Books we love in June 2022

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A carefully curated collection of our favourite books to enjoy this June. From the end of the world to the wonders of the dinosaurs, there is something for every young reader this month!

  • The Offline Diaries

    Author: Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené Illustrator: Tequitia Andrews and Ruthine Burton
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    Centred around some typical pre-teen issues, including friendship, loyalty, bullying and sibling relationships, the book also sensitively explores the difficult topics of bereavement and parental separation.

  • Armadillo and Hare and the Flamingo Affair

    Author: Jeremy Strong Illustrator: Rebecca Bagley
    Publisher: David Fickling Books
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Grumpy Armadillo and cheerful Hare are best friends, despite being rather different in temperament. In this book, a flamingo moves to the neighbourhood and dazzles everyone with her jazzy colours and wonderful singing, Armadillo tells the story of how his slippers came to be, Hare tells Armadillo all about his tuba, and much cheese is eaten.

  • Baa Baa Black Sheep: Sing Along With Me!

    Author: Yu-Hsuan Huang
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Baa Baa Black Sheep is part of the adorable Sing-Along board book series, which takes traditional songs and nursery rhymes and brings them to interactive life with sliders, tabs and QR codes to listen along online.

  • All to Play For

    Author: Eve Ainsworth Illustrator: Kirsti Beautyman
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8+

    Lewis loves football, but his mum won't let him play. So what will happen when an Ace Academy coach spots him practising and recognises his talent?

  • Future Hero: Race to Fire Mountain

    Author: Remi Blackwood Illustrator: Alicia Robinson
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    Inspired by African mythology, this fast-paced adventure combines magic and futuristic technology to create a compelling fantasy tale, which will leave readers desperate for the next instalment. 

  • Major and Mynah

    Author: Karen Owen
    Publisher: Firefly Press
    Interest age: 6-8

    When random items are being stolen from around the neighbourhood, nine year-old Callie and her best friend Grace set out to catch the thief. The arrival of a stray bird on the scene adds an extra tier of mystery and magic, acquiring Callie’s family a new pet and her detective team a rather unusual sidekick.

  • Woodland Magic: Fox Cub Rescue

    Author: Julie Sykes Illustrator: Katy Riddell
    Publisher: Piccadilly
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Showing how small things can make a big difference, this is a charming story of friendship suffused with a sprinkling of woodland magic and an underlying message about respecting nature.

  • Kate on the Case: The Call of the Silver Wibbler

    Author: Hannah Peck
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    In the latest adventure from Hannah Peck, reporter-in-training Kate and her best friend Rupert, a very anxious mouse, find themselves on a jungle cruise journeying downriver. As their voyage takes them through the jungle, she hears tales of a legendary bird, unseen by human eyes – the mythical Silver Wibbler. This is the scoop Kate’s been waiting for!

  • Ready for Spaghetti

    Author: Michael Rosen
    Publisher: Walker

    The poems are such fun to read out loud and say together that they feel like new classics that will be said and passed down the generations. And the charming llustrations make this a book to get out night after night, day after day.

  • It’s the End of the World and I’m in my Bathing Suit

    Author: Justin Reynolds
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 12-14
    Reading age: 11+

    12 year old Eddie has hatched a foolproof plan. His mum has told him to take care of his own laundry for the summer – but he doesn’t have time to waste doing chores when the sun’s out, so he’s spent the entire holidays hiding his dirty clothes in the closet when he’s done with them instead.

  • Ghosts

    Author: Raina Telgemeier
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8+

    Cat is moving with her family to a new town in Northern California where the colder, wetter climate will be better for her sister Maya’s cystic fibrosis. She’s not overjoyed about leaving her life and friends behind.

  • Small’s Big Dream

    Author: Manjeet Mann Illustrator: Amanda Quartey
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    In Small's world, everything is small – her house, her shoes, her bed – but her dreams are big. Small discovers that when you dream big, anything and everything can happen.

  • Say No to the Dress

    Author: Keren David
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8+

    A refreshingly honest and very funny account of how one girl goes into battle with puberty but works out that a peace treaty is often the best way to resolve conflict. A super-readable format makes the story accessible to a wide range of reading abilities.

  • The Rema Chronicles: Realm of the Blue Mist

    Author: Amy Kim Kibuishi
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 12-14
    Reading age: 11+

    This sumptuously illustrated graphic novel tells the story of Tabetha Simon, a thirteen year old dreamer and doodler who lives with her Mum in a strange version of our world following the death of her Dad. 

  • Zo and the Forest of Secrets

    Author: Alake Pilgrim
    Publisher: Knights Of
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    A futuristic thriller set on the island of Trinidad that is unsettling from the start; a curious mix of cautionary tale, science fiction horror and a study of friendship and trust.  

  • While the Storm Rages

    Author: Phil Earle
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    Inspired by true events, this poignant tale of children determined to protect animals during World War II is a joy to read.

  • Wilder Than Midnight

    Author: Cerrie Burnell
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    Three girls and one complex plan will change life in Silverthorne forever. Wild, inclusive and engrossing.

  • Dinosaurs Rock!

