Today I’m suffering from a horrible virus which has made the end of January a bit miserable for me, but something came in the post a few days ago which has already cheered me up!  Books from the wonderful people at Walker Books, and there’s a mix of books for all ages.

Let’s first take a look at some of the picture books that I got…


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Home in the Rain by Bob Graham – Francie and her mum, who is pregnant, are driving home from Grandma’s in the heavy rain. When they’re still far from home, they stop for a picnic. And as the car steams up, Francie looks for inspiration for her new baby sister’s name.

Kiss the Crocodile by Sean Taylor & Ben Mantle – Down in the jungle Monkey, Tortoise and Anteater are playing silly games. Monkey invents a new DARING game … KISS THE CROCODILE. Who is brave enough to steal a peck from the sleeping croc, with his big tail, pointy teeth and sharp claws?

Flights of Fancy: Stories, pictures and inspiration from ten Children’s Laureates – This beautiful anthology marks 20 years of the Children’s Laureateship, with stories, poems and pictures by all ten former honourees. Among others, Quentin Blake tells the stories behind his pictures of weird and wonderful beasts and Michael Morpurgo draws on childhood memories for a moving wartime tale.

The Boy From Mars by Simon James – The day that Stanley’s mum had to go away, he decided to go to Mars. In his place, a not-very-well-behaved Martian arrived. Dad’s not sure what Mum will think when she gets back. Will the Martian still be there, or will the real Stanley get back in time?


And here are some great reading books, two for older children/middle grade, and one young adult/teen novel…


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The Steam Whistle Theatre Company by Vivian French – To avoid financial ruin, the Pringle family’s theatre-troupe has left London behind, travelling to the north of England by train. With new audiences and less competition, they hope to make enough money to pay off their debts. But will their plans be foiled by the odious Olio Sleevery?

The Turnaway Girls by Hayley Chewins – Delphernia Undersea wants to sing. But everyone on Blightsend knows music belongs to the Masters – and girls with singing throats are swallowed by the sea.

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas – The award-winning author of The Hate U Give returns with a powerful story about hip hop, freedom of speech and fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you.


These book descriptions just give a peek into what they’re about.  I’ll be sharing reviews of these books as soon as I read them.  In the meantime, tell me if any of these books interest you?

Do you like any of these books?  What other books have you recently gotten, or plan to read?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