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Books to Inspire Imagination

  • You Choose!

    Pippa Goodhart

    Product Code: YOI2
    Paperback 3 years +
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    Pippa Goodhart's You Choose! will get parents and children imagining their favourite places in the universe to visit, and thinking about the best way to travel and who they should be best friends with.

    With bright and colourful illustrations by Nick Sharratt, You Choose! is a stunning book to share with children aged 3 and over who will love the random ideas that are thrown up.
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  • Where the Wild Things Are

    Maurice Sendak

    Product Code: WWM2
    Paperback 3 years +
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    One of the classic children's books, Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are is pretty much the perfect bedtime read.

    Max doesn't want to go to bed and finds himself travelling to a faraway, mystical land full of monsters who roar and gnash their terrible teeth. It's a little frightening but so much fun!

    Bold and stylish, funny and ultimately heart-warming, the book is full of toddler appeal and was memorably adapted into a hit film by Spike Jonze.

    This paperback edition of the Caldecott Medal-winning story will be returned to time and time again by toddlers who love mystery and adventure.
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  • The Day the Crayons Quit

    D. Daywalt & O. Jeffers

    Product Code: CQZ2
    Paperback 3 years +
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    Duncan wants to start drawing but when he opens his box of crayons, he's surprised - Beige is fed up of being second choice to Brown, Blue is tired from being all that sea and sky, Pink is waiting for a chance to shine and Yellow and Orange are barely speaking...

    Battle lines have been drawn and only Duncan can save the day if he wants to colour in ever again. With its creative illustrations and a unique insight into the life of a humble crayon, The Day the Crayons Quit is a brilliantly funny and imaginative story that young readers will return to again and again!

    Written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by the award-winning Oliver Jeffers, this is a unique and original children's book that will bring a smile to the face of all who read it.

    Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers' The Day the Crayons Quit has been named the winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2015.
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  • Bedtime Story Winner 2018: The Incredible Journey

    Tom Burlison

    Product Code: BSIJ
    Hardback 3 years +
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    We are so excited to be sharing Tom Burlison's The Incredible Journey - the winner of The Book People's Bedtime Story Competition 2018.

    One of the UK's youngest picture book authors, 7-year-old Tom's tale is a fun and inspiring bedtime story about the power of imagination and friendship. The two main characters, Elliot and Ruby, have many adventures: they travel through puddle portals to pirate lands, find parts of an alien spacecraft, and get chased by dinosaurs - all on their walk to school as their imaginations unlock a world of possibilities!

    Tom's story was selected as the winner of our Bedtime Story Competition 2018 out of over 1000 entries from children aged between 5 and 11. A panel of judges that included Olympic Gold medallist and Dadventures author Alex Gregory and Sara Sanchez, the illustrator of the winning book chose Tom's story because it is funny, clever and it shows how imagination can transform the way a child looks at the world.

    At least 35% of the price of the book will be donated to Save the Children, a charity that fights every single day for children's futures. Sold exclusively through us at theBookPeople.co.uk, Tom's book features illustrations from top children's book illustrator Sara Sanchez and is published by Little Tiger.

    Please note that this book is exempt from all promotions due to its charitable donation.

    If you think you know a child who could be our next published author then head to our competition page to encourage your children to enter their stories about feelings.
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  • You Choose Your Dreams

    Pippa Goodhart

    Product Code: YCS2
    Paperback 3 years +
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    This wacky and wonderful book is the companion to the bestselling You Choose by Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt.

    Pippa inspires children to create and build confidence by allowing them to tell their own stories and explore their dreams in this highly inventive and interactive book.

    Nick's ingenious illustrations are intricately detailed and help to ensure that children imagine the stories in full - whether it's delving into the depths of the ocean or wondering what it would be like to be as little as a mouse!

    Please note that this is a reissue of Just Imagine.

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  • The Paper Dolls

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: ERD2
    Paperback 3 years +
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    With a tantalising mixture of magic, charm and adventure, Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson's The Paper Dolls is a book sure to appeal to young children aged 3 and over. Beautifully illustrated by 2014 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal-nominated Rebecca Cobb, it tells the story of a string of paper dolls and their wonderful adventures.

