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All About Families

Brooks, Felicity
What do families look like? Who's in your family? And how can families change? With delightful illustrations, this glorious celebration of family diversity talks about lone-parent families, adoptive, foster, divorced, remarried, and mixed race families, and lots, lots more, showing little children that families come in all shapes and sizes.

All About Friends

Brooks, Felicity
Why do we need friends? And what makes a good friend? This charmingly illustrated book explores the benefits of having friends, looking at different types of friendships, and what happens when friends fall out and make up. Includes helpful notes for grown-ups on talking to children about friendships, dealing with conflicts and imaginary friends.

Ar Strae (Astray): 2019

Forde, Patricia

Archie Snufflekins Oliver Valentine Cupcake Tiberius Cat

Harnett, Katie
Explore how one cat can change a lonely woman's life and bring a small community together in this sweet picture-book!

Asking for a Friend

Mallinder, Kate
A feel-good YA story about valuing the friends that value you. Agnes, Hattie and Jake travel on the school bus together but don't know each other well. They plan a week in Weston as a 'study break' before exams but none of them admit the real reasons they need to get away. Thrown together, what will happen when the secrets start to spill out?


Garland, Sarah

Behind Closed Doors

Halahmy, Miriam
Fifteen-year-olds Tasha and Josie are near-neighbours who never thought they had anything in common. But when their families let them down, they find themselves unlikely allies in a battle for survival.

Beyond the Fence

Gulemetova, Maria
Piggy lives in a large house with Thomas. Thomas knows exactly what Piggy needs. But a chance meeting with a wild pig changes everything, and Piggy finds out what lies outside the four walls, beyond the fence. A gentle book about freedom and friendship.

Boy Underwater

Baron, Adam
A heart-breaking, heart-warming novel for everyone of 10 and older - this book will probably make you cry, and will definitely make you laugh.

Caspian Finds a Friend

Veissid, Jacqueline
Caspian lives alone in a lighthouse surrounded by the cold gray-blue sea, longing for a friend; so one day he puts a message in a bottle and floats it away in the sea--but the friend who finds it is someone completely unexpected.

Daddy Long Legs

Brun-Cosme, Nadine
A warm and colourful celebration of fatherhood, perfect for soothing anxieties.