Books we love in September 2022

The Treekeepers

A collection of books we think children will love this month!

  • Birdsong

    Author: Katya Balen Illustrator: Richard Johnson
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8-9

    Annie has been silent and furious since she injured her arm in an accident. Can the blackbirds’ song help her get in touch with her feelings? A super-readable format makes the story accessible to a wide range of reading abilities.

  • Picture Perfect

    Author: Serena Patel Illustrator: Louise Forshaw
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 6-8

    Sonal has a photo project to do for school, and she’s chosen the theme of ‘family’. However, getting a nice family photo of everyone proves to be impossible: her brother Jay is always gaming, Mum and Dad never stop checking their phones for work emails and Sonal’s sister Reena keeps lecturing everyone about climate change from behind her laptop. Plus, the fa…

  • This is Not a Dinosaur

    Author: Barry Timms Illustrator: Ged Adamson
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 4-5
    Reading age: 4-5

    Join a young boy and his new friend – who is absolutely NOT a dinosaur – on a whirlwind journey of discovery, as they perform magic tricks, scale mountains and go deep-sea-diving.

  • Achoo!

    Author: Simon Philip Illustrator: Nathan Reed
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 4-5
    Reading age: 4-5

    Everyone knows that it’s good manners to cover your nose when you do a great big sneeze. Or do they? One day, Sid forgets this very important rule and out of his nose flies none other than an elephant in a canoe! It’s not long before Sid is sneezing again and with every sneeze, something even wackier and wilder appears.

  • Mirabelle and the Naughty Bat Kittens

    Author: Harriet Muncaster
    Publisher: Oxford
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6-8

    Mirabelle is half fairy and half witch (even her hair is black on one side and purple on the other) and, though she goes to a witch school, she can’t resist sparkly things. Perhaps because of her fairy genes, Mirabelle is also a little bit prone to getting into mischief every now and again, which wins her no points with strict Miss Spindlewick or class …

  • The Hat Full of Secrets

    Author: Karl Newson Illustrator: Wazza Pink
    Publisher: Little Tiger
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6-8

    Henry has a secret and doesn’t want to tell anyone about it. Luckily, Grandad can relate, and gives Henry a special hat where he has kept all his secrets over the years. But when all of Grandad’s wishes (written on luggage labels) escape, he and Henry go looking for them in all the places where they were made. In doing so, Grandad tells Henry the wonderful s…

  • Maya’s Walk

    Author: Moira Butterfield Illustrator: Kim Geyer
    Publisher: Oxford
    Interest age: 2-3
    Reading age: 2-3

    Maya loves walking. There are so many different types of walk to enjoy: walks where she and her parent listen to the sounds around them: birds singing, people talking, dogs barking. Then there are walks where Maya can smell the different smells: the earthy goodness of soil, the perfume of flowers and a blade of grass rubbed in your hand.

  • Black in Time

    Author: Alison Hammond and Emma Norry Illustrator: Tinuke Fagborun
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9-11

    This fabulous non-fiction book showcases the achievements of an array of remarkable Black Britons, from the Roman Empire to the twentieth century. While some names may be familiar, many are not, demonstrating that people of colour are woefully under-represented in the history books. This volume seeks to redress the balance, and readers will learn about extra…

  • Into Goblyn Wood

    Author: Anna Kemp Illustrator: David Wyatt
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9-11

    Hazel is in a race against time to rescue her friend, Pete, from the monsters who’ve kidnapped him in this exciting, quirky fantasy adventure. 

  • Lift-the-flap Questions and Answers about Racism

    Author: Jordan Akpojaro Illustrator: Ashley Evans
    Publisher: Usborne
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6-8

    Split into eight sections, this addition to Usborne’s appealing lift-the-flap nonfiction series of books tackles a weighty and yet important issue: racism.

