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Books we love in October 2020

Jonathan the Magic Pony

Explore our pick of the top new children's titles in October 2020.

  • A Story About Afiya

    Author: James Berry Illustrator: Anna Cunha

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • A Story About Afiya

    Author: James Berry Illustrator: Anna Cunha

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Afiya’s fine black skin contrasts beautifully with her flowing white dress, as she skips through the landscape and encounters a va…

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  • Be Kind

    Author: Pat Zietlow Miller Illustrator: Jen Hill

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Be Kind

    Author: Pat Zietlow Miller Illustrator: Jen Hill

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Tanisha is so embarrassed when she spills grape juice on her dress at school, but the little girl telling the story thinks of lots…

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  • Jonathan the Magic Pony

    Author: Stuart Heritage Illustrator: Nicola Slater

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • Jonathan the Magic Pony

    Author: Stuart Heritage Illustrator: Nicola Slater

    Interest level: 2-5

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    Jonathan the pony has been practicing his magic tricks and he's ready to show the world! But things don't quite go to plan, and wh…

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  • Rapunzel to the Rescue

    Author: Lucy Rowland Illustrator: Katy Halford

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Rapunzel to the Rescue

    Author: Lucy Rowland Illustrator: Katy Halford

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

    Expecting the story of the princess trapped in a high tower? Well, this Rapunzel sets out to rescue a prince being kept prisoner b…

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  • Robo-Babies

    Author: Laura Gallagher Illustrator: Nicci Martin

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Robo-Babies

    Author: Laura Gallagher Illustrator: Nicci Martin

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

    A thoughtful and entertaining, robot-themed, picture book for early years and preschool children that can serve as a foundation fo…

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  • Baller Boys

    Author: Venessa Taylor Illustrator: Kenneth Ghann

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Baller Boys

    Author: Venessa Taylor Illustrator: Kenneth Ghann

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

    The big football trial to join All Cultures United is coming up, and football-crazy besties Shay and Frankie can't wait to join th…

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  • Pretend Cows

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Cathy Fisher

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Pretend Cows

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Cathy Fisher

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    When Maxy's beloved herd of cows has to be killed for suspected disease, Maxy refuses to believe they're gone, choosing instead to…

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  • The Goody

    Author: Lauren Child

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • The Goody

    Author: Lauren Child

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

    Chirton is an angelic child who helps out, eats his greens and looks after his little sister Myrtle. Myrtle, however, is very naug…

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  • The Monster Doctor

    Author: John Kelly

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • The Monster Doctor

    Author: John Kelly

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

    There's chaos at the local monster doctor's surgery - so Ozzy steps in to help out. It's one calamity after another in this f…

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  • Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright!

    Author: Various (selected by Fiona Waters) Illustrator: Britta Teckentrup

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright!

    Author: Various (selected by Fiona Waters) Illustrator: Britta Teckentrup

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 6+

    A lavishly illustrated, hardback gift book with an animal poem for every day of the year.

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  • Boy, Everywhere

    Author: A. M. Dassu

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Boy, Everywhere

    Author: A. M. Dassu

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    The story of Sami, a Syrian boy who is forced to leave his home with nothing when war strikes. 

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  • October, October

    Author: Katya Balen

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • October, October

    Author: Katya Balen

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    October has a happy life living with her dad in the forest - but when Dad gets injured in an accident, she's forced to go and live…

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  • Shoe Wars

    Author: Liz Pichon

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Shoe Wars

    Author: Liz Pichon

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    A madcap adventure packed with loathsome baddies, absurd inventions and heroic deeds from underequipped underdogs. Could the futur…

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  • The Midnight Swan

    Author: Catherine Fisher

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Midnight Swan

    Author: Catherine Fisher

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    This gripping conclusion to the compelling Clockwork Crow magical trilogy is set in a dream-like fantasy world, reminiscent of Ali…

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  • The Night Bus Hero

    Author: Onjali Q. Raúf

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Night Bus Hero

    Author: Onjali Q. Raúf

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    Hector is a bully who reports an innocent homeless man to the police because he thinks he's probably responsible for a spate of th…

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  • Cane Warriors

    Author: Alex Wheatle

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Cane Warriors

    Author: Alex Wheatle

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    This story is inspired by a real life rebellion in British-owned slave plantations in Jamaica in 1760. Moa has spent his entire li…

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  • I, Ada

    Author: Julia Gray

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • I, Ada

    Author: Julia Gray

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Ada Lovelace is widely regarded as the world's first computer programmer, but did you know she also had a part to play in the hist…

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  • Witch

    Author: Finbar Hawkins

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Witch

    Author: Finbar Hawkins

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    After their mother is murdered by witch-hunters, fifteen year old Evey and her little sister Dill must flee their home and find sa…

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