    Author: Dougie Poynter
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8+

    User-friendly infographics and interviews with experts and dinosaur devotees are mixed with a seemingly random selection of thoughts, facts, trivia and jokes to produce a fun-filled dino-handbook. 

  • Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun

    Author: Tola Okogwu
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    Onyeka has always hated her hair so it’s ironic that it should turn out to be the source of a spectacular superpower.

  • One Time

    Author: Sharon Creech Illustrator: Sarah Horne
    Publisher: Guppy Books
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8+

    An inspirational teacher and a neighbour with a welcoming smile open up a world of new possibilities for Gina Filomena.

  • Skandar and the Unicorn Thief

    Author: A. F. Steadman
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    This compelling fantasy adventure, the first in an epic series, is a gripping read. With imaginative characters and an exhilarating plot, readers are transported to a convincing world of fortified forests, spectacular treehouses and ferocious unicorns. Friendship, loyalty and teamwork are at the heart of this novel, which also sensitively explores topics of …

  • A Robot Squashed My Teacher

    Author: Pooja Puri Illustrator: Allen Fatimaharan
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8+

    The story races along at a furious pace, and is packed full of laughs, hilarious antics and imaginative inventions. The short chapters are bursting with black-and-white illustrations, helping readers to visualise the many weird and wonderful gadgets which feature throughout the wacky tale.

  • The Drama Llama: A story about soothing anxiety

    Author: Rachel Morrisroe Illustrator: Ella Okstad
    Publisher: Puffin

    Written in clever rhyming verse, this fun picture book uses humour to tackle big feelings of worry and anxiety.

  • New Baby

    Author: Sarah Shaffi & Isabel Otter Illustrator: Lucy Farfort
    Publisher: Little Tiger

    Bilal and Sofia, who are perhaps around three or four, are excited that Mum – Ammi – is going to have a new baby. Bilal plans to share all his favourite animals with the new baby, and Sofia says she is going to teach the baby how to make rockets.

  • Smile Out Loud: 25 Happy Poems

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Daniel Gray-Barnett
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Joseph Coelho has written the brilliant poems in this book to help children spread happiness. 

  • Daddy Do My Hair: Beth’s Twists

    Author: Tola Okogwu Illustrator: Chanté Timothy
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 4-6
    Reading age: 5+

    Softly rhyming text and glowing, illustrations in this calm, gentle book celebrate an apparently insignificant domestic ritual, which means everything to this father and daughter as they make time for each other. 

  • Sophie Has Lunch

    Author: Ruth Symons Illustrator: Vulli
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    Sophie the giraffe has been transformed into a very cute little illustration, courtesy of Vulli. She’s feeling hungry, which is great – as it’s time for lunch! Join her at the table for a delicious meal in this book specially made for little ones trying their first tastes.

  • The Music in Me

    Author: Sophy Henn
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    The Music in Me uses music and rhythm as a metaphor for emotion, which could be a good way to start a conversation with a child about their feelings and even develop a way to communicate feelings between parent and child using playful sounds.

  • The Dinos on the Bus

    Author: Peter Millett Illustrator: Tony Neal
    Publisher: Ladybird

    A dino-tastic spin on the classic nursery rhyme, The Wheels on the Bus, where little dinos travel up and down, round and round, all through the land.

  • Wanda

    Author: Sihle Nontshokweni and Mathabo Tlali Illustrator: Chantelle and Burgen Thorne
    Publisher: Otter-Barry
    Interest age: 4-6
    Reading age: 4+

    A heart-warming story about learning to love who you are, how you look, and where you come from despite others' opinions.

  • Big Hedgehog and Little Hedgehog Take an Evening Stroll

    Author: Britta Teckentrup
    Publisher: Prestel

    Big Hedgehog and Little Hedgehog are walking home through the forest. It’s getting late and it’s almost time for Little Hedgehog’s bedtime, but Little Hedgehog wants to stop along the way and watch the sun set, the moon rise, smell the wildflowers and visit the owls.

  • The Boy Who Grew a Tree

    Author: Polly Ho-Yen Illustrator: Sojung Kim-McCarthy
    Publisher: Knights Of
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Timi is a quiet little boy who loves to grow plants and is a keen observer of nature. When his mum becomes pregnant, Timi isn’t that happy about being sent to after school club and looked after more by his auntie, since Mum isn’t feeling as energetic as usual. Yet when Mum has the baby early, she has to stay in hospital until Timi’s new baby sister is big en…

  • The Boo! Zoo

    Author: Rod Campbell
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan

    Once again set at a zoo, children get to guess which animal lurks behind each large card flap. Be prepared for lots of enthusiastic yelps from the toddlers reading along, when they spot what looks like an elephant trunk or tiger paws peeking out from beneath! 

  • Tractor Tractor

    Author: Rachael Saunders
    Publisher: Mama Makes Books

    Tractor Tractor is the second book about the humorous goings-on at the Funny Farm, illustrated by Rachael Saunders. Each book has an early-learning concept and Tractor Tractor is all about opposites.

  • Eye Spy

    Author: Ruth Brown
    Publisher: Scallywag Press

    An exceptionally beautiful book, filled with Ruth Brown’s stunning nature paintings, Eye Spy is an original take on the alphabet or learning letters type of book combined with the well-known I Spy game.