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Ages: 12 to 100
Based on the real life events of Sue Cheung, this book is about Jo Kwan, a teenager growing up in 1980s Coventry with her crazy family and a series of unlucky pets. Jo lives above her parents’ Chinese takeaway and things can be tough – whether it’s racist customers or being bullied at school for being different. Even when she does find a friend, she still has to contend with her erratic dad’s behaviour. All Jo dreams of is breaking free and forging a career as an artist. Told in diary entries and doodles, Jo’s brilliantly funny observations about life, family and char siu make for a searingly honest and sometimes dark portrayal of life on the other side of the takeaway counter.

Middle Grade

Ages: 8 to 11

The first in this laugh-out-loud series follows the adventures of Maddy, who tries to find her true talent but ends up in all kinds of sticky situations without meaning to! Chock-full of hilarious journal entries, cartoons and ‘How to…’ guides, it’s accessible for readers at all levels. A brilliantly diverse and inclusive read. A 2021 Indie Book of the Month.

Ages: 8 to 11

This time Maddy is off to the seaside. Her biggest dream is to ride on the brand new, completely mind-blowing roller coaster, the Mega Beast! One problem: she has to take her annoying little brother and bonkers grandad along, when dealing with killer seagulls will be bad enough! Will they stop her from getting on the best ride ever?

Picture Books

Ages: 4 to 7

Rob is a burglar and he’s bad. Bob is his dog, and he’s really good. But he remains faithful to his horrible owner, helping him with robberies. One night Bob and Rob spot some parcels and can’t resist stealing them. When they turn out to be just a load of kid’s toys Rob is disgusted, but Bob feels sorry for the children and returns them.

Ages: 4 to 7

Angus is a gentle alien who loves his space garden. But his world is turned upside-down by the unwelcome arrival of naughty Alvin. When Alvin’s tricks misfire and turn him into a pin-size creature, Angus helps him recover – if he promises to behave and learn some manners. Maybe the two aliens will end up friends after all?

Ages: 3 to 7

This gold award-winning book introduces mindfulness using a fun to follow exercise. Lil takes Jake to the beach using visualisation and breathing techniques. Your child should enjoy the experience of stillness with your guidance, and be better prepared for a good night’s sleep! A great tool for teaching calmness in any situation. Watch the interview here.

Educational Books

Ages: 6 to 8

Bryan lives in a nice neighbourhood in America and does well in school. Then his mother gets a new job in China and Bryan’s family has to move. School in China is very different. Will Bryan ever get used to it? This book was written as part of a global literacy programme and teaches about cultural diversity and friendship.

Ages: 6 to 8

Great Granny Chan can’t wait for her holiday in England. But instead of the exciting trip she’d hoped for, her family have the most boring things planned. Can Great Granny Chan somehow have the holiday she wants – and keep it a secret from her family? A humorous tale about overcoming some of the hurdles of age and language differences.

Audio Books

Ages: 3 to 7

Gold award-winning series read by actress and presenter Giovanna Fletcher. Five fun adventures to enjoy, with engaging mindfulness exercises. The books are between 8 – 12 minutes and specially designed to keep children entertained, while also supporting better mental health practices; from breathing techniques that help the body relax, to listening exercises to improve awareness.

Download free audiobooks here.

Ages: 3 to 7

Welcome to series 2 of Little Chapters of Chill, read again by actress and presenter Giovanna Fletcher, but this time with special guest narrators. These stories are designed to match little ones’ attention spans, each lasting between 8 – 12 minutes. There are five fun adventures to enjoy, with a mindfulness exercise included in each story. They’re a great way to get kids off screens, calm the mind and reduce stress. Download free audiobooks here.