Exploring the world

Albert Upside Down

by Ian Brown

Albert the pet tortoise has a problem: trying to reach a tasty treat, he has ended up on his shell, upside down and stuck! Can the other garden creatures overcome their rivalry, team up and help him get back on his feet?

The Quilt

by Valériane Leblond

A beautifully illustrated story about migration and homesickness. Around 1900, a family leaves Wales in search of a better life in the USA, where their homemade quilt proves a great comfort.

Fred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub

by Zeb Soanes 

Fred, a young girl, and her Grandpa travel to the island of Papa-Nupi to see, or rather hear, the mysterious Tub-Tub – a plant that flowers every 200 years and which ‘produces music so beautiful even the birds in the trees stop singing to hear it.’ But even if they can get there, can they manage to bring a recording back with them to prove what they’ve heard?

Libby and the Parisian Puzzle

by Jo Clarke 

Mystery-lover Libby is excited but nervous when sent to live with her aunt, while her mother is working abroad. Her aunt Agatha is headmistress of an extraordinary travelling school that moves from country to country. Libby joins it in Paris, when Agatha is arrested, accused of a daring jewel robbery. Can Libby and her new best friend Connie find the real thief and save her aunt?

My Name is River

by Emma Rea

When Dylan overhears his dad say that their farm has been sold to a global company, he decides he has to make them change their minds. In Brazil, things don’t go at all to plan. Only when Lucia, a street child armed with a puppy and a thesaurus, saves his life, do they start to uncover the shocking truth about what the company is up to, and Dylan’s home problems seem far away.

Exploring your Imagination


by Aidan Saunders

A graphic representation of the second branch of the Mabinogion – Branwen, daughter of Llŷr. The aim of the book is to present the Mabinogion tales to young people, and to retell these highly visual and emotional stories to today’s audience using art work originating from truly historical artefacts.

Find the Dragon!

by Huw Aaron

A colourful 32 page, A4 book for children and adults. Packed with lively double-page illustrations of amusing Welsh scenes, the task is to find the little dragon hiding in each scene, as well as many other bizarre objects and characters listed at the back of the book. Guaranteed to provide hours of fun for all the family!

The Knight Who Took All Day

by James Mayhew

A knight must do battle with a dragon is he is to win the hand of his beloved princess. But when a dragon finally comes along our hero realises he also needs to look his best if he is to impress, and that may take some time. And who knows what might happen as he takes his time to get ready? A delightful and thoughtful story about self-importance and vanity.

The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith

by Loris Owen 

When puzzle-loving Kip Bramley receives a cryptic invitation, delivered by a beetle-shaped drone that appears to be breathing, he has no idea that his world is about to change forever. Very soon he finds himself at Quicksmiths College of Strange Energy, hunting for riddles set 400 years earlier by a mysterious genius. But this isn’t any ordinary treasure hunt.

The Picture That Made Time Fly

by Sheila Harries 

An original novel set in Cardiff National Museum following Megan and Rhys on a school trip which turns into a dangerous and challenging adventure, as they are taken back in time to the Victorian era in the capital city.

Annual Stock Take 2022

Annual Stock Take 2022

Please note that staff at the Distribution Centre will be undertaking their annual stocktake from Monday 24th of January until Wednesday the 26th of January, during which time orders will not be processed

#shareastory #worldbookdaywales 2021 competition

Mae treulio deg munud y dydd yn darllen gyda phlentyn yn gwneud gwahaniaeth mawr i'w lwyddiant yn y dyfodol.

Sharing stories is a great way to celebrate reading together on World Book Day 2021. So, we are inviting everyone to join in our story sharing competition.

Post a picture of you sharing a story with your family, your cat or reading at your favourite location!

Remember to tag @Books_Wales and include  #ShareaStory #WorldBookDayWales #lovereading

If you prefer, you can also email the photo to us – cllc.plant@books.wales

Sharing a story could be reading at home with your family, reading in your favourite niche, reading in an unusual setting, sharing a story with your pet, reading a book dressed as your favourite character, and more!

This competition runs from 4–31 March 2021.

Prizes:  The top 5 pictures will win a pile of books worth £30.

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Iechyd Da books scheme to support children’s health and well-being

Iechyd Da books scheme to support children’s health and well-being

The Welsh Government’s Education Minister has launched a new scheme to ensure that all primary schools receive a special pack of books supporting children’s health and well-being.

The Iechyd Da (‘Good Health’) scheme was launched on Wednesday 3 February 2021 during Children’s Mental Health Week.

Working with the Books Council of Wales, the Welsh Government’s Education Department is funding a package of 41 books for every primary school, to help children understand and discuss issues around health and wellbeing.

Every book has been chosen by a panel of experts, and the selection includes both picture books and chapter books suitable for a range of ages between 4 – 11.

The aim is to support schools in dealing with health and well-being topics as part of the new curriculum, and to help teachers discuss these subjects during extremely challenging times.

Officially launching the Iechyd Da scheme, Education Minister Kirsty Williams said: I am delighted to be involved in the launch of the Books Council of Wales’ Iechyd Da project. The Iechyd Da project aims to help address the impact of long-term social distancing and self-isolation, in providing reading books that stimulate conversations and parental engagement on these themes.

“Making sure that all children and young people can share a love of reading is an important part of the work that I do as Minister for Education and I would like to thank the Books Council of Wales for its hard work in developing an interesting series of resources to support teachers and learners in response to the pandemic.” 

In addition to the pack of 41  books, schools will be provided with a comprehensive set of resources with all the material prepared by a network of teachers specialising in children’s literacy, health and wellbeing.

Additional digital resources will also be available on the Welsh Government’s education platform, HWB, during the Spring term. 

Catrin Passmore, Deputy Head at Ysgol Gymraeg Cwmbrân school, said: “These books have been carefully selected and will be an excellent resource in terms of helping pupils to understand themselves, to understand others and to understand the world they live in. The themes in the books include friendship, resilience, self belief, mental health and physical health, and these all very relevant to what we’re going through today.”

Helgard Krause, Chief Executive of the Books Council of Wales, said: “We know how beneficial reading can be in terms of our wellbeing and mental health, and this scheme will help to open the door to conversations with children about quite difficult topics. It’s always important to encourage understanding and conversations like this but now more than ever, and we are delighted to be working with the Welsh Government’s Education Department to make this important project a reality.”

There’s a list of the Welsh and English books included in the Iechyd Da pack on the Books Council’s website and all of the titles are available through local bookshops. Some of the titles are also available as e-books on ffolio.wales.


The Books Council is also involved in the Reading Well Books on Prescription for children scheme which helps children and young people to understand and manage their mental health and wellbeing through reading.

Aimed at Key Stage 2 children, the scheme includes 21 volumes in Welsh and 33 in English which discuss topics such as anxiety and grief, bullying and web safety, and how to deal with events in the news.

Books on the list can be recommended by health and social care professionals, teachers and anyone else working with children and families.

The Reading Well Books on Prescription programme for children has been developed by health professionals as well as children and their families. It’s delivered in Wales by The Reading Agency in partnership with the Welsh Government, public libraries and the Books Council of Wales.