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  • 5 stars across 82 books
    Susanna Davidson (Author)
    Zanna Davidson enjoyed riding a Shetland pony called Jampot as a little girl, but deep down, she's always preferred dreaming up her own adventures. Zanna worked on a farm, and as a builder in Zimbabwe, before becoming a writer. She is the author of over forty books. Zanna currently lives in North London.

    Seo Kim (Illustrator)
    Seo is an award-winning illustrator, designer, and lover of all things natural, organic, and textural. She is originally from Busan, South Korea and studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with an MFA in Illustration Practice. In the past she has taught illustration at MICA, and currently she is the Assistant Professor of Illustration at Towson University. Seo integrates digital painting with found textures. Nature is her biggest inspiration, and she loves growing little jungles in her apartment.
    1st June 2014

    Cinderella

    The classic fairy tale, specially retold for young children and illustrated with fresh, bright pictures. Poor Cinderella... More

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    3rd April 2017

    The Secret Garden: V&A Collector's Edition

    The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a magical novel for adults and children alike. This new hardback is one ... More

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    15th June 2017

    Rapunzel

    Golden-haired princess Rapunzel is kept trapped in her lofty tower by a wicked witch, who lops off locks of her beauti... More

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    21st September 2012

    The Town Mouse & the Country Mouse

    Toby Town Mouse loves to live the high-life, while his cousin Pipin prefers a quainter, quieter life. When the cousins v... More

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    3rd February 2014

    Goldilocks and the Three Bears

    When Goldilocks sneaks into the three bears' cottage, no one seems to be home. But the bears soon return from their walk... More

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    25th July 2008

    Goldilocks and the Three Bears

    Naughty Goldilocks has found a pretty cottage in the forest, but who lives there? A lively re-telling of the classic fai... More

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    21st September 2012

    Little Red Riding Hood

    A beloved fairy tale, retold for young children in classic picture book format. Arriving at Granny's cottage, Little Red... More

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    1st December 2011

    The Three Little Pigs

    A charming retelling of the traditional fairytale with simple text and delightful illustrations. When mum's house become... More

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    1st May 2013

    Clever Rabbit and the Wolves

    This is a Native American folktale retold for beginner readers ready to tackle more complicated storylines and sentence ... More

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    31st July 2009

    East of the Sun, West of the Moon

    The Norwegian folk tale retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. A young girl sets out with a grea... More

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    6th March 2013

    Anne Frank

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    1st September 2015

    The Great Fire of London

    Find out all about the Great Fire of London, in 1666 - what caused it, how it spread, how it was put out and how the cit... More

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    1st February 2013

    The Story of Black Beauty

    When the young horse Black Beauty is sold, he has no idea of the hardships he is about to face. A moving series of tales... More

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    1st June 2007

    Goldilocks and The Three Bears [Book with CD]

    Featuring clear and compelling text that allows children to develop their burgeoning reading skills, this title in the '... More

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    1st December 2014

    Queen Elizabeth I

    Who exactly was Queen Elizabeth I, when did she live and what was she like? What did she wear and who were her enemies? ... More

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    1st January 2015

    Clever Jack And The Giants

    When poor Jack swots seven flies with a single blow, he can't wait to tell the world how brave he is. But he has to use ... More

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    1st March 2011

    On the Farm

    This is a new title in the fantastic "First Reading Series", part of the Usborne Reading Programme. It is aimed at child... More

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    1st October 2011

    The Railway Children

    This is an evocative picture book based on the classic E. Nesbit tale. When their father disappears, Bobbie, Peter and P... More

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    23rd February 2007

    The Three Little Pigs

    There are four new titles in the fantastic "First Reading" series, aimed at children who are beginning to read by themse... More

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    28th September 2007

    The Story Of Hanukkah

    Developed in consultation with Allison Kelly, this story is aimed at at children aged five and over who are just beginni... More

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    1st January 2013

    The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

    The text is young and simple, and clearly portrays helpful morals through fun characters that young readers can relate t... More

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    1st April 2012

    Birdwatching

    Part of the "Naturetrail" series, this title focuses on an in-depth explanation of the world of birds, including habitat... More

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    30th April 2016

    Thumbelina

    Hans Christian Andersen's much-loved story of a tiny girl who is stolen from her home and endures many perils is beautif... More

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    17th December 2010

    Snails

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    31st October 2000

    Sleeping Beauty

    There are roles for everybody in this humorous stage version of Sleeping Beauty. Complete with Dame, Principle Boy and s... More

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    1st November 2010

    Aladdin

    Available for the first time as a paperback picture book, this exquisitely illustrated re-telling of Aladdin is a must f... More

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    23rd July 2009

    Queen Victoria?

