Perfect YA and Kids reads for Springtime

The days are longer, the trees are in bloom and the birds are singing because it's Springtime! Why not lounge outside on a picnic blanket or by the pool with a fabulous book?

28/09/2018
2 minutes to read
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The days are longer, the trees are in bloom and the birds are singing because it's Springtime! Why not lounge outside on a picnic blanket or by the pool with a fabulous book?

Whether it's stories about furry friends, first-love fiction or some fact-packed non-fiction you're looking for, we have just the thing. Enjoy the fresh air and relax before that end-of-the-year rush with this list of Spring reads for every member of the family.

Fairy Forest

by Ag Jatkowska

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Flutter into the secret world of fairies in this beautiful Fairy Forest pop-up carousel!

Fairies Pip, Blossom and Dewdrop are busy making gifts for Princess Flora’s birthday, but Bumble can’t think what to give. Press out the play pieces and join in all the fun with the three stunning pop-up play scenes illustrated by Ag Jatkowska. This magical pop-up storybook has a special envelope for safe storage of the 25 play pieces and a pretty ribbon closure.

Poems to Live Your Life By

by Chris Riddell

Book cover for Poems to Live Your Life By

In Poems to Live Your Life By, Chris Riddell, political cartoonist for the Observer, has selected his very favourite classic and modern poems about life, death and everything in between.

This gorgeously illustrated collection includes forty-six poems and is divided into sections covering: musings, youth, family, love, imaginings, nature, war and endings. Chris Riddell brings them to life with his exquisite, intricate artwork in this beautiful anthology.

This perfect gift features famous poems, old and new, and a few surprises. Classic verses from William Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, W. B. Yeats and Christina Rossetti sit alongside poems from Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Carol Ann Duffy, Neil Gaiman and Roger McGough to create the ultimate collection.

Into the Jungle

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The Good Guys

by Rob Kemp

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A life-changing book that shows kids it's cool to be kind.

A gloriously illustrated celebration of heroes who have changed the world with kindness and compassion, from David Attenborough to Nelson Mandela, Oskar Schindler to Usain Bolt.


What if we celebrated boys for their kindness as well their strength? For their generosity as well as their success? For their loyal friendship as well as their charm?

The Good Guys
introduces us to 50 heroes who have showed that changing the world doesn't require a sword or a corporate jet. Readers will find stories of extraordinary men including Muhammad Ali, Professor Green, Patrick Stewart and Lionel Messi, as well as unsung heroes such as James Harrison, who has spent fifty years donating his rare blood to save millions of babies.

There's even a section celebrating ten boys who didn't let their young age stop them from helping others, such as Matthew Kaplan, who responded to his brother's bullies by setting up an anti-bullying programme for schools. The Good Guys celebrates the feats of heroes and everyday men, and will show kids that it really is cool to be kind.

That's Not What Happened

by Kody Keplinger

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Six survived to tell the story, but who knows the truth?
An addictive page-turner from bestselling US sensation Kody Keplinger, author of THE DUFF.

It's been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah's story - that she died proclaiming her faith.

But it's not true.

I know because I was with her when she died. I didn't say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah's parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight . . . but I'm not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did - and didn't - happen that day.

Except Sarah's martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don't take kindly to what I'm trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what's right. I don't know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up . . .

A Dog With Nice Ears

by Lauren Child

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A brilliant new Charlie and Lola picture book from multi-award-winning author and Children's Laureate Lauren Child!

Lola wants a dog - but the qualities of her perfect pooch seem oddly like those of a ... rabbit!

Silly, surprising, thoughtful and fun, Charlie and Lola are on top form in this fantastically funny story, packed full of dogs of every shape, size and colour. Lauren Child's endlessly endearing characters and inimitable humour will be a sure-fire hit with existing and new fans - this is the perfect tale for anyone who has ever imagined what having the perfect pet would be like.

A new Charlie and Lola story is the gold standard in picture books - the perfect read-aloud that both children and parents will love.

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Charlie and Lola: I Am Too Absolutely Small for School
Charlie and Lola: Slightly Invisible
Charlie and Lola: One Thing

Songs About a Girl: Songs About a Boy

by Chris Russell

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Music, boy bands, first love and heartbreak in the explosive finale to the Songs About A Girl trilogy - a modern love story for anyone who has ever dreamed of being 'with the band'. From a Zoella Book Club friend.

Just as Charlie allows herself to succumb to Gabe's charms, the explosive revelation about her mother's death threatens to pull them apart.

Meanwhile, a media circus has exploded around the future of Fire&Lights - when they announce a US tour to show the world that they are stronger than ever, Charlie gets the opportunity to accompany them. New York City, here she comes! But it's not all fun and games. Charlie is still feeling all kinds of awkward around Gabe and knowing that her mother's last days were in America touring with her band, Charlie uses the opportunity to uncover some more truths about her mother's death.

As Fire&Lights try to win over the world again, and as Charlie and Gabriel uncover the true story that links their pasts, will Charlie finally be able to follow her heart?

'Sweet, sensitive and a joy to read ...' Non Pratt, author of Remix and Unboxed