  • Circus Maximus: Race to the Death

    Author: Annelise Gray
    Publisher: Zephyr
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 6-8

    In the exhilarating but brutal world of chariot racing the rewards are huge but so is the death-toll. This is the background to Dido’s quest for victory and justice; she must win, her life depends on it.

  • The Circles in the Sky

    Author: Karl James Mountford
    Publisher: Walker
    Interest age: 4-5
    Reading age: 3-4

    Beautifully written and illustrated, this moving story is a sensitive way to talk about death with little ones. 

  • Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Taking the Blame

    Author: Louie Stowell
    Publisher: Walker
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8-9

    Can Loki – god of mischief and prankster schoolboy – convince everyone that he didn’t steal Thor’s hammer? Bursting with illustrations, doodles and comic strips, this is an equally funny sequel to the hilarious Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good.

  • The Dragon in the Bookshop

    Author: Ewa Jozefkowicz
    Publisher: Zephyr
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9-11

    An intriguing mixture of contemporary life and Polish folk tale that explores the desolation and trauma of losing a parent and how one boy finds his way back to his friends and family – by rescuing a desperate city from an angry, and very hungry, dragon.

  • The Elemental Detectives

    Author: Patrice Lawrence
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8-9

    A thrilling adventure, where two Black children battle Elemental spirits to save Georgian London from a sleeping sickness. Inventive and packed with adventure and accessible historical detail.

  • 10 Cats

    Author: Emily Gravett
    Publisher: Two Hoots
    Interest age: 2-3
    Reading age: 2-3

    A white-furred mummy cat has nine kittens: two are black, three have stripes and four have patches. Yet, while she sleeps, the naughty kittens get into three pots of paint: one red, one yellow and one blue.

  • Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush

    Author: Patrice Lawrence Illustrator: Camilla Sucre
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6-8

    Ava must dress up as someone she admires for a school project, but can’t decide who to be, so Granny offers to help. As they search for inspiration in Granny’s trunk of clothes, Ava is intrigued when she finds a small, cardboard suitcase, containing four objects: an empty jar, a pebble, a small blue hat and a pair of delicate lace gloves. Granny shares the p…

  • Kitty Quest: Trial by Tentacle

    Author: Phil Corbett
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 6-8

    As the only two members of the ancient Guild of Kitquaroo, brave warrior kittens Woolfrik and Perigold are the self-appointed guardians of Pawdor Islands, which they have sworn to protect from peril.

  • If You Read This

    Author: Kereen Getten
    Publisher: Pushkin
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 7-8

    Set on the colourful, sun-soaked island of Jamaica, this beautiful, compelling story combines an intriguing quest with a story of grief and heartache.

  • The Mystery of the Missing Mum

    Author: Frances Moloney
    Publisher: Pushkin Children’s Books
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 6-8

    Nine days before Christmas, Jake’s world is turned upside-down when he wakes up to discover that his mum has disappeared. Desperately concerned about her welfare, he cannot understand why nobody else seems worried.

  • Marv and the Pool of Peril

    Author: Alex Falase-Koya Illustrator: Paula Bowles
    Publisher: Oxford
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6-8

    Marvin has a secret: when he puts on a special super-suit, which is powered by kindness and imagination, he becomes Marv the superhero. So far, nobody but his Grandad – who Marvin inherited the super-suit from – knows.

  • Dinos Don’t Give Up!

    Author: Smriti Halls Illustrator: Richard Merritt
    Publisher: Little Tiger
    Interest age: 4-5
    Reading age: 4-5

    Dinah the Diplodocus is a bit of a star: she finds everything easy, from baking to learning the alphabet. And, even though Dinah always wins at everything, she also has tons of friends because she’s nice enough to help others out when they don’t understand something, and she cheers them on when they do.

  • Shu Lin’s Grandpa

    Author: Matt Goodfellow Illustrator: Yu Rong
    Publisher: Otter-Barry Books
    Interest age: 4-5
    Reading age: 4-5

    The new girl Shu Lin can’t speak English very well, but when her grandpa show the class his beautiful paintings, they communicate through art. A stunning book celebrating difference and empathy.

