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Books we love in June 2021

How To Be Me

Explore our pick of the best children's books in June 2021: from a picture book about familiar temper tantrums to a funny comic book about a magical pencil.

  • A Song of Gladness

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Emily Gravett

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 6+

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  • A Song of Gladness

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Emily Gravett

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 6+

    Inspired by Michael Morpurgo’s own thoughts about the Covid-19 pandemic and his real-life conversations with the blackbird in his …

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  • Busy Day: Farmer

    Author: Dan Green

    Interest level: 1-3

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  • Busy Day: Farmer

    Author: Dan Green

    Interest level: 1-3

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    Busy Day: Farmer follows a farmer over the course of the day and finishes with him tucked up in bed. Described as "action pla…

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  • Cardboard Cowboys

    Author: Brian Conaghan

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Cardboard Cowboys

    Author: Brian Conaghan

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 10+

    One day, 12-year-old Lenny meets Bruce, a homeless man, and they strike up an unusual friendship. With the feel of a modern-day cl…

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  • Dragon World

    Author: Tamara Macfarlane Illustrator: Alessandra Fusi

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Dragon World

    Author: Tamara Macfarlane Illustrator: Alessandra Fusi

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Dragons have existed in mythology for centuries, and this marvellous collection of stories, legends and traditions from around the…

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  • Earth’s Aquarium

    Author: Alexander Kaufman Illustrator: Mariana Rodrigues

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Earth’s Aquarium

    Author: Alexander Kaufman Illustrator: Mariana Rodrigues

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    This stunning non-fiction picture book explores a diverse range of aquatic environments, from coral reefs to mudflats. 

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  • Fred Gets Dressed

    Author: Peter Brown

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Fred Gets Dressed

    Author: Peter Brown

    Interest level: 3-5

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    Like many boys and girls, Fred is having a brilliant time exploring Mum’s dressing table and makeup bag, and inspires everyon…

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  • How To Be Me

    Author: Cath Howe

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • How To Be Me

    Author: Cath Howe

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    Since Mum died, Lucas's Dad is just so busy all the time. And just when he thinks things can't get any worse, his dad signs him up…

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  • I Know You Did It

    Author: Sue Wallman

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 12+

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  • I Know You Did It

    Author: Sue Wallman

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 12+

    Ruby's hoping for a fresh start at her new school – and that no one will know she was involved in a little girl's death many years…

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  • Just Like Me

    Author: Louise Gooding Illustrator: Caterina delli Carri and Angel Chang and Cathy Hookey and Melissa Iwai

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Just Like Me

    Author: Louise Gooding Illustrator: Caterina delli Carri and Angel Chang and Cathy Hookey and Melissa Iwai

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

    The author (who has ADHD) sets out to prove to neurodivergent (and all) children that you can overcome any potential limitations o…

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  • Maybe…

    Author: Chris Haughton

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Maybe…

    Author: Chris Haughton

    Interest level: 3-5

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    A cautionary tale about pushing boundaries that strikes a perfect balance between indulging in naughtiness and listening to wise a…

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  • Something I Said

    Author: Ben Bailey Smith

    Interest level: 10-13

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Something I Said

    Author: Ben Bailey Smith

    Interest level: 10-13

    Reading age: 10+

    A career in comedy or the respect of your family and friends: if you had to choose, which would it be? Car’s story is a great…

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  • The Boys

    Author: Lauren Ace Illustrator: Jenny Lovlie

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

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  • The Boys

    Author: Lauren Ace Illustrator: Jenny Lovlie

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

    This inclusive picture book is very much centred on presenting an alternative to outdated representations of masculinity, and remi…

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  • The Lipstick

    Author: Laura Dockrill Illustrator: Maria Karipidou

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 6+

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  • The Lipstick

    Author: Laura Dockrill Illustrator: Maria Karipidou

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 6+

    A boy finds his mum’s lipstick and decides it will brighten up the house. Most families will identify with the “drawing on the wal…

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  • The Swallows’ Flight

    Author: Hilary McKay

    Interest level: 10-13

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Swallows’ Flight

    Author: Hilary McKay

    Interest level: 10-13

    Reading age: 10+

    Hilary McKay’s ultimately uplifting Second World War story is full of brilliant characterisation, reflecting the experiences of yo…

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  • Together

    Author: Emma Dodd

    Interest level: 1-3

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  • Together

    Author: Emma Dodd

    Interest level: 1-3

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    A heartwarming and beautifully illustrated board book that celebrates love and togetherness – an ideal "end of the day" shared rea…

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  • Weirdo

    Author: Zadie Smith and Nick Laird Illustrator: Magenta Fox

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Weirdo

    Author: Zadie Smith and Nick Laird Illustrator: Magenta Fox

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 6+

    A judo-wearing guinea pig is called "Weirdo" by the other pets in their new family home, but learns to reclaim the title. A l…

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  • When the Sky Falls

    Author: Phil Earle

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 10+

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  • When the Sky Falls

    Author: Phil Earle

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 10+

    It's the Second World War and while everyone else is evacuated to the countryside, 12-year-old Joseph ends up in the city with a w…

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