• Children's & young adult fiction & true stories
      January 2012

      A Tall Story

      About the Giraffe

      by Janet Keegans

      An amusing story with charming illustrations which retells—with a twist—the Nguni creation legend about why the giraffe has such a long neck. The little giraffe in this book is a very inquisitive character determined to find out everyone’s secrets. His curiosity leads him right across Africa with only a faithful oxpecker for company. Giraffe’s thirst for knowledge brings unexpected results--whether for better or worse depends on your point of view! A great read-to-and-discuss book, and a fun, accessible reader for children from five years up. Author’s and illustrator’s royalties all go to the Trust for African Schools.

    • Children's & YA
      August 2012


      by Seema Gupta

      The Ramayana is the tale of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya. The Ramayana is perhaps one of the best known epics in the world which transcends all barriers of time, caste, creed and space. The reason for Ramayana’s great popularity is that it is one story entwined in so many amazing stories woven so beautifully that not even for a moment you feel out of place. The exciting characters, their problems, their values and the crafty situations transform you into another world. You feel like one among them. Their joys make you laugh and their pains and sorrows make you cry. They take you on a journey beyond comprehension. Rama, the son of Dahsratha, goes to the forest for fourteen years to honour his father’s words. His wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana accompany him. Their sojourn with forest life is full of adventures as they make new friends and meet weird foes. Their happy life is disturbed when Ravana, the king of Lanka, abducts Sita. Rama takes help of Sugriva, Honuman and with the monkey army he manages to rescue her. In the battle that ensued Ravana is killed. But that is not the end of the story. The tale further describes Rama Rajya, Sita’s banishment and the birth of Rama’s sons Luva and Kusha. So here’s this vivid and vibrant ancient epic of Ramayana which is laced with adventures, excitement, love and war in the amazing stories intertwined with the main story line. This delightfully retold epic is sure to steal your heart. Jai Sri Rama

    • Children's & YA
      December 2012


      by Tanvir Khan

      Panchatantra is perhaps the oldest collection of Indian fables still gaining strength and moving ahead. It is believed to have written around 200BC by the great Hindu Scholar Pandit Vishnu Sharma. Panchatantra means "the five principles”. It is a "Nitishastra" which means book of wise conduct in life. Panchatantra consists of five books: 1. Mitra Bhedha (The loss of friends); 2. Mitra Laabha (Gaining friends); 3. Kakolukiyam (Crows and owls); 4. Labdhap-ranasam (Loss of gains); and 5. Aparikshitakarakam (Ill-considered actions). The simple stories of Panchatantra have stood the test of time in the modern age of materialism, stressful living and individualism, and aim to guide the young readers on how to attain success in life by understanding human nature. Key Features: Written in simple and lucid language Each story is supplemented by a moral Word meaning for vocabulary building Practice exercise given for better understanding Panchatantra is commonly available in an abridged form for children. It is an ideal book worth going through many times over. Honestly speaking, it is of far more practical importance for elders to read this book since it is they who always come in contact with people having good, doubtful or bad intensions and motives. A must read for students of all age groups.

    • Picture books, activity books & early learning material

      Y Ffyliaid

      A Pethau Ffiaidd Eraill

      by Daniel Morden

    • Traditional stories (Children's/YA)

      Guarding the Treasure

      by Mary. Mestecky

    • Traditional stories (Children's/YA)

      Tales from the Deep

      by Cerys Matthews

    • Picture books

      Merlin Awakes

      by Graham. Howells

      Arty's class are on a hill outside Carmarthen, west Wales - the aim of the lesson is to learn about Merlin the magician but Arty has decided to hide from Morgan the school bully in a gorse bush instead. An old man with a long white beard appears and from his robe he draws a large hourglass. "Fifteen hundred years I have slept. Now is the time to find the King", he says. After agreeing to help the old man, there's a big flash and they are no longer on the hill. From the dragon's lair in Snowdonia to a meeting with Ysbaddaden, Chief of Giants, their quest to find the king takes them to dangerous and amusing places across Wales. An arm rises from the water at Bosherston Ponds holding a small gold book. "Take the book Arthur", says the old man and on the cover the words 'Everything a Hero Needs to Know'. Back on the hillside Arty is puzzled. Was he dreaming? Did he travel in time? Has he met Merlin? Is he Arthur, the hero?

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories

      Trysor Y Morloi

      by Jackie Morris

    • Traditional stories (Children's/YA)

      Seven Welsh Folk Tales

      by Richard. Eastwood

    • Traditional stories (Children's/YA)

      Shemi's Tall Tales

      Fine Welsh Fibbing

      by Mary. Medlicott

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories

      Y Cawr Mawr Hyll

      by Malachy Doyle

    • Traditional stories (Children's/YA)
      March 2012

      Cat With Iron Claws

      by Nicola Robinson

    • Picture books, activity books & early learning material

      Stori Branwen

      by Tegwyn Jones

    • Picture books

      The Changeling

      by Malachy. Doyle

    • Traditional stories (Children's/YA)

      Fabulous Celtic Beasts

      by Helen Emanuel. Davies

      Here are seven stories, illustrated with colour and black and white drawings, which will appeal to children- either to read themselves or to listen to them being read to them by an adult. Children love stories about animals, especially if there is a mystery involved. These are stories to entertain and delight. From this collection they can choose a favourite: The Serpent of Newcastle Emlyn, in which Rhys and Megan save the town from the dragon. The Faithful Hound, in which the story of Gelert, is told. The Water Horse of Glyn-Nedd - Hywel loves anything to do with horses, but he does not expect the adventure that he and his grandfather have on the way home from the market. The Eagle of Gwernabwy: when the the old eagle decides to find a new wifehe thinks about the Owl of Cwm Cawlwyd, but he needs to find out how old she is - not an easy task The Water Monster and the Long-horned Oxen, in which Sian's singing charms the dangerous Afanc so that the smith and the long -horned oxen move it to a new home far off in the hills.;The Stray Cow of Llyn Barfog in which a stray cow from the herd of the Woman of Annwfn comes to the farm and is kept for many years before she returning to its mistress. The Twrch Trwyth - Arthur and his knights hunt the Wild boar acros Ireland, Wales and Cornwall. For schools this collection of new and traditional stories will appeal to children at both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, depending on approaches and themes being developed in the schools.

    • Picture books, activity books & early learning material

      Y Bychan Benthyg

      by Meinir Pierce Jones

    • Traditional stories (Children's/YA)

      The Ebay Book

      Essential Tips for Buying and Selling On Ebay.co.uk

      by David. Belbin

    • Picture books, activity books & early learning material

      Yr Ynys Hud

      by Marnie Francis

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories

      Mr Penstrwmbwl A'r Ddraig Fach

      by Julie Rainsbury

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