Happy World Book Day UK – and happy book birthdays!

It’s World Book Day UK today and it’s also the book birthday of so many fabulous books, so buckle in and get ready for some amazing titles that are available today!

Sophy Henn – Almost Anything

George can’t roller-skate, George can’t paint, and George most certainly can’t dance! But Bear thinks that, with a little help, George can do all these things – and more! And, luckily for George, Bear has just a little magic to help . . . Sophy Henn’s magical new book, Almost Anything, is sure to be a hit with all ages. Get your own copy here, and you can stay up to date with all of Sophy’s news on Twitter @sophyhenn

Jon Burgerman – How to Eat Pizza

How do YOU eat pizza? What, you don’t know? Oh, come on, it’s really easy and this hilariously tasty book will show you how! Bright colours and lots of visual gags provide one hilarious introduction to a range of fantastic food – and will even encourage children to eat fruit and vegetables! This book about one of the best foods around is a laugh out loud feast for the senses, and you can grab your own copy here. For more laughs, follow Jon on Twitter @jonburgerman

Sarah Todd Taylor, illustrated by Nicola Kinnear – Max the Theatre Cat and the Disappearing Diva

This picture does not do the beautiful foil cover of this book any justice at all – but Max, chief mouse-hunter at the Theatre Royal, is up to his whiskers in his first mystery and deserves such a wonderful cover! Max is a pampered cat, used to the finer things in life, until a fun mouse chase goes badly wrong and he finds himself scruffy and alone and hiding out at the Theatre Royal. It’s here that Max takes on his first case as a detective cat, when he notices that famous singer Madame Emerald is acting strangely. Why is her maid so terrified? And what kind of singer doesn’t like to sing in public? Soon Max is trapped in a complicated web of crime, dashing round dancers’ legs and over the rooftops of London in a race to catch a clever thief…you can find out what happens to Max here and see more of Nicola’s illustrations on Twitter @Nicola_Ella

Meg McLaren – Pigeon P.I.

Out in paperback today, Pigeon P.I. tells the tell of pigeon private investigator Murray who just wants to take things easy. But when kind-hearted Vee starts to sing like a canary (after all, she is a canary) he can’t hold out. Murray agrees to find the feather thief who has kidnapped her friends, but his change of heart comes too late: now Vee herself has gone missing. Can Murray find the mysterious feather thief and save his new friend, or is her goose cooked? You can solve the mystery here, and see exclusive behind the scenes drawings on Meg’s Twitter, @tinyrexwrecks.

Karl Newson, illustrated by Anuska Allepuz – A Bear Is A Bear

When one sleepy bear wakes up early from his winter sleep, he’s confused. Is he a bird? Or a moose? A fox perhaps? Or even a squirrel? No! He’s definitely a bear, and it’s time this bear went back to sleep . . . In the middle of the snow, it’s the perfect time to hibernate with this beautiful book and enjoy its amazing illustrations. You can lay your hands on it here, and see more of Anuska’s lovely work on Instagram @anuskaallepuz

Tom Moorehouse, illustrated by Holly Swain – Toad in Troubled Water

Teejay (which stands for Toad Junior), Mo and Ratty are fishing on the riverbank when their peace is disturbed by Toad’s out of control river cruiser. Toad is obsessed with following some rather dubious treasure-hunt clues but who is setting the clues and why are they so keen to keep Toad away from Toad Hall? As the shady operations of the stoats and weasels continues, it’s up to Toad’s loyal friends to guide him out of troubled waters and keep his dignity intact! Featuring stylish two colour illustrations from Holly Swain, you can get your own copy here and see more of Holly’s illustrations on Twitter @hollyswainuk