First published OTD in 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum. Dorothy thinks she is lost forever when a terrifying tornado crashes through Kansas and whisks her and her dog, Toto, far away to the magical land of Oz. To get home Dorothy must follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City and find the wonderfully mysterious Wizard of Oz. Together with her companions the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion whom she meets on the way, Dorothy embarks on a strange and enchanting adventure.

Baum did not offer any conclusive proof that he intended his novel to be a political allegory. Historian Ranjit S. … More

“Ordinary is what most people are and I am not. I am not ordinary at all. I am a scientist. One stormy night, a group of villagers are struck by lightning. The only survivor is a baby – Mary Anning. From that moment on, a spark is lit within her. Growing up poor but proud on the windswept Dorset coast, Mary follows after her father, hunting for fossils uncovered by waves & landslips: ancient creatures, turned to stone. Ignoring other people’s taunts, Mary faces danger to bring back valuable treasures to help feed her family. But tragedy and despair is never far away..

Mary must depend upon her unique courage and knowledge to fulfil her dream of becoming a scientist in a time … More

Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, is back with a brand new wildly brilliant and accessible book about incredible women in the world of work. What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a BIG question that everyone is asked from an early age. Discover eye-opening facts about a collection of go-getting women who have pioneered careers in a kaleidoscope of different industries.

Join scientists, doctors, athletes, hot-air balloonists and more, journey back in time with these brave, bold and brilliant women and … More

Great illustrated guide for children who might wish to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch 2019 #BigGardenBirdWatch. Celebrate the beautiful birds that can be spotted in British gardens in this exquisitely illustrated, cut-paper pop-up. Published in association with the RSPB, this 1.2-metre unfolding guide features a selection of more than 12 popular birds, including the robin, goldfinch and blue tit.

A beautifully illustrated pop-up book of favourite garden birds.  Presented in a stylish slipcase and stunningly illustrated by Lorna Syson, … More

Born OTD in 1934, English illustrator, cartoonist, graphic novelist & author, Raymond Briggs. Fungus the Bogeyman follows one day in the life of the title character, a working class Bogeyman with the mundane job of scaring human beings. The book follows a typical day for Fungus, starting when he wakes up & ending just before he falls asleep. As his day progresses, he undergoes a mild existential crisis, pondering what his seemingly pointless job of scaring surface people is really for.

He is a member of the Bogey society, which is very similar to British society, but Bogeymen enjoy things which … More

Born OTD in 1945, English novelist who writes for children’s literature, Jacqueline Wilson. Her children’s novels frequently feature themes of adoption, divorce, and mental illness, and sometimes written from an historical perspective. Hetty Feather is a Foundling Hospital girl and was given her name when she was left there as a baby. When she is reunited with her mother, she hopes her beautiful new name, Sapphire Battersea, will also mean a new life! But things don’t always go as planned… Follow the twists and turns of Hetty’s adventure as she goes out to work as a maid for a wealthy man.

She longs to be reunited with her childhood sweetheart Jem – but also finds a new sweetheart, Bertie the butcher’s … More

Born OTD in 1960, Neil Gaiman, author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre, and films. “When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead.”

But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him – after all, he is … More