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Books we love in August 2021

Truly Tyler

From an interview with a shark to a very bad panda, explore our pick of the very best children's books in August 2021.

  • I Love Tractors

    Author: Davina Bell Illustrator: Jenny Løvlie

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • I Love Tractors

    Author: Davina Bell Illustrator: Jenny Løvlie

    Interest level: 2-5

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    A book about a young boy’s fondness of tractors that is also a beautiful ode to libraries and the love of reading. 

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  • Big

    Author: Sav Akyüz

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • Big

    Author: Sav Akyüz

    Interest level: 2-5

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    A young boy wishes he was big like his older brother. Sav Akyüz has created a beautifully illustrated, mostly wordless story.…

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  • Book Hospital

    Author: Leigh Hodgkinson

    Interest level: 3-6

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  • Book Hospital

    Author: Leigh Hodgkinson

    Interest level: 3-6

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    Leigh Hodgkinson’s delightful picture book about the very real perils of being a much loved and re-read book is both hilarious and…

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  • I Spy Island

    Author: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • I Spy Island

    Author: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

    Interest level: 4-5

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    This is the first funny tale in an entertaining series of picture books about this merry band of characters. A delightful celebrat…

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  • Mooncat and Me

    Author: Lydia Corry

    Interest level: 4-6

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  • Mooncat and Me

    Author: Lydia Corry

    Interest level: 4-6

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    A perfect book to share with a little one who might be nervous about starting school or moving house, Mooncat and Me is …

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  • Sunflower Sisters

    Author: Monika Singh Gangotra Illustrator: Michaela Dias-Hayes

    Interest level: 3-8

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  • Sunflower Sisters

    Author: Monika Singh Gangotra Illustrator: Michaela Dias-Hayes

    Interest level: 3-8

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    The beautiful Sunflower Sisters pays tribute to cultural traditions and celebrations and also gently explores colourism (also…

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  • The Bookshop Cat

    Author: Cindy Wume

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • The Bookshop Cat

    Author: Cindy Wume

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Cindy Wume’s utterly delightful story about a cute little children’s bookshop and a book-loving cat is a perfect cosy read. Cat fa…

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  • Bad Panda

    Author: Swapna Haddow Illustrator: Sheena Dempsey

    Interest level: 7-10

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Bad Panda

    Author: Swapna Haddow Illustrator: Sheena Dempsey

    Interest level: 7-10

    Reading age: 8+

    If being good gets you sent to a zoo thousands of miles from home, maybe being bad will get you sent back? Anyone who’s ever …

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  • Llama on a Mission

    Author: Annabelle Sami Illustrator: Allen Fatimaharan

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Llama on a Mission

    Author: Annabelle Sami Illustrator: Allen Fatimaharan

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 8+

    After seven years of refusing to speak a word, ten-year-old Yasmin must now learn how to use her voice effectively, helped by a se…

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  • A Dinosaur Ate My Sister

    Author: Pooja Puri Illustrator: Allen Fatimaharan

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • A Dinosaur Ate My Sister

    Author: Pooja Puri Illustrator: Allen Fatimaharan

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Genius inventor Esha Verma is on the brink of winning the Brain Trophy, when she accidentally sends her sister back to the age of …

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  • Hurricane Child

    Author: Kacen Callender

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Hurricane Child

    Author: Kacen Callender

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

    Caroline’s mother has gone and left an aching hole in her life. When new girl Kalinda arrives on the island, Caroline falls in lov…

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  • Last Gate of the Emperor

    Author: Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel Makonnen

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Last Gate of the Emperor

    Author: Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel Makonnen

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    This compelling tale is set in Addis Prime, a dystopian city which is strictly controlled by the Authority. Combining element…

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  • The Crackledawn Dragon

    Author: Abi Elphinstone

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Crackledawn Dragon

    Author: Abi Elphinstone

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    The third book in the Unmapped Kingdoms series reads very well on its own or as part of the series, with all of Elphinstone’s…

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  • The Soup Movement

    Author: Ben Davies

    Interest level: 10-13

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Soup Movement

    Author: Ben Davies

    Interest level: 10-13

    Reading age: 10+

    Jordan is in remission from cancer but finding it difficult to make friends at his new school. One day, he gives a homeless man so…

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  • The Summer I Robbed a Bank

    Author: David O'Doherty Illustrator: Chris Judge

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Summer I Robbed a Bank

    Author: David O'Doherty Illustrator: Chris Judge

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

    Rex is not the sort of person to rob a bank... until he's sent to stay with his Uncle Derm for the summer! Expect high jinks, clos…

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  • Wave Riders

    Author: Lauren St John

    Interest level: 10-13

    Reading age: 9+ years

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  • Wave Riders

    Author: Lauren St John

    Interest level: 10-13

    Reading age: 9+ years

    Twins Jess and Jude wake one morning to find their yacht adrift and their guardian missing. Packed with half-truths, deception, re…

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  • Wolfstongue

    Author: Sam Thompson Illustrator: Anna Tromop

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Wolfstongue

    Author: Sam Thompson Illustrator: Anna Tromop

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    Silas finds it hard to speak, especially at school, where bullies taunt him for his difficulty. One day, he meets a talking wolf, …

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  • Girl (In Real Life)

    Author: Tamsin Winter

    Interest level: 11-14

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Girl (In Real Life)

    Author: Tamsin Winter

    Interest level: 11-14

    Reading age: 9+

    Lots of teenagers are embarrassed by their parents but when yours vlog about everything in your life, including your first period,…

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  • Musical Truth

    Author: Jeffrey Boakye Illustrator: Ngadi Smart

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Musical Truth

    Author: Jeffrey Boakye Illustrator: Ngadi Smart

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    A concise and passionate exploration of Modern Black British history through 28 songs that changed British culture forever.

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  • The Climbers

    Author: Keith Gray

    Interest level: 12-15

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Climbers

    Author: Keith Gray

    Interest level: 12-15

    Reading age: 8+

    This punchy and exciting thriller explores status, friendship and potentially deadly rivalry – and shows how saving face at a…

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  • Truly Tyler

    Author: Terri Libenson

    Interest level: 12-15

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Truly Tyler

    Author: Terri Libenson

    Interest level: 12-15

    Reading age: 11+

    Tyler is used to being one of the most popular boys in school, so when he teams up with quiet, shy Emmie to draw a comic for a sch…

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