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Fruits: a Caribbean counting poem

Does your child enjoy adventorous tales from far away? These books are packed full of wonderful stories set around the world.

  • Handa's Surprise

    Author: Eileen Browne

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Handa's Surprise

    Author: Eileen Browne

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

    Glorious images of an African village convey the sights, smells and colours of the landscape, its animals and its food in a story …

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  • The Giant Turnip

    Author: Henriette Barkow Illustrator: Richard Johnson

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • The Giant Turnip

    Author: Henriette Barkow Illustrator: Richard Johnson

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 6+

    The children in Miss Honeywood's class decide to grow vegetables in their school garden. What a shock they get when they discover …

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  • The Animal Boogie

    Author: Stella Blackstone Illustrator: Debbie Harter

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 4+

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  • The Animal Boogie

    Author: Stella Blackstone Illustrator: Debbie Harter

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 4+

    Boogie along with the jungle inhabitants who flap, shake, flap and slide their way through this colourful book

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  • The Rainbow Chameleon

    Author: Yusuke Yonezu

    Interest level: 1+

    Reading age: 2+

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  • The Rainbow Chameleon

    Author: Yusuke Yonezu

    Interest level: 1+

    Reading age: 2+

    This sturdy board book about Leon Chameleon is an absolute delight from start to finish. Both covers contain a wheel that allows l…

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  • Baby Goes to Market

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Angela Brooksbank

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • Baby Goes to Market

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Angela Brooksbank

    Interest level: 2-5

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    With a basket balanced on her head and Baby strapped to her back, Mama embarks on an eventful trip to a West African market. …

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  • Sleep Well Siba & Saba

    Author: Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl Illustrator: Sandra Van Doorn

    Interest level: 2-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Sleep Well Siba & Saba

    Author: Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl Illustrator: Sandra Van Doorn

    Interest level: 2-6

    Reading age: 5+

    Sisters Siba and Saba are always forgetting where they have left things. They leave sweaters on buses and sandals at the beach. At…

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  • The Shape of My Heart

    Author: Mark Sperring Illustrator: Alys Patterson

    Interest level: 1+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • The Shape of My Heart

    Author: Mark Sperring Illustrator: Alys Patterson

    Interest level: 1+

    Reading age: 5+

    The world is filled with shapes to explore in this distinctive and stylish picture book

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  • Splash, Anna Hibiscus!

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Lauren Tobia

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Splash, Anna Hibiscus!

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Lauren Tobia

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

    Anna Hibiscus is at the beach with her family. She wants someone to go in the sea and splash in the waves with her but they are al…

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  • J is for Jamaica

    Author: Benjamin Zephaniah & Prodeepta Das

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • J is for Jamaica

    Author: Benjamin Zephaniah & Prodeepta Das

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

    Welcome to this whistle-stop tour of Jamaica - from A for Ackee to Z for Zinc.

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  • You're Safe With Me

    Author: Chitra Soundar Illustrator: Poonam Mistry

    Interest level: 2-4

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  • You're Safe With Me

    Author: Chitra Soundar Illustrator: Poonam Mistry

    Interest level: 2-4

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    This simple story will comfort little ones and its soothing text will lull them to sleep. Accompanied with incredibly stunning and…

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  • Cat is Sleepy

    Author: Satoshi Kitamura Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura

    Interest level: 0+

    Reading age: 0+

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  • Cat is Sleepy

    Author: Satoshi Kitamura Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura

    Interest level: 0+

    Reading age: 0+

    Cat is determined to find somewhere comfortable and quiet to sleep... this is an ideal first board book for the under-fives with a…

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  • Hats of Faith

    Author: Medeia Cohan Illustrator: Sarah Walsh

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • Hats of Faith

    Author: Medeia Cohan Illustrator: Sarah Walsh

    Interest level: 2-5

    Reading age:

    This instructive board book opens with the simple statement that many religious people wear head coverings to show their love of G…

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  • Counting Chickens

    Author: Polly Alakija

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Counting Chickens

    Author: Polly Alakija

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

    Tobi's colourful village life is captured in vivid detail in this charming counting story, perfect for sharing.

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  • Fruits of India

    Author: Jill Hartley

    Interest level: 6 months - 4 years

    Reading age: 1+

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  • Fruits of India

    Author: Jill Hartley

    Interest level: 6 months - 4 years

    Reading age: 1+

    This sturdy, small format board book presents over twenty different fruits commonly eaten in India.

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  • One, Two, Tree!

    Author: Anushka Ravishankar and Sirish Rao Illustrator: Durga Bai

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 4+

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  • One, Two, Tree!

    Author: Anushka Ravishankar and Sirish Rao Illustrator: Durga Bai

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 4+

    This is an unusual and creative counting book. The pictures reflect the tribal traditions of central India, and the tree fills up …

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  • My First Atlas

    Author: Philip Dauncey Illustrator: Stephen Barker

    Interest level: 1-3

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  • My First Atlas

    Author: Philip Dauncey Illustrator: Stephen Barker

    Interest level: 1-3

    Reading age:

    A bright and simple vision of the world shown in seven continents. Each spread shows a map outline in bright colours with a few an…

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  • The Drum

    Author: Ken Wilson-Max Illustrator: Catell Ronca

    Interest level: 0-3

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  • The Drum

    Author: Ken Wilson-Max Illustrator: Catell Ronca

    Interest level: 0-3

    Reading age:

    This little but lively book is part of Tiny Owl’s "Children. Music. Life" series, which focuses on musical instruments from around…

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