Year 3/4 Shortlist

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: 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: 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…