno Dawson's no-nonsense guide to all things transgender and non-binary is an essential read for readers thinking about identity,…

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  • When Mummy Goes to Work

    Author: Paul Schofield Illustrator: Anna Terreros-Martin

    Interest level: 2-4

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  • When Mummy Goes to Work

    Author: Paul Schofield Illustrator: Anna Terreros-Martin

    Interest level: 2-4

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    A warm and wonderful story, perfect for toddlers whose mum has just gone back to work, When Mummy Goes to Work reassures…

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  • Zeki Loves Mummy

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Ruth Hearson

    Interest level: 2-3

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  • Zeki Loves Mummy

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Ruth Hearson

    Interest level: 2-3

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    Somewhere between a board book and a picture book, this is ideal for two to three year olds who will enjoy the rhyming text and sw…

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