  • Mildred the Gallery Cat

    Author: Jono Ganz
    Publisher: Tate
    Interest age: 4-8
    Reading age: 4-8

    During the day, the Art Gallery is filled with people admiring the paintings and sculptures of some of the world’s most famous artists, while Mildred – the little black and white cat who lives in the gallery – snoozes in her basket. But when night falls, Mildred springs into life and has the artworks all to herself!

  • Over to You!

    Author: Roger McGough Illustrator: Jennifer Naalchigar
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6-8

    A joyous collection of funny, accessible poems that are wonderful to read aloud. Perfect for inspiring children to write their own poems. 

  • How to Be a Doctor and Other Life-Saving Jobs

    Author: Dr Punam Krishan Illustrator: Sol Linero
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 6-8

    What is a doctor and how do you become one? What do doctors need to learn, and what are the different kinds of doctors you can be? Answering these and many more questions, such as ‘Who looks after older people?’ and ‘What happens when someone has a baby?’ this helpful picture book, perfect for mid-and upper-primary readers, explains how a variety of peo…

  • The Unbelievable Biscuit Factory

    Author: James Harris
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8-9

    A laugh-out-loud story that definitely doesn’t include orange fluffy monsters, a biscuit factory that’s actually a super-secret science lab and a judo-kicking superhero rabbit wearing glasses. Fast-moving, funny – and all-round fabooly.

  • Small!

    Author: Hannah Moffatt
    Publisher: Everything With Words
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    Harvey Small is a nice boy – but he’s been expelled from pretty much every school he’s gone to, and after a particularly bad incident (OK, so he might have set fire to the headteacher’s trousers…) his Mum decides the only solution is to send him off to Madame Bogbrush’s School for Gifted Giants. The only problem? Harvey isn’t a giant. He’s a small boy. On st…

  • The Fairy Dogmother

    Author: Caroline Crowe Illustrator: Richard Merritt
    Publisher: Little Tiger
    Interest age: 4-5
    Reading age: 4-5

    Cinders the dog lives at Woofington’s Dog Shelter with a whole host of doggy friends. One day, he’s understandably surprised when Priscilla Paws, a Fairy Dogmother, appears out of thin air and offers to grant Cinders a wish. But what will he wish for?

  • The Treekeepers

    Author: Kieran Larwood Illustrator: Chris Wormell
    Publisher: Faber
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9-11

    When a plague of rot and poison threatens their world, Liska and Lug are forced to undertake a perilous quest. A stunning, complex and wildly imaginative fantasy adventure.

  • Which Way to Anywhere

    Author: Cressida Cowell
    Publisher: Hachette
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8+

    This is a story about a family. There are five child characters: K2 and his twin sister Izzabird O’Hero, Theo and Mabel Smith and little Annipeck O’Hero-Smith. They are fairly ordinary children (although K2 and Izzabird have some odd magical relatives) living normal lives on Earth in the present day.  The O’Hero mum and the Smith dad fell in love and go…

  • The House of Shells

    Author: Efua Traoré
    Publisher: Chicken House
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8-9

    Kuki doesn’t have any friends at her new school, so when she meets Enilo at an abandoned beach house, she’s delighted. But what dangerous secret is Enilo hiding? 

  • Find Your Happy

    Author: Emily Coxhead
    Publisher: Walker
    Interest age: 3-5

    A young sloth loves feeling happy - it's the most wonderful feeling. But he doesn't feel happy all the time. When he's feeling sad, worried or even angry, there are simple things he can do to try and find his happy again.

  • Queen of the Classroom

    Author: Derrick Barnes Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton
    Publisher: Scallywag Press
    Interest age: 4-5

    It’s MJ’s first day of school and Mum thinks she has what it takes to be the Queen of the Classroom – she needs to brighten up every room she enters, treat others with kindness, and offer a helping hand. Will MJ be able to fulfil her duties?