    Each title is a biography of one person's life, achievements and the problems they faced. The series covers many histori... More

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    1st July 2011

    The Story of Pegasus

    This is a lively re-telling of the Greek myth, in which Pegasus, the flying horse, helps hero Bellerophon to defeat a fi... More

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    29th February 2008

    Baba Yaga The Flying Witch

    This is a new title in the fantastic "First Reading" series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. Based upon a R... More

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    26th September 2008

    Clever Rabbit And Wolves

    This is a new title in the fantastic "First Reading" series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. The Clever Rab... More

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    1st November 2013

    Ballet Stories for Little Children

    Stories of the best known and best loved ballets, beautifully told, including Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty... More

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    1st March 2007

    Birdwatching

    This title provides an in-depth exploration of bird watching, including habitats and conservation, to provide a deeper u... More

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    30th July 2004

    The Princess & The Pea

    'The Princess And The Pea' is a children's classic and a favourite of little girls everywhere. This specially bound edit... More

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    25th February 2005

    The Frog Prince

    Aimed at children aged five and over, this is the classic story of a princess, a promise, and a frog with a secret. This... More

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    29th April 2005

    The Emperor's New Clothes

    Coinciding with the bicentenary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen, comes this retelling of his comical fairytale a... More

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    1st July 2011

    First Reading Three: The Little Red Hen

    The classic story of The Little Red Hen retold with simple text and delightful illustrations. The Little Red Hen works h... More

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    1st January 2015

    Jack and the Beanstalk

    Tells the story of Jack, who swaps his mother's cow for some 'magic' beans which grow into a huge beanstalk. By climbing... More

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    1st June 2014

    Princess Handbook

    A humorous guide to the ins-and-outs of acting like a perfect princess. Includes tips on how to behave at banquets, choo... More

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    1st October 2015

    Illustrated Stories from Aesop

    A fully illustrated collection of more than thirty of Aesop's timeless fables, retold specially for children, including... More

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    1st May 2007

    See Inside Fairyland

    Find out all about life in Fairyland with this brand new title in the ground-breaking "See Inside" series. Peep inside t... More

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    23rd August 2006

    Rumpelstiltskin

    Anna, the millers daughter, dreams of becoming Queen, but first she must spin straw into gold. One night, a mysterious l... More

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    1st February 2013

    World Atlas of Dinosaurs

    Explore the amazing world of dinosaurs with this exciting atlas, showing which dinosaurs lived in different parts of the... More

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    1st January 2015

    Fairies to Colour

    A stylish and sophisticated book full of fairies to colour, with information about the different kinds of fairy folk fro... More

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    1st July 2011

    First Reading Two: Clever Rabbit and the Lion

    Seven titles in the popular "First Reading series" are re-issued with hardback covers with audio CDs inserted into a wal... More

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    1st October 2007

    The Frog Prince

    This is an evocative picture book based on the classic fairytale and retold for younger children. When a frog rescues Pr... More

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    26th May 2006

    Little Red Riding Hood

    'Little Red Riding Hood' is written especially for children who are learning to read. With delightful illustrations, thi... More

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    1st December 2012

    The Prince and the Pauper [Book with CD]

    The popular adventure by Mark Twain retold for English language learners. In Tudor England, a young beggar boy passes th... More

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    1st November 2012

    The Three Little Pigs [Book with CD]

    This volume is aimed at children who are beginning to read by themselves. It contains clear and compelling text that all... More

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    1st April 2011

    Pride and Prejudice

    A new title in Series Three of the Usborne Young Reading Programme, based on the much-loved classic by Jane Austen. It i... More

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    20th March 2008

    The Holocaust

    This is a new title in "Young Reading Series Three", which is aimed at children whose reading ability and confidence all... More

