Books We Love in November 2022

Hetty and the Battle of the Books

A collection of our favourite books from November 2022

  • Dadaji’s Paintbrush

    Author: Rashmi Sirdeshpande Illustrator: Ruchi Mhasane
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 4-5

    A beautifully tender story about love, art and death, set in India.

    Mae bachgen yn byw mewn pentref bach yn yr India gyda'i dadaji (taid). Maen nhw'n gwneud popeth gyda'i gilydd – o werthu ffrwythau yn y farchnad i hwylio cychod papur. Ond yn fwy na dim, maen nhw wrth eu boddau'n paentio gyda'i gilydd.

  • Pick a Story: A pirate + alien + jungle adventure

    Author: Sarah Coyle Illustrator: Adam Walker-Parker
    Publisher: Farshore
    Interest age: 4-5

    Vincent has lost his dog Trouble at the park and he needs YOUR help. With twists and turns and hilarious characters, Trouble’s fate is completely in your hands. Bringing the fun of choose-your-own-adventure stories to the world of picture books, this energetic interactive book sets up three alternative tales based around pirates, aliens and the jungle.

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  • My Mum is a Spy!

    Author: Andy McNab & Jess French Illustrator: Nathan Reed
    Publisher: Welbeck Flame
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 7+

    Can Idris and Lucía help find the zoo’s missing pangolins? A fun spy adventure with themes of conservation and endangered species.

  • I’m the Bin Lorry Driver

    Author: David Semple
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 4-5
    Reading age: 7+

    Hop aboard the bin lorry and follow a day in the life of a bin lorry driver! A picture book full of prompts and action to engage early learners.

  • The Amazing Edie Eckhart: The Big Trip

    Author: Rosie Jones Illustrator: Natalie Smillie
    Publisher: Hodder
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    This is book two of the Edie Eckhart series, and our heroine Edie has now been at secondary school for one term. After her starring role as Scrooge in the Christmas play she should be feeling great about drama, but she is starting to feel a bit unsure about herself. She’s not sure if she’s definitely gay and whether she can call herself Flora’s girlfriend, t…

  • Adam Wins The Internet

    Author: Adam B Illustrator: James Lancett
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 7-10
    Reading age: 8+

    When lonely kid Adam meets an AI on the internet that promises to make him a famous YouTuber, all his dreams start to come true! But there are some things that money can't buy, and as Adam's popularity skyrockets out of control he must remember what's truly important...

  • Everything Changes

    Author: Clare Helen Walsh Illustrator: Åsa Gilland
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 7+

    A sensitive and compassionately written picture book addressing the difficult emotions children can feel when parents split up.

  • The Unexpected Tale of the Bad Brothers

    Author: Clare Povey
    Publisher: Usborne
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8+

    A madcap race around 1920s Paris to collect clues and ultimately bring down some truly despicable baddies.

  • Girlhood Unfiltered

    Author: Ebinehita Iyere and Milk Honey Bees
    Publisher: Knights Of
    Interest age: 13-14
    Reading age: 12+

    Twenty Black teenage girls reflect on girlhood and its joys and challenges. A powerful and important collection that amplifies the often-unheard voices of Black girls.

  • Rosie Raja: Churchill’s Spy

    Author: Sufiya Ahmed
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Education
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8+

    In war-torn France, who can Rosie trust? A pacy novel starring a brave Anglo-India heroine.

  • Friends are Amazing

    Author: Hughie Higginson and Freddie Xavi Illustrator: Erica Salcedo
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 4-5

    This cheerful, vibrant picture book is a joyful celebration of friendship, exploring why friends are important and identifying some key qualities which make a truly great friend.

  • Stupendous Sports: Fantastic Football

    Author: Robin Bennett Illustrator: Matt Cherry
    Publisher: Firefly Books
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9-11

    Stupendous Sports: Fantastic Football begins with the origins of football in China more than 2000 years ago, followed by its existence later in England as “foteballe” – a rough, violent game which could feature hundreds of players, with goals miles apart and with so much fighting that King Edward II banned it in 1314.

  • My Rhinoceros

    Author: Jon Agee
    Publisher: Scallywag Press
    Interest age: 4-5

    Initially disappointed that his pet rhinoceros isn’t very dynamic, a young boy is astounded when the animal reveals some remarkable hidden talents and saves the day in this quirky, humorous picture book.

  • The Day No One Woke Up

    Author: Polly Ho-Yen
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9-11

    A tense and intriguing sci-fi mystery that’s creepy and unnerving with one or two genuinely spine-tingling moments.

  • Little People, Big Dreams: Wilma Mankiller

    Author: Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara Illustrator: Alexandra Bowman
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 6+

    This is the story of the incredible life of Wilma Mankiller, the first female leader of the Cherokee Nation and dedicated activist and eco-warrior. This brightly illustrated picture book is sure to be read and re-read for years to come. 

  • The World of Peter Rabbit: Hide and Seek!

    Author: Rachel Bright Illustrator: Nicola Kinnear
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 4-5

    Everyone’s favourite rabbit in a blue jacket is back – and this time, he’s using all of his ingenuity to outwit his old enemy, Mr Tod the fox.

