Year 3/4 Longlist

ISBN: 9781474957410

Join the journey to Impossible Places, where there’s magic at every stop. Suzy is surprised to find a grumpy troll building a railway through her house – especially when a gigantic steam train crashes into her hallway. This is the Impossible Postal Express, the trusty delivery service of the Union of Impossible Places, and Suzy becomes its newest recruit. And with her cursed first package, an Impossible adventure begins. This is our challenge read and you may wish to read this magical fantasy story with a parent. Read sample here…

ISBN:9781728209517

As a child, Mary Anning loved hunting for fossils with her father. One day, that hobby led to an unexpected discovery: the skeleton of a creature no one had never seen before. Mary had unearthed a dinosaur fossil, the first to ever be discovered. Her find reshaped scientific beliefs about the natural world and led to the beginning of a brand new field of study: paleontology. For the rest of her life, Mary continued to make astonishing finds and her fossils are displayed in museums all across the world. The daring discoveries of Mary Anning not only changed the scientific world, but also helped change people’s attitudes towards women scientists. Read her remarkable story in this full colour picture book. Read sample here…

ISBN:9780545312837

Squirrel is afraid of his own shadow whilst Bird doesn’t have a care in the world. And Cat wants to eat Bird and Squirrel. Of course, he’ll have to catch them first, and that’s not going to be easy. Join this trio as they head south for the winter in a hilarious road trip in this hilarious graphic novel. But watch out! Cat is waiting around every bend, and he’s one pesky feline! Read sample here…

ISBN:9781250137524

You’ve likely heard of the historic Apollo 13 moon landing. But do you know about the mathematical genius who made sure that Apollo 13 returned safely home? As a child, Katherine Johnson loved to count. She counted the steps on the road, the number of dishes and spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, everything! Boundless, curious, and excited by calculations, young Katherine longed to know as much as she could about math, about the universe. From Katherine’s early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, Counting on Katherine is the picture book story of a ground breaking African-American woman who not only calculated the course of moon landings but, in turn, saved lives and made enormous contributions to history. Read sample here…

ISBN:9781509857289

Cyril is the only squirrel in Lake Park, and he’s very lonely. Until one day he meets Pat – Pat the big, grey . . . other squirrel. Cyril and Pat have lots of adventures and fun together and Cyril is so pleased he’s made a friend. But everyone says that Cyril and Pat simply cannot be friends, and they soon reveal why: Pat is actually a RAT! But Cyril’s life turns out to be a lot duller and quite a bit scarier without Pat by his side, and in the end the two friends learn that some things are more important than being the same, or listening to others. This picture book shows us the importance of having faith in our friends. Read sample here…

ISBN: 9781760129293

Ever wonder why pigeons always act so weirdly? It’s because they’re out there chasing the bad guys and saving your lives. Did you know your city is protected by a secret squad of crime-fighting pigeons? It’s true! With master of disguise Rock Pigeon, bendy Tumbler, strong Frillback and super-finder Homie, the Real Pigeons will solve any mystery and fight any bad guy to keep the city safe! If you love Bad Guys and Catstronauts, Real Pigeons could be your next great series. Read sample here…

ISBN: 9780192746207

If you want to know how chocolate eggs are made, a look into Mr. Bunny’s chaotic factory may give you an idea. Or it may not! If Mr. Bunny was a fairer employer it could be a happier factory but the chickens are demanding their rights are respected in this illustrated story. Read sample here…

ISBN: 9781444932072

It has been weeks since Mr Penguin’s last adventure and he’s been stuck at his desk, twiddling his flippers ever since. That is until the phone rings. Mr Penguin and Colin (a spider and Mr Penguin’s silent right hand man) are called in to find the missing treasure somewhere in the Museum of Extraordinary Objects. The quest finds them solving secret codes, fighting ferocious beasts, eating fish finger sandwiches and travelling deep below the museum to a lost jungle. This book is written as half text-half illustration created by the marvellous author-illustrator, Alex T Smith. Read sample here…

ISBN: 9780008184780

All Odd Dog wants is to fit in, and she’s prepared to go around the world to find her place in it. But sometimes it takes becoming part of a crowd to show that, actually, it’s better to stand out from it. The author-illustrator, Rob Biddulph, also hosts Draw with Rob which was a huge hit with children during lockdown. To see how Rob Biddulph creates his fabulous animal characters, you can view his youtube channel. Read sample here…

ISBN: 9789814757607

Joseph Schooling’s race to the Olympics began when he was still a boy. With the support and love of Mum and Dad, he dedicated himself to being the best swimmer he could be. From triumphant victories to devastating defeats, Joseph never gave up no matter how discouraged he got, and he finally proved that no dream is too big for a boy when he won Singapore’s first Olympic Gold medal. Follow his epic journey from Singapore schoolchild to top-class Olympian in this picture book form. Read sample here…

ISBN: 9780545610612

Gordon Blue was just an ordinary chicken in school – until a freak accident forced him to become the superhero known as Kung Pow Chicken. Now Gordon must put his superhero powers to the test. He is having a blast at the Fowl Festival, but then POOF! Feathers fill the air and naked chickens fill the streets. Is the Evil Granny Goosebumps up to no good? Kung Pow Chicken is about to find out! An action-packed graphic novel full of visual humour and fun detail. Read sample here…

ISBN: 9781781128817

Mum works really hard, but today there is no money left and no food in the cupboards. Forced to visit the local food bank, Mum feels ashamed that they have to rely on the kindness of others, but her young daughter can still see all the good in her day like reading and drawing, and even the food bank. Maybe one day things will be different but for now together they brighten up even the darkest of days. This picture book opens a window onto how people live without money and how they may feel about accepting donations. Read sample here…