    When the dolls head through the house and out into the garden, they manage to escape the clutches of the toy dinosaur and avoid the frightening jaws of the oven-glove crocodile, but then they have to face up to a real pair of scissors... Full of imagination and easy-to-read rhythmical text, this is a heart-warming read, just perfect for sharing. A real Red House favourite!

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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  • The Book With No Pictures

    BJ Novak

    Product Code: BNP2
    Paperback 3 years +
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    The Book With No Pictures shows young readers that not every book has to have pictures to be fun. It will delight children as they share the reading with their parents and they'll love how Mum and Dad end up making extremely silly noises and saying some wonderfully weird things.

    Written by American writer, actor, comedian and director B.J. Novak (best known as Ryan from the American version of the Office - you know, the one who started the fire...), this is a book that is both disarmingly simple and impressively imaginative at the same time.

    With the simple mantra 'Everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say', parents should be warned that this a hilariously tongue-twisting way for children aged 3 and over to learn just how much fun they can have with the written word.
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  • Debi Gliori's Alfie Collection - 3 Books

    Debi Gliori

    Product Code: DGLI
    Collection Toddlers
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    This delightful series from bestselling author Debi Gliori is about Alfie the rabbit and his experiences in the garden, bath and woods!

    With beautiful watercolour illustrations and a lovable main character, these endearing stories are able to capture the irrepressible imagination of children and are perfect reads for toddlers.

    In the first story, Alfie is out in the garden and starts to imagine that he's in the jungle as a lion, an elephant and a little bird. In the second story, Alfie goes from splashing around in the bath to imagining an amazing deep-sea adventure. And in the third story, Alfie imagines himself as all sorts of woodland creatures whilst on a walk through the woods!

    Format: paperback
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  • The Land of Roar

    Jenny McLachlan

    Product Code: LOF2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Jenny McLachlan's The Land of Roar is the first in a series of fantasy adventures full of imagination, humour and heart.

    It has echoes of Peter Pan, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Neverending Story and Jumanji and will happily sit next to Nevermoor, Wizards of Once and How to Train Your Dragon on any child's bookshelf.

    Believing is just the beginning... When Arthur and Rose were little, they were heroes in the Land of Roar, an imaginary world that they found by climbing through the folding bed in their grandad's attic. Roar was filled with things they loved - dragons, mermaids, ninja wizards and adventure - as well as things that scared them (including a very creepy scarecrow.)

    Now the twins are 11, Roar is just a memory. But when they help Grandad clean out the attic, Arthur is horrified as Grandad is pulled into the folding bed and vanishes. Is he playing a joke? Or is Roar... real?
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  • Yasmin Collection - 4 Books

    Saadia Faruqi

    Product Code: YASM
    Collection 5 years +
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    This delightful four-book collection is about a spirited student named Yasmin Ahmad and her adventures as a fashionista, painter, builder and explorer!

    Yasmin is a strong character with a knack for solving problems in unique ways and she is known in her family as having big imagination. In each book, Yasmin inspires readers by using her creative thinking and curiosity to solve life's little problems.

    With bold illustrations and important messages, Saadia Faruqi's books subtly weave Muslim traditions into fun, relatable stories and would be great reads for children growing in confidence or moving from Key Stage 1 to 2.
    Format: paperback
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  • Biscuit Blast Off! Early Reader

    Clare Helen Welsh

    Product Code: BVL2
    Paperback 6 years +
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    Captain Sneaky McSqueaky and his crew of pirate mice are trying to fly to the moon to steal moon cheese, but to get there they need some help from Oliver and his biscuits...

    Clare Welsh's Biscuit Blast Off! is a fun and quirky story that will inspire any young reader's imagination. Sophia Touliatou's artwork will be pored over again and again.
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  • Are We There Yet?