  • Alice Éclair Spy Extraordinaire: A Recipe for Trouble

    Author: Sarah Todd Taylor
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8+

    By day, 13-year-old Alice Éclair is a skilled baker, but by night, she is a spy. In this thrilling adventure, set in 1930s France, she must combine her skills as she embarks on a dangerous mission aboard a luxury steam train. 

  • Martha Maps it Out

    Author: Leigh Hodgkinson
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 4-5
    Reading age: 7+

    Martha loves making maps! In this charming and original picture book, follow Martha as she takes you on a tour of her world and shares her hopes and dreams for the future.

    Gan gyfuno labeli ffeithiol â manylion difyr yn benodol i sefyllfa Martha ei hun, mae hwn yn llyfr sy'n cynnig dysgu heb fod yn drwm a neges bositif am freuddwydio'n fawr. 

  • The Curse of the Tomb Robbers

    Author: Andy Seed Illustrator: James Weston Lewis
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9-11

    This clever picture book aimed at older primary readers combines an adventure story with a series of hieroglyph codes to crack, with a comprehensive fold-out guide to hieroglyph meanings and letters at the back of the book. 

  • Hazel Hill is Gonna Win This One

    Author: Maggie Horne
    Publisher: Firefly Press
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 10+

    Hazel attempts to make friends for the first time, and to challenge the behaviour of a boy in her class. An inspiring read.  

  • When You Joined Our Family

    Author: Harriet Evans Illustrator: Nia Tudor
    Publisher: Little Tiger
    Interest age: 4-5

    A heart-warming exploration of the adoption journey full of beautiful, inclusive illustrations.

  • The Extincts

    Author: Veronica Cossanteli
    Publisher: Chicken House
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 8+

    George loves helping out at Wormestall Farm, a secret sanctuary for exinct and mythical beasts, where unlikely things are always happening.

  • Einstein the Penguin: The Case of the Fishy Detective

    Author: Iona Rangeley Illustrator: David Tazzyman
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 7+

    When penguins Einstein and Isaac are kidnapped while filming a fishfinger advert, siblings Imogen and Arthur turn detective to track them down.

  • You Don’t Know What War Is: the diary of a young girl from Ukraine

    Author: Yeva Skalietska Translator: Cindy Joseph-Pearson
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    Twelve-year-old Yeva’s diary from the early days of the Russian-Ukrainian war, showing how war affects ordinary people.

  • An Unexpected Thing

    Author: Ashling Lindsay
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    Interest age: 4-5

    Fred is afraid of lots of things: menacing shadows, things that may or may not lurk under the bed, and especially unexpected things. So, when a black disc appears in the sky, Fred is instantly afraid of it.

  • SuperJoe does NOT say sorry

    Author: Michael Catchpool Illustrator: Emma Proctor
    Publisher: Lantana
    Interest age: 4-5

    SuperJoe thinks he has no time to say sorry to his family for the mess he’s made. But what happens when he wakes up his baby sister? A super read!

  • Time Travel at Puddle Lane

    Author: Emma Shevah Illustrator: Laura Catalán
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Education
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 7+

    Siblings Ariella and Yosef are transported back in time to Georgian London, where they must save the life of a young girl before they are able to return home.

  • Zeki Rise and Shine

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Ruth Hearson
    Publisher: Alanna Max
    Interest age: 2-3

    Rise and shine, it’s time to wake up for little Zeki. Follow little Zeki as he gets ready with Mummy and Daddy for a morning of fun and adventure.

  • Our Tower

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Richard Johnson
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    Interest age: 4-5

    Three children find the magic in their tower block – showing that nature and adventure is for everyone. A beautifully illustrated, lyrically told story.

    Wedi'i ysgrifennu mewn sigl odledig telynegol, mae hwn yn ddathliad o bawb sy'n byw mewn blociau o fflatiau ac ar stadau.

  • The Chestnut Roaster

    Author: Eve McDonnell
    Publisher: Everything With Words
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    A refreshingly original mystery thriller set in 19th century Paris featuring Piaf; a girl with a unique mind who battles to find missing children and lost memories in the labyrinth below the city.

  • Honesty and Lies

    Author: Eloise Williams
    Publisher: Firefly
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    Highlighting the huge chasm separating the experiences of the richest and poorest in Tudor England, this dual narrative, historical thriller is packed with political intrigue but also with the harsh reality of daily existence.

  • Hetty and the Battle of the Books

    Author: Anna James Illustrator: Jez Tuya
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9-11

    Hetty is a bookworm, and her favourite place at school is the library. In fact, she’s been spending even more time there than she might usually, because she’s fallen out with her best friends Mei, Ali and Rocket and it feels like a safe place to be.

  • Just Like Grandpa Jazz

    Author: Tarah L Gear Illustrator: Mirna Imamović
    Publisher: Owlet Press
    Interest age: 2-3

    Frank and his grandpa have different coloured skin – but they both love exactly the same things!

  • Creeping Beauty

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Freya Hartas
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 7+

    Can Eshe and the queen stop Creeping Beauty from taking over all of Mythica with her vines and thorns? Original, fun and deliciously magical.