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Books We Love in November 2020

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Here's our pick of the best new children's books in November 2020.

  • Pirate Stew

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Chris Riddell

    Interest level: 4-8

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  • Pirate Stew

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Chris Riddell

    Interest level: 4-8

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    A little boy and his sister are surprised to say the least when their babysitter turns out to be a huge, bearded pirate - and he's…

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  • Dog Gone

    Author: Rob Biddulph

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Dog Gone

    Author: Rob Biddulph

    Interest level: 4-5

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    When Edward Pugglesworth loses his owner, Dave, in the woods, he's sure he's done for - but maybe his dog walk hasn't gone as wron…

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  • Who's Your Real Mum?

    Author: Bernadette Green Illustrator: Anna Zobel

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Who's Your Real Mum?

    Author: Bernadette Green Illustrator: Anna Zobel

    Interest level: 4-5

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    This warm, imaginative picture book has a clear message that, with same sex parents, both mums or dads are childrens’ “real” paren…

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  • The Little War Cat

    Author: Hiba Noor Khan Illustrator: Laura Chamberlain

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • The Little War Cat

    Author: Hiba Noor Khan Illustrator: Laura Chamberlain

    Interest level: 4-5

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    With stunningly emotive illustrations, this is an accessibly and inspiring story for 4-5 year olds showing how hope and kindness c…

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  • I Really Want to Shout!

    Author: Simon Philip Illustrator: Lucia Gaggiotti

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • I Really Want to Shout!

    Author: Simon Philip Illustrator: Lucia Gaggiotti

    Interest level: 4-5

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    A brilliant picture book about anger with clever rhymes, a repeated refrain and rib-ticklingly funny illustrations which are insta…

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  • Today I'm Strong

    Author: Nadiya Hussain Illustrator: Ella Bailey

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Today I'm Strong

    Author: Nadiya Hussain Illustrator: Ella Bailey

    Interest level: 4-5

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    This little girl usually loves going to school - but some days, she tells her tiger friend, school feels sad and she just wants to…

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  • What We'll Build

    Author: Oliver Jeffers

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • What We'll Build

    Author: Oliver Jeffers

    Interest level: 4-5

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    A girl and her father make plans to build a glorious future together, discussing all the amazing things they will make - from migh…

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  • An Engineer Like Me

    Author: Dr Shini Somara Illustrator: Nadja Sarell

    Interest level: 4-8

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  • An Engineer Like Me

    Author: Dr Shini Somara Illustrator: Nadja Sarell

    Interest level: 4-8

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    Zara is fascinated by the world around her - how do planes stay up? How do rollercoaster go upside down? Why don't skyscrapers fal…

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  • War Horse

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Tom Clohosy Cole

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • War Horse

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Tom Clohosy Cole

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    A new picture book version of Michael Morpurgo’s classic children’s novel War Horse, this shortened, illustrated version is full o…

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  • You're A Star Lolo

    Author: Niki Daly

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • You're A Star Lolo

    Author: Niki Daly

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

    Set in South Africa, this lively collection of four short stories featuring a loveable, sparky heroine is perfect for young reader…

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  • Skunk and Badger

    Author: Amy Timberlake Illustrator: Jon Klassen

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Skunk and Badger

    Author: Amy Timberlake Illustrator: Jon Klassen

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

    A quirky, eccentric, illustrated story about unlikely friendships and stepping out of your comfort zone. Ideal for reading aloud t…

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  • The New Girl

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Cathy Fisher

    Interest level: 6-8

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  • The New Girl

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Cathy Fisher

    Interest level: 6-8

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    A new girl joins the class, but the other children laugh and shout at her as she doesn't look like them and speaks a different lan…

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  • Making Friends

    Author: Amanda McCardie Illustrator: Colleen Larmour

    Interest level: 4-8

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  • Making Friends

    Author: Amanda McCardie Illustrator: Colleen Larmour

    Interest level: 4-8

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    Sukie's nervous about her first day at a new school - but little acts of kindness from the other children help her forget her worr…

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  • Diamonds

    Author: Armin Greder

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Diamonds

    Author: Armin Greder

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    When her mother puts on a new pair of diamond earrings, Carolina is curious about where they came from. What follows is a hard-hit…

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  • Be Plastic Clever

    Author: Amy and Ella Meek

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Be Plastic Clever

    Author: Amy and Ella Meek

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    An empowering book by the founders of Kids Fight Plastic on how we can live a more eco-friendly lifestyle and reduce our everyday …

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  • My Life as a Cat

    Author: Carlie Sorosiak

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • My Life as a Cat

    Author: Carlie Sorosiak

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Leonard isn’t a cat; he is an alien who has fallen to earth and he needs to get home. So Olive sets out on a road trip to get her …

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  • World Burn Down

    Author: Steve Cole Illustrator: Oriol Vidal

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • World Burn Down

    Author: Steve Cole Illustrator: Oriol Vidal

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Carlos' mum has made some powerful enemies in her job protecting the Amazon rainforest - and when they capture Carlos for ransom, …

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  • The Midnight Guardians

    Author: Ross Montgomery

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Midnight Guardians

    Author: Ross Montgomery

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    When Col is evacuated, his sister Rose stays behind in London to help with the war effort. But when he learns Rose is in danger, C…

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  • The Monsters of Rookhaven

    Author: Pádraig Kenny Illustrator: Edward Bettison

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • The Monsters of Rookhaven

    Author: Pádraig Kenny Illustrator: Edward Bettison

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Mirabelle and her family of monsters live in the gothic mansion of Rookhaven, hidden from the human world by a magical glamour. Bu…

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  • Red Stars

    Author: Davide Morosinotto Translator: Denise Muir

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Red Stars

    Author: Davide Morosinotto Translator: Denise Muir

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    Twins Viktor and Nadya are separated when Nazi forces attack the Soviet Union - but they'll risk everything to find each other aga…

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  • Windrush Child

    Author: Benjamin Zephaniah

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Windrush Child

    Author: Benjamin Zephaniah

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    This is the story of Leonard, who travels with his mother from Jamaica to England after the Second World War. Benjamin Zephaniah s…

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