    Dan Santat

    Product Code: AZH2
    Paperback 4 years +
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    The car trip to Grandma's house is taking forever. Are We There Yet? explores the amazing possibilities of imagination on a long, boring car journey, as time slows down so much that it starts going backwards. Featuring dinosaurs, Ancient Egyptians, knights and pirates, this is one amazing journey through the imagination. With stand-out illustrations that span millennia by the Caldecott-winning author of The Adventures of Beekle.
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  • Out for the Count

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: AXT2
    Paperback 5 years +
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    Hugo wants a gerbil, but his dad says it's cruel to keep an animal in a cage. Hugo doesn't agree, and so Dad challenges him to spend a day cooped up in his room. The countdown has barely begun when Hugo starts to go stir-crazy. Warm, witty and wise to the impatience of childhood, this is Anne Fine on great form, encouraging young readers to develop imagination and empathy. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.
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  • On the Way Home

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: BUIWT
    Paperback
    On the Way Home is a fantastic journey of the imagination that every child who tells the occasional tall tale will relate to! Claire has hurt her knee so she sets off home to tell her mum all about it. On the way she meets her friends and tells them how the fall happened. But just how did it happen . . .? Was she dropped by a wolf, a slithering snake, an enormous dragon or a hairy gorilla?! Filled with a little girl's inventive stories, On the Way Home is by Jill Murphy, the author and illustrator of the bestselling Peace at Last and Whatever Next!
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  • Stanley's Stick

    John Hegley

    Product Code: AEBVJ
    Paperback 5 years +
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    Stanley's Stick is a teaming-up of hefty talents - glorious poet John Hegley and award-winning illustrator Neal Layton. Stanley's stick is not just a stick. With a stick in hand, Stanley's options are endless - he flies to the moon, writes in the sand, goes fishing, plays a whistle and rides a dinosaur - and his imagination takes over and the magic begins. Hegley's lyrical prose captures the free-wheeling expressiveness of childhood, and Layton's deceptively simple illustrations are full of wit and character. Sweet, magical and thoroughly entertaining, this is Hegley and Layton's first collaboration.
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  • Beautiful Oops!

    Barney Saltzberg

    Product Code: ASXVR
    Other Toddlers
    We all make mistakes - grown-ups and children alike. But little kids sometimes have trouble dealing with their mistakes, whether it's a piece of artwork they've torn by accident, or juice they've spilled on their favorite drawing. In this book, every page begins with a 'mistake' that ultimately unravels, lifts out, or pulls up to become a surprising work of beauty. Kids see firsthand as they go through the book that any smudge, smear or stain can lead to something absolutely marvelous - with a little imagination. Inspiring and inventive, this interactive board book teaches a valuable lesson: 'When you think you have made a mistake, think of it as an opportunity to make something beautiful!'
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  • The Little Prince

    Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    Product Code: BQZDV
    Hardback 7 years +
    The Little Prince is a modern fable, and for readers far and wide both the title and the work have exerted a pull far in excess of the book's brevity. Written and published first by Antoine de St-Exupery in 1943, only a year before his plane disappeared on a reconnaissance flight, it is one of the world's most widely translated books, enjoyed by adults and children alike. In the meeting of the narrator who has ditched his plane in the Sahara desert, and the little prince, who has dropped there through time and space from his tiny asteroid, comes an intersection of two worlds, the one governed by the laws of nature, and the other determined only by the limits of imagination. The world of the imagination wins hands down, with the concerns of the adult world often shown to be lamentably silly as seen through the eyes of the little prince. While adult readers can find deep meanings in his various encounters, they can also be charmed back to childhood by this wise but innocent infant. This popular translation contains the author's own delightful illustrations, bringing to visual life the small being at the tale's heart, and a world of fantasy far removed from any quotidian reality. It is also a sort of love story, in which two frail beings, the downed pilot and the wandering infant-prince who has left behind all he knows, share their short time together isolated from humanity and finding sustenance in each other. This is a book which creates a unique relationship with each reader, whether child or adult.
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  • Use Your Imagination

    Nicola O'Byrne

    Product Code: AMPPS
    Paperback 3 years +
    Rabbit is BORED. What shall he do? Luckily, Wolf has the perfect solution. "Why not write a story?" he suggests. "I am a librarian, you know." Well, Rabbit is just delighted - what a brilliant idea! And so Wolf teaches Rabbit to use his imagination to create the perfect story with lots of exciting props and interesting characters. What a kind and helpful wolf! Rabbit is DESPERATE to know what happens when it suddenly becomes clear that Wolf is very hungry - uh-oh, so THAT'S how the story ends. But Wolf hasn't reckoned on Rabbit's brilliant imagination and, in a final clever twist, Rabbit saves himself from the wily old wolf. "Now, that was a good idea," says Rabbit.
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  • Not A Box

    Antoinette Portis

    Product Code: BIUKM
    Paperback 3 years +
    A beautifully designed book, celebrating the power of the imagination to transform even the most ordinary of objects into something magical. A box is just a box...unless it's not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows. Inspired by the memory of sitting in a box on her driveway with her brother, Antoinette Portis captures the thrill of when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes reality. Her simple, spare text and illustrations show that seeing truly depends on the ability to believe in the possibilities.
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  • Not A Stick

    Antoinette Portis

    Product Code: BHTLK
    Paperback 3 years +
    A beautifully designed book, celebrating the power of the imagination to transform even the most ordinary of objects into something magical. A stick is just a stick...unless it's not a stick. From fishing rod to dragon-taming sword a small pig shows that a stick will go as far as the imagination allows. Antoinette Portis captures the thrill of when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes reality. Her simple, spare text and illustrations show that seeing truly depends on the ability to believe in the possibilities.
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  • Dory Fantasmagory

    Abby Hanlon

    Product Code: AXDLE
    Paperback
    My name is Dory, but everyone calls me Rascal. This is my family. And I'm the littlest. Meet Dory - an irresistible scamp with a huge imagination. Dory's the youngest in her family, which STINKS because it means everyone's always too busy to play with her. Or worse! They call her too little to join in. Luckily Dory has plenty of friends to keep her company - even if everyone else says they're just imaginary. And Dory has a lot to do: outsmarting the monsters that live in her house, escaping from prison (aka time-out) and exacting revenge on her sister's favourite doll...Fully illustrated throughout, and with perfect-for-bedtime length chapters, this adorable little mischief-maker is sure to capture your heart.
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  • Harold and the Purple Crayon

    Crockett Johnson

    Product Code: AEEFO
    Paperback 3 years +
    One of the launch titles in the amazing new Essential Picture Book Classics list from HarperCollins, this book is full of funny twists and surprises as young Harold draws himself some wonderful adventures. A collectable classic picture book that every child should read and own. Maurice Sendak says "Harold is a masterpiece". "One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight." Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, Harold draws himself a landscape full of beauty and excitement. He conducts his adventure with the utmost care, letting his imagination run free, but keeping his wits about him all the while. This magical journey gives us the wondrous sense that anything is possible. This joyful story has delighted readers of all ages for over fifty years. Essential Picture Book Classics -- timeless stories for every child to treasure.
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  • Moon

    Alison Oliver

    Product Code: BPOXI
    Hardback 3 years +
    Like many children, Moon leads a busy life. School, homework, music lessons, sports, and the next day it begins again. She wonders if things could be different. Then, one night, she meets a wolf. The wolf takes Moon deep into the dark, fantastical forest and there she learns to howl, how to hide, how to be still, and how to be wild. And in that, she learns what it's like to be free. This simply worded and stunningly illustrated story reveals the joy to be found in play, nature, and, most of all, embracing the wild in us all.
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  • Imagination According to Humphrey

    Betty G. Birney

    Product Code: AVXKA
    Paperback
    Ahead of a big author visit, Humphrey and his friends try writing their own stories, but Humphrey worries that hamsters don't have any imagination; he's finding creative writing just too hard. While he helps out his friends, and the new school guinea pig, Gigi, Humphrey encounters real, live parrots, dragons and even ghosts ...and finally manages to let his imagination soar.
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