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Journeys to Other Lands

The Magic Paintbrush

Travel from the desert to the jungle, the beach to the snowy mountains with our list of books that will take you on journeys to many different lands.

  • Handa's Surprise

    Author: Eileen Browne
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Glorious images of an African village convey the sights, smells and colours of the landscape, its animals and its food in a story told as much through pictures as through words.

  • Lost and Found

    Author: Oliver Jeffers
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Once there was a sad, lonely penguin who appeared at the door of a young boy. The boy decided he must be lost, so he set off to find his home.

  • Meerkat Mail

    Author: Emily Gravett
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books

    Sunny lives on an arid plain with his extensive and loving meerkat family; they work together, play together and together do their best to stay away from jackals!

  • Anna Hibiscus' Song

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Lauren Tobia
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This delightful story about a happy girl learning to express her feelings is a wonderful celebration of the joy of life

  • Miki

    Author: Stephen Mackey
    Publisher: Hodder Childrens Books

    Shimmering like the northern lights, the illustrations' luminous blues and greens glow out of the darkness in this chilly yet elegantly magical wintry tale

  • Rumble in the Jungle

    Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: David Wojtowycz
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    • You'll enjoy this chunky board book edition of a popular book.
    • The story is packed with rhymes, animals and humour.
    • This is a fun, noisy book that children will love to join in with

  • My Sister is an Alien

    Author: Rachel Bright
    Publisher: Puffin

    Alfie's new baby sister, Ruby, looks, sounds and smells like an alien. Alfie is convinced she often cries for home. He decides to take Ruby back to the moon where she belongs.

  • The Magic Paintbrush

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Joel Stewart
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    When Shen is given a magic paintbrush, she promises only to use it for the good of the poor. But how will she avoid painting for the greedy emperor?

  • To the Beach

    Author: Thomas Docherty
    Publisher: Templar

    Lovely story of a boy using his imagination to go on a trip to the seaside

  • Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Emily Sutton
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This is an original, special and memorable book that sets the bar high for illustrated children's non-fiction.

  • Out of the Blue

    Author: Alison Jay
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    • A wordless book with unique, crackly illustrations about the mysteries of the sea.
    • Tell a new story, in your own words, every time you share this book with your preschooler.
    • With notes at the end about marine life, lighthouses and items that wash up on beaches.

  • Little Jungle Explorers

    Author: Anthony Lewis
    Publisher: Child’s Play

    Colourful board book with double-sided explorer figure!