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    1st April 2012

    Queen Elizabeth II

    An enthralling introduction to the Queen, accompanied by stunning photographs, a family tree and timeline. It is written... More

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    2nd July 2007

    Stories Of Magic Ponies

    This is a new title in "Usborne Young Reading Series One". It feature three original stories set on the magical Pony Isl... More

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    22nd January 2008

    The Prince and the Pauper

    A tale of mistaken identity in which a poor young boy named Tom is mistaken for the young Edward VI, and the two boys di... More

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    1st September 2007

    The Musicians of Bremen

    This book features four new titles in the fantastic "First Reading" series, aimed at children who are beginning to read.... More

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    26th May 2006

    The Ugly Duckling

    'The Ugly Duckling' is written especially for children who are learning to read. With delightful illustrations, this boo... More

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    23rd August 2006

    The Little Red Hen

    Each title in this series is a classic story or fable, retold with simple text to delight and inspire any child who is j... More

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    31st October 2007

    Penguins

    This work contains two new titles in the fantastic "First Reading" series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. ... More

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    1st March 2012

    The Musicians of Bremen [Book with CD]

    Three titles in the popular "First Reading" series are re-issued with hardback covers with audio CDs inserted into a wal... More

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    1st June 2013

    Animal Stories for Bedtime

    A collection of classic stories featuring a host of much-loved animal characters in a beautifully illustrated story book... More

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    28th September 2007

    The Clever Rabbit and the Lion

    Lion wants to eat up all the animals in the jungle, but Clever Rabbit has to plan to stop him in this amusing story base... More

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    1st April 2013

    World of Animals

    An internet-linked introduction to the vast variety of the animals that share our world. This book is enhanced by hundre... More

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    26th August 2005

    A Little Princess

    Rich little Sara Crewe loves to imagine things. At her English boarding school, surrounded by luxury, she sees herself a... More

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    26th May 2006

    Stories Of Dolls

    Three new and original stories about Cordelia, Florinda and Ella and the delightful world of dolls, specially written as... More

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    1st September 2012

    The Nutcracker

    This is a gorgeous picture book with a sound panel that plays tunes from the much-loved ballet. It is perfect for younge... More

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    23rd April 2012

    Elen Benfelen

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    12th September 2011

    Y Tri Mochyn Bach

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    1st July 2016

    Young Reading Queen Elizabeth II

    The Queen is one of the most famous women in the world. But what is she really like? This enthralling story of the life ... More

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    1st September 2017

    The Snow Queen

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    1st November 2017

    Snow Queen Magic Painting Book

    Bring the magical story of the Snow Queen to life with this stunning magic painting book. Can Gerda save her best friend... More

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    1st October 2017

    The Snow Queen

    Join Gerda on her quest to save her best friend from the evil Snow Queen in this enchanting retelling of Hans Christian ... More

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    26th August 2005

    The Princess and the Pea

    These classic tales in hardback editions are sure to be treasured Fun stories for kids just starting to read on their ow... More

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    1st September 2006

    Little Ballet Treasury

    Beginning with the first ballet lesson, readers are taken through the basic exercises and ballet steps. Chapters are inc... More

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    1st October 2007

    World of Animals

    This is a brand-new flexiback edition of this popular guide to the animals that inhabit planet Earth. Divided by contine... More

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    1st August 2018

    Pop-up Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    "Mirror, mirror, on the wall, Who is the fairest of them all?" Turn the pages of this gorgeous pop-up book and watch as ... More

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    26th June 2018

    Beauty and the Beast

    When Belle's father takes a rose from a castle garden, he is confronted by a terrible Beast. Brave Belle is determined t... More

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    1st August 2018

    Rapunzel Magic Painting

    Bring the classic fairy tale Rapunzel to life with this beautiful magic painting book. Will Rapunzel ever escape the tow... More

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    4th October 2018

    Pop-Up 'Twas The Night Before Christmas

    `Twas the Night Before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse... Open this... More

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    1st November 2018

    Magic Painting Twelve Dancing Princesses

    Bring The Twelve Dancing Princesses, the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale, to life with this beautiful magic painting bo... More

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