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Children’s Reference and Picture Books to Look Forward to in 2021 (January-April)

In this list, you can find our curated picks of upcoming children’s reference and picture books in 2021!

Just a note that because this is a list of forthcoming titles, some purchases will be pre-orders and you will receive your books as they are published over the coming months.

Whale Who Wanted More, The by Jim Field, Rachel Bright

Published: 29th Apr '21
Hardback
£12.99

For readers aged 2+

The Whale Who Wanted More is a stunning undersea tale of friendship, community and discovery from the bestselling creators of The Lion Inside. Under the glittering waves of a vast blue ocean, a beautiful world is hidden from view. And there, in the cool and the quiet of the deep, a great, gentle giant is stirring from sleep.

Humphrey the whale is on a quest: to find the one perfect object that will make him feel complete.

He roams far and wide, gathering endless undersea treasures as he goes. But no matter how many goodies he accumulates, Humphrey still doesn’t feel content. Could it be friendship, not physical possessions, that will really make Humphrey’s heart sing?

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The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Book by Ben Mantle, Lucy Rowland

Published: 7th Jan '21
Paperback / softback
£7.99

For readers aged 3+ (or younger if being read to!)

The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Book is a playful rhyming story by Lucy Rowland with fun illustrations from Ben Mantle. This wonderfully witty take on a much-loved fairy tale celebrates the magic of reading, storytelling, and being kind to others. When Ben’s mum gets distracted halfway through his bedtime story, he decides to finish the tale himself. There’s only one problem he can’t quite read yet.

To Ben’s surprise, the three little pigs come knocking on the door, and the big bad wolf isn’t far behind… But this time, will the story have a different ending?

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Invisible, The by Tom Percival

Published: 4th Feb '21
Paperback / softback
£6.99

For readers aged 3+

The Invisible looks at the life of a young girl called Isabel and her family. They don’t have much, but they have what they need to get by. Until one day there isn’t enough money to pay their rent and bills and they have to leave their home full of happy memories and move to the other side of the city.

This is the story of a girl who goes on to make one of the hardest things anyone can ever make: a difference. And it is also the story of those who are overlooked in our society, who are made to feel invisible, pointing at why everyone has a place here. We all belong.

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Albert Talbot: Master of Disguise by Aurelie Guillerey, Ben Manley

Published: 6th Aug '20
Hardback
£12.99

For readers aged 4+

Who will Albert be next? A fearless mountaineer, a brilliant mechanical engineer, or a galactic megalord? Anything is possible with an imagination like Albert’s as he powers through his day:

As a boy, Albert is nervous in a swimming lesson, but as Zandrian Delaclair, Antarctic Submariner and slayer of vampire cuttlefish, he’s as brave and bold as can be.

Show and Tell in front of the whole class can be a bit scary, but by imagining himself to be Professor Octavius Pickleswick he’s proud to show off his greatest invention yet. 

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Way with Wild Things, A by Larissa Theule, Sara Palacios

Published: 18th Mar '21
Paperback / softback
£6.99

For readers aged 4+

Meet Poppy, if you can find her! Poppy loves bugs and can usually be found having conversations with ladybirds or sitting outside among the brightly coloured wildflowers… but good luck spotting her indoors or around people! She’s a master of camouflage, always finding a way to blend into her surroundings. But when a very special bug lands on her grandma’s birthday cake, Poppy can’t resist popping out to see it.

Soon, the rest of the guests notice the beautiful dragonfly too. Maybe it’s OK to stand out sometimes, just like the vibrant wildflowers and shimmering insects Poppy loves. This poetic and evocative story celebrates the shy and introverted kids among us, as well as the small creatures that can be found around us if we look closely enough.

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Weirdo by Magenta Fox, Nick Laird, Zadie Smith

Published: 15th Apr '21
Hardback
£12.99

For readers aged 4+

Meet Maud: a guinea pig who inexplicably wears a judo suit, which not everyone understands or approves of. When Maud is thrown into a new and confusing situation, it takes brave decisions and serendipitous encounters for her to find her place and embrace her individuality.

Weirdo is an endearing story about the quiet power of being different by the wonderful team of writers Zadie Smith and Nick Laird and exciting new illustrator Magenta Fox. Together, they have created a picture book that adults and children alike will treasure.

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Nature Trail: A joyful rhyming celebration of the natural wonders on our doorstep by Benjamin Zephaniah, Nila Aye

Published: 1st Apr '21
Hardback
£12.99

For readers aged 6+

Nature Trail is a joyful celebration of nature and the wonders of the world around us by legendary poet and performer Benjamin Zephaniah.

“At the bottom of my garden,
there’s a hedgehog and a frog,
And a lot of creepy-crawlies
living underneath a log.”

All around us, from parks to gardens and flowerpots to pavements, there’s a world of wonder waiting to be discovered. Why not look a little closer and see what you find? This book reminds us all to take a closer look at the world around us and enjoy the wonder of nature wherever we find it. Zephaniah’s imaginative rhyming text is perfect for reading aloud.

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Great Barrier Reef, The by Helen Scales, Lisk Feng

Published: 1st Feb '21
Hardback
£14.99

For readers aged 8+

A captivating, fully-illustrated guide to the Great Barrier Reef, the animals that call it home, and the urgency of conservation efforts to save it. Containing nearly 400,000 square kilometers of dazzling color, intricate ecosystems, and unique creatures large and small, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the great natural wonders of our world. The book’s vibrant and dynamic illustrations illuminate this enchanting place, its animal inhabitants, and the people who have embraced it as a centrepiece of their cultures.

Learn all about how the reef came to be, its place in the world, and perhaps most importantly, what we can all do to help ensure that the Great Barrier Reef will be around for countless future generations to discover!

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