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It’s Children’s Book Week! Check out May’s top releases for little bookbugs.

To celebrate Children's Book Week we asked our friends Leanne and Dan at Norwich's Bookbugs & Dragon Tales to recommend their top pick of this month's new releases for the young and young at heart.

Bookbugs & Dragon Tales is a wonderful Independent Children’s Bookshop on Timberhill in the middle of the city, so do wander by for a good old browse. As well as author events, book clubs for all ages and story readings (including bedtime!), they run fab activities like the Little Dragons Drama Class, Babybugs Bounce & Rhyme, Baby Signing, Tuesday Art, Mindfulness, Creative Writing, Inclusive Play, Sunday Sessions, Craft Workshops and more! Also – they serve coffee and cake. Heavenly!

Cat’s Cookbook by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Lift the flaps and join in the fun with Cat’s Cookbook, a new story in the bestselling Tales from Acorn Wood preschool series by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. Ideal for children aged 2-5.

Cat wants to learn to cook. Will she find a book to help her in Acorn Library? Lift the flaps to find out, and then join Cat and all her friends for a special surprise!

With sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud, Cat’s Cookbook joins the first four stories in the Tales from Acorn Wood series – Fox’s Socks, Postman Bear, Rabbit’s Nap and Hide-and-Seek Pig – which have been delighting parents and children for over twenty years.

What Happened to You? by James Catchpole and Karen George

This is the first ever picture book addressing how a disabled child might want to be spoken to. What happened to you? Was it a shark? A burglar? A lion? Did it fall off? Every time Joe goes out the questions are the same . . . what happened to his leg? But is this even a question Joe has to answer?

A ground-breaking, funny story that helps children understand what it might feel like to be seen as different.

Adventures Around the Globe by Lonely Planet Kids

This special edition in Lonely Planet Kids beautiful “Adventures In” sticker book series takes young readers aged 3 and up on a non-stop tour of the continents, adding fun and humour along the way. Find out fun facts, decorate sticker scenes, add colour and patterns to some iconic sights, and solve puzzles as you travel across the world. There’s also a fold-out surprise – a 3D model of the globe to make, decorate and track your globe-trotting adventure. Perfect for keeping young travellers entertained on the road.

By Ash, Oak and Thorn by Melissa Harrison

A breathtaking tale of the rich, wild world and all its wonder from acclaimed nature writer and Costa Award-shortlisted novelist, Melissa Harrison with her children’s debut – the perfect read for spring and summer!

Three tiny, ancient beings – Moss, Burnet and Cumulus, once revered as Guardians of the Wild World – wake from winter hibernation in their beloved ash tree home. When it is destroyed, they set off on an adventure to find more of their kind, a journey which takes them first into the deep countryside and then the heart of a city. Helped along the way by birds and animals, the trio search for a way to survive and thrive in a precious yet disappearing world …

Inspired by 1942 classic The Little Grey Men by BB, with shades of The Borrowers. A tale of disappearing wilderness that couldn’t be more relevant in today’s environmental crisis, brought to life for children by three tiny, funny, eternal beings – the hidden folk.

Pop! by Mitch Johnson

An outrageous theft. A huge reward. Two friends on the run. An uproariously funny, action-packed new adventure for children aged 9+ about the power of courage, standing up for what’s right, and fizzy drinks, from the award-winning author of Kick.

Queenie stares out at the ocean and dreams of a world beyond her small-town. She’s about to get her wish…

When the priceless recipe to the world’s most popular drink – thought to be lost forever – washes up at her feet, Queenie’s life instantly changes. Everyone wants it, and with a $10 million bounty on her head, Queenie’s soon on the run. Pursued by bounty hunters, black-ops helicopters and angry mobs, Queenie’s journey involves a trip to Area 51, a man-eating alligator and an unlikely new friend, Todd.

But being on the run also makes Queenie begin to see the world around her more clearly – a world in which a big corporation’s excess has left the planet covered in its plastic bottles and waste. Suddenly, the home she always dreamed of escaping, and the ocean she grew up with and took for granted, don’t seem so bad. If Queenie and Todd can bring down the bad guys, maybe she can go back home and make a difference…

Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

A labyrinth of clues. A mystery novel hiding a deadly secret. A killer with a fiendish plot: a brilliantly intricate and original thriller from the bestselling author of Magpie Murders.

Retired publisher Susan Ryeland is running a small hotel on a Greek island with her long-term boyfriend. But life isn’t as idyllic as it should be: exhausted by the responsibility of making everything work on an island where nothing ever does, Susan is beginning to miss her literary life in London – even though her publishing career once entangled her in a lethal literary murder plot. So when an English couple come to visit with tales of a murder that took place in a hotel the same day their daughter Cecily was married there, Susan can’t help but find herself fascinated.

And when they tell her that Cecily has gone missing a few short hours after reading Atticus Pund Takes The Case, a crime novel Susan edited some years previously, Susan knows she must return to London to find out what has happened. The clues to the murder and to Cecily’s disappearance must lie within the pages of this novel. But to save Cecily, Susan must place her own life in mortal danger …

Barbara Throws a Wobbler by Nadia Shireen

Barbara is in a very bad mood. She won’t admit it, but she is.

She has a problem with a sock, and at lunchtime there’s a strange pea… And even though she’s at the park with her friends, it all just gets a bit much. Suddenly Barbara’s WOBBLER is out of control!

But what if Barbara and her Wobbler can work together, so she can be cheerful again?

A brilliantly funny and sensitive way to understand and deal with tantrums. As Caitlin Moran says “These are the most brilliant, beautiful and silly picture-books out there at the moment. Little doorways of joy.” 

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