Calibre Audio Library

countryside agriculture

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Lego library competition

This year in Libraries Week, CILIP is running a competition in libraries across the UK inviting young people to get creative and build their...

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space proms

To mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, this year the BBC Proms has included space amongst the themes of the world-famous classical music...

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New Books

New Books for September

September children

If you’re looking for a new author and reading adventure, then why not try the Cogheart series by Peter Bunzl. Starting with Cogheart (617396) the story continues inMoonlocket (617569) and Skycircus (617563). The stories feature Lily and her friends Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin her mechanical fox and each book sees them undertake a new adventure. Set amongst a backdrop of Victorian London these are perfect stories to entertain on those dreary autumnal days.

Bad Cat, Good Cat by Lynne Reid Banks (617564) explores the two sides of a cat’s nature. Turk believes that cats aren't there for people, people are there for cats and so takes every liberty possible with his family. Peony on the other hand is a model of good-catliness, until that is she falls under Turk's spell. Should cats be good or bad? They find out when they are left to fend for themselves after their humans are tricked into going on holiday without them.

The Lost Wordsby Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris (617571) is all about words disappearing from childrens language. These are the words of the natural world, things like Dandelion, Otter, Bramble and Acorn have all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and play is rapidly fading from children's minds. The Lost Words aims to counteract this happening and is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. Winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2019 this book aims to bring the magic of language and nature back into our consciousness. Once you have listened to it then go outside to explore, smell and hear the wonders of nature.

Author Cressida Cowell has been announced as the new Children’s Laureate this year, a post which she will hold for two years and involves encouraging every child to read for fun. You may be most familiar with her How to Train Your Dragon series but have you tried her new series The Wizards of Once? We have just added the second book called Twice Magic (617572) into the library and if you like wizards, warriors, mythical creatures and powerful magic then this one is for you!

You may be familiar with the films of The One Hundred and One Dalmatians but did you know it was a book long before it ever reached the screen? The author Dodie Smith wrote The Hundred and One Dalmatians (617556) in 1956 and was responsible for creating one of the most memorable storybook villains in Cruella de Vil who had us cowering behind the pages and rooting for Pongo and Perdita and their friends to outwit her. This is a timeless classic and is waiting to be discovered if you haven’t read it yet.

The Demon Headmaster was created by author Gillian Cross and is back to terrorise a new generation in The Demon Headmaster: Mortal Danger (617568). Those of us old enough to be around in the 90s will remember being enthralled and terrified in equal measure by actor Terrence Hardiman’s brilliant portrayal of the headmaster in the original television series which has recently been brought back by the BBC in a new adaptation. We are lucky enough to have Terrence Hardiman as one of our volunteer narrators and so have several Demon Headmaster books recorded by him so listen to them if